The Dunwich Horror - Retro Radio Memories Ep 090

Retro Radio Memories Ep. 090 – The Dunwich Horror

Friends, we have a very special episode of the Retro Radio Memories Podcast for you today. The 1945 adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s The Dunwich Horror. From the incredibly popular Suspense old time radio series. Which we have been known to feature on the podcast once or twice before. Having said that however The Dunwich Horror is a prime example of how powerful radio dramas can be.
The Dunwich Horror - 1929 - Weird Tales

I certainly mention in the podcast itself. But it is rather surprising that more of H.P. Lovecraft’s work wasn’t adapted into radio shows. I can think of more than a few of his tales that would have lent themselves well to the format.
The Dunwich Horror - H.P. Lovecraft

Of course the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society apparently feels the same way. As they produced the exceptional Dark Adventure Radio Theatre.

Most assuredly worth your time to pick up and enjoy. In fact they too have covered 1929’s The Dunwich Horror.

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For this episode of Suspense the part of Professor Henry Armitage is played by Ronald Colman. Certainly a well known actor from back in the day. Starring in the likes of Raffles, Beau Geste as well as Lost Horizon.

While this version of The Dunwich Horror is indeed abridged. It still is a fine production. Spooky and definitely more than a little creepy. Which is what you expect when dealing with writings of H.P. Lovecraft, right?

So dim the lights as best you can around you, friends. Prepare to be transported to Massachusetts as we learn of The Dunwich Horror!

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Since this podcast is about The Dunwich Horror it seems only appropriate to share the trailer for the 1970 film!

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Giant Jungle Man - Retro Radio Memories - Episode 089

Retro Radio Memories Ep. 89 (Giant Jungle Man)

Welcome back, friends. It has been a few months since out last podcast episode. We are back though and furthermore it is a listener request. Giant Jungle Man is an episode of the Bring ‘Em Back Alive old time radio shows. Yes, I am indeed aware that of late I have had more than a few posts about Bring ‘Em Back Alive. From the Ben Cooper Halloween costumes to the fact that it was based on the real life adventures of Frank Buck. With Giant Jungle Man – Frank and his aide Ali are hot on the trail of an Orangutan.
Giant Jungle Man - Frank Buck - Bring 'Em Back Alive

Giant Jungle Man appears to be one of two surviving episodes of the show. Or at the very least the only two I have been able to locate. Furthermore that was thanks to none other than the Retroist. He was able to find them in the Retroist Vault.

The Bring ‘Em Back Alive old time radio series was produced by RKO. Starting on October 30th and lasting until December 18th, 1932. It was in conjunction with the release of the Bring ‘Em Back Alive feature film at that time.
Giant Jungle Man - RKO - Frank Buck

So grab your favorite snack and beverage, friends. Let the glow of your monitor and phones ease your worries. And join us as we venture into the jungles of Sumatra with Frank Buck and Ali as they search for the Giant Jungle Man!

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While I mention it on the Giant Jungle Man episode. It bears pointing out that Frank Buck appeared in 1949’s Africa Screams with Abbott and Costello!

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Retro Radio Memories Ep. 88 (The Saint)

Welcome back, friends. To this special Holiday episode of the Retro Radio Memories podcast. One of course whose subject just so happens to be The Saint. The popular running radio series based on the character created by Leslie Charteris in 1928. The Saint or Simon Templar as his friends and close enemies call him. Is in fact a type of modern day Robin Hood – however he lives off his ‘good deeds’ too. What I am saying of course is that Simon makes sure these actions help to line his own coffers in the process.
The Saint - Leslie Charteris

While it is certainly true that we’ve shared an episode or two of The Saint on the podcast before. With the Holiday upon us, I felt it the perfect time to share a Seasonal offering. While The Saint radio series got it’s start in 1940, most fans feel that it was the NBC version that is best. Naturally it is hard to argue that fact as it feature Vincent Price as Simon Templar!
The Saint - Vincent Price

In our episode today, entitled Santa Claus is No Saint. Templar of course finds himself mixed up in a dangerous situation. Furthermore, one that involves a case of mistaken identity as well as a stolen necklace.

So settle in where it is warm, friends. Let the soothing electronic glow of your monitor or phone ease your worries away. And join us on Retro Radio Memories as we go on another caper with The Saint!

If you have any comments or feedback for the show you can e-mail them to at VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also reach me on Twitter and of course on Facebook.

The music on the podcast was provided by Peachy! You may contact him by e-mail at peachy@Retroist.com. And be sure to “Like” him on his Facebook Page.

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Now that you have enjoyed the adventures of Vincent Price as The Saint. Why not continue to enjoy the exploits of Simon Templar?


I am referring of course to the late and great Roger Moore’s popular television adaptation of the character, in an episode entitled The Latin Touch!

Christmas Carol

Retro Radio Memories Podcast Ep. 087 (A Christmas Carol)

A Christmas Carol might be the most well known story of the Holiday season. Charles Dickens found himself with an immediate success on his hand upon it’s first publication in 1843. There have been no less than 20 film adaptations of A Christmas Carol starting in 1901 with Scrooge, or, Marley’s Ghost.
Christmas Carol - 1901

If I am being honest though, one of my favorites besides 1970’s Scrooge is 1983’s Mickey’s Christmas Carol. On the other hand even as a small child I felt it should have another title. Uncle Scrooge’s Christmas Carol. After all the part of Ebenezer is played by Scrooge McDuck , right?

Now for our latest episode of Retro Radio Memories we have something special. The 1939 adapation of A Christmas Carol on the Campbell Playhouse. Yes, that is indeed the radio program sponsored by Campbell’s Soup. Furthermore it boasts that talents of both Orson Welles as the narrator of the story and Lionel Barrymore as Scrooge.

So why not pour yourself a generous cup of eggnog and join us on Retro Radio Memories with A Christmas Carol?

If you have any comments or feedback for the show you can e-mail them to at VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also reach me on Twitter and of course on Facebook.

The music on the podcast was provided by Peachy! You may contact him by e-mail at peachy@Retroist.com. And be sure to “Like” him on his Facebook page.

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Now how would you like to see that 1901 short film for A Christmas Carol?


Thanks to the BFI National Archive you can do that very thing. Bear in mind after all that it’s only three and a half minutes long and silent.