holiday episode reflections


Ryan Ellett
 

I plan to wrap up the Sept-Oct issue of the Old Radio Times tomorrow and then will begin the Nov-Dec issue. If anyone would like to contribute thoughts or reviews on your favorite Christmas-themed episodes, it would be fun to print them. It will come out too late for Thanksgiving-themed broadcasts.
Ryan


Rodney Bowcock
 

I can help with a couple of shows that I like to listen to often.  Offhand, the Archie Andrews Christmas shopping episode comes to mind.

Rodney


On Oct 23, 2022, at 9:59 AM, Ryan Ellett via groups.io <oldradiotimes@...> wrote:

I plan to wrap up the Sept-Oct issue of the Old Radio Times tomorrow and then will begin the Nov-Dec issue. If anyone would like to contribute thoughts or reviews on your favorite Christmas-themed episodes, it would be fun to print them. It will come out too late for Thanksgiving-themed broadcasts.
Ryan


John Nicholson
 

This is one of my favorite Christmas stories:

Hallmark Playhouse 481223 The Story of Silent Night

BTW, I'm still working on LGDI. Hope to have it ready for you in less than two weeks. Sorry, I got distracted with this REPS Library project. I hope to have it up by tomorrow afternoon.

On Sun, Oct 23, 2022 at 3:34 PM Rodney Bowcock <rodsterrific@...> wrote:
I can help with a couple of shows that I like to listen to often.  Offhand, the Archie Andrews Christmas shopping episode comes to mind.

Rodney


On Oct 23, 2022, at 9:59 AM, Ryan Ellett via groups.io <oldradiotimes=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

I plan to wrap up the Sept-Oct issue of the Old Radio Times tomorrow and then will begin the Nov-Dec issue. If anyone would like to contribute thoughts or reviews on your favorite Christmas-themed episodes, it would be fun to print them. It will come out too late for Thanksgiving-themed broadcasts.
Ryan



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jackies@tularosa.net
 

I liked the Dragnet episode where the local church to say someone had stolen the Baby Jesus from their cretch. They had to go back to the priest and tell him that they could not find it and then a small boy comes in with the Baby Jesus. He told the priest that he had prayed to Jesus that if he would get a wagon for Christmas Jesus would get the first ride in it.


What a wonderful picture of Love for our Savior.


Love
Jackie


BrianWest2@...
 

I would love to give you comments, but I am terrible with remembering the name of some show and specific titles. I certainly love any Jack Benny shopping episode, A Christmas Carol with Lionel Barrymore, Gunsmoke and Six Shooter have excellent Christmas shows as do several other regular shows. I must have a list of 20-25 shows that I make sure to listen to during the holidays. One show that I particularly like but can't remember the name of stars Raymond Burr as an ex-con who finds out that his ex-wife married the cop who arrested him and how the season changes his ideas for revenge. I wish I could be more useful.

Brian


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Subject: [OldTimeRadioResearchers] holiday episode reflections

I plan to wrap up the Sept-Oct issue of the Old Radio Times tomorrow and then will begin the Nov-Dec issue. If anyone would like to contribute thoughts or reviews on your favorite Christmas-themed episodes, it would be fun to print them. It will come out too late for Thanksgiving-themed broadcasts.
Ryan


Patrick Andre
 

As a fan of police drama and detective shows, many did not lend themselves well to Christmas-themed episodes.  Attempts to tie in the holiday often seem flat, as if they were forced to fit Christmas into the show.

However a few shows found success in their stories.  Interestingly, two I find the best are based on true stories.  In Dragnet, when Jack Webb was brought the script of The Big Little Jesus, he was so taken by the story that it became the permanent replacement for their previous show, .22 Caliber Rifle for Christmas.  In Tales of the Texas Rangers, the December 24, 1950 episode Christmas Present has a rather moving conclusion when a down and out man with children is accused of a crime, and nearly loses what little he had, including his children.  The ending has him blessed with his lights turned back on, children home, food in the fridge, presents for the kids, and a job on Monday.

In a more fictional dramatic show, Grand Central Station, which has very few surviving stories, has one which was played annually - Miracle for Christmas.  I the December 24, 1949 rendition, the troubled ambulance driver, Mac, was played by Mason Adams with Ralph Platten as Dr. Mason.


Bob@...
 

Hi Ryan,

You just inspired me to do a quick search back through my online archive to see what Thanksgiving and Christmas programs written about in the past. I especially liked Superman's in character message for the first Christmas after the Germany and Japan surrendered, in keeping with the post-war brotherhood and anti-intolerance theme of the program. Of my newspaper friends, Casey and the cast of Big Town and Night Beat caught the holiday spirit, probably more than once. And, of course, having lived in Connecticut for about a third of my life, the radio adaptation of 'Christmas in Connecticut" is one I thought of on my list of newspaper movie adaptations.
Rather than just dump nine URLs into an email, I decided to make a "themes & hooks" page on my blog, which will also help me organize my top menu by making a few other pages sub-menus items.
The individual file names in the URLs are probably enough to identify the stories.
Some of the posts are more than 10 years old, so internet archive or YouTube links might need updating. Some of the OTR collection updates over the years have included changes of file names that I linked to in the MP3 player. I fix them when I notice them, but I haven't gone back and proofread everything.

If anybody notices glitches, errors or major omissions, please do drop me a line!
And if you want any of these items for the newsletter, as-is or adapted, let me know... 

https://jheroes.com/themes-hooks/


Dan
 

i have several that i love, but at the top of the list is Amos n Andy where the Lords Prayer is recited with meaning. It's been way too long since i dug it out

All the Best,
Dan


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Steven Morris
 

Lum and Abner's Christmas show. As they travel to an old barn where a young couple are about yo have a baby. 

Any of the many versions of Dickens' A Christmas Carol. 

Fibber's Christmas shows are always goid for a laugh. 



Steven Morris


On Wed, Oct 26, 2022, 12:08 PM Dan via groups.io <danwitkoske=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
i have several that i love, but at the top of the list is Amos n Andy where the Lords Prayer is recited with meaning. It's been way too long since i dug it out

All the Best,
Dan


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Steven Morris
 


I was inspired by the comments about the Christmas show.  I have been endeavoring to locate all of the Christmas shows that I can find.  So far I have amassed more than 700 shows that are Christmas related.  Amounting to almost 6 gig of data. It will take me over two years to listen to each show.  

I am by no means a writer but this could be an interesting topic to address.  The topic of Christmas in old radio shows.  

My play list consists of regular regular shows that include Christmas related shows.  Such as Fibber McGee and Morley. specials written specifically about Christmas.  Such as cinnamon bear and versions of A Christmas Carol.


On Tue, Oct 25, 2022 at 2:41 PM <Bob@...> wrote:
Hi Ryan,

You just inspired me to do a quick search back through my online archive to see what Thanksgiving and Christmas programs written about in the past. I especially liked Superman's in character message for the first Christmas after the Germany and Japan surrendered, in keeping with the post-war brotherhood and anti-intolerance theme of the program. Of my newspaper friends, Casey and the cast of Big Town and Night Beat caught the holiday spirit, probably more than once. And, of course, having lived in Connecticut for about a third of my life, the radio adaptation of 'Christmas in Connecticut" is one I thought of on my list of newspaper movie adaptations.
Rather than just dump nine URLs into an email, I decided to make a "themes & hooks" page on my blog, which will also help me organize my top menu by making a few other pages sub-menus items.
The individual file names in the URLs are probably enough to identify the stories.
Some of the posts are more than 10 years old, so internet archive or YouTube links might need updating. Some of the OTR collection updates over the years have included changes of file names that I linked to in the MP3 player. I fix them when I notice them, but I haven't gone back and proofread everything.

If anybody notices glitches, errors or major omissions, please do drop me a line!
And if you want any of these items for the newsletter, as-is or adapted, let me know... 

https://jheroes.com/themes-hooks/


Philip Atchley
 

"

i have several that i love, but at the top of the list is Amos n Andy where the Lords Prayer is recited with meaning. It's been way too long since i dug it out

All the Best,
Dan"
Hi Dan, Which episode would that be.  Thank you.


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