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Harpist who played in ” The Bishop’s Wife” ?

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  • #103657
    bill-grant
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    Hello all,

    Can anyone tell me who the Harpist may have been who performed in the 1947 Cary Grant film ” The Bishop’s Wife” ? There is a scene that shows Cary Grant sitting at the harp, but the arms and hands playing have been superimposed onto the screen, so they definitely belong to someone else. By the technique they employ, my daughter thinks it could actually be Marcel Grandjany himself, but not sure. The credits didn’t list the musicians ( as was the custom). But if anyone has

    #103658
    barbara-brundage
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    Hi, Bill. Wasn’t it Gail Laughton?

    #103659
    catherine-rogers
    Participant

    Yes, it was.

    #103660
    kay-lister
    Member

    I just saw this movie for the first time about 2 weeks ago – interesting.

    Kay

    #103661
    bill-grant
    Participant

    Thanks Barbara. Is there somewhere I can get information on her ? Is she still around?

    Thanks again ( to all) for the quick responses!

    Bill Grant

    #103662
    barbara-brundage
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    She’s a he, Bill. 🙂

    He played in many, many Hollywood films. Died several years ago. If David Ice is around, I’m sure he’s got the most complete bio info on him.

    I think there’s another thread around here someplace about his recording “Harps of the Ancient Temples” which was used in the movie Bladerunner. Let me see if I can find that one for you.

    #103663
    barbara-brundage
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    #103664
    bill-grant
    Participant

    Thanks Barbara..I appreciate it!

    #103665

    If someone doesn’t transcribe and publish that piece for harp that Mr. Laughton plays before I kick the bucket, I’ll come back and haunt every harp in every room in every country for all eternity. 🙂

    #103666
    catherine-rogers
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    I believe David Ice said he saw the arrangement (and was surprised to find it very vague and sketchy) but was unable to get it. I have the original piano sheet music (with photo of Cary Grant on the cover) but it’s not in the same key as in the movie. I’ve thought of transcribing it myself but other duties (and pieces) are more pressing. Sometimes what is actually played and what we think we hear are amazingly different, so transcriptions aren’t always exactly accurate, regardless of how careful we try to be.

    #103667
    David Ice
    Participant

    Hi All,

    Yes, it’s Gail Laughton.

    #103668
    catherine-rogers
    Participant

    Dave, which track on the Coraline CD has the harp solo? I haven’t yet seen the film but would like to hear the part you’re talking about.

    #103669
    sherry-lenox
    Participant

    I got in touch with the composer’s daughter about a year ago and she said that if there was enough interest she’d try to provide sale copies.

    Unfortunately I can’t access her contact information because it’s stuck in a broken computer. I’m finding that I have so much saved stuff in that computer I may have to break down and get the thing fixed.

    The piece is called “Lost April”. I’m going to try to find the previous post with google, and if I do, I’ll post the heading of it. The piece has a current copyright but is not available for purchase except through that lady, so even though it is not in print it is not legally in public domain.

    #103670
    sherry-lenox
    Participant

    Found it- the composer is Edgar DeLange. I will try to get Mr. DeLange’s daughter’s info out of my broken computer, and if I do I will post it. In my communication with her, she said that she thought she could get copies but that it might take time.

    As I recall she was pleased that people continued to be interested in her father’s work.

    #103671
    David Ice
    Participant

    Hi Catherine,

    It’s track 5 on the CD.

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