Classic Radio Theater

USA Radio

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Newly minted presentations of some of the greatest radio programs of all time, featuring some of the biggest names of the era and fondly remembered today. Drama, comedy, mystery, and western adventure. Also featuring news of the day and sound of the newsmakers of the times.

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1596 episodes

December 27, 2021 Hour 1 - Irma's New Boyfriend

My Friend Irma starring Marie Wilson, originally broadcast December 27, 1948, 73 years ago. Irma has given up on Al and has a new boyfriend named Melvin, who's more interested in his job in an aircraft factory wind tunnel.

42m
Dec 26, 2021
December 27, 2021 Hour 2 - The Marriage

The Marriage starring Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn, originally broadcast December 27, 1953, Ben and Liz remember how they first met. Fantasies of a literary New Year's Eve. Also Captain Midnight, originally broadcast December 27, 1939, Is escape possible?

42m
Dec 26, 2021
December 27, 2021 Hour 3 - The Identical Murder Case

Philo Vance starring Jackson Beck, originally broadcast December 27, 1949, The Identical Murder Case. Tommy Orchid has killed a man who looked like Philo Vance and Tommy Orchid doesn't tolerate mistakes! Also Part 2 of a 5 part Yours Truly Johnny Dollar story, The Forbes Matter, originally broadcast December 27, 1955. What makes a man steal? Johnny tries to come up with an answer.

42m
Dec 26, 2021
December 26, 2021 Hour 1 - The guns of Wrath

Frontier Town starring Jeff “Tex” Chandler, originally broadcast December 26, 1952, 69 years ago, The Guns of Wrath. A gang of crooks trapped in a canyon take a hostage and blow up the dam.

44m
Dec 26, 2021
Sunday, December 26, 2021 Hour 2 - A Gift of Laughter

A Gift of Laughter, originally broadcast December 26, 1974. A tribute produced by American Forces Network Europe on the date of Jack Benny’s Passing. Also Claudia, originally broadcast December 26, 1947, A Surprise for Claudia. There's a great Dane in Claudia's future.

43m
Dec 26, 2021
Sunday December 26, 2021 Hour 3 - The guitar

Gunsmoke starring William Conrad, originally broadcast December 26, 1953, The guitar. Simple-minded Weeb Pendle comes to Dodge riding on a mule. He's promptly picked on by bullies. Also Part 1 of a 5 part Yours Truly Johnny Dollar story, The Forbes Matter, originally broadcast December 26, 1955. Sheldon Forbes, the book-keeper of a New York fashion company has obviously been an embezzler.

43m
Dec 26, 2021
Classic Radio Theater for December 25, 2021 Hour 1 - Nick Carter's Christmas Adventure

Nick Carter, Master Detective starring Lon Clark, originally broadcast December 25, 1943, 78 years ago, Nick Carter’s Christmas Adventure. Nick Carter investigates why a rich man has soured on Christmas.

42m
Dec 24, 2021
Classic Radio Theater for December 25, 2021 Hour 2 - Miss Brooks and the Magic Christmas Tree

Our Miss Brooks starring Eve Arden, originally broadcast December 25, 1949, The Magic Christmas Tree.. A party at Miss Brooks', with a magic Christmas tree, or was it all a dream? Also The Cinnamon Bear, originally broadcast December 25, 1937, Returned to the Attic. The Silver Star is recaptured from the Crazy Quilt Dragon. Judy and Jimmy wake up back home in time for Christmas. The end of the story.

42m
Dec 24, 2021
Classic Radio Theater for December 25, 2021 Hour 3 - The Whistler's Christmas Bonus

The Whistler, originally broadcast December 25, 1944, Christmas Bonus. An ex-convict is fired from his job in a department store after $10,000 is stolen. As long as he's considered guilty, he might as well steal some more, but he is saved by a music box! Also Fibber McGee and Molly, originally broadcast December 25, 1953, Christmas at home. The McGees spend Christmas at home with their friends.

42m
Dec 24, 2021
Classic Radio Theater for December 24, 2021 Hour 1 - Danny Clover, Nick Norman, and Santa Claus

Broadway is my Beat starring Larry Thor, originally broadcast December 24, 1949, 72 years ago, Nick Norman and Santa Claus. A Christmas show. Nick Norman is just out of Sing Sing after fifteen years and is scheduled to play Santa Claus for the P.A.L. The day before the big day, Santa takes a powder, while a miserly landlord demands his rent!

44m
Dec 23, 2021
Classic Radio Theater for December 24, 2021 Hour 2 - Margaret O'Brien and Jimmy Duranteclaus

Jimmy Durante Show, originally broadcast December 24, 1947, Christmas Show. Guest Margaret O'Brien makes the rounds with jolly Jimmy Duranteclaus. Also The Cinnamon Bear, originally broadcast December 24, 1937, North Pole. The Silver Star is recaptured from the Crazy Quilt Dragon. Judy and Jimmy wake up back home in time for Christmas. The end of the story.

43m
Dec 23, 2021
Classic Radio Theater for December 24, 2021 Hour 3 - The Anderson Family Christmas Show

Father Knows Best, starring Robert Young, originally broadcast December 24, 1953. Christmas show. . It's Christmas eve and the family has unique ideas to celebrate it. Also Claudia, originally broadcast December 24, 1947, Christmas Eve.

43m
Dec 23, 2021
Classic Radio Theater for December 23, 2021 Hour 1 - Next Year is MINE!

The Whistler, originally broadcast December 23, 1946, 75 years ago, Next Year is Mine starring Frank Lovejoy. The story of a prisoner’s sullen attitude at Christmas.

44m
Dec 22, 2021
Classic Radio Theater for December 23, 2021 Hour 2 - Christmas at the Gildersleeve home

The Great Gildersleeve starring Harold Peary, originally broadcast December 23, 1945, Christmas Eve. An old-fashioned Christmas at home. Also The Cinnamon Bear, originally broadcast December 23, 1937, Captain Tintop. Captain Tintop presents the Star with a flourish to Judy and Jimmy, but the Crazy Quilt Dragon has other ideas!

44m
Dec 22, 2021
Classic Radio Theater for December 23, 2021 Hour 3 - The Christmas Payoff

Tales of the Texas Rangers starring Joel McRae, originally broadcast December 23, 1951, Christmas Payoff. Dr. Hartley is murdered in his office on Christmas eve. The killer had a bandaged hand. Then Part 5 of a 5 part Yours Truly Johnny Dollar story, The Nick Shurn Matter, originally broadcast December 23, 1955. The showdown...victory and then disaster. A visitor turns out to be be death!

43m
Dec 22, 2021
Classic Radio Theater for December 22, 2021 Hour 1 - The Case of the Slaughtered Santas

The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe starring Sydney Greenstreet, originally broadcast December 22, 1950,71 years ago, The Case of the Slaughtered Santas. Who is killing off the sidewalk Santas...and why?

45m
Dec 21, 2021
Classic Radio Theater for December 22, 2021 Hour 2 - Santa and the Pirates

The Burns and Allen Show, originally broadcast December 22, 1942, Santa and the Pirates. . A Christmas fantasy with guest Akim Tamiroff. George and Gracie fly on the back of Herman The Duck to the North Pole. A visit to Santa's workshop as George, Gracie and Santa Claus battle a pirate named, "Tamiroff The Terrible." Also The Cinnamon Bear, originally broadcast December 22, 1937, The Christmas Parade.

45m
Dec 21, 2021
Classic Radio Theater for December 22, 2021 Hour 3 - The plot to murder Santa Claus

Rocky Fortune starring Frank Sinatra, originally broadcast December 22, 1953, The Plot to Murder Santa Claus. There's a plot to murder Santa Claus, believe it or not! But why? And by whom? Also Part 4 of a 5 part Yours Truly Johnny Dollar story, The Nick Shurn Matter, originally broadcast December 22, 1955. A little girl who believes in Santa Claus, a big girl who believes in very little, and both of them facing death!

45m
Dec 21, 2021
Classic Radio Theater for December 21, 2021 Hour 1 - a .22 rifle for Christmas

Dragnet starring Jack Webb, originally broadcast December 21, 1952, 68 years ago, A .22 Rifle for Christmas. A young boy named Stanley Johnstone is missing, and so is the .22 caliber rifle he was going to get for Christmas.

45m
Dec 20, 2021
Classic Radio Theater for December 21, 2021 Hour 2 - The Aldrich Family Christmas

The Aldrich Family, originally broadcast December 21, 1952, Christmas Eve. It's the day before Christmas and Eleanor Wentworth is giving Henry an expensive wallet. Henry tries to buy a battery-operated Christmas tree pin for Eleanor. Also The Cinnamon Bear, originally broadcast December 21, 1937, The Bad Dolls. The Bad Doll steals the Silver Star, but Santa sends the Tin Soldier in hot pursuit.

45m
Dec 20, 2021
Classic Radio Theater for December 21, 2021 Hour 3 - No Room at the Inn

The Greatest Story Ever Told, originally broadcast December 21, 1947, No Room at the Inn. Also Part 3 of a 5 part Yours Truly Johnny Dollar story, The Nick Shurn Matter, originally broadcast December 21, 1955. A lonely vigil in the snow, a killer prowls the night, and a lady vanishes.

45m
Dec 20, 2021
Classic Radio Theater for December 20, 2021 Hour 1 - Irma's Christmas Party

My Friend Irma starring Marie Wilson, originally broadcast December 20, 1948, 73 years ago, Irma’s Christmas Party. Irma wants to throw a party on Christmas Eve, but no one can attend. Irma is lonely on Christmas Eve.

45m
Dec 19, 2021
Classic Radio Theater for December 20, 2021 Hour 2 - Harold's Christmas Childrens Party

The Harold Peary Show, originally broadcast December 20, 1950, Children’s Christmas Party. A heartwarming Christmas show as Honest Hal trusts an old bank robber with the job of playing Santa Claus for the kids. Also The Cinnamon Bear, originally broadcast December 20, 1937, Santa Claus. Judy and Jimmy meet Santa Claus himself, and later they meet Jack Frost.

45m
Dec 19, 2021
Classic Radio Theater for December 20, 2021 Hour 3 - A Gunsmoke Christmas Story

Gunsmoke, originally broadcast December 20, 1952, Christmas Story. A Christmas story, told by Marshal Dillon to a stranger on a strange horse out on the prairie about Christmas in Dodge City. Also Part 2 of a 5 part Yours Truly Johnny Dollar story, The Nick Shurn Matter, originally broadcast December 20, 1955.. An old lady with a broken arm, a shivering girl, and a bullet in the snow.

45m
Dec 19, 2021
Classic Radio Theater for December 19, 2021 Hour 1 - The Shadow and Cold Death

The Shadow starring Orson Welles and Agnes Moorehead, originally broadcast December 19, 1937, 84 years ago, Cold Death. Old man Daniel Carver owns a small town and keeps the press out with gangsters. The people of Carverville are in poverty and live under miserable conditions. Shades of Scrooge!

45m
Dec 18, 2021
Classic Radio Theater for December 19, 2021 Hour 2 - Lionel Barrymore in a Christmas Carol

The Hallmark Hall of Fame, originally broadcast December 19, 1954, A Christmas Carol starring Lionel Barrymore in a recorded performance. A rebroadcast of "Mr. Barrymore's last performance as Scrooge." Barrymore had died November 15, 1954. Also Claudia, originally broadcast December 19, 1947, Without Mama. Claudia must decide...Chicago without mama?

45m
Dec 18, 2021
Classic Radio Theater for December 19, 2021 Hour 3 - Santa Benny

Phil Harris and Alice Faye, originally broadcast December 19, 1948, Jack Benny plays Santa (for a price) for Phil's kids. Also Part 1 of a 5 part Yours Truly Johnny Dollar story, The Nick Shurn Matter, originally broadcast December 19, 1955. A nightclub owner is found shot to death. His insurance beneficiary is his business partner, who has a perfect alibi.

45m
Dec 18, 2021
Classic Radio Theater for December 18, 2021 Hour 1 - Jack and the gang on the train

Jack Benny, originally broadcast December 18, 1938, 83 years ago, Jack and the gang heading back to Hollywood by train.

45m
Dec 17, 2021
Classic Radio Theater for December 18, 2021 Hour 2 - Leroy wants a Motor Scooter for Christmas

The Great Gildersleeve starring Harold Peary, originally broadcast December 18, 1946, Leroy Wants a Motor Scooter. Leroy would like a motorscooter for Christmas, but Gildersleeve has other ideas. Also The Cinnamon Bear, originally broadcast December 18, 1937, Flying Hat. The Grand Wunkey banishes the Witch, the Flying Hat is found.

45m
Dec 17, 2021
Classic Radio Theater for December 18, 2021 Hour 3 - Candy Matson at San Juan Batista

Candy Matson YUkon-2-8209 starring Natalie Masters, originally broadcast December 18, 1950, San Juan Batista. Candy and Lieutenant Mallard visit the old Mission at San Juan Bautista. They find the friendly Father Paulino and a dead body too! Also Claudia, originally broadcast December 18, 1947, Heartbreak. Roger's retiring, and mama won't go to Chicago.

45m
Dec 17, 2021