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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.
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.

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.


Black Museum - 01 - The 22 Caliber Pistol
Black Museum - 02 - A 32 Caliber Bullet
Black Museum - 03 - The Bath Tub
Black Museum - 04 - The Black Gladstone Bag
Black Museum - 05 - The Bloodstained Brick Bat
Black Museum - 06 - The Brass Button
Black Museum - 07 - A Can Of Weedkiller
Black Museum - 08 - The Canvas Bag
Black Museum - 09 - The Car Tire
Black Museum - 10 - The Champagne Glass
Black Museum - 11 - A Claw Hammer
Black Museum - 12 - The Door Key
Black Museum - 13 - The Faded Tartan Scarf
Black Museum - 14 - Four Small Bottles
Black Museum - 15 - A French-English Dictionary
Black Museum - 16 - The Gas Receipt
Black Museum - 17 - Glass Shards
Black Museum - 18 - The Hammerhead
Black Museum - 19 - The Jack Handle
Black Museum - 20 - A Jar Of Acid
Black Museum - 21 - The Khaki Handkerchief
Black Museum - 22 - A Ladys Shoe
Black Museum - 23 - The Leather Bag
Black Museum - 24 - A Letter
Black Museum - 25 - The Mandolin String
Black Museum - 26 - Meat Juice
Black Museum - 27 - The Notes
Black Museum - 28 - The Old Wooden Mallet
Black Museum - 29 - The Open Ended Wrench
Black Museum - 30 - The Pair Of Spectacles
Black Museum - 31 - A Piece Of Iron Chain
Black Museum - 32 - The Pink Powder Puff
Black Museum - 33 - The Post Card
Black Museum - 34 - A Prescription
Black Museum - 35 - The Raincoat
Black Museum - 36 - The Sash Cord
Black Museum - 37 - A Service Card
Black Museum - 38 - The Sheath Knife
Black Museum - 39 - The Shopping Bag
Black Museum - 40 - A Shilling
Black Museum - 41 - A Silencer
Black Museum - 42 - The Small White Boxes
Black Museum - 43 - The Spotted Bedsheet
Black Museum - 44 - The Straight Razor
Black Museum - 45 - The Tan Shoe
Black Museum - 46 - The Telegram
Black Museum - 47 - A Trunk
Black Museum - 48 - Two Bullets
Black Museum - 49 - The Walking Stick
Black Museum - 50 - A Womans Pigskin Glove
Black Museum - 51 - The Wool Jacket
Black Museum - 52 - The Pike
Black Museum - G Schurmann-Horrors Of Overture Jim
Black Museum - Orson Welles Biography
Black Museum - The Black Museum Intro





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