Dear Book Readers,
It always impresses me when an author’s work is faithfully adapted to the media. Long novels are often chopped to bits on the big screen and fair little better on the small; however, when you take a short story, it’s easier to include everything.
Collier’s stories have appeared on famous radio shows and tv show. I’m including everything that I can find on them in case you would be interested in tracking down these yourself or having a get-together where we can a movie/radio night.
Back for Christmas appeared as an episode on the show, Suspense. In 1943, Peter Lorre starred in the role of the Doctor. The episode was re-recorded with a new cast in 1948 with Herbert Marshall in Lorre’s part.
De Mortuis also appeared in Suspense in 1949 with Charles Laughton in the lead.
Evening Primrose appeared on the program, Escape, and starred William Conrad as Charles Snell.
Lights Out: 1946-1952
Alfred Hitchcock Presents: 1955-1962
De Mortuis – Season 2, episode 3
Wet Saturday – Season 2, episode 1
Back for Christmas – Season 1, episode 23
Evening Primrose was turned into a one-act musical by Stephen Sondheim in 1966 starring Anthony Perkins (Psycho) & Charmian Carr (Sound of Music). Years later, Neil Patrick Harris (Doogie Howser) recorded the one-act musical (4 songs) with Thersea McCarthy.
Tales of the Unexpected: 1979-1988
Back for Christmas
If you decide to listen or watch these adaptations, I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. I own the Hitchcock episodes and all of the radio adaptations if you are interested in meeting up to view/listen to them.