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OLD TIME RADIO - 2 CD - 195 mp3 - Total Playtime: 88:48:40

Inner Sanctum Mysteries, a popular old-time radio program that aired from January 7, 1941 to October 5, 1952, was created by producer Himan Brown. A total of 526 episodes were broadcast.


Horror hosts

The anthology series featured stories of mystery, terror and suspense, and its tongue-in-cheek introductions were in sharp contrast to shows like Suspense and The Whistler. The early 1940s programs opened with Raymond Edward Johnson introducing himself as, "Your host, Raymond," in a mocking sardonic voice. A spooky melodramatic organ score (played by Lew White) punctuated Raymond's many morbid jokes and playful puns. Raymond's closing was an elongated "Pleasant dreeeeaams, hmmmmm?" His tongue-in-cheek style and ghoulish relish of his own tales became the standard for many such horror narrators to follow, from fellow radio hosts like Ernest Chappell (on Wyllis Cooper's later series, Quiet, Please) and Maurice Tarplin (on The Mysterious Traveler).

When Johnson left the series in May 1945 to serve in the Army, he was replaced by Paul McGrath, who did not keep the "Raymond" name and was known only as "Your Host" or "Mr. Host". (Berry Kroeger had substituted earlier for a total of four episodes). McGrath was a Broadway actor who turned to radio for a regular income. Beginning in 1945, Lipton Tea sponsored the series, pairing first Raymond and then McGrath with cheery commercial spokeswoman Mary Bennett (aka the "Tea Lady"), whose blithesome pitches for Lipton Tea contrasted sharply with the macabre themes of the stories. She primly chided the host for his trademark dark humor and creepy manner.
The creaking door

The program's familiar and famed audio trademark was the eerie creaking door which opened and closed the broadcasts. Himan Brown got the idea from a door in the basement that "squeaked like Hell." The door sound was actually made by a rusty desk chair. The program did originally intend to use a door, but on its first use, the door did not creak. Undaunted, Brown grabbed a nearby chair, sat in it and turned, causing a hair-raising squeak. The chair was used from then on as the sound prop. On at least one memorable occasion, a staffer innocently repaired and oiled the chair, thus forcing the sound man to mimic the squeak orally.

Guest stars

Its campy comedy notwithstanding, the stories were usually effective little chillers, mixing horror and humor in equal doses. Memorable episodes included "Terror by Night" (September 18, 1945) and an adaptation of "The Tell-Tale Heart" (August 3, 1941). The latter starred Boris Karloff, who was heard regularly in the first season, starring in more than 15 episodes and returning sporadically thereafter.

Other established stars in the early years included Mary Astor, Helen Hayes, Peter Lorre, Paul Lukas, Claude Rains, Frank Sinatra and Orson Welles. Most of the lead and supporting players were stalwarts of New York radio, including Larry Haines, Stefan Schnabel, Berry Kroeger and a few who would go on to greater fame in film or television, such as Richard Widmark, Everett Sloane and Burgess Meredith.

Of more than 500 programs broadcast, only about 200 remain in circulation, sometimes minus dates or titles.

Program opening

Sound effect: A door with squeaky hinges is slowly opened. Organ begins to play.

Raymond: Good evening friends of the Inner Sanctum. This is Raymond, your host. I'm glad you came tonight, because we have a very special guest of horror with us. I'd like you meet the late Johnny Gravestone. The most celebrated member of the Inner Sanctum Ghost Society. He's the best haunter of the all. Johnny's the tall figure in the white sheet wearing the blue ribbon. He's haunted everything from a palace to a telephone booth. And uh, if you're very nice to him, he'll be glad to consider giving your house the once over. Who knows? He might even haunt you? Ha-ha-ha-ha!

Raymond: Well, we're about to begin our story. Oh, I forgot to warn you about the Tremblins. They're those pesky, invisible cousins of the gremlins. They uh, saddle up to you, give quick little shoves, and give the false impression that you're trembling. If you're being troubled by a Tremblin, just grab him by his invisible little horns and stick him into the nearest pin cushion.


SHOWS LIST

410107 1 Amazing Death Of Mrs Putnam
410211 6 Mystery of the Howling Dog
410420 16 Fog
410518 20 Dead Freight
410525 21 Death Is a Joker
410803 31 The Tell-Tale Heart
410810 32 The Death Ship
410907 36 Hunter from Beyond (5 min ONLY)
411207 49 Island of Death
411221 51 The Man from Yesterday
411228 52 Death Has Claws
420118 55 Dead Reckoning
420419 68 Blackstone
420503 70 Study for Murder
420524 73 The Cone
420614 76 Terrible Vengeance
420705 79 Terror Is a Double-Edged Sword
420809 84 Death Has Four Faces
420920 90 The Dead Walk at Night
421115 98 Return from the Unknown
421122 99 The Cat and the Killer
421213 102 The Man Who Returned from the Dead
430110 106 The Killer Pleads Guilty
430307 114 Black Sea Gull
430321 116 Death on Merle Street
430606 127 The House Where Death Lived
430627 130 The House by the Sea
430711 132 Mr De Capello
430801 135 The Horla
430822 138 The Bog-Oak Necklace
430918 142 Return to Death
431002 144 The Man Who Died Twice
440108 158 The Death Laugh
440415 172 The Skull That Walked
440422 173 The Melody of Death
440513 176 The Silent Hands
440610 180 Death Is a Joker
441007 196 Dead Man's Vengeance
441122 203 The Living Dead
441129 204 The Voice on the Wire
441206 205 The Color Blind Formula
450109 210 Desert Death
450123 212 Death Is an Artist
450206 214 Death in the Depths
450220 216 No Coffin for the Dead
450306 218 The Lost Refrain
450313 219 Island of the Dead
450410 223 The Bog-Oak Necklace
450417 224 The Judas Clock
450424 225 Song of the Slasher
450501 226 The Girl and the Gallows
450515 227 The Black Art
450522 228 Dead to Rights
450529 229 Musical Score
450605 230 Death Across the Board
450612 231 Portrait of Death
450619 232 Dead Man's Holiday
450626 233 Dead Man's Debt
450828 234 Dead Mans Deal
450904 235 The Murder Prophet
450911 236 The Last Story
450918 237 Terror by Night
450925 238 The Lonely Sleep
451002 239 The Shadow of Death
451009 240 Death by Scripture
451016 241 Till Death Do Us Part
451023 242 The Corridor of Doom
451030 243 The Man Who Couldn't Die
451106 244 The Wailing Wall
451120 246 Boomerang
451211 249 The Dark Chamber
451218 250 The Undead
460108 253 The Creeping Wall
460115 254 The Edge of Death
460122 255 The Confession
460129 256 Blood of Cain
460205 257 Skeleton Bay
460212 258 The Man Who Couldn't Die
460226 260 I Walk in the Night
460312 262 Strands of Death
460326 264 Death Is a Double-Crosser
460402 265 The Night Is My Shroud
460409 266 Lady with a Plan
460423 268 Make Ready My Grave
460507 270 You Could Die Laughing
460521 272 Detour to Terror
460604 274 Eight Steps to Murder
460618 276 I Want to Report a Murder
460819 280 Spectre of the Rose
460909 283 Murder Comes at Midnight
460923 285 The Dead Laugh
461007 287 The Listener
461104 291 Death's Old Sweet Song
461125 294 No Rest for the Dead
461209 296 Invisible Demon
470106 300 Death Pays the Freight
470203 304 Death Bound
470210 305 The Ghost in the Garden
470303 308 Corpse that nobody loved
470505 317 Don't Dance on My Grave
470519 319 Terror by Night
470623 324 Over My Dead Body
470630 325 Man and the Knife
471027 342 Till Death Do Us Part
471229 351 Death out of Mind
480112 353 Tempo in Blood
480126 355 The Doomed (Crackly)
480216 358 The Black Art
480308 361 The Magic Tile
480329 364 Lady Killer
480628 377 The Corpse Laughs Last
480705 378 Death Demon
480726 381 Murder Takes a Honeymoon
480802 382 The Murder Ship
480809 383 House of Doom
480906 387 Death Rides a Riptide
480913 388 The Murder Carousel
480920 389 Hangman's Island
480927 390 Murder by Prophecy
481018 392 Death of a Doll
481115 396 Deathwatch in Boston
481206 399 Cause of Death
481213 400 Murder Faces East
481220 401 Between Two Worlds
490103 403 Fearful Voyage
490110 404 Murder Comes to Life
490117 405 Mark My Grave
490124 406 The Deadly Dummy
490131 407 The Devil's Fortune
490207 408 Death Demon
490214 409 Birdsong for a Murderer
490221 410 Flame of Death
490321 414 Only the Dead Die Twice
490328 415 Appointment with Death
490404 416 Death Wears a Lonely Smile
490411 417 Murder off the Record
490418 418 The Death Deal
490509 421 Corpse on the Town
490516 422 The Unburied Dead
490523 423 Strange Passenger
490606 425 Death on the Highway
490620 427 Corpse Without a Conscience
490704 429 Pattern for Fear
490718 431 Deadly Fare
490815 435 Dead Heat
490822 436 Mind over Murder
490829 437 Death's Little Brother
490905 438 Murder Rides the Carousel
490912 439 The Vengeful Corpse
490919 440 Honeymoon with Death
491003 442 Catch a Killer
491010 443 The Devil's Workshop
491017 444 Image of Death
491024 445 Night Is My Shroud
491031 446 Corpse for Halloween
491114 448 Wish to Kill
491219 453 Beyond the Grave
500109 456 Killer at Large
500116 457 The Scream
500123 458 Hitch-Hiking Corpse
500130 459 Skeleton Bay
500320 466 Corpse in the Parlor
500327 467 Murder Mansion
500417 470 Beneficiary - Death
500918 473 Dead Man's Holiday
501106 479 Twice Dead
501204 483 Beyond the Grave
510205 492 Snow-White Scarf
510219 494 The Smile of Death (First Half Only)
510226 495 Man from the Grave (2nd Half Only)
510528 508 The Unforgiving Corpse
510604 509 A Corpse There Was
520622 512 Birdsong for a Murderer
520629 513 Terror by Night
520706 514 Death Pays the Freight
520713 515 Death for Sale
520720 516 The Listener
520727 517 The Murder Prophet
520803 518 Murder off the Record
520810 519 The Magic Tile
520817 520 The Corpse Laughs Last
520824 521 No Rest for the Dead
520831 522 Strange Passenger aka The Corpse In The Taxi
520907 523 The Meek Die Slowly
520914 524 Till Death Do Us Part
520921 525 The Corpse Nobody Loved
520928 526 The Dead Walk at Night
521005 527 Death Pays the Freight
981010 - Hyman Brown Discusses Creation Of Innes
Inner Sanctum - Death In The Limelight
Inner Sanctum - Homicidal Maniac
Inner Sanctum - Man Without A Country
Inner Sanctum - Secret Of The Mausoleum
Inner Sanctum - Waxwork
Inner Sanctum - Weight Machine

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