The Adventures of William Tell (adventure, starring Conrad Phillips)

    (Syndicated, 1958)

    [a European import, filmed in Switzerland by a British crew
     but with American actor's union rates...and distributed in 
     the U.S. by National Telefilm Associates (NTA);

     The legend of William Tell, Swiss folk hero was amplified 
     considerably to stretch it over 39 weeks]

Theme: "The William Tell Freedom Song"

    [Contrary to what one might expect, they did not use Rossini's
     1829 "William Tell Overture" in its original version,
     which was overexposed via "The Lone Ranger"; instead the
     producers hired a British team to adapt a melody from
     Rossini's "William Tell Overture" and add lyrics to it --
     to make it a vocal THEME song (perhaps hoping for something
     like the "Robin Hood" THEME) -- somewhat, but not completely
     disguising its origins]

     Composer: Giacchino Rossini (predates ASCAP & BMI), and
     Adapters: Sidney John Kay (British PRS/ASCAP/BMI)
              [professional name of Kurt Kaiser], and
               Geoffrey Clarmont ("Geoff") Parsons (British PRS/ASCAP)

     1978 Publisher: Maurice Peters Mus. Co., Ltd. (British PRS/ASCAP)

     2001 Publisher: Colgems-EMI Music, Inc. (ASCAP)
                        div. of EMI Music Publishing, Inc.
                        of New York, NY

     Published Copyright Date: Sep. 25, 1958; EP 123 609.
     Published Renewal   Date: June  3, 1986; RE-295-203.


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