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    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective genius, Sherlock Holmes, came to NBC radio in 1930 starring Richard Gordon. By 1939, Basil Rathbone was heard as Holmes with Nigel Bruce as Doctor Watson. The duo was simultaneously starring in a popular series of Sherlock Holmes features for Fox, and later for Universal. By the end of the feature run in the mid 1940’s, Rathbone was eager to separate himself from the radio show to avoid being typecast, and even though the show’s sponsor (Petri Wines) offered him generous pay to continue, he decided to move on. Tom Conway took over with Nigel Bruce continuing as Watson (in this paring Nigel Bruce received top...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 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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    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 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 Claire Trevor starring in a radio adaptation of the John Ford film Stagecoach, James Stewart as slow-talking maverick Britt Ponset on The Six Shooter, William Conrad as U.S. Marshal Matt Dillon on Gunsmoke, John Dehner as ‘the man called Paladin’ on Have Gun, Will Travel, William Boyd as “Hopalong Cassidy”, Joel McCrea as Ranger Jace Pearson on a true crime case on Tales of the Texas Rangers and many more!The...read more

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    Like its predecessor Dragnet, Tales of the Texas Rangers adapted actual police case files for its broadcasts. Leading each week’s investigation of an actual Texas Ranger case was the same Texas Ranger, Jayce Pearson, portrayed by movie star Joel McCrea. Because the stories were set in present day, Pearson used the latest scientific techniques to identify criminals. Unlike Joe Friday, Pearson didn’t have a regular partner, typically working with the local sheriff instead (who was usually portrayed by Parley Baer). Working environments would range from big cities to isolated wilderness areas that could only be reached on horseback. Produced and Directed by Stacy Keach, Sr. Tales...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 Vincent Price on Escape, Ava Gardner on Suspense, Ray Milland recreating his film role in “The Uninvited” on The Screen Director’s Playhouse, Robert Cummings on Four Star Playhouse, Ed Begley as star of The Molle’ Mystery Theatre, Berry Kroeger on Inner Sanctum Mystery, Arch Oboler hosting Lights Out!, the true story of Jack the Ripper on Crime Classics and many more! The Whistler...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 Christmas shows ever broadcast during the Golden Age of Radio! You’ll hear Jack Benny on The Jack Benny Program, Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll as Amos ’N’ Andy, Lucille Ball in My Favorite Husband, Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce as Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Jim and Marian Jordan as Fibber McGee & Molly, Eve Arden as Connie Brooks on Our Miss Brooks, William Conrad as U.S. Marshal Matt Dillon on Gunsmoke, plus many more! Relive these classic Christmas shows from yesteryear and their legendary stars in this incredible collection. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 12/24/45 The...read more

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    “Around Dodge City and in the territory out West, there’s just one way to handle the killers and the spoilers and that’s with a U.S. Marshal and the smell of … GUNSMOKE!” Radio westerns were aimed at kids until 1952 when Gunsmoke hit the radio airwaves. Produced for adult listeners, the stories were grim, the deaths brutal and life on the plains was harsh. Radio audiences had never heard anything like Gunsmoke and they made it the #1 western on radio. It soon made a successful transition to television becoming the longest-running dramatic series in TV history. Join William Conrad (U.S. Marshal Matt Dillon), Parley Baer (Deputy Chester Proudfoot), Georgia Ellis...read more

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    “Around Dodge City and in the territory out West, there’s just one way to handle the killers and the spoilers and that’s with a U.S. Marshal and the smell of … GUNSMOKE!”Radio westerns were aimed at kids until 1952 when Gunsmoke hit the radio airwaves.  Produced for adult listeners, the stories were grim, the deaths brutal and life on the plains was harsh.  Radio audiences had never heard anything like Gunsmoke and they made it the #1 western on radio.  It soon made a successful transition to television becoming the longest-running dramatic series in TV history.  Join William Conrad (U.S. Marshal Matt Dillon), Parley Baer (Deputy Chester...read more

  • Black Eye Entertainment

    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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    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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    Like its predecessor Dragnet – Tales of the Texas Rangers adapted actual police case files for its broadcasts. Leading each week’s investigation of an actual Texas Ranger case was the same Texas Ranger, Jayce Pearson, portrayed by movie star Joel McCrea. Because the stories were set in present day, Pearson used the latest scientific techniques to identify criminals. Unlike Joe Friday, Pearson didn’t have a regular partner, typically working with the local sheriff instead (who was usually portrayed by Parley Baer). Working environments would range from big cities to isolated wilderness areas that could only be reached on horseback. Produced and Directed by Stacy Keach, Sr....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 Lux Radio Theatre, Escape, Murder At Midnight, Dimension X and many others. Radio’s finest actors perform before the microphones, including: Michael Rennie, Mandel Kramer, Santos Ortega, Ralph Bell, Paul Frees, William Conrad and many more. You’ll be entertained by master sci-fi writers: H. G. Wells, Frederic Brown, Henry Bates, Arch Oboler, H. Beam Piper and Robert Newman. Relive 12 of the best radio sci-fi shows from yesterday and the legendary stars that made them amazing in this incredible collection....read more

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    Fibber McGee & Molly had a long and successful run on radio (1935-1959). The program showcased terrific comic and musical talent, headlined by its creators and stars, married couple Jim and Marian Jordan. Living in the fictional Midwestern town of Wistful Vista, Fibber was an American teller of tall tales and a braggart, usually to the exasperation of his long-suffering wife Molly. Life in Wistful Vista followed a well-developed formula, but was always fresh. Fibber’s weekly schemes would be interrupted, inspired by, and often played upon the people of Wistful Vista, a set of regular players and characters including Mayor LaTrivia, Doc Gamble, Mrs. Uppington, Wallace Wimple, Alice...read more

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    "This Is Your FBI" was a fact-based radio series that dramatized FBI cases from the agent's point of view. Producer/director Jerry Devine had experience with pro-law enforcement radio drama having brought us "Mr. District Attorney." Crackdowns on organized crime, and well-known criminal cases of the day were featured. Because the series shined a glorious light on the FBI and vilified criminals, it received the full endorsement of FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, who even appeared on the first episode. Frank Lovejoy, and later Dean Carlton, were the narrator, who profiled the action along the way. "This is Your FBI" was heard on ABC radio from 1945 until 1953, sponsored for its entire run...read more

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    In 1935 when Phillips H. Lord created Gang Busters, the crime rate was high and confidence in law enforcement was low. Crimes were highly publicized, and their perpetrators were sometimes glamorized in Hollywood movies. With most radio crime programs dramatizing pulp-fiction stories, Lord decided to portray the procedure and practices of real-life law enforcement officers, basing his dramas on court records and police files. Quite often, at the close of the program, nationwide “clues” consisting of descriptions of suspects and contact information for the relevant police force or FBI, where given out. By May 1942, more than 250 criminals had been apprehended as a result of the...read more

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    First heard on network radio in 1948, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar chronicled the adventures of freelance insurance investigator Johnny Dollar, 'The man with the action-packed expense account.” For 15 years, it was one of the most popular detective shows on the air, lasting until the final days of network radio drama in 1962. Each story started with a phone call from an insurance executive calling on Johnny Dollar to investigate an unusual claim. His investigations usually required Dollar to travel to distant locales and often involved murder. The stories were recounted in flashback, as Dollar listed each line item from his expense account: “Item one, $3.75 cab fare to 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