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

EP3003: Box 13: Short Assignment

A diminutive private detective asks Dan to fill in for him in playing bodyguard to a suicidal young heir.

Original Air Date: November 28, 1947

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Lux Radio Theater: The Third Man

Holly Martin, a pulp writer is called to post-War Vienna by an old friend. He finds his friend dead in an apparent accident. However, Martin finds many inconsistencies and sets out to find the truth.

Original Air Date: April 9, 1951

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Dragnet: The Big Bar (TV Soundtrack)

Jack Webb

Friday and Smith hunt for an armed robber who often kills his victims.

Soundtrack of a TV episode aired on October 14, 1954 based on a radio play that aired November 10, 1949.

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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