Let George Do It was a radio drama series produced by Owen and Pauline Vinson from 1946 to 1954. It starred Bob Bailey as detective-for-hire George Valentine (with Olan Soule stepping into the role in 1954).
Back before we had screens to endlessly gaze into, people turned the lights off and gazed at the radio with their ears (and sometimes their eyes, too) with the same intensity. Radio can be more magical than any of the best special effects you've seen in movies because it doesn't do everything for you. With the visual component of the story taken out, one is left to fill in that blank with whatever wild fantasies they might come up with. Good writing, characters, acting and all-around storytelling can coax the mind into releasing it's impressions of reality and transport you to another time or place.
Jack Benny (Feb 14, 1894 – Dec 26, 1974) was an American comedian, vaudevillian, radio, television, and film actor. Widely recognized as one of the leading American entertainers of the 20th century, Benny played the role of the comic penny-pinching miser, insisting on remaining 39 years old on stage despite his actual age. Jack Benny […]
Adventure wanted — will go anywhere, do anything — Box 13 To gain inspiration for his stories, mystery writer Dan Holiday advertises he will go anywhere and do anything for an adventure. Box 13 refers to the P.O. box people drop their adventure submissions. Box 13 was a syndicated radio show broadcasted over Mutual radio […]
Black Museum is a Crime Drama radio show produced by BBC starting in 1951. Each episode features a story based of real files from Scotland Yard. My favorite thing about this show is that Orson Welles both hosts and narrates it. Here’s the source for this show over at the Archive.org
Nick Carter, Master Detective is a 1940s – 1950s Mutual radio program enacting stories of the popular fictional character from pulp magazines. Here is the source for these over at the Archive.org.
The Strange Dr. Weird was a horror produced my Mutual from 1944 to 1945. People who have listened to the Mysterious Traveler know these two shows are sister shows. Maurice Tarplin was the same creepy voice for both shows. Mutual produced 29 episodes of the Strange Dr. Weird.
The Devil and Mr. O was a creation of Arch Oboler for the famous Lights Out radio series. You can also get these at their source at the archive.org
Here are a few stray shows I’ve set up that hopefully boosts the OTR section in celebration of my favorite holiday, Halloween. I’ll be adding more to this list throughout the month as well. You can listen to these shows right here, but I actually intend it to be used mostly to enhance the Old […]
Here is another long running detective OTR series akin to Phillip Marlowe. In this detective Richard Diamond usually gets beat up and solves a murder or something with the help of the Police. A pretty solid overall. This show was later adapted for television as well, I will see if any of it is available […]