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James Earl Jones Recites the Alphabet

June 2nd, 2008 by Conor Lastowka · 17 Comments


Back in the days before television devolved into the Love Cruise-taking, maggot-eating, Tanner-householding mess than it is now, families used to gather around the tube to watch wholesome entertainment such as James Earl Jones reciting the alphabet. Yes it’s true: James Earl Jones once was a young man. This clip comes from his three hour long 1967 special “James Earl Jones Recites Things” for which he pocketed a then unheard of sum of ten million dollars. I do have to say, they don’t call him James “One Take” Earl Jones for nothing. He nails it!

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17 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Mario "Asteroid" Panighetti on Jun 2, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    Man, the way he draws out the “fff” sound in “F” just a moment longer than one might expect… “Efffff”


  • 2 Mario "Asteroid" Panighetti on Jun 2, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    Okay, just got to “T”. I’ve never seen someone protrude ALL their teeth for the letter T. The man’s got cojones, I’ll give him that.

  • 3 RemmieBarrow on Jun 2, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    He does have a soothing voice, I will give him that.

  • 4 Barry on Jun 2, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    Somewhere around here I might still have an audio file of James Earl Jones saying “verisimilitude” and “Boutros Boutros-Ghali”.

    I would love to meet him, but I’d be so starstruck that I’d ask him something dumb like, “OMG! Say ‘Luke, I am your father’!”

  • 5 Barry on Jun 2, 2008 at 6:42 pm

    One helluva grill there, no doubt.

    Something really had him bothered about M and N, though. Maybe he had a bad experience with M’s and N’s as a child or something.

  • 6 Onil on Jun 2, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    Aww, it would have been cooler if he pronounced the letter Z as Zed.

  • 7 ShutterBun on Jun 2, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    I have expected him to follow up “I” with “am your father.” (the wink didn’t help, either)

  • 8 ShutterBun on Jun 2, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    Errr…half expected, that is.

  • 9 Stan on Jun 2, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    Not quite as brilliant as James Earl Jones counting to 10.

    In glorious color!

  • 10 mathey on Jun 2, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    I like when his voice breaks on ‘L’.


  • 11 Shawn on Jun 2, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    God, he sounds so pissed!

  • 12 Stacia on Jun 3, 2008 at 11:27 am

    I know – this is Abraham Lincoln! What do I win?

  • 13 RandomChatter » Blog Archive » And now… James Earl Jones on Jun 3, 2008 at 11:46 am

    [...] from the RiffTrax blog comes this profound message from James Earl [...]

  • 14 MSTJedi on Jun 3, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    This may sound weird, but I actually bought “James Earl Jones Reads the Bible” a while back. I do a lot of driving for my job, so I figured I’d go ahead and get some Bible study in every now and then. The title’s a bit deceptive, though. It’s only the New Testament. Somehow the voice of Darth Vader gives even the “begats” a certain oomph.

  • 15 ShutterBun on Jun 3, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    James Earl Jones originally read the Old Testament as well, but upon hearing it, God muttered something along the lines of “sheesh, I sound like a total wimp compared to him!” and the series was scrapped.

  • 16 brooke! on Jun 9, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    I had a dream where he sung to me “Ain’t no sunshine” and i’ve gotta say… the man can really dream sing!

  • 17 ламинат on Aug 24, 2008 at 5:43 am

    4mI’ll thingk about it.5r I compleatly disagree with last post . efa
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