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Friday, December 11, 2015

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December 11, 2015
16th Anniversary Celebration!
Radio Archives is celebrating 16 years of creating great products and we're commemorating this anniversary with a number of great offers and once a year discounts till December 31st!
The Bargain Basement has a wide selection of Old Time Radio & Audiobook audio CDs - Pulps - Books and lots more at great prices. More than 50 discounted items, supplies limited. Check back often as new items are added every day.
Old Time Radio at a 50% discount this week!
This week the Anniversary Celebration continues with the spotlight on Old Time Radio! A huge selection of Old Time Radio on audio CDs are in the Bargain Basement at 50% off this week. How big is this sale? The vast majority of our 300 OTR audio CD sets will be in the Bargain Basement at some time this week. There will always be at least 50 OTR audio CD sets in the Bargain Basement at all times. When one sells out another OTR set will be added. This is the sale that Old Time Radio fans have been waiting all year for. The spotlight on Old Time Radio ends December 17th.

There is plenty of time to get your order delivered in time for Christmas using our flat rate $4 postage.
"Lux Presents Hollywood!"
Hear ye! Hear ye! Happy Holidays to All. Here is the perfect collection for anyone who loves the holiday season. Gather the family around and start to enhance your holiday experience with some of the most heartwarming and delightful film fantasies you’ve ever listened to.
Hear the Lux Radio Theatre broadcast some of your favorite holiday and fantasy films, some featuring the original film’s cast. You’ll hear the Walt Disney version of Peter Pan, featuring original cast members, Bobby Driscoll, Kathryn Beaumont, and Bill Thompson as Smee (John Carradine takes on Captain Hook in grand style). You’ll hear Judy Garland reprise her role as Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz, but without the help of her movie cast. In this version Hans Conreid plays the Scarecrow, Herb Vigran plays the Tin Man, and Eddie Max is the Cowardly Lion. Christmas favorite, Miracle on 34th Street features all four of the film’s leading players, Maureen O’Hara, John Payne, Edmund Gwynn (as Kris Kringle), and a very young, and quite wonderful Natalie Wood. I’m happy to report that Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs includes the wonderful Billy Gilbert displaying his famous comic sneeze as Sneezy. This special episode also features a special guest appearance from Walt Disney himself. It’s a Wonderful Life, based on Frank Capra’s classic film, features the film’s stars, James Stewart and Donna Reed...but of special interest is Victor Moore in the role of Clarence (played by Henry Travers in the film). Regular movie nasty, Edwin Maxwll portrays mean old Mr. Potter. And as a special gift to you all... Lux’s Christmas broadcast of Disney’s Pinnochio. It features the original film’s cast, and was actually broadcast before the release of the film. You’ll get to hear the wonderful Walter Catlett as Honest John Fox, and the sublime Cliff Edwards as Jiminy Cricket singing, When You Wish Upon A Star.
This collection is the perfect gift for those of you who love vintage radio, vintage films, and the warm memories of holidays past. Restored by Radio Archives.
6 hours - $8.99 Download / $17.98 Audio CDs
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Twins Judy and Jimmy Barton crawled into their attic one December day and found a passageway to a place called Maybeland. They looked in all the dusty corners for any sign of the silver star that always sat atop their Christmas tree. Their search crossed the path of little Paddy O'Cinnamon, "The Cinnamon Bear," who had shoe-button eyes and a ferocious growl. He showed them a small hole through which the Crazy Quilt dragon had absconded with their star and invited Judy and Jimmy to pursue the rascal. Paddy would function as a guide and they'd chase the dragon throughout Maybeland. Paddy magically "de-grew" the twins so they'd fit through the attic tunnel, fired up a miniature airplane powered by soda pop, and flew the Barton kids into a startling and wondrous adventure.
So begins "The Cinnamon Bear," a delightful, one-of-a-kind children's series produced in 1937 by TRANSCO, the Transcription Company of America. Intended to be heard between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the series features twenty-six fifteen-minute cliffhanger installments. The program immediately hooks children because suspenseful fun is always present as each episode concludes with yet another obstacle for Paddy and the twins to overcome. The dragon eventually joins up with the trio but remains unpredictable and mischievous. Named "Crazy Quilt," he succumbs time and time again to his obsession with the shiny silver star.

"The Cinnamon Bear" is, arguably, the best holiday series ever developed for radio. Containing all of the elements of a classic children's fantasy, combined with radio's unique ability to create vivid mental images in the minds of its listeners, it continues to delight both young and old. And now, for the first time, you can hear and enjoy "The Complete Cinnamon Bear" -- including all twenty-six original and unedited shows, the original 1937 promotional recording, and all of the songs from the series as transferred from an original set of 78 RPM recordings. Each of the programs has been digitally transferred directly from a set of original 16" broadcast transcriptions and painstakingly restored for outstanding audio fidelity - truly the best-sounding version of the series that has ever been released. It's yet another triumph for Paddy and his band of travelers as, after well over seventy years, they once again carry on their magical search for the silver star.
7 hours - $10.49 Download / $20.98 Audio CDs
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Flashing eyes and flashing knives...intrigue and mystery in the dusty, crowded streets of Cairo. That's what Rocky Jordan meant to faithful radio listeners between 1945 and 1951. Heard for the most part only on the west coast and unknown to most of the radio audience during its original airing, the series had national exposure only for the final two months of its run -- but has nonetheless captured the imagination of latter-day Old Time Radio enthusiasts as securely as if it had been a long-running coast-to-coast favorite.

Rocky Jordan is very reminiscent of the classic movie Casablanca. Jack Moyles plays Rocky Jordan, who is much like the Bogart character Rick Blaine. Jordan runs the Cafe Tambourine in Cairo, and Jay Novello plays Captain Sam Sabaaya, a policeman who relates to Jordan much as Captain Renault does to Rick: they like each other, they respect each other -- but they both maintain a certain skepticism.

The settings of both stories are nearly identical: the desert sands, the fez, the turbans, the robes, the underworld lowlifes who visit the cafe. In Casablanca, 'everyone comes to Rick's'. Not so in Rocky Jordan; the Cafe Tambourine is a lower-class establishment. It's more a waterfront dive, filled with forgotten men. Close your eyes and feel the hot desert winds against your face. Listen to the babble of the crowds at the bazaar. Feel the adrenaline rush as a sharp Bedouin knife thunks into the woodwork inches from your ear. It's time for another adventure in Cairo with Rocky Jordan!
Specially priced until December 17th. 10 hours - $7.49 Download / $14.99 Audio CDs
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In the 1950s, it was fairly common for a long-running radio series to be adapted for television -- but it was practically unheard of for a successful TV series to make its way to radio. But, on November 23, 1958, that's exactly what happened when the CBS Television series Have Gun, Will Travel came to CBS Radio. 

Created by Herb Meadow and Sam Rolfe, Have Gun, Will Travel was first aired on CBS-TV September 14, 1957 and starred Richard Boone as Paladin, a cultured, educated, and sophisticated man with an eye for the ladies, a taste for gourmet food, wine, and cigars, and enough skill, nerve, and well-oiled artillery to make him a top-notch gunfighter. Headquartered at the fashionable Carlton Hotel in San Francisco, Paladin had earlier attended West Point and was also a former Army officer, but now chose to finance his luxurious lifestyle by being a combination go-between, negotiator, and hired gun - a white knight, as it were - for those who needed such assistance. Unlike the more scruffy gunmen of the wild west, Paladin relied on his brains as much as his nerve -- and made his reputation by use of a distinctive business card that featured the symbol of a white chess knight and read, simply, "Have Gun, Will Travel. Wire Paladin, San Francisco." When one hired Paladin to do a job, he did it...for a sizeable fee, of course. Questions of morality did come into play - Paladin was, after all, intending to be more of a protector of the helpless than a murdering hit man - so, throughout the series, most who eventually came to face to face with the barrel of his custom-made six shooter had already done quite a lot to deserve their fate.

On radio, Paladin was played by John Dehner, a talented character actor who had made his name in featured roles on similar radio series such as Gunsmoke and Frontier Gentleman. Dehner was understandably concerned about becoming nothing more than a pale copy of Richard Boone, and so insisted on making the role uniquely his own; radio historian John Dunning describes Dehner's portrayal as "a streamlined version, perhaps slighter of build...but just as deadly." 

This second Radio Archives collection offers twenty additional episodes of Have Gun, Will Travel, in broadcast order and just as they originally aired between April and August of 1959.
Specially priced until December 17th. 10 hours - $7.49 Download / $14.99 Audio CDs
by Norvell W. Page writing as Grant Stockbridge
Read by Nick Santa Maria
Exactly at eleven-thirty each Thursday night the Death Fiddler conducted his unholy orchestra in a symphony of murder which sounded the doom of some marked victim. A master of the grotesque, he held an entire city in the strangle-hold of a helpless terror; even the forces of the Law stood in shuddery, superstitious fear of this new destroyer. And then the Spider, Master of Men, modern knight-errant of mankind, rose up against him! But the Spider, too, was baffled; not all Richard Wentworth’s efforts seemed enough to destroy this new, this ugliest of all Hydra heads rearing out of the noxious slime of the Underworld...
For ten grim years, the Spider battled the Underworld, imprinting his scarlet seal on the bodies of the criminals he slew. No one knew his name. His face was unknown. Pursued by the police, sought by the mob, the Spider crushed crime with a blazing intensity never witnessed before or since. Driven, hunted, and violently committed to exterminating criminals of all calibers. A self-appointed savior of humanity, driven manic-depressive, and possibly undiagnosed paranoid schizophrenic, the Spider was known as the Master of Men.
The most compelling of the classic pulp heroes, Richard Wentworth had a fiancé, a coterie of equally committed aides, and a tense relationship with New York Police Commissioner Stanley Kirkpatrick, Wentworth’s best friend, but also a dedicated lawman sworn to send the Spider to the electric chair—no matter who he turns out to be.
Garbed in a black silk cloak, slouch hat and wearing an assortment of masks and strange disguises to make him look as fierce as his namesake, the Spider ran roughshod over a vicious legion of thugs and hoodlums, leaving behind him a trail of cold corpses branded by his calling card, a scarlet spider burned into their foreheads.
Nick Santa Maria reads Reign of the Death Fiddler with indescribable emotion. Originally published in The Spider magazine, May, 1935.
10 hours - $9.99 Download / $19.98 Audio CDs
by Paul Chadwick writing as Brant House
Read by Milton Bagby
Silent, horrible as the crushing coils of a serpent were those unseen fingers that blotted out men’s lives. A criminal of satanic proportions had risen—the “Black Master,” whose victims fell with livid, hideous faces and protruding tongues that seemed a ghastly mockery of the fate they had suffered. Along this terrible murder trail Secret Agent “X” gambled with the Dice of Death.
His true face unknown, his identity forever buried in a secret government file, Secret Agent "X" came back from the dead to take on the sinister sadists and evil extortionists who prey on innocent Americans. A master of disguise who carries a non-lethal gas gun, "X" the unknown is backed by a cabal of wealthy citizens and is answerable only to the shadowy K-9 in Washington.
In his second recorded case, The Spectral Strangler, the Man of Mystery is drawn into a chain of horror when his mentor from their Federal days, Bill Scanlon, is slain by a ghostly, disembodied strangler. How does this grisly crime connect with the disappearance of a chemist working for the Army’s Chemical Warfare branch? What was Scanlon investigating that motived his killer to snuff out his life?
The trail of purpled-faced corpses points toward a shadowy mastermind known only as the Black Master. Through webs of horror "X" plunges, aided by Herald reporter Betty Dale and dogged every step of the way by Inspector John Burks, seeking to solve the wave of inexplicable deaths and avenge the slaying of his old friend. But does an invisible noose hang waiting at the end of the trail, to seize his naked throat in its gallows grip?
The Spectral Strangler originally appeared in Secret Agent “X” magazine, March 1934 and is read by Milton Bagby.
Specially priced until December 17th. 5 hours - $4.99 Download / $9.99 Audio CDs
Doc Savage Double Novel ReprintsBooks by Will MurrayLost Radio Scripts bookDoc Savage Audiobooks
by Will Murray and Lester Dent, writing as Kenneth Robeson, cover illustration by Joe DeVito
A desperate plea for help plunges Doc Savage into a maelstrom of horror aboard the Hong Kong-bound liner Mandarin, where the depraved minions of the phantom predator, Quon, hold sway. As innocent passengers succumb to the insidious Jade Fever, and ghostly talons pursue Doc’s beautiful cousin, Patricia, the mighty Man of Bronze races to solve a riddle that defies reason.
For deep in the spider-haunted ruins of faraway Cambodia broods a twisted, armless gargoyle with a cold face of jade—The Jade Ogre—whose power to project his deadly, disembodied arms to any place on earth makes him the most dangerous foe Doc Savage has ever confronted! Softcover $24.95
by Will Murray and Lester Dent, writing as Kenneth Robeson, cover illustration by Joe DeVito
An ultra-secret State Department mission code-named Moonwinx propels Doc Savage from the concrete canyons of Manhattan to the icy black waters of the Arctic sea, and deep into the frozen heart of Cold War Russia in a daring Flight into Fear.
Targeted for assassination by the Kremlin and fated for a confrontation with a nemesis more violent and vicious than any he has faced before, the Man of Bronze must evade a faceless executioner known only as The Red Widow.
What is Project Moonwinx? Will Doc Savage survive to put this all-important plan into motion? Or will The Red Widow sink her poisonous fangs into his throat? Softcover $24.95
by Will Murray and Lester Dent, writing as Kenneth Robeson, cover illustration by Joe DeVito
When a vivacious blonde convinces Monk Mayfair to skip an important sea voyage to London, and instead run off to her Louisiana plantation, Ham Brooks is very suspicious.
After Doc Savage enters the picture, things start popping. As in fists and guns. Finding themselves on a steamship bound for the Caribbean, Doc, Ham, and a reluctant Monk become embroiled in wartime intrigue surrounding the question of who is desperately trying to keep them off the Northern Star, and why?
From New York City to the Bahama Banks, Doc Savage and his mighty men follow the trail, making new allies along the way, until they plunge into a hurricane of horror only some will survive…. Softcover $24.95
The pulps' greatest superhero returns in two action-packed thrillers by Lester Dent writing as "Kenneth Robeson." First, after Johnny Littlejohn disappears in Cairo, Doc Savage journeys to the Land of the Sphinx to discover the strange secret behind "The Pharoah's Ghost." Then, the Man of Bronze is accused of murder when "The Man Who was Scared" is killed in Doc's own offices! PLUS a Bill Barnes novelette by Charles S. Verral, a never-published article by Lester Dent and a classic illustrated story from the Golden Age of Comics. This instant collector's item showcases both classic color covers by Modest Stein and the original interior illustrations by Paul Orban with historical commentary by Will Murray, author of sixteen Doc Savage novels. Double Novel Reprint $14.95
The Shadow
The Shadow Double Novel Reprints
Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows! The Shadow crisscrosses the country battling thieving black marketeers in two wartime thrillers by Walter B. Gibson. First, The enigmatic "King of the Black Market" endangers the future of our nation at the time of its greatest peril. Then, coast-to-coast car hijackings sabotage the war effort until The Shadow shuts down the subversive "Crime Caravan." Bonus: an Orson Welles Shadow classic from the Golden Age of Radio! This instant collector's item showcases the classic color pulp covers by Modest Stein and the original interior illustrations by Paul Orban, with original commentary by popular culture historian Will Murray. Double Novel Reprint $14.95
The Spider
The Spider Double Novel ReprintsThe Spider Double Novel ReprintsThe Spider AudiobooksThe Spider eBooks
The Spider, Volume 7
Published by Sanctum Books
The pulp's most murderous crimebuster wages his deadly war on crime in two violent 1935 thrillers by Norvell Page. Recovering from life-threatening injuries, Richard Wentworth confronts the lightning-wielding Lion Man from Mars to end mass slaughter and save his beloved city from "The Flame Master." Then, with Nita held hostage and Commissioner Kirkpatrick enslaved by a criminal mastermind, The Spider wages his lone war against the acid-spraying "Overlord of the Damned." This double novel pulp reprint showcases the original color covers by John Newton Howitt, John Fleming Gould's classic interior illustrations and historical commentary by Will Murray. Double Novel Reprint $14.95

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