Mandrake The Magician

Mandrake The Magician

The stories were written by Lee Falk and Phil Davis, and just like the comic strip, the tales told of a master magician called Mandrake who could quickly hypnotize anyone, a member of the public, a mobster, a thug, and even his friends during times of great emotional strain.

Aimed at a young audience, and just like the comic strip, the serial brought mystery, adventure and suspense, with every episode opening with Mandrake invoking his chant:

"Invoco legem magicarum" ("I invoke the laws of magic").

It is widely believed that the basis for the character Mandrake the Magician came from a real performer called Leon Mandrake, an Italian-American magician, mentalist, illusionist, escapologist, ventriloquist and stunt performer. He bore a strong resemblance to the central character in the comic strip, but he had in fact been a performer long before Lee Falk put pen to paper - who stated that he invented the name coincidentally.

The main characters in Mandrake the Magician are: Mandrake the famous magician (played by Raymond Edward Johnson, Lothar his friend and strongest man in the world (played by Juano Hernandez), and Princess Narda of the European nation Cockaigne (who is played by Jessica Tandy). His brilliant mind was pitted against a team of criminals, gangsters and the master villain, Barracuda.

There were 195 episodes of the 15 minute radio serial recorded and it was originally supposed to only air three days a week, but in 1941 it was expanded to be over five days. 

Broadcast: November 11, 1940
Added: Jan 09 2017
Broadcast: February 26, 1941
Added: Feb 04 2017
Broadcast: February 28, 1941
Added: Feb 11 2017
Broadcast: March 7, 1941
Added: Feb 18 2017
Broadcast: March 10, 1941
Added: Feb 25 2017
Broadcast: March 19, 1941
Added: Mar 04 2017
Broadcast: March 21, 1941
Added: Mar 05 2017
Broadcast: March 28, 1941
Added: Mar 19 2017
Broadcast: March 31, 1941
Added: Mar 25 2017
Broadcast: April 4, 1941
Added: Apr 01 2017
Broadcast: April 7, 1941
Added: Apr 02 2017
Broadcast: April 9, 1941
Added: Apr 08 2017
Broadcast: April 11, 1941
Added: Apr 09 2017
Broadcast: April 18, 1941
Added: Apr 23 2017