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ESK

ESK Moscow, Russia Member Since 2011

There are books of the same chemical composition as dynamite. The only difference is that a piece of dynamite explodes once, whereas a book explodes a thousand times. ― Yevgeny Zamyatin

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  • ""That was no Martian, it's Hall..."

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    It's a masterful radio dramatization dating back to 1938. The radio play allegedly "stirred terror through the U.S." and "terrified the nation". The broadcast started with the introduction by Orson Welles: "We know now that in the early years of the twentieth century this world was being watched closely by intelligences greater than man's and yet as mortal as his own." The broadcast went on followed by a weather report and interviews that were meant to make the dramatization sound realistic. Then there was a special news bulletin announcing that an object about 30 yards wide had fallen on a farm at Grovers Mill.
    What the news reporter saw next he described as "the most terrifying thing" he had ever witnessed...
    I was hooked by this true-to-life radio adaptation. The way the Martian invasion and its aftermath were reported, and the enactment of one of the few survivors were brilliant.

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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.

  • 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.

  • 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!"
  • 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"
  • 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.

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  • Inner Sanctum Mysteries  by PDQ Audioworks

    Inner Sanctum Mysteries

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By PDQ Audioworks
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    Inner Sanctum was one of old-time radio's most popular mystery series! Here are 20 half-hour episodes of the original radio broadcasts, digitally remastered. This was a popular old-time radio program that aired from January 7, 1941, to October 5, 1952. It featured stories of mystery, terror, and suspense. The tongue-in-cheek introductions were in sharp contrast to shows like Suspense and The Whistler.

  • Audio Archive Presents Dashiell Hammett's 'The Thin Man': A LUX Theater Episode Plus Special Commentary (






UNABRIDGED) by Dashiell Hammett Narrated by William Powell, Myrna Loy, Bill Mills

    Audio Archive Presents Dashiell Hammett's 'The Thin Man': A LUX Theater Episode Plus Special Commentary

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 15 mins)
    • By Dashiell Hammett
    • Narrated By William Powell, Myrna Loy, Bill Mills
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    Here is the classic 60-minute Lux Radio Theater adaptation of the 1930s movie hit, recreated with the original film stars and director! This Audio Archive feature presentation delivers William Powell and Myrna Loy, who reprise thei roles as Nick and Nora Charles, the sophisticated lovers at the heart of Dashiell Hammett's immortal romantic-mystery masterpiece, The Thin Man.

    donna says: "I still love the thin man!"
  • The Best of Duffy's Tavern: The Golden Age of Radio, Old Time Radio Shows and Serials  by Ed Gardner Narrated by Ed Gardner

    The Best of Duffy's Tavern: The Golden Age of Radio, Old Time Radio Shows and Serials

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ed Gardner
    • Narrated By Ed Gardner
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    Duffy's Tavern, an American radio situation comedy which ran for 10 years, often featured top-name stage and film guest stars but always hooked those around the misadventures, get-rich-quick-scheming, and romantic missteps of the title establishment's malaprop-prone, metaphor-mixing manager, Archie, played by the writer/actor who co-created the show, Ed Gardner. In the show's familiar opening, "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling," either solo on an old-sounding piano or by a larger orchestra, was interrupted by the ring of a telephone....

  • The Six Shooter: Gray Steel  by Frank Burt Narrated by James Stewart

    The Six Shooter: Gray Steel

    • ORIGINAL (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Frank Burt
    • Narrated By James Stewart
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    "The man in the saddle is angular and long legged…the gun in his holster is gray steel - its handle unmarked." Lean of figure and tanned of skin, his steely eyes gaze out over the violent frontier of the American West. He's a quiet man - but one not to be crossed. He's film legend James Stewart in his only continuing radio role as Britt Ponsett: The Six Shooter. Here are twenty tense, exciting episodes from the 1953-54 series - including the original audition!

    John N. Sigman says: "The Six Shooter starring James stewart"
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  • After the Thin Man: Classic Movies on the Radio  by Lux Radio Theatre Narrated by William Powell, Myrna Loy

    After the Thin Man: Classic Movies on the Radio

    • ORIGINAL (59 mins)
    • By Lux Radio Theatre
    • Narrated By William Powell, Myrna Loy
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    This radio dramatization of the classic movie, featuring the original stars, aired on June 17, 1940.

  • The Shadow Vol. 10  by The Shadow Narrated by Bill Johnstone

    The Shadow Vol. 10

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By The Shadow
    • Narrated By Bill Johnstone
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    This collection of the The Shadow contains five episodes of the classic radio series:

    Murder in the Death House (1/7/1940)
    Precipice Called Death (1/21/1940)
    Death on the Bridge (3/3/1940)
    Oracle of Death (10/20/1940)
    Carnival of Death (11/10/1940)

  • The Shadow Vol. 11  by The Shadow Narrated by Bill Johnstone

    The Shadow Vol. 11

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By The Shadow
    • Narrated By Bill Johnstone
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    This collection of the The Shadow contains five episodes of the classic radio series:

    The Curse of Shiva (12/1/1940)
    The Voice of Death (12/8/1940)
    Joey's Christmas Story (12/22/1940)
    Ghost on the Stair (12/29/1940)
    The Leopard Strikes (1/5/1941)

  • The Shadow Vol. 12  by The Shadow Narrated by Bill Johnstone

    The Shadow Vol. 12

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By The Shadow
    • Narrated By Bill Johnstone
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    This collection of the The Shadow contains five episodes of the classic radio series:

    Ghost Building (1/12/1941)
    The Shadow Challenged (1/19/1941)
    The Chess Club Murders (2/23/1941)
    Death Rides a Broomstick (3/2/1941)
    Murder Underground (3/9/1941)

  • Richard Diamond, Private Detective, Vol. 1  by Hollywood 360 Narrated by Dick Powell, full cast

    Richard Diamond, Private Detective, Vol. 1

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Hollywood 360
    • Narrated By Dick Powell, full cast
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    Richard Diamond, Private Detective came to NBC Radio in 1949, starring film actor and crooner Dick Powell. Powell had recently played Philip Marlowe in the popular RKO film Murder, My Sweet and jumped at the chance to play a suave detective on the radio. Diamond was a lighthearted, New York - based private eye who enjoyed ribbing the cops and singing songs to his millionaire girlfriend, Helen Asher.

  • Green Hornet: Sting of Justice  by Fran Striker, Dan Beattie Narrated by Al Hodge, Raymond Toyo, Lenore Allman

    Green Hornet: Sting of Justice

    • ORIGINAL (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Fran Striker, Dan Beattie
    • Narrated By Al Hodge, Raymond Toyo, Lenore Allman
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    Britt Reid, like all great crime fighters, hid his identity - behind an alter-ego. As the Green Hornet, he was often a suspect in the very crimes he ultimately solved. He buzzed into homes across the country, promoting law and order, while staying just one step ahead of the law himself! Join him and his faithful sidekick Kato as they "hunt the biggest of all game, public enemies who try to destroy our America" in 20 nail-biting adventures - many of which are available here to the public for the first time since their original broadcast.

  • The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Stuttering Ghosts & Other Mysteries  by Arthur Conan Doyle, Anthony Boucher, Denis Green, Leonard Lee, Edith Meiser Narrated by Tom Conway, Nigel Bruce, Peggy Webber, Gale Gordon, Jay Novello, Gavin Gordon, Frederick Worlock

    The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Stuttering Ghosts & Other Mysteries

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle, Anthony Boucher, Denis Green, and others
    • Narrated By Tom Conway, Nigel Bruce, Peggy Webber, and others
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    Dr. Watson, that excellent host and incomparable storyteller, awaits us in his familiar study to relate another of his adventures with Sherlock Holmes. From the fog-shrouded streets of Victorian London come 16 intriguing episodes, starring Tom Conway as Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Watson, in scripts by mystery legends Denis Green, Anthony Boucher, and more!

  • The Adventures of Philip Marlowe  by Raymond Chandler, Mel Dinelli, Gene Levitt, Bob Mitchell Narrated by Van Heflin, Gerald Mohr

    The Adventures of Philip Marlowe

    • ORIGINAL (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Raymond Chandler, Mel Dinelli, Gene Levitt, and others
    • Narrated By Van Heflin, Gerald Mohr
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    Van Heflin and Gerald Mohr each play the title role in these electric episodes, cracking wise with the of angry glee of a take-charge operative who careens, cajoles, shoves, shouts, and sometime shoots his way to a solution in his quest for a stolen object, a missing person, or a killer needing to be found. Includes two Van Heflin episodes never before available to the public since their original broadcast. Includes 20 digitally restored and re-mastered episodes.

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  • Our Miss Brooks: Boynton Blues  by Al Lewis, Joe Quillan Narrated by Eve Arden, Jeff Chandler, Mary Jane Croft, Gale Gordon, Richard Crenna, Jane Morgan

    Our Miss Brooks: Boynton Blues

    • ORIGINAL (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Al Lewis, Joe Quillan
    • Narrated By Eve Arden, Jeff Chandler, Mary Jane Croft, and others
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    These 20 digitally restored and re-mastered episodes co-star Gale Gordon as the blustery, autocratic Osgood Conklin; Richard Crenna as the ever-exuberant Walter Denton; and, Jane Morgan as absent-minded landlady Mrs. Davis.

  • Barrie Craig: Confidential Investigator  by Jon Roeburt, Lou Vittes Narrated by Ralph Bell, Parker Fennelly

    Barrie Craig: Confidential Investigator

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jon Roeburt, Lou Vittes
    • Narrated By Ralph Bell, Parker Fennelly
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    Prowling the dirty, crime-ridden byways of a city in the midst of violent post-war change, he kept a wry sense about the frailties of human life. Ralph Bell co-stars as Lt. Travis Rogers, and Parker Fennelly supplies his trademark Vermont wit as Craig's elevator operator, Jake, in ten digitally restored and re-mastered episodes of bookies, broads, masquerades, and murders!

  • The Mercury Theatre on the Air, Vol. 1  by Hollywood 360, CBS Radio Narrated by Orson Welles, full cast

    The Mercury Theatre on the Air, Vol. 1

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Hollywood 360, CBS Radio
    • Narrated By Orson Welles, full cast
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    The Mercury Theatre was an independent repertory company founded in New York City in 1937 by Orson Welles and producer John Houseman, who is best known for his Oscar-winning performance as Professor Charles Kingsfield in the The Paper Chase. After a series of acclaimed stage productions, Welles and his Mercury Theatre were offered theirown weekly hour-long radio program over the CBS radio network.