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.
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.”
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".
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.
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01 - The 22 Caliber Pistol
02 - A 32 Caliber Bullet
03 - The Bath Tub
04 - The Black Gladstone Bag
05 - The Bloodstained Brick Bat
06 - The Brass Button
07 - A Can Of Weedkiller
08 - The Canvas Bag
09 - The Car Tire
10 - The Champagne Glass
11 - A Claw Hammer
12 - The Door Key
13 - The Faded Tartan Scarf
14 - Four Small Bottles
15 - A French-English Dictionary
16 - The Gas Receipt
17 - Glass Shards
18 - The Hammerhead
19 - The Jack Handle
20 - A Jar Of Acid
21 - The Khaki Handkerchief
22 - A Ladys Shoe
23 - The Leather Bag
24 - A Letter
25 - The Mandolin String
26 - Meat Juice
This product was added to our catalog on Sunday 25 November, 2012.