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Publisher's Summary

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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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.

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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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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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Great story

love the actors in this version of a Christmas Carol. The old time radio sounds just add to the performance.

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Disappointing

The absolutely dreadful sound quality and the narrator's sleepy drawl and lack of energy totally ruined this wonderful classic story for me. One of only two downloads that I have deleted. Very disappointing.

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Excellent, though short.

A short and fun, dramatic listening of an old classic. Great for sharing with family and friends.

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Just the best

This is just genius story telling: narration (taken straight from the brilliant original), great acting and great production... enough said

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at Christmas tradition

I love listening to this story while I make Christmas fudge. it lasts one batch and it's always an enjoyable experience

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A classic from the Golden Age of Radio

I'm not a fan of abridging classic literature. This version of "A Christmas Carol" was, at best, a product of its era. It is hard to be critical of a project two icons of the silver screen are part of: Orson Welles and Lionel Barrymore. Having said that, the abridgment left out so much of the story that the final product barely makes sense to someone who is not familiar with the story. Although it was a classic of the radio age, it does not hold up well.

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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.

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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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