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June 21, 2024
 
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Old Time Radio
Featured: previously released
Volume 1

 
In the first of an ongoing series of diverse and wide-ranging collections called Archive Masters, Radio Archives brings you ten hours of entertainment from ten different radio series. It’s a panorama of what radio was like in its prime -- featuring the unique comedy of “Easy Aces” and Bob and Ray, dramatic shows starring Charles Boyer, Robert Cummings, and Rosalind Russell, two innovative plays written by radio’s “poet laureate,” Norman Corwin, domestic comedy with “Mr. & Mrs. Blandings” starring Cary Grant and Betsy Drake, rural quizzes and contests with “The Man on the Farm,” Arlene Francis arranging an evening on the town between servicemen and beautiful models on “Blind Date,” newspaper reporter Randy Stone uncovering ‘the human side of the news’ on the “Night Beat,” and popular singing star James Melton appearing in two mid-1940s rebroadcasts of “The Texaco Star Theater.”
 
Columbia Presents Corwin
 
Daybreak (#2 of 8)
In a truly poetic and wonderfully creative use of radio, Ronald Colman gives a bravura performance narrating the progress of daybreak on a typical day, following the sunrise from the middle of the Atlantic Ocean all the way around the world. An authentic masterpiece, highlighted by an outstanding score by Lyn Murray as conducted by Lud Gluskin, the program was written, produced, and directed by Norman Corwin and features unique vocal solos by Corina Mura.
Tuesday, July 10, 1945 - 30:00 - CBS, sustaining
 
Savage Encounter (#6 of 8)
Glenn Ford stars as a fighter pilot who, having bailed out of his plane over the Pacific Ocean, finds himself stranded on a remote and uncharted island. Inhabited by a race of peaceful people and led by an elderly white man, the pilot feels he has discovered a paradise - but, after speaking at length of the war in the outside world, soon finds himself on trial for his life out of fear that the savagery of his influence might contaminate the serenity of the island. Featuring a score by Harry Simeone, conducted by Lud Gluskin, the script was previously aired on March 28, 1944 and is written, produced, and directed by Norman Corwin.
Tuesday, August 7, 1945 - 30:00 - CBS, sustaining
 
Presenting Charles Boyer
 
Adventure with a Slide Rule Blonde
Michel recalls an encounter with a beautiful blonde in a Monte Carlo casino -- beautiful, and very intelligent, too. So intelligent, in fact, that with the use of a slide rule and a series of advanced probability theorems, she’s able to win again and again at roulette! Mary Jane Croft co-stars in a light-hearted program that was written by Robert E. Lee and directed by Nat Wolff; also in the cast are Jack Edwards, Herbert Butterfield, Fritz Feld, Paul Marion, Veola Vonn, and announcer Don Stanley.
Tuesday, July 4, 1950 - 30:00 - NBC, sustaining
 
The Thief, a Beautiful Woman, and My Life of Crime
In a touching entry in the series, a bowl of pansies reminds Michel of his brief period as a pickpocket, working under the expert guidance of his old friend Fingers, played by Sheldon Leonard. His life of crime is cut short, though, when he accidentally steals the purse of a woman -- then, while reviewing the contents, discovers the tragic secret she has revealed to no one. Written by Leonard St. Clair and directed by Nat Wolff, the program features Betty Moran, Herb Butterfield, Jane Morgan, Jeffrey Silver, Veola Vonn, Rolfe Sedan, and announcer Don Stanley.
Tuesday, July 11, 1950 - 30:00 - NBC, sustaining
 
Mr. & Mrs. Blandings
 
Jim’s Television Appearance
Jim is entirely opposed to television so, when Muriel has one installed in their home, Jim insists that it be immediately returned to the store. However, when Bill Cole calls at the last minute to ask Jim to stand in for him on a TV panel show, Jim is upset that Muriel won’t have a set on which to see his appearance. Featured in the cast are Gail Bonney, Gene Bates, Marion Richmond, Ed Max, Jerry Hausner, and Earl Keene. The program is written by M. Winkel (the pseudonym of series co-star Betsy Drake), directed by Warren Lewis, and Don Stanley is the announcer.
Sunday, February 25, 1951 - 30:00 - NBC, sponsored by Trans-World Airlines
 
Selling the House
After a week’s worth of unexpected household maintenance expenses, Jim is fed up and decides to sell the house. He soon reconsiders -- but he may be too late, as a flashy and moneyed couple from New York are on their way this evening to look over the property and, if they like it, buy it on the spot. Featuring hilarious guest appearances by Sandra Gould and Sheldon Leonard as the prospective buyers, the program also features Jim Backus as Mr. Martin, the unscrupulous real estate agent, and Dick Ryan as Mr. Jenkins, the handyman. The program is written by Charles Stewart and Mort Lachmann, directed by Warren Lewis, and Don Stanley is the announcer.
Sunday, March 18, 1951 - 30:00 - NBC, sponsored by Trans-World Airlines
 
Blind Date
 
Guest Chaperone Glenda Farrell
Broadcasting from New York City, a paratrooper and a ship’s cook vie for a date with an aspiring actress, an Army private and a Navy musician try to make a date with a radio actress, and a PFC paratrooper and another Navy musician compete for an evening out with a New York actress and model. The winners receive dinner at the Stork Club, tickets to the Broadway musical “Marinka” and also tickets to the new 20th Century Fox Technicolor musical “State Fair.” Teddy Rath conducts the orchestra and Ken Roberts is the announcer.
Friday, August 31, 1945 - 8:00-8:30 PM - 30:00 - ABC, sponsored by Etiquette Deodorant and Hinds Hand Cream
 
Guest Chaperone Hazel Brooks
Broadcasting from New York City, a Marine private and a Coast Guard radar man vie for a date with an American Airlines stewardess, a Navy sonar man and an Army corporal try to make a date with a dark-haired beauty from Syracuse, and an Army PFC and a Navy coxman compete to date another stewardess. The winners receive dinner at the Stork Club, tickets to the Broadway musical “Marinka” and also tickets to the film “Duffy’s Tavern.” Teddy Rath conducts the orchestra and Ken Roberts is the announcer.
Friday. September 28, 1945- 8:00-8:30 PM - 30:00 - ABC (WJZ New York aircheck), sponsored by Pebeco Toothpaste and Hinds Hand Cream
 
Four Star Playhouse
 
The Hunted
Robert Cummings, Lurene Tuttle, and William Conrad star in a tense story about a man named Fred Woodard, new in town, who comes to the aid of a young lady being followed by a mysterious man with a white scarf around his neck. Fred soon finds himself mixed up in a web of deception, theft, madness -- and murder. Based on the Cosmopolitan Magazine short story by Maurice Beaudine Jr. and adapted for radio by Milton Geiger, the program is directed by Warren Lewis, with music composed and conducted by Albert Harris; also featured in the cast are Wilms Herbert, Lawrence Dobkin, and announcer Edward King.
Sunday, August 14, 1949 - 30:00 - NBC, sustaining
 
The Incredible Anna Lee
This farcical comedy about an enthusiastic and overly dramatic Hollywood movie star and her long-suffering publicist stars Rosalind Russell and Frank Lovejoy. Based on the Cosmopolitan Magazine story by Robert Carson and adapted for radio by Milton Geiger, the program is directed by Warren Lewis, with music composed and conducted by Albert Harris; also featured in the cast are Betty Moran, George Neise, Ken Christy, and announcer Edward King.
Sunday, August 21, 1949 - 30:00 - NBC, sustaining
 
Easy Aces
 
Audition - 222
Ace is surprised and upset to find that Jane’s brother, recently married to a wealthy young lady and newly back from his honeymoon, has charged two new $40.00 flannel suits with accessories to Ace’s account at a local department store.
15:00 - ZIV syndication
 
Audition - 749
Jane has been called for jury duty, so Ace and Marge vainly attempt to explain to her what will be expected from her as a potential juror.
15:00 - ZIV syndication
 
Audition - 750
In an episode featuring appearances by radio stalwarts Alan Reed and John Brown, Jane answers her summons and appears in court as a potential juror. Will American justice ever be the same again?
15:00 - ZIV syndication
 
Audition - 922
Jane writes a letter to her sister, thanking her for sending a book as a gift. Jane didn’t particularly enjoy the book - seems it was too “wishy-squishy” - and reminisces about the wonderful books she read as a young student.
15:00 - ZIV syndication
 
The Bob & Ray Show
 
A Vacation at Lake Chipmunk (AFRS #17)
Mary McGoon complains that her Bob and Ray Surgeon Kit hasn’t yet arrived - and neither has her official Burglar Kit, either. Meantime, Windy Sturdley from the Lake Chipmunk Chamber of Commerce calls in to recommend a vacation in Maine and O. Leo Leahy makes a personal appearance to describe his unique profession. The “Bob and Ray Orchestra” perform “Tabu.”
Tuesday, August 7, 1951 - 15:00 - NBC/AFRS rebroadcast
 
The Bob and Ray Radio Script Writing School (AFRS #18)
Bob, Ray, and Mary McGoon discuss Steve Bosco’s latest attempt to publicize the show, the musicians perform a creative rendition of “I Got Rhythm,” and we enjoy another lesson in professional radio writing -- this time concerning essential plot points for crime shows.
Wednesday, August 8, 1951 - 15:00 - NBC/AFRS rebroadcast
 
Pretty Please (AFRS #97)
A particularly diverse program, in which we hear of baby opossums, ham, gas mains, and the life of a professional game show contestant -- plus “guess the tune” with disc jockey Corby Loftis, an on-air disc jockey audition with Tex Blaisdell, and the musical selection “A Kiss to Build a Dream On.”
Wednesday, December 12, 1951 - 15:00 - NBC/AFRS rebroadcast
 
The Tex and Mary McGoon Show (AFRS #98)
Another special offer from the Bob and Ray Overstocked Warehouse, an interview with a fisherman, a chat with Tex Blaisdell, a musical selection entitled “Dance Me Loose,” and a peek behind the scenes of the early morning breakfast time favorite “The Tex and Mary McGoon Show.”
Thursday, December 13, 1951 - 15:00 - NBC/AFRS rebroadcast
 
Nightbeat
 
The Telephone
After a misdial leads to a wrong number, Randy Stone decides to dial his phone at random -- and ends up speaking to a frightened woman who believes that her mentally ill husband is about to murder her. Frank Lovejoy stars in a program written by Larry Marcus and directed by Warren Lewis, with music composed and conducted by Frank Worth. Broadcasting from Hollywood, the cast includes Barbara Dupar, Jay Novello, Katherine Card, Lurene Tuttle, Peter Leeds, and announcer William Lally.
Monday, July 31, 1950 - 30:00 - NBC, sponsored by Wheaties
 
A Woman’s Tears
A criminal known as the Slasher is terrorizing Chicago, attacking fourteen women in the past three weeks. Randy Stone’s investigation quickly leads to a fellow named Rick Bennett -- an artist who trades sketches and murals for drinks and meals in local taverns. Bennett’s work is good, but slightly odd; seems that the drawings of all of his subjects are uniquely rendered...with scars on their faces. Frank Lovejoy stars in a program written by E. Jack Neumann and John Michael Hayes and produced and directed by Warren Lewis, with music by Frank Worth. Broadcasting from Hollywood, the cast includes Jeff Corey, Joan Banks, Sidney Miller, Nestor Paiva, Jerry Hausner, and Lou Krugman.
Friday, November 10, 1950 - 30:00 - NBC, sustaining

The James Melton Show (The Texaco Star Theater)
 
Guests Alec Templeton and Rise Stevens (AFRS #42)
James Melton solos on “Begin the Beguine,” “I Got Plenty of Nothing,” and “Le Rêve de Manon” from Massenet’s opera “Manon,” mezzo-soprano Rise Stevens sings “Habanera” from Bizet’s opera “Carmen,” Alex Templeton performs his own version of Addinsell’s “Warsaw Concerto,” and Melton and Stevens duet on Sigmund Romberg’s “Close as Pages in a Book” from “Up in Central Park.” The program closes with a rousing musical salute to the United Nations featuring the entire cast and Al Goodman’s orchestra and chorus.
Sunday, April 15, 1945 - 30:00 - CBS/AFRS rebroadcast
 
Guests Anna Mary Dickie and Ed Wynn (AFRS #83)
James Melton opens the program with “I Will Bring You Music,” based on Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, and also performs “Symphony” and Massenet’s “Elegy” with a violin obbligato by soloist Jules Schachter. Guest Ed Wynn, returning to his role as the Fire Chief on his own Texaco series of the early 1930s, gives his comedic commentary on the story of the opera “Faust.” From “Private Lives,” guest Anna Mary Dickie performs Noel Coward’s “Someday I’ll Find You” and, along with the Lyn Murray Male Chorus, performs “If I Loved You” from “Carousel.” The program concludes with a medley of familiar songs by Hungarian composer Emmerich Kalman. David Broekman conducts the orchestra.
Sunday, January 27, 1946 - 30:00 - CBS/AFRS rebroadcast
 
The Man on the Farm
 
Show #288
Audience discussions range from how cucumbers blossom to whether watermelons only turn red inside when they’re exposed to fresh air. The program concludes with a contest in which seven women compete to see who can give the best imitation of a howling tom cat.
Saturday, August 9, 1947 - 30:00 - Syndicated, sponsored by Quaker Oats Ful-O-Pep Feeds
 
Show #289
Can a chicken hatch and successfully raise a setting of peacock eggs? What is the difference between a chocolate cake and a devil’s food cake? Which would produce the most meat: a fat little pig or a little fat pig? All of these questions are addressed at length -- and the program concludes with a contest to see which little boy in the studio audience has the most items stored in his pockets.
Saturday, August 16, 1947 - 30:00 - Syndicated, sponsored by Quaker Oats Ful-O-Pep Feeds
 
 
10 hours - MP3 regular price $19.99
Discounted for the next week - $9.99
 
 
Featured: previously released
Volume 10
 
 
Although the title of the program was The Great Gildersleeve, as much of the charm of the show came from the supporting cast and townsfolk of Summerfield as it did from Gildy. Of course, Leroy and Marjorie, Gildersleeve’s charges, and Birdie Lee added a particular spark to the comedic family antics of the show, Summerfield itself boasted a few citizens that also made their mark. From Forrest Peavey, the twangy pharmacist to Leila Ransom, the widow with her sets sight on Gildy, these and more characters helped elevate The Great Gildersleeve from being just another comedy show to one that struck a funny and often loving chord with its audience.
 
Gildersleeve may have been the man of the house, but Birdie, the maid, ran things in the home on The Great Gildersleeve. Originally written in an unfortunately stereotypical style, Birdie over time was revealed as the real brains behind the operation of the family she took care of. This was due in part to writers wanting a more realistic portrayal of the character, but also much credit must be given to actress Lillian Randolph. She brought a whole range of emotions to the role of Birdie, from a joyous laugh to a compassion unmatched when necessary.
 
Discover why The Great Gildersleeve is not only considered a great comedy, but also one of the best shows of classic radio in this collection of 12 original broadcasts, as they originally aired from March to June 1944. Listen to The Great Gildersleeve, Volume 10, restored to sparkling digital quality.
 
6 hours - MP3 regular price $11.99
Discounted for the next week - $5.99
 
 
Audiobooks
Featured: previously released
The Hooded Hordes
by Paul Chadwick writing as Brant House
Read by Milton Bagby
 
 
Operating out of the supposedly haunted Montgomery Mansion, Secret Agent “X” ventures forth in a bewildering array of false identities to infiltrate the darkest underbellies of the Underworld—and destroy it from within. The only clue to his true identity is his haunting whistle…..
 
With boiling lead that stilled men’s tongues and bombs that mangled human bodies, the hooded hordes threatened America. Their power was spreading from State to State like a hideous blight. Their spies were everywhere—and against this dread secret society went the Man of a Thousand Faces, into a danger that even he did not foresee.
 
The enigma of enigmas, Secret Agent “X” has been deputized by a high government official to battle the darkest, most diabolical enemies of America before they sink their poisonous fangs into the nation’s healthy core. Faceless and unsung, “X” infiltrates these threats in a bewildering array of disguises.
 
The exploits of Secret Agent "X" originally appeared in the magazine of that same name under the pen name of Brant House. "X" was the creation of author Paul Chadwick.
 
For Secret Agent “X”, it was decreed that he would pit himself against villains who were maestros of unbridled horror. Melodrama was the rule of the day. But the unknown “X” plunged into maelstroms of raw bloodlust undreamed of by The Shadow and Doc Savage. His foes were truly depraved. Terrorists. Torturers. Kidnappers. Stranglers. Arsonists. These were the types of tabloid master criminals our nameless hero hunted.
 
Follow the Man of a Thousand Faces as he confronts the menace of The Hooded Hordes, ripped from the pages of Secret Agent “X” magazine, October 1934 and read with chilling intensity by Milton Bagby.
 
5 hours - MP3 regular price $9.99
Featured: previously released
Pirates from Hell
by Norvell W. Page writing as Grant Stockbridge
Read by Nick Santa Maria
 
 
Across these broad United States swept the grisly hordes of LaFitte, modern counterpart of ancient, blood-thirsty piracy. In their horrible wake remained only red ruin and the charred skeletons of the Nation’s crack trains... Such was the criminal blitzkrieg of LaFitte, the brutal buccaneer no man dared challenge — save Richard Wentworth... alias the Spider!
 
Author and former crime reporter Norvell W. Page, who penned the majority of the Spider’s exploits as Grant Stockbridge in Popular Publications’ infamous pulp magazine, The Spider, once described his hero in gigantic but unflinching terms: “His exploits had raised him to the proportions of a legendary hero. In ancient times, Rome would have made him an emperor-god. Salem might have burned him as a sorcerer. The modern world—well, the police had offered rewards totaling thousands of dollars for his capture ‘dead or alive.’ And the Underworld hated him and plotted his destruction with a fierceness bred of abject terror.
 
“Yes, Richard Wentworth was a murderer in the eyes of the law—a butcher who had slain a hundred, a thousand of his fellow men. They took no account of the fact he killed only those who richly deserved to die, that he alone had prevented a score of master criminals from overwhelming the forces of law and order.”
 
The Spider was the only pulp hero to suffer under a messiah complex of immense proportions. As Norvell W. Page related his complicated backstory: “Wentworth had sworn his crusades of justice long ago solely because of his hatred of injustice, his great altruistic love for mankind.
 
This thrilling Spider audiobook features acclaimed voice talent Nick Santa Maria, who has made the Spider his own! Pirates from Hell originally published in The Spider magazine, August, 1940.
 
5 hours - MP3 regular price $9.99
Discounted for the next week - $4.99
 
 
Audiobooks
New eBook
West eBook
January 1945
 
Total Pulp Experience. These exciting pulp adventures have been beautifully reformatted for easy reading as an eBook and features every story, every editorial, and every column of the original pulp magazine.
 
West. The perfect name for an outstanding entry into the western pulp genre. Coyotes howl on the crisp night air, cattle drives stir up clouds of dust in the hot afternoon air, gunslingers bring their own brand of violence to peaceful cow towns... And West magazine took you there for an amazing 362 issues over a period of twenty-seven years. Its longevity was a tribute to the high quality of the stories that it contained. Rip-snortin', bronco-ridin' action was guaranteed in each issue. It was first published in January 1926 and passed through several publishers over the years. For the majority of those years, it was published by Better Publications (aka, Thrilling Publications). Authors like Johnston McCulley (famed for his Zorro stories), Louis L'Amour, Zane Grey, were among a large stable of writers who brought life in the old west to modern readers. West returns in these vintage pulp tales, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format.
 
Regular price $3.99
 
 
New eBook
 
Total Pulp Experience. These exciting pulp adventures have been beautifully reformatted for easy reading as an eBook and features every story, every editorial, and every column of the original pulp magazine.
 
Fiction House publishing decided to see if it could repeat the success of its Two Complete Detective Books magazine, by switching to the science-fiction genre. The Winter 1950 issue of Two Complete Science-Adventure Books hit the newsstands and was well received. It followed the same format as its companion magazine. Two science fiction novels which had been previously published in hardback format were reprinted, uncut, in the pulp magazine. For a quarter, readers could enjoy the same science fiction stories that had previously cost $4 for the hardback versions. Authors like Isaac Asimov, L. Ron Hubbard, Edmond Hamilton, Arthur C. Clarke, James Blish and L. Sprague de Camp appeared in the magazine's pages. Unfortunately, even for all that star-power, the magazine was forced to close with the Spring 1954 issue, after only 11 issues were published. Two Complete Science Adventure Books returns in vintage pulp tales, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format.
 
Regular price $3.99
 
 
Featured eBook
The Spider #83 eBook
August 1940
 
Total Pulp Experience. These exciting pulp adventures have been beautifully reformatted for easy reading as an eBook and features every story, every editorial, and every column of the original pulp magazine. As a special bonus, Will Murray has written an introduction especially for this series of eBooks.
 
Another epic exploit of America’s best-loved pulp-fiction character of the 1930s and 1940s: The Spider — Master of Men! Richard Wentworth — the dread Spider, nemesis of the Underworld, lone wolf anti-crime crusader who always fights in that grim no-man’s land between Law and lawless — returns in vintage pulp tales of the Spider, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format.
 
 
 

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Comments From Our Customers!
 
Candyce Sweet writes:
Father Knows Best, Volume 1. Family Friendly. This series is extremely well written and well acted. The stories are engaging and entertaining, and it's fun for the entire family. No worries when listening to this with the kids!
 
Ivan G Shreve Jr writes:
What a character! And that's the key to enjoying one of old-time radio's finest sitcoms. The Great Gildersleeve isn't a gag-oriented program but instead mines a rich vein of character-based humor -- you laugh because you love and care for the program's characters so very much. Highly recommended.
 
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