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The Campbell Playhouse - A Christmas Carol, 1938

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 9:43 pm

I wanted to quickly let you know how this show came to your humble servant’s podcast. A while back I received an early Christmas present from Jerry Haendiges of The Vintage Radio Place at; he sent me a large package of programs, suggesting I run some here on the podcast…thing is, many of the programs he sent I’d never heard, and a few I’ve never heard _of,_ even as long as I’ve been in the hobby. So over the next several months I’m going to run some of the shows he sent in low-bandwidth MP3 format - even at 32kbps mono, these shows are some of the best-sounding shows around. But remember for even better quality, these shows along with a few bazillion others may be purchased directly from Jerry in either audio CD format, or ultra-high-quality MP3 format.

This is the first of two versions of “A Christmas Carol” we’ll be running here on the podcast this holiday season…I’ve selected this particular performance of the story, the 1938 broadcast without Lionel Barrymore for purely selfish reasons…our friend Arthur Anderson has a featured role as the Ghost of Christmas Past. The 1939 broadcast of the story, with Mr. Barrymore and considered by some one of the finest presentations of the story ever, will run tomorrow here on the podcast. But for now, with wishes for a happy and prosperous holiday season, The Nostalgia Pages is proud to present Orson Welles, announcer Ernest Chappell, and the Mercury Theater on the Air in the Campbell Playhouse production of “A Christmas Carol,” originally broadcast sixty-nine years ago on the Night Before the Night Before Christmas, 1938.

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