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 Crime Classics

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True Crime stories (1953 - 54)

Elliott LewisThis show introduces itself succinctly… "A series of true crime stories from the records and newspapers of every land, from every time. Your host each week, is Mr. Thomas Hyland- connoisseur of crime, student of violence, and teller of murders." Thomas Hyland is played by Lou Merrill, although you'd never know it was an "actor" doing the part. The great Elliott Lewis, actor, producer and director of Suspense, Broadway is my Beat and On Stage is in charge of this very intelligent and enjoyable show. Lewis and his writers collected and developed true crime stories expressly for Crime Classics.

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Elliott LewisThomas Hyland's delivery is measured and mild-mannered, as if giving a college lecture. Would that all professors were this interesting! The actors in the stories themselves are uniformly. Sensitive orchestral scores by the great Bernard Hermann, who did Orson Welles' Mercury Theater old time radio show and then Alfred Hitchcock's films, give the stories sophistication and mood. So do the tasteful sound effects. There is a wry, cool-blooded tone to the proceedings.

Each and every story, however bizarre, is actually based on fact. For example, the show on the Younger Brothers of the American West has some very interesting background details concerning Quantrell's Raiders and the Kansas Jayhawks. In the story of "John Hayes, his Head, and How They Were Parted," we hear the tale of a glassblower who blows glass perfectly and completely surrounding the severed head of a unknown deadman. Then it is placed in a museum where it remained pending identification. Thus his killers were found out by the dead man, using his head.

This show is a good companion to other old time old time radio shows that are historically-oriented, such as Cavalcade of America, You Are There, and American Trail. For science and research, the shows Science Magazine of the Air and Adventures in Research are very good.

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50 shows - total playtime 24 hours 30 minutes
Cric 521203 00 Crime Of Bathsheba Spooner Aud
Cric 530615 01 Crime Of Bathsheba Spooner
Cric 530622 02 Shockingly Peaceful Passing Of Thomas Edwin Bartlett Greengrocer
Cric 530629 03 Checkered Life And Sudden Death Of Col James Fisk Jr
Cric 530706 04 Shrapnelled Body Of Charles Drew Senior
Cric 530713 05 Terrible Deed Of John White Webster
Cric 530720 06 Death Of A Picture Hanger
Cric 530727 07 Final Day Of General Ketchum And How He Died
Cric 530803 08 Mr. Throwers Hammer
Cric 530810 09 Axe And Droot Family How They Fared
Cric 530817 10 Incredible Trial Of Laura D. Fair
Cric 530824 11 Alsop Family How It Diminished And Grew Again
Cric 530831 12 Your Loving Son Nero
Cric 530907 13 Torment Of Henrietta Robinson And Why She Killed
Cric 530930 14 Bloody Bloody Banks Of Fall River
Cric 531007 15 Hangman And William Palmer Who Won
Cric 531014 16 Seven Layered Arsenic Cake Of Madame Lafarge
Cric 531021 17 Billy Bonney Bloodletter Also Known As Kid
Cric 531028 18 John Hayes His Head And How They Were Parted
Cric 531104 19 Raschi Among Crocodiles And Prank He Played
Cric 531111 20 Blackbeards Fourteenth Wife Why She Was No Good For Him
Cric 531118 21 Triangle On Round Table
Cric 531125 22 Killing Story Of William Corder And Farmers Daughter
Cric 531202 23 If A Body Need A Body Just Call Burke And Hare
Cric 531209 24 Assassination Of Abraham Lincoln
Cric 531216 25 John And Judith Their Crime And Why They Didnt Get To Enjoy It
Cric 531230 26 Coyle And Richardson Why They Hung In A Spanking Breeze
Cric 540106 27 Younger Brothers And Why Some Of Them Grew No Older
Cric 540120 29 Madeline Smith Maid Or Murderess
Cric 540127 30 Boorn Brothers And Hangman
Cric 540203 31 Incredible History Of John Shepard
Cric 540210 32 Twenty Three Knives Against Caesar
Cric 540217 33 Jean Baptiste Troppmann Killer Of Many
Cric 540224 34 Good Ship Jane Why She Became Flotsam
Cric 540303 35 Roger Nems How He Though Dead Won Game
Cric 540310 36 New Hampshire Tiger And Brad Ferguson
Cric 540317 37 Old Sixtoes How He Stopped Construction On Bbc & I
Cric 540331 39 Robby Boy Balfour How He Wrecked Big Prisons Reputation
Cric 540407 40 Generals Daughter Czars Lieutenant & Linen Closet
Cric 540414 41 James Evans Fireman How He Extinguished A Human Torch
Cric 540421 42 Cesare Borgia His Most Difficult Murder
Cric 540428 43 Widow Magee And Three Gypsies A Vermont Fandango
Cric 540505 44 Bunny Baumler His Close Brush With Fame
Cric 540512 45 Mr Clarkes Skeleton In Mr Arams Closet
Cric 540526 46 Lethal Habit Of Marquise De Brinvilliers
Cric 540602 47 Mr Jonathon Jewett
Cric 540609 48 Assassination Of Leon Trotsky
Cric 540616 49 Death Of A Baltimore Birdie & Friend
Cric 540623 50 Ali Pasha A Turkish Delight
Cric 540630 51 Good Evening My Name Is Jack Ripper




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