This collection of "Inner Sanctum Mysteries" shows features 170 shows on 2 CDs. Each episode is presented in the .mp3 format. A complete list of episodes will be furnished upon request at historicalmediallc(at)gmail.com.
The CDs are labeled and provided in highly protective jewel cases. A list of the programs on the disc as well as the date the program originally aired (if known) is also provided.
PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR EQUIPMENT WILL PLAY MP3 FORMATTED FILES BEFORE PURCHASING THIS ITEM.
IT IS ULTIMATELY THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE BUYER TO ENSURE THAT HIS OR HER EQUIPMENT IS COMPATIBLE WITH THE MP3 FORMAT.
A note concerning sound quality. The sound quality for the shows in this collection is very good to good. It is difficult to find perfect recordings from the golden age of radio due to the equipment used for recording and the fact that many of the recordings were made 60, 70 or even 80 years ago.
HERE'S SOME BACKGROUND INFORMATION FOR "INNER SANCTUM MYSTERIES":
"Inner Sanctum Mysteries" was a popular old-time radio program that aired from January 7, 1941 to October 5, 1952. Created by Himan Brown, of CBS Radio Mystery Theater fame, the anthology series featured stories of mystery, terror and suspense. The tongue-in-cheek introductions were in sharp contrast to shows like "Suspense" and "The Whistler". A total of 526 episodes are known to have been produced, although much fewer than that are known to exist today.
The early 1940s programs opened with Raymond Edward Johnson introducing himself as, "Your host, Raymond," in a mocking sardonic voice. A spooky melodramatic organ score punctuated Raymond's many morbid jokes and playful puns. Raymond's closing was an elongated "Pleasant dreaaaaammmmssss!" His tongue-in-cheek style and ghoulish relish of his own tales became the standard for many such horror narrators to follow, from fellow radio hosts like Ernest Chappell (on Cooper's later series, "Quiet, Please") and Maurice Tarplin (on "The Mysterious Traveler") to EC Comics' "Crypt-Keeper" in various incarnations of "Tales from the Crypt". In interviews, EC publisher Bill Gaines stated that he based EC's three horror hosts not on Raymond but on Old Nancy, host of radio's earlier "The Witch's Tale" (1931-38).
When Johnson left the series in 1945, he was replaced by Paul McGrath, who did not keep the "Raymond" name and was known only as "your host" or "Mr. Host." Beginning in 1945, Lipton Tea sponsored the series, pairing first Raymond and then McGrath with its cheery commercial spokeswoman, Mary Bennett, whose pitches for Lipton contrasted sharply with the subject matter of the stories, and who would primly chide the host for his dark humor and creepy manner.