Tag: Christmas special

Video Theater 171: Dragnet: The Big Little Jesus

Friday and Smith try to recover a stolen statue of the child Jesus for a church before the Christmas Mass.

Original Air Date: December 24, 1953

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AWR0089: Suspense: The Cave

Amazing World of Radio

Two young boys encounter a world of pirates, danger, and adventure in a cave on Christmas.

Original Air Date: December 20, 1955

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EP3014: Dragnet: The Big Little Jesus

Jack Webb

Friday and Smith try to find a statue of the child Jesus stolen from a natvity scene on Christmas Eve.

Original Air Date: December 22, 1953
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EP3013: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: How I Played Santa Claus And Almost Got Left Holding the Bag

Charles Russell

Johnny is sent to investigate a string of department store thefts, but the situation escalates with a murder on Christmas Eve.

Original Air Date: December 24, 1949

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AWR0087: New World A’Coming: The First Noel

Amazing World of Radio

A program of Christmas music and speeches by Black American leaders on public policy issues.

Original Air Date: December 24, 1944

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Video Theater 170: Sherlock Holmes: The Christmas Pudding

A serial killer threatens to get Holmes before he’s executed. Episode 23 of the 1954-55 Sherlock Holmes series.

Original Air Date: April 4, 1955

Audio Drama Review: The Holly Tree Inn

While Charles Dickens is beloved for his novel A Christmas Carol, that’s far from his only Christmas work. He wrote several Christmas stories. This is the fifth one that Colonial Radio Theater has adapted.

“The Holly Tree Inn” is a short story about a man caught in a snowstorm on Christmas Eve and taking refuge at the Holly Tree Inn where he wiles away time talking with the people at the Inn. As soon as the storm lifts, he’s continuing on his efforts to leave the country as he believes his sweetheart has jilted him for his best friend..

The Holly Tree Inn is a dialogue-heavy story. There’s little movement which can be a challenge with an audio drama. However, this is helped by the fact that the dialogue is by Charles Dickens which means there are some fun turns of phrases, stories told within the story, etc. In addition, Colonial does a superb job adapting it with its typical professionalism and a nice score.

The Holly Tree Inn is a sweet little story. It’s not much more than people sitting around during a snowstorm talking but it has a moral that is well-taken, if not earth-shattering. If you’d enjoy a relaxing story while wrapping presents or de-stressing from the Holidays, this is a bit of comfort listening.

Rating:3.25 out of 5