"The last man on Earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock on the door." A new crop of writers emerged from the dawning of the nuclear age, grappling with humankind's place in the universe. While imagining the wonders of space exploration and the rise of technological advancements, they questioned whether we were prepared to encounter aliens, or even control the machines and weapons we'd built ourselves.
"The "Grand Daddy" of Radio Science Fiction"
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).
All of us fear and fantasize about what is to come - be it tomorrow or next year or for the next generation. Sixty-five years after its creation, radio's most successful early venture into adult science fiction continues to entertain - and to stimulate the imaginations of a whole new audience.
Launch your imagination and break the bonds of time and space with radio's highly acclaimed science-fiction anthology X Minus One! Produced in cooperation with science fiction magazines of the day, the series featured provocative stories by the genre's top genre authors. Ray Bradbury, Ernest Kinoy, Robert Sheckley, and more helped Americans of the 1950s look to the future. Dramatized with an atmosphere of excitement, top radio voices like Raymond Edward Johnson, Les Damon, Staats Cotsworth, Ruby Dee, Mandel Kramer, Joe DeSantis, and Bill Lipton gave voice to their visionary tales.
Come crack the cases, out the guilty, and rout the criminals! Les Damon stars as Michael Waring in 16 more exciting adventures - taking on the troubles of ladies who are lost, dangerous, and deadly. Ken Lynch and Charles Webster costar as Waring's police nemesis, Sergeant James Corbett, in these digitally restored and remastered tales of risky business, faithless families, blackmail, jail break, and murder. Jackson Beck, John Brown, Elspeth Eric, Ann Williams, and more radio regulars round out the cast.
Wartime radio at its most provocative - that's "Words at War"! The Office of War Information, in cooperation with The Council on Books in Wartime, brought listeners journalistic accounts of battle, first-person narratives, and novels inspired by actual events. Each story was adapted for radio…and for maximum emotional impact.
A bigmouthed loser from St. Louis is murdered, and Michael Waring is forced to come up with a false alibi. Les Damon, Ken Lynch, Ed Herlihy (announcer), Bernard L. Schubert (producer).
Cherub-faced, blue-eyed World War II hero Les Damon played detective Michael Waring - better known as The Falcon. Damon played the role with style, pulling off the character's transition from private eye to army intelligence operative with panache. This collection of 16 digitally remastered episodes begins with Waring's wars against domestic enemies, including gambling bosses, arsonists, con artists, drug dealers, and killers.
"Always ready with a hand for oppressed men, and an eye for repressed women." Michael Waring is the freelance investigator, troubleshooter, and adventurer known to one and all as The Falcon. One part The Saint, one part Boston Blackie, and one part Philip Marlowe - Waring can be suave and charming, especially when a lady is involved. But, there's never any doubt about his nail-spitting toughness, nor of his impatience with the plodding methods of the police - most often expressed in an endless stream of clenched-teeth wisecracks.
The Falcon radio series aired from 1943 until 1954. "The Falcon" was an alternate identity for detective Michael Waring. Like the Falcon movies, the radio plots mixed danger, romance, and comedy in equal parts. Each show began with a telephone ringing and Michael Waring, the Falcon, answering the phone. Speaking with a woman whose voice was never heard, Waring would explain that he had an urgent situation he had to deal with.
A slick boxer fires his manager, dumps his girlfriend, and makes a deal to take a dive in the ring... but wins by a knock out. When he turns up dead, there are a whole lot of suspects. Can Mike Waring figure out who did the deed?
Dean wants The Falcon to follow his partner Larrabee. But Dean is found dead when his nightclub burns down. Suspicion falls on the nosy bartender. Les Damon, Ed Herlihy (announcer), Bernard L. Schubert (producer), Ken Lynch.
A practical joker thinks the only way to get a "bang" out of life is to use a gun! Ed Herlihy (announcer), Les Damon, Bernard L. Schubert (producer), Elspeth Eric.
"The Butler did it."
Committing murder is a sure way to make a fortune... (somebody) is going to make a stab at it. Jack Costello (announcer), Les Damon, Bernard L. Schubert (producer), Ken Lynch.
After helping a wounded criminal, a kindly doctor is found murdered. The trail to the killer leads to a shootout in the subway.
Things have been slow for "The Falcon" lately, but some girl is planning to give him the business! Ed Herlihy (announcer), Les Damon, Bernard L. Schubert (producer), Ken Lynch.
A woman takes it on the lam with $75,000. Murder soon follows. A complex viper's nest of greed and violence. Les Tremayne, Bernard L. Schubert (producer), Beverly Roberts, Russ Dunbar (announcer).
Red Davis has been murdered. Chuck Morgan had been bragging that he's going to kill Morgan. Mrs. Davis remarries only 12 hours after Red's death! This is a case for Mike Waring... The Falcon!
A character who thinks he's a lady killer may decide to take it literally! Ed Herlihy (announcer), Les Damon, Ken Lynch, Bernard L. Schubert (producer).
"They call him the Falcon."