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Over 100 hours of radio plays and variety shows, starring and often written and directed by Orson Welles
Most are from acetate reference disks recorded during live broadcasts, so quality varies, but they're all really cool!
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1936
Hamlet - September 19, 1936 and November 14, 1936 - 00:57:58 - 23.2 MB
Hamlet by William Shakespeare. Cast: Alexander Scourby, Edgerton Paul, George Gaul, Hiram Sherman, Orson Welles (host), Rosamon Pinchot, Sydney Smith, Edwin Jerome (narrator), George Duthie, Joseph Cotten, Laura Hale, Miss Frank Hall, Santos Ortega, Shirley Oliver, Virginia Welles, Whitford Kane.
1937
The Fall of the City - April 11, 1937 - 00:26:50 - 12.2 MB
The Fall of the City by Archibald MacLeish. Cast: Orson Welles, Burgess Meredith. Music by Bernard Herrmann.
Twelfth Night - August 30, 1937 - 01:25:46 - 39.2 MB
Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare. Cast: Tallulah Bankhead, Cedric Hardwicke, Orson Welles, Mark Smith, Estelle Winwood, Robert Strauss, Helen Menken, Burford Hampden, John Griggs, Ray Collins, Niles Welch, Sydney Smith, Conway Tearle (narrator). Music by Victor Bey.
The Shadow: Death House Rescue - September 26, 1937 - 00:28:41 - 11.4 MB
Death House Rescue by Edward Hale Bierstadt. Orson Welles played The Shadow's fourth season, between September 1937 and September 1938. The show ran for a total of 21 seasons. Orson Welles (Lamont Cranston/The Shadow), Agnes Moorehead (Margo Lane), William Johnstone, Jeanette Nolan, Ray Collins (triples), Paul Stewart, Elia Kazan, Everett Sloane (quadruples), Paul Huber (commercial spokesman), Frank Readick (opening and closing voice), Arthur Whiteside (announcer). A comprehensive history of The Shadow can be found here: http://www.shadowsanctum.net
The Shadow: The Temple Bells of Neban - October 24, 1937 - 00:32:04 - 5.5 MB
Orson Welles (Lamont Cranston/The Shadow), Agnes Moorehead (Margo Lane), Arthur Whiteside (announcer).
The Shadow: The Three Ghosts - October 31, 1937 - 00:31:24 - 5.4 MB
Orson Welles (Lamont Cranston/The Shadow), Agnes Moorehead (Margo Lane), Arthur Whiteside (announcer).
The Shadow: Circle of Death - November 28, 1937 - 00:28:01 - 6.4 MB
Orson Welles (Lamont Cranston/The Shadow), Agnes Moorehead (Margo Lane), Arthur Whiteside (announcer).
1938
The Shadow: The League of Terror - January 9, 1938 - 00:31:20 - 5.5 MB
Orson Welles (Lamont Cranston/The Shadow), Agnes Moorehead (Margo Lane).
The Shadow: Sabotage - January 16, 1938 - 00:30:45 - 7.3 MB
Orson Welles (Lamont Cranston/The Shadow), Agnes Moorehead (Margo Lane).
The Shadow: The Society Of The Living Dead - January 23, 1938 - 00:31:47 - 7.2 MB
Orson Welles (Lamont Cranston/The Shadow), Agnes Moorehead (Margo Lane).
The Shadow: The Phantom Voice - February 6, 1938 - 00:31:09 - 5.3 MB
Orson Welles (Lamont Cranston/The Shadow), Agnes Moorehead (Margo Lane).
The Shadow: The House of Horror - February 13, 1938 - 00:24:00 - 5.5 MB
Orson Welles (Lamont Cranston/The Shadow), Agnes Moorehead (Margo Lane).
The Shadow: The Hounds in the Hills - February 20, 1938 - 00:29:05 - 6.7 MB
Orson Welles (Lamont Cranston/The Shadow), Agnes Moorehead (Margo Lane), Everett Sloane, Ken Roberts (announcer).
The Shadow: The Plot Murder - February 27, 1938 - 00:29:20 - 6.7 MB
Orson Welles (Lamont Cranston/The Shadow), Agnes Moorehead (Margo Lane).
The Shadow: The Silent Avenger - March 3, 1938 - 00:30:51 - 5.3 MB
Orson Welles (Lamont Cranston/The Shadow), Agnes Moorehead (Margo Lane).
The Shadow: The Bride of Death - March 6, 1938 - 00:30:46 - 5.3 MB
Orson Welles (Lamont Cranston/The Shadow), Agnes Moorehead (Margo Lane).
The Shadow: The White Legion - March 20, 1938 - 00:28:14 - 4.8 MB
Orson Welles (Lamont Cranston/The Shadow), Agnes Moorehead (Margo Lane).
The Shadow: Power of The Mind - April 24, 1938 - 00:29:02 - 6.6 MB
Orson Welles (Lamont Cranston/The Shadow), Margot Stevenson (Margo Lane).
The Shadow: The Blind Beggar Dies - June 26, 1938 - 00:23:02 - 4 MB
Orson Welles (Lamont Cranston/The Shadow), Margot Stevenson (Margo Lane).
Dracula - July 11, 1938 - 00:55:46 - 12.7 MB
Dracula by Bram Stoker. Cast: Orson Welles (Dr. John Seward, Count Dracula), Elizabeth Fuller (Lucy Westenra). George Coulouris (Jonathan Harker), Agnes Moorehead (Mina Harker), Martin Gabel (Dr. Van Helsing), Ray Collins (Russian Captain), Karl Swenson (Mate).
The Shadow: Aboard The Steamship Amazon - July 17, 1938 - 00:28:04 - 6.4 MB
Orson Welles (Lamont Cranston/The Shadow), Margot Stevenson (Margo Lane).
Treasure Island - July 18, 1938 - 01:03:53 - 14.6 MB
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. Cast: Orson Welles (adult Jim Hawkins, Long John Silver), Arthur Anderson (Jim Hawkins), George Coulouris (Captain Smollett), Ray Collins (Ben Gunn), Agnes Moorehead (Mrs. Hawkins), Eustace Wyatt (Squire Trelawney), Alfred Shirley (Blind Pew); with William Alland, Stephen Fox, Richard Wilson. More...
The Shadow: Murders in Wax - July 24, 1938 - 00:23:18 - 5.3 MB
Orson Welles (Lamont Cranston/The Shadow), Margot Stevenson (Margo Lane).
A Tale of Two Cities - July 25, 1938 - 00:59:32 - 13.6 MB
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. Cast: Orson Welles (Dr. Alexandre Manette, Sydney Carton), Mary Taylor (Lucie Manette), Eustace Wyatt (Clerk), Edgar Barrier (Charles Darnay), Maratin Gabel (Mr. Jarvis Lorry), Frank Readick (Ernest Defarge), Betty Gard (Madame Defarge), Erskine Sanford (the President). Ray Collins (Prosecutor). More...
The Shadow: The Message From The Hills - July 31, 1938 - 00:24:33 - 5.2 MB
Orson Welles (Lamont Cranston/The Shadow), Margot Stevenson (Margo Lane).
The 39 Steps - August 1, 1938 - 01:02:52 - 14.3 MB
The 39 Steps by John Buchan. Cast: Orson Welles (Richard Hannay, Marmaduke Jopley). More...
Three Short Stories: I'm A Fool, The Open Window, My Little Boy - August 8, 1938 - 00:58:06 - 26.5 MB
I'm A Fool by Sherwood Anderson, The Open Window by Saki, My Little Boy by Carl Ewald. Cast: Orson Welles, Edgar Barrier, Ray Collins.
The Shadow: Tenor With A Broken Voice - August 14, 1938 - 00:29:02 - 6.6 MB
Orson Welles (Lamont Cranston/The Shadow), Margot Stevenson (Margo Lane).
Abraham Lincoln - August 15, 1938 - 00:59:50 - 13.6 MB
Abraham Lincoln by John Drinkwater. Cast: Orson Welles, Ray Collins, George Coulouris, Karl Swenson.
The Shadow: Murder On Approval - August 21, 1938 - 00:27:30 - 6.3 MB
Orson Welles (Lamont Cranston/The Shadow), Margot Stevenson (Margo Lane).
The Affairs of Anatole - August 22, 1938 - 01:00:26 - 13.8 MB
The Affairs of Anatole by Arthur Schnitzler. Cast: Orson Welles, Alice Frost, Arlene Francis, Helen Lewis, Ray Collins.
The Shadow: The Tomb of Terror - August 28, 1938 - 00:27:47 - 4.8 MB
Orson Welles (Lamont Cranston/The Shadow), Margot Stevenson (Margo Lane).
The Count of Monte Cristo - August 29, 1938 - 00:58:59 - 13.5 MB
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. Cast: Orson Welles (Edmond Dantès), Ray Collins (Abbé Faria), George Coulouris (Monsieur Morrel), Edgar Barrier (de Villefort), Eustace Wyatt (Caderousse), Paul Stewart (Paul Dantés) Sidney Smith (Mondego), Richard Wilson (the Officer), Virginia Welles, as Anna Stafford (Mercédès), William Alland (Merchant). More...
The Man Who Was Thursday - September 5, 1938 - 00:57:24 - 19.7 MB
The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton. Cast: Orson Welles (Gabriel Syme), Eustace Wyatt (President Sunday), Ray Collins (the Professor), George Coulouis (Mr. Lucian Gregory), Edgar Barrier (the Marquis), Paul Stewart (Gogol), Joseph Cotten (Dr. Bull), Erskine Sanford (Secretary), Aland Devitt (Witherspoon), Virginia Welles, Anna Stafford (Rosamond).
The Shadow: The Caverns of Death - September 11, 1938 - 00:25:02 - 4.3 MB
Orson Welles (Lamont Cranston/The Shadow), Margot Stevenson (Margo Lane). More of the Orson Welles Shadow episodes can be found here: https://archive.org/details/RkoOrsonWelles-TheShadow-RadioRecodings
Julius Ceasar - September 11, 1938 - 01:06:33 - 15.2 MB
Julius Ceasar by William Shakespeare. Cast: Orson Welles (Brutus), H. V. Kaltenborn (Commentator), Martin Gabel (Cassius), George Coulouris (Antony), Joseph Holland (Caesar).
Sherlock Holmes - September 25, 1938 - 00:56:00 - 12.8 MB
Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, from the play by William Gillette. Cast: Orson Welles (Sherlock Holmes), Ray Collins (Dr. Watson), Mary Taylor (Alice Faulkner), Brenda Forbes (Madge Larrabee), Edgar Barrier (James Larrabee), Morgan Farley (Inspector Forman), Richard Wilson (Jim Craigin), Eustace Wyatt (Professor Moriarty). More...
The Merchant of Venice - September 1938 - 01:46:24 - 48.7 MB
The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare. Cast: Orson Welles, Anna Stafford, Brenda Forbes, Edgar Barrier, Eric Mansfield, Erskine Sanford, George Duthie, Guy Kingsley, Joseph Holland, Norman Lloyd, Richard Wilson, Sarah Burton, Sydney Smith, William Alland.
Stars In Their Courses - November 13 and 20, 1938 - 01:02:03 - 24.8 MB
Stars In Their Courses by I. A. R. Wiley. Cast: Orson Welles (host), Helen Hayes, Carleton Young, Morgan Farley.
Pickwick Papers - November 20, 1938 - 01:01:21 - 14 MB
Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens. Cast: Orson Welles (Sergeant Buzzfuzz, Mr. Jingle), Ray Collins (Samuel Pickwick), Alfred Shirley (Augustus Snodgrass), Frank Readick, Elliott Reid, Edgar Barrier, Eustace Wyatt, Brenda Forbes.
Rebecca - December 9, 1938 - 00:59:56 - 27.4 MB
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. Cast: Orson Welles (Max de Winter), Margaret Sullavan (Mrs. de Winter), Agnes Moorehead (Mrs. Van Hopper), Mildred Natwick (Mrs. Danvers), Alfred Shirley (Frith), Ray Collins (Frank Crawley), Frank Readick (the Idiot). Interview with Daphne du Maurier. More...
A Christmas Carol - December 23, 1938 - 01:00:47 - 20.8 MB
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Cast: Orson Welles (Ebenezer Scrooge), Hiram Sherman (Bob Cratchit), Brenda Forbes (Mrs. Cratchit), Arthur Anderson (Ghost of Christmas Past), Eustace Wyatt (Ghost of Christmas Present), Frank Readick (Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come), Alfred Shirley (Marley's Ghost), Joseph Cotten (Scrooge's nephew Fred), Virginia Welles - Mrs. Welles at that time, appearing as Anna Stafford (Belle), Kingsley Colton (Tiny Tim), George Spelldon (Mr. Fezziwig), Alice Frost (Charwoman), Ernest Chappell (Announcer). More...
1939
Counselor-at-Law - January 6, 1939 - 00:56:47 - 26 MB
Counselor-at-Law by Elmer Rice. Cast: Orson Welles (George Simon), Gertrude Berg (Mrs. Simon), Aline MacMahon (Regina Gordon).
Mutiny on the Bounty - January 13, 1939 - 00:59:19 - 27.1 MB
Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall. Cast: Orson Welles (Captain Bligh), Joseph Cotten (Fletcher Christian), Carl Frank (Roger Byam), Ray Collins (Thomas Birkitt), Frank Readick (John Fryer), Myron McCormick (James Morrison), Edgar Barrier (William Purcell), Richard Wilson (Matthew Thompson), William Alland (Mr. Samuel), Memo Holt (Tehani), Ernest Chappell (Announcer). Written and Directed by Orson Welles. Co-adapted for radio by Virginia Nicolson (Mrs. Orson Welles), Howard Koch and John Houseman. Produced by John Houseman. Music by Bernard Herrmann. More...
I Lost My Girlish Laughter - January 27, 1939 - 00:57:17 - 26.2 MB
I Lost My Girlish Laughter by Jane Allen. Cast: Orson Welles (Sidney Brandt), George S. Kaufman (John Tussler), Ilka Chase (Madge Lawrence), Tamara Geva (Sarya Tarn), Edgar Barrier (Bruce Anders), Everett Sloane (Roy), Myron McCormick (Leland Hayward), Ray Collins (Faye), Frank Readick (Palmer), Agnes Moorehead (Frances Smith), Joseph Cotten (Riley), William Alland (Assistant Director). Interview with Jane Allen.
Arrowsmith - February 3, 1939 - 00:58:40 - 26.8 MB
Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis. Cast: Orson Welles (Martin Arrowsmith), Helen Hayes (Leora Arrowsmith), Ray Collins (Professor Gottlieb), Frank Readick (Sondelius), Al Swenson (Henry Novak), Effie Palmer (Mrs. Tozer), Everette Sloane (Mr. Tozer), Carl Frank (Dr. Stoups).
The Green Goddess - February 10, 1939 - 00:57:11 - 9.8 MB
The Green Goddess by William Archer. Cast: Orson Welles (The Rajah), Madeleine Carroll (Lucilla Crespin), Robert Speaight (Major Crespin), Ray Collins (Dr. Traherne).
The Glass Key - March 10, 1939 - 00:59:04 - 27 MB
The Glass Key by Dashiell Hammett. Cast: Orson Welles (Paul Madvig), Ray Collins, Everett Sloane, Edgar Barrier, Paul Steward, Elspeth Eric. Interview with Warden Lewis E. Lawes of Sing Sing.
Beau Geste - March 17, 1939 - 00:43:36 - 19.9 MB
Beau Geste by P. C. Wren. Cast: Orson Welles (Beau Geste), Laurence Olivier (John Geste), Noah Beery (Sergeant Lajaune), Naomi Campbell (Isobel), Isabel Elson (Lady Brandon). Interview with J. Alphonse de Redenet, French Legionnaire.
Twentieth Century - March 24, 1939 - 00:58:11 - 26.6 MB
Twentieth Century by Charles Bruce Millholland. Cast: Orson Welles (Oscar Jaffe), Elissa Landi (Lily Garland), Sam Levene (Owen O'Malley), Ray Collins (Oliver Webb), Gus Schilling (Max Jacobs), Toward Teichmann (Train Dispatcher), Edgar Kent (Clark), Everett Sloane and Teddy Bergman (the Two Players). Interview with Broadway press agent Richard Maney.
Showboat - March 31, 1939 - 00:58:44 - 6.7 MB
Showboat by Edna Ferber. Cast: Orson Welles (Captain Andy Hawks), Edna Ferber (Parthy Ann Hawks), Margaret Sullavan (Magnolia), Helen Morgan (Julie), William Johnstone (Gaylord Ravenal), Ray Collins (Windy), Grace Cotten (Kim), Everett Sloane (Schultzy). Interview with Edna Ferber.
Private Lives - April 21, 1939 - 00:58:19 - 26.7 MB
Private Lives by Noël Coward. Cast: Orson Welles (Elyot Chase), Gertrude Lawrence (Amanda Prynne), Naomi Campbell (Sibyl Chase), Robert Speaight (Victor Prynne), Edgar Barrier (Hotel Manager). Music by Bernard Herrmann (adapted from Noël Coward songs.) Interview with Gertrude Lawrence. More...
Wickford Point - May 5, 1939 - 00:58:26 - 26.7 MB
Wickford Point by John P. Marquand. Cast: Orson Welles (Jim Calder), Agnes Moorehead, Ray Collins, Everett Sloane, Paul Stewart, Carl Frank. Music by Bernard Herrmann. An interview with John P. Marquand follows the play. More...
Our Town - May 12, 1939 - 00:57:45 - 26.4 MB
Our Town by Thornton Wilder. Cast: Orson Welles (Stage Manager); with Patricia Newton, Agnes Moorehead, Ray Collins, John Craven, Effie Palmer, Everett Sloane, Parker Fennelly.
The Bad Man - May 19, 1939 - 00:57:56 - 26.5 MB
The Bad Man by Porter Emerson Browne. Cast: Orson Welles (Pancho Lopez), Ida Lupino (Lucia Pell), Frank Readick (Gilbert Phebbs), Ray Collins (Uncle Phipps), William Alland (Morgan Pell), Diana Stevens (Dot), Everett Sloane (Louie), Edward Jerome (Pedro). Interview with Ida Lupino.
Things We Have - May 26, 1939 - 00:56:55 - 26 MB
Things We Have by Orson Welles. Cast: Orson Welles (James Scott, Professor Shurtz, O'Shaughnessy, The Limey, John Brown), Cornelia Otis Skinner (Mary Scott, Frau Shurtz, Lady Townsend, Polish woman, Susan B. Anthony), Frank Readick, Kenneth Delmar, Ray Collins, Agnes Moorehead, Paul Stewart, Kingsley Colton. Interview with Cornelia Otis Skinner.
Peter Ibbetson - September 10, 1939 - 00:42:52 - 19.6 MB
Peter Ibbetson by George du Maurier. Cast: Orson Welles (Peter Ibbetson), Helen Hayes (Mary, Duchess of Towers), John Emery (Colonel Ibbetson), Agnes Moorehead (Mrs. Deane), Vera Allen (Madame Seraskier), Everett Sloane (Crockett), Eustace Wyatt (Warden), Ray Collins (Governor), George Coulouris (Chaplain), Edgar Barrier (Judge), Richard Wilson (Turnkey), Kingsley Colton (Peter as a child), Betty Philson (Mary as a child). More...
Algiers - October 8, 1939 - 00:52:20 - 23.9 MB
Algiers by John Howard Lawson and James M. Cain. Cast: Orson Welles (Pepe Le Moko), Paulette Goddard (Gabby).
Escape - October 15, 1939 - 00:57:01 - 9.8 MB
Escape by John Galsworthy. Cast: Orson Welles (Matt Denant), Wendy Barrie (Lady in the hotel), Ray Collins (Murdered /cop, Forgiving Judge, Unforgiving Farmer), Jack Smart (another Cop, Farmhand), Edgar Barrier (Priest and Cabbie), Bea Benaderet (Girl in park, Woman at picnic), Harriet Kay (Maid), Mabel Albertson (Bessie), Benny Rubin (Man at picnic). More...
The Magnificent Ambersons - October 29, 1939 - 00:55:42 - 63.7 MB
The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington. Cast: Orson Welles (George Amberson Minafer), Walter Huston (Eugene Morgan), Nan Sunderland (Isabel Amberson), Ray Collins (Fred Amberson), Eric Burtis (Young George Minafer), Marion Burns (Lucy Morgan), Everett Sloane (Archie Malloch Smith), Richard Wilson (Reverend Malloch Smith), Bea Benaderet (Mrs. Foster). Music by Bernard Herrmann. Interview with Walter Huston and Nan Sunderlund (Mrs. Walter Huston). More...
The Hurricane - November 5, 1939 - 00:44:40 - 20.4 MB
The Hurricane by James Norman Hall and Charles Nordhoff. Cast: Orson Welles (Eugene de Laage), Mary Astor (Germaine de Laage), Ray Collins (Father Paul), Everett Sloane (Captain Nagle), Edgar Barrier (Terangi), Bea Benaderet (Marani), Eric Burgess (Mako).
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - November 12, 1939 - 00:55:02 - 25.1 MB
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie. Cast: Orson Welles (Hercule Poirot, Dr. James Sheppard), Edna May Oliver (Caroline Sheppard), Alan Napier (Roger Ackroyd), Brenda Forbes (Mrs. Ackroyd), George Coulouris (Inspector Hempstead), Ray Collins (Mr. Raymond), Everett Sloane (Parker, the butler). Interview with Edna May Oliver. More...
Lost Horizon - December 3, 1939 - 00:51:32 - 23.5 MB
Lost Horizon by James Hilton. Cast: Orson Welles (Father Perrault/High Lama), Sigrid Gurie (Chinese Woman).
There's Always a Woman - December 17, 1939 - 00:56:51 - 26 MB
There's Always a Woman by Gladys Lehman. Cast: Orson Welles (Bill Reardon), Marie Wilson (Sally Rerdon), Ray Collins (Nicky Shane), Everett Sloane (Grigson, the butler), Edgar Barrier (Jerry Marlow), Mary Taylor (Lola Fraser), Georgia Backus (Ann Calhoun), Frank Readick (the D.A.), Richard Wilson (Walter Fraser).
A Christmas Carol - December 24, 1939 - 00:51:50 - 23.7 MB
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Cast: Orson Welles (Narrator), Lionel Barrymore (Ebenezer Scrooge); with Everett Slaone, Frank Redick, Erskine Sanford, George Coulouris, Ray Collins, Georgia Backus, Bea Benaderet.
1940
Vanity Fair - January 7, 1940 - 00:44:01 - 20.1 MB
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray. Cast: Orson Welles (The Marquis), Helen Hayes (Becky Sharp), John Hoysradt (Rawdon Crawley), Agnes Moorehead (Miss Crawley), Naomi Campbell (Amelia Sedley).
Theodora Goes Wild - January 14, 1940 - 00:56:38 - 25.9 MB
Theodora Goes Wild by Mary McCarthy, screenplay by Sidney Buchman. Cast: Orson Welles (Michael Grant), Loretta Young (Theodora Lynn), Ray Collins (Jed Waterbury), Mary Taylor (Mrs. Stevenson), Clara Blandick (Aunt Rebecca), Frank Readick (Arthur Stevenson).
It Happened One Night - January 28, 1940 - 00:59:55 - 27.4 MB
It Happened One Night by Samuel Hopkins Adams, motion picture screenplay by Robert Riskin. Orson Welles (Mr. Andrews), William Powell (Peter Grant), Miriam Hopkins (Ellie Andrews).
Mr. Deeds Goes To Town - February 11, 1940 - 00:58:45 - 26.8 MB
Mr. Deeds Goes To Town by Clarence Budington Kelland, motion picture screenplay by Robert Riskin. Cast: Orson Welles (Longfellow Deeds), Gertrude Lawrence (Brenda Bennett), Everett Sloane (John Cedar), Paul Stewart (Cornelius Cobb), Frank Readick (the Judge), Edgar Barrier (Mr. Buddington), Agnes Moorehead (a Pixilated Lady), Jane Hauston (a Pixilated Lady), Ernest Chappell (Bailiff), Edwin C. Hill (Ernest Chappell), Richard Wilson, Howard Teichmann and Joseph Cotten. More...
Dinner at Eight - February 18, 1940 - 00:59:56 - 27.4 MB
Dinner at Eight by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber. Cast: Orson Welles (Dan Packard, Larry Renault), Marjorie Rambeau (Carlotta Vance), Hedda Hopper (Millicent Jordan), Lucille Ball (Kitty Packard), Charles Trowbridge (Oliver Jordan), Clara Blandick (Hattie Loomis), Mary Taylor (Paula Jordan), Edgar Barrier (Dr. Talbot), Benny Rubin (Max, the agent).
Only Angels Have Wings - February 25, 1940 - 00:58:37 - 26.8 MB
Only Angels Have Wings by Howard Hawks, motion picture screenplay by Jules Furthman. Cast: Orson Welles (Geoff Carter), Joan Blondell (Bonnie Lee), Regis Toomey (the Kid), Edmond McDonald (Les Peters), Edgar Barrier (Ashton Stevens), George Coulouris (Dutchy), William Alland (Joe Souther), Richard Baer (Tex), Richard Wilson (Pete).
Craig's Wife - March 10, 1940 - 00:43:59 - 20.1 MB
Craig's Wife by George Kelly. Cast: Orson Welles (Walter Craig), Ann Harding (Harriet Craig), Janet Beecher (Miss Austen), Mary Taylor (Ethel Landreth), Regis Toomey (Billy Birkmire), Clara Blandick (Mrs. Harold), Bea Benaderet (Mazie), Richard Baer (Policeman).
The Jack Benny Program w/ Orson Welles - March 17, 1940 - 00:29:00 - 23.6 MB
The Jack Benny Program w/ Orson Welles. Cast: Jack Benny, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, Don Wilson, Phil Harris, Dennis Day, Orson Welles, Ed Beloin.
Huckleberry Finn - March 17, 1940 - 00:50:52 - 23.2 MB
Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. Scripted by Herman J. Mankiewicz. Cast: Orson Welles (Dauphin, Huckleberry Finn), Jackie Cooper (Huckleberry Finn), Walter Catlett (Duke), Clarence Muse (Jim), Erskine Sanford, Georgia Backus, William Alland, Richard Wilson, others. More...
June Moon w/ Jack Benny - March 24, 1940 - 00:59:03 - 27 MB
June Moon by Ring Lardner and George S. Kaufman. Cast: Orson Welles (Candy Butcher on train), Jack Benny (Fred Stevens), Benny Rubin (Maxie Schwartz), Gus Schilling (Paul Sears), Bea Benaderet (Lucille Sears), Lee Patrick (Eileen), Virginia Gordon (Edna Baker). More...
Jane Eyre - March 31, 1940 - 00:58:57 - 26.9 MB
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. Cast: Orson Welles (Mr. Rochester), Madeleine Carroll (Jane Eyre), Cecilia Loftus (Mrs. Fairfax), Robert Coote (Mr. Brocklehurst), Serita Whooton (Young Jane), George Coulouris (the Innkeeper), Edgar Barrier (the Priest).
Macbeth - April 1940 - 01:08:02 - 35.7 MB
Macbeth by William Shakespeare. Cast: Orson Welles, Fay Bainter, Robert Warwick, Richard Baer, William Alland, Erskine Sanford, George Coulouris, Richard Wilson.
H.G. Wells Meets Orson Welles - October 28, 1940 - 00:07:26 - 1.7 MB
H.G. Wells Meets Orson Welles. A brief interview conducted by host Charles C. Shaw in the studio of KTSA, San Antonio, Texas.
1941
One Step Ahead - March 30, 1941 - 00:29:09 - 13.3 MB
One Step Ahead by John La Touche. Cast: Orson Welles, Conrad Nagel, Felix Mills, Lurene Tuttle, Mary Shipp.
If In Times To Come - October 13, 1941 - 00:29:30 - 40.5 MB
If In Times To Come by Earle Reed Silvers. Cast: Orson Welles, Marsha Hunt and Agnes Moorehead.
The Great Man Votes - December 15, 1941 - 00:29:36 - 13.5 MB
The Great Man Votes by Gordon Hillman. Cast: Orson Welles, Ray Collins, Bud Hiestand (announcer), Gayne Whitman (narrator).
1942
The Apple Tree - January 12, 1942 - 00:29:54 - 41 MB
The Apple Tree by John Galsworthy. Orson Welles (Frank), Geraldine Fitzgerald (Megan), Ray Collins (Phil).
Thunder from the Mountains - September 28, 1942 - 00:30:15 - 13.8 MB
Thunder from the Mountains by Arthur Miller. Cast: Orson Welles.
Admiral of the Ocean Sea - October 12, 1942 - 00:30:13 - 13.8 MB
Admiral of the Ocean Sea by Samuel Eliot Morison. Cast: Orson Welles, Sarah Fussell.
Gremlins - December 21, 1942 - 00:14:25 - 6.6 MB
Gremlins by Lucille Fletcher. Cast: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Agnes Moorehead, Lou Merrill. Music by Bernard Herrmann.
1943
The Jack Benny Program - March 14, 1943 - 00:24:28 - 4.2 MB
Orson Welles hosts while Jack is out and plays with Jack's cast: Mary Livingston, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, Don Wilson, Phil Harris, Dennis Day.
The Jack Benny Program - March 21, 1943 - 00:29:30 - 22.3 MB
Orson Welles hosts again while Jack is out and plays with Jack's cast: Mary Livingston, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, Don Wilson, Phil Harris, Dennis Day.
The Jack Benny Program - March 28, 1943 - 00:29:30 - 23.7 MB
Orson Welles hosts again while Jack is out and plays with Jack's cast: Mary Livingston, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, Don Wilson, Phil Harris, Dennis Day.
The Jack Benny Program - April 4, 1943 - 00:29:30 - 24.2 MB
Orson Welles hosts again while Jack is out and plays with Jack's cast: Mary Livingston, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, Don Wilson, Phil Harris, Dennis Day.
The Jack Benny Program - April 11, 1943 - 00:29:30 - 23.9 MB
Jack returns with Orson Welles as his guest. Note that all five shows in this series of broadcasts are really golden! For more information on these episodes, check out Bill Cairns' excellent Jack Benny in the 1940s website!
The Most Dangerous Game - September 23, 1943 - 00:29:03 - 13.2 MB
The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell. Cast: Orson Welles (Zaroff), Keenan Wynn (Rainsford).
The Bob Hope Pepsodent Show - September 28, 1943 - 00:29:56 - 7.1 MB
Cast: Bob Hope, Orson Welles
Philomel Cottage - October 7, 1943 - 00:29:20 - 13.4 MB
Philomel Cottage by Agatha Christie. Cast: Orson Welles, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Joseph Kearns (narrator).
1944
Orson Welles Radio Almanac Variety Show w/ Groucho Marx - January 26, 1944 - 00:30:05 - 13.7 MB
Guest: Groucho Marx. Lud Gluskin and His Orchestra play "I Know That You Know". Martha Stewart sings "Bésame Mucho". Orson Welles reads some of Thomas Paine's thoughts on liberty. Cast: Orson Welles, Arthur Q. Bryan (Mr. Trivers, the censor), Lud Gluskin and His Orchestra, Ray Collins (commercial spokesman for Mobilgas and Mobiloil), Agnes Moorehead (Miss Grimace, the secretary).
Orson Welles Radio Almanac Variety Show w/ Lionel Barrymore - February 2, 1944 - 00:30:27 - 13.9 MB
Guest: Lionel Barrymore. Swing music ("Speak Low") and a birthday tribute to Victor Herbert by Lud Gluskin and His Orchestra. Barrymore reads from the writings of George Washington. Cast: Orson Welles, Jack Mather (announcer), Lud Gluskin and His Orchestra, Hans Conried, Agnes Moorehead.
Orson Welles Radio Almanac Variety Show w/ Hedda Hopper, King Cole - February 23, 1944 - 00:30:14 - 13.8 MB
Guest: Hedda Hopper. The King Cole Trio performs "Hit that Jive, Jack". Welles reads from The Sword in the Stone by T. H. White. Cast: Orson Welles, Agnes Moorehead, Hans Conreid, John McIntire, John Brown, Walter Tetley, Lud Gluskin and His Orchestra.
Orson Welles Radio Almanac Variety Show w/ Victor Moore, King Cole - March 1, 1944 - 00:30:20 - 13.8 MB
Guest: Victor Moore. Sacre du Printemps (from Small Beer) by Ludwig Bemelmans. The King Cole Trio performs "Solid Potato Salad". Cast: Orson Welles, Agnes Moorehead, Hans Conreid, John McIntire, John Brown, Walter Tetley, Lud Gluskin and His Orchestra.
Orson Welles Radio Almanac Variety Show w/ Lucille Ball - March 8, 1944 - 00:29:56 - 13.6 MB
Guest: Lucille Ball. Lud Gluskin and His Orchestra play "Bésame Mucho". Skit, Nick and Nora Charles parody, "The Case of the Blue Bloodstain". Ella Mae Morse sings "Shoo Shoo Baby". Welles reads "No Man Is an Island" by John Donne. Cast: Orson Welles, Agnes Moorehead, Jack Mather, Hans Conried, Lud Gluskin and His Orchestra.
Orson Welles Radio Almanac Variety Show w/ Charles Laughton - March 15, 1944 - 00:30:32 - 13.9 MB
Guest: Charles Laughton. Lud Gluskin and His Orchestra play "I'll Get By". Tent scene from William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, with Charles Laughton (Cassius) and Orson Welles (Brutus). "High Society" performed by Kid Ory (trombone), Mutt Carey (trumpet), Jimmie Noone (clarinet), Buster Wilson (piano), Bud Scott (guitar), Ed Garland (bass) and Zutty Singleton (drums). Cast: Orson Welles, Agnes Moorehead, John McIntire (announcer), Hans Conried, Lud Gluskin and His Orchestra.
Orson Welles Radio Almanac Variety Show w/ Mary Boland - March 29, 1944 - 00:30:06 - 13.7 MB
Guest: Mary Boland. "Muskrat Ramble" performed by the All Star Jazz Group — Kid Ory (trombone), Jimmie Noone (clarinet), Mutt Carey (trumpet), Buster Wilson (piano), Bud Scott (guitar), Ed Garland (bass) and Zutty Singleton (drums). An adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac by Ben Hecht Cast: Orson Welles, Hans Conreid, Lud Gluskin and His Orchestra.
The Charlie McCarthy Show - April 2, 1944 - 00:21:48 - 5 MB
Cast: Edgar Bergen, Orson Welles
Orson Welles Radio Almanac Variety Show w/ Dennis Day - April 5, 1944 - 00:30:05 - 13.7 MB
Guest: Dennis Day. "That's a Plenty" performed by the All Star Jazz Group — Kid Ory (trombone), Jimmie Noone (clarinet), Mutt Carey (trumpet), Buster Wilson (piano), Bud Scott (guitar), Ed Garland (bass) and Zutty Singleton (drums). Dennis Day sings "Bésame Mucho". Orson Welles reads the speech, "Oh what a rogue and peasant slave," from Hamlet.
The Marvelous Barastro - April 13, 1944 - 00:29:13 - 13.3 MB
The Marvelous Barastro by Ben Hecht. Radio adaptation by Jack Finke. Cast: Orson Welles (in dual roles).
The Mercury Wonder Show w/ Lucille Ball - May 3, 1944 - 00:30:38 - 14 MB
Guests: Lucille Ball, Aurora Miranda. Orson Welles reads the honor speech from Henry V. "Savoy Blues" performed by the All Star Jazz Group — Kid Ory (trombone), Mutt Carey (trumpet), Barney Bigard (clarinet), Buster Wilson (piano), Bud Scott (guitar), Ed Garland (bass) and Zutty Singleton (drums).
The Dark Tower - May 4, 1944 - 00:29:30 - 13.5 MB
The Dark Tower by Alexander Woollcott and George S. Kaufman. Cast: Hans Conried (Stanley Vance), Orson Welles (Damon Wellington and other roles), Jeanette Nolan (Jessica), Verna Felton (Martha), John McIntire (Ben Weston). Joseph Kearns (The Man in Black), William Spier (producer, director, adaptor, editor). More...
The Mercury Wonder Show w/ Ann Sothern - May 17, 1944 - 00:29:55 - 13.7 MB
Guest: Ann Sothern. "Weary Blues" performed by the All Star Jazz Group — Mutt Carey (trumpet), Kid Ory (trombone), Barney Bigard (clarinet), Buster Wilson (piano), Bud Scott (guitar), Ed Garland (bass) and Zutty Singleton (drums). Romeo's last scene from Romeo and Juliet, with Welles (Romeo) and Hans Conreid (Paris).
Donovan's Brain - May 18, 1944 and May 25, 1944 - 00:58:39 - 23.5 MB
Donovan's Brain by Curt Siodmak. Cast: Orson Welles, Hans Conried, Jerry Hausner, John McIntire and Jeannette Nolan, Joseph Kearns (narrator).
The Mercury Wonder Show w/ Lee and Lyn Wilde - May 24, 1944 - 00:30:33 - 13.9 MB
Guests: Lee and Lyn Wilde, Lois Collier "Blues in E flat" performed by the All Star Jazz Group and vocalist Helen Andrews. Orson Welles reads a famous open letter in defense of Father Damien.
The Mercury Wonder Show w/ Marjorie Reynolds - May 31, 1944 - 00:30:02 - 13.7 MB
Guest: Marjorie Reynolds. Martha Tilton. Mercury All Star Jazz Combination. Orson Welles reads the sonnet "High Flight" by John Gillespie Magee, Jr.
Orson Welles WWII D-Day Broadcast - June 6, 1944 - 00:29:48 - 13.6 MB
Mr. Welles preempted his usual show with this special dramatizing the lives of various Americans when they hear of the Normandy landings. Cast: Agnes Moorehead, Hans Conried, Orson Welles (host), Lud Gluskin and His Orchestra, John McIntire (announcer).
The Mercury Wonder Show - Texarkana - June 12, 1944 - 00:30:18 - 13.8 MB
Includes a skit about a fish peddler who causes a war between Texas and Arkansas. Lud Gluskin and His Orchestra perform Raymond Scott's "Powerhouse". Welles reads Stephen Vincent Benét's A Prayer for the United Nations. More...
The Mercury Wonder Show w/ Martha O'Driscoll, Ethel Waters - June 21, 1944 - 00:28:54 - 13.2 MB
Guest: Martha O'Driscoll. Ethel Waters sings "Stormy Weather". Orson Welles reads a soliloquy from Richard II.
The Mercury Wonder Show w/ Lynn Bari - June 28, 1944 - 00:29:48 - 13.6 MB
Guest: Lynn Bari, assisting with a Mercury Wonder Show mindreading experiment. Martha Tilton sings "A Good Man". "Oh, Didn't He Ramble" performed by the Mercury All-Star Jazz Combination. Orson Welles reads from the Epistle of James.
The Mercury Wonder Show w/ Lana Turner - July 5, 1944 - 00:29:11 - 13.3 MB
Guests: Lana Turner, Keenan Wynn. The Mercury All-Star Jazz Combination and Lud Gluskin and His Orchestra play jive. More...
The Mercury Wonder Show w/ Susan Hayward - July 12, 1944 - 00:29:59 - 13.7 MB
Guest: Susan Hayward. Kay Thompson sings "Louisiana Purchase". Orson Welles reads from Richard II. "Royal Garden Blues" performed by the Mercury All Star Jazz Combination — Kid Ory (trombone), Zutty Singleton (drums), Bud Scott (guitar), Ed Garland (bass), Norman Bowden (trumpet) and Fred Washington (piano).
The Mercury Wonder Show w/ Ruth Terry - July 19, 1944 - 00:30:20 - 13.8 MB
Ruth Terry sings "Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby". Miguelito Valdés sings "Babalú". Orson Welles reads from "With Your Wings" by John Steinbeck.
Break of Hearts - September 11, 1944 - 01:00:51 - 13.9 MB
Break of Hearts by Lester Cohen. Cast: Orson Welles, Rita Hayworth, Arthur Q. Bryan, Charles Seel, Edward Marr, Griff Barnett, Jack Negley, Jay Novello, Linda King, Paul McVey, Paula Winslowe, Tom Collins.
The Charlie McCarthy Show - October 29, 1944 - 00:28:40 - 26.2 MB
Cast: Edgar Bergen, Orson Welles.
The Charlie McCarthy Show - November 5, 1944 - 00:28:34 - 4.9 MB
Cast: Edgar Bergen, Orson Welles.
Around the World In 80 Days - November 21, 1944 - 00:29:59 - 13.7 MB
Around The World In 80 Days by Jules Verne. Cast: Orson Welles.
The Plot To Overthrow Christmas - December 19, 1944 - 00:29:14 - 6.7 MB
The Plot To Overthrow Christmas by Norman Corwin. Cast: Orson Welles (Nero), Ray Collins (Santa Claus).
1945
Heart of Darkness - March 13, 1945 - 00:28:29 - 6.7 MB
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. Cast: Orson Welles, John McIntire (announcer).
Miss Dilly Says No - March 20, 1945 - 00:29:22 - 10 MB
Miss Dilly Says No by Theodore Pratt. Cast: Orson Welles, Ann Sothern, Francis X. Bushman, Rita Hayworth, John McIntire (announcer).
Snow White - March 27, 1945 - 00:29:30 - 6.7 MB
Snow White based on the story by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. Cast: Orson Welles, Jane Powell.
The Diamond as Big as the Ritz - April 3, 1945 - 00:29:45 - 6.8 MB
The Diamond as Big as the Ritz by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Adaptation by Robert Tallman. Cast: Orson Welles, Sheila Ryan,
David Ellis, John McIntire, Ernest Whitman.
The Master of Ballentrae - April 10, 1945 - 00:23:14 - 5.3 MB
The Master of Ballentrae by Robert Louis Stevenson. Cast: Orson Welles, Agnes Moorehead, Ray Collins, Alan Napier.
I Will Not Go Back - April 17, 1945 - 00:28:10 - 6.4 MB
I Will Not Go Back by Milton Geiger. Cast: Orson Welles. The poem was part of a monologue by Mr. Welles to honor the passing of Franklin Delano Roosevelt five days earlier.
Anything Can Happen - April 24, 1945 - 00:29:42 - 13.6 MB
Anything Can Happen. Cast: Orson Welles.
1946
The Fred Allen Show - March 3, 1946 - 00:28:45 - 6.6 MB
Cast: Fred Allen, Orson Welles, Portland Hoffa, Minerva Pious, Alan Reed, Kenny Delmar, Parker Fennelly, Peter Donald.
The Hitch-Hiker - June 21, 1946 - 00:26:14 - 6 MB
The Hitch-Hiker by Lucille Fletcher. Cast: Orson Welles, Alice Frost. Music by Bernard Herrmann.
Life With Adam - July 19, 1946 - 00:29:53 - 13.6 MB
Life With Adam by Hugh Kemp. Cast: Orson Welles (host), Fletcher Markle (Adam Barneycastle), Grace Mathews (Eve), John Drainie (Chester), Betty Garde (Jenkins), Hedley Rainie (Waiter, Producer, others), Patricia Loudry, Mercedes McCambridge.
The Moat Farm Murder - July 26, 1946 - 00:29:06 - 13.3 MB
The Moat Farm Murder by Norman Corwin. Cast: Orson Welles (Dougal), Mercedes McCambridge (Cecile).
Golden Honeymoon - August 2, 1946 - 00:29:06 - 13.3 MB
Golden Honeymoon by Ring Lardner. Cast: Julie Warren, Brainerd Duffield, Mercedes McCambridge, Mary Healy, Ted Osborne, Stefan Schnabel, Santos Ortega. Excerpts from Romeo and Juliet read by Orson Welles.
1951-52
The Lives of Harry Lime Episode 1: Too Many Crooks - August 3, 1951 - 00:27:34 - 50.5 MB
Too Many Crooks by Orson Welles. Cast: Orson Welles (Harry Lime), Cecile Chevreaux, Sebastian Cabot, Keith Pious, Robert Reardsy, Diana Foster, Frances Hyland, Suzanne Cloutier. The first of 52 episodes of the radio sequel to Graham Greene's novel The Third Man (Welles played Harry Lime in the 1949 film version, directed by Carol Reed.) Produced in England, the series ran from 1951 - 1952. The ten episodes featured here were written by Orson Welles. The entire Lives of Harry Lime series can be found at: http://www.johnbrown.tv/harrylime/
The Lives of Harry Lime Episode 4: Ticket to Tangier - August 24, 1951 - 00:27:31 - 50.4 MB
Ticket to Tangier by Orson Welles. Cast: Orson Welles (Harry Lime), others.
The Lives of Harry Lime Episode 10: Operation Music Box - October 5, 1951 - 00:28:21 - 51.9 MB
Operation Music Box by Orson Welles. Cast: Orson Welles (Harry Lime), others.
The Lives of Harry Lime Episode 11: The Golden Fleece - October 12, 1951 - 00:27:42 - 50.7 MB
The Golden Fleece by Orson Welles. Cast: Orson Welles (Harry Lime), others.
The Lives of Harry Lime Episode 22: Two Is Company - December 28, 1951 - 00:28:04 - 51.4 MB
Two Is Company by Orson Welles. Cast: Orson Welles (Harry Lime), others.
The Lives of Harry Lime Episode 29: The Dead Candidate (aka Buzzo Gospel) - February 15, 1952 - 00:28:19 - 51.8 MB
The Dead Candidate (aka Buzzo Gospel) by Orson Welles. Cast: Orson Welles (Harry Lime), others. Later was pitched as V.I.P., a film idea for Korda, and was the source for the 1953 Welles novel Une grosse légume ("V.I.P."). Traduit de l'américain par Maurice Bessy.
The Lives of Harry Lime Episode 30: It's in the Bag - February 22, 1952 - 00:28:04 - 52 MB
It's in the Bag by Orson Welles. Cast: Orson Welles (Harry Lime), others.
The Lives of Harry Lime Episode 37: Man of Mystery - April 11, 1952 - 00:28:58 - 53 MB
Man of Mystery by Orson Welles. Cast: Orson Welles (Harry Lime), Frédéric O'Brady (Arkadin), others. Later developed into the script for the Orson Welles film Mr. Arkadin and novelized as Mr. Arkadin: Aka Confidential Report: The Secret Sordid Life of an International Tycoon by Orson Welles. More...
The Lives of Harry Lime Episode 43: Murder on the Riviera (aka Cigarettes) - May 23, 1952 - 00:27:43 - 50.7 MB
Murder on the Riviera (aka Cigarettes) by Orson Welles. Cast: Orson Welles (Harry Lime), others.
The Lives of Harry Lime Episode 46: Blackmail is a Nasty Word (aka Givrolet) - June 13, 1952 - 00:28:25 - 52 MB
Blackmail is a Nasty Word (aka Givrolet) by Orson Welles. Cast: Orson Welles (Harry Lime), others.
 
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