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Jean G. Zorn

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  • "Bring Back Howard Duff"

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    What did you love best about The Adventures of Sam Spade, Detective: Volumes One & Two?

    When Howard Duff was Sam Spade, the performance was 5-star. Sadly, the producers were frightened by the McCarthy "there's a commie under every bed" scare, and fired him. His replacements, including Steve Dunne, were uniformly dreadful. One star at best.


    What three words best describe Howard Duff and Steve Dunne ’s voice?

    Duff -- debonaire, sexy, charming
    Dunne -- not very good


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Sam Spade stories were not supposed to be moving; they were supposed to be charming and funny.


    Any additional comments?

    There are of course a few remnants of the 50s that have to be overlooked -- like the rampant sexism. Every woman is either a femme fatale, a devil in a sexy red dress, or an airhead. We are all supposed to love Sam's Secretary, who is in the airhead column. Hard to take these days.

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    The Adventures of Sam Spade, Detective: Volumes One & Two

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Dashiell Hammett
    • Narrated By Howard Duff, Steve Dunne
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    Steely. Seasoned. Smart-alecky. The storied San Francisco snooper is back! Share the exciting exploits of Dashiell Hammett's famous gumshoe through this thrilling 6-hour collection. Featuring all of the episodes from both our Volume One and Volume Two collections, Howard Duff and Steve Dunne star as Sam Spade in 12 madcap capers from 1946 - 1951. As crass as he is charismatic, this dynamic detective attracts a curious clientele - gentlemen who tend to drop dead and ladies who are drop-dead gorgeous.

    Jean G. Zorn says: "Bring Back Howard Duff"
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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.

  • 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.

  • Gunsmoke, Season 1  by PDQ Audioworks Narrated by William Conrad

    Gunsmoke, Season 1

    • ORIGINAL (31 hrs and 36 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 64 episodes from the first radio season, and are the live cast recordings from the original on-air performances.

    Russell Weber says: "Flawed, but good, collection of the classic series"
  • 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.

  • 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!"
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  • Jean Shepherd: Pomp and Circumstance (






UNABRIDGED) by Jean Shepherd

    Jean Shepherd: Pomp and Circumstance

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jean Shepherd
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    Jean Shepherd, author of A Christmas Story, again demonstrates his broad knowledge, unusual turn of mind, and humor, in this series of programs. From monologues of tragedy in the world of children, the seemingly minor disappointment of not being chosen for a game or a team, to commentary on tall tales and Midwest humor, these shows will captivate everyone fascinated by the style of Jean Shepherd - from subtle to bombastic - and the mind behind the style.

  • 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.

  • 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"
  • The Weird Circle: The Pistol Shot (Dramatized)  by Alexander Pushkin

    The Weird Circle: The Pistol Shot (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (25 mins)
    • By Alexander Pushkin
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    The Weird Circle, featuring tales of terror and horror, aired from 1943-1947, mainly on the Mutual radio network. This episode was originally broadcast on March 18, 1945.

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  • Dimension X: Nightfall (Dramatized)  by Isaac Asimov

    Dimension X: Nightfall (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (29 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
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    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.

    Conrad Halling says: "Pretty Good Adaptation"
  • 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"
  • 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"
  • Golden Age of Radio: Radio's All Time Greatest Shows (






UNABRIDGED) by Phoenix Audio Narrated by uncredited

    Golden Age of Radio: Radio's All Time Greatest Shows

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Phoenix Audio
    • Narrated By uncredited
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    Features: "You Bet Your Life": "The Secret Word is Clock"; "Fibber McGee": "Criminals on the Loose"; "The Green Hornet": "Words and Music"; "X1": "The Sea Chute"; "Gangbusters": "The Case of the Jersey Butcher Bandits"; "Red Ryder": "Trouble at Bouillon Bend"; "Sherlock Holmes": "The Blackmailer & Sherlock Holmes": "Scandal in Bohemia".

    Steve says: "Very Entertaining"
  • Bold Venture Starring Humphrey Bogart & Lauren Bacall  by PDQ Audiobooks Narrated by Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall

    Bold Venture Starring Humphrey Bogart & Lauren Bacall

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By PDQ Audiobooks
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall
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    Bogart is Slate Shannon, a hotelier who owns a boat he calls “Bold Venture” and Bacall as Sailor Duval, is his love interest/foil who joins him on adventures of rescue, intrigue, and crime fighting set against the colorful backdrop that is Cuba, as they become detectives for hire. The repartee between Bogie and Bacall is witty and biting as they turn some tongue-in-cheek dialogue into sparkling chemistry that far transcends the script.

  • Our Miss Brooks, Vol. 1  by Hollywood 360, CBS Radio Narrated by Eve Arden, Gale Gordon

    Our Miss Brooks, Vol. 1

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Hollywood 360, CBS Radio
    • Narrated By Eve Arden, Gale Gordon
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    Our Miss Brooks was a highly popular radio sitcom that was eventually adapted for both television and film. It starred Hollywood film and New York stage veteran Eve Arden, who specialized in playing the wisecracking friend. She often did it better than anyone else, receiving an Oscar nomination for the 1945 film Mildred Pierce. Since her skill with the wicked one-liner was beginning to lead to typecasting, Arden signed on for the lead in radio's Our Miss Brooks to find a new image.

  • 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.

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  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!