Mark R. Bannister
Orchestral & Instrumental
for Film, TV & Theatre
MY THREE ANGELS
do you believe me? Now do you think it's wrong
My Three Angels is a charming
comedy by Sam and Bella Spewack from the French play Cuisine
des Anges by Albert Husson. Set in Cayenne, French Guiana,
South America in Christmas 1910 it is the story of a family
blessed by a number of good fortunes brought to them by a working
party of three convicts and their pet snake Adolphe. A film
version We're No Angels was released in 1955 with Aldo Ray,
Peter Ustinov and Humphrey Bogart as the convicts and the likes of
Basil Rathbone, Joan Bennett and Leo G. Carroll in the cast.
I was composer for this particular
theatrical production, and I set about by writing a long piece of
piano music called Dance of the Convicts (see manuscript)
which would provide much of the inspiration for the melodies
required in the show, as well as that played on a harmonica by a
young boy who we never actually see.
The piano sonata that followed had
light melodious sections that would be used in the show, as well
as darker more thoughtful phrases that would not be used. This is
a demo of various sections of the sonata.
the Convicts (MP3 - 2 mins 45 secs - 1.38 Mb)
are available for this show.