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.
Here is The Pepsodent Radio Show, starring Bob Hope, for Christmas 1953! Filled with comedy, music, and warm Christmas cheer, it's a nostalgic look back at one of America's great entertainers in the process of establishing what became a true American tradition for many many years: The Bob Hope Christmas Specials.
An Audio Archive special feature presentation of one of the greatest and most beloved Christmas stories: Miracle on 34th Street. This is the classic movie condensed and performed live as a one-hour radio play by The Lux Radio Theater in 1948. In the words of Lux Theater producer William Keely, "It's wrapped in a gay covering of laughter, tied with a bright ribbon of good humor, and decorated with the three sparkling stars of the 20th Century Fox picture."
"A Christmas classic on your device"
Chillers for thriller fans! A Special Edition of The Audio Archive, spotlighting both the Inner Sanctum Mysteries program and Boris Karloff starring in "The Tell Tale Heart".
Inner Sanctum Mysteries featured one of the most memorable and atmospheric openings in radio history: an organist hit a dissonant chord, a doorknob turned, and the famous "creaking door" slowly began to open.
"Love This Story"
Saddle up and come along on a Cowboy Christmas with Marshal Matt Dillon and "King of the Cowboys" Roy Rogers! During the years now known to old-time radio fans as the Golden Age of Radio, listeners could expect to hear special guests and holiday sketchs on their favorite programs. Even the Western shows and cowboy stars of the day could be counted on to show the holiday spirit, especially at Christmas time.
"A simpler time"
More audio adventures of radio's greatest and funniest female private detective! Two complete radio shows plus special commentary. "Candy Matson, Yukon 2-8209, starring Natalie Parks is considered the best of radio's female private eyes. Bright, sparkling and witty, Candy Matson features the sharpest dialogue this side of the William Powell-Myrna Loy "Thin Man" movies.
"The stories are great, but they're only 1/2 of it."
Spend Thanksgiving with "your neighbors, the Andersons" and Father Knows Best!
One of the most popular family programs from the Golden Age of radio, Father Knows Best debuted as a radio sitcom in 1949, starring Robert Young as Jim Anderson, the show's"hero" and the father from which it derived it's name. Jim sold insurance, lived in a lovely home with his wife, Margaret, and together they struggled to meet the challenges of raising three "modern" children in the new modern age...of the 1950s!
In this widely reprinted romantic mystery short story by Jean Marie Stine, Dr. Devlin Blake thinks the life of a doctor on a cruise ship will be exciting and romantic. But at first he finds his duties aboard the Pacific Princess dull and monotonous. Then he is called on to solve an "impossible" locked-room murder!
"An Homage to John Dickson Carr"
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.
"Doesn't get any better"
After The Thin Man combines crime, kisses and cocktails in the second "Thin Man" adventure! Here is the classic "Lux Radio Theater" performance of the 1936 movie hit "After The Thin Man", recreated in 1940, as a 60 minute radio adaptation with the original film stars! This Audio Archive "Feature Presentation" delivers William Powell and Myrna Loy who reprise their original roles as newly retired detective Nick Charles, and his beautiful (and wealthy) bride Nora.
Not a mere reading, you will hear wraiths howl, the dead walk, and the massive old house of Usher fall in this unique new audio dramatization. This presentation is based on a classic radio script written by veteran scripter Les Crutchfield (who some sources consider a pseudonym for the then blacklisted screen writer Dalton Trumbo) and originally presented on the popular radio series Escape on the night of October 22, 1947.
"a great dramatization!"
Malcolm Jameson's short story "Blind Alley" is probably his best remembered and most reprinted work due in large part to the fact that it was the basis for a very memorable episode of Rod Serling's popular television series "The Twilight Zone" titled "Of Late I Think Of Cliffordville".
What happened to Harley Warren in that cemetery in Big Cypress Swamp? Only Randolph Carter knew. And Carter was mad! Or was he? An ancient book from India in undecipherable characters sends two men on a quest into nameless terror beneath the surface of the Earth. Carter remains above, listening in via a handset, while Warren reels a phone line behind him as he descends beneath an ancient crypt.
Two complete radio adventures plus special commentary! This Audio Archive presentation of the classic Shadow radio show features two unabridged, 30-minute episodes from the 1930s starring the award-winning voice of Orson Welles.
In "The Phantom Voice", the Shadow battles racketeers out to destroy one honest judge. Welles also works his vocal magic in "The Death House Rescue", when the Shadow races the clock to save an innocent man from execution.
Holiday hilarity and history with the Great Gildersleeve - radio's most lovable windbag! The inimitable Harold Peary, with his melodious baritone voice and trademark warbling laugh, achieved stardom portraying Gildersleeve on the first ever spin-off series in broadcast history!
Just as in Volume 1 of this series, this Audio Archive presentation of The Adventures of Sam Spade, Detective Vol 2, contains two complete, 30 minute, Sam Spade radio shows, plus special commentary. 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.
"This is misrepresented"
In this wholly original reading/performance of the immortal Edgar Allan Poe's most famous poem, actor/performer Bill Mills goes beyond the stereotypical rhythmic rendition, intoned in a sepulchral voice, and instead presents Poe's words as the increasingly deranged dialogue of a man with a visitant he comes to see as an omen.
"Great reading, but the Intro was unneeded"
First published in 1938, golden age sf author Eando Binder's I, Robot, about the "confessions" of one Adam Link, a mechanical man, preceded, and according to Isaac Asimov inspired, the more famous later robot series. Later with Binder's permission Asimov "borrowed" the title for the first collection of his robot tales.
"The Golden Age"
You will think you are listening to classic radio drama, or the soundtrack for a lost 1940s horror film. This new audio dramatization is read and performed by a full cast with a lush, eerie and evocative music score and realistic sound effects. With the addition of an informative introduction written for this production by Jean Marie Stine, the total package is a real treat for aficionados of terror and the supernatural.
"Great old story a lot of fun"
Remember the classic Twilight Zone episode in which a man only wants peace and quiet so he can read - and then a global event seems to finally provide him with the opportunity? Here is the original short story in its first-ever audio presentation.