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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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    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
    Overall
    (118)
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    (57)
    Story
    (60)

    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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    (53)
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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!"
  • The Saint Is Heard  by Leslie Charteris Narrated by Vincent Price, Larry Dobkin

    The Saint Is Heard

    • ORIGINAL (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Leslie Charteris
    • Narrated By Vincent Price, Larry Dobkin
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    He was well dressed, well traveled, and well educated. He was also The Saint, the "Robin Hood of modern crime", who was not afraid to break the law if that's what had to be done to ensure that justice was served. Larry Dobkin co-stars as Louie the Cabbie in these digitally restored and remastered tales that find Templar sailing, skiing, and delving in to the disparate worlds of mining, baseball, prizefighting, mystery writing, and more.

  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes  by Arthur Conan Doyle Narrated by Sir John Gielgud, Orson Welles

    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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  • Escape! Classics  by Rudyard Kipling, Ambrose Bierce Narrated by Vincent Price, Jack Webb, William Conrad, Frank Lovejoy, John Dehner, Joan Banks

    Escape! Classics

    • ORIGINAL (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Rudyard Kipling, Ambrose Bierce
    • Narrated By Vincent Price, Jack Webb, William Conrad, and others
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    Doses of concentrated thrills and pure, raw excitement are delivered directly on the heels of the most explosive musical theme in radio - a crashing rendition of Mussorgsky's "Night On Bald Mountain". Produced and directed by William N. Robson, Norman MacDonnell, and Antony Ellis - and featuring stories by Rudyard Kipling, Ambrose Bierce, and more - Escape is capable of chilling spines as expertly as it accelerates heartbeats.

  • 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
    Overall
    (61)
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    (59)
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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"
  • 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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    (180)
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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"
  • Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar  by Jack Johnstone Narrated by Bob Bailey

    Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jack Johnstone
    • Narrated By Bob Bailey
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    (14)
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    >Everyone's looking for a way to beat the insurance system, but most of us aren't willing to cheat it. Those who are may be ready to do more than deceive and steal…they may be prepared to kill. The bullets fly and the criminals lie, but the payoff isn't a sure thing - not when "the system" calls in unflinching freelance investigator Johnny Dollar! Bob Bailey stars as Dollar in six digitally restored and remastered five-part serials.

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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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    (36)
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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 Adventures of Sam Spade, Detective: Volumes One & Two  by Dashiell Hammett Narrated by Howard Duff, Steve Dunne

    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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    (11)
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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"
  • 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"
  • Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar, Volume 1: Classic Radio Collection  by Hollywood 360 Narrated by Bob Bailey, full cast

    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.

    Woo! Woo! says: "The last and best of the radio detectives"
  • 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.