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  Strange Adventures - 10 hours [Audio CDs] #RA287
Strange Adventures


 
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Strange Adventures


 

“Adventure! Who among us has not felt the thrill of that word?” begins the introduction to the Strange Adventures radio program from the beginning of the Golden Age of Radio. In the throes of the Great Depression, Strange Adventures offered relief from the troubles of every day life by whisking listeners to faraway places where excitement beckoned and danger lurked around every corner. A barbershop quartet encouraged listeners to join them in the World Adventurers Club, where there was always some globetrotting explorer who had just returned from some thrilling adventure that he was willing to share. The World Adventurers Club was a gentlemen’s club of the type popular in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries that represented the European colonial view of the world. Its members — and narrators — were from the same mold as heroes of Victorian and pulp fiction of the era. The tales told therein were dedicated to “that great god, Adventure”.
 
With such exotic titles as “Land of Doomed Souls”, “The Ghost Light”, “The Forest of Forgotten Men” and “The House That Screamed”, Strange Adventures told tales that included a ghost story about an Egyptian tomb with moving mummies and a perpetual motion machine; supernatural shoes made from Emu feathers; an expedition to find a hidden tribe of wild Amazon women that is saved by a white mouse named Nickodemus; and a woman adventurer tells of her capture in the Gobi Desert where she is forced to participate in a mad scientist’s plan to cross breed men with giant apes to produce the missing link!
 
Produced in 1932 by TRANSCO, Strange Adventures included actors Jay Novello, Gale Gordon, Frank Nelson, Junius Matthews, Jonathan Hole and Hanley Stafford. This ten-hour set includes all thirty-nine fifteen-minute episodes.
 
So, gentle listener, gather around the fire, settle back in your comfortable chair, take your brandy snifter in hand, close your eyes and join the members of the World Adventurer’s Club “in the pledge of fellowship” (as the quartet sang) as one of its own begins to tell his own harrowing tale of far-off danger.
 
#1 Search for Robert Danforth
1932 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#2 Escape from Devil's Island
1932 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#3 New Guinea
1932 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#4 China
1932 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#5 Mexico
1932 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#6 Borneo
1932 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#7 Search for Morton Expedition
1932 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#8 Land of Doomed Souls
1932 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#9 Strangest Town in Europe
1932 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#10 Russia
1932 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#11 The Black Hand
1932 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#12 Land of Mystery, India
1932 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#13 Chinatown
1932 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#14 Norway's Luck
1932 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#15 The Elephant's Graveyard
1932 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#16 Cannibal Ants
1932 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#17 The Treasure Hunt
1932 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#18 Indo China
1932 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#19 The Fire Dog
1932 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#20 The Black White Man
1932 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#21 The Grains of Death
1932 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#22 The Hairy Wild Man
1932 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#23 Wild Women
1932 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#24 The Ghost Light
1932 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#25 Singapore Joe
1932 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#26 The Fawn
1932 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#27 The Dead Heart
1932 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#28 Rahman the Mystic
1932 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#29 The Madona's Tear
1932 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#30 Dead Men Walking
1932 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#31 Arabian Adventure
1932 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#32 The Forest of Forgotten Men
1932 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#33 Vampire Bats
1932 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#34 Railroad Romance
1932 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#35 Mind Over Matter
1932 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#36 The Devil Box
1932 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#37 The Devil's Snare
1932 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#38 Hammering from the Tomb
1932 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#39 The House that Screamed
1932 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication

Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 2 Write a review

  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
 
Early Radio Program, possibly with Ken Darby? December 17, 2015
Reviewer: Richard McLeod from RIVERSIDE, CA United States  
"Strange Adventures" is a very good example of an early Radio Program. As motion pictures were turning at the time to sound, many Actors were selected from the Broadway Stage because of their vocal and Stage training.

With World War II yet to come, the World had not become as dark a place to live, and it is evident in this Radio Show, not having the paranoia so evident in many of the Radio Shows after 1940.  The World was still a place with many unique locales, exciting to explore and unknown to many with new and uncharted territory,

And yes, I do feel that the Musical Group could be "Ken Darby and his King's Men", as they began in 1929 with great influence   especially at Walt Disney Studios.

Such was a very perceptive observation by a previous reviewer, and if anyone is able to determine if indeed this is "Ken Darby and his Kings Men" providing the songs sung on this early Radio Show, I would also appreciate hearing of such information.

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  4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
 
Just ... WOW! April 16, 2014
Reviewer: Andrew Wood from Leeds, West Yorkshire United Kingdom  
I absolutely LOVE very early radio shows from the late 1920s and early 30s. This is just ... well ... just WOW!! So atmospheric - marvelous quality transfers - complete series - I'm awestruck!! This really IS "Old Time Radio"!! Don't miss this one. Just DON'T! N.B. The more I listen, the more convinced I am that The Kings Men (of Fibber & Molly fame) are the uncredited vocal quartet here. It certainly sounds like Ken Darby and his arrangements. Could be an earlier incarnation of the group. I would love confirmation on this!

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