The 12 Old-Time-Radio MP3s of Xmas 2010



At the last minute before Christmas, my inner alcoholic stepfather gave to you: Norman Corwin's THE PLOT AGAINST CHRISTMAS.

[This is the 1942 rebroadcast of the original 1938 production, with the unwelcome intrusion in the second act of breaking news about an assassination in Algiers -- really CBS, it couldn't wait until after the show?]

At 50 seconds before Christmas, my inner alcoholic stepfather gave to you: Two Orson Welles programs and Norman Corwin's THE PLOT AGAINST CHRISTMAS.

["A Christmas Carol" from THE CAMPBELL PLAYHOUSE of 12-24-39, and the 12-22-41 episode of THE ORSON WELLES THEATER, featuring Welles' reading of the "Nativity" from St. Luke's and a G.K. Chesterton poem as well as a dramatization of Oscar Wilde's "The Happy Prince."]

At 45 seconds before Christmas, my inner alcoholic stepfather gave to you: Three SUSPENSE episodes, two Orson Welles programs and Norman Corwin's THE PLOT AGAINST CHRISTMAS.

[12-23-43's "Back For Christmas," starring Peter Lorre; 12-13-55's gangster tale, "A Present For Benny"; and 12-20-59's "A Korean Christmas Carol"]

At 40 seconds before Christmas, my inner alcoholic stepfather gave to you: Four selections from LUX RADIO THEATER, Three SUSPENSE episodes, two Orson Welles programs and Norman Corwin's THE PLOT AGAINST CHRISTMAS.

[Adaptations of MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS, IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET and THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER.]

At 35 seconds before Christmas, my inner alcoholic stepfather gave to you: Five two-fisted Xmas episodes, Four selections from LUX RADIO THEATER, Three moments of SUSPENSE, two Orson Welles programs and Norman Corwin's THE PLOT AGAINST CHRISTMAS.

[GUNSMOKE's 12-20-52 "Xmas Story," THE SHADOW's 12-24-47 "Stockings Were Hung," SHERLOCK HOLMES' 12-21-47 "Christmas Bride," TARZAN's 12-27-51 "Congo Christmas" and the truly depressing DRAGNET of 5 Dragnet of 12-21-50, ".22 Rifle For Christmas."]

Here's a zip file of the first half of the files. Enjoy.

At 30 seconds before Christmas, my inner alcoholic stepfather gave to you: Six brief interludes with VIC & SADE, Five two-fisted Xmas episodes, Four selections from LUX RADIO THEATER, Three moments of SUSPENSE, two Orson Welles programs and Norman Corwin's THE PLOT AGAINST CHRISTMAS.

["Vic's Christmas Card List," 1939; "Smelly Clark's Christmas Presents," 11-21-39; "Christmas Present Money," 12-xx-40; "Christmas Cards C-O-D," 08-06-42; "Christmas Suggestions for the Boss," 10-27-42; and the immortal "North Dakota River Bottom Revel" of 12-25-41.]

At 25 seconds before Christmas, my inner alcoholic stepfather gave to you: Seven jokers joking, Six brief interludes with VIC & SADE, Five two-fisted Xmas episodes, Four selections from LUX RADIO THEATER, Three moments of SUSPENSE, two Orson Welles programs and Norman Corwin's THE PLOT AGAINST CHRISTMAS.

[Fred Allen's TOWN HALL TONIGHT of 12-22-37, featuring "Santa Will Not Ride Tonight" and guest star/archenemy, Jack Benny; and his THT of 12-20-42, featuring the classic " Santa Claus Sits Down." Benny stars in two of his own shows, "Jack's Christmas Open House" of 12-25-38 and "Christmas Tree Decoration" of 12-23-51. Benny's longtime player, Mel Blanc, stars in his own self-titled program's Xmas episode: "Mel Plays Santa Claus," 12-24-46. And humorist Jean Shepherd brings up the rear with "Earliest Christmas" and 12-17-75's "MONOLOPY {sic} and Christmas Cards." Yeah, nothing from A CHRISTMAS STORY; kiss my black ass if you don't like it.]

At 20 seconds before Christmas, my inner alcoholic stepfather gave to you: ... well, at this point, my collecting/organizing almost totally craps out, so: One LIGHTS OUT creeper, Seven jokers joking, Six brief interludes with VIC & SADE, Five two-fisted Xmas episodes, Four selections from LUX RADIO THEATER, Three moments of SUSPENSE, two Orson Welles programs and Norman Corwin's THE PLOT AGAINST CHRISTMAS.

["CHRISTMAS STORY," 12-22-37.]

At 15 seconds before Christmas, my inner alcoholic stepfather gave to you: One INFORMATION PLEASE, One LIGHTS OUT creeper, Seven jokers joking, Six brief interludes with VIC & SADE, Five two-fisted Xmas episodes, Four selections from LUX RADIO THEATER, Three moments of SUSPENSE, two Orson Welles programs and Norman Corwin's THE PLOT AGAINST CHRISTMAS.

[12-25-45, featuring guests Fred Allen and Judge James G. Wallace of the New York Court of General Sessions.]

At 12 seconds before Christmas, my inner alcoholic stepfather gave to you: One episode of OUR MISS BROOKS, One INFORMATION PLEASE, One LIGHTS OUT creeper, Seven jokers joking, Six brief interludes with VIC & SADE, Five two-fisted Xmas episodes, Four selections from LUX RADIO THEATER, Three moments of SUSPENSE, two Orson Welles programs and Norman Corwin's THE PLOT AGAINST CHRISTMAS.

["A Letter To Santa."]

At 5 seconds before Christmas, my inner alcoholic stepfather gave to you: One block of NO SCHOOL TODAY, One episode of OUR MISS BROOKS, One INFORMATION PLEASE, One LIGHTS OUT creeper, Seven jokers joking, Six brief interludes with VIC & SADE, Five two-fisted Xmas episodes, Four selections from LUX RADIO THEATER, Three moments of SUSPENSE, two Orson Welles programs and Norman Corwin's THE PLOT AGAINST CHRISTMAS.

["The Day Before Christmas Program."]

A second before Christmas, my inner alcoholic stepfather gave to you: One clip of Howard Stern & co. making fun of Artie Lange's gift choices, One block of NO SCHOOL TODAY, One episode of OUR MISS BROOKS, One INFORMATION PLEASE, One LIGHTS OUT creeper, Seven jokers joking, Six brief interludes with VIC & SADE, Five two-fisted Xmas episodes, Four selections from LUX RADIO THEATER, Three moments of SUSPENSE, two Orson Welles programs and Norman Corwin's THE PLOT AGAINST CHRISTMAS.

[Excerpt from the 12-18-03 show. Not OTR, but it's my bad gift to you, regardless. Speaking of which, don't bother scoring an Al Hirschfeld-signed lithograph for Howard.]

And here's a zip file of the second half of the files. Also Enjoy.

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