Four imaginative fables by one of the world's great storytellers propose whimsical explanations of how certain animals acquired their distinctive physical characteristics.
It... is... later... than... you... think! Radio's premier showcase for heart-stopping horror is presented in this collection of 20 great episodes of Lights Out! Produced, written, and directed by broadcasting legend Arch Oboler - and starring Boris Karloff, Mercedes McCambridge, Dinah Shore, Gloria Blondell, and more - these tales are devilishly devised to keep you up all night!
Boris Karloff reads a selection of Hans Christian Anderson's most popular fairy tales including The Ugly Duckling, The Princess and the Pea and The Fir-Tree.
The screams...the grisly sound effects...the rumbling organ music. Sounds in the dark come strange, mysterious, and terrifying in 21 episodes of such classic series as Lights Out, Inner Sanctum, Suspense, and many more. Spine-chilling tales by Edgar Allan Poe, Guy de Maupassant, Arch Oboler, Robert A. Arthur, David Kogan, and Alonzo Deen Cole dabble in dark realms. Boris Karloff, Maurice Tarplin, Paul McGrath, and Bernard Lenrow deliver pulse-pounding performances.
"Good for nostalgia, I suppose."
But what is a Snark? "Humpty Dumpty's theory, of two meanings packed into one word like a portmanteau, seems to me the right explanation for all." (Lewis Carroll)
"Savory & Strange--but Missing a Fit!!!"
Every week, Inner Sanctum Mysteries told a story of ghosts, murderers, and lunatics. Taking its name from a popular series of mystery novels, Inner Sanctum Mysteries debuted over NBC radio's Blue Network in January 1941 and featured one of the most memorable and atmospheric openings in radio history, as an organist hit a dissonant chord, a doorknob turned, and a creaking door slowly began to open.
Part of the 1940s Inner Sanctum radio series 'Death For Sale' stars Boris Karloff.
The villainous vocal skills of Boris Karloff, Mercedes McCambridge, Willard Waterman, Shirley Mitchell, and more bring to life 20 perilous plots. They will tell you strange secrets of the supernatural, of science experiments gone wrong. They will find themselves surrounded by frightening creatures, by ghosts (and ghastly sound effects). They will commit cold-blooded murders that will make your own blood run cold.
An orange glow peeks through the window on a crisp October night. Is it a jack-o'-lantern? Or, is it the radio dial? It's both! This collection of radio's happiest Halloween moments is replete with good old-fashioned haunted houses, costume parties, cemeteries, tricks and treats. Have fun with favorites like Jack Benny, Hal Peary, William Bendix, Ozzie & Harriet, Lucille Ball, Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy, and Boris Karloff.
"Great Halloween OTR"
Oboler was deeply devoted to the war effort, producing plays of men and women answering the call in spite of everything, and inspiring citizens on the home front to do the same. But, in a frightening world, perhaps he made people brave by poking a bit of fun at fear itself with his terrifying tales of the undoing of misguided souls. This 10-hour tribute featuring performances by James Cagney, Lloyd Bridges, Ingrid Bergman, Peter Lorre, Irene Dunn, Ronald Colman, Dinah Shore, Mary Astor, Olivia De Haviland, Boris Karloff, and more.
It is right from the beginning, when you first hear Boris Karloff as host and narrator, that you suspect you are about to hear something frightening. But when another classically creepy voice is heard, that of Peter Lorre, then you know for certain what is coming!
"A Blast from The Past"
Beatrice Lillie, Boris Karloff and Cyril Ritchard amongst others read Lewis Carroll's finest poetry including Jabberwocky, The Hunting of the Snark and The Mock Turtle's Song
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"
Boris Karloff Presents: Tales of the Frightened was first published as a book in 1963, and included such stories as "Man in the Raincoat", “The Deadly Dress", "The Hand of Fate", “Don't Lose Your Head", "Call at Midnight", "Just Inside the Cemetery", "The Fortune Teller", "The Vampire Sleeps", "Mirror of Death", and "Never Kick a Black Cat".
"Karloff is still alive and well!"
This dramatization of Charles Dickens' David Copperfield was a production of Theatre Guild on the Air, a renowned radio series sponsored by United States Steel. Starring Boris Karloff, Cyril Ritchard, and Flora Robeson, it originally aired on December 24, 1950.
Frank Pettingell, Emma Hignett, Siobhan McKenna and Boris Karloff read eight short stories by the literary greats, including Poe, Kipling, Defoe, Chekov, and Wilde.
Kenneth Grahame's classic tale of a young boy who discovers an erudite, mushroom-loving dragon living in the Downs above his home. The two become friends, but soon afterwards the dragon is discovered by the townsfolk, who send for St George to rid them of it. St George, by this time, is quite elderly and has little interest in slaying dragons, though he resolves to do it as it is his duty. The boy introduces St George to the dragon, and the two decide that it would be better for them not to fight.
Boris Karloff, Raymond Massey and Christopher Hassall read a selection of Rudyard Kipling's finest short stories and poetry. Also included in this celebration is Kipling himself giving a speech to a group of Canadian authors and reflecting on war.
Sir Michael Redgrave and Boris Karloff read a selection of favourite stories by Hans Christian Andersen, including 'The Tinder Box', 'The Princess and the Pea', 'The Staunch Tin Soldier', 'The Ugly Duckling', 'The Little Match Seller', and 'The Emperor's New Clothes'.
A dramatization of Charles Dickens classic novel, starring Boris Karloff and Flora Robson. This retro radio audio play tells the story of David's life in England in the 1800s. Follow him in the trials of his youth, right through to adulthood. We listen in as he struggles to turn misfortune in his early life to good fortune in his later life.
This is one of the Classic Radio Theatre productions you will want to listen to over and over again!