The Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society

Episode 64: Markheim

The Weird Circle brought a little something to our holiday party, the supernatural tale of a Christmas descent into desperation with a man named “Markheim!” Based on the short story by Robert Louis Stevenson, this Christmas classic features a young man confronting the dark impulses of his own dark reflection. Will his misdeeds come back to haunt him? Can he free himself from the malicious voice that pushes him toward evil? Just how did stocks work back in the 19th century? Listen for yourself and find out! Then vote and let us know what you think:

Does Markheim stand the test of time?
15 Dec 2017 no comments

Episode 63: A Gift of Murder

He knows when you’ve been bad or good and he knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men! The Shadow has brought the Society “A Gift of Murder!” Lamont Cranston and Margo Lane show up to a holiday party with a murderer on the guest list! Will Christmas be ruined? Was anyone else invited to this party? If this gift doesn’t work, can it be exchanged? Listen for yourself and find out! Then vote and let us know what you think:

Does A Gift of Murder stand the test of time?
08 Dec 2017 no comments

Episode 62: A Helping Hand

(UPDATE! One of our astute listeners (thank you, Mike!) noticed that we have misidentified the origin of this recording! This is in fact from the 1955 run of The Clock, recorded in Australia. Our humblest apologies for the error.) The Society finally has finally turned their attention to The Clock! Howard Williams has moved to a small town, where everyone seems considerate and happy to help a neighbor, but chance and coincidence have conspired to turn a friendly favor into a death sentence in this episode entitled, “A Helping Hand!” What’s the worst that could happen when you help a stranger? Is the perfect murder truly possible or will there always be a slip up? Who would write a story about a pile of potatoes? Listen for yourself and find out! Then vote and let us know what you think:

Does A Helping Hand stand the test of time?
29 Nov 2017 1 comment

Episode 61: Yours Truly Jack the Ripper

Our thanks to Scott for suggesting “Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper” from Mystery Playhouse! The series, hosted by Peter Lorre, re-purposed other radio series (in this case Molle Mystery Theater) for the Armed Forces Network. This particular episode was an adaptation of a short story by Robert Bloch about a hunt for London’s notorious killer in 1945 Chicago! Could Jack the Ripper still be claiming victims over fifty years after his (or her!) reign of terror in London? Can this bloodthirsty killer ever be caught? What dark magic grants Joshua the time management powers to read short stories?  Listen for yourself and find out! Then vote and let us know what you think:

Does Yours Truly Jack the Ripper stand the test of time?
22 Nov 2017 2 comments

Episode 60: Revolt of the Worms

Once again, it’s later than the we think and we are listening to Lights Out! This time, we indulge in “Revolt of the Worms,” an episode from the Arch Oboler era of the series. In the face of a war-torn world, brilliant scientist Charles Prentice retreats to develop the perfect rose. But even in his far-off laboratory there is something monstrous in the earth. Based on the title, can you guess what happens? How long is too long for a death scene? Is this really less gruesome than Murder Castle? Listen for yourself and find out! Then vote and let us know what you think:

Does Revolt of the Worms stand the test of time?
17 Nov 2017 1 comment