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    The Golden Age of Radio had incredible detective shows that kept Americans glued to their radio sets. Families gathered around their living room radios to hear their favorite Hollywood stars voicing fiction’s most famous gumshoes. This collection includes Humphrey Bogart as Sam Spade searching for the Black Bird in The Maltese Falcon in a radio adaptation that co-starred the original film cast of Mary Astor, Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre. You’ll hear Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce as Holmes and Watson on The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Jack Webb as Los Angeles Sgt. Joe Friday on Dragnet and as San Francisco private eye Pat Novak on Pat Novak, for Hire. Tune in to Dick...read more

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    Based on the book, Cloak and Dagger: The Secret Story of the O.S.S. by Corey Ford and Alistair McBain, the radio version of these fascinating true stories kept listeners on the edge of their seats. To helm the series, NBC brought in Wyllis Cooper who had created Lights Out and Quiet Please. Cooper collaborated with British crime journalist Percy Hoskins, who would work with Cooper again on Whitehall-1212 a year later. The combination of Hoskin’s accurate research and Cooper’s lively, fast-paced writing helped make Cloak and Dagger one of the best espionage-adventures ever to hit the airwaves. The Office of Strategic Services – the progenitor of our Central Intelligence...read more

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    The golden age of radio had incredible detective shows that kept Americans glued to their radio sets. Families gathered around their living room radios to hear their favorite Hollywood stars voicing fiction’s most famous gumshoes. This collection includes Dick Kollmar starring as ‘enemy to those who make him an enemy, friend to those who have no friend’ on Boston Blackie, Bob Bailey playing two different private eyes, George Valentine in Let George Do It and the man with the action-packed expense account in a 5-part adventure of Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar. Tom Conway and Nigel Brice star as Holmes and Watson on The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and you’ll hear...read more

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    James Butler Hickok, better known as “Wild Bill” Hickok was a folk hero of the American Old West known for being a lawman, gunfighter, gambler, and showman. He earned a great deal of notoriety in life and in death. His life has been depicted numerous times in literature, radio, television and film. His death is also quite notable – he was shot and killed while playing five-card stud. He was holding two pairs, black aces, and black eights, which has become known as “Dead Man’s Hand.” In 1951, Kellogg’s cereals brought Wild Bill Hickok to radio and television starring Guy Madison as U.S. Marshal Wild Bill Hickok and Andy Devine as his gravel-voiced...read more

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    The golden age of radio had incredible western shows that kept Americans glued to their radio sets. Families gathered around their living room radios to hear western heroes catch the bad-guys and save ladies in distress. This collection includes John Wayne and Mel Ferrer starring in a radio adaptation of the John Ford film “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon” on The Lux Radio Theatre; William Conrad as U.S. Marshal Matt Dillon on Gunsmoke; Joel McCrea in a true-crime story on Tales of the Texas Rangers and Curley Bradley starring in two episodes of Tom Mix. You’ll also hear James Stewart starring in a radio recreation of his hit film “Winchester ‘73” on The Lux...read more

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    Orson Welles was an actor, director, writer and producer who worked in theatre, radio, TV and film. His film Citizen Kane (1941) is ranked as one of the greatest movies ever made. In 1937, Orson Welles and John Houseman founded the Mercury Theatre, an independent repertory theatre company that presented a series of productions (including Julius Caesar) on Broadway through 1941. To help earn money to stage his productions, Welles moonlighted as a radio actor. In 1937, at age 22, he clouded men’s minds as radio’s first Lamont Cranston, alias The Shadow. In his own radio series, The Mercury Theatre on the Air, Welles dramatized the H.G. Wells science-fiction classic The War of the...read more

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    Our Miss Brooks was a situation comedy show heard on radio and seen on television and films. It starred Hollywood film and New York stage veteran Eve Arden, who had specialized in playing the wisecracking friend to the heroine. She often did it better than anyone else, receiving an Oscar nomination for 1945’s “Mildred Pierce.” Arden’s skill with the wicked one-liner and acid aside was beginning to lead to typecasting, so to find a new image, Arden signed on for the lead in radio’s Our Miss Brooks.The series centered on Connie Brooks, a smart, sharp-witted, lovable English teacher at fictional Madison High School. Between gentle wisecracks, Miss Brooks doted on...read more

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    There were several newspaper-based dramas during radio's golden age including "The Big Story," "Casey, Crime Photographer", "Box 13", and "Let George Do It" but "Night Beat" was a cut above the others.Night Beat followed Randy Stone, a hard-nosed Chicago Star newsman and his quest for the human-interest story behind the headlines. Hollywood actor Frank Lovejoy voiced the role of Randy Stone, who brought the character to vivid life thanks to expert scripts written by Russell Hughes, E. Jack Neumann, John Michael Hayes (who would later write the Hitchcock film classics "To Catch a Thief" and "Rear Window"), and Larry Marcus. Lovejoy's distinctive voice and approach to the role, combined...read more

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    Created by Blake Edwards (of Pink Panther fame), Richard Diamond, Private Detective came to NBC radio in 1949 starring film actor and crooner Dick Powell. Powell had recently played Philip Marlowe in the popular RKO film Murder My Sweet and jumped at the chance to play a suave detective on radio. Richard Diamond was a lighthearted New York-based private eye who enjoyed ribbing the cops and singing songs to his millionairess girlfriend, Helen Asher (played by Virginia Gregg). It's theme "Leave it to Love" was whistled by Powell at the beginning of each episode. Powell's company (Four Star Television) produced a TV version of Richard Diamond, Private Detective for CBS in 1957. David...read more

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    The CBS Radio Workshopaired from January 27, 1956, through September 22, 1957, and was a revival of the prestigious Columbia Workshop which aired from 1936 to 1943. Creator William Froug launched the series with the powerhouse two-part adaptation of Brave New Worldand booked author Aldous Huxley to narrate his famous novel. "We'll never get a sponsor anyway," CBS vice president Howard Barnes explained to Time, "so we might as well try anything." The CBS Workshopregularly featured the works of the world's greatest writers including Ray Bradbury, Archibald MacLeish, William Saroyan, Aldous Huxley, Lord Dunsany, Mark Twain, Edgar Allan Poe, Thomas Wolfe and Ambrose Bierce. Music was composed...read more

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    The Adventures of Philip Marlowe was radio’s top detective program. Raymond Chandler’s celebrated hardboiled private eye, Philip Marlowe, made his radio debut in 1945 on The Lux Radio Theatre with “Murder My Sweet” starring Dick Powell. Two years later, NBC would bring the character to the air in his own weekly series starring Van Heflin in The New Adventures of Philip Marlowe. Being a summer replacement for The Bob Hope Show, the series was short-lived and ended on September 9th, 1947. CBS revived it in 1948 with The Adventures of Philip Marlowe starring Gerald Mohr. With Producer/Director Norman MacDonnell at the helm, the series captured the largest...read more

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    The golden age of radio had incredible drama shows that kept Americans glued to their radio sets. Families gathered around their living room radios to be entertained by the greatest names in Hollywood each and every day. The biggest stars from tinsel-town lent their voices to radio dramas and most of the time the producers and sponsors allowed them to take a curtain call to plug their latest film release. This terrific collection of 12 great radio drama shows includes episodes of Bold Venture starring real-life husband and wife Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall; Rocky Fortune starring Frank Sinatra; Henry Fonda fresh out of the service in his first radio appearance since returning to...read more

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    The golden age of radio had incredible comedy shows that kept Americans in stitches for decades. Families gathered around their living room radios to be entertained by the greatest names in Hollywood each and every day. This collection includes Lucille Ball as Liz Cooper on My Favorite Husband, Jim & Marian Jordan as “Fibber McGee & Molly”, Ed “Archie” Gardner on Duffy’s Tavern, William Bendix as Chester A. Riley on The Life of Riley, Ozzie Nelson and Harriet Hilliard in The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet, Fanny Brice as “Baby Snooks” on Baby Snooks & Daddy, Eve Arden as English Teacher Connie Brooks on Our Miss Brooks and many...read more

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    The golden age of radio had incredibly scary mystery shows that kept Americans chilled and thrilled. Families gathered around their living room radios to be entertained by the greatest names in Hollywood each and every day. This terrific collection of 12 great radio mystery shows includes Boris Karloff on Lights Out!, Peter Lorre in the story of Jack-the-Ripper on Mystery in the Air, Vincent Price and Ida Lupino in a tale well-calculated to keep you in Suspense, the story of Lizzie Borden on Crime Classics and many more!Murder At Midnight 5/30/47 'Till Death Do Us Part' w/ Elspeth Eric Suspense 6/1/44 'Fugue in C Minor' w/ Vincent Price and Ida Lupino Mystery in the Air 8/14/47 'The...read more

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    This collection contains 12 of the greatest science fiction shows ever broadcast during the Golden Age of Radio – including episodes of X Minus One, Suspense, The CBS Radio Workshop, Escape, Murder At Midnight and many others. Radio’s finest actors perform before the microphones, including: Frank Lovejoy, Mason Adams, Eddie Bracken, Ann Blyth, Ian Martin, Lon Clark, Everett Sloane, Jackson Beck and many more. You’ll be entertained by master sci-fi writers: Mary Shelley, Robert Heinlein, Graham Doar and many others. Relive 12 of the best radio sci-fi shows from yesterday and the legendary stars that made them amazing in this incredible collection. Murder At Midnight...read more

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    The Falcon radio series premiered on the Blue Network April 10, 1943, and continued playing on NBC and Mutual until 1954. The Falcon was loosely based on the series of popular Falcon movies distributed by RKO. 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 with which he had to deal. This led into the standard opening, followed by the week’s tale of adventure. Often, incompetent...read more

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    The detective character, Sam Spade, was created by Dashiell Hammett for his crime novel The Maltese Falcon. Spade was a hard-boiled detective with cold detachment, a keen eye for detail and unflinching determination to achieve his own justice. The character is most closely associated with Humphrey Bogart who played Sam Spade in the third and most famous film version of The Maltese Falcon. In 1946, one of radio’s top producers (William Spier) brought “Sam Spade” to CBS radio starring newcomer Howard Duff with Lurene Tuttle (and occasionally Sandra Gould) as Spade’s secretary, Effie Perrine and sponsored by Wildroot Cream Oil. Duff took a considerably more...read more

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    Initially launched as Barrie Crane, Confidential Investigator on NBC in 1951, the series soon made a name change to Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator. It starred movie and film veteran William Gargan as hard-boiled New York-based private eye Barry Craig. Gargan had been playing Martin Kane, Private Detective on both radio and TV. In the summer of 1951, Gargan cleared the decks for his role as Barrie Craig. Gruff, blunt and sardonic but with a good sense of humor, Gargan was perfect for the genre and in the role of Barrie Craig. He was handsomely paid too – Gargan’s reported contract paid him $1 million for 5 years. The writers of the series were radio’s best,...read more

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    Horatio Black was known to friend and foe as Boston Blackie—an ex-jewel thief and safecracker constantly suspected of crimes he did not commit and forced to play the role of detective to clear his name. His girlfriend, Mary Wesley, assisted Blackie from time to time, as did his pal Shorty. Forced to defend himself against the accusations of New York Police Inspector Faraday, Blackie always managed to stay one step ahead of the cops in solving a crime. The wisecracks exchanged between Blackie and Faraday made the program an enjoyable mix of comedy and mystery. Chester Morris played the character in 15 Boston Blackie films for Columbia. When The Amos ‘N’ Andy Show needed a...read more

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    Conceived as a potential radio vehicle for Alfred Hitchcock to direct, Suspense was a radio series of epic proportion. It aired on CBS from 1942 to 1962 and is considered by many to be the best mystery/drama series of the golden age. Known as Radio's Outstanding Theater of Thrills, it focused on suspenseful stories starring the biggest names in Hollywood. Early in the run, the episodes were hosted by the 'Man In Black' who, from an omniscient perch, narrated stories of people thrown into dangerous or bizarre situations with plots that, at the very end, usually had an unseen twist or two. Hollywood’s finest actors jumped at the chance to appear on Suspense, including: Cary Grant, James...read more