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THE BLACK MUSEUM Volume 1

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OLD TIME RADIO - 13 AUDIO CD - 26 Shows

Total Playtime: 10:39:27

The Black Museum was a 1951 radio crime drama program produced by Harry Alan Towers for the BBC and based on real-life cases from the files of Scotland Yard's Black Museum. Ira Marion wrote the scripts, and music for the series was composed and conducted by Sidney Torch.
Narrator
Orson Welles was both host and narrator for stories of horror and mystery based on Scotland Yard's collection of murder weapons and various ordinary objects once associated with historical crime cases. The show's opening began, “The Black Museum, a repository of death. Here in a grim, stone structure on the Thames which houses Scotland Yard is a warehouse of homicide, a very strange room where everyday objects... of a woman’s shoe, a tiny white box, a quilted robe... all are touched by murder.”

Program format
Walking through the museum, Welles would pause at one of the exhibits, and his description of an artifact served as a device to lead into a tale of terror or a brutal murder. In the weekly closing, Welles concluded with his signature radio phrase, "I remain, as always, obediently yours".

Story themes
With the story themes deriving from objects in the collection, the 52 episodes had such titles as "The Tartan Scarf," "A Piece of Iron Chain," "Frosted Glass Shards" and "A Khaki Handkerchief.". An anomaly to the series as well as the purpose of the museum itself was an episode called "The Letter". It was not a murder story, but a story about forgery.
United States version
In the United States, the series aired on the Mutual Network between (January 1 and December 30, 1952). Beginning May 7, 1953, it was also broadcast over Radio Luxembourg sponsored by the cleaning products Dreft and Mirro. Since the BBC carried no commercials, Radio
Luxembourg aired sponsored programs at night to England.
In America, a program of similar scope, using many of the same picked cases as The Black Museum, and nearly mirroring its broadcast run was broadcast by NBC called Whitehall 1212. The two shows were different in the respect that while Whitehall told the story of a case entirely from the point of view of the police starting from the crime scene, The Black Museum was more heavily dramatized and played out scenes of the actual murders and included scenes from the criminal's point of view.

Trivia
Two episodes - "The Car Tire" and "The Gas Receipt" were the same story with minor differences between the two. Another pair of episodes - "The Baby's Jacket" and "The Spectacles" also base themselves on the same plotline.

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SHOWS LIST

CD1                
01 - The 22 Caliber Pistol
02 - A 32 Caliber Bullet
CD 2               
03 - The Bath Tub
04 - The Black Gladstone Bag
CD 3               
05 - The Bloodstained Brick Bat
06 - The Brass Button
CD 4               
07 - A Can Of Weedkiller
08 - The Canvas Bag 
CD 5               
09 - The Car Tire
10 - The Champagne Glass
CD 6               
11 - A Claw Hammer
12 - The Door Key
CD 7               
13 - The Faded Tartan Scarf
14 - Four Small Bottles
CD 8               
15 - A French-English Dictionary
16 - The Gas Receipt
CD 9               
17 - Glass Shards
18 - The Hammerhead
CD 10 
19 - The Jack Handle
20 - A Jar Of Acid
CD 11 
21 - The Khaki Handkerchief
22 - A Ladys Shoe
CD 12 
23 - The Leather Bag
24 - A Letter
CD 13 
25 - The Mandolin String
26 - Meat Juice

 


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