Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1932) – Classic Radio Broadcast

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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 (1939) – Classic Radio Broadcast

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The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is an old-time radio show which aired in the USA from 1939 to 1950.[1] Most episodes were written by the team of Dennis Green and Anthony Boucher; some early episodes were written by Green and Leslie Charteris.[2][3]

Originally, the show starred Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Doctor Watson.[4][5] 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.[6] 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[7] 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.”

Dark Adventure Radio Theatre

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Dark Adventure Radio Theatre

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.

Visit the website for more Dark Adventure Radio Theatre.

War Of The Worlds Radio (Original 1938 Broadcast)

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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.