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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.

  • 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"
  • Alfred Hitchcock Radio Movies Collection  by Screen Guild Players, Academy Award Theatre, Screen Director's Playhouse, more Narrated by Loretta Young, Joseph Cotten, Mercedes McCambridge, Alfred Hitchcock, Ray Milland, Ruth Roman, Robert Montgomery, Ida Lupino

    Alfred Hitchcock Radio Movies Collection

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs)
    • By Screen Guild Players, Academy Award Theatre, Screen Director's Playhouse, and others
    • Narrated By Loretta Young, Joseph Cotten, Mercedes McCambridge, and others
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    This collection of radio dramatizations from master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock features many of the classic films' original stars.

  • 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!"
  • 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.

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  • Tight Shoes: Classic Movies on the Radio  by Screen Guild Theater Narrated by Red Skelton, Lucille Ball

    Tight Shoes: Classic Movies on the Radio

    • ORIGINAL (29 mins)
    • By Screen Guild Theater
    • Narrated By Red Skelton, Lucille Ball
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    This radio dramatization of the classic movie, based on a Damon Runyon story, originally aired on April 12, 1942.

  • Champagne for Caesar: Classic Movies on the Radio  by Screen Guild Players Narrated by Ronald Colman, Vincent Price, Art Linkletter

    Champagne for Caesar: Classic Movies on the Radio

    • ORIGINAL (59 mins)
    • By Screen Guild Players
    • Narrated By Ronald Colman, Vincent Price, Art Linkletter
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    This radio dramatization of the classic movie, featuring the original stars, aired on October 5, 1950.

  • Winchester '73: Classic Movies on the Radio  by Lux Radio Theatre Narrated by James Stewart

    Winchester '73: Classic Movies on the Radio

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr)
    • By Lux Radio Theatre
    • Narrated By James Stewart
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    This radio dramatization of the classic movie, featuring the original stars, aired on November 12, 1951.

    J. says: "Classic Jimmy Stewart"
  • 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.

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  • 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"
  • The Bob Hope Show, Vol. 4  by Bob Hope Narrated by Bob Hope, Bette Davis, Rita Hayworth, Dorothy Lamour, Paulette Goddard, Veronica Lake, Orson Welles, Jane Wyman

    The Bob Hope Show, Vol. 4

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Bob Hope
    • Narrated By Bob Hope, Bette Davis, Rita Hayworth, and others
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    This collection features five episodes of the classic NBC radio show starring Bob Hope: Bette Davis, Rita Hayworth, Dorothy Lamour, Paulette Goddard, Veronica Lake, Orson Welles, and Jane Wyman.

  • Dimension X: Report on the Barnhouse Effect (Dramatized)  by Kurt Vonnegut, Claris A. Ross (adaptation)

    Dimension X: Report on the Barnhouse Effect (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (28 mins)
    • By Kurt Vonnegut, Claris A. Ross (adaptation)
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    A professor discovers the secret of mind over matter - then struggles to keep his power out of the hands of the military. Based on a Kurt Vonnegut story, this episode of Dimension X originally aired on April 22, 1950.

    Kristi says: "Radio story about Man with the Magic Mind!"
  • Burns & Allen: And Friends  by Keith Fowler, Paul Henning Narrated by Rita Hayworth, Frank Sinatra, George Burns, Gracie Allen, Veronica Lake, Fred Astaire, Alan Ladd

    Burns & Allen: And Friends

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Keith Fowler, Paul Henning
    • Narrated By Rita Hayworth, Frank Sinatra, George Burns, and others
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    Comedy's first couple were busy hosts. As friends and neighbors of Hollywood's greats, you never knew who'd turn up next for a dose of Gracie's nonsense and a song or two from George. This collection of hilarious half-hour visits to the Burns house features a galaxy of famous guests! Rita Hayworth, Frank Sinatra, Veronica Lake, Fred Astaire, Alan Ladd, Jack Benny, Harpo Marx, Gregory Peck, Mickey Rooney, Ronald Reagan, and more stop by to exchange gibes with George, be baffled by Gracie, and delight audiences with their playful side.

  • 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.