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brenty

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  • "Classic found footage radio"

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    Before Blair Witch and Paranormal Activity there was the Mercury Theatre production of War of the Worlds.

    Never mind being startled and scared by things that go bump in the night after watching a horror movie; this broadcast (and others like it) inspired actual widespread panic in those who missed the part at the beginning about it being a work of fiction. Seriously.

    Accept no substitutions. Listen to this classic radio drama and then check out the Radiolab show about it (Google is your friend). You'll be glad you did.

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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.

  • The Adventures of Philip Marlowe: Old Time Radio - 105 Shows  by Raymond Chandler, Gene Levitt, Robert Mitchell, Mel Dinelli, Kathleen Hite, Parley Baer Narrated by Gerald Mohr, Jeff Corey, Howard McNear

    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"
  • Inner Sanctum Mysteries: Oldtime Radio Shows  by Radio Revival Narrated by Old Time Radio

    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."
  • Suspense: Tales Well Calculated  by Blake Edwards, Antony Ellis, E. Jack Neuman, Gil Doud, Morton Fine, David Friedkin Narrated by Dana Andrews, Richard Widmark, Joseph Cotton, Alan Ladd, Agnes Moorehead, Joan Crawford, Dennis Day

    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.

  • The Whistler, Volume 1  by Hollywood 360 Narrated by Bill Forman

    The Whistler, Volume 1

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Hollywood 360
    • Narrated By Bill Forman
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    The Whistler was one of radio's top mystery programs airing from May 16, 1942 until September 22, 1955. The Whistler was an ominous narrator who opened each episode with, "I am the Whistler, and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales, many secrets hidden in the hearts of men andwomen who have stepped into the shadows. I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak."

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  • 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"
  • Frozen Frights, Volume 1  by Icebox Radio Theater

    Frozen Frights, Volume 1

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Icebox Radio Theater
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    "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.

    Ann Reeves says: "Great Frozen Tales"
  • Night Call: The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas  by Richard Matheson Narrated by Mariette Hartley

    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.

  • 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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  • 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"
  • 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.

  • The Shadow: Radio Treasures  by Fran Striker Narrated by Orson Welles, Margot Stevenson, Agnes Moorehead, Bill Johnstone, Bret Morrison, Marjorie Anderson, Grace Matthews

    The Shadow: Radio Treasures

    • ORIGINAL (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Fran Striker
    • Narrated By Orson Welles, Margot Stevenson, Agnes Moorehead, and others
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    Radio listeners first heard the sinister laugh of The Shadow on July 31, 1930. This 80th anniversary treasury includes two never-before-released shows starring Orson Welles and Margot Stevenson - "Revenge on the Shadow" and "The Hospital Murders" - from previously lost transcription records. This 9-hour digitally restored and remastered collection also includes the premiere broadcast of the 1937 radio revival.

  • Green Hornet: The Biggest Game  by Fran Striker, Dan Beattie Narrated by Al Hodge, Raymond Toyo, Gilbert Shea, Lenore Allman

    Green Hornet: The Biggest Game

    • ORIGINAL (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Fran Striker, Dan Beattie
    • Narrated By Al Hodge, Raymond Toyo, Gilbert Shea, and others
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    The Green Hornet and Kato return in this exciting collection of digitally remastered and restored radio adventures, working outside the law to battle kidnappers, rackets, fraud, and other sinister and nefarious enterprises of the criminal underworld. Featured in these programs is Al Hodge, the first actor to play the role of millionaire newspaperman Britt Reid, alias The Green Hornet. Join Hodge as he hunts the biggest of all game: public enemies that even the G-Men cannot reach.

    Larry says: "Amazing Stories Each Better Than the Last!!"
  • Classic Radio's Greatest Comedy Shows, Vol. 1: 12 Half-Hour Original Radio Broadcasts  by Hollywood 360 Narrated by various performers

    Classic Radio's Greatest Comedy Shows, Vol. 1: 12 Half-Hour Original Radio Broadcasts

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Hollywood 360
    • Narrated By various performers
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    This collection contains twelve of the greatest comedy shows ever broadcast during the golden age of radio. You'll hear Ozzie and Harriet Nelson in The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet, Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll as Amos 'n' Andy, Robert Young in Father Knows Best, Jim and Marian Jordan as Fibber McGee and Molly, William Bendix as Chester A. Riley in The Life of Riley, Lucille Ball in My Favorite Husband, and more.

  • Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons: Murder in the Air  by Frank Hummert, Lawrence Klee, Bob Shaw, Barbara Bates, Stedman Coles Narrated by Bennett Kilpack, Jim Kelly

    Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons: Murder in the Air

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Frank Hummert, Lawrence Klee, Bob Shaw, and others
    • Narrated By Bennett Kilpack, Jim Kelly
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    "One of the most famous characters of American fiction, in one of radio's most thrilling dramas." Someday he'll find you. Mr. Keen, that is! Radio's famous tracer of lost persons is back in this eight episode collection of puzzling mystery tales. Jim Kelly is heard as Mike Clancy - Saints preserve us! - and Bennett Kilpack stars as the kindly old investigator in some of his "most celebrated cases."

  • Jeff Regan, Investigator: Stand by for Mystery  by William Froug, William Fifield Narrated by Frank Graham, Paul Dubov, Frank Nelson, William Conrad, Arthur Q. Bryan, Lurene Tuttle

    Jeff Regan, Investigator: Stand by for Mystery

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By William Froug, William Fifield
    • Narrated By Frank Graham, Paul Dubov, Frank Nelson, and others
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    Hard as nails and every bit as sharp, that's Jeff Regan, investigator! Listen in as the top operative of the International Detective Bureau, and his boss, Anthony J. Lyon, scratch the underbelly of postwar urban crime in 12 digitally restored and remastered episodes. Frank Graham and Paul Dubov star as Regan, alongside Frank Nelson, William Conrad, Arthur Q. Bryan, Lurene Tuttle, and more.

  • The Fat Man and the Thin Man  by Dashiell Hammett, Milton Lewis Narrated by J. Scott Smart, William Powell, Les Damon, Les Tremayne, Myrna Loy, Claudia Morgan

    The Fat Man and the Thin Man

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Dashiell Hammett, Milton Lewis
    • Narrated By J. Scott Smart, William Powell, Les Damon, and others
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    J. Scott Smart stars as "The Fat Man", Brad Runyon, the stout-but-stalwart investigator who was first conceived as an arch villain in Hammett's classic novel The Maltese Falcon. Charismatic and captivating, Runyon has a way with the ladies, in spite of his 237 pounds. Nick Charles, "The Thin Man", was played on radio by William Powell, Les Damon, and Les Tremayne. Cases seem to fall in to Nick's lap...often dropped there by his wife, Nora (played by Myrna Loy and Claudia Morgan).

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  • 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.

  • Inner Sanctum: Romance Gone Wrong  by Milton Lewis, John Roeburt, Robert Sloane, Robert Newman, Harry Ingram, Gail Ingram, Sigmund Miller Narrated by Raymond Edward Johnson, Paul McGrath

    Inner Sanctum: Romance Gone Wrong

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Milton Lewis, John Roeburt, Robert Sloane, and others
    • Narrated By Raymond Edward Johnson, Paul McGrath
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    Raymond is the host with the most…skeletons in the closet, that is. Welcome to the Inner Sanctum. Raymond Edward Johnson and Paul McGrath will be your playfully pernicious presenters, introducing eerie tales of scheming spouses and their deadly demands. It can be murder when brutal better halves take "'til death do us part" as a challenge. What does it sound like when a heart breaks? Maybe it sounds like Raymond's door…creaking like the opening of a long sealed casket, scraping like the chains of a prisoner on the dungeon floor...

  • Escape: High Adventure  by W. Somerset Maugham, Stephen Vincent Benet, John Collier, Alexander Woollcott, Morton Fine, David Friedkin, E. Jack Neuman Narrated by William Conrad, Paul Frees, Georgia Ellis, John Dehner, Frank Lovejoy, Raymond Burr, Stacy Harris

    Escape: High Adventure

    • ORIGINAL (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham, Stephen Vincent Benet, John Collier, and others
    • Narrated By William Conrad, Paul Frees, Georgia Ellis, and others
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    "Tired of the everyday grind? Ever dream of a life of… romantic adventure? Want to get away from it all? We offer you…Escape!" Radio Spirits is pleased to present 20 classic tales from one of radio's greatest action and adventure series. This collection will bring you tales of black pearls, headhunters, volcanoes, Nazi convoys and cargos of gold in exotic settings and locales - from South of the Border to Dutch East India, Paris, North Africa and points unknown!

  • Damon Runyon Theatre: Dolls and Guys and Broadway  by Damon Runyon, Russell Hughes Narrated by John Brown

    Damon Runyon Theatre: Dolls and Guys and Broadway

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Damon Runyon, Russell Hughes
    • Narrated By John Brown
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    For gamblers, burlesque queens, murderers and innocents, comedy and tragedy were found in equal measure on the streets of Damon Runyon's Manhattan. Runyon, one of the most popular and widely-read figures of the Golden Age of the American Short Story, found his work was cut to measure for success in the most verbal medium of all: Radio drama. John Brown stars as the glib Broadway, whose scene-setting brings a distinctive unifying touch to these fourteen digitally remastered episodes of the classic Damon Runyon Theatre radio series.

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  • 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.