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David S. Hawkins

David S. Hawkins Newport Beach, CA Member Since 2002
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  • "Radio Drama's Beat Audio Books!"

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    I have read all these stories, but because they were produced with influence of the author, but with dramatic license, the stories came alive! Since driving and texting, or watching videos is not viable, I don't understand why more radio drama doesn't exist. This is enjoyable and such a great set of stories by the Grand Master.

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    Robert Heinlein Radio Dramas

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 46 mins)
    • By Robert Heinlein
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    This collection features four classic, dramatized Robert Heinlein stories: "Universe", "Requiem", "The Green Hills of Earth", and "The Roads Must Roll".

    Chris says: "Heinlein at his Best"
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The Talented Mr. Welles

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  • UNABRIDGED
    Orson Welles, William Johnstone, Bret Morrison, Agnes Moorehead, Margot Stevenson, Marjorie Andersen, Grace Matthews

    The Shadow: Knight of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Orson Welles, William Johnstone, Bret Morrison, and others
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    Radio Spirits is very pleased to present radio's greatest crime fighter, The Shadow, in this new collection of 18 digitally restored and remastered episodes selected from the classic series. Featuring Orson Welles, William Johnstone and Bret Morrison each in the title role, this set also includes the first release of two newly discovered and previously lost episodes starring Orson Welles as Lamont Cranston and The Shadow - "The Old People" and "The Vocie of the Trumpet".

    Ken says: "amazing"
  • A Sam Spade Audio Double-Feature Starring Howard Duff, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 19 mins)
    • By Dashiell Hammett
    • Narrated By Bill Mills, Howard Duff
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    This Audio Archive presentation of The Adventures of Sam Spade, Detective, contains two complete, 30 minute,Sam Spade radio shows. Each episode is introduced by old radio aficionado and collector Bill Mills, who shares interesting behind-the-scenes anecdotes and informative facts about the program and its stars.

  • War of the Worlds (Dramatized)  by Orson Welles Narrated by Orson Welles

    War of the Worlds (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (51 mins)
    • By Orson Welles
    • Narrated By Orson Welles
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    On the evening of October 30th, 1938, Earth went to war with Mars. Martians invaded New Jersey! Here is the famous panic-inducing broadcast that shook the world, starring Orson Welles.

    Ken says: "The classic that shook the world"
  • Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar: Wayward Matters  by Jack Johnstone Narrated by Bob Bailey, John Dehner, Stacy Harris, Frank Nelson, Alan Reed, Virginia Gregg, Joe Kearns

    Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar: Wayward Matters

    • ORIGINAL (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jack Johnstone
    • Narrated By Bob Bailey, John Dehner, Stacy Harris, and others
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    Johnny has a way with the ladies, but will his last date be with death? For free trips and a fat fee, Johnny Dollar descends into cases of missing money and missing men. But, what can he do when the bodies are walled up, washed up, and fallen down? When the jewels and the paintings are fake? And, when everything from trucks to trout to widows are on the loose? He'd better bring his gun.

  • Dragnet Vol. 11  by Dragnet

    Dragnet Vol. 11

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Dragnet
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    From 1949 to 1957, Dragnet pioneered new levels of realism on radio. Every crime investigated by Sergeant Joe Friday was taken from the actual case files of the Los Angeles Police Department, with only "the names changed to protect the innocent". This collection features five episodes: Big Tooth, Big Smoke, Big Want, Big Laugh, andBig Impossible.

  • The War of the Worlds (Dramatized)  by Mercury Theatre on the Air Narrated by Orson Welles

    The War of the Worlds (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (59 mins)
    • By Mercury Theatre on the Air
    • Narrated By Orson Welles
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    One of the most memorable programs in broadcast history, the Halloween Eve 1938 broadcast of The War of the Worlds set off a nationwide panic that's almost unimaginable today. Presented by the Mercury Theatre on the Air and its creatve genius, Orson Welles, the drama based on H.G. Wells' classic novel tells the story of a Martian invasion of Earth.

    Sandy says: "Classic"
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  • Brave New World (Dramatized)  by Aldous Huxley Narrated by Aldous Huxley

    Brave New World (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr)
    • By Aldous Huxley
    • Narrated By Aldous Huxley
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    The CBS Radio Workshop was an experimental series of productions, subtitled "radio's distinguished series to man's imagination" that ran between 27 January 1956 and 22 September 1957. The premiere production was Brave New World, narrated by Huxley himself, with a complicated sound-effects score that evidently took a long time to construct, and comprised a ticking metronome, tom-tom beats, bubbling water, an air hose, a cow's moo, an oscillator, and three kinds of wine glasses clicking together.

  • Parties for Death: Nero Wolfe  by Rex Stout Narrated by Sydney Greenstreet, Wally Maher, Herb Ellis, Larry Dobkin, Gerald Mohr, Harry Bartell

    Parties for Death: Nero Wolfe

    • ORIGINAL (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Rex Stout
    • Narrated By Sydney Greenstreet, Wally Maher, Herb Ellis, and others
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    Nero Wolfe is "a gourmet who never walks when he can sit and never sits when he can lie down." Join Rex Stout's reclusive, overweight, orchid-loving super sleuth as masterfully portrayed by Sydney Greenstreet in this exciting radio series. Ever in search of a perfect meal and a cold bottle of beer, Wolfe often sends Archie Goodwin, his secretary and operative, in his stead. Archie, while trying to keep his well-known weakness for red heads in check, follows up on leads and does the leg work, setting up his brilliant boss to solve the case.

    Michael says: "OK Old Radio but not Rex Stout"
  • The Adventures of Philip Marlowe: Old Time Radio - 105 Shows  by Raymond Chandler, Gene Levitt, Robert Mitchell, Mel Dinelli, Kathleen Hite, Parley Baer Narrated by Gerald Mohr, Jeff Corey, Howard McNear

    The Adventures of Philip Marlowe: Old Time Radio - 105 Shows

    • ORIGINAL (48 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Raymond Chandler, Gene Levitt, Robert Mitchell, and others
    • Narrated By Gerald Mohr, Jeff Corey, Howard McNear
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    Philip Marlowe is a fictional private eye created by Raymond Chandler. Marlowe first appeared, under that name, in The Big Sleep, published in 1939. The Adventures of Philip Marlowe was a radio series featuring the Marlowe character. It first aired 17 June 1947 on NBC radio and moved to CBS radio a few months later. By 1949, it had the largest audience in radio. The CBS version ran for 114 episodes. While many fans of classic hard-boiled detective stories are familiar with Chandler's novels and short stories, few have heard these radio shows.

    Bob says: "Great well acted noir, with superior stories"
  • Jack Benny: Drawing a Blanc  by Jack Benny, Mel Blanc, Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris, Dennis Day, Eddie Anderson, Don Wilson Narrated by Jack Benny

    Jack Benny: Drawing a Blanc

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jack Benny, Mel Blanc, Mary Livingstone, and others
    • Narrated By Jack Benny
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    A woebegone old car, a harried department store clerk, a monosyllabic man in a sombrero, and a train announcer whose line ran somewhere between Orange County and the Twilight Zone are all memorable characters from The Jack Benny Program, and all the products of a single talented throat: Mel Blanc. "The Man of a Thousand Voices" was Carmichael the Polar Bear, who lived improbably in Jack's cellar.

    Jennifer says: "Laugh Out Loud Fun!"
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  • Sherlock Holmes: A Baker Street Dozen (Dramatized)  by Arthur Conan Doyle Narrated by John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson, Orson Welles

    Sherlock Holmes: A Baker Street Dozen (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson, Orson Welles
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    Here are 12 acclaimed, exciting, fully dramatized performances of Conan Doyle classics. It's elementary that any Conan Doyle fan will want this splendid set of Sherlock Holmes mysteries, 12 timeless tales performed as radio theater and linked by violin-music interludes.

    R. Compton says: "Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would be proud"
  • Orson Welles: The Ultimate Collection  by Orson Welles Narrated by Orson Welles

    Orson Welles: The Ultimate Collection

    • ORIGINAL (60 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Orson Welles
    • Narrated By Orson Welles
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    If you are a lover of old-time radio and a fan of Orson Welles, you won't want to miss this treasure chest of legendary Orson Welles radio broadcasts! With his flair for the sensational and innovative, Welles captured audiences' attention with his 1930s CBS weekly drama series The Mercury Theatre on the Air, later renamed The Campbell Playhouse, which featured hour-long dramatizations of classic books. His 1938 production, The War of the Worlds (an H. G. Wells adaptation) was especially memorable, as were many other productions, each featuring talented voices and actors.

    Novie says: "It's a time capsule! I love it!"
  • Jack Benny: Maestro  by Bill Morrow, John Tackaberry, Sam Perrin, George Balzer, Milt Josefburg Narrated by Jack Benny, Eddie

    Jack Benny: Maestro

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Bill Morrow, John Tackaberry, Sam Perrin, and others
    • Narrated By Jack Benny, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, Dennis Day, and others
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    As a comic instrumentalist, sawing away week after week at his violin, Jack Benny stood as radio's reigning off-key virtuoso, producing more laughs per measure than any other comic before or since. This seven hour set of 14 digitally remastered radio episodes finds Benny and his badly squeaking bow mangling the classics and infuriating the long-suffering Professor Andre LeBlanc (Mel Blanc). He also discovers his "talent" as a songwriter - a skill every bit as highly developed as his ability with the violin.

  • Escape! Classics  by Rudyard Kipling, Ambrose Bierce Narrated by Vincent Price, Jack Webb, William Conrad, Frank Lovejoy, John Dehner, Joan Banks

    Escape! Classics

    • ORIGINAL (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Rudyard Kipling, Ambrose Bierce
    • Narrated By Vincent Price, Jack Webb, William Conrad, and others
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    Doses of concentrated thrills and pure, raw excitement are delivered directly on the heels of the most explosive musical theme in radio - a crashing rendition of Mussorgsky's "Night On Bald Mountain". Produced and directed by William N. Robson, Norman MacDonnell, and Antony Ellis - and featuring stories by Rudyard Kipling, Ambrose Bierce, and more - Escape is capable of chilling spines as expertly as it accelerates heartbeats.

  • Classic Radio's Greatest Comedy Shows, Vol. 1: 12 Half-Hour Original Radio Broadcasts  by Hollywood 360 Narrated by various performers

    Classic Radio's Greatest Comedy Shows, Vol. 1: 12 Half-Hour Original Radio Broadcasts

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Hollywood 360
    • Narrated By various performers
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    This collection contains twelve of the greatest comedy shows ever broadcast during the golden age of radio. You'll hear Ozzie and Harriet Nelson in The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet, Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll as Amos 'n' Andy, Robert Young in Father Knows Best, Jim and Marian Jordan as Fibber McGee and Molly, William Bendix as Chester A. Riley in The Life of Riley, Lucille Ball in My Favorite Husband, and more.

  • Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons: Murder in the Air  by Frank Hummert, Lawrence Klee, Bob Shaw, Barbara Bates, Stedman Coles Narrated by Bennett Kilpack, Jim Kelly

    Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons: Murder in the Air

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Frank Hummert, Lawrence Klee, Bob Shaw, and others
    • Narrated By Bennett Kilpack, Jim Kelly
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    "One of the most famous characters of American fiction, in one of radio's most thrilling dramas." Someday he'll find you. Mr. Keen, that is! Radio's famous tracer of lost persons is back in this eight episode collection of puzzling mystery tales. Jim Kelly is heard as Mike Clancy - Saints preserve us! - and Bennett Kilpack stars as the kindly old investigator in some of his "most celebrated cases."

  • Jeff Regan, Investigator: Stand by for Mystery  by William Froug, William Fifield Narrated by Frank Graham, Paul Dubov, Frank Nelson, William Conrad, Arthur Q. Bryan, Lurene Tuttle

    Jeff Regan, Investigator: Stand by for Mystery

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By William Froug, William Fifield
    • Narrated By Frank Graham, Paul Dubov, Frank Nelson, and others
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    Hard as nails and every bit as sharp, that's Jeff Regan, investigator! Listen in as the top operative of the International Detective Bureau, and his boss, Anthony J. Lyon, scratch the underbelly of postwar urban crime in 12 digitally restored and remastered episodes. Frank Graham and Paul Dubov star as Regan, alongside Frank Nelson, William Conrad, Arthur Q. Bryan, Lurene Tuttle, and more.

  • The Fat Man and the Thin Man  by Dashiell Hammett, Milton Lewis Narrated by J. Scott Smart, William Powell, Les Damon, Les Tremayne, Myrna Loy, Claudia Morgan

    The Fat Man and the Thin Man

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Dashiell Hammett, Milton Lewis
    • Narrated By J. Scott Smart, William Powell, Les Damon, and others
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    J. Scott Smart stars as "The Fat Man", Brad Runyon, the stout-but-stalwart investigator who was first conceived as an arch villain in Hammett's classic novel The Maltese Falcon. Charismatic and captivating, Runyon has a way with the ladies, in spite of his 237 pounds. Nick Charles, "The Thin Man", was played on radio by William Powell, Les Damon, and Les Tremayne. Cases seem to fall in to Nick's lap...often dropped there by his wife, Nora (played by Myrna Loy and Claudia Morgan).

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  • Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy: Ladies' Men  by Bob Mosher, Dick Mack, Shirley Ward, Stanley Quinn, Joe Bigelow, Carroll Carroll Narrated by Edgar Bergen, Bette Davis, Hedy Lamarr, Lana Turner, Judy Garland, Dorothy Lamour, W.C. Fields

    Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy: Ladies' Men

    • ORIGINAL (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Bob Mosher, Dick Mack, Shirley Ward, and others
    • Narrated By Edgar Bergen, Bette Davis, Hedy Lamarr, and others
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    Casanova…Don Juan…Charlie McCarthy? Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen achieved stardom playing both straight man and comedian with his wooden alter ego Charlie McCarthy. The Charlie McCarthy Show was one of radio’s top-rated shows for nearly two decades. Button down and bow-tied, the gentlemanly Bergen would never behave improperly with a lady. Charlie, on the other hand, is frisky, flirtatious, and brave enough to bring his game to guests Bette Davis and Hedy Lamarr, among others.

  • Inner Sanctum: Romance Gone Wrong  by Milton Lewis, John Roeburt, Robert Sloane, Robert Newman, Harry Ingram, Gail Ingram, Sigmund Miller Narrated by Raymond Edward Johnson, Paul McGrath

    Inner Sanctum: Romance Gone Wrong

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Milton Lewis, John Roeburt, Robert Sloane, and others
    • Narrated By Raymond Edward Johnson, Paul McGrath
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    Raymond is the host with the most…skeletons in the closet, that is. Welcome to the Inner Sanctum. Raymond Edward Johnson and Paul McGrath will be your playfully pernicious presenters, introducing eerie tales of scheming spouses and their deadly demands. It can be murder when brutal better halves take "'til death do us part" as a challenge. What does it sound like when a heart breaks? Maybe it sounds like Raymond's door…creaking like the opening of a long sealed casket, scraping like the chains of a prisoner on the dungeon floor...

  • Escape: High Adventure  by W. Somerset Maugham, Stephen Vincent Benet, John Collier, Alexander Woollcott, Morton Fine, David Friedkin, E. Jack Neuman Narrated by William Conrad, Paul Frees, Georgia Ellis, John Dehner, Frank Lovejoy, Raymond Burr, Stacy Harris

    Escape: High Adventure

    • ORIGINAL (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham, Stephen Vincent Benet, John Collier, and others
    • Narrated By William Conrad, Paul Frees, Georgia Ellis, and others
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    "Tired of the everyday grind? Ever dream of a life of… romantic adventure? Want to get away from it all? We offer you…Escape!" Radio Spirits is pleased to present 20 classic tales from one of radio's greatest action and adventure series. This collection will bring you tales of black pearls, headhunters, volcanoes, Nazi convoys and cargos of gold in exotic settings and locales - from South of the Border to Dutch East India, Paris, North Africa and points unknown!

  • Damon Runyon Theatre: Dolls and Guys and Broadway  by Damon Runyon, Russell Hughes Narrated by John Brown

    Damon Runyon Theatre: Dolls and Guys and Broadway

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Damon Runyon, Russell Hughes
    • Narrated By John Brown
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    For gamblers, burlesque queens, murderers and innocents, comedy and tragedy were found in equal measure on the streets of Damon Runyon's Manhattan. Runyon, one of the most popular and widely-read figures of the Golden Age of the American Short Story, found his work was cut to measure for success in the most verbal medium of all: Radio drama. John Brown stars as the glib Broadway, whose scene-setting brings a distinctive unifying touch to these fourteen digitally remastered episodes of the classic Damon Runyon Theatre radio series.

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  • Jack Benny: Tall Tales  by John Tackaberry, George Balzar, Milt Josefsburg, Sam Perrin Narrated by Jack Benny, Mary Livingston, Phil Harris, Dennis Day, Eddie

    Jack Benny: Tall Tales

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John Tackaberry, George Balzar, Milt Josefsburg, and others
    • Narrated By Jack Benny, Mary Livingston, Phil Harris, and others
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    Jack Benny was a fearless combat pilot, a brilliant-but-troubled surgeon, the terror of the high seas, and the hero of every conceivable caper. There was nothing Jack Benny couldn't do, or hadn't done. To hear him tell it, anyway. The classic Benny persona fit hilariously into hundreds of ridiculous roles, from rough-and-ready adventurers to athletic heroes to romantic lovers and back again. Here's a collection of some of Jack's most fabulous guises! Includes eight digitally restored and remastered episodes.