Christmas Carol

Retro Radio Memories Podcast Ep. 087 (A Christmas Carol)

A Christmas Carol might be the most well known story of the Holiday season. Charles Dickens found himself with an immediate success on his hand upon it’s first publication in 1843. There have been no less than 20 film adaptations of A Christmas Carol starting in 1901 with Scrooge, or, Marley’s Ghost.
Christmas Carol - 1901

If I am being honest though, one of my favorites besides 1970’s Scrooge is 1983’s Mickey’s Christmas Carol. On the other hand even as a small child I felt it should have another title. Uncle Scrooge’s Christmas Carol. After all the part of Ebenezer is played by Scrooge McDuck , right?

Now for our latest episode of Retro Radio Memories we have something special. The 1939 adapation of A Christmas Carol on the Campbell Playhouse. Yes, that is indeed the radio program sponsored by Campbell’s Soup. Furthermore it boasts that talents of both Orson Welles as the narrator of the story and Lionel Barrymore as Scrooge.

So why not pour yourself a generous cup of eggnog and join us on Retro Radio Memories with A Christmas Carol?

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Now how would you like to see that 1901 short film for A Christmas Carol?


Thanks to the BFI National Archive you can do that very thing. Bear in mind after all that it’s only three and a half minutes long and silent.

Retro Radio Memories Ep. 83 (War of the Worlds)

The War of the Worlds was a benchmark in Old Time Radio. Remembered today thanks to the amount of panic it was said to have caused when it aired in 1938. Although this may be true – nevertheless it is widely believed now that the media exaggerated the panic. Quite a bit actually.

I would add though having said that, there are two of those with the Mercury Theater on the Air. Stefan Schnabel as well as John Houseman who went on record saying that the Police descended on the station. I’ve included quotes from both in the podcast.

Of course The War of the Worlds was directed by none other than Orson Welles.
War of the Worlds

As I do mention in this episode. It was indeed Welles who suggested that real life places and names of recognizable people be included. Something that CBS balked at – forcing some changes as the studio was worried that audiences would believe the broadcast!

What is The War of the Worlds about?


Wait. Are you serious? I mean…you aren’t pulling my leg? I hadn’t actually expected that question.

H.G. Wells wrote his famous novel back in 1898. Well – it was actually originally published in a serialized format through Pearson’s Magazine and Cosmopoltian in 1897. It was collected and published in book form in 1898.
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It reads as an account of an eyewitness to an invading force from the planet Mars. The unnamed author of the work gives readers an almost blow by blow account of the technological might of the Martians. As using “towering three-legged” machines of war they run rampant across the English countryside.

Naturally the writer for the radio play of The War of the Worlds set the invasion in America, in Grover’s Mill, New Jersey in fact. At least the starting point of the arrival of the Martians. Soon however through continually dire news reports – the listener is treated to an apocalyptic invasion.

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Retro Radio Memories Podcast Ep. 071 (Mercury Summer Theatre)

Welcome back to the Retro Radio Memories Podcast! Each week we will briefly talk about an old time radio episode before presenting it for your listening enjoyment. For today we have an episode from the popular Mercury Summer Theatre, an adaptation of Lucille Fletcher’s The Hitch-Hiker starring Orson Welles.

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Retro Radio Memories Podcast Ep. 052 (The Lives Of Harry Lime – Hand Of Glory)

Welcome back to the Retro Radio Memories Podcast! Each week we will briefly talk about an old time radio episode before presenting it for your listening enjoyment. Last week marked our first year anniversary for the podcast, many, many thanks to you for all of the support and kind words for the show. We truly couldn’t do it without you!

For this episode, I am sole host once again, we are revisiting the Lives of Harry Lime radio series, a 1952 episode entitled “Hand of Glory” and featuring the voice talent of the legendary Orson Welles of course as that lovable scoundrel from the Third Man, Harry Lime.

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Retro Radio Memories: The Black Museum – “A Jar Of Acid” (1952)

Orson Welles - The Black Museum
Welcome back to another episode of Retro Radio Memories! For your listening enjoyment today we have selected episode Episode 20 from the Back Museum Radio show, entitled “A Jar of Acid”, with the legendary Orson Welles as your host and narrator.

The Black Museum was produced in 1951 by Harry Alan Towers (The Lives of Harry Lime, Sherlock Holmes) and based on real-life cases from the files of Scotland Yard’s ‘Black Museum’, the scripts for the radio programs were written by Ira Marion with musical duties handled by Sidney Torch.

So leave the chores for later, dim the lights and pull up a seat and join us for Retro Radio Memories as we enter the Black Museum!

[Via] Radio Film and TV2