Mr. Keen was first heard on NBC on Oct. 12, 1937, as a 15-minute serial. The show moved to CBS in 1942 and remained a serial until 1943, when it became a weekly half-hour show. Mr. Keen and Mike Clancy were primarily homicide detectives. Bennett Kilpack was the longest-running Mr. Keen; Philip Clarke took over late in the run. Jim Kelly was Mike Clancy, and Richard Leonard directed.
It's on-the-job training for your nerves as Radio's Outstanding Theatre of Thrills takes a look at crimes and calamites in the workplace! Listen to the "Man in Black" as he introduces you to corrupt colleagues who are responsible for more than the bottom line. But don't worry. You're in the hands of professionals with Van Heflin, Ronald Colman, Joseph Cotten, Elliott Lewis, Joseph Kearns, William Conrad, and Richard Widmark.
If you got the idea that Pat Novak was a rather single-minded fellow, you'd be wrong. He appreciated liquor every bit as much as he appreciated women. He could be found most nights popping shots and wisecracks with his saloon-owner pal, Jocko Madigan (Tudor Owen). But, most of all, he appreciated the crisp greenness of a new 50-dollar bill. Operating out of the grim San Francisco waterfront, Novak didn't have much use for anyone and didn't much care who knew it.
Bill Johnstone and Bret Morrison star as amateur criminologist Lamont Cranston, alias The Shadow, "a man of wealth, a student of science, and master of other people's minds" who has devoted his life to "righting wrongs, protecting the innocent, and punishing the guilty".
Radio's Outstanding Theatre of Thrills seldom stayed in one place for long. Over the course of its 20-year run, Suspense presented stories that spanned the entire Earth. From the four corners of the globe come tales of shock and tension! Distant lands, exotic settings, and the mystery of the unknown all converge to bring you outstanding tales of...Suspense!
Jerry North, the suave and successful book publisher, is married to the resourceful, glamorous, and quick-witted Pam. This terrific twosome is just as comfortable dealing with blood stains and dead bodies as they are hosting dinner parties or going out for an evening of dancing. And that's a good thing...because each week finds them smack in the middle of a murder! Fortunately, these amateur criminologists always get to the bottom of things.
Dick Powell established himself as a silver screen icon in the 1930s as the apple-cheeked crooning sensation in countless Depression-era musicals. But the 1940s found him playing every tough guy from Philip Marlowe to Richard Rogue...to Richard Diamond, private detective. Powell's portrayal of Diamond and his flawless chemistry with Virginia Gregg as the detective's socialite girlfriend, Helen Asher, brought the series' admiringly clever scripts to life.
Sharp-suited sharpies, slick-talking slicksters, high-rolling gamblers, and habitués of the racetrack - they're all here, and it's all in fun! Straight from the imagination of the legendary Broadway raconteur Damon Runyon, here is another rollicking collection of stories about bets and debts, lovers and losers, con men and wise guys.
Jim & Marian Jordan star as Fibber and Molly McGee, holding down the home front in these war-year episodes. Fighting the battle of Wistful Vista involves volunteering for the Red Cross, dealing with shortages, contributing to scrap metal and war bond drives, and sending letters by V-Mail...plus keeping an eye out for spies and an ear out for patriotic songs performed by The King's Men.
It's time for Lum 'n' Abner! Chester Lauck and Norris Goff are doin' the talkin' as Lum Edwards and Abner Peabody in 36 more digitally restored and remastered episodes. Their continuing escapades find friends getting cultured, getting sued, and getting drafted! How will the fellers pay the bills from their failed rocket project? Who did Cedric get himself engaged to? What is the Golden Era Discussion Club? Why are so many people leaving town? Come find out. Let's see what's going on down in Pine Ridge.
Anchors aweigh! Howling winds and crashing surf! Splintered masts and shattered hulls! Mutinous seadogs and steel-eyed captains! There's nothing like high adventure on the high seas! Hear hair-raising, heart-stirring deep-sea dramas produced and directed by William N. Robson, Norman Macdonnell, Antony Ellis, Morton Fine, and David Friedkin.
"Hello, creeps!" Desperate times call for desperate measures, and sometimes the only question left is whether or not you think you can get away with it. Hosts Peter Lorre, Bernard Lenrow, and Roc Rogers are your experts on the evils of man's darker nature. They bring you tales of close shaves, sponsored by Mollé Brushless Shaving Cream.
Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve requests the honor of your presence at the marriage of his niece, Marjorie Forrester, to Bronco Thompson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Thompson at Summerfield Church on May 10, 1950. Harold Peary, starring as Uncle Mort, finds himself at odds with Bronco's parents, at loose ends with love interest Kathy Milford, and at a loss on how to deal with Marjorie's impending departure. But he's got trusted and treasured friends in Summerfield to help him through.
Go to the scene of the crime with Jack "Flashgun" Casey, crime photographer for the Morning Express! When he goes out to cover a murder, his pictures do more than just appear in the newspaper. Casey and his girlfriend, reporter Ann Williams, always find some clue in his photos that lead them to delve deeper in to the details of the crime. Together, with the help of Captain Logan of the police department, they crack countless cases.
Our Miss Brooks was a hit on radio from the outset; within eight months of its launch as a regular series, the show landed several honors, including four for Eve Arden, who won polls in four individual publications of the time. Arden had actually been the third choice to play the title role. Harry Ackerman, at the time CBS's West Coast director of programming, wanted Shirley Booth for the part.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's detective genius, Sherlock Holmes, first came to NBC radio in 1930, starring Richard Gordon. By 1939, Basil Rathbone took over as Holmes, with Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson. The duo were simultaneously starring in a very popular series of Sherlock Holmes' movies for the Fox and Universal studios.
Created by Frances and Richard Lockridge, Mr. & Mrs. North were fictional amateur detectives appearing in novels, motion pictures, radio, and television. The Norths were not professional detectives but simply a well-to-do New York couple who stumbled across a murder or two every week and felt compelled to solve the crimes. A 1942 MGM movie starred William Post, Jr. and George Burns' wife, Gracie Allen.
Produced in New York, Murder at Midnight came to ABC Radio in September of 1946 and featured horror stories with supernatural twists. Raymond Morgan, a former Long Island minister who had left the cloth for the excitement of radio, was the foreboding host who each week uttered the lines, "Midnight, the witching hour, when the night is darkest, our fears the strongest, and our strength at its lowest ebb. Midnight, when the graves gape open and death strikes."
Beginning with Tarzan, the pulp era was full of jungle heroes. Jungle Jim is one of the unique ones. He was not a barely literate, loincloth-clad tree-dwelling wild man but rather Jim Bradley, a great white hunter in the mold of heroes of earlier popular fiction such as H. Rider Haggard's Allan Quatermain and Lord John Roxton from Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World, who represented the colonial view of the so-called primitive regions of the globe.
The Shadow was long believed to have debuted on radio as a program in its own right on September 26, 1937, on the Mutual Broadcasting System. But the character actually premiered in September 1931, on CBS, as part of the hourlong The Blue Coal Radio Revue (named for the show's sponsor), featuring Frank Readick - The Shadow announcer of Detective Stories - as The Shadow, and playing Sundays at 5:30 p.m. Eastern standard time.
"a good collection"
Suspense went through several major phases, characterized by different hosts, sponsors, and director/producers. Formula plot devices were followed for all but a handful of episodes: The protagonist was usually a normal person suddenly dropped into a threatening or bizarre situation; solutions were "withheld until the last possible second"; and evildoers were usually punished in the end.
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.
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.
"Here is my review for what is worth."
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.
"OH, FOR FORD'S SAKE"
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.
"The classic that shook the world"
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.
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"
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 64 episodes from the first radio season, and are the live cast recordings from the original on-air performances.
"Flawed, but good, collection of the classic series"
First heard on network radio in 1948, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar chronicled the adventures of freelance insurance investigator Johnny Dollar, "the man with the action-packed expense account."
For 14 years, it was one of the most popular detective shows on the air, lasting until the final days of network radio drama in 1962. Each story started with a phone call from an insurance executive calling on Johnny Dollar to investigate an unusual claim. His investigations usually required him to travel to distant locales and often involved murder.
"The last and best of the radio detectives"
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.
"Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would be proud"
"You never think to look at the weather when you ice fish." So begins one man's amazing journey onto frozen lakes of Minnesota. Trapped by a vicious storm, a fisherman holds on against the horrifying thing that comes for him out of the storm.
"Great Frozen Tales"
Gunshots, fist fights, and footsteps in the dark! Come hear crime and mystery, action and suspense with radio's greatest detectives! Ten hours of bracing crime-stopping broadcasts bring you Sherlock Holmes, Sam Spade, The Saint, The Shadow, Johnny Dollar, Bulldog Drummond - and 14 more favorites! Vincent Price, Bob Bailey, Basil Rathbone, Howard Duff, Dick Powell, and more star in 20 tales that are hard boiled and heroic, brilliant and bloody.
This collection features 13 of the best radio performances by one of America's most beloved stars.
"A few gems in here."
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."
This 10-hour collection features 43 digitally restored and remastered episodes, including such gems as the series only nine-part storyline, and an episode of Romance that features Bailey as an impulsive chap named Johnny in a mid-east adventure!
"Great classic radio!"
This collection features three classic, dramatized Isaac Asimov stories: "Pebble in the Sky", "Nightfall", and "Hostess".
"3 classic short sci-fi stories"
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.