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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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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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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 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.

Any additional comments?

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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Wonderful to listen as you prepare for Christmas

Wonderful way to get presents wrapped and house cleaned while listening to old time radio show. Put me in high spirits.

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Great to hear how stories were told on the radio..

...before television. Even the commercials were nostalgic...even if you didn't grow up in that period of time.

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Heavily abridged presentation leaves me feeling underserved

I was looking forward to hearing this but I was disappointed. Welled takes a big hatchet to Dickens classic to fit within the confines of a radio broadcast. Many characters vanish and the ghosts are only given cameos in their short time on air. The production also didn't translate very well despite Welles' best efforts to add class during his narration. There are better versions of this story out there, I would advise to give this one a miiss. Dickens deserves better and Welles has done better.

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  • C. Morgan
  • Clarksville, Tennessee United States
  • 12-10-18

Re: Really Good!

This old radio play of “A Christmas Carol” is just very good with Orson Wells & Lionel Barrymore. Lionel Barrymore just naturally had the voice for Scrooge & it’s very good here.

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Old time radio at its best

I loved the old time feel. It took me back to a simpler time. Lionel Barrymore was brilliant!

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Best Christmas addition

This was the best adaption of this play I have ever heard ,everyone should listen to this adaption

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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.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful