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Orson Welles On The Air

Orson Welles had quite a career in radio, from his days as The Shadow and his Mercury Theatre On The Air, to the radio version of his Third Man character from the movie, and beyond. This podcast will replay his radio performances from his various series and guest appearances.

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The Hitch-Hiker by Mercury Summer Theater

https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/archive.org/download/rr12019/owota268.mp3 On this episode of Orson Welles On The Air, we’ll hear The Mercury Summer Theater’s production of The Hitch-Hiker. This episode aired June 21, 1946. Download owota268

28 Oct 2019

Rank #1

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A Christmas Carol by The Campbell Playhouse

On this episode of Orson Welles On The Air, we’ll hear Welles joined by Lionel Barrymore in the December 24, 1939 Campbell Playhouse production of A Christmas Carol. Download owota188

22 Dec 2013

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The Dark Tower by Suspense

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/archive.org/download/owota2/owota233.mp3 Orson Welles appeared on Suspense a handful of times over the run of the series.  On the show this week, we’ll hear his performance on The Dark Tower.  This story was first broadcast May 4, 1944. Download owota233

14 Feb 2016

Rank #3

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OW170: Greek Meets Greek by The Lives Of Harry Lime

We’ll hear the final episode from The Lives Of Harry Lime on today’s show.  First broadcast July 25, 1952, here is Greek Meets Greek. Download owota170

17 Mar 2013

Rank #4

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OW169: King Lear by Mercury Summer Theater

On this episode, we’ll hear from The Mercury Summer Theater Of The Air with King Lear.  This episode first aired September 13, 1946.  This was the last episode of the last incarnation of the Mercury Theater. Download owota169

3 Mar 2013

Rank #5

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OW164: The Count Of Monte Cristo by Campbell Playhouse

On this episode we’ll hear The Campbell Playhouse with their adaptation of the Alexander Dumas story, The Count Of Monte Cristo.   This one first aired October 1, 1939. Download owota164

16 Dec 2012

Rank #6

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The Raincoat by The Black Museum

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/archive.org/download/rr12018/owota261.mp3 This time on Orson Welles On The Air, we hear from a series Welles hosted in the early 1950’s called The Black Museum. From that series here’s their story, The Raincoat. Download owota261

31 Dec 2018

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Treasure Island by Mercury Theater On The Air

We’ll hear from the Mercury Theater On The Air this time, and their adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s story, Treasure Island.  This episode originally aired July 18, 1938. Download owota187

8 Dec 2013

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The Garden Of Allah by The Campbell Playhouse

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/archive.org/download/rr12019/owota266.mp3 This time on Orson Welles On The Air, we hear from The Campbell Playhouse with their story from November 19, 1939, The Garden Of Allah. Download owota266

30 Jun 2019

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OW167: The Lost Special by Suspense

On this episode we’ll one of a handful of appearances Orson Welles made on Suspense.  This one, based on Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost Special, first aired September 30, 1943. Download owota167

3 Feb 2013

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The Final Problem by The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/archive.org/download/rr12016/owota246.mp3 On this episode of Orson Welles On The Air, we’ll hear Welles play Moriarty in, The Final Problem.  This final broadcast of The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes was heard December 21, 1954. Download owota246

6 Nov 2016

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Love Affair by The Lives Of Harry Lime

We hear the seventh episode of The Lives Of Harry Lime this time.  From September 14, 1951, here is Love Affair. Download owota198

18 May 2014

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The Man Who Was Thursday by Mercury Theater On The Air

On this episode of Orson Welles On The Air, we visit the Mercury Theater On The Air for their September 5, 1938 episode titled, The Man Who Was Thursday. Download owota196

20 Apr 2014

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The Faded Tartan Scarf by The Black Museum

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/archive.org/download/rr12019/owota267.mp3 Another visit to The Black Museum for this episode of Orson Welles On The Air. This time we’ll hear The Faded Tartan Scarf, a story that originally aired sometime in 1952. Download owota267

3 Oct 2019

Rank #14

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The Moat Farm Murder by The Mercury Summer Theater

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/archive.org/download/owota2/owota221.mp3 We hear from The Mercury Summer Theater on this episode, with their story titled, The Moat Farm Murder.  This one first aired July 26, 1946. Download owota221

5 Jul 2015

Rank #15

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The Things We Have by Campbell Playhouse

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/archive.org/download/rr12018/owota260.mp3 We hear again from The Campbell Playhouse for this installment of Orson Welles On The Air. This is the May 26, 1939 episode titled, The Things We Have. Download owota260

29 Sep 2018

Rank #16

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Clay Pigeon by The Lives Of Harry Lime

We visit The Lives Of Harry Lime this time for the third episode in that series.  From August 17, 1951, here is Clay Pigeon. Download owota186

24 Nov 2013

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A Silencer by The Black Museum

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/archive.org/download/owota2/owota219.mp3 On this episode of Orson Welles On The Air, we’ll hear an entry from The Black Museum.  A Silencer first aired in 1952. Download owota219

26 Apr 2015

Rank #18

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The Bohemian Star by The Lives Of Harry Lime

More from the continuing adventures of The Lives Of Harry Lime this time.  We’ll hear the sixth episode, titled, The Bohemian Star.  This one first aired September 7, 1951. Download owota195

6 Apr 2014

Rank #19

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Orson Welles Radio Almanac featuring Robert Benchley

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/archive.org/download/rr12019/owota264.mp3 We’ll hear from the Orson Welles Radio Almanac on this episode of Orson Welles On The Air. This episode aired February 16, 1944, and features guest Robert Benchley. Download owota264

14 Apr 2019

Rank #20