Back For Christmas
(Detective Dexter Roland presents a classic episode of Suspense from 23 December 1943, with Peter Lorre in the lead roll! Originally podcast on 24 December 2011.)
Detective Dexter Roland, Private Investigator, was about to head home to Max’s Bar, for a few Christmas Eve cocktails to celebrate the holiday properly. Little did he know that Peter Lorre was going to drop by, to deliver a tale that is perfect for the holiday season. From the Old Time Radio radio archives, we bring you Back For Christmas, a tale well calculated to keep you in… Supense!
This podcast-only show features a perfect marriage: moody, holiday-ish music with a creepy tale with a last minute turn that is perfect for this kind of medium. Bartók has always had a bit of a spooky feel to him anyway, and his renditions of Roumanian Christmas Carols seemed all to appropriate to complement Peter Lorre’s European-is accent. While I can’t exactly claim that Moonbell fits exactly right, I feel as if the “White Light” being sung about could be seen as a metaphor for what the main character may be thinking at that point in the story. And Dexter Roland tying it all together? Well, let’s just say it had been a while, and our guest Peter Lorre inspired his return.
Not much else to say about this one. If all goes well, there should be a good New Year’s show coming up this weekend. And stay tuned for big things in January. 2012 will be interesting.
See you in seven.
Back For Christmas
# Title * Artist * Album * Further Info
01.) Back For Christmas * Suspense Cast * 23 December 1943 * CBS Radio
02.) Roumanian Christmas carols Sz. 57 * Béla Bartók (Performed by György Sàndor) * Complete Solo Piano Music
03.) Winter Snow * Booker T & The MGs * The Complete Stax-Volt Singles 1959 – 1968 * Stax Records
04.) White Light * Moonbell * Figurine EP * Self-Released
05.) Listen, The Snow Is Falling * Galaxie 500 * This Is Our Music * Rough Trade