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Cliff

Cliff madison, MS, United States Member Since 2009

I write reviews to help readers, not to win votes. My reviews are my honest opinion whether popular or not. I hope they help you. ;)

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  • "More fun with the Shadow."

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    This is a great walk down memory lane. Sure the stories are pretty thin and the characters are two dimensional, but hey it's the SHADOW! No one better voiced the shadow than Orson Welles. This is like a really fun time capsule. I love listening to these when I have to drive at night. These are fun stories with all the comercials incuded which is a nice touch. If you like the old Shadow serials you will definitely enjoy this one.

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    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"
  • "If you love the old serials this is..."

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    Once again another collection of the old Shadow serials. The stories and characters aren't the greates, but OrsonWelles is so good as the Shadow, who really cares? These are a great look back at a different time and place. I used to own most of these on casette at one time and it is nice to have them in a digital format. If you love the Shadow you will love this one for certain.

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    Strange Puzzles: The Shadow

    • ORIGINAL (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Edith Meiser, Walter Gibson
    • Narrated By Orson Welles, Bill Johnstone, Bret Morrison, and others
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    Music, madness, death, and darkness face amateur criminologist Lamont Cranston and The Shadow. In the midst of the most classic of mystery motifs - from foreboding castles to frame ups - he unravels each remarkable riddle. From elusive treasure to conclusive evidence: How? Why? And, who dunnit? Let your curiosity lead you through two newly discovered Orson Welles episodes, available here for the first time since their original broadcasts in 1938 - "He Died at Twelve" and "The Black Buddha."

    Cliff says: "If you love the old serials this is for you."
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  • UNABRIDGED
    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.

  • 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."
  • 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"
  • 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"
  • Robert Heinlein Radio Dramas

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 46 mins)
    • By Robert Heinlein
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    This collection features four classic, dramatized Robert Heinlein stories: "Universe", "Requiem", "The Green Hills of Earth", and "The Roads Must Roll".

    Chris says: "Heinlein at his Best"
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  • Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar, Volume 1: Classic Radio Collection

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Hollywood 360
    • Narrated By Bob Bailey, full cast
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    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Sir John Gielgud, Orson Welles
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    Sir John Gielgud stars as Sherlock Holmes with Sir Ralph Richardson as Dr. Watson. John's brother, Val Gielgud, the celebrated mystery author and producer, directs several episodes and co-stars in one of them... as Sherlock's brother! As a finishing touch, Orson Welles plays the evil Moriarty. The shows created by this very special team are possibly the greatest Sherlock Holmes radio programs ever produced. This set features all sixteen episodes in their most complete surviving examples - taken from what currently exists of the syndication masters.

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  • The Saint: Solves the Case

    • ORIGINAL (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Leslie Charteris
    • Narrated By Vincent Price, Tom Conway, Denis Green
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    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.

  • 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!"
  • Gunsmoke, Season 2

    • ORIGINAL (22 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By PDQ Audioworks
    • Narrated By William Conrad
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    Everyone's favorite western, Gunsmoke debuted on 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 52 episodes from the second radio season, and are the live cast recordings from the original on-air performances. Digitally remastered.

  • Classic Ghost Stories

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 3 mins)
    • By Saland Publishing
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    Three classic Ghost stories originally recorded for radio in the 1930s and performed by Inner Sanctum.

    Kathi says: "Difficult to hear"
  • Dragnet Old Time Radio Shows, Volume 1: 39 Commercial-Free Episodes

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jack Webb
    • Narrated By Jack Webb
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    The story you are about to hear is true... This famous line opened each weekly episode of one of the most popular radio dramas of all time: Dragnet. In this exclusive commercial free 39-episode collection from 1949-1950, join Sergeant Joe Friday and his partners as they follow a system of coordinated measures (the dragnet) for apprehending criminals or suspects. As always, each episode ends with the results of the trial after the criminals are apprehended.

  • Gunsmoke, Vol. 1

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Hollywood 360, CBS Radio
    • Narrated By William Conrad, uncredited, Parley Baer, and others
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    Radio Westerns were strictly for kids until 1952, when Gunsmoke hit the radio airwaves. The stories were grim, the deaths brutal, and life on the plains was harsh. Radio audiences had never heard anything like Gunsmoke, and they made it the number one Western on the radio. It soon made a successful transition to television, becoming the longest-running dramatic series in television history.

  • The Amos 'n' Andy Show, Vol. 1

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Hollywood 360
    • Narrated By Freeman Gosden, Charles Correll
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    During the height of its popularity, almost the entire country listened to the fifteen-minute, Monday-through-Friday adventures of Amos and Andy. Department stores open in the evening piped in the broadcasts so shoppers wouldn't miss an episode; movie theaters scheduled their features to end just prior to the start of Amos 'n' Andy so they too could pipe it in. The characters were members of the Mystic Knights of the Sea Lodge, of which George Stevens was "the Kingfish."

  • Night Call: The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas

    • ORIGINAL (41 mins)
    • By Richard Matheson
    • Narrated By Mariette Hartley
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    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.

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  • Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar, Volume 1: Classic Radio Collection

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Hollywood 360
    • Narrated By Bob Bailey, full cast
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    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.

  • Have Gun - Will Travel, Volume 1

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Hollywood 360
    • Narrated By John Dehner, a full cast
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    Have Gun - Will Travel follows the adventures of Paladin, a soldier of fortune turned hired gunfighter, played by John Dehner. Paladin prefers to settle problems without violence, yet when forced to fight, he excels. He lives at the swanky Carlton Hotel in San Francisco, where he dresses in formal wear, eats gourmet food, attends the opera, and enjoys the company of beautiful women. When working as a gun-for-hire, he dresses in all black, uses calling cards, and wears a holster decorated with a chess knight emblem. This symbol refers to his name and his occupation as a champion-for-hire.

  • Rare Daws Butler, Volume 3

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr)
    • By Charles Dawson Butler, Don Messick
    • Narrated By Charles Dawson Butler, Don Messick, Doug Young
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    Rare Daws Butler, Volume Three offers a full hour of lost audio from the mind - and voice - of the genius behind so many beloved cartoon characters. Included here are "Huckleberry Hound and the Ghost Ship" and "Quick Draw McGraw and the Treasure of Sarah's Mattress," remastered by Daws Butler protégé Joe Bevilacqua.