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INNER SANCTUM MYSTERIES

 Inner Sanctum Mysteries

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Inner Sanctum
Horror Anthology (1941 - 52)

Himan Brown Inner Sanctum
Himan Brown in broadcast booth

There is nothing in Broadcasting that can scare the pants off of you like a good radio horror program. And few did it as well as The Inner Sanctum Mysteries, produced by Himan Brown. Originally broadcast on Sunday nights over the Blue Network/ABC, just late enough to give you nightmares before starting school or work on Monday, the show moved to CBS in fall 1943.

Inner Sanctum
Strange Inner Sanctum

Raymond was a big part of the "fright factor". The show takes a departure from other thriller anthologies by opening the episode with campy tongue in cheek humor. The original host of the show was Raymond Edward Johnson. When Johnson left the show in the middle of the 1945 season for Army service he was replaced by Paul McGrath. McGrath dropped the "Raymond" moniker, but "Your Host" maintained his mocking humor. "Raymond" delighted in painfully bad puns and poking fun at the audience who he was sure would soon be suffering from knee-knocking fright. The Host and the rest of the show would be accompanied by the voice of Lew White's organ, which could raise or darken the mood at will, and always provide a dramatic "stinger" when Death was near. "Raymond" would set the standard for later horror program hosts like Ernest Chappell on Quiet, Please and TV's Crypt Keeper on "Tales from the Crypt."

The 1945 season saw Lipton Tea coming on as sponsor, and featured cheery Mary Bennet as spokesperson who would chide Johnson and later McGrath for their dark and macabre humor.

One auditory trademark of the show was the squeaking door that opened and closed each episode. Producer Himan Brown remembered a squeaky door in the basement that always gave him chills. On the opening broadcast a door was tried to replicate the sound, but it didn't come across. Brown quickly jumped into studio chair and got the creaking squeak that was needed, and the chair was adopted for the rest of the shows run. It wasn't unknown for a well meaning studio maintenance person to take it upon himself to oil the offensive chair, forcing the sound man to verbally imitate the squeak.

Sarcastic Hosts and fun opening patter, of course, won't scare anyone. the real meat of the program were the stories. Boris Karloff appeared regularly through the first season and occasionally through the rest of the run. The fifth episode features Karloff in an adaptation of Poe's "Tell Tale Heart". "Raymond" was a big fan of Edgar Allan Poe, and recommended his works for The Inner Sanctum Reading Club. Other great episodes include Inner Sanctum Advertisement"The Black Seagull" with Peter Lorre, "The Deadly Dummy" with Mason Adams, and Agnes Moorehead in "The Murder Prophet".

Now, as the door squeaks its close, to quote "Raymond", "google Pleasant Dreeeeeams, hmm?"

See also Suspense, Dark Fantasy, Escape, Lights Out, The Hermit's Cave, Mysterious Traveler, Mystery in the Air, Strange Dr. Weird, The Whistler and Weird Circle.

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MP3 DISK CONTENTS: [Help]
Volume 1 - 52 shows - total playtime 23 hours 28 minutes

Inner Sanctum 410107 001 Amazing Death Of Mrs Putnam
Inner Sanctum 410518 020 Dead Freight
Inner Sanctum 410525 021 Death Is A Joker W Peter Lorre
Inner Sanctum 410803 031 Telltale Heart
Inner Sanctum 410810 032 Death Ship
Inner Sanctum 411207 049 Island Of Death Pearl Harbor Announcement
Inner Sanctum 411221 051 Man From Yesterday
Inner Sanctum 411228 052 Death Has Claws
Inner Sanctum 420118 055 Dead Reckoning
Inner Sanctum 420503 070 Study For Murder
Inner Sanctum 420614 076 Terrible Vengeance [Aus]
Inner Sanctum 420920 090 Dead Walk At Night
Inner Sanctum 430307 114 Black Seagull
Inner Sanctum 430606 127 Death Across Board
Inner Sanctum 430801 135 Horla Poor
Inner Sanctum 440415 172 Skull That Walked
Inner Sanctum 440422 173 Melody Of Death
Inner Sanctum 440513 176 Silent Hands
Inner Sanctum 440610 180 Death Is A Joker
Inner Sanctum 441007 196 Dead Mans Vengeance
Inner Sanctum 441129 204 Voice On Wire
Inner Sanctum 441206 205 Color Blind Formula
Inner Sanctum 450109 210 Desert Death
Inner Sanctum 450123 212 Death Is An Artist
Inner Sanctum 450206 214 Death In Depths
Inner Sanctum 450220 216 No Coffin For Dead
Inner Sanctum 450410 223 Bogoak Necklace
Inner Sanctum 450417 224 Judas Clock
Inner Sanctum 450424 225 Song Of Slasher
Inner Sanctum 450501 226 Girl And Gallows
Inner Sanctum 450515 227 Black Art
Inner Sanctum 450522 228 Dead To Rights
Inner Sanctum 450529 229 Musical Score
Inner Sanctum 450605 230 Death Across Board
Inner Sanctum 450612 231 Portrait Of Death
Inner Sanctum 450619 232 Dead Mans Holiday
Inner Sanctum 450626 233 Dead Mans Debt
Inner Sanctum 450828 234 Dead Mans Deal
Inner Sanctum 450904 235 Murder Prophet
Inner Sanctum 450911 236 Last Story Richard Widmark
Inner Sanctum 450918 237 Terror By Night
Inner Sanctum 450925 238 Lonely Sleep
Inner Sanctum 451002 239 Shadow Of Death
Inner Sanctum 451009 240 Death By Scripture
Inner Sanctum 451016 241 Till Death Do Us Part
Inner Sanctum 451023 242 Corridor Of Doom W Boris Karloff
Inner Sanctum 451030 243 Man Who Couldnt Die
Inner Sanctum 451106 244 Wailing Wall
Inner Sanctum 451211 249 Dark Chamber
Inner Sanctum 451218 250 Undead
Inner Sanctum 460108 253 Creeping Wall
Inner Sanctum 460115 254 Edge Of Death

Volume 2 - 55 shows - total playtime 23 hours 22 minutes

Inner Sanctum 460122 255 Confession
Inner Sanctum 460129 256 Blood Of Cain
Inner Sanctum 460205 257 Skeleton Bay
Inner Sanctum 460212 258 Man Who Couldnt Die
Inner Sanctum 460226 260 I Walk In Night
Inner Sanctum 460312 262 Strands Of Death
Inner Sanctum 460326 264 Death Is A Doublecrosser
Inner Sanctum 460409 266 Lady With A Plan
Inner Sanctum 460423 268 Make Ready My Grave Wrichar Widmark
Inner Sanctum 460507 270 You Could Die Laughing
Inner Sanctum 460521 272 Detour To Terror
Inner Sanctum 460604 274 Eight Steps To Murder
Inner Sanctum 460614 Aus Terrible Vengence
Inner Sanctum 460618 276 I Want To Report A Murder
Inner Sanctum 460819 280 Spectre Of Rose Ben Hecht
Inner Sanctum 460909 284 Murder Comes At Midnight
Inner Sanctum 460923 285 Dead Laugh
Inner Sanctum 461104 291 Deaths Old Sweet Song
Inner Sanctum 461125 294 No Rest For Dead
Inner Sanctum 470106 300 Death Pays Freight
Inner Sanctum 470203 304 Death Bound
Inner Sanctum 470210 305 Ghost In Garden
Inner Sanctum 470505 317 Dont Dance On My Grave
Inner Sanctum 470519 319 Terror By Night
Inner Sanctum 470623 324 Over My Dead Body
Inner Sanctum 471027 342 Till Death Do Us Part
Inner Sanctum 471229 351 Death Out Of Mind
Inner Sanctum 480112 353 Tempo In Blood
Inner Sanctum 480126 355 Doomed
Inner Sanctum 480308 361 Magic Tile
Inner Sanctum 480329 364 Lady Killer
Inner Sanctum 480628 377 Corpse Laughs Last
Inner Sanctum 480705 378 Death Demon
Inner Sanctum 480726 381 Murder Takes A Honeymoon
Inner Sanctum 480802 382 Murder Ship
Inner Sanctum 480809 383 House Of Doom Edited
Inner Sanctum 480906 387 Death Rides A Riptide
Inner Sanctum 480920 389 Hangmans Island
Inner Sanctum 480927 390 Murder By Prophecy 1
Inner Sanctum 480927 390 Murder By Prophecy
Inner Sanctum 481018 392 Death Of A Doll
Inner Sanctum 481115 396 Death Watch In Boston
Inner Sanctum 481206 399 Cause Of Death
Inner Sanctum 481213 400 Murder Faces East
Inner Sanctum 481220 401 Between Two Worlds
Inner Sanctum 490103 403 Fearful Voyage
Inner Sanctum 490110 404 Murder Comes To Life
Inner Sanctum 490117 405 Mark My Grave
Inner Sanctum 490124 406 Deadly Dummy
Inner Sanctum 490131 407 Devils Fortune
Inner Sanctum 490207 408 Death Demon
Inner Sanctum 490214 409 Birdsong For A Murderer
Inner Sanctum 490221 410 Flame Of Death
Inner Sanctum 490321 414 Only Dead Die Twice
Inner Sanctum 490328 415 Appointment With Death

Volume 3 - 57 shows - total playtime 22 hours 39 minutes

Inner Sanctum 490404 416 Death Wears A Lonely Smile
Inner Sanctum 490411 417 Murder Off Record
Inner Sanctum 490418 418 Death Deal
Inner Sanctum 490509 421 Corpse On Town
Inner Sanctum 490516 422 Unburied Dead
Inner Sanctum 490523 423 Strange Passenger
Inner Sanctum 490606 425 Death On Highway
Inner Sanctum 490620 427 Corpse Without A Conscience
Inner Sanctum 490704 429 Pattern For Fear
Inner Sanctum 490718 431 Deadly Fare
Inner Sanctum 490815 435 Dead Heat
Inner Sanctum 490822 436 Mind Over Murder
Inner Sanctum 490829 437 Deaths Little Brother
Inner Sanctum 490905 438 Murder Rides A Carousel
Inner Sanctum 490912 439 Vengeful Corpse
Inner Sanctum 490919 440 Honeymoon With Death
Inner Sanctum 491003 442 Catch A Killer
Inner Sanctum 491010 443 Devils Workshop
Inner Sanctum 491017 444 Image Of Death
Inner Sanctum 491024 445 Night Is My Shroud
Inner Sanctum 491031 446 A Corpse For Halloween
Inner Sanctum 491114 448 Wish To Kill
Inner Sanctum 491219 453 Beyond Grave
Inner Sanctum 500109 456 Killer At Large
Inner Sanctum 500116 457 Scream
Inner Sanctum 500123 458 Hitchhiking Corpse
Inner Sanctum 500130 459 Skeleton Bay
Inner Sanctum 500327 467 Murder Mansion
Inner Sanctum 500417 470 Beneficiarydeath
Inner Sanctum 501106 479 Twice Dead
Inner Sanctum 501204 483 Beyond Grave
Inner Sanctum 510219 494 Smile Of Death First Half Only
Inner Sanctum 510226 495 Man From Grave 2 Nd Half Only
Inner Sanctum 510528 508 Unforgiving Corpse
Inner Sanctum 510604 509 A Corpse There Was
Inner Sanctum 520622 512 Bird Song For A Murderer W Boris Karloff
Inner Sanctum 520629 513 Terror By Night
Inner Sanctum 520706 514 Death Pays Freight
Inner Sanctum 520713 515 Death For Sale W Boris Karloff
Inner Sanctum 520720 516 Listener
Inner Sanctum 520727 517 Murder Prophet
Inner Sanctum 520803 518 Murder Off Record
Inner Sanctum 520810 519 Magic Tile
Inner Sanctum 520817 520 Corpse Laughs Last
Inner Sanctum 520824 521 No Rest For Dead
Inner Sanctum 520831 522 Strange Passenger
Inner Sanctum 520907 523 Meek Die Slowly
Inner Sanctum 520914 524 Till Death Do Us Part
Inner Sanctum 520921 525 Corpse Nobody Loved
Inner Sanctum 520928 526 Dead Walk At Night
Inner Sanctum 521005 527 Death Pays Freight
Inner Sanctum 750801 Onyx Eye
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