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Marshall, E. G. (Actor)
(1914 - 1998)

E.G. Marshall is credited with over 150 Movie and TV appearances. He hosted CBS Radio Mystery Theater from its beginning until the 1982 season.  Click here to read more about the CBS Radio Mystery Theater host...
Date Episode Title Plot
1975-12-24 0402 Christmas Carol (A) E.G. Marshall spotlights as Scrooge in this dramatic retelling of Charles Dickens' classic

5 Responses to Marshall, E. G.


I enjoyed listening to this special almost every Christmas Eve.

It's interesting enough that Marshall frequently quoted Scripture in his introductions, postludes, and narrations. (I don't know what his own faith was, but seems like I recall his son, game show host Peter Marshall, was a religious man.) Many of the programs dealt with God, or the devil, or similar themes. I think one program title: "They shall stone them with stones" was Biblical in origin. Still, religious themes or not, I'm still struck by the morality plays that some of these episodes were. It's not going to be unusual to find that, I suppose, in a program like this that essentially had a different plot and cast from one show to another. The old "Twilight Zone" was often like that, and there have been other shows. I recnetly listen to an RMT show called "The Plastic Man". Featuring the vocal talents of Don Scardino among others this show featured an element of mystery (telepathy and mind control, clairvoyance, ghosts) and did not paint any of those in a favorable light, like many RMT episodes. However, set in southern California (surprise, surprise) this program also was not positive toward infidelity, materialism, sexual immorality, transcendental meditation or other such things that were becoming less and less unfavorable in the media of the time of the original broadcast. In addition, this program even seemed to paint those who would take revenge after being wronged by the aforementioned in a dark, negative light as well. Looking at so many programs I see today reminds me why the RMT was so enjoyable to listen to. Don't know if it was Mr. Brown's ethics driving the content, but he did indeed create something memorable for a variety of reasons.

The game show host, Peter Marshall, was NOT EG Marshall's son.

Does anyone know how much EG Marshall made as host of CBSMT? The actors made very little per episode while the writers made a little more, but I have wondered how much EG Marshall made?

No... there was a flat rate for everyone and it was union scale, $73.92 per episode. But it was only 2 or 3 hours of work, so not too bad. I'm thinking the host got more that that, as he had to be there for 7 shows a week. But, if he got the same union scale it would be $517.44 a week, not too bad for the 1970s. I think they did a couple of shows a day, so it was probably only a 3 or 4-day work week. I suspect a lot of the stars did it for fun, or could squeeze it in between their other gigs.

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