Christmas 2015 is upon us and it’s time to wrap up the 4th Annual Countdown to Christmas. Every year since 1989, I take an hour to sit down and listen to my favorite classic radio show adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. I’ve always loved the 1939 Campbell Playhouse version with Lionel Barrymore and Orson Welles. However, this past summer, I discovered a record from 1960 featuring an audio recording starring Sir Ralph Richardson that just may rival it for my time.
This version is really quite excellent and I’m surprised it flew under my yuletide radar for so many years. Narrator Paul Scofield is amazing and Sir Ralph Richardson turns in a masterful performance as Scrooge. Best of all, much of Dicken’s true vision of the story is retained here. With wonderful sound effects and background music, it draws you into the world of the past and allows us to imagine Ebenezer Scrooge as he was truly meant to be.
Radio station WFMT in Chicago has reportedly been playing this on Christmas for decades and this year is no exception. However, you can listen to it right now as the complete recording is currently on YouTube in eight parts. So, put another log on the fire and settle in for my favorite tale of the Christmas season.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Monster Movie Kid!