Category Archives: Old Time Radio

October 19

Halloween Edition: Escape – “How Love Came to Professor Guildea”

Professor Guildea is probably one of the most intelligent people on the planet.  He calculates that the human penchant for Love is a weakness.  However, something non-human decides to fall in love with him and becomes obsessed.  This episode of Escape is one our personal favorites in the series.  Escape – “How Love Came to […]

October 18

Halloween Edition: Escape “Evening Primrose”

“You are groping in the midnight dimness of a gigantic department store and suddenly you realize that you are not alone, but a hundred eyes are glaring at you from the shadows and a hundred hands are reaching for your throat and your most urgent desire is to … escape!” Escape – “Evening Primrose” November 5, […]

October 17

Halloween Edition: Suspense – “Ghost Hunt”

Think the “Found Footage” genre is new?  Think again, Suspense had that in the bag back in the 40’s and it was way scarier than Blair Witch Project.  In Ghost Hunt, a radio host decides it would be a great idea to spend the night in a haunted house that is infamous for being haunted.  Needless to say, he […]

October 16

Halloween Edition: Suspense – “The Dunwich Horror”

      Suspense brings to life one of H.P. Lovecraft’s most memorable and frightening stories.  Wilbur Whateley, the village weirdo, desperately needs to get his hands on the local Miskatonic university’s ultra-rare book, the Necronomicon.  Perhaps you’ve heard of it?   Suspense – “The Dunwich Horror” November 1st, 1945

October 12

Halloween Edition: Columbia Workshop – “Carmilla”

J.S. LeFanu’s famous vampire novel is brought to life by a master of horror scriptwriter Lucille Fletcher.  Voiced by Jeanette Nolan, she places a wicked sexy voice to the vampire and will seduce your cute little ears as you give it a listen.  Just be sure not to let her get too close right? Columbia […]

October 11

Halloween Edition: Lights Out – Valse Triste

Two women go on vacation to get away from it all.  Relaxation isn’t on the itinerary however when a psychopath with a talent for playing the violin falls in love with one of them and decides that he must marry her!  Of course, he has to kill the friend.  Arch Oboler is absolutely terrifying in this […]

October 10

Halloween Edition: Lights Out – “The Dream”

What if Boris Karloff, Legendary Master of Horror, keeps having a recurring dream about committing murder? Lights Out – “The Dream” – March 23rd, 1943  

October 05

Halloween Edition: The Witch’s Tale – “The Devil Doctor”

“The Devil Doctor” is a fun story that goes old school.  Insert scary story and then a warlock who has a penchant for sacrificing hundreds of people to Satan.  Then sprinkle about a group of non-believers who open his tomb and you have one hell of a spooky romp through an ancient town.   The Witch’s Tale […]

October 04

Halloween Edition: Nightfall – “A Glimpse of Eternity”

Two friends discover that they can reanimate the dead!  All in the name of medical science!  Of course the obvious happens but it is still scary as hell! Nightfall – “A Glimpse of Eternity” May 21st, 1982

October 03

Halloween Edition: The Shadow – “Death Rides a Broomstick”

A witch trial was held in the Scottish Highlands in the year 1741 and a woman was put to death by burning at the stake.  The witch put a curse on the judge, the head of the McCavery clan.  Two hundred years later, the curse would return to end the bloodline of the McCavery for […]

October 02

Halloween Edition: The Vampire’s Desire (The Hermit’s Cave)

It’s a stormy night and Mr. Winton and John have lost their way and drenched to the skin they go to a nearby house for shelter. However, the old woman who answers tells them that they are not welcome and slams the door on them. John puts his foot in the door and they enter […]

September 28

The Shadow – “The Silent Avenger”

An inmate who’s about to go to the electric chair convinces his bother to seek revenge on those who put him on death row. The Shadow – “The Silent Avenger” March 13th, 1938

September 27

Suspense – “Til Death Do Us Part”

Being married for over seven years, Paul had once loved his wife.  He had loved her as no other man could love her.  Now when he sees her he is disgusted and is agitated at the very sight of her.  It grinds his gears even being near her. What happened?  10 months ago Paul had […]

September 21

X Minus One – “Almost Human”

“Have you heard of the new science called cybernetics? It concerns mans efforts to develop a perfect thinking machine a robot electronic brain that will not only do mans work but will even think for him. A robot that is almost human…” X Minus One – “Almost Human” by Robert Bloch – August 11, 1955

September 20

Inner Sanctum Mystery – “The Melody of Death”

A newlywed is warned by a violin playing gypsy that she has been cursed.  She must never listen to a special melody or it would forever haunt her! Inner Sanctum Mystery – “The Melody of Death”– April 22, 1944

September 19

The Adventures of Superman – “Keno’s Landslide”

“The Wolf” and Keno Carter attempt to sabotage “The Limited” by starting landslide onto the tracks. The Adventures of Superman – “Keno’s Landslide”  February 16, 1940

September 18

The Shadow – “The Bride of Death”

Lamont Cranston finds himself in a fishing village where a mysterious cult partakes in the sacrifice of human beings.  The leader of the cult live extravagantly and is lead by an old woman who may have murdered the village preacher. The Shadow – “The Bride of Death” March 6, 1938

September 14

Suspense – “The Bride Vanishes”

  A married couple must solve a mystery involving a disappearing bride and a haunted sea cave. Suspense – “The Bride Vanishes” by John Dickson Carr.   December 1, 1942.

September 12

Flash Gordon – Pit of Death

Flash Gordon – “Pit of Death”  September 21, 1935

September 11

X Minus One – “The Veldt”

Based on Ray Bradbury’s story “The Illustrated Man”, the retelling of a story about an odd completely automated nursery that takes care of all of the child’s needs.  However; something is never what it seems. X Minus One – “The Veldt” by Ray Bradbury.  August 4, 1955  

September 07

Inner Sanctum Mystery – “The Skull that Walked”

Ever feel like digging up a creepy haunted skull from an old Indian burial ground?  Only fun could happen right?! Inner Sanctum Mystery – “The Skull that Walked” April 15, 1944

September 06

The Adventures of Superman – “Clark Kent, Mild Mannered Reporter”

Superman must accompany Commander Richards to prevent “The Shark” from sabotaging the “Y-Boat”. The Adventures of Superman – “Clark Kent, Mild Mannered Reporter” February 14, 1940

September 05

The Shadow – “The Plot Murder”

A hypnotist hijacks a flying torpedo then uses it to destroy the head quarters of the war department! The Shadow – “The Plot Murder” February 2nd, 1938

August 28

Suspense – “The Body Snatchers”

  In old England, doctors would be brought human bodies for experimentation by grave robbers.  Body snatchers brought fear to the dead and the living all across England.  At that time only four bodies per year could be supplied to surgeons for their studies.  There was a constant demand for upcoming surgeons so they would […]

August 24

Inner Sanctum Mystery – “The Horla”

First off, this is a very rare recording of Inner Sanctum.  To our knowledge, this is the best recording ever found and if you happen to find a better one please send it to us!   A pianist is being compelled to killed by a spirit. The Inner Sanctum – “The Horla” August 1st, 1943.

August 23

Flash Gordon – “Pit of Fire”

  Flash Gordon – “Pit of Fire” September 21, 193

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 […]