This radio dramatization of the classic movie originally aired on February 6, 1939. The Lux Radio Theatre was one of radio's most popular series, attracting Hollywood's top stars and boasting a lavish budget. It began in 1934 by featuring dramas from Broadway, but there was not enough material to support the show. In an attempt to reverse the slipping ratings, the show was moved to Hollywood in 1936, where there was plenty of material and talent. In fact, filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille often served as the host.
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More commercial and fluff than play/story
No way! Now that I have seen how much of this is not the actual story, but only commercials.
I will go back and listen to the unabridged version of Count of Monte Christo with an even greater appreciation. There must be a happy medium- a better and more faithful abridged version.
The actor's performance was fine. There was just not much of the story to work with, and the change of him being arrested was not a good one.
All the beginning conversation with between Danglars and Morel was not needed in conparison to showing hos relationship with his father, which was ignored. So there was parallel fo the fatherly figured needed in his life and development for Abbe Faria and his father.
The story was too abreviated- to the point of embarassment. This is not enough of the original to even warrant comment. The radio nostalgia is interesting, but not at the expense of the story. The actors interview at the end is insipid and annoying. Not enough of the drama an passion of the story is allowed to shine in this version, which is half commercials for Lux and other unnecessary fluff.
- Jane Logan