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OLD TIME RADIO - 2 CD - 178 mp3 - Total Playtime: 77:47:06

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

Inner Sanctum 410107 Amazing Death Of Mrs Putnam
Inner Sanctum 410420 Fog
Inner Sanctum 410518 Dead Freight
Inner Sanctum 410803 The TellTale Heart
Inner Sanctum 410810 The Death Ship
Inner Sanctum 410907 Hunter from Beyond
Inner Sanctum 411207 Island of Death
Inner Sanctum 411221 The Man from Yesterday
Inner Sanctum 411228 Death Has Claws
Inner Sanctum 420118 Dead Reckoning
Inner Sanctum 420503 Study for Murder
Inner Sanctum 420614 Terrible Vengeance
Inner Sanctum 420823 Dead Mans Magic
Inner Sanctum 420920 The Dead Walk at Night
Inner Sanctum 430307 Black Sea Gull
Inner Sanctum 430606 The House Where Death Lived
Inner Sanctum 430801 The Horla
Inner Sanctum 430822 The Bog Oak Necklace
Inner Sanctum 440415 The Skull That Walked
Inner Sanctum 440422 The Melody of Death
Inner Sanctum 440513 The Silent Hands
Inner Sanctum 440610 Death Is a Joker
Inner Sanctum 441007 Dead Mans Vengeance
Inner Sanctum 441129 The Voice on the Wire
Inner Sanctum 441206 The Color Blind Formula
Inner Sanctum 450109 Desert Death
Inner Sanctum 450123 Death Is an Artist
Inner Sanctum 450206 Death in the Depths
Inner Sanctum 450220 No Coffin for the Dead
Inner Sanctum 450306 The Lost Refrain
Inner Sanctum 450313 Island of the Dead
Inner Sanctum 450403 The Meek Die Slowly
Inner Sanctum 450410 The BogOak Necklace
Inner Sanctum 450417 The Judas Clock
Inner Sanctum 450424 Song of the Slasher
Inner Sanctum 450501 The Girl and the Gallows
Inner Sanctum 450515 The Black Art
Inner Sanctum 450522 Dead to Rights
Inner Sanctum 450529 Musical Score
Inner Sanctum 450605 Death Across the Board
Inner Sanctum 450612 Portrait of Death
Inner Sanctum 450619 Dead Mans Holiday
Inner Sanctum 450626 Dead Mans Debt
Inner Sanctum 450828 Dead Mans Deal
Inner Sanctum 450904 The Murder Prophet
Inner Sanctum 450911 The Last Story
Inner Sanctum 450918 Terror by Night
Inner Sanctum 450925 The Lonely Sleep
Inner Sanctum 451002 The Shadow of Death
Inner Sanctum 451009 Death by Scripture
Inner Sanctum 451016 Till Death Do Us Part
Inner Sanctum 451023 The Corridor of Doom
Inner Sanctum 451106 The Wailing Wall
Inner Sanctum 451120 Boomerang
Inner Sanctum 451211 The Dark Chamber
Inner Sanctum 451218 The Undead
Inner Sanctum 460108 The Creeping Wall
Inner Sanctum 460115 The Edge of Death
Inner Sanctum 460122 The Confession
Inner Sanctum 460129 Blood of Cain
Inner Sanctum 460205 Skeleton Bay
Inner Sanctum 460212 The Man Who Couldnt Die
Inner Sanctum 460226 I Walk in the Night
Inner Sanctum 460312 Strands of Death
Inner Sanctum 460326 Death Is a DoubleCrosser
Inner Sanctum 460409 Lady with a Plan
Inner Sanctum 460423 Make Ready My Grave1
Inner Sanctum 460423 Make Ready My Grave2
Inner Sanctum 460507 You Could Die Laughing
Inner Sanctum 460521 Detour to Terror
Inner Sanctum 460604 Eight Steps to Murder
Inner Sanctum 460618 I Want to Report a Murder
Inner Sanctum 460708 The Creeping Wall
Inner Sanctum 460819 Spectre of the Rose
Inner Sanctum 460909 Murder Comes at Midnight
Inner Sanctum 460923 The Dead Laugh
Inner Sanctum 461007 The Listener
Inner Sanctum 461104 Deaths Old Sweet Song
Inner Sanctum 461125 No Rest for the Dead
Inner Sanctum 470106 Death Pays the Freight
Inner Sanctum 470203 Death Bound
Inner Sanctum 470210 The Ghost in the Garden
Inner Sanctum 470303 Corpse that nobody loved
Inner Sanctum 470505 Dont Dance on My Grave
Inner Sanctum 470519 Terror by Night
Inner Sanctum 470623 Over My Dead Body
Inner Sanctum 470630 Man and the knife
Inner Sanctum 471027 Till Death Do Us Part
Inner Sanctum 471229 Death out of Mind
Inner Sanctum 480112 Tempo in Blood
Inner Sanctum 480126 The Doomed
Inner Sanctum 480216 The Black Art
Inner Sanctum 480308 The Magic Tile
Inner Sanctum 480329 Lady Killer
Inner Sanctum 480628 The Corpse Laughs Last
Inner Sanctum 480705 Death Demon
Inner Sanctum 480726 Murder Takes a Honeymoon
Inner Sanctum 480802 The Murder Ship
Inner Sanctum 480809 House of Doom
Inner Sanctum 480906 Death Rides a Riptide
Inner Sanctum 480920 Hangmans Island
Inner Sanctum 480927 Murder by Prophecy
Inner Sanctum 481018 Death of a Doll
Inner Sanctum 481115 Deathwatch in Boston
Inner Sanctum 481206 Cause of Death
Inner Sanctum 481213 Murder Faces East
Inner Sanctum 481220 Between Two Worlds
Inner Sanctum 490103 Fearful Voyage
Inner Sanctum 490110 Murder Comes to Life
Inner Sanctum 490117 Mark My Grave
Inner Sanctum 490124 The Deadly Dummy
Inner Sanctum 490131 The Devils Fortune
Inner Sanctum 490207 Death Demon
Inner Sanctum 490214 Birdsong for a Murderer
Inner Sanctum 490221 Flame of Death
Inner Sanctum 490321 Only the Dead Die Twice
Inner Sanctum 490328 Appointment with Death
Inner Sanctum 490404 Death Wears a Lonely Smile
Inner Sanctum 490411 Murder off the Record
Inner Sanctum 490418 The Death Deal
Inner Sanctum 490509 Corpse on the Town
Inner Sanctum 490516 The Unburied Dead
Inner Sanctum 490523 Strange Passenger
Inner Sanctum 490606 Death on the Highway
Inner Sanctum 490620 Corpse Without a Conscience
Inner Sanctum 490704 Pattern for Fear
Inner Sanctum 490718 Deadly Fare
Inner Sanctum 490815 Dead Heat
Inner Sanctum 490822 Mind over Murder
Inner Sanctum 490829 Deaths Little Brother
Inner Sanctum 490905 Murder Rides the Carousel
Inner Sanctum 490912 The Vengeful Corpse
Inner Sanctum 490919 Honeymoon with Death
Inner Sanctum 491003 Catch a Killer
Inner Sanctum 491010 The Devils Workshop
Inner Sanctum 491017 Image of Death
Inner Sanctum 491024 Night Is My Shroud
Inner Sanctum 491031 Corpse for Halloween
Inner Sanctum 491114 Wish to Kill
Inner Sanctum 491219 Beyond the Grave
Inner Sanctum 500109 Killer at Large
Inner Sanctum 500116 The Scream
Inner Sanctum 500123 The HitchHiking Corpse
Inner Sanctum 500130 Skeleton Bay
Inner Sanctum 500320 Corpse in the Parlor
Inner Sanctum 500327 Murder Mansion
Inner Sanctum 500417 Beneficiary Death
Inner Sanctum 500918 Dead Mans Holiday
Inner Sanctum 501106 Twice Dead
Inner Sanctum 501204 Beyond the Grave
Inner Sanctum 510205 Snow White Scarf
Inner Sanctum 510219 The Smile of Death
Inner Sanctum 510226 Man from the Grave
Inner Sanctum 510528 The Unforgiving Corpse
Inner Sanctum 510604 A Corpse There Was
Inner Sanctum 520622 Birdsong for a Murderer
Inner Sanctum 520629 Terror by Night
Inner Sanctum 520706 Death Pays the Freight
Inner Sanctum 520713 Death for Sale
Inner Sanctum 520720 The Listener
Inner Sanctum 520727 The Murder Prophet
Inner Sanctum 520803 Murder off the Record
Inner Sanctum 520810 The Magic Tile
Inner Sanctum 520817 The Corpse Laughs Last
Inner Sanctum 520824 No Rest for the Dead1
Inner Sanctum 520824 No Rest for the Dead2
Inner Sanctum 520831 Strange Passenger aka The Corpse In The Taxi
Inner Sanctum 520907 The Meek Die Slowly
Inner Sanctum 520914 Till Death Do Us Part
Inner Sanctum 520921 The Corpse Nobody Loved
Inner Sanctum 520928 The Dead Walk at Night
Inner Sanctum 521005 Death Pays the Freight
Inner Sanctum 750801 The Onyx Eye (CBSRMT)
Inner Sanctum 981010 Hyman Brown Discusses Creation of Inner Sanctum
Inner Sanctum Australian Version 1952-00-00 Terrible Vengeance (1942-06-14 Story)
Inner Sanctum Australian Version 1952-02-18 Tomorrow Is A Two Edged Sword
Inner Sanctum Australian Version 1952-03-10 Fear Points The Way
Inner Sanctum Australian Version 1952-03-17 Mysterious Stranger

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