Like its predecessor, Dragnet, Tales of the Texas Rangers adapted actual police cases for its broadcasts. Leading each week's investigation was Texas Ranger Jayce Pearson, portrayed by movie star Joel McCrea. Because the stories were set in the present, Pearson used the latest scientific techniques to identify criminals. Unlike Joe Friday, Pearson didn't have a regular partner, typically working with the local sheriff instead.
Radio Spirits dares you to face fog-shrouded streets, escaped madmen, haunted houses, deadly creatures and curses…and the most horrifying thing of all... the heavy curtain descending on the final episode of Suspense. In this exciting collection, relive great moments from the last two years of this legendary series. These thrill-packed episodes feature Raymond Edward Johnson, Robert Readick, Paul McGrath, Bernard Lenrow, Jackson Beck, and more in these 30 digitally remastered and restored taut, tense tales!
"Sometimes the best stories a reporter gets are the ones he can't print..." The city after dark is a world of crime and corruption, of mystery and vice, of a thousand stories waiting to be told. And, Frank Lovejoy, as newshound Randy Stone, is just the man to tell them. Prowling the streets alongside Lovejoy are radio favorites William Conrad, Georgia Ellis, Parley Baer, Lurene Tuttle, Larry Dobkin, Jeanette Nolan, Bill Johnstone, and more.
Family life in wartime America could be fun... if you had a sense of humor! Here's William Bendix as the clamorous-yet-caring father and "revoltin" riveter Chester A. Riley, who always seemed to end up on the silly side of things! Through 16 digitally restored and remastered episodes from 1944, Riley cozies up to the boss, competes with the neighbors, and causes all manner of comic calamity. Paula Winslow, Conrad Binyon, Sharon Douglas, and John Brown co-star, as the Riley family soldiers on through vacation troubles, miscommunications, and screwy celebrations.
He walks the streets by night! He solves crimes! He loves the ladies! And, he sings, too! What more you could you want from a radio detective? Hear screen legend Dick Powell star in sixteen rollicking episodes as Richard Diamond, Private Detective. A cut above the usual shamus, Rick is a charmer, has a snappy way with a wisecrack, and isn't afraid to use his fists. Diamond is flirtatious with female clients, but always remains true to his lady love. Helen Asher, his own sweet socialite, is playfully portrayed by Virginia Gregg, whose chemistry with Powell is positively peerless.
"Train leaving on track five for Anaheim, Azusa, and Cuc-amonga!" 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.
Man of mystery, man of intellect, man of action - for over a century, Nick Carter stands tall as America's Greatest Detective! Handsome, deep-voiced character actor Lon Clark stars in this new collection of exciting radio adventures, perfectly capturing both the manly vigor and powerful intellectual skills of the master detective. Join Nick, his pal Scubby Wilson and his plucky secretary Patsy Bowen for 18 digitally restored and remastered capers!
"Wherever there's mystery, intrigue, romance... in all the strange and dangerous places of the world... there you will find The Man Called X." Wherever he goes, action follows! Suave, debonair secret agent Ken Thurston travels the world, dispatched anywhere America's interests might be threatened. This exciting espionage series was created by the enigmatic real-life intelligence operative Jay Richard Kennedy.
America's Fabulous Freelance Insurance Investigator faces cases of killing for vengeance and keeping silent for honor... "dead" men who won't stay down for long (or alive for much longer)... beneficiaries that can't be found and beautiful mixed up risk-takers who may be out on their last ledge. He pads his expense account in pursuit of stolen jewels, arsonists, crooked cops, and romance, all while he tries to solve matters of murder.
The Second World War may be ending, but the war on crime knows no surrender! Britt Reid, "daring young publisher," matches wits with the underworld, with spies, saboteurs, and anyone who stands in the way of a better postwar America! Here are twenty punchy, fast-moving and dynamic episodes from 1945. Al Hodge and Robert Hall star as The Green Hornet - scourge of urban vice, foe of exploitation, and enemy of corruption!
Living up to its evocative name, Dark Fantasy is filled with strange stories to stir the imagination. Consider, if you will, ships that disappear in the night... secrets from a 40,000-year-old grave... the powers of witchcraft and black magic. Cross in to a world of mystery, suspense, and horror, and listen to tales like "The Edge of the Shadow", "The Thing From the Darkness", and "Dead Hands Reaching".
Extreme characterizations, extreme scripts, extremely funny! The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show set the pace for all-out comedy as the Golden Age of Radio moved into its latter days, with Jack Benny's wavy-haired bandleader, his long-suffering movie-star wife, and his no-account guitar-playing buddy caught up in outlandish predicaments every week. Aided and abetted by some of radio's outstanding character actors, Phil and Alice's adventures will always leave you laughing!
He's as hardboiled as they come - and if you don't think so, he'll take you outside for a word! He's Michael Shayne, the red-headed, two-fisted private eye, stepping out of the pages of popular pulp novels and into sixteen exciting radio episodes filled with action, excitement, and adventure. Radio great Wally Maher and film favorite Jeff Chandler star as this hot-tempered hero as he takes on cases of phony finger prints, corrupt casinos, perceptive paranoia, blackmailed blondes, mistrust and murder.
Vincent Price stars as Simon Templar, an elegant, sophisticated character with a sly sense of humor and impeccable cool. He is criminal in many of his actions, a thief, a liar, a rake, and a rogue - but, he is a criminal with a conscience. Better known as "The Saint," Templar is a freelance troubleshooter who helps people out of desperate situations without so much as spoiling his shoeshine.
"A.I.": A young programmer works long hours in the lab on the latest A.I. project. Funny that he can't ever remember leaving... "Gorblat's Jig": It's alien abduction meets fishing derby in this hilarious short subject. Recorded before a live audience. "A Distant Land": Years after leaving the planetary colony where she grew up, a woman returns as an Inspector General, only to discover that things have changed beyond imagining in this sci fi drama.
This collection contains twelve of the greatest mystery shows ever broadcast during the golden age of radio! You'll hear Richard Widmark starring in Inner Sanctum Mysteries, Orson Welles in The Black Museum, Peter Lorre in Mystery in the Air, William Conrad in The Whistler, Ernest Chappell in Quiet, Please, Everett Clarke in Lights Out, Harry Bartell in Escape, and Fredric Marchin a tale well calculated to keep you in Suspense, plus many more.
A collection of the best interviews, radio theater, and classic old-time radio moments from the BearManor Radio Network, which streams 24/7 online.
This series of hour-long mash-ups of old and newtime radio is hosted, written, produced, directed, and voiced by veteran award-winning radio theater wizard Joe Bevilacqua.
Trying to decide which audiobook is best for you? Let Fred Frees pick out some samples for you! This series of hour-long programs presents the first chapters of Fred's handpicked favorite BearManor and Waterlogg audiobooks.
It... is... later... than... you... think! Radio's premier showcase for heart-stopping horror is presented in this collection of 20 great episodes of Lights Out! Produced, written, and directed by broadcasting legend Arch Oboler - and starring Boris Karloff, Mercedes McCambridge, Dinah Shore, Gloria Blondell, and more - these tales are devilishly devised to keep you up all night!
This collection contains six classic Christmas radio productions from the '30s, '40s, and '50s.
Orson Welles' dramatic anthology series Mercury Theatre on the Air, infamous for its Halloween broadcast of War of the Worlds, found a sponsor and became Campbell Playhouse in December 1938. The program continued to feature the charismatic and fiery Welles as both a host and an actor. The great Lionel Barrymore portrayed Ebenezer Scrooge in Campbell Playhouse's annual performance of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
This radio dramatization of the classic movie is introduced by its director, Frank Capra, and features James Stewart re-creating his Oscar-nominated role. It aired on May 8, 1949.
"A Holiday Favorite"
Celebrate Christmas along with radio's greatest performers, characters and programs. These timeless holiday classics include moving and mirthful comedies, wholesome dramas, and adventurous missions of mercy. May these 21 digitally restored and remastered tales of nostalgia and nativity bring you cheer and become a part of your own Christmas traditions.
An elderly, invalid woman begins receiving strange, anonymous phone calls on a stormy night — phone calls, which she finds out, are routed directly through — the Twilight Zone.
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.
"It's a time capsule! I love it!"
An Audio Archive special feature presentation of one of the greatest and most beloved Christmas stories: Miracle on 34th Street. This is the classic movie condensed and performed live as a one-hour radio play by The Lux Radio Theater in 1948. In the words of Lux Theater producer William Keely, "It's wrapped in a gay covering of laughter, tied with a bright ribbon of good humor, and decorated with the three sparkling stars of the 20th Century Fox picture."
"A Christmas classic on your device"
Here is The Pepsodent Radio Show, starring Bob Hope, for Christmas 1953! Filled with comedy, music, and warm Christmas cheer, it's a nostalgic look back at one of America's great entertainers in the process of establishing what became a true American tradition for many many years: The Bob Hope Christmas Specials.
This collection of radio dramatizations from master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock features many of the classic films' original stars.
Powder River concludes its ninth season with six exciting episodes! Highlights include: "The Shaman" - Parts 1 and 2: Britt and Chad ride with Captain Grant sent out to capture the Chiricahua Apache's shaman, Geronimo, who has been raiding settlers in New Mexico and Northern Mexico. In "Dan's Mountain", Britt and Chad arrive at Dan MacMasters' home in Rancho de la Nación to settle the estate, only to find a local businessman has already claimed it in the two years since the Marshal's death.
Richard Diamond, Private Detective is a detective drama which was on radio from 1949 to 1953 and on television from 1957 to 1960. Dick Powell starred in the Richard Diamond, Private Detective radio series as a rather light-hearted detective who often ended the episodes singing to his girlfriend, Helen (played by Virginia Gregg).
"Fantastic Old-Time Detective Radio Drama"
Crime and suspense for the holidays! This collection contains five classic radio programs from the '40s and '50s.
This Christmas comedy collection contains six classic radio programs from the '30s, '40s, and '50s.
"They still have it!"
This is an collection of Inner Sanctum Mysteries, an oldtime radio show from the 1940s and 1950s. If you love a good horror story, you'll love these. You get all these (and many others plus more of the same genre):
"Worth the listen if you know what you're getting."
The Saint - the hero of 100 thrilling yarns of breathless adventure and mystery. The Robin Hood of modern crime, the 20th century's gayest buccaneer. Vincent Price, Tom Conway and Denis Green, in a rare never-before-available audition recording, star as the suave Simon Templar - poised in the presence of ladies, cool when confronted with danger. Well-known to both the criminals and the common man, his services are frequently sought, his involvement quickly detected, and his cases promptly solved.
A Confederate soldier has the ability to win the Civil War for the South, but to do so he must call upon the devil himself as an ally.
On a world where nighttime only comes every 2,500 years, what happens when darkness is about to fall? Based on Isaac Asimov's classic story, this episode of Dimension X originally aired on September 29, 1951.
"Pretty Good Adaptation"
This radio dramatization of the classic movie features the original stars, including Edmund Gwenn re-creating his Academy Award-winning role. It aired on December 20, 1948.
He was well dressed, well traveled, and well educated. He was also The Saint, the "Robin Hood of modern crime", who was not afraid to break the law if that's what had to be done to ensure that justice was served. Larry Dobkin co-stars as Louie the Cabbie in these digitally restored and remastered tales that find Templar sailing, skiing, and delving in to the disparate worlds of mining, baseball, prizefighting, mystery writing, and more.
This Christmas comedy collection contains seven classic radio programs from the '40s and '50s.