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August 28, 2015
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Tom Collins played the lead role of American-born Frank Chandler, who had learned occult secrets from a yogi in India. Known as Chandu, he possessed several supernatural skills, including astral projection, teleportation and the ability to create illusions. Chandu's goal was to "go forth with his youth and strength to conquer the evil that threatens mankind”. "Time and space are only an illusion” to the American called Chandler. Endowed with strange gifts, in the first episode he teleported himself to his sister's Beverly Hills home.
Launched in 1931 on KHJ in Los Angeles, the series was soon heard throughout the West Coast. It was then heard, starting in February 1932, over WOR in the East. Nationally, it aired over Mutual starting October 8, 1932.
Chandu the Magician was revived on the Mutual-Don Lee Network on June 28, 1948 as a 15-minute weekday program. Radio Archives has restored all 154 fifteen minute episodes of this exciting radio serial.
Starring Tom Collins as Chandu and Luis van Rooten as the villainous Roxor, plotting world domination. Chandu’s sister, Dorothy Regent, was portrayed by Irene Tedrow. Cyril Armbrister directed the scripts by Vera Oldham which took Chandu to far-flung locales, both real and mythical. Romantic interludes for Chandu were introduced with Egyptian Princess Nadji played by Veola Vonn. Also appearing in the cast were Norman Field, Lee Millar, and Joy Terry. Created by Harry A. Earnshaw and Raymond R. Morgan with Howard Culver as the announcer and music by organist Juan Rolando (Korla Pandit), the series continued until January 28, 1949 when it changed to a 30-minute format, each with a self-contained storyline. The oriental-styled musical score via an eerie organ and crashing symbols created a highly effective out-of-the world atmosphere.
White King Soap was the sponsor for all the episodes in this serial.
In 1932 Chandu the Magician was produced as a film, with Edmund Lowe as Chandu and Bela Lugosi as Roxor. In The Return of Chandu (1934) Lugosi portrayed Chandu, and in Chandu on the Magic Island (1935) Bela Lugosi once again played Chandu.
Chandu the Magician, Volume 3 Mission to Montabania has been expertly restored for Sparkling Audio Quality by Radio Archives and features a beautiful cover by the great artist Virgil Finlay.
6 hours - $8.99 Download / $17.98 Audio CDs
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by Kendell Foster Crossen writing as Richard Foster
Read by James C. Lewis
The Green Lama returns in two thrilling exploits torn from the pages of Double Detective magazine.
With this audiobook release, we move into a new phase of Jethro Dumont’s bizarre career as the world’s first ordained Buddhist priest turned crime buster. Gary Brown and Evangl Stewart, two of his original aides, have married and moved on, to be replaced by actor Ken Clayton and Jean Farrell, who are right at home in The Case of the Fugitive Fingerprints, which is set in the world of Broadway theatre––a world known for killer reviews. But here a real killer is on the prowl....one who leaves no trace of his phantom existence except for his blood-soaked fingerprints....
The Case of the Crooked Cane brings The Lama back to the vicinity The Clown Who Laughed, but this time the focus is not crime at a Cleveland circus, but skullduggery in and around stormy Lake Eerie, through which illicit narcotics are flooding and a sinister mastermind seems to anticipate The Lama’s every move.
Previously, Dumont encountered a professional magician named Theodor Harrin during The Case of the Mad Magi. With The Case of the Crooked Cane and continuing beyond it, this clever conjuror works with The Green Lama as one of his continually-changing inner circle of crime-hunting assistants. Jean Farrell and the mysterious Magga continue in supporting roles, while actor Ken Clayton departs the series for a greater mission.
This is a continuation of the introduction of magical themes kicked off in The Case of the Mad Magi. Previously, author Kendell Foster Crossen had name-dropped fellow magic enthusiasts like The Shadow’s Walter B. Gibson. Here, passing mention is of made of another pulp writer with a background in magic––Bruce Elliott, later to take over the Shadow series. It was a tight little world of pulp writers who also practiced magic.
James C. Lewis once again steps into the triple role of Jethro Dumont and his emerald-clad aliases, Reverend Dr. Pali and The Green Lama....Om Mani Padme Hum! The Green Lama Knows!
6 hours - $11.99 Download / $23.98 Audio CDs
Last 4 days for the Download version
The 5 year license is expiring on Monday, August 31st and the download version of The Adventures of Doc Savage will no longer be available after that day. The audio CDs will continue to be available until our inventory is sold out. No more will be manufactured.
Producer-director Roger Rittner of the LA-based Variety Arts Radio Theatre took a shot at bringing Doc Savage back to the airwaves. The Bantam Books paperback reprints had been going strong for two decades. He convinced National Public Radio to let him serialize two vintage Doc novels. No campy changes, no updating, just pure unadulterated Doc Savage-style high adventure.
The Adventures of Doc Savage as the title Roger gave to the most true, most faithful, and most perfect media incarnation of the Man of Bronze ever broadcast. Roger combed the Doc Savage canon for suitable stories to serialize.
Driven by his strong desire to include the adventurous Patricia Savage in the production, Roger decided to adapt Dent's 1934 adventure "Fear Cay" in seven parts. Set in New York, Florida, and the mysterious Caribbean isle of Fear Cay, it pits Doc Savage and his two-fisted crew of experts against the bizarre seaman, Dan Thunden, who claims to be 130 years old and the discoverer of the Fountain of Youth. But is this bearded hellraiser all that he claims to be?
When directing the action extravaganza "Fear Cay", Roger was inspired by Republic Pictures' "Adventures of Captain Marvel" serial, with added touches from the popular "Terry and the Pirates" radio show.
"I tried to make this series sound the way 1940s movie serials looked," Roger explains. "I don't want to say there's no depth to them, because I think there's a great deal of depth to them, but our emphasis was always on action. Not letting too long a period go by when something doesn't happen. Oddly enough, Dent's writing style fell just perfectly into a half-hour format. Each half hour as it went through the books, seemed to build nicely. There was a little bit of exposition at points that built up to a nice climax at the end of each chapter. Without too much messing around, I think we adapted "Fear Cay" fairly religiously in terms of the plot and the characters."
Taking a different approach, Will Murray chose to adapt "The Thousand-Headed Man" in six chapters. Inspired by the abortive Chuck Connors film-that-never-was and my interest in evoking Carleton E. Morse's classic "I Love a Mystery" radio serials, I focused on the mood, mystery and atmospheric horror of Doc Savage's quest for a lost expedition in 1934 Indo-China which brings the Man of Bronze in direct combat with the half-mythical menace known only as the Thousand-Headed Man. From foggy London to the ruined and serpent-haunted City of the Thousand-Headed Man, Doc and his team confront escalating jungle horrors culminating in a blood-freezing climax.
After the scripts were completed, the project ground to a halt for practical reasons: money. National Public Radio was going through a budgetary crunch. The search for funding took three long years. It seemed as if "The Adventures of Doc Savage" was destined to remain but a shining bronze-and-gold dream. Finally, a few small grants came through to underwrite the production. The two serials were then recorded over the summer of 1985 in the EFX Systems studios in Burbank, California.
Gathering together an ensemble cast of multi-media performers who had worked him with on previous modern-day radio dramas like "Darkness" and "Midnight", Roger cast Daniel Chodos as Doc Savage and Robin Riker in the role of Pat Savage. Other performers included Robert Towers as Monk Mayfair, Art Dutch was Ham Brooks, Bill Ratner played Renny Renwick, with Scott McKenna and Kimit Muston standing in for Long Tom Roberts and Johnny Littlejohn respectively.
"The Adventures of Doc Savage" premiered at 7:30 PM on Monday, September 30, 1985 as part of the "NPR Playhouse" umbrella series. It ran for thirteen exciting episodes with "Kidnapped", Chapter 1 of "Fear Cay", kicking off the show.
Now timed for the 25th anniversary of this acclaimed series, Radio Archives is proud to present the complete original series, remastered and digitally augmented, along with a new audio documentary, "The Sound of Bronze: Making The Adventures of Doc Savage," featuring the cast and crew commenting on the production, and a stunning collectable cover depicting Doc and Pat Savage by Bantam Books Doc Savage artist Bob Larkin.
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Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows! The Knight of Darkness investigates daring jewel robberies in two pulp thrillers by Walter B. Gibson writing as "Maxwell Grant." First, an attempted diamond theft by a Shadowy impersonator leads the Dark Avenger through a winding trail of murder to uncover stolen "Gems of Doom." Then, reflections of evil guide The Shadow through a web of international intrigue to retrieve a rajah's fabulous jewels, the priceless "Tear-drops of Buddha." BONUS: a rare Golden Age adventure of Iron Munro by science fiction great Theodore Sturgeon from SHADOW COMICS #5! This instant collector's item showcases the classic color pulp covers by Graves Gladney and Modest Stein and the original interior illustrations by Paul Orban, with original commentary by popular culture historians Anthony Tollin and Will Murray.. Double Novel Reprint $14.95
The pulp's most murderous crimebuster wages his deadly war on crime in two violent 1935 thrillers by Norvell Page. Recovering from life-threatening injuries, Richard Wentworth confronts the lightning-wielding Lion Man from Mars to end mass slaughter and save his beloved city from "The Flame Master." Then, with Nita held hostage and Commissioner Kirkpatrick enslaved by a criminal mastermind, The Spider wages his lone war against the acid-spraying "Overlord of the Damned." This double novel pulp reprint showcases the original color covers by John Newton Howitt, John Fleming Gould's classic interior illustrations and historical commentary by Will Murray. Double Novel Reprint $14.95
The pulps' greatest superman returns in action-packed thrillers by Lester Dent and William G. Bogart writing as "Kenneth Robeson." First, eerie bolts of blue lightning electrocute a series of wealthy men, whose only connection is their last name, Smith! What is the strange secret of "The Boss of Terror"? Then, the Man of Bronze and his Iron Men journey to "The Magic Forest" after Renny's plane disappears in the Alaskan wilderness. This deluxe pulp reprint showcases the classic color pulp covers by Emery Clarke, and also features the original interior illustrations by Paul Orban and historical commentary by Will Murray, author of fifteen Doc Savage novels. Double Novel Reprint $14.95
The pulps' greatest superman returns in action-packed thrillers by Lester Dent and William G. Bogart writing as "Kenneth Robeson." First, eerie bolts of blue lightning electrocute a series of wealthy men, whose only connection is their last name, Smith! What is the strange secret of "The Boss of Terror"? Then, the Man of Bronze and his Iron Men journey to "The Magic Forest" after Renny's plane disappears in the Alaskan wilderness. This deluxe pulp reprint showcases the classic color pulp covers by James Bama, and also features the original interior illustrations by Paul Orban and historical commentary by Will Murray, author of fifteen Doc Savage novels. Double Novel Reprint $14.95
by Will Murray and Lester Dent, writing as Kenneth Robeson, cover illustration by Joe DeVito
When millionaire Lamont Cranston and attorney Ham Brooks are kidnapped by gunmen driving a black hearse, it spells trouble for Doc Savage. Trouble with compound interest when Cranston’s personal lawyer is mysteriously murdered before he can consult with celebrated criminologist George Clarendon—who is secretly The Shadow!
These strange events put the Man of Bronze and the Dark Avenger on a collision course that threatens to expose the deepest secrets of both supermen. The conflict intensifies when underworld figure Cliff Marsland is captured and shipped off to Doc’s secret Crime College!
Will these legendary crimefighters join forces—or will the diabolical Funeral Director have the last laugh on Doc Savage and The Shadow? Softcover $24.95
by Will Murray, cover illustration by Joe DeVito
With the African continent engulfed by World War II, John Clayton, Lord Greystoke, abandons his role as Lord of the Jungle in order to combat the spreading Nazi menace.
Flying a P40 Tomahawk warplane, Clayton is sent on his first mission: to rescue the missing British Military Intelligence officer code-named Ilex. But the daring task plunges him into his savage past after he’s forced down in a lost land that seems hauntingly familiar.
When Tarzan of the Apes returns to the prehistoric realm called Pal-ul-don, he must revert to his most savage persona, that of Tarzan-jad-guru—Tarzan the Terrible! Softcover $24.95
12" LP Vinyl Records
The last 255 OTR LPs have been cut in price another $5 today. Prices as low as $10 for a group of 5 LPs this week.
Radio Archives is selling off a collection of 689 OTR 12" LP Vinyl Records. These are being sold in groups of 5 records per group. The main exception is Group #80 which has the 17 LP boxed set of Shadow radio shows. Plays on any standard record player.
We started the pricing at $50 per group, which is $10 per record. Every two weeks the price of all unsold groups has been lowered by $5 or $1 per record. There are now groups selling for $30, $25, $20, $15 and $10. Wait for the price to drop but don't wait too long and let someone else buy your favorite Old Time Radio LPs.
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