Mystery Theater

Episodes

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Across The Pacific: Humphrey Bogart20150628 (BBC7)

1943: America is at war with Japan. Can one man thwart a dangerous spy network?

1943: America is at war with Japan. Can one man thwart a dangerous spy network? Humphrey Bogart leads The Screen Guild Players.

Boston Blackie: The Jonathan Diamond20161222 (BBC7)
20161223 (BBC7)

The kind-hearted thief is called-upon to retrieve a gem.

Kind-hearted thief, Boston Blackie is called-upon to retrieve a gem, but it proves not to be a simple robbery.

Stars Chester Morris as the eponymous hero.

Jewel thief and safecracker, Boston Blackie was created by author Jack Boyle. His books were adapted for radio, cinema and TV. His mantra is "an enemy to those who make him an enemy, a friend to those who have no friends".

Boston Blackie ran on America's NBC Radio in 1944 sponsored by 'Rinso'. Unlike the concurrent films, Blackie had a steady romantic interest in the radio show with Lesley Woods as girlfriend Mary Wesley.

Announcer: Harlow Wilcox.

One of a series of selected shows from the golden days of American radio in the 1940s and 50s, when many of Hollywood's greatest screen stars were regular performers - often re-enacting their famous film roles.

First broadcast in the USA in 1944.

Box Thirteen: Alan Ladd20151230 (BBC7)
20151231 (BBC7)

In 'Actor's Alibi' struggling writer Dan Holliday's advert for adventure backfires.

1947: In 'Actor's Alibi' struggling writer Dan Holliday's ad for inspirational adventure backfires.

Stars Alan Ladd as Dan Holliday. With Sylvia Picker as secretary Suzy and Edmund MacDonald as Police Lieutenant Kling.

Former hack turned freelance thriller writer Dan needs to generate ideas, so places a classified ad in the paper: "Adventure wanted - will go anywhere, do anything - Box 13." Played by Hollywood film star Alan Ladd (1913-1964), he's the very image of a perpetually rent-owing, down-at-heel luckless gumshoe wannabe.

Renowned for being only 5 foot 5 inches or so tall, actor Alan Ladd's tough California childhood gave way to small roles in theatre, film and radio before silver-screen success. His films included: This Gun For Hire, Duel of Champions, The Carpetbaggers, One Foot in Hell, The Deep Six and The Proud Rebel.

Box 13 is a syndicated 52-part series created by Alan Ladd's company, Mayfair Productions. The series premiered on December 31st 1947 on New York radio station WOR.

Dime A Dance: Lucille Ball20150705 (BBC7)
20161221 (BBC7)
20161222 (BBC7)

1944: Dance hall worker Ginger Allen is embroiled in the hunt for a murderer.

Selected shows from the golden days of American radio in the 1940s and 50s, when many of Hollywood's greatest screen stars were regular performers, often re-enacting their famous film roles.

Lucille Ball stars as New York dance hall worker Ginger Allen, who is embroiled in the terrifying hunt for a dangerous killer.

Adapted from Cornell Woolrich's classic 1938 short story. From CBS Radio's Suspense series which ran from 1942 to 1962.

Lucille Ball (1911-1989) was dubbed the 'Queen of B-Movies' in the 1940s, before she became an American TV icon in her hit comedy series I Love Lucy (1951-1957). She was also the head of the studio which made it. More TV comedy hits followed like The Lucy Show, Here's Lucy, and Life with Lucy.

Produced and directed by William Spier.

First broadcast in the USA on 13 January 13, 1944 on the Columbia Broadcasting System.

Dimension X: The Martian Chronicles20161228 (BBC7)
20161229 (BBC7)

1950: Humanity's encounter with Red Planet citizens in 1999 sparks serious repercussions.

Ohio, January, 1999: Humanity's encounter with the citizens of the Red Planet sparks serious repercussions for both sides.

Stars Ian Martin and Jan Miner.

Ray Bradbury's space thriller 'The Martian Chronicles' is now considered a sci-fi classic, from a decade when it was a relatively new literary event. As much about life on Earth as it is about matters extra-terrestrial, Bradbury's dramatised novel charts a series of encounters between the first colonists to arrive on Mars and their gentle, telepathic natives.

One of a series of selected shows from the golden days of American radio in the 1940s and 50s, when many of Hollywood's greatest screen stars were regular performers - often re-enacting their famous film roles.

Music: Alfred Buhrman

Adapted by Ernest Kinoy.

Director: Jack Kuney

First broadcast on NBC Radio in the USA in 1950.

Drive In: Judy Garland20150719 (BBC7)
20161222 (BBC7)
20161223 (BBC7)

1946: A lot of things can happen at a drive-in that are not on the menu.

1946: "There are a lot of things that can happen at a drive-in that aren't on the menu".

Legendary Hollywood actress and singer, Judy Garland stars in this thrilling episode from CBS Radio's Suspense series.

Star of film classics The Wizard of Oz (1939) and Meet Me in St Louis (1944), this drama sees Judy in far more peril than we're used to - as single, star-struck waitress Mildred working in a Hollywood drive-in diner.

One night she attends to a very late customer, but never can she have expected such a terrifyingly dangerous encounter.

Earlier in 1946, aged 24, Judy Garland had given birth to her daughter Liza Minnelli.

First broadcast in the USA on the Columbia Broadcasting System.

1946: A lot of things can happen at a drive-in that are not on the menu. Judy Garland stars in CBS Radio's suspense series.

End Of The Road: Glenn Ford20151228 (BBC7)
20151229 (BBC7)

Danger awaits car salesman Speed Evans as Sylvia arrives in his showroom.

1947: Danger awaits car salesman Speed Evans as captivating dame, Sylvia arrives in his showroom.

Starring Glenn Ford as Speed Evans and Cathy Lewis as Sylvia Ganlon.

Adapted by Irving Moore and Robert Richards from a story by Irving Moore.

Glenn Ford (1916-2006) A practical man, the Canadian-American film star began acting after school - but at his father's behest, maintained a number of pragmatic skills - wiring, plumbing, roofing. Ford was in both the US Marines and the Navy, even serving in Vietnam.

Big screen roles included Gilda, The Big Heat, Midway, The Sheepman, The Gazebo, Pocketful of Miracles, Don't Go Near the Water, The Fastest Gun Alive and Superman.

From CBS Radio's Suspense series which ran in the USA from 1942 to 1962.

4 Extra's MYSTERY THEATER showcases American radio's golden years of the 1940s and 50s, when many of Hollywood's greatest screen stars were regular performers, often re-enacting film roles.

Jeff Regan, Investigator: It All Comes Back To Me Now20151231 (BBC7)
20160101 (BBC7)

Jeff gets caught up in a case of missing memories.

1950: Jeff gets caught up in a case of missing memories. Could a mystery woman carrying a pistol be a murderer?

Starring Paul Dubov as Jeff Regan and Frank Nelson as Anthony Lyon.

Jeff Regan is a fully registered official private investigator working for the Los Angeles-based International Detective Bureau. Unlike some of his radio contemporaries, Jeff gets the job done through diligence and tenacity - rather than gun-toting fisticuffs.

The series debuted on CBS in the US 1948 starring Jack 'Dragnet' Webb. After he left the role on radio, Jeff was played by Frank Graham and finally Paul Dubov (1918-1979) who appeared in many Hollywood films as a support actor, rather than playing the leading man.

Jeff Regan, Investigator came off-air in 1950.

4 Extra's MYSTERY THEATER showcases American radio's golden years of the 1940s and 50s, when many of Hollywood's greatest screen stars were regular performers, often re-enacting film roles.

Let George Do It: There Ain't No Justice20151223 (BBC7)
20151224 (BBC7)

A corpse sets detective-for-hire George Valentine on a search for a missing embezzler.

'Let George Do It' was a sponsored American radio drama carried by the Mutual Broadcasting System from 1952.

Robert Bailey stars as George Valentine, gleaning clients from his classified ad in the Personal Notices: "Danger's my stock in trade. If the job's too tough for you to handle, you've got a job for me."

With Virginia Gregg as George's secretary, Brooksie.

Scripted by David Victor and Jackson Gillis.

Music by Eddie Dunstedler.

Directed by Don Clark.

Announcer: John Hiestand.

4 Extra's MYSTERY THEATER showcases American radio's golden years of the 1940s and 50s, when many of Hollywood's greatest screen stars were regular performers, often re-enacting film roles.

Lifeboat: Tallulah Bankhead20150726 (BBC7)
20161223 (BBC7)
20161224 (BBC7)

July 1943: Survivors are adrift in the Atlantic. Stars Tallulah Bankhead.

Legendary hard-living actress Tallulah Bankhead reprises her role as Constance 'Connie' Porter in Alfred Hitchcock's 1944 film Lifeboat for this NBC radio adaptation.

Introduced by Alfred Hitchcock.

July 1943: Connie is a glamorous foreign correspondent aboard a lifeboat alone in the middle of the Atlantic, after the freighter ship SS Argo was torpedoed by a Nazi submarine. She soon rescues John Kovak from the ship's engine room (Jeff Chandler) and sparks fly between the couple as they pick up other survivors - including a Nazi seaman from the enemy U-boat.

Presented by NBC's Screen Directors' Playhouse on November 16th 1950, the film's director Alfred Hitchcock briefly explains how he made the movie - based on a story by John Steinbeck.

Adapted for radio by Jack Ruben

Announcer: Jimmy Wallington

Produced by Howard Wiley and directed by Bill Cairn.

First broadcast in the USA on NBC in 1950.

July 1943: Survivors are adrift in the Atlantic. Stars Tallulah Bankhead. A Screen Directors Playhouse production for NBC radio.

Pete Kelly's Blues: Gus Trudeau20151229 (BBC7)
20151230 (BBC7)

An old pal of roaring 1920s jazz cornet player Pete Kelly is suspected of murdering a mobster.

Stars Jack Webb as Pete Kelly with his 'Big 7' jazz group.

Set in a 1922 Speakeasy at 417 Cherry Street, Kansas City, where a heady mix of gangsters, pulpy thrills and spills are readily available.

Pete Kelly's Blues may have only run for three months on American radio, but it spawned a whole film in the mid-1950s. A novel mix of hard-boiled thriller and musical interludes, Jack 'Dragnet' Webb not only stars but also directs.

A keen fan of jazz in real life, Webb did not miss the opportunity to get some of the genuine article into the series. It's fair to say happy endings weren't high on the agenda.

Written by Joe Eisinger.

Music by Dick Cathcart, with scoring by Matty Matlock.

First broadcast on NBC in the USA in 1951.

4 Extra's MYSTERY THEATER showcases American radio's golden years of the 1940s and 50s, when many of Hollywood's greatest screen stars were regular performers, often re-enacting film roles.

An old friend of 1920s jazz cornet player Pete Kelly is suspected of murdering a mobster.

Rocky Fortune: Frank Sinatra20150712 (BBC7)

1953: Genial drifter Rocky's new job as an oyster shucker lands him in a smuggling ring.

Selected shows from the golden days of American radio in the 1940s and 50s, when many of Hollywood's greatest screen stars were regular performers, often re-enacting film roles.

Frank Sinatra portrayed job-seeking drifter Rocky Fortune for NBC for 25 episodes during an album-recording hiatus that ended with the release of the legendary 'Songs for Young Lovers' in 1954.

In this episode, as a lowly 'Oyster Shucker', Rocky's taken on at the Fifty Fathoms Clam House. He inadvertently gets involved with a pearl smuggling scam, but will he get the girl - sassy Iris?

Cast includes: Jack Nessel, Lynne Allen and Jack Kruschen.

Directed by Andrew C Love.

Announcer: Eddy King.

First broadcast in the USA on NBC (National Broadcasting Company) in 1953.

Rocky Fortune: Frank Sinatra, Part 120150712 (BBC7)
20161228 (BBC7)
20161229 (BBC7)

1953: Genial drifter Rocky's new job as an oyster shucker lands him in a smuggling ring.

Selected shows from the golden days of American radio in the 1940s and 50s, when many of Hollywood's greatest screen stars were regular performers, often re-enacting film roles.

Frank Sinatra portrayed job-seeking drifter Rocky Fortune for NBC for 25 episodes during an album-recording hiatus that ended with the release of the legendary 'Songs for Young Lovers' in 1954.

In this episode, as a lowly 'Oyster Shucker', Rocky's taken on at the Fifty Fathoms Clam House. He inadvertently gets involved with a pearl smuggling scam, but will he get the girl - sassy Iris?

Cast includes: Jack Nessel, Lynne Allen and Jack Kruschen.

Directed by Andrew C Love.

Announcer: Eddy King.

First broadcast in the USA on NBC (National Broadcasting Company) in 1953.

Rocky Fortune: Frank Sinatra, Part 220151221 (BBC7)
20151222 (BBC7)

Genial drifter Rocky Fortune finds himself moon-bound for a 'Rocket to the Morgue'.

1954: Genial drifter Rocky Fortune finds himself moon-bound for a 'Rocket to the Morgue'. Frank Sinatra's series for NBC radio.

Rocky Fortune: Frank Sinatra, Part 320151222 (BBC7)
20151223 (BBC7)
20161230 (BBC7)
20161231 (BBC7)

Genial drifter Rocky lands in a complex identity scam in 'Steven in a Rest Home'.

Always in need of a job, genial drifter Rocky lands in a complex identity scam in 'Steven in a Rest Home'.

Frank Sinatra portrayed "footloose and fancy-free young man" Rocky Fortune for NBC for 25 episodes during an album-recording hiatus that ended with the release of the legendary 'Songs for Young Lovers' in 1954.

Cast includes: Frances Eurey, Maurice Hart, Jack Maither and Herb Ellis.

Directed by Andrew C Love.

Announcer: Eddie King.

First broadcast in the USA on NBC (National Broadcasting Company) in 1953

4 Extra's MYSTERY THEATER showcases American radio's golden years of the 1940s and 50s, when many of Hollywood's greatest screen stars were regular performers, often re-enacting film roles.

4 Extra Debut. 1953: Genial drifter Rocky lands in a complex identity scam in 'Steven in a Rest Home'. Frank Sinatra's series for NBC radio.

Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure Of Copper Beeches20151224 (BBC7)
20151225 (BBC7)

A strange request sends a frightened young woman to seek advice from Sherlock Holmes.

A young, frightened woman pays a visit to the Baker Street detective. A job offer that seems too good to be true is just the beginning of a most mysterious case.

John Stanley stars as the original super-sleuth, Sherlock Holmes with Alfred Shirley as the dependable Doctor Watson.

American radio drama series carried by the Mutual Broadcasting System from 1947.

Based upon the character of Sherlock Holmes, created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and dramatised by Edith Meiser.

Music by Albert Berman.

Announcer: Sy Harris

Produced and directed by Basil Loughren.

4 Extra's MYSTERY THEATER showcases American radio's golden years of the 1940s and 50s, when many of Hollywood's greatest screen stars were regular performers, often re-enacting film roles.

Sorry, Wrong Number: Agnes Moorehead20160101 (BBC7)
20160102 (BBC7)

Via crossed phone wires, a woman overhears the plotting of a murder.

1943: Agnes Moorehead stars as the neurotic, bedridden Mrs Elbert Stevenson who overhears a murder being plotted via crossed phone wires.

It proved so popular that between 1947 and 1960, Moorehead freshly performed her "one-woman show" on CBS radio eight times, including versions for the East and West coasts - and always used her original script. However, the lead role in the 1948 movie version of Sorry, Wrong Number went to Barbara Stanwyck.

The film roles of Hollywood actress Agnes Moorehead (1900-1974) included Citizen Kane, The Magnificent Ambersons and Show Boat. She also starred as Endora in the long-running US TV sitcom 'Bewitched' for ABC.

Written by Lucille Fletcher, the May 25th 1943 broadcast of Sorry, Wrong Number was deemed to be "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the American Library of Congress and chosen for the National Recording Preservation Board. Orson Welles once called it "the single greatest radio script ever written."

Sound-effects by Bernie Surrey.

Producer: William Spier

Moorehead was a regular performer in CBS Radio's Suspense series which ran in the USA from 1942 to 1962.

4 Extra's MYSTERY THEATER showcases American radio's golden years of the 1940s and 50s, when many of Hollywood's greatest screen stars were regular performers, often re-enacting film roles.

The Adventures Of Ellery Queen: One Diamond20161226 (BBC7)
20161227 (BBC7)

1948: If murder is the fever, who has the cure? Stars Hugh Marlowe.

If murder is the fever, who has the cure? Stars Hugh Marlowe as Ellery Queen, "the celebrated fighter of crime".

With ABC's special guest star, Peggy Lee playing armchair detective.

After first appearing in print, 'The Adventures of Ellery Queen' ran on American radio from 1939 to 1948 on CBS, NBC, back to CBS, back to NBC and finally ABC. In each episode, a celebrity would try to solve the dramatised mystery.

Chantuese Peggy Lee's 60-year career garnered her many awards and spanned many genres. Jazz classics like 'Fever' remain her trademark. Peggy Lee was born in 1920 and died in 2002.

One of a series of selected shows from the golden days of American radio in the 1940s and 50s, when many of Hollywood's greatest screen stars were regular performers - often re-enacting their famous film roles.

First broadcast on ABC Radio in the USA in 1948.

The Black Museum: Orson Welles20150802 (BBC7)

Orson Welles' tale inspired by a case from Scotland Yard's gallery of murder artefacts.

'The Open End Wrench'. Orson Welles' tale inspired by a real case from Scotland Yard's gruesome gallery of murder artefacts.

The significance of the wrench is not necessarily what you'd assume, at least not at first. Lowly quiet Martin Beech appears to have been cuckolded, but is his shock at the drunk-driving demise of his wife genuine?

The films of Orson Welles films have guaranteed him a place in the pantheon of film heroes (Citizen Kane, The Magnificent Ambersons, Touch of Evil). This series is one of several fascinating sidesteps into a medium which arguably contributed to Welles' success - radio. Thanks to Harry Alan Towers, British radio was host to his dulcet tones for a spell in the early 1950s - including his famous cinematic anti-hero in The Lives of Harry Lime.

In The Black Museum, Orson is your host and guide through tales based on the grim and ominous collection of objects connected to significant British crimes.

Produced by Towers of London and first broadcast in the USA in 1952.

1952: The Open End Wrench. Orson Welles' tale inspired by a real case from Scotland Yard's gruesome gallery of murder artefacts.

The Black Museum: Orson Welles 1/220150802 (BBC7)
20161220 (BBC7)
20161221 (BBC7)

Orson Welles' tale inspired by a case from Scotland Yard's gallery of murder artefacts.

'The Open End Wrench'. Orson Welles' tale inspired by a real case from Scotland Yard's gruesome gallery of murder artefacts.

The significance of the wrench is not necessarily what you'd assume, at least not at first. Lowly quiet Martin Beech appears to have been cuckolded, but is his shock at the drunk-driving demise of his wife genuine?

The films of Orson Welles films have guaranteed him a place in the pantheon of film heroes (Citizen Kane, The Magnificent Ambersons, Touch of Evil). This series is one of several fascinating sidesteps into a medium which arguably contributed to Welles' success - radio. Thanks to Harry Alan Towers, British radio was host to his dulcet tones for a spell in the early 1950s - including his famous cinematic anti-hero in The Lives of Harry Lime.

In The Black Museum, Orson is your host and guide through tales based on the grim and ominous collection of objects connected to significant British crimes.

Produced by Towers of London and first broadcast in the USA in 1952.

The Black Museum: Orson Welles 2/220151225 (BBC7)
20151226 (BBC7)

Orson Welles' tale inspired by a case from Scotland Yard's gallery of murder artefacts.

The Raincoat: Orson Welles' tale inspired by a real case from Scotland Yard's gruesome gallery of crime-related ephemera

Even a simple garment like a raincoat can be connected to the brutal murder of a married woman.

In The Black Museum, Orson is your host and guide through tales based on the grim and ominous collection of objects connected to significant British crimes.

Writer: Ira Marion.

Music: Sydney Torch

Producer: Harry Alan Towers

The films of Orson Welles have guaranteed him a place in the pantheon of film heroes (Citizen Kane, The Magnificent Ambersons, Touch of Evil). This series is one of several fascinating sidesteps into a medium which arguably contributed to Welles' success - radio. Thanks to Harry Alan Towers, British radio was host to his dulcet tones for a spell in the early 1950s - including his famous cinematic anti-hero in The Lives of Harry Lime.

Presented by arrangement with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer radio attractions

Produced by Towers of London and first broadcast in the USA in 1952.

4 Extra's MYSTERY THEATER showcases American radio's golden years of the 1940s and 50s, when many of Hollywood's greatest screen stars were regular performers, often re-enacting film roles.

The Clock: The Hunter And The Hunted20161220 (BBC7)
20161221 (BBC7)

1946: Bud hates his family's tradition of hunting. A cautionary tale of role-reversal.

Father Time himself narrates this cautionary tale. Bud hates his family's tradition of hunting.

A cautionary tale of role-reversal starring Harp McGuire as Father Time.

Suspense anthology series, The Clock ran from 1946 - 1948 on ABC. Narrated by Father Time, the 30-minute program featured "unsettling accounts of ordinary people caught up in extraordinary circumstances, the weight of which carry them to an inevitable fate.. ".

One of a series of selected shows from the golden days of American radio in the 1940s and 50s, when many of Hollywood's greatest screen stars were regular performers - often re-enacting their famous film roles.

Director: William Spier.

First broadcast in the USA on ABC Radio in 1946.

The Humphrey Bogart Theater. Dead Man20161219 (BBC7)
20161220 (BBC7)

1949: Can a man live with his conscience after committing a terrible crime?

Humphrey Bogart stars as Larry in James M Cain's famed tale - adapted for American radio - as a voice from beyond the grave, seeking justice for a crime that seems to have gone unpunished.

Humphrey Bogart (1899 - 1957) was an iconic star of the American silver screen - playing classic bad guys and coming late to leading man status in legendary films like The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca and The African Queen. But he also made numerous radio appearances.

James M Cain was an American master of 'hardboiled' crime fiction. His depression era tales of crooks, blackmail and murder became classic 1940s film noir, including The Postman Always Rings Twice, Mildred Pierce and Double Indemnity.

One of a series of selected shows from the golden days of American radio in the 1940s and 50s, when many of Hollywood's greatest screen stars were regular performers - often re-enacting their famous film roles.

The Mysterious Traveller: The House Of Death20161221 (BBC7)
20161222 (BBC7)

Maurice Tarplin conjures a tale of two greedy paranoid spinsters.

The Mysterious Traveller, Maurice Tarplin, conjures up a dark tale of two greedy, paranoid spinster sisters, Louise and Martha.

Starring Irene Hubbard as Martha and Elizabeth Morgan as Louise.

No rail replacement bus for this strange and forbidding narrator - every week the Mysterious Traveller would bid American listeners welcome to a story with a twist. It ran on the Mutual Broadcasting System from 1943 to 1952. It was one of many anthology series embracing the macabre, the uncanny or just the downright unnerving. Actor Maurice Tarplin was a veteran of radio noir.

One of a series of selected shows from the golden days of American radio in the 1940s and 50s, when many of Hollywood's greatest screen stars were regular performers - often re-enacting their famous film roles.

Written by Robert Arthur and David Cogan

Director: Jock McGregor

First broadcast in the USA in 1944.

The New Adventures Of Nero Wolfe: Stamped For Murder20161229 (BBC7)
20161230 (BBC7)

1950: NBC radio's orchid-loving gourmand detective chases a fraudulent treasure map.

NBC radio's orchid-loving gourmand detective genius chases a fraudulent treasure map.

Stars Sydney Greenstreet as Nero Wolfe and Wally Maher as Archie Goodwin.

British actor, Sydney Greenstreet's stage career didn't give way to cinema roles until he reached his sixties, when his co-stars included Peter Lorre and Humphrey Bogart.

The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe ran from 1950-1951.

Wolfe originated in Rex Stout's books and two films were made, but the author disapproved and the character didn't stray into vision again until the late 1970s.

Written by Alfred Bester.

Director: J Donald Wilson

Producer: Edwin Fadiman

One of a series of selected shows from the golden days of American radio in the 1940s and 50s, when many of Hollywood's greatest screen stars were regular performers - often re-enacting their famous film roles.

First broadcast on NBC Radio in the USA in 1950.

The Radio Theater: Hostages20161227 (BBC7)
20161228 (BBC7)

Whilst being sued for divorce, a paranoid policeman sees an opportunity to get even with his estranged wife - when she's taken hostage during a failed bank raid...

Vincent Price is the host of the 1979 "revival", originally sponsored in America by retail chain, Sears, aiming to recapture the flavour of radio dramas of the 1940s and 50s.

Stars Virginia Gregg, Shepard Menken and Vic Perrin.

Written by Ken Gerard.

Produced and directed by Fletcher Markle

One of a series of selected shows from the golden days of American radio in the 1940s and 50s, when many of Hollywood's greatest screen stars were regular performers - often re-enacting their famous film roles.

First broadcast on CBS Radio in the USA in 1979.

An armed robber takes hostages, blurring the lines between victim and villain.

The Shadow: Sabotage With Orson Welles20161229 (BBC7)
20161230 (BBC7)

1938: Sag Island shipyard is a place of treachery, but someone is watching.

Mysterious explosions aboard ships at sea are blamed on sabotage. Intrepid crime fighter, Lamont Cranston sets off to investigate the shipyard where the ships are built on Sag Island...

Broadcast across America from 1937-1954, a young Orson Welles originated and played the role of "wealthy young man about town" Lamont Cranston until 1938.

With Agnes Moorehead as Margot Lane.

Dramatised from the printed stories.

One of a series of selected shows from the golden days of American radio in the 1940s and 50s, when many of Hollywood's greatest screen stars were regular performers - often re-enacting their famous film roles.

First broadcast on the Mutual Broadcasting System in the USA in 1938.

The Third Man: Voodoo20161227 (BBC7)
20161228 (BBC7)

Con artist Harry Lime recalls a low point when he arrived in Haiti.

Starring Orson Welles as Harry Lime.

The films of Orson Welles, such as 'Citizen Kane', 'The Magnificent Ambersons' and 'Touch of Evil' guaranteed his place in the pantheon of silver-screen heroes.

In the celebrated 1949 film adaptation of Graham Greene's novel 'The Third Man', Harry Lime is introduce as one of cinema's most notorious anti-heroes. Sought in post-war Vienna by pulp writer Holly Martins (Joseph Cotton) and British Army Major Calloway (Trevor Howard), Lime manages to steal the show despite being absent for much of it!

This radio prequel to the film, 'The Lives of Harry Lime' earned Welles even more acclaim. His distinctive tones had already served him well as the radio voice of 'The Shadow' between 1937 and 1938, where he portrayed the crusader with distinctly questionable means of thwarting crime.

Stripped of the film cameras, the character of Harry Lime is not ameliorated for this radio outing. He's an out and out rogue. Lime made it to the airwaves thanks to another Harry - Harry Alan Towers, with whom Welles collaborated on 'The Black Museum'. Like its eponymous anti-hero, this series travelled widely, being syndicated across the USA and on Radio Luxembourg.

The music is by Anton Karas, the zither man.

Producer: Harry Alan Towers

Syndicated series made in the UK by Towers of London and first broadcast in the USA in 1951.

Con artist Harry Lime recalls a low point arriving in Haiti.