Classic Radio Theater

Classic Radio Theater

Newly minted presentations of some of the greatest radio programs of all time, featuring some of the biggest names of the era and fondly remembered today. Drama, comedy, mystery, and western adventure. Also featuring news of the day and sound of the newsmakers of the times.

Episodes

December 26, 2021 42 min
My Friend Irma starring Marie Wilson, originally broadcast December 27, 1948, 73 years ago. Irma has given up on Al and has a new boyfriend named Melvin, who's more interested in his job in an aircraft factory wind tunnel.
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The Marriage starring Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn, originally broadcast December 27, 1953, Ben and Liz remember how they first met. Fantasies of a literary New Year's Eve. Also Captain Midnight, originally broadcast December 27, 1939, Is escape possible?
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Philo Vance starring Jackson Beck, originally broadcast December 27, 1949, The Identical Murder Case. Tommy Orchid has killed a man who looked like Philo Vance and Tommy Orchid doesn't tolerate mistakes! Also Part 2 of a 5 part Yours Truly Johnny Dollar story, The Forbes Matter, originally broadcast December 27, 1955. What makes a man steal? Johnny tries to come up with an answer.
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Frontier Town starring Jeff “Tex” Chandler, originally broadcast December 26, 1952, 69 years ago, The Guns of Wrath. A gang of crooks trapped in a canyon take a hostage and blow up the dam.
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A Gift of Laughter, originally broadcast December 26, 1974. A tribute produced by American Forces Network Europe on the date of Jack Benny’s Passing. Also Claudia, originally broadcast December 26, 1947, A Surprise for Claudia. There's a great Dane in Claudia's future.
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Gunsmoke starring William Conrad, originally broadcast December 26, 1953, The guitar. Simple-minded Weeb Pendle comes to Dodge riding on a mule. He's promptly picked on by bullies. Also Part 1 of a 5 part Yours Truly Johnny Dollar story, The Forbes Matter, originally broadcast December 26, 1955. Sheldon Forbes, the book-keeper of a New York fashion company has obviously been an embezzler.
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Nick Carter, Master Detective starring Lon Clark, originally broadcast December 25, 1943, 78 years ago, Nick Carter’s Christmas Adventure. Nick Carter investigates why a rich man has soured on Christmas.
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Our Miss Brooks starring Eve Arden, originally broadcast December 25, 1949, The Magic Christmas Tree.. A party at Miss Brooks', with a magic Christmas tree, or was it all a dream? Also The Cinnamon Bear, originally broadcast December 25, 1937, Returned to the Attic. The Silver Star is recaptured from the Crazy Quilt Dragon. Judy and Jimmy wake up back home in time for Christmas. The end of the story.
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The Whistler, originally broadcast December 25, 1944, Christmas Bonus. An ex-convict is fired from his job in a department store after $10,000 is stolen. As long as he's considered guilty, he might as well steal some more, but he is saved by a music box! Also Fibber McGee and Molly, originally broadcast December 25, 1953, Christmas at home. The McGees spend Christmas at home with their friends.
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Broadway is my Beat starring Larry Thor, originally broadcast December 24, 1949, 72 years ago, Nick Norman and Santa Claus. A Christmas show. Nick Norman is just out of Sing Sing after fifteen years and is scheduled to play Santa Claus for the P.A.L. The day before the big day, Santa takes a powder, while a miserly landlord demands his rent!
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Jimmy Durante Show, originally broadcast December 24, 1947, Christmas Show. Guest Margaret O'Brien makes the rounds with jolly Jimmy Duranteclaus. Also The Cinnamon Bear, originally broadcast December 24, 1937, North Pole. The Silver Star is recaptured from the Crazy Quilt Dragon. Judy and Jimmy wake up back home in time for Christmas. The end of the story.
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Father Knows Best, starring Robert Young, originally broadcast December 24, 1953. Christmas show. . It's Christmas eve and the family has unique ideas to celebrate it. Also Claudia, originally broadcast December 24, 1947, Christmas Eve.
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The Whistler, originally broadcast December 23, 1946, 75 years ago, Next Year is Mine starring Frank Lovejoy. The story of a prisoner’s sullen attitude at Christmas.
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The Great Gildersleeve starring Harold Peary, originally broadcast December 23, 1945, Christmas Eve. An old-fashioned Christmas at home. Also The Cinnamon Bear, originally broadcast December 23, 1937, Captain Tintop. Captain Tintop presents the Star with a flourish to Judy and Jimmy, but the Crazy Quilt Dragon has other ideas!
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Tales of the Texas Rangers starring Joel McRae, originally broadcast December 23, 1951, Christmas Payoff. Dr. Hartley is murdered in his office on Christmas eve. The killer had a bandaged hand. Then Part 5 of a 5 part Yours Truly Johnny Dollar story, The Nick Shurn Matter, originally broadcast December 23, 1955. The showdown...victory and then disaster. A visitor turns out to be be death!
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The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe starring Sydney Greenstreet, originally broadcast December 22, 1950,71 years ago, The Case of the Slaughtered Santas. Who is killing off the sidewalk Santas...and why?
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The Burns and Allen Show, originally broadcast December 22, 1942, Santa and the Pirates. . A Christmas fantasy with guest Akim Tamiroff. George and Gracie fly on the back of Herman The Duck to the North Pole. A visit to Santa's workshop as George, Gracie and Santa Claus battle a pirate named, "Tamiroff The Terrible." Also The Cinnamon Bear, originally broadcast December 22, 1937, The Christmas Parade.
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Rocky Fortune starring Frank Sinatra, originally broadcast December 22, 1953, The Plot to Murder Santa Claus. There's a plot to murder Santa Claus, believe it or not! But why? And by whom? Also Part 4 of a 5 part Yours Truly Johnny Dollar story, The Nick Shurn Matter, originally broadcast December 22, 1955. A little girl who believes in Santa Claus, a big girl who believes in very little, and both of them facing death!
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Dragnet starring Jack Webb, originally broadcast December 21, 1952, 68 years ago, A .22 Rifle for Christmas. A young boy named Stanley Johnstone is missing, and so is the .22 caliber rifle he was going to get for Christmas.
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The Aldrich Family, originally broadcast December 21, 1952, Christmas Eve. It's the day before Christmas and Eleanor Wentworth is giving Henry an expensive wallet. Henry tries to buy a battery-operated Christmas tree pin for Eleanor. Also The Cinnamon Bear, originally broadcast December 21, 1937, The Bad Dolls. The Bad Doll steals the Silver Star, but Santa sends the Tin Soldier in hot pursuit.
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