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CBSRMT Episode Information
Title:
A Christmas Carol
('Charles Dickens classic')
Plot:
E.G. Marshall spotlights as Scrooge in this dramatic retelling of Charles Dickens' classic tale. A tightfisted old man is haunted by a trio of ghosts that reveal the wretchedness of his heart-- and his possible future should he refuse to repent his wicked ways.
Episode:
0402
Air Dates:
First Run - December 24, 1975
Repeat - December 24, 1976
Repeat - December 24, 1977
Repeat - December 24, 1978
Repeat - December 24, 1979
Repeat - December 24, 1980
Repeat - December 24, 1981
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14 Responses to Episode 0402


The network radio versions sponsored by Cambell Soups, starring Lionel Barrymore and produced by Orson Welles and his Mercury Theatre were top notch... and a staple of holiday listening back in the depression era. None-the-less, this version with the always delightful E.G. Marshall were nicely done, and on a shoestring budget/schedule to boot. What a national treasure the late Hiram Brown truly was. His economical and frantic production schedule sometimes produced uneven results, but overall, his programs were wonderful. His death in 2010 seemingly went unnoticed. And THAT is a national tragedy. This version of the Dickens classic should become regular listening for everyone who loves this timeless story.

Love this episode. Love E G Marshall & all the other actors. Excellent job & classic story!!

EG Marshall's only acting stint on the series. I'll spin it today!

I think E.G. Marshall did a terrific job as Ebenezer Scrooge. The only thing that could've been better is if they added more eerie & chilling music for Jacob Marley and the Ghost of Christams Future. But, it's still a good episode. =0)

Good job with familiar material, only flaw is using of the standard CBSRMT music cues, took you out of the story momentarily, EG wasn't EG for most of this, excellent Scrooge

I rate this episode 4 out of 5 cooked gooses. :) Classic tale including one magnificent classic actor. I love that EG was in the story!

Charles Dickens’ classic performed by E. G. Marshall as scrooge. A miserly and bitter old man is visited By the spirits of Christmas past, present, and future who show Scrooge the effects of his actions, and the legacy he has created should he carry on as he has.

Listened to this one about 6 times over the holidays. I like it more and more with repeated listenings. Only gripe I have with their adaptation: When Scrooge is with the ghost of Xmas past, they visit the deathbed of a person she says is his Aunt who raised him. They then mention that she had one son--his nephew, Fred. In the book, of course, this person is not his aunt--it's his sister, Fern. Obviously, his Aunt's son would be his cousin, not his nephew. Why the change/screw-up?

One Christmas Eve, my brother and I couldn't sleep, the house was dark, and warm, and we were teenagers. I think my brother had moved out but was home staying all night to celebrate Christmas. I had a Radio Shack Transistor radio, and all we could find turning the dial was christmas music, and then........Rochester NY came in quiet clear, and heard these blissful words 'Good Evening, my name is E G Marshall, welcome to the CBS Radio Mystery Theater, tonight I will not only be narrating tonights story, but acting in it as well......BAH Humbug' A Christmas Carol.....a christmas I have never forgotten to this day.....

The BEST radio production of Dicken's"A Christmas Carol" is The Campbell Playhouse production with Orson Welles and Lionel Barrymore as Scrooge. This one isn't very good- it's so-so. E.G. Marshall; while good as the host of CBSRMT and as actor on his own, isn't as crotchety and miserly sounding as Lionel Barrymore. Barrymore's role as Scooge is THE classic epitome of Ebneezer Scrooge.

Very nice memory! It\'s funny how we remember what radio we listened to the CBSRMT on. I had my grammas old RCA from the 50\'s that was molded light blue plastic with a glowing gold tuning knob. I can see (and hear) it now...

We enjoyed listening to this episode on Christmas eve with all the family gathered 'round. My brother's kids thought this was a show from "before TV." The story was a familiar one, though, and everyone enjoyed it. I hope you did too. I like this version the best of any I've ever heard. E.G. Marshall was superb, as were all the cast. No second rate performances. Pleasant dreams...

One Christmas Eve, my brother and I couldn't sleep, the house was dark, and warm, and we were teenagers. I think my brother had moved out but was home staying all night to celebrate Christmas. I had a Radio Shack Transistor radio, and all we could find turning the dial was christmas music, and then........Rochester NY came in quiet clear, and heard these blissful words 'Good Evening, my name is E G Marshall, welcome to the CBS Radio Mystery Theater, tonight I will not only be narrating tonights story, but acting in it as well......BAH Humbug' A Christmas Carol.....a christmas I have never forgotten to this day.....

What fun! I used to tune this in on Christmas Eve's back when they originally ran ... but always fell asleep before Jacob Marley showed up. What a delight to find this 40 years later and finally enjoy the full episode on a Christmas eve

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