In our world image and video cacophony, there is an old-fashioned medium that lives and works with our own powers of imagination, consistent with our inner-world days. It is a radio drama, especially from its golden age, in the 1930s through the ’50s, when radio was the king of home entertainment. Thanks to the Internet, the archival wealth of such shows – created with dialogue and sound effects, with a touch of narration and music – is freely available. There are six to enjoy indoors or outdoors whenever and wherever.
Basil Rathbone, Jeremy Brett, Benedict Cumberbatch? In 1954 and 1955 episodes aired on the BBC and NBC radio networks, give way to John Guild as the cut’s most attractive high master. Ralph Richardson gave Dr. Watson played, and Orton Aces briefly spoke as a hardcore-villain professor. Moriarty. Gielgud and Richardson brought a charming authentic intimacy to their Baker Street partnership, in which Gielgud portrays a Holmes who is formidable but high-spirited and even playful, and Richardson has a good-heartedness. Imitated Watson who is ahead instead of dodging. The ambience of school adventure and eagerness for mysteries tends to be dour or submissive, creating a finely tuned enjoyment soaked in the multiplication of domestic tobacco smoke, whiskey and soda and a violin. Start with “Dr. Watson Meat Sherlock Holmes,The horrific encounter of two Victorian gentlemen looking to share a room. Listen on youtube
The long-standing CBS radio series made its mark in the late 1950s, when Bob Bailey played “America’s prolific freelance insurance investigator,” Johnny Dollar. Bailey was vocal perfection as a hard-boiled operative with a human side. However, based in Hartford, Conn., Dollar’s “engraved adventures” took him far and wide, including New Orleans, Nicaragua and Paris. (The show’s supporting cast were aces.) Start listening with this little kitty but addictive series. “Alvin Somers Matter“Episode, in which Johnny tracks to a runaway embezzlement of a shabby Mexican coastal resort, and tangles with murder and suspected moonlight kisses. Listen on youtube
This is a very popular series, radio presentations of films screened in front of live audiences. From 1936 to 1945, Cecil B. DeMille was the producer and host, while the top marquee names were often reprized their screen roles. They include Irene Dunne as the shy small-town writer of a scandalous best-seller who plays applause at the worldly Carrie Grant (standing here for the film’s Melvin Douglas) “Theodora God Wild. “Great screwball newspaper in the case of satire”Her girl friday, Claudette Colbert took over from the screen version’s Rosalind Russell, with her former boss and ex-husband as Ace reporter trading jingers, played by Fred McMurray, who replaced Carrie Grant. Listen to old time radio download
For more than half a century, the BBC’s “Saturday Night Theater“Offered to entertain 90-minute drama and comedy. In 1961, this adaptation of Victor Canning’s thriller novel of the same name supplied the audience with intricate suspense in spades. An English smuggler with a small boat was a fast. -Tarrar tries to stay ahead of the police inspector and a dangerous gang while hunting down long-lost diamonds (and finding romance) on the Dutch-coast. There are no big-name artists, but the characters are largely Are presented on, and the marine environment is Developed with adroit acoustic touches. Who needs a screen? Listen on youtube
Thespian grandfathers anchored in the British-produced anthology series in the mid-1950s for NBC Radio, which performed classic literary works. Lawrence Olivier, host of the first season, showed his range in fine versions of Hammer Melville’s current comedic storyline. “To, “And Robert Louis Stevenson’s”Dr. Jekel and Mr. Hyde. “But perhaps that classic of all Russian stories has Michael Redgrave, Nikolai Gogol’s”Overcoat. “She acted to play the role of hospitable cleric-hero Akaki Akevich. Listen on internet archive
This weekly half-hour series dedicated to the black struggle for democracy in America ran from 1948 to 1950, before the Civil Rights Movement. The vivid and revelatory series was conceived and written entirely by black author, Richard Durham, with an elaborate mid-level offering of black historical autobiographies including Harrit Tubman, Satchel Paige and Lina Hornay, as well as unflattering depictions of systemic racism. Can start with you “Story of 1875, “About the brutal collapse of Reconstruction in Mississippi. Or try atypical”Isolation included, “Picture of a major city in 1949, a separate city in Washington, DC Listen to old time radio download