Telling the story of the birth of Christ, Family Theater was one of the very few shows that brought Hollywood stars on and told family stories with Christian listener in mind....I like the way they tell the story and it's nice to be remind of it during the holiday season!
I love this show!! Phil Harris and Elliot Lewis as Remley are magic together....This funny heart warming holiday episode shows that all there is too have a Merry Christmas is the "magic in believing" and a great surprise guest star who plays Santa Claus!!! From The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show...Enjoy! Ho! Ho! Ho!
A annual show in December for Dragnet but a sobering tale a 22 rile for Christmas is one of the best shows in shows long run....maybe not the happiest tale but a great show that challenged NRA and other gun owning lobbies at the time...
Bing Crosby had many sponsors and would bring a annual Christmas show with classic Christmas songs including his all-time great hit White Christmas. For many people Bing was Christmas and his music was annual tradition of the yule tide season... Here is Bing on the General Electric Show from 1953...
A holiday annual show was Honorary Santa on Beulah...This comedy show about the kindly Black maid who find trouble and fun working for her middle class family...The character Beulah got here start on Fibber McGee and Molly show and would mangle words and laugh hardy and utter her famous tagline "love that man!"....A fun holiday episode!
A cute on going story line on The Jack Benny Program was Jack's association with a neighborhood boys club called the Beverly Hills Beavers. Jack was the only adult member of the club and would use it to tell the kids all kinds of outlandish tall tales of his adventures (much to Mary's wisecracking disbelief) and also was the clubs treasurer. Real kids used who always did a great job!
Here is one of my favorite Holiday shows from JBP featuring the Beavers and the rest of Benny's talented cast!!
Grand Central Station an anthology series that told stories of riders of the trains that came into the famous station. This episode was a classic that was repeated annually by popular demand...The story of hope and Christmas spirit that audiences in 1940's loved it!
The Johnson Wax Program better know as Fibber McGee and Molly was one of radio's most popular shows, for its long run and Hal and Marion Jordan 2 of the biggest stars. Lucky for OTR fans the Johnson Wax company kept a library of shows and so we can hear today almost the entire series...Here is a fun Christmas episode were the couple exchanged gifts with usual interuption from friends and neighbors!
Norman Corwin was the premiere writer and director of Radio's golden age. He created classic after classic shows on much higher level then the average Radio fare. Columbia Workshop CBS's experimental series was Corwin's play ground and he used it create shows that featured a poetic narrative. The Plot to over throw Christmas is the cleaver story of demons from Hell who come to earth to assassinate Santa Claus...A similiar ideas or theme have been used many times for TV and Movies it was truly original when Corwin presented it first in 1938.
A Holiday Movie Classic Miracle on 34th Street was adapted for radio several times; This version from Screen Directors Playhouse starred Edmund Gwynn in his original Oscar winning role as Kris Kringle. It was performed as a Christmas offering with an audience of children.
One of my favorites...Enjoy!