Suspense went through several major phases, characterized by different hosts, sponsors, and director/producers. Formula plot devices were followed for all but a handful of episodes: The protagonist was usually a normal person suddenly dropped into a threatening or bizarre situation; solutions were "withheld until the last possible second"; and evildoers were usually punished in the end.
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.
"Here is my review for what is worth."
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.
"Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would be proud"
Gunshots, fist fights, and footsteps in the dark! Come hear crime and mystery, action and suspense with radio's greatest detectives! Ten hours of bracing crime-stopping broadcasts bring you Sherlock Holmes, Sam Spade, The Saint, The Shadow, Johnny Dollar, Bulldog Drummond - and 14 more favorites! Vincent Price, Bob Bailey, Basil Rathbone, Howard Duff, Dick Powell, and more star in 20 tales that are hard boiled and heroic, brilliant and bloody.
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar began in 1949 as a typical slam-bang detective series, and though consistently well written and acted, the series never really captured an enthusiastic audience. However, in the fall of 1955, Bob Bailey took over the title role; veteran director Jack Johnstone and writers John Dawson, Robert Ryf, and Les Crutchfield joined the production team; and the series was transformed into a quarter-hour, five-a-week strip show.
Nero Wolfe is "a gourmet who never walks when he can sit and never sits when he can lie down." Join Rex Stout's reclusive, overweight, orchid-loving super sleuth as masterfully portrayed by Sydney Greenstreet in this exciting radio series. Ever in search of a perfect meal and a cold bottle of beer, Wolfe often sends Archie Goodwin, his secretary and operative, in his stead. Archie, while trying to keep his well-known weakness for red heads in check, follows up on leads and does the leg work, setting up his brilliant boss to solve the case.
"OK Old Radio but not Rex Stout"
America's Fabulous Freelance Insurance Investigator faces cases of killing for vengeance and keeping silent for honor... "dead" men who won't stay down for long (or alive for much longer)... beneficiaries that can't be found and beautiful mixed up risk-takers who may be out on their last ledge. He pads his expense account in pursuit of stolen jewels, arsonists, crooked cops, and romance, all while he tries to solve matters of murder.
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).
"Fantastic Old-Time Detective Radio Drama"
This collection of radio dramatizations from master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock features many of the classic films' original stars.
Alan Ladd stars as newspaperman turned mystery novelist Dan Holliday. To seek out new ideas for his fiction, Holliday runs classified ads in the Star-Times newspaper, where he formerly worked: "Adventure wanted, will go anywhere, do anything - write Box 13, Star-Times." Each episode follows Holliday's adventures when he responds to the letters sent to him by such people as a psycho killer and various victims.
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):
"Worth the listen if you know what you're getting."
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.
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.
"C'Mon: Bogie and Bacall"
This collection of the Adventures of Nero Wolfe contains five episodes of the classic radio series:
Case of the Party for Death (2/16/1951)
Case of the Malevolent Medic (2/23/1951)
Case of the Hasty Will (3/2/1951)
Case of the Disappearing Diamonds (3/9/1951)
Case of the Midnight Ride (3/16/1951)
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.
"The Saint strikes again."
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.
"LOVE LOVE LOVE"
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.
"Bring Back Howard Duff"
Created by author Jack Boyle, Boston Blackie was a master safecracker and hardened criminal who served time in a California prison. Rehabilitated, he decided to use his knowledge of the underworld to fight crime as an amateur detective. Known as "an enemy to those who make him an enemy, friend to those who have no friend", Boston Blackie's exploits were adapted to film, radio, and television.
That's Boston Blackie, safecracker turned crime fighter and a long-running favorite with fans of straight-ahead detective fiction in a wide range of media. Beginning inauspiciously in a 1919 short story by author Jack Boyle, Blackie progressed from the printed page into silent films, then into talkies - and finally, in the 1940s, into radio. The first radio Blackie was Chester Morris, who played the role in a long series of B movies during the 1940s.
Rogue's Gallery was an old-time radio program starring Dick Powell as Richard Rogue, a private detective who trailed luscious blondes, protected witnesses, and did whatever else detectives do to make a living. What set this show apart from others in the genre was that midway through every episode, Rogue would invariably end up getting knocked out and spending his dream time in acerbic conversation on Cloud 8 with his subconscious self named Eugor - Rogue spelled backward.
Mr. District Attorney came to radio in 1939 and focused on a crusading DA named Paul Garrett. Created, written, and directed by former law student Ed Byron, the series was inspired by the early years of New York governor Thomas E. Dewey. It was Dewey's public war against racketeering that led to his election as governor and enabled him to run for the presidency of the United States.
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar was a typical slam-bang detective series, and though consistently well written and acted, it never really captured an enthusiastic audience. However, in the fall of 1955, Bob Bailey took over the title role, and veteran director Jack Johnstone and writers John Dawson, Robert Ryf, and Les Crutchfield joined the production team, and the series was transformed into a quarter-hour, five-a-week strip show.
Philo Vance is a fictional character featured in numerous crime novels written by S. S. Van Dine, published in the 1920s and 1930s, who was later revived in film and on radio and television. During that time Vance was immensely popular. He was portrayed as a stylish, even foppish dandy, a New York bon vivant with a highly intellectual bent - America's Sherlock Holmes. He worked closely with his secretary and right-hand woman, Ellen Deering, and his pal, John Markham, New York County district attorney.
This collection of the Adventures of Sam Spade contains five episodes of the classic radio series:
The Blue Beard Caper (8/8/1948)The Critical Author Caper (8/15/1948)The Vaphio Cup Caper (8/22/1948)The Lawless Caper (8/29/1948)The Lazarus Caper (9/12/1948)
This collection of the The Shadow contains five episodes of the classic radio series:
The Death House Rescue (9/29/1937)Death from the Deep (10/3/1937)The Temple Bells of Neban (10/24/1937)The Circle of Death (11/28/1937)The Death Triangle (12/12/1937)
From 1949 to 1957, Dragnet pioneered new levels of realism on radio. Every crime investigated by Sergeant Joe Friday was taken from the actual case files of the Los Angeles Police Department, with only "the names changed to protect the innocent". This collection features five episodes: Big Mug, Big No-Tooth, Big Man, Big Mask, and Big Red.
"Volume 22 of 22"
Case of the Deadly Sell-Out (1/5/1951)
Case of the Killer Cards (1/12/1951)
Case of the Calculated Risk (1/19/1951)
Case of the Phantom Fingers (1/26/1951)
Case of the Vanishing Shells (2/2/1951)
This collection of the Adventures of Nero Wolfe contains four episodes of the classic radio series:
Case of the Final Page (3/23/1951)
Case of the Telltale Ribbon (3/30/1951)
Slight Case of Perjury (4/6/1951)
Case of the Lost Heir (4/20/1951)
Case of the Beautiful Archer (11/24/1950)
Case of the Friendly Rabbit (12/1/1950)
Case of the Impolite Corpse (12/8/1950)
Case of the Girl Who Cried Wolfe (12/15/1950)
Case of the Slaughtered Santas (12/22/1950)
The Rushlight Diamond Caper (7/4/1948)
The Wheel of Life Caper (7/11/1948)
The Missing Newshawk Caper (7/18/1948)
The Mad Scientist Caper (7/25/1948)
The Dry Martini Caper (8/1/1948)
"Lots of Fun but Old recordings"
The Society of the Living Dead (1/23/1938)
The Poison Death (1/30/1938)
The Phantom Voice (2/6/1938)
The Plot Murder (2/27/1938)
The Bride of Death (3/6/1938)
The Curse of Shiva (12/1/1940)
The Voice of Death (12/8/1940)
Joey's Christmas Story (12/22/1940)
Ghost on the Stair (12/29/1940)
The Leopard Strikes (1/5/1941)
The Creeper (5/29/1938)
The Blind Beggar Dies (6/26/1938)
The Power of the Mind (7/3/1938)
The White God (7/10/1938)
Aboard the Steamship Amazon (7/17/1938)