Every year, I manage to watch and listen to several different versions of the classic Charles Dickens tale of Scrooge. A Christmas Carol always makes my Christmas season complete. For film, my personal favorite is the 1951 version starring Alastair Sim. For radio adaptations, it doesn’t get any better than the 1939 Campbell Playhouse version featuring Lionel Barrymore and Orson Welles.
However, I also love to stir things up every year by throwing in some other versions. This year, for my old time radio choice, I returned to a slightly more modern one from 1975. In 1974, Inner Sanctum Mysteries producer Himan Brown brought radio plays back to fashion with the CBS Radio Mystery Theater. For the next eight years, he offered up an astounding 1,399 episodes every weeknight. E.G. Marshall was our host of the macabre from the first episode in 1974 to 1982, when he was replaced by Tammy Grimes for the final season.
In 1975, E.G. Marshall stepped away from the hosting duties and into the tale itself when the CBS Radio Mystery Theater gave us their version of A Christmas Carol. Marshall turns in a wonderfully fun performance as Ebenezer Scrooge. While this doesn’t surpass my personal favorite from 1939, it ranks up there as one of the better radio adaptations, if not the second best, in my opinion.
From 1975 until 1981, it was a yearly tradition for the CBS Radio Mystery Theater. So why don’t you turn down the lights and invite Mr. Marshall in so he can share with you a ghostly Christmas tale. It’s available on YouTube for all to enjoy!
Merry Christmas from Monster Movie Kid! I hope your stockings are full of monster goodness and that there won’t be a stake of holly in your heart on Christmas morning!