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    • Orson Welles: The Ultimate Collection

    • By: Orson Welles
    • Narrated by: Orson Welles
    • Length: 60 hrs and 44 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 121
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 105
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 103

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Here is my review for what is worth.

    • By Scott on 07-03-14

    Regular price: $6.99

    • The War of the Worlds (Dramatized)

    • By: Orson Welles
    • Narrated by: Orson Welles
    • Length: 57 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 294
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 267
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 265

    On the evening of October 30th, 1938, Earth went to war with Mars. Martians invaded New Jersey! Here is the famous panic-inducing broadcast that shook the world, starring Orson Welles.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Original

    • By Jim "The Impatient" on 12-16-15

    Regular price: $2.79

    • The Shadow

    • Knight of Darkness
    • By: Orson Welles, William Johnstone, Bret Morrison, and others
    • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 147
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 82
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 87

    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".

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • amazing

    • By Ken on 07-20-12

    Regular price: $25.17

    • Mercury Theatre: Julius Caesar - September 11, 1938

    • By: Orson Welles
    • Narrated by: Orson Welles
    • Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3

    The Mercury Theatre on the Air, a radio series created by Orson Welles, presented adaptations of classic literary works. These were performed by actors from Welles' celebrated Mercury Theatre repertory company, with music composed or arranged by Bernard Herrmann.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Great play, but what were they saying?

    • By Aron on 12-02-15

    Regular price: $0.69

    • Campbell Playhouse: Our Town - May 12, 1939

    • By: Orson Welles
    • Narrated by: Orson Welles
    • Length: 57 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 15

    Orson Welles both starred in and directed The Campbell Playhouse, a radio drama (1938-40) produced by Welles and John Houseman. The episodes include adaptions of classic novels and plays, as well as radio versions of the era's popular films.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • poor audio quality

    • By Gary on 10-02-16

    Regular price: $0.69

    • Les Misérables: The Original Radio Broadcast Starring Orson Welles as Jean Valjean

    • By: Victor Hugo, Orson Welles (adaptation)
    • Narrated by: Orson Welles
    • Length: 3 hrs and 12 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 5

    Les Misérables: The Radio Broadcast was a seven-part radio series broadcast July 23 - September 3, 1937, on the Mutual Network. Orson Welles adapted Victor Hugo's novel, directed the series, and starred as Jean Valjean. The 22-year-old Welles developed the idea of telling stories with first-person narration on the series, which was his first job as a writer-director for radio. Les Misérables was one of Welles's earliest and finest achievements on radio, and marked the radio debut of the Mercury Theatre.

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Mercury Theatre: The Pickwick Papers - November 20, 1938

    • By: Orson Welles
    • Narrated by: Orson Welles
    • Length: 1 hr and 1 min
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    The Mercury Theatre on the Air, a radio series created by Orson Welles, presented adaptations of classic literary works. These were performed by actors from Welles' celebrated Mercury Theatre repertory company, with music composed or arranged by Bernard Herrmann. The series ran from July to December 1938, after which the title was changed to The Campbell Playhouse.

    Regular price: $0.69

    • The Count of Monte Cristo (Dramatized)

    • By: Orson Welles
    • Narrated by: Orson Welles
    • Length: 59 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 18

    Starring Orson Welles, Anges Moorehead, and Ray Collins, The Count of Monte Cristo is a tale of revenge and retribution. Edmond Dantès, a young, energetic sailor, is falsely accused of treason on his wedding day and incarcerated in the forbidding Château d'If. His escape and ultimate revenge on those who wronged him makes this one of the most thrilling stories in French literature, as compelling now as when it was first published in 1846.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent

    • By Stefanie on 05-19-14

    Regular price: $6.99

    • Mercury Theatre: The Count of Monte Cristo - August 29, 1938

    • By: Orson Welles
    • Narrated by: Orson Welles
    • Length: 59 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 1

    The Mercury Theatre on the Air, a radio series created by Orson Welles, presented adaptations of classic literary works. These were performed by actors from Welles' celebrated Mercury Theatre repertory company, with music composed or arranged by Bernard Herrmann.

    Regular price: $0.69

    • The Lives of Harry Lime, Volume 1

    • By: Orson Welles
    • Narrated by: Orson Welles, full cast
    • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 5

    In the film noir classic The Third Man, Orson Welles played Harry Lime - rogue, scoundrel, and black marketeer in postwar Vienna. At the end of the film, in a spectacular chase through the sewers of the city, Harry met his end. But in radio's first prequel, Welles resumed the role in The Lives of Harry Lime, a series produced in England by Harry Alan Towers.

    Regular price: $34.99

    • Mercury Theatre: Abraham Lincoln - August 15, 1938

    • By: Orson Welles
    • Narrated by: Orson Welles
    • Length: 59 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
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      0 out of 5 stars 0
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      0 out of 5 stars 0

    The Mercury Theatre on the Air, a radio series created by Orson Welles, presented adaptations of classic literary works. These were performed by actors from Welles's celebrated Mercury Theatre repertory company, with music composed or arranged by Bernard Herrmann. The series ran from July to December 1938, after which the title was changed to The Campbell Playhouse.

    Regular price: $0.69

    • Orson Welles: Les Miserables, Episode 1, The Bishop

    • By: Orson Welles
    • Narrated by: Orson Welles
    • Length: 28 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Performance
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Story
      0 out of 5 stars 0

    Les Miserables (1937) was Orson Welles' first radio series. He served as actor, director, producer, and adaptor, developing narrative and audio techniques that would later be used for The Mercury Theatre on the Air.

    Regular price: $0.69

    • Mercury Theatre: Treasure Island - July 18, 1938

    • By: Orson Welles
    • Narrated by: Orson Welles
    • Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    The Mercury Theatre on the Air, a radio series created by Orson Welles, presented adaptations of classic literary works. These were performed by actors from Welles' celebrated Mercury Theatre repertory company, with music composed or arranged by Bernard Herrmann. The series ran from July to December 1938, after which the title was changed to The Campbell Playhouse.

    Regular price: $0.69

    • The Shadow: Hearts of Evil

    • By: Bill Johnstone, Orson Welles, Bret Morrison
    • Narrated by: Orson Welles
    • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Performance
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Story
      0 out of 5 stars 0

    He's not just Lamont Cranston, wealthy man about town - he's The Shadow! He's the one who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men! Orson Welles, Bill Johnstone, Bret Morrison, and John Archer take their turns as the eerie voice of the unseen crime-smasher in 18 thrill-packed episodes! Includes two Australian episodes starring Lloyd Lamble.

    Regular price: $25.17

    • Campbell Playhouse: Private Lives - April 21, 1939

    • By: Orson Welles
    • Narrated by: Orson Welles
    • Length: 58 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Performance
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Story
      0 out of 5 stars 0

    Orson Welles both starred in and directed The Campbell Playhouse, a radio drama (1938-40) produced by Welles and John Houseman. The episodes include adaptions of classic novels and plays, as well as radio versions of the era's popular films.

    Regular price: $0.69

    • The Lives of Harry Lime, Volume 2

    • By: Orson Welles
    • Narrated by: Orson Welles, full cast
    • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    In the film noir classic The Third Man, Orson Welles played Harry Lime - rouge, scoundrel, and black marketeer in postwar Vienna. At the end of the film, in a spectacular chase through the sewers of the city, Harry met his end. But in radio's first prequel, Welles resumed the role in The Lives of Harry Lime, a series produced in England by Harry Alan Towers.

    Regular price: $34.99

    • Campbell Playhouse: Huckleberry Finn - March 17, 1940

    • By: Orson Welles
    • Narrated by: Orson Welles
    • Length: 53 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 1

    Orson Welles both starred in and directed The Campbell Playhouse, a radio drama (1938-40) produced by Welles and John Houseman. The episodes include adaptions of classic novels and plays, as well as radio versions of the era's popular films.

    Regular price: $0.69

    • Mercury Theatre: The War of the Worlds - October 30, 1938

    • By: Orson Welles
    • Narrated by: Orson Welles
    • Length: 51 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 28

    The Mercury Theatre on the Air, a radio series created by Orson Welles, presented adaptations of classic literary works. These were performed by actors from Welles' celebrated Mercury Theatre repertory company, with music composed or arranged by Bernard Herrmann. The series ran from July to December 1938, after which the title was changed to The Campbell Playhouse.

    Regular price: $0.69

    • Mercury Theatre: Heart of Darkness - Life with Father - November 6, 1938

    • By: Orson Welles
    • Narrated by: Orson Welles
    • Length: 58 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Story
      0 out of 5 stars 0

    The Mercury Theatre on the Air, a radio series created by Orson Welles, presented adaptations of classic literary works. These were performed by actors from Welles' celebrated Mercury Theatre repertory company, with music composed or arranged by Bernard Herrmann.

    Regular price: $0.69

    • Campbell Playhouse: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - November 12, 1939

    • By: Orson Welles
    • Narrated by: Orson Welles
    • Length: 55 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1

    Orson Welles both starred in and directed The Campbell Playhouse, a radio drama (1938-40) produced by Welles and John Houseman. The episodes include adaptions of classic novels and plays as well as radio versions of the era's popular films.

    Regular price: $0.69

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