A Christmas Carol (Radio Spirits Version - Dramatized)

Length: 55 mins
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Orson Welles' dramatic anthology series Mercury Theatre on the Air, infamous for its Halloween broadcast of The War of the Worlds, found a sponsor and became Campbell Playhouse in December 1938. The program continued to feature the charismatic and fiery Welles as both a host and an actor. The great Lionel Barrymore portrayed Ebenezer Scrooge in Campbell Playhouse's annual performance of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
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Lionel Barrymore Brings this Tale to Life

This Campbell Playhouse presentation of A Christmas Carol is one of the best renditions of the classic. Though this is only a 55 minute production they hit all the important scenes. I do wish it was longer only for the reason of how much I love the actors. Worth every cent and a good listen during the Christmas Season or any other time of the year.

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can't beat this old program for christmas!

If you could sum up A Christmas Carol [Radio Spirits Version] (Dramatized) in three words, what would they be?

vintage still works!

Which scene was your favorite?

the ending, where scrooge realises he is still alive and it is christmas morning.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

i loved hearing the voices of orson wells and lionel barrymore.

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it's well worth buying and listening to, i plan to listen again. it's wonderful. the voices have such character, and it's unique.

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Fun dramatization

This was great to listen to in the car on the long road trip to the relative's house on Christmas.

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Great story

love the actors in this version of a Christmas Carol. The old time radio sounds just add to the performance.

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Excellent, though short.

A short and fun, dramatic listening of an old classic. Great for sharing with family and friends.

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OK For Its Time, But....

Step back into the 1940's as you, along with hundreds of thousands of others, listen closely to your radio where a small sound stage is recreating Dickens' best-loved story. The trouble is, it's been so gutted and rewritten to fit within the timeline of a radio "hour" that its full flavor has been watered down. The old Scrooge would've said "Bah!", and the new Scrooge might have added a tiny "Humbug" under his breath.

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Can't get any better

Orson Welles, Lionel Barrymore, what more could you ask for? Yes, it's "old-time" radio, so don't expect CD quality. But that's part of the charm. Listen to it late at night with the lights low. It's my favorite Christmas story, so very well-played.

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A Trip Back in Time

Whether you're a fan of Charles Dickens' classic tale, Orson Welles. or Lionel Barrymore you'll be sure to enjoy this. My mom would talk about growing up listening to radio shows like this and it is highly enjoyable to listen to such professionals like Welles and Barrymore do their work. Welles' splendid narration coupled with a terrific performance by Barrymore really brings A Christmas Carol to life. Highly recommend

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Orson Wells Triumphs Yet Again

Simply tremendous dramatic reading. Lionel Barrymore was Scrooge. Well worth listening to. Each part was well scripted as based on Dickens' story.

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Love this!

I listen to this every year at Christmas. It is the perfect way to invite the real spirit of Christmas!

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  • 12-28-18

old traditional recording

I loved it. it was old. it was made before televisions were everywhere and it makes you have that lovely feeling of the family hurdles around the radio listening to a Christmas classic.

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A Christmas Carol Full of Warmth from Times Past

We adore this version of a Christmas Carol. It actually sounds like times past & immediately one is transported into Dickens world. If you like the old atmosphere at Christmas, then this is for you.

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