Michael's Midnight Matinee
Summary: The Best in Old Time Radio from WOMR/WFMR. Featuring Comedy, Mystery, Horror, Variety and mostly fun. It's Theater For Your Mind. Great stories, great actors, great shows! It's fin for the whole family!
Michael’s Midnight Matinee presents: The Black Museum starring Orson Welles – Scotland Yard opened their Black Museum in 1875 and is a collection of crime instruments and objects collected at crime scenes. This program tells the story of real crimes and the usually simple items that became objects of interest in the Black Museum. tonight’s […]
First, Philip Marlowe with Life Can Be Murder followed by Unsolved Mysteries, and Speed Gibson #5
Calling All Cars, “The Pink Nosed Pig”, Originally Aired April 7th, 1938. Then Speed Gibson of the International Secret Police episodes from 1/16/1937, “Heading for Hong Kong” and from 1/23/1937, “A Shooting Attempt.”
First Up, Burns and Allen in “All Promises Are Fictitious” – Originally broadcast on April 17, 1940. Then, A visit with Don Ameche and Frances Langford as the Bickersons and finally: Episode 2 of Speed Gibson of the International Secret Police: “Speed is Inducted Into The Secret Police,” Originally broadcast on January 9, 1937.
First, Dimension X, “Child’s Play”, written by William Tenn and originally broadcast on June 21, 1951 Next, Episode ONE of Speed Gibson of the International Secret Police, “The Octopus Gang Active”, originally broadcast on January 2, 1937 And Finally, Bob Bailey as America’s Fabulous Freelance Insurance Investigator in Your Truly, Johnny Dollar with “The Backfire […]
Starring your host Rudy Vallee, Featuring Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy. Special guests: Maureen O’Hara and Arthur Treacher. Originally aired December 3, 1939. From Wikipedia: The series began in 1929 as The Chase and Sanborn Choral Orchestra, a half-hour musical variety show heard Sundays at 8:30pm on NBC. When Maurice Chevalier became the show’s star, […]
The War of the Worlds is an episode of the American radio drama anthology series The Mercury Theatre on the Air. It was performed as a Halloween episode of the series on October 30, 1938, and aired over the Columbia Broadcasting System radio network. Directed and narrated by actor and future filmmaker Orson Welles, the […]
NBC University Theater Presented The World’s Great Novels as a radio series, directed by Homer Heck, which presented adaptations of classic novels. Broadcast on WMAQ, Chicago, and NBC from 1944 to 1948, it was initially heard Saturdays at 7pm during the first 1944-45 season and then moved to Fridays at 11:30pm. The Chicago-based programs were […]
Frontier Gentleman: A Horse for Kendall. Originally broadcast 9/14/1958 Frontier Gentleman was a radio Western series heard on CBS from February 2 to November 16, 1958, initially heard Sunday afternoons at 2:30pm (Eastern Time) through March when it moved to 7pm. The program opened with a trumpet theme by Jerry Goldsmith and this introduction: “Herewith, […]
Returning from investigating the “Thin Man” case, Nick Charles again hopes to retire, but finds himself drawn into another mystery when his wife’s cousin is approved of murdering her no good husband. Originally broadcast: June 17, 1940 Lux Radio Theater, a long-run classic radio anthology series, was broadcast on the NBC Blue Network (1934-35); CBS […]
The Mercury Theatre on the Air: Dracula by Bram Stoker, originally broadcast July 11,1938 The beginnings of The Mercury Theatre on the Air actually go back to the formation of The Mercury Theatre itself. Having successfully produced Marc Blitzstein’s The Cradle Will Rock for the Federal Theatre Project in June of 1937, John Houseman and […]
Let George Do It: Cause For Thanksgiving Originally aired 11/20/50 Let George Do It was a radio series produced from 1946 to 1954. It starred Bob Bailey (also famous for his role as Insurance Investigator Johnny Dollar) as detective-for-hire George Valentine. In this episode, the police find a boy apparently struck silent by a traumatic […]
Escape: Three Skeleton Key Three men tending a lighthouse on an island off the coast of French Guiana. An abandoned ship, overrun by thousands of ferocious rats, makes landfall inducing a life-and-death struggle against the hungry horde. James Poe adapted the story for radio in a version that aired on Escape in 1949 and returned […]
The Mercury Theatre was an independent repertory theatre company founded in New York City in 1937 by Orson Welles and producer John Houseman. After a series of acclaimed stage productions, the Mercury Theatre progressed into its most popular incarnation as The Mercury Theatre on the Air. The radio series included one of the most notable and infamous radio broadcasts of all time, The War of the Worlds, broadcast on October 30, 1938. The Mercury Theatre on the Air produced live radio dramas in 1938–1940 and again briefly in 1946. In addition to Welles and Houseman, the Mercury Theatre troupe included Carl Frank, Joseph Cotten, Martin Gabel, Vincent Price, Agnes Moorehead, Ray Collins, Hans Conried, Paul Stewart, Will Geer, George Coulouris, Peggy Lloyd, Olive Stanton, Geraldine Fitzgerald, and Everett Sloane. Much of the troupe would later appear in Welles's films at RKO, particularly Citizen Kane and The Magnificent Ambersons. Other future stars of the stage, screen, and television, like Betty Garrett, Anne Baxter, Arlene Francis, Judy Holliday, and Norman Lloyd, also appeared in productions in smaller parts. This episode: Dracula, is the first episode of Mercury Theatre On The Air's second season.
The Diary of Fate was broadcast over KECA, an ABC affiliate in Los Angeles, which began broadcasting the show on September 6, 1947 and aired thirty-eight episodes through May 22, 1948. KECA originated Diary of Fate from its studios. Herb Lytton was the heavy handed host Fate, a somewhat sinister sounding character who delights in […]