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brenty

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  • "Classic found footage radio"

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    Before Blair Witch and Paranormal Activity there was the Mercury Theatre production of War of the Worlds.

    Never mind being startled and scared by things that go bump in the night after watching a horror movie; this broadcast (and others like it) inspired actual widespread panic in those who missed the part at the beginning about it being a work of fiction. Seriously.

    Accept no substitutions. Listen to this classic radio drama and then check out the Radiolab show about it (Google is your friend). You'll be glad you did.

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    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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    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.

  • 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"
  • 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!"
  • 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.

  • Inner Sanctum Mysteries: Oldtime Radio Shows  by Radio Revival Narrated by Old Time Radio

    Inner Sanctum Mysteries: Oldtime Radio Shows

    • ORIGINAL (66 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Radio Revival
    • Narrated By Old Time Radio
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    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):

    • Homicidal Maniac
    • The Tell-Tale Heart
    • Song of the Slasher
    • Murder Comes to Life
    • Death on the Highway
    • The Scream
    • Island of Death
    • Man From Yesterday
    • Color Blind Formula
    • Desert Death

    Gonzalo says: "Worth the listen if you know what you're getting."
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  • Richard Diamond, Private Detective: Old Time Radio - 122 Shows  by Blake Edwards Narrated by Dick Powell, Virginia Gregg

    Richard Diamond, Private Detective: Old Time Radio - 122 Shows

    • ORIGINAL (49 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Blake Edwards
    • Narrated By Dick Powell, Virginia Gregg
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    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).

    John says: "Good Old-Time Detective Show"
  • Gunsmoke, Season 4  by PDQ Audioworks Narrated by William Conrad

    Gunsmoke, Season 4

    • ORIGINAL (22 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By PDQ Audioworks
    • Narrated By William Conrad
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    Everyone's favorite western, Gunsmoke, debuted June 26, 1952 on the CBS radio airwaves on starring William Conrad as Matt Dillon, and ran until June 18, 1961 making it the longest running dramatic series in radio history. This amazing audio collection contains 53 episodes from the second radio season, and are the live cast recordings from the original on-air performances. Digitally remastered.

  • Dimension X: Adventures in Time & Space  by Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, Kurt Vonnegut Narrated by Staats Cotsworth, Raymond Edward Johnson, Les Damon, Bill Lipton, Berry Kroeger, Jan Miner, Joan Alexander

    Dimension X: Adventures in Time & Space

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated By Staats Cotsworth, Raymond Edward Johnson, Les Damon, and others
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    "The last man on Earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock on the door." A new crop of writers emerged from the dawning of the nuclear age, grappling with humankind's place in the universe. While imagining the wonders of space exploration and the rise of technological advancements, they questioned whether we were prepared to encounter aliens, or even control the machines and weapons we'd built ourselves.

  • Boston Blackie, Volume 1: Classic Radio Collection  by Hollywood 360 Narrated by Richard Kollmar, Maurice Tarplin, Jan Miner

    Boston Blackie, Volume 1: Classic Radio Collection

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Hollywood 360
    • Narrated By Richard Kollmar, Maurice Tarplin, Jan Miner
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    Created by author Jack Boyle, Boston Blackie was a master safecracker and hardened criminal who served time in a California prison. Rehabilitated, he decided to use his knowledge of the underworld to fight crime as an amateur detective. Known as "an enemy to those who make him an enemy, friend to those who have no friend", Boston Blackie's exploits were adapted to film, radio, and television.

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  • Suspense: Tales Well Calculated  by Blake Edwards, Antony Ellis, E. Jack Neuman, Gil Doud, Morton Fine, David Friedkin Narrated by Dana Andrews, Richard Widmark, Joseph Cotton, Alan Ladd, Agnes Moorehead, Joan Crawford, Dennis Day

    Suspense: Tales Well Calculated

    • ORIGINAL (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Blake Edwards, Antony Ellis, E. Jack Neuman, and others
    • Narrated By Dana Andrews, Richard Widmark, Joseph Cotton, and others
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    Radio Spirits is pleased to present 20 classic episodes of Suspense, one of radio's longest running and best mystery anthology series. This collection features programs from the early 1950's as produced and directed by Elliott Lewis.

  • Audio Archive presents Inner Sanctum, starring Boris Karloff in Edgar Allen Poe's 'The Tell Tale Heart' (






UNABRIDGED) by Edgar Allan Poe Narrated by Bill Mills, Boris Karloff

    Audio Archive presents Inner Sanctum, starring Boris Karloff in Edgar Allen Poe's 'The Tell Tale Heart'

    • UNABRIDGED (42 mins)
    • By Edgar Allan Poe
    • Narrated By Bill Mills, Boris Karloff
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    Chillers for thriller fans! A Special Edition of The Audio Archive, spotlighting both the Inner Sanctum Mysteries program and Boris Karloff starring in "The Tell Tale Heart".

    Inner Sanctum Mysteries featured one of the most memorable and atmospheric openings in radio history: an organist hit a dissonant chord, a doorknob turned, and the famous "creaking door" slowly began to open.

    Rebecca says: "Cool. Brings back Memories"
  • Dimension X: With Folded Hands (Dramatized)  by Jack Williamson

    Dimension X: With Folded Hands (Dramatized)

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    • By Jack Williamson
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    Why are so many old people dying of starvation - yet their pockets are stuffed with money? Based on a story by H.L. Gold. this episode of X Minus One originally aired on July 17, 1956.

  • The Whistler, Volume 1  by Hollywood 360 Narrated by Bill Forman

    The Whistler, Volume 1

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Hollywood 360
    • Narrated By Bill Forman
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    The Whistler was one of radio's top mystery programs airing from May 16, 1942 until September 22, 1955. The Whistler was an ominous narrator who opened each episode with, "I am the Whistler, and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales, many secrets hidden in the hearts of men andwomen who have stepped into the shadows. I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak."

  • 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.