Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a 1932 English language radio drama based on the same novel by Robert Louis Stevenson. This radio adaptation takes some liberties from Stevenson’s novel, like Henry Jekyll being in his 20s rather than 40s as mentioned in the novel, and having an element of romance. There are 52 fifteen-minute episodes, painting Henry Jekyll’s life from childhood till his miserable death.
The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is an old-time radio show which aired in the USA from 1939 to 1950. Most episodes were written by the team of Dennis Green and Anthony Boucher; some early episodes were written by Green and Leslie Charteris.
Originally, the show starred Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Doctor Watson. Together, they starred in 220 episodes which aired weekly on Mondays from 8:30 to 9:00pm. Bromo Quinine sponsored some of the earlier programs on the NBC Blue Network and for a period Parker Pen was the sponsor. The show first aired on the Blue Network but later moved to the Mutual Broadcasting System. It was originally broadcast from Hollywood. During World War II, the show was also broadcast overseas through the Armed Forces Radio Service.
Basil Rathbone’s last episode as the famous Detective was “The Singular Affair of the Baconian Cipher.” He was eager to separate himself from the show to avoid being typecast in the role, and even though the show’s sponsor Petri Wine offered him generous pay to continue, he decided to move on. Once he did, the sponsor did as well, and Tom Conway took the starring role, though Nigel Bruce got top billing and was always announced first. The new sponsor was Kreml Hair Tonic for Men, and the new series lasted only 39 episodes. Bruce and Conway then left the series. From then until 1950 the series continued as “Sherlock Holmes” with various actors playing the two principal parts.
With Rathbone and Bruce, the show exhibited an interesting introduction. The sponsor’s spokesman, usually Knox Manning or Harry Bartell, or, during the show’s initial season and again in the final season, Joseph Bell, would show up weekly at Dr. Watson’s house (then retired and living in California), and share a story about Holmes and his adventures over a glass of Petri wine. This offered them the chance to sometimes bring in other characters to contribute to the story, and also gave Watson a chance to summarize or add additional titbits at the end. Another interesting thing about this radio show’s introductions was Dr. Watson’s anecdotes and comments about his dogs usually referred to as the “Puppies.”
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The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society presents Dark Adventure Radio Theatre : classic weird tales by H.P. Lovecraft presented as they might have been on the radio during Lovecraft’s own lifetime.
The Call of Cthulhu Trailer
The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society presents a preview of our latest creation – Dark Adventure Radio Theatre: The Call of Cthulhu. Enjoy Lovecraft’s most celebrated story comes to life in a 77 minute 1930s-style radio play with a cast of professional actors, original music and thrilling sound effects.
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Dracula by Bram Stoker
This 1897 gothic horror novel tells the story of Dracula’s attempt to move from Transylvania to England, and the battle led by Van Helsing against him.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
This 1818 gothic horror novel is about an eccentric scientist “Victor Frankenstein” who creates a freakish monster in an unorthodox scientific experiment.
The Call Of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft
The tale of a horrifying underwater monster coming to life and threatening mankind, is H.P. Lovecraft’s most famous and most widely popular tale, spawning an entire mythology, with the power to strike terror into the hearts of even the Great Old Ones.
The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
Ichabod Crane, a schoolteacher, came to Tarry Town in the glen of Sleepy Hollow to ply his trade in educating young minds. He was a gullible and excitable fellow, often so terrified by locals’ stories of ghosts that he would hurry through the woods on his way home, singing to keep from hysterics. Until late one night, he finds that maybe they’re not just stories. What is that dark, menacing figure riding behind him on a horse? And what does it have in its hands? And why wasn’t schoolteacher Crane ever seen in Sleepy Hollow again?
The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Good and evil, right and wrong. Both are seen through the eyes of John Utterson, a lawyer and friend of the scientist Dr. Jekyll. After hearing the alarming account of the horrendous trampling of a small girl “like some damned juggernaut” by a violent man named Mr. Hyde, who also holds a connection to the lawyer’s dear friend, Utterson’s curiosity gets the better of him and he begins to investigate.
A newcomer to a fancy ballet academy gradually comes to realize that the school is a front for something far more sinister and supernatural amidst a series of grisly murders.
When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.
Five friends visiting their grandpa’s old house are hunted down and terrorized by a chainsaw wielding killer and his family of grave-robbing cannibals.
When a gigantic great white shark begins to menace the small island community of Amity, a police chief, a marine scientist and grizzled fisherman set out to stop it.
A young, abused and timid 17-year-old girl discovers she has telekinesis, and gets pushed to the limit on the night of her school’s prom by a humiliating prank.
An American ambassador learns to his horror that his son is actually the literal Antichrist.
On the way to California, a family has the misfortune to have their car break down in an area closed to the public, and inhabited by violent savages ready to attack.
Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia SWAT team members, a traffic reporter, and his television-executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.
A psychotic murderer institutionalized since childhood for the murder of his sister, escapes and stalks a bookish teenage girl and her friends while his doctor chases him through the streets.
Newlyweds move into a house where a murder was committed, and experience strange manifestations which drive them away.
The exploits of Dan Garrett, a rookie patrolman who, by wearing bullet-proof blue chain mail, transformed himself into the mysterious Blue Beetle, a daring crusader for justice.
Listen to The Blue Beetle – Radio Broadcast from 1940
Broadcast live on Sunday 30th October 1938, millions of radio listeners were shocked when radio news alerts announced the arrival of Martians. They panicked when they learned of the Martians’ ferocious and seemingly unstoppable attack on Earth. Many ran out of their homes screaming while others packed up their cars and fled.
Though what the radio listeners heard was a portion of Orson Welles’ adaptation of the well-known book, War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells, many of the listeners believed what they heard on the radio was real.
Listen to the War Of The Worlds Radio (Original 1938 Broadcast) below.
A strange prehistoric beast lurks in the depths of the Amazonian jungle. A group of scientists try to capture the animal and bring it back to civilization for study.
Mary Shelley reveals the main characters of her novel survived: Dr. Frankenstein (goaded by an even madder scientist) builds his monster a mate.
A young man turns to a witch doctor to lure the woman he loves away from her fiance, but instead turns her into a zombie slave.
The ancient vampire Count Dracula arrives in England and begins to prey upon the virtuous young Mina.
In 1921 a field expedition in Egypt discovers the mummy of ancient Egyptian prince Im-Ho-Tep, who was condemned and buried alive for sacrilege.
The Walking Dead (1936)
After hapless pianist and ex-con John Elman is framed for murder, he is resurrected by a scientist after his execution.
Forbidden Planet (1965)
98 Min – Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
Director: Fred M. Wilcox
Cast: Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen
A starship crew goes to investigate the silence of a planet’s colony only to find two survivors and a deadly secret that one of them has.
Planet Of The Apes (1968)
112 Min – Mystery| Adventure| Sci-Fi
Director: Franklin J. Schaffner
Cast: Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter
An astronaut crew crash lands on a planet in the distant future where intelligent talking apes are the dominant species, and humans are the oppressed and enslaved.
117 Min – Horror| Sci-Fi
Director: Ridley Scott
Cast: Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright
After investigating an SOS on a nearby world, a crew of a spacecraft must fight for survival, when a highly-aggressive extra-terrestrial creature is born in the ship and begins stalking and killing them off one by one.
Phantom Of The Paradise (1974)
92 Min – Comedy| Drama| Sci-Fi
Director: Brian De Palma
Cast: William Finley, Paul Williams, Jessica Harper
A disfigured composer sells his soul for the woman he loves so that she will perform his music. However, an evil record tycoon betrays him and steals his music to open his rock palace.
Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)
121 Min – Action| Adventure | Sci-Fi
Director: George Lucas
Cast: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher
Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a wookiee and two droids to save the universe from the Empire’s world-destroying battle-station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader.
Close Encounters Of A third Kind (1977)
137 Min – Adventure | Drama | Sci-Fi
Director: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Richard Dreyfuss, Francois Truffaut, Teri Garr
After an encounter with UFOs, a line worker feels undeniably drawn to an isolated area in the wilderness where something spectacular is about to happen.
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
124 Min – Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
Director: Irvin Kershner
Cast: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher
After the rebels have been brutally overpowered by the Empire on their newly-established base, Luke Skywalker takes advanced Jedi training with Yoda, while his friends are constantly being pursued by Vader as part of his plan to capture Luke.
Star Trek: Wrath Of Khan (1982)
113 Min – Action| Adventure | Sci-Fi
Director: Nicholas Meyer
Cast: William Shatner, Leonard Nemoy, DeForest Kelley
With the aid of the Enterprise crew, Admiral Kirk must stop an old nemesis, Khan Noonien Singh, from using his son’s life-generating device, the Genesis Device, as the ultimate weapon.