Category Archives: Old Time Radio

August 22

X Minus One – “The Embassy”

What if there was a secret Martian embassy in downtown New York! X Minus One – “The Embassy” July 28th, 1955

August 21

The Adventures of Superman – “The Baby from Krypton”

This broadcast is considered the first show of the series. Superman helps the U.S. Navy battle, “The Shark.” The Adventures of Superman – “The Baby from Krypton” – February 12, 1940.  

August 16

The CE Library: The Shadow

The Shadow is a collection of serialized dramas, originally in 1930s pulp novels, and then in a wide variety of media. One of the most famous adventure heroes of the 20th century United States, The Shadow has been featured on the radio, in a long-running pulp magazine series, in comic books, comic strips, television, serials, video games, […]

August 15

The CE Library: Suspense

One of the premier drama programs of the Golden Age of Radio, was subtitled “radio’s outstanding theater of thrills” and focused on suspense thriller-type scripts, usually featuring leading Hollywood actors of the era. Approximately 945 episodes were broadcast during its long run, and more than 900 still exist. Suspense went through several major phases, characterized by […]

August 14

The CE Library: Flash Gordon

Flash Gordon is the hero of a space opera adventure comic strip created by and originally drawn by Alex Raymond.First published January 7, 1934, the strip was inspired by and created to compete with the already established Buck Rogers adventure strip. Starting April 22, 1935, the strip was adapted into The Amazing Interplanetary Adventures of Flash Gordon, a 26-episode weekly […]

August 11

The CE Library: X Minus One

Initially a revival of NBC’s Dimension X (1950–51), the first 15 episodes of X Minus One were new versions of Dimension X episodes, but the remainder were adaptations by NBC staff writers, including Ernest Kinoy and George Lefferts, of newly published science fiction stories by leading writers in the field, including Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Philip K. Dick, Robert A. Heinlein, Frederik Pohl and Theodore Sturgeon, along with some original scripts by […]

August 10

The CE Library: Inner Sanctum Mystery

Inner Sanctum Mystery, also known as Inner Sanctum, a popular old-time radio program that aired from January 7, 1941, to October 5, 1952, was created by producer Himan Brown and was based on the imprint given to the mystery novels of Simon & Schuster. A total of 527 episodes were produced, but a majority are presumed to be lost. […]

August 10

The CE Library: The Adventures of Superman

The serial came to radio as a syndicated show on New York City’s WOR on February 12, 1940. On Mutual, it was broadcast from August 31, 1942, to February 4, 1949, as a 15-minute serial, running three or, usually, five times a week. From February 7 to June 24, 1949 it ran as a thrice-weekly half-hour show. The […]

August 10

Suspense – “Menace in Wax”

“During the French revolution of 1793, a Swiss girl copied in wax the severed heads of those had just been guillotined. She married a French Man named Tussard and came to London and she founded Madam Tussard’s Wax Works. There it is still in Marleborne near Baker Street station, not the original building, that was […]

August 09

Flash Gordon – “General Tal Tries Capturing Dr. Zarkov” & “Pit of Peril and Death Dwarfs”

Flash Gordon “General Tal Tries Capturing Dr. Zarkov” – September 7th 1935 Flash Gordon “Pit of Peril and Death Dwarf” September 14th, 1935

August 08

X Minus One – “Nightmare”

An unimportant clerk, in an unimportant job, uses his Einiac to discover what the computers are up to! The story is based on the poem, “Revolt Of The Machines” by Stephen Vincent Benet. The script was previously used on “Dimension X” on June 10, 1951. The progam was rebroadcast as part of “Monitor” during December, […]

July 26

Flash Gordon – “Azura Regains Memory” & “Flash, Still Invisible, Escapes”

Flash Gordon – “Azura Regains Memory”, August 24th, 1935 Flash Gordon – “Flash, Still Invisible, Escapes”, August 31st, 1935

July 21

The Shadow – “Hounds in the Hills”

A demented old hag living with her hunchback son kidnaps four boys and holds them captive in their mansion. Two criminals also stay in the mansion, using the place as a hideout. When The Shadow tries to rescue the boys, a pack of vicious dogs is released and chase him up a tree. The Shadow […]

July 18

X Minus One – Dr. Grimshaw’s Sanitarium

“What you will hear transcribed in the next half hour represents either a magnificent hoax or the true explanation of the famous Grimshaw sanatorium scandal, which made the headlines back in 1947. The manuscript upon which this account is based was removed by the New York State Police from a fountain pen cover found in […]

June 08

Suspense – “Will You Make a Bet with Death”

A man bets his life against the $25,000 his uncle promises him if he can escape being murdered! Suspense “Will You Make a Bet with Death” by John Dickson Carr November 10th, 1942 One of the premier drama programs of the Golden Age of Radio, was subtitled “radio’s outstanding theater of thrills” and focused on suspense thriller-type […]

June 07

Flash Gordon – “Dr. Zarkov Builds Invisible Ray Machine” & “Flash, the Avenging Shadow”

  Flash Gordon “Dr. Zarkov Builds Invisible Ray Machine” August 10th, 1935 Flash Gordon “Flash, the Avenging Shadow” August 17th, 1935 Flash Gordon is the hero of a space opera adventure comic strip created by and originally drawn by Alex Raymond.First published January 7, 1934, the strip was inspired by and created to compete with the […]

May 14

The Adventures of Superman – Is There Another (Part 3 Final)

The Adventures of Superman “Is There Another?” Part 9 – February 8, 1946 The Adventures of Superman “Is There Another?” Part 10 – February 11th, 1946 The Adventures of Superman “Is There Another?” Part 11 – February 12th, 1946 The Adventures of Superman “Is There Another?” Part 12 – February 13th, 1946 The Adventures of […]

May 13

The Invisible Man – Part 2 (Chapters 11-20)

The Invisible Man is a science fiction novella by H. G. Wells. Originally serialized in Pearson’s Weekly in 1897, it was published as a novel the same year. The Invisible Man of the title is Griffin, a scientist who has devoted himself to research into optics and invents a way to change a body’s refractive […]

May 12

The Shadow – The Poison Death

A villainous terrorist steals the identity of the Shadow and poisons the city’s water supply!  Will the real Shadow find out who is running this dangerous scheme?   The Shadow “The Poison Death” January 30, 1938 (28 Minutes) The Shadow is a collection of serialized dramas, originally in 1930s pulp novels, and then in a wide […]

May 11

Suspense – The Devil in the Summer House

Let’s say you received a mysterious letter from someone who is already dead asking you to meet on a dark and stormy night in a creep old house.  Would you show up?  What if you had no choice?   “The Devil in the Summer House” was originally written by John Dickson Carr and adapted this […]

May 10

Flash Gordon – General Tal Rescued Azura & General Tal Attacks Flash from Behind a Huge Door

Flash Gordon “General Tal Rescued Azura” July 27th, 1935 Flash Gordon “General Tal Attacks Flash Behind a Huge Door” August 3rd, 1935 Flash Gordon is the hero of a space opera adventure comic strip created by and originally drawn by Alex Raymond.First published January 7, 1934, the strip was inspired by and created to compete with the […]

May 08

Inner Sanctum Mystery – Black Sea Gull

“Dusk is settling fast along the Carolina coast. A few miles out at sea a motorboat rides through the choppy water. Dr Griffin and Richard Blake are frantically scanning the horizon looking for Richard’s wife Barbara who is lost…” Inner Sanctum Mystery – “Black Sea Gull” – March 7, 1943 Inner Sanctum Mystery, also known as […]

May 07

The Invisible Man – Part One (Chapters 1 – 10 )

The Invisible Man is a science fiction novella by H. G. Wells. Originally serialized in Pearson’s Weekly in 1897, it was published as a novel the same year. The Invisible Man of the title is Griffin, a scientist who has devoted himself to research into optics and invents a way to change a body’s refractive […]

May 05

The Shadow – The Society of the Living Dead

An evil businessman kidnaps his partner and keeps him in a burial vault. He wants him to sign a confession stating how he killed himself by drowning. Once the confession is signed, he will then kill his associate, take over the whole business and marry his partner’s daughter. As The Shadow investigates a fake passport […]

May 04

Suspense – The Lord of the Witch Doctors

“The drums were beating that night; the lord of the witch doctors was on his way. Twenty miles off the east African coast fanned by the blistering heat of the Indian Ocean lies the island of Zanzibar. Here many years ago in the year 1889 three nations were rivals for trades.” Suspense “The Lord of […]

May 03

Flash Gordon – Dr. Zarkov Shoots Crooks with Electrodes & Flash Regains Memory

Dr. Zarkov Shoots Crooks with Electrodes(July 13, 1935): Queen Azura assured Flash that it had been a trick to disconcert him then she ordered the frozen prisoners be removed to the palace and that good care be taken of Zarkov particularly. When Dr Zarkov was brought back to life he asked for Flash but was […]

May 01

Inner Sanctum Mystery – Study For Murder

“We have an expert on murder here tonight. He has a rather strange idea, something about everyone being a potential murderer. Maybe he’s right. Take a good look at your neighbor, maybe he’s the one – maybe its you… Boris Karloff stars as Mr Herbert March in this original radio play by Sigmund Miller. At […]

April 29

The Devil and Tom Walker – Washington Irving

The Devil and Tom Walker is a short story written by Washington Irving and first appeared in 1824.  Faustian in nature this story involves a more gruesome and modern take of the old tale of the devil and his deals.  It’s a great story and has inspired many television show episodes.  Rembmer; the Devil is […]

April 28

The Shadow – Sabotage

Can The Shadow break up a spy ring who are destroying shipyards and sinking submarines?  Even The Shadow helped the war effort in WWII.  The villain in this episode also had a plan to stop the Shadow.  Great episode! The Shadow “Sabotage” originally aired January 16, 1938.   Play Time:  30 Minutes The Shadow is a collection […]

April 27

Suspense – One Hundred in the Dark

Ever count to 100 in the pitch black?  Takes awhile doesn’t it?  In tonight’s episode of Suspense, titled “One Hundred in the Dark”, was adapted from a short story by Owen M. Johnson.  A prolific writer of murder mysteries. The writers of Suspense couldn’t make very many changes as none were needed.  The story does […]