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Best of CBS Radio Mystery Theater

There were 1,399 original episodes of CBSRMT recorded, and this collection is of fifty of the very best.

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CBSRMT Cat LogoThe CBS Radio Mystery Theater would have been an ambitious project even during the Golden Age of Radio. The fact that it was broadcast, beginning more than a decade after TV had almost completely displaced commercial radio in importance.

The great variety programs, situation comedies, and dramas of Radio's Golden Age were now gone, or in some cases moved to the small screen. Radio had been relegated to little more than background noise. Disc jockey's played Rock and Roll music for young people, there were discussion and news programs for people to listen to in their cars during rush hour traffic, and sporting events, mostly those not important enough to be covered by the TV networks, were about all you could hear on the radio. Producers felt there was still an audience who had grown up listening during Radio's Golden Age who would be very happy to listen to an updated version of the same sort of programming.

CBSRMT studio

Although creators had directed and produced thousands of episodes in every genre of Old Time Radio, perhaps his greatest achievement was The Inner Sanctum Mysteries. Of all the things that Radio had done so well, from comedy to news to sports to music to drama, perhaps no genre was as successful as horror. Monsters were just plain scarier when the only place you could see them was in your mind, shows like The Whistler, Suspense, Mysterious Traveler, Lights Out, and Inner Sanctum inspired generations of listeners to pull the sheets over their heads while the voices coming from their bedside radios were implanting the seeds of that evening's nightmares.

CBSRMT stretched into an hour timeslot (although new bulletins and commercials would cut into the program, leaving about 45 minutes of content). CBSRMT could also take advantage of the technical innovations since the end of Radio's Golden Age to make production as efficient as possible. Rather than being a weekly half-hour broadcast, CBSRMT was a nightly one-hour program. Sccriptwriters were paid a flat $380 for each recorded script and actors were paid the union scale rate of $73.92 per episode. Everyone would meet in the morning for a script read-through, the producer would assign parts and the actors would go into the studio. By noon, they were ready to hand out paychecks and the afternoon would be spent editing the tape-recorded show for broadcast. There were 1,399 original episodes of CBSRMT recorded, and this collection is of fifty of the very best. Some of our favorites include:

  • Mason AdamsThe Phantom of the Opera, for years the managers of the Paris Opera House have signed a contract with the "Ghost of the Opera". Things have worked out pretty well for them, as long as they live up to the Ghost's conditions. At least, it seems that way until the Ghost falls in love with the soprano understudy. Of course, the soprano is loved by another, is there any way he can compete with a Ghost?
  • Murder Will Out, starring Mason Adams, this contemporary (in 1975) story about a New York City detective is a tale of obsession. The detective's father was gunned down years before when he was a beat cop, and the detective is determined to find the man who did it.
  • Rendezvous With Death, a story written for CBSRMT by Ian Martin about a star quarterback who is bound for the Rose Bowl, except that he has incurable cancer which will kill him within six months. He is determined to squeeze everything he can out of the time he has left by spending the summer on a New Mexico ranch. Still, the story is not about death, but actually about love, but the girl he falls in love with is a mystery.
  • Trilby is based on the 1895 novel by George du Maurier. A half-Irish girl is working in Paris as an artist's model. She is, of course, most beautiful and men regularly fall in love with her, but she is tone deaf. When she comes under the influence of Svengali she becomes a famous singer, but she cannot remember the experience of being on stage, she can only perform under Svengali's influence.
  • Arnold MossLand of the Living Dead was written for CBSRMT by actor Arnold Moss (he also appears in the episode). A pair of New England adventurers charter an airplane to fly into the Brazilian rainforest but they are not seeking treasure, they are determined to find a tribe of white Indians and their colleague who disappeared in the area years before.
  • The Guilt of the Innocent was adapted from a story by Bolshevik writer Maxim Gorky. Ivan Ivanovich travels from the farm he grew up on to a seaport city where he meets and comes under the influence of Grishka, a well-known and ruthless thief in the town who takes an unnatural interest in the lad.
  • Raptures of the Deep was written especially for CBSRMT by Ian Martin. People dream of conquering the skies and the expanses of outer space, but this planet is 4/5 covered by water and the only ones who really know it as scuba divers. Mr. Hunter hires a pair of experienced divers to find a Spanish treasure galleon, but he is hiding more of a secret.

This is just a small sample of the many great stories told on CBSRMT. There are many, many more, and this "Best of" collection is a great way to get to know them.

Mercedes McCambridge

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    total playtime 36 hours, 53 min
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    Volume 1 - 25 shows - total playtime 18 hours 12 minutes
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    1. Cbsrmt 750428 0264 Phantom Of Opera.mp3
    2. Cbsrmt 750703 0302 Murder Will Out.mp3
    3. Cbsrmt 770712 0681 Colonel Chabert.mp3
    4. Cbsrmt 770714 0682 Matterof Conscience.mp3
    5. Cbsrmt 770721 0686 Rendezvous With Death.mp3
    6. Cbsrmt 770824 0699 Adv Of Don Quixote.mp3
    7. Cbsrmt 770831 0702 Reunion.mp3
    8. Cbsrmt 770929 0717 Solitary.mp3
    9. Cbsrmt 770930 0718 Trilby.mp3
    10. Cbsrmt 771021 0727 Sorry To Let You Go.mp3
    11. Cbsrmt 771027 0730 Housebythe Seine.mp3
    12. Cbsrmt 771031 0732 Trial By Fire.mp3
    13. Cbsrmt 771103 0734 Land Of Living Dead.mp3
    14. Cbsrmt 771128 0747 Man Is Missing.mp3
    15. Cbsrmt 771226 0759 Ghosts Of Yesterday.mp3
    16. Cbsrmt 780511 0831 Guilt Of Innocent.mp3
    17. Cbsrmt 780606 0846 Miracle In Sharon City.mp3
    18. Cbsrmt 780703 0858 King Bank Robber.mp3
    19. Cbsrmt 780816 0880 Raptures Of Deep.mp3
    20. Cbsrmt 780913 0892 High Caqueta.mp3
    21. Cbsrmt 780927 0898 Head Hunters.mp3
    22. Cbsrmt 780929 0899 Thousand Year Old Story.mp3
    23. Cbsrmt 781009 0903 Triple Crown.mp3
    24. Cbsrmt 781016 0906 Winds Of Time.mp3
    25. Cbsrmt 781108 0915 Second Sight.mp3
    Volume 2 - 25 shows - total playtime 18 hours 41 minutes
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    1. Cbsrmt 781206 0927 Devils Bargain.mp3
    2. Cbsrmt 781215 0931 Searchfor Myra.mp3
    3. Cbsrmt 791024 1024 Dangerous Memory.mp3
    4. Cbsrmt 791107 1028 Davey Jerrolds Jacket.mp3
    5. Cbsrmt 791112 1029 House Without Mirrors.mp3
    6. Cbsrmt 791119 1031 God That Failed.mp3
    7. Cbsrmt 791128 1034 Philosophers Stone.mp3
    8. Cbsrmt 791203 1035 Spectre Bridegroom.mp3
    9. Cbsrmt 800326 1071 Conspiracy.mp3
    10. Cbsrmt 800514 1085 On Side Of Angels.mp3
    11. Cbsrmt 800915 1118 Number One.mp3
    12. Cbsrmt 801119 1137 Iron Horse.mp3
    13. Cbsrmt 810515 1198 Cold Comfort.mp3
    14. Cbsrmt 810603 1206 Cats Paw.mp3
    15. Cbsrmt 810612 1210 Whenin Rome.mp3
    16. Cbsrmt 810615 1211 Twos Crowd.mp3
    17. Cbsrmt 810715 1221 Alice.mp3
    18. Cbsrmt 810717 1222 Pie In Sky.mp3
    19. Cbsrmt 810720 1223 Eye Of Idol.mp3
    20. Cbsrmt 810722 1224 Toy Death.mp3
    21. Cbsrmt 811109 1258 Golden Time.mp3
    22. Cbsrmt 811214 1268 Harrys Taxi And Tmachine.mp3
    23. Cbsrmt 811231 1272 Too Early Too Late.mp3
    24. Cbsrmt 820909 1368 Riddle.mp3
    25. Cbsrmt 821109 1391 Portrait Of Past.mp3
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    Volume 1 - 25 shows - total playtime 18 hours 12 minutes
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    1. Cbsrmt 750428 0264 Phantom Of Opera.mp3
    2. Cbsrmt 750703 0302 Murder Will Out.mp3
    3. Cbsrmt 770712 0681 Colonel Chabert.mp3
    4. Cbsrmt 770714 0682 Matterof Conscience.mp3
    5. Cbsrmt 770721 0686 Rendezvous With Death.mp3
    6. Cbsrmt 770824 0699 Adv Of Don Quixote.mp3
    7. Cbsrmt 770831 0702 Reunion.mp3
    8. Cbsrmt 770929 0717 Solitary.mp3
    9. Cbsrmt 770930 0718 Trilby.mp3
    10. Cbsrmt 771021 0727 Sorry To Let You Go.mp3
    11. Cbsrmt 771027 0730 Housebythe Seine.mp3
    12. Cbsrmt 771031 0732 Trial By Fire.mp3
    13. Cbsrmt 771103 0734 Land Of Living Dead.mp3
    14. Cbsrmt 771128 0747 Man Is Missing.mp3
    15. Cbsrmt 771226 0759 Ghosts Of Yesterday.mp3
    16. Cbsrmt 780511 0831 Guilt Of Innocent.mp3
    17. Cbsrmt 780606 0846 Miracle In Sharon City.mp3
    18. Cbsrmt 780703 0858 King Bank Robber.mp3
    19. Cbsrmt 780816 0880 Raptures Of Deep.mp3
    20. Cbsrmt 780913 0892 High Caqueta.mp3
    21. Cbsrmt 780927 0898 Head Hunters.mp3
    22. Cbsrmt 780929 0899 Thousand Year Old Story.mp3
    23. Cbsrmt 781009 0903 Triple Crown.mp3
    24. Cbsrmt 781016 0906 Winds Of Time.mp3
    25. Cbsrmt 781108 0915 Second Sight.mp3
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    1. Cbsrmt 781206 0927 Devils Bargain.mp3
    2. Cbsrmt 781215 0931 Searchfor Myra.mp3
    3. Cbsrmt 791024 1024 Dangerous Memory.mp3
    4. Cbsrmt 791107 1028 Davey Jerrolds Jacket.mp3
    5. Cbsrmt 791112 1029 House Without Mirrors.mp3
    6. Cbsrmt 791119 1031 God That Failed.mp3
    7. Cbsrmt 791128 1034 Philosophers Stone.mp3
    8. Cbsrmt 791203 1035 Spectre Bridegroom.mp3
    9. Cbsrmt 800326 1071 Conspiracy.mp3
    10. Cbsrmt 800514 1085 On Side Of Angels.mp3
    11. Cbsrmt 800915 1118 Number One.mp3
    12. Cbsrmt 801119 1137 Iron Horse.mp3
    13. Cbsrmt 810515 1198 Cold Comfort.mp3
    14. Cbsrmt 810603 1206 Cats Paw.mp3
    15. Cbsrmt 810612 1210 Whenin Rome.mp3
    16. Cbsrmt 810615 1211 Twos Crowd.mp3
    17. Cbsrmt 810715 1221 Alice.mp3
    18. Cbsrmt 810717 1222 Pie In Sky.mp3
    19. Cbsrmt 810720 1223 Eye Of Idol.mp3
    20. Cbsrmt 810722 1224 Toy Death.mp3
    21. Cbsrmt 811109 1258 Golden Time.mp3
    22. Cbsrmt 811214 1268 Harrys Taxi And Tmachine.mp3
    23. Cbsrmt 811231 1272 Too Early Too Late.mp3
    24. Cbsrmt 820909 1368 Riddle.mp3
    25. Cbsrmt 821109 1391 Portrait Of Past.mp3
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    1. Cbsrmt 770721 0686 Rendezvous With Death

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    1. Cbsrmt 770824 0699 Adv Of Don Quixote

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    1. Cbsrmt 770831 0702 Reunion

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    1. Cbsrmt 770929 0717 Solitary

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    1. Cbsrmt 770930 0718 Trilby

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    1. Cbsrmt 771021 0727 Sorry To Let You Go

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    1. Cbsrmt 771027 0730 Housebythe Seine

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    1. Cbsrmt 771031 0732 Trial By Fire

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    1. Cbsrmt 771103 0734 Land Of Living Dead

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    1. Cbsrmt 771128 0747 Man Is Missing

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    1. Cbsrmt 771226 0759 Ghosts Of Yesterday

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    1. Cbsrmt 780511 0831 Guilt Of Innocent

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    1. Cbsrmt 780606 0846 Miracle In Sharon City

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    1. Cbsrmt 780703 0858 King Bank Robber

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    1. Cbsrmt 780816 0880 Raptures Of Deep

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    1. Cbsrmt 780913 0892 High Caqueta

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    1. Cbsrmt 780927 0898 Head Hunters

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    1. Cbsrmt 780929 0899 Thousand Year Old Story

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    1. Cbsrmt 781009 0903 Triple Crown

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    Best of CBSRMT Disc A024

    1. Cbsrmt 781016 0906 Winds Of Time

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    1. Cbsrmt 781108 0915 Second Sight

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    1. Cbsrmt 781206 0927 Devils Bargain

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    1. Cbsrmt 781215 0931 Searchfor Myra

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    1. Cbsrmt 791024 1024 Dangerous Memory

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    1. Cbsrmt 791107 1028 Davey Jerrolds Jacket

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    1. Cbsrmt 791112 1029 House Without Mirrors

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    1. Cbsrmt 791119 1031 God That Failed

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    1. Cbsrmt 791128 1034 Philosophers Stone

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    1. Cbsrmt 791203 1035 Spectre Bridegroom

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    1. Cbsrmt 800326 1071 Conspiracy

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    1. Cbsrmt 800514 1085 On Side Of Angels

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    1. Cbsrmt 800915 1118 Number One

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    1. Cbsrmt 801119 1137 Iron Horse

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    1. Cbsrmt 810515 1198 Cold Comfort

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    1. Cbsrmt 810603 1206 Cats Paw

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    1. Cbsrmt 810612 1210 Whenin Rome

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    1. Cbsrmt 810615 1211 Twos Crowd

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    1. Cbsrmt 810715 1221 Alice

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    1. Cbsrmt 810717 1222 Pie In Sky

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    1. Cbsrmt 810720 1223 Eye Of Idol

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    1. Cbsrmt 810722 1224 Toy Death

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    1. Cbsrmt 811109 1258 Golden Time

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    1. Cbsrmt 811214 1268 Harrys Taxi And Tmachine

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    1. Cbsrmt 811231 1272 Too Early Too Late

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    1. Cbsrmt 820909 1368 Riddle

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