Radio between 1930 and 1960 was teeming with programs that were rich in drama, rich in adventure and rich in thrills. It was the ideal format for edge-of-the-seat entertainment.
ABC Mystery TimeABC Mystery Time
Show Count: 13
Broadcast History: 1957 to 1958
Cast: Michael Redgrave, Laurence Olivier, Ann Loring, Bill Johnstone, Peggy Allenby, Frank Butler
Host: Don Dowd, Laurence Olivier
It's mystery time! Time now, for the best in mystery...
Adventures By MorseAdventures By Morse
Show Count: 54
Broadcast History: 1944 to 1945
Cast: Elliott Lewis, David Ellis, Russell Thorson, Jack Edwards
Producer: Carlton E. Morse
Beyond MidnightBeyond Midnight
Show Count: 12
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Sponsor: Bio Tex
Producer: Michael McCabe
Black MassBlack Mass
Show Count: 19
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Black MuseumBlack Museum
Show Count: 45
Broadcast History: 1 January 1952 to 30 December 1952
Cast: Orson Welles
Producer: Harry Alan Towers
From the annals of the criminal investigation department of the London police, the dramatic stories of the crimes recorded by the objects in Scotland Yard's gallery of death, the Black Museum.
Bold VentureBold Venture
Show Count: 59
Broadcast History: 1951-1952
Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Jester Hairston
Director: Henry Hayward
Producer: Santana Productions
Bold Venture brings you adventure, intrigue, mystery and romance starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall together in the sultry setting of Havana and the mysterious islands of the Caribbean.
CBS Radio Mystery TheaterCBS Radio Mystery Theater
Show Count: 1484
Broadcast History: 6 January 1974 to 31 December 1982
Cast: Leon Janney, Evie Juster, Ralph Bell, Jackson Beck, Teri Keane, Mason Adams, Roger DeKoven, Robert Dryden, Bryna Raeburn, Joseph Julian, Ian Martin, Mary Jane Higby, William Redfield, Mandel Kramer, Paul McGrath, Amzie Strickland, Joan Lorring, Joan Banks, Elspeth Eric, Santos Ortega, Arnold Moss, Grace Matthews, Bret Morrison, Berry Kroeger, Jim Jordan, Les Tremayne
Director: Himan Brown
Producer: Himan Brown
Host: E G Marshall, Tammy Grimes
CBS Radio Mystery Theater wasn't initiated until the 1970's – long after so many radio broadcasts had failed in the intense competition with television.
Chet Chetter's Tales From The MorgueChet Chetter's Tales From The Morgue
Show Count: 13
Broadcast History: 1989 to 1995
Cast: Mark Sawyer, Jay Reel
Producer: Mark Sawyer, Jay Reel
A series of short stories as told by an old obliging morgue attendant, licensed embalmer and resident story teller named Chet Chetter to a passing stranger of the night played by you the listener.
Show Count: 60
Broadcast History: 18 May 1942 to 31 August 1950, 13 October 1950 to 24 September 1953 and 5 October 1953 to 29 November 1957
Cast: Don MacLaughlin, Bryna Raeburn, Lawson Zerbe, Larry Haines, Mandel Kramer
Director: Leonard Bass, Marx B Loeb, Bill Sweets, Robert Steen, Victor Seydel
Producer: Phillips H. Lord
At first it was easy because of the war in Europe against the might of The Third Reich and The Pacific conflict taking place against the Japanese. The stories were based on Counter espionage which took place against both these nations.
Creaking Door, TheCreaking Door, The
Show Count: 24
Broadcast History: 1964
A spooky series from South Africa. Other than that I know very little about this series. If you can shed any light on it please do let me know.
Creeps By NightCreeps By Night
Show Count: 5
Broadcast History: 15 February 1944 to 15 August 1944
Cast: Edmund Gwenn, Abby Lewis, Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre, Everett Sloane, Jackson Beck, Ed Begley, Mary Patton, Juano Hernandez
Director: Dave Drummond
Producer: Robert Maxwell
Crime ClubCrime Club
Show Count: 31
Broadcast History: 2 December 1946 to 16 October 1947
Cast: Barry Thomson
Director: Roger Bower
Producer: Roger Bower
Host: Barry Thomson, Raymond Edward Johnson
30-minute murder mystery stories adapted for radio by Stedman Coles or Wyllis Cooper from based on and featuring some of the stories from the Doubleday Crime Club books.
Dark FantasyDark Fantasy
Show Count: 26
Broadcast History: 14 November 1941 to 19 June 1942
Cast: Ben Morris, Eleanor Naylor-Curran, Garland Moss, Fredd Wayne, Mule Height, Don Stokes
Dark VentureDark Venture
Show Count: 6
Broadcast History: 30 May 1945 to 10 February 1947
Cast: Betty Moran, Dwight Hauser
Director: Leonard Reeg
Producer: J Donald Wilson
Diary of FateDiary of Fate
Show Count: 24
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Dr Jekyll and Mr HydeDr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
Show Count: 52
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Cast: George Edwards
Eleventh Hour, The - SAEleventh Hour, The - SA
Show Count: 41
Broadcast History:
The Eleventh Hour was produced for Springbok Radio, a South African station. The stories in this series are all horror and suspense, with a little supernatural thrown into the mix.
Everyman's TheatreEveryman's Theatre
Show Count: 1
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Show Count: 13
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Cast: George Edwards
Ghost Corps, TheGhost Corps, The
Show Count: 26
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Guilty PartyGuilty Party
Show Count: 12
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Hall of Fantasy, TheHall of Fantasy, The
Show Count: 44
Broadcast History: 22 August 1952 to 28 September 1953
Cast: Carl Greyson, Eloise Kummer, Harry Elders, Maurice Copeland, Richard Thorne
Director: Leroy Olliger, Glenn Ransom, Richard Thorne
Producer: Richard Thorne
Haunting Hour, TheHaunting Hour, The
Show Count: 38
Broadcast History: 1944 to 1946
High AdventureHigh Adventure
Show Count: 41
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Director: Robert Monroe
Host: George Sanders
"Here now is the meeting place for those who like stories of hard action, hard men, and smooth women..."
House Of MysteryHouse Of Mystery
Show Count: 2
Broadcast History: 15 January 1945 to 11 May 1945, 15 September 1945 to 1 June 1946, and 6 October 1946 to 25 December 1949
Director: Olga Druce
Host: John Griggs
House of Unspeakable SecretsHouse of Unspeakable Secrets
Show Count: 8
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I Love a MysteryI Love a Mystery
Show Count: 113
Broadcast History: 16 January 1939 to 26 December 1952
Cast: Elliott Lewis, Luis Van Rooten, Russell Thorson, Michael Raffetto, Tony Randall, Robert Dryden, Jack Edwards, John McIntire, Cathy Lewis, Barton Yarborough, Jay Novello, Ben Alexander, Gloria Blondell, Cliff Arquette, Naomi Stevens, Edgar Norton, Barbara Jean Wong, Richard Legrand, Walter Paterson, Lal Chand Mehra, Jim Boles, Mercedes McCambridge
Director: Carlton E Morse
Producer: Al Span, Carlton E Morse, Buddy Twiss, Ralph Amati, George Cooney, Barney Beck
I Love A Mystery weaves a spell over its fans. It is a tale of three partners, Jack Packard, Doc Long and Reggie Yorke who formed the A-1 detective agency. They are adventurers who travel the world in search of action, thrills and mystery, battling the evils of natural and supernatural and rescuing women in distress.
I Was A Communist For The FBII Was A Communist For The FBI
Show Count: 72
Broadcast History: 23 April 1952 to 14 October 1953
Cast: Dana Andrews
Director: Henry Hayward
Key, TheKey, The
Show Count: 32
Broadcast History: 1956
"Every door has a key; there is a key to every situation; behind every unopened door there is a mystery; and the opening of this door introduces us to another in the series: The Key."
Lives of Harry Lime, TheLives of Harry Lime, The
Show Count: 52
Broadcast History: 1951 to 1952
Cast: Orson Welles
Show Count: 8
Broadcast History:
"Man lives in a world of time and space; he lives in a spectrum of the universe. When he ventures beyond this limit, he is in the unknown a realm where strange forces are brought into play. When man attempts to misuse these forces, he is sometime destroyed. This is Macabre."
Majestic Master of MysteriesMajestic Master of Mysteries
Show Count: 7
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Man Called X, TheMan Called X, The
Show Count: 96
Broadcast History: July 1944 to Sept 1948 and Oct 1950 to May 1952
Sponsor: General Motors, Frigidaire
Cast: Herbert Marshall, William Conrad, Lawrence Dobkin, Cathy Lewis, Harry Lang, Peter Leeds, Leon Belasco
Director: Jack Johnstone
Molle Mystery TheaterMolle Mystery Theater
Show Count: 74
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Moon Over AfricaMoon Over Africa
Show Count: 26
Broadcast History: 16 March 1935 to 7 September 1935
Mystery HouseMystery House
Show Count: 32
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Mystery In The AirMystery In The Air
Show Count: 8
Broadcast History:
Cast: Peter Lorre
Show Count: 4
Broadcast History:
Cast: Peter Lorre
Quiet PleaseQuiet Please
Show Count: 66
Broadcast History: 8 June 1947 to 25 June 1949
Director: Wyllis Cooper
Producer: Albert Buhrman, Wyllis Cooper, Bill McClintock
Rocky FortuneRocky Fortune
Show Count: 25
Broadcast History: 6 October 1953 to 30 March 1954
Cast: Frank Sinatra
Director: Fred Weihe, Andrew Love
Producer: Fred Weihe, Andrew Love
Rocky JordanRocky Jordan
Show Count: 95
Broadcast History: 31 October 1948 to 10 September 1950
Cast: George Raft, Jack Moyles, Jay Novello
Director: Cliff Howell
Producer: Cliff Howell
Just how one man could possibly get himself into so much trouble or how so much trouble could seek him out is a fact that puts Rocky Jordan well and truly amongst the ranks of Sherlock Holmes, Matt Dillon, Sam Spade, Rick Diamond and even the crew of the Scarlet Queen (amongst many many others).
Sealed Book, TheSealed Book, The
Show Count: 26
Broadcast History: 18 March 1945 to 9 September 1945
Cast: Philip Clarke
Director: Jock MacGregor
Producer: Jock MacGregor
Sleep No MoreSleep No More
Show Count: 17
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Strange Doctor Weird, TheStrange Doctor Weird, The
Show Count: 29
Broadcast History: 7 November 1944 to 15 May 1945
Sponsor: Adams Hats
Cast: Maurice Tarplin
Director: Jock MacGregor
Producer: Jock MacGregor
Strange WillsStrange Wills
Show Count: 20
Broadcast History:
Dead men’s wills are often strange. We cannot attempt to understand them or try to find the answers, we can but tell the story...
Show Count: 39
Broadcast History: April 1948 to September 1948
Cast: Virginia Gregg, Lurene Tuttle, Barry Sullivan, Marjorie Reardon, Jackie Cooper, Jack Holt
Director: Frank Danzig
Unsolved MysteriesUnsolved Mysteries
Show Count: 25
Broadcast History: 1936
Cast: Stanley Peyton
Voyage of the Scarlet QueenVoyage of the Scarlet Queen
Show Count: 33
Broadcast History: 3 July 1947 to 14 February 1948
Cast: Ben Wright, Elliott Lewis, John Dehner, William Conrad, Ed Max
Weird Circle, TheWeird Circle, The
Show Count: 78
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Witch's Tale, TheWitch's Tale, The
Show Count: 32
Broadcast History: 21 May 1931 to 13 June 1938
Cast: Adelaide Fitz-Allen, Martha Wentworth, Miriam Wolfe
Director: David Selznick, Alonzo Deen Cole, Roger Bower
Producer: David Selznick
World  Adventurers' Club, TheWorld Adventurers' Club, The
Show Count: 32
Broadcast History: