Audio Recording, Making of William Tell!

13 Sep

You can get it on Amazon as a digital download for $.99 –


— David DeWitt


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  1. zacal

    September 13, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    Super-cool, David, thank you. I would love to get hold of the original “William Tell” footage and edit it into something viewable. Flynn really looks good in the photos. He chose a smart subject, very Robin Hood-like.(indeed he’s wearing his Robin Hood beard.) And they could have used the William Tell Overture for much of the music.(Being classical, it would have been free, besides being dramatic.) This will be fun to listen to.

  2. zacal

    September 13, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    I just listened to it. It’s pretty interesting. According to this documentary, Roddy McDowell owns the footage and has refused to release it.(Though he doesn’t own the artistic license.) The producer, Barry Mahon, speaks of trying to strike a deal with McDowell, who admits he doesn’t have “all the footage”.
    If you get down to the root of the problem, the real tragedy is that Errol signed to do this film with Alexander Salkind, who would later make two of the greatest swashbucklers ever, “The Three Musketeers” and “The Four Musketeers”. But Salkind sold his interest to another producer, who in turn sold it to Adolfo Fossataro. (sounds eerily similar to “Faust”–a deal with the Devil.) Someone made a huge mistake in the contract, allowing Fossataro to take the film’s money out of the bank without a second person signing.(as would be customary in America) There are a number of mistakes that follow but the Salkind exit is the tragic key.
    Anyway, it’s certainly worth a listen, if only for the recollections of Barry Mahon, who became Errol’s “agent”. [img][/img]

  3. Gentleman Tim

    September 14, 2014 at 12:15 am

    Thank you, David! Thank you, zacal!! I haven’t listened, but I am very much hopibg to do so. Is not our very own shangheinz an expert on this, also??

    The whole story about William Tell being locked away at Boston University, “never to be shown” really fascinates me. Is that prohibition true? Or, was a clip from the film actually shown on TCM show once and/or in a documentary about Jack Cardiff? … It makes more sense to me that any prohibition would refer to Errol’s home movies, which are also at BU, per the official account linked below. I can much more readily understand why Roddy might have wanted to restrict those home movies from public view.…


    • shangheinz

      September 25, 2014 at 10:35 am

      Our very own Rushstreet Ralph is the blogxpert on any footage still in circulation. He has seen 10 mins. of it at the archives of UCLA.

  4. Rachel

    September 14, 2014 at 12:37 am

    I had purchased this Making of William Tell audio recording on CD not long ago, and I really enjoyed listening to it — very informative. :-)

  5. Gentleman Tim

    September 14, 2014 at 1:25 am


    What a Magnificent Location.

    • Lollie

      September 14, 2014 at 11:03 am

      Thanks David,that is very interesting indeed.

      I hope the footage gets released one day,it’s such a waste for it to be locked away never to be seen.