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Boris Karloff Collection

(updated) with a few additional rare recordings! Best known for his roles in horror films, Boris Karloff was billed as "Karloff the Uncanny."

71 old time radio show recordings
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"Cat Wife Starring Boris Karloff"



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Boris Karloff
(1887 - 1969)

Boris Karloff at the microphoneThe life of Boris Karloff, born William Henry Pratt, was predetermined for him he was a child. Having seven brothers and one sister, and growing up in a very diplomatic family, little William was thrust into King's College and expected to pursue the family trade. With his school interests dwindling and his love for drama growing, little William dropped out of school and decided to become an actor. After his family gave William the boot, Vancouver had the privilege of hosting little Williams' next few years. During these years, William failed in his endeavors of being a real estate agent and as a farmhand. It was during these times when he reevaluated his reasons for leaving London that he came upon an ad in the newspaper that stated that a theatrical agent, stationed in Seattle, was looking for some actors. That was, as they say, THAT! William packed his bags, and left for the States. When put in front of the agent, William lied about all his theatrical experience in order to get roles. It was during this time that William came up with the stage name Boris Karloff, which was a hybrid of a Russian last name of his mother's

Boris KarloffIt was during this time, when Karloff was in Los Angeles for a small role that he got, that James Whale gazed upon Karloff while he was eating, and was drawn to Karloff's unusually large and misshapen head--Hollywood had its FRANKENSTEIN! While filming the movie, the studio wanted to keep Karloff's identity secret. Even during the credits, "The Monster" was accredited to "?." When the movie broke out, 44-year old Karloff stole the show from Colin Clive, the movie's lead role. Karloff went on to create more scares throughout the 1930s. When Hollywood's Monster craze died out, Karloff returned to the stage. It was in 1956 that Karloff received a Tony nomination for his role in "The Lark."

Interesting note: Karloff is the great-grandnephew of Anna Leonowens, who is the real life inspiration for the widely read book, and subsequent movie, "Anna and the King."

Boris Karloff's first role on the silver screen was as a $5-a-day extra as a Mexican soldier in the 1919 silent film, His Magistry the American.

This collection embodies his many guest appearances and roles in various old time radio programs including Bergen & McCarthy, Creeps by Night, Duffy's Tavern, Inner Sanctum, Information Please, Jack Benny Program, Lights Out, Martin and Lewis, NBC University Theater, Suspense, Theater Guild on the Air and many others.

See also Peter Lorre Collection, Orson Welles, Bela Lugosi, and Vincent Price Collection and the Boogeymen in Comedy: Screamstars Playing for Laughs Collection.

Boris Karloff 1929

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    71 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 23 hours, 47 min
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      71 shows - total playtime 23 hours 47 minutes
      1. Best Plays 520706 05 Arsenic And Old Lace.mp3
      2. Bill Stern Guest Boris Karloff.mp3
      3. Bm451028 Court Case With Edgar Bergen.mp3
      4. Creeps By Night 440502 Final Reckoning.mp3
      5. Creeps By Night The Hunt.mp3
      6. Duffy Boris Karloff In A Play To Buy War Bonds.mp3
      7. Fred 451108 Boris Karloff Renting A Room.mp3
      8. Helen Hayes 451208 Angel Street.mp3
      9. Info Please 410124 Boris Karloff Louis E Lawes.mp3
      10. Info Please 420220 J.carradine Boris Karloffmissing End.mp3
      11. Info Please 430517 Jan Struther Boris Karloff.mp3
      12. Inner Sanctum 410525 Death Is A Joker.mp3
      13. Inner Sanctum 410803 The Telltale Heart.mp3
      14. Inner Sanctum 420503 Study For Murder.mp3
      15. Inner Sanctum 451023 The Corridor Of Doom.mp3
      16. Inner Sanctum 451106 Wailing Wall.mp3
      17. Inner Sanctum 520622 Birdsong For A Murderer.mp3
      18. Inner Sanctum 520712 Death For Sale With Karloff.mp3
      19. Jb470119 I Was Condemned.mp3
      20. Durange 471210 011 Karloff (poor Sound).mp3
      21. Kraft Music Hall 471225 With Boris Karloff.mp3
      22. Lights Out 380323 The Dream.mp3
      23. Lights Out 380406 Cat Wife.mp3
      24. Lights Out 470716 Death Robbery.mp3
      25. Martlin Lewis 520418 Guest Boris Karloff.mp3
      26. Boris Karloff And Friends.mp3
      27. Boris Karloff Budapest Sound Clip.mp3
      28. Boris Karloff Clasp Sound Clip Clasp.mp3
      29. Boris Karloff Grinch Stole Christmas.mp3
      30. Boris Karloff Movie Promo The Haunted Strangler.mp3
      31. Boris Karloff Rip Van Winkle.mp3
      32. Boris Karloff Seuss You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch.mp3
      33. Boris Karloff Sleepy Hollow.mp3
      34. Boris Karloff Suess Trim Up The Tree.mp3
      35. Boris Karloff The Monster Mash.mp3
      36. Boris Karloff The Vampire's Grave.mp3
      37. Boris Karloff Thumbelina.mp3
      38. Nbc Univ 481017 History Of Mr Polly.mp3
      39. Bing Crosby 471029 Boris Karloff.mp3
      40. Reader's Digest 571200 Special Message Station Owner.mp3
      41. Reader's Digest 571216 Chung Ling Soo.mp3
      42. Reader's Digest 571217 Shakespeare's Hom.mp3
      43. Reader's Digest 571218 Story Of Wood.mp3
      44. Reader's Digest 571219 Dr Harvey Cushing.mp3
      45. Reader's Digest 571220 The White House.mp3
      46. Reader's Digest 580110 266 Aunt Chloes Reward.mp3
      47. Reader's Digest 580111 267 How Smart Is A Fish.mp3
      48. Reader's Digest 580112 268 Laughter Is Best Medicine.mp3
      49. Reader's Digest 580113 269 Napoleon.mp3
      50. Reader's Digest 580114 270 Teacher's Tricks.mp3
      51. Request Performance 460203 18 Bet Frank Morgan.mp3
      52. Sgt 461125 323 Arsenic And Old Lace.mp3
      53. Sealtest 481028 07 Happy Halloween.mp3
      54. Sealtest 490623 39 The Stranger Arrives.mp3
      55. Shell Chateau 350831 Karloff Georga Weathern.mp3
      56. Spike Jones 490409 Boris Karloff.mp3
      57. Spns127 450125 Drury's Bones Boris Karloff.mp3
      58. 01 The Vampire Sleeps Boris Karloff.mp3
      59. 02 Mirror Of Death Boris Karloff.mp3
      60. 03 Never Kick A Black Cat Boris Karloff.mp3
      61. 04 The Ladder Boris Karloff.mp3
      62. 05 Nightmare Boris Karloff.mp3
      63. 06 Voice From The Grave Boris Karloff.mp3
      64. The Raven Bela Lugosi Boris Karloff 1935 1 Of 3.mp3
      65. The Raven Bela Lugosi Boris Karloff 1935 2 Of 3.mp3
      66. The Raven Bela Lugosi Boris Karloff 1935 3 Of 3.mp3
      67. Tga 451111 10 Emperor Joneswhere The Cross Is Made.mp3
      68. Tga 501224 55 David Copperfield.mp3
      69. Its Time To Smile 411217 055.mp3
      70. Boris Karloff's Treasure Chest 501001 Casey At The Bat.mp3
      71. Boris Karloff's Treasure Chest 501126 Johnny Appleseed.mp3
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    71 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 23 hours, 47 min
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      71 shows - total playtime 23 hours 47 minutes
      1. Best Plays 520706 05 Arsenic And Old Lace.mp3
      2. Bill Stern Guest Boris Karloff.mp3
      3. Bm451028 Court Case With Edgar Bergen.mp3
      4. Creeps By Night 440502 Final Reckoning.mp3
      5. Creeps By Night The Hunt.mp3
      6. Duffy Boris Karloff In A Play To Buy War Bonds.mp3
      7. Fred 451108 Boris Karloff Renting A Room.mp3
      8. Helen Hayes 451208 Angel Street.mp3
      9. Info Please 410124 Boris Karloff Louis E Lawes.mp3
      10. Info Please 420220 J.carradine Boris Karloffmissing End.mp3
      11. Info Please 430517 Jan Struther Boris Karloff.mp3
      12. Inner Sanctum 410525 Death Is A Joker.mp3
      13. Inner Sanctum 410803 The Telltale Heart.mp3
      14. Inner Sanctum 420503 Study For Murder.mp3
      15. Inner Sanctum 451023 The Corridor Of Doom.mp3
      16. Inner Sanctum 451106 Wailing Wall.mp3
      17. Inner Sanctum 520622 Birdsong For A Murderer.mp3
      18. Inner Sanctum 520712 Death For Sale With Karloff.mp3
      19. Jb470119 I Was Condemned.mp3
      20. Durange 471210 011 Karloff (poor Sound).mp3
      21. Kraft Music Hall 471225 With Boris Karloff.mp3
      22. Lights Out 380323 The Dream.mp3
      23. Lights Out 380406 Cat Wife.mp3
      24. Lights Out 470716 Death Robbery.mp3
      25. Martlin Lewis 520418 Guest Boris Karloff.mp3
      26. Boris Karloff And Friends.mp3
      27. Boris Karloff Budapest Sound Clip.mp3
      28. Boris Karloff Clasp Sound Clip Clasp.mp3
      29. Boris Karloff Grinch Stole Christmas.mp3
      30. Boris Karloff Movie Promo The Haunted Strangler.mp3
      31. Boris Karloff Rip Van Winkle.mp3
      32. Boris Karloff Seuss You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch.mp3
      33. Boris Karloff Sleepy Hollow.mp3
      34. Boris Karloff Suess Trim Up The Tree.mp3
      35. Boris Karloff The Monster Mash.mp3
      36. Boris Karloff The Vampire's Grave.mp3
      37. Boris Karloff Thumbelina.mp3
      38. Nbc Univ 481017 History Of Mr Polly.mp3
      39. Bing Crosby 471029 Boris Karloff.mp3
      40. Reader's Digest 571200 Special Message Station Owner.mp3
      41. Reader's Digest 571216 Chung Ling Soo.mp3
      42. Reader's Digest 571217 Shakespeare's Hom.mp3
      43. Reader's Digest 571218 Story Of Wood.mp3
      44. Reader's Digest 571219 Dr Harvey Cushing.mp3
      45. Reader's Digest 571220 The White House.mp3
      46. Reader's Digest 580110 266 Aunt Chloes Reward.mp3
      47. Reader's Digest 580111 267 How Smart Is A Fish.mp3
      48. Reader's Digest 580112 268 Laughter Is Best Medicine.mp3
      49. Reader's Digest 580113 269 Napoleon.mp3
      50. Reader's Digest 580114 270 Teacher's Tricks.mp3
      51. Request Performance 460203 18 Bet Frank Morgan.mp3
      52. Sgt 461125 323 Arsenic And Old Lace.mp3
      53. Sealtest 481028 07 Happy Halloween.mp3
      54. Sealtest 490623 39 The Stranger Arrives.mp3
      55. Shell Chateau 350831 Karloff Georga Weathern.mp3
      56. Spike Jones 490409 Boris Karloff.mp3
      57. Spns127 450125 Drury's Bones Boris Karloff.mp3
      58. 01 The Vampire Sleeps Boris Karloff.mp3
      59. 02 Mirror Of Death Boris Karloff.mp3
      60. 03 Never Kick A Black Cat Boris Karloff.mp3
      61. 04 The Ladder Boris Karloff.mp3
      62. 05 Nightmare Boris Karloff.mp3
      63. 06 Voice From The Grave Boris Karloff.mp3
      64. The Raven Bela Lugosi Boris Karloff 1935 1 Of 3.mp3
      65. The Raven Bela Lugosi Boris Karloff 1935 2 Of 3.mp3
      66. The Raven Bela Lugosi Boris Karloff 1935 3 Of 3.mp3
      67. Tga 451111 10 Emperor Joneswhere The Cross Is Made.mp3
      68. Tga 501224 55 David Copperfield.mp3
      69. Its Time To Smile 411217 055.mp3
      70. Boris Karloff's Treasure Chest 501001 Casey At The Bat.mp3
      71. Boris Karloff's Treasure Chest 501126 Johnny Appleseed.mp3
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    71 recordings on 26 Audio CDs
    total playtime 23 hours, 47 min

    Disc A001

    1. Bill Stern Guest Boris Karloff
    2. Creeps By Night The Hunt
    3. Duffy Boris Karloff In A Play To Buy War Bonds

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    Disc A002

    1. Boris Karloff And Friends
    2. Boris Karloff Budapest Sound Clip
    3. Boris Karloff Clasp Sound Clip Clasp
    4. Boris Karloff Grinch Stole Christmas
    5. Boris Karloff Movie Promo The Haunted Strangler
    6. Boris Karloff Rip Van Winkle

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    Disc A003

    1. Boris Karloff Seuss You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch
    2. Boris Karloff Sleepy Hollow
    3. Boris Karloff Suess Trim Up The Tree
    4. Boris Karloff The Monster Mash
    5. Boris Karloff The Vampire's Grave
    6. Boris Karloff Thumbelina
    7. 01 The Vampire Sleeps Boris Karloff
    8. 02 Mirror Of Death Boris Karloff
    9. 03 Never Kick A Black Cat Boris Karloff

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    Disc A004

    1. 04 The Ladder Boris Karloff
    2. 05 Nightmare Boris Karloff
    3. 06 Voice From The Grave Boris Karloff
    4. The Raven Bela Lugosi Boris Karloff 1935 1 Of 3
    5. The Raven Bela Lugosi Boris Karloff 1935 2 Of 3
    6. The Raven Bela Lugosi Boris Karloff 1935 3 Of 3

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    Disc A005

    1. Shell Chateau 350831 Karloff Georga Weathern

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    Disc A006

    1. Lights Out 380323 The Dream
    2. Lights Out 380406 Cat Wife

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    Disc A007

    1. Info Please 410124 Boris Karloff Louis E Lawes
    2. Inner Sanctum 410525 Death Is A Joker

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    Disc A008

    1. Inner Sanctum 410803 The Telltale Heart
    2. Its Time To Smile 411217 055

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    Disc A009

    1. Info Please 420220 J.carradine Boris Karloffmissing End
    2. Inner Sanctum 420503 Study For Murder

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    Disc A010

    1. Info Please 430517 Jan Struther Boris Karloff
    2. Creeps By Night 440502 Final Reckoning

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    Disc A011

    1. Spns127 450125 Drury's Bones Boris Karloff
    2. Inner Sanctum 451023 The Corridor Of Doom

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    Disc A012

    1. Bm451028 Court Case With Edgar Bergen
    2. Inner Sanctum 451106 Wailing Wall

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    Disc A013

    1. Fred 451108 Boris Karloff Renting A Room

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    Disc A014

    1. Tga 451111 10 Emperor Joneswhere The Cross Is Made

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    Disc A015

    1. Helen Hayes 451208 Angel Street
    2. Request Performance 460203 18 Bet Frank Morgan

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    Disc A016

    1. Sgt 461125 323 Arsenic And Old Lace
    2. Jb470119 I Was Condemned

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    Disc A017

    1. Lights Out 470716 Death Robbery
    2. Bing Crosby 471029 Boris Karloff

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    Disc A018

    1. Durange 471210 011 Karloff (poor Sound)
    2. Kraft Music Hall 471225 With Boris Karloff

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    Disc A019

    1. Nbc Univ 481017 History Of Mr Polly

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    Disc A020

    1. Sealtest 481028 07 Happy Halloween
    2. Spike Jones 490409 Boris Karloff

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    Disc A021

    1. Sealtest 490623 39 The Stranger Arrives
    2. Boris Karloff's Treasure Chest 501001 Casey At The Bat

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    Disc A022

    1. Boris Karloff's Treasure Chest 501126 Johnny Appleseed

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    Disc A023

    1. Tga 501224 55 David Copperfield

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    Disc A024

    1. Martlin Lewis 520418 Guest Boris Karloff
    2. Inner Sanctum 520622 Birdsong For A Murderer

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    Disc A025

    1. Best Plays 520706 05 Arsenic And Old Lace

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    Disc A026

    1. Inner Sanctum 520712 Death For Sale With Karloff
    2. Reader's Digest 571200 Special Message Station Owner
    3. Reader's Digest 571216 Chung Ling Soo
    4. Reader's Digest 571217 Shakespeare's Hom
    5. Reader's Digest 571218 Story Of Wood
    6. Reader's Digest 571219 Dr Harvey Cushing
    7. Reader's Digest 571220 The White House
    8. Reader's Digest 580110 266 Aunt Chloes Reward
    9. Reader's Digest 580111 267 How Smart Is A Fish
    10. Reader's Digest 580112 268 Laughter Is Best Medicine
    11. Reader's Digest 580113 269 Napoleon
    12. Reader's Digest 580114 270 Teacher's Tricks

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