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Cannibals, Savages, and Restless Natives in Old Time Radio

Civilized men from industrial society are sometimes at their best but often at their worst when they are faced with primitive peoples.

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Old RadioIn the modern travel industry, a tropical vacation is presented to the credit card holding public as the ultimate dream. Sugary white sand beaches. A few wispy white clouds in an otherwise clear, blue sky. Swimming in gin clear waters with hundreds of colorful and interesting fishes. Ideally, when your jet touched down, there was a pretty, golden-skinned young lady waiting to drape a flowered lei around your neck and very nearby another friendly local awaits to hand you a frosty drink composed of rum and something out of a coconut.

This is a rather fanciful vision of the tropics, but it is closer to reality than what many Europeans believed awaited them in the jungles of Asia and Oceania during the decades before jet travel. Steamships were making the shores of this exotic world accessible, but everyone knew that once you stepped five paces beyond the civilized cities, you would be set upon by no end of creepy-crawlies, spiders, snakes, or bugs which could cripple or kill a traveler with a single bite. Even more deadly than the animals, however, were the headhunting savage cannibals just waiting to catch a tender outsider to add to their pot.

There were, in fact, documented cases of tribes and cultures which practiced headhunting and cannibalism in association with warfare and sometimes even as part of religious ceremonies. The notion that jungle natives were waiting to make a snack out of a white hunter's pretty blonde girlfriend or turn a missionary into "long pig" exemplifies the worst sort of ignorance and racial prejudice. Although they may have appeared primitive to someone coming from the Industrialized world, many of these societies were surprisingly intricate while the individuals were usually friendly and even helpful to outsiders.

Nonetheless, if we can ignore those prejudices for the ignorance they represent, cannibal savage headhunters made for terrific opposition to literary figures on their "hero's journey", especially from a Victorian or Edwardian perspective. The tropical jungles were sufficiently isolated from the industrialized West that its mechanical and technical might would only be a small, even insignificant aid to the Hero. What made the difference was the invincibility of the Western moral code. There are countless examples of this very code leading to the exploitation of local peoples, but that should not stand in the way of a good adventure story!

  • Moon Over Africa, April 1935, Bruce Eells Syndication. Jack and the Professor have been captured and are tied up in a hut. A Mgumbi woman unties and feeds them, and their native friend Nguru shows up to help them escape before the full moon signals the beginning of the cannibal feast.
  • The Adventures of Jungle Jim, 1938, 1939, Hearst Syndication. Straight from the funny pages and in the footprints of Tarzan of the Apes, adventurer Jim Brady dons his pith helmet and takes up his rifle to find adventure in the wilds of Burma, Ceylon, and Indo China. He is accompanied by his Hindu companion, Kulo, and manages to outsmart the savage natives at every turn.
  • Adventures by Morse, June 9, 1946, Syndication. "The Cobra King Strikes Back". Our heroes, Skip and Captain Friday, are guiding a scientific party through the jungles of Indo-China and Cambodia and are under the control of a pair of Khmer priests whose Jade Cobra Cult is involved with werewolves.
  • William Conrad of EscapeEscape, August 18, 1947, April 1948, and July 1949, CBS. "The Fourth Man". Three escaped convicts from New Caledonia are adrift on a raft with a local tribesman. The white men hoard and eventually fight over the limited fresh water on the raft while the native stoically endures his thirst. Who becomes the savage?
  • "The Man Who Would Be King", Escape, August 1, 1948. Suspense, May 31, 1959. Based on Kipling's tale of two Irish soldiers serving in India who determine that with their Martini-Henry rifles they can take over a savage tribe and rule as kings. They succeed, after a fashion, but at a terrible price.
  • Blackstone the Magic Detective, March 26, 1950, Mutual network. "The Gory Goldfish". Professor Rankin and his wife come to Blackstone and Rhoda to report that students on campus are engaging in cannibalism and that they learned it from Blackstone's act. Actually, the boys are eating goldfish, not people, and even Blackstone proves that even that is a trick.
  • Escape, August 22, 1951, CBS. "The Silent Horror". Tom the painter wanders into Port Moresby and falls in love with Elizabeth who gives him a mysterious watch. He discovers that she has paid for the watch by fooling around with a French sea captain. Heartbroken, Tom flees to the jungles of Borneo where he is adopted by a tribe of headhunters. He finds a simple but happy life until the watch stops.
  • My Little Margie, September 1, 1955, CBS/AFRTS. "Hawaii Trip". Margie Albright and her friends appear on a radio quiz show and she wins a trip to the Islands. After some confusion at the luau, she becomes the queen of a tribe of cannibals to teach her father and Freddy a lesson.

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    total playtime 13 hours, 18 min
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      47 shows - total playtime 13 hours 18 minutes
      1. Blackstone 500326 78 Gory Goldfish.mp3
      2. Challenge Of Yukon 490502 Escape To North.mp3
      3. Chandu 481224 130 Tries To Contact Robert.mp3
      4. Cruise Of Poll Parrot 380507 Annabelle Kidnapped By Savages.mp3
      5. Dark Fantasy 420130 Death Is Savage Deity.mp3
      6. Escape 470818 Fourth Man.mp3
      7. Escape 471029 Pollock And Porrah Man.mp3
      8. Escape 480307 God Jimmy Goggles.mp3
      9. Escape 480425 Fourth Man.mp3
      10. Escape 480801 Man Who Would Be King.mp3
      11. Escape 490707 Fourth Man.mp3
      12. Escape 510822 Silent Horror.mp3
      13. Exploring Tomorrow 580604 Venus Diamond Mountain.mp3
      14. Hall Of Fantasy 530629 32 Temple Of Huizilipochle.mp3
      15. Jack Armstrong 410307 Missing Professor Loring Ep 3.mp3
      16. Jungle Jim 351130 005 Vampire Bat.mp3
      17. Jungle Jim 351221 008 Headhunters.mp3
      18. Jungle Jim 380702 140 Friendly Natives.mp3
      19. Jungle Jim 380709 141 Jim In Command.mp3
      20. Jungle Jim 380716 142 Attack Begins.mp3
      21. Jungle Jim 390408 180 Escape By Boat.mp3
      22. Jungle Jim 450811 511 Mislabeled Dup Of 421017.mp3
      23. Lone Ranger 421207 Sign Of Swastika.mp3
      24. LR 421012 1517 Apache Trap.mp3
      25. Moon Over Africa 350420 Captured By Natives Episode Ep06of26.mp3
      26. My Little Margie 550901 Quiz Show Aka Hawaii Trip.mp3
      27. Speed Gibson 391014 146 In Path Of Cannibal Ants.mp3
      28. Strange Adventure 450000 Savage Honor.mp3
      29. Strange Adventure 450000 Yellow Cat.mp3
      30. Suspense 570414 Thou Shalt Not Commit.mp3
      31. Suspense 590531 Man Who Would Be King.mp3
      32. Taos 410721 0226 Fur Smuggling Pt 04.mp3
      33. Taos 410929 0256 Metropolis Football Team Poisoned Pt 13.mp3
      34. Tarzan 321012 23 Rescue.mp3
      35. Tarzan 321017 26 Tarzan Fires At Clayton.mp3
      36. Tarzan 321024 31 Jungle Awakes.mp3
      37. Tarzan 321028 35 Jane And Tarzan Go Into Hut.mp3
      38. Tarzan 321102 38 Second Escape Try.mp3
      39. Tarzan 321104 40 Poison Drink.mp3
      40. Tarzan 321109 43 Tarzan Saves Jane.mp3
      41. Tarzan 321111 45 Reunited.mp3
      42. Tarzan 321116 48 Jane Receives Greystoke Locket.mp3
      43. Tarzan 321122 52 Sounds In Cave.mp3
      44. Wild Bill Hickok 510805 019 Fury Of Savage River.mp3
      45. Wild Bill Hickok 530325 140 Cry Of Killer.mp3
      46. Wings To Victory 430429 Lt Loring Is Forced Down In Burma.mp3
      47. World Adventurers Club 320000 Living Shroud.mp3
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      47 shows - total playtime 13 hours 18 minutes
      1. Blackstone 500326 78 Gory Goldfish.mp3
      2. Challenge Of Yukon 490502 Escape To North.mp3
      3. Chandu 481224 130 Tries To Contact Robert.mp3
      4. Cruise Of Poll Parrot 380507 Annabelle Kidnapped By Savages.mp3
      5. Dark Fantasy 420130 Death Is Savage Deity.mp3
      6. Escape 470818 Fourth Man.mp3
      7. Escape 471029 Pollock And Porrah Man.mp3
      8. Escape 480307 God Jimmy Goggles.mp3
      9. Escape 480425 Fourth Man.mp3
      10. Escape 480801 Man Who Would Be King.mp3
      11. Escape 490707 Fourth Man.mp3
      12. Escape 510822 Silent Horror.mp3
      13. Exploring Tomorrow 580604 Venus Diamond Mountain.mp3
      14. Hall Of Fantasy 530629 32 Temple Of Huizilipochle.mp3
      15. Jack Armstrong 410307 Missing Professor Loring Ep 3.mp3
      16. Jungle Jim 351130 005 Vampire Bat.mp3
      17. Jungle Jim 351221 008 Headhunters.mp3
      18. Jungle Jim 380702 140 Friendly Natives.mp3
      19. Jungle Jim 380709 141 Jim In Command.mp3
      20. Jungle Jim 380716 142 Attack Begins.mp3
      21. Jungle Jim 390408 180 Escape By Boat.mp3
      22. Jungle Jim 450811 511 Mislabeled Dup Of 421017.mp3
      23. Lone Ranger 421207 Sign Of Swastika.mp3
      24. LR 421012 1517 Apache Trap.mp3
      25. Moon Over Africa 350420 Captured By Natives Episode Ep06of26.mp3
      26. My Little Margie 550901 Quiz Show Aka Hawaii Trip.mp3
      27. Speed Gibson 391014 146 In Path Of Cannibal Ants.mp3
      28. Strange Adventure 450000 Savage Honor.mp3
      29. Strange Adventure 450000 Yellow Cat.mp3
      30. Suspense 570414 Thou Shalt Not Commit.mp3
      31. Suspense 590531 Man Who Would Be King.mp3
      32. Taos 410721 0226 Fur Smuggling Pt 04.mp3
      33. Taos 410929 0256 Metropolis Football Team Poisoned Pt 13.mp3
      34. Tarzan 321012 23 Rescue.mp3
      35. Tarzan 321017 26 Tarzan Fires At Clayton.mp3
      36. Tarzan 321024 31 Jungle Awakes.mp3
      37. Tarzan 321028 35 Jane And Tarzan Go Into Hut.mp3
      38. Tarzan 321102 38 Second Escape Try.mp3
      39. Tarzan 321104 40 Poison Drink.mp3
      40. Tarzan 321109 43 Tarzan Saves Jane.mp3
      41. Tarzan 321111 45 Reunited.mp3
      42. Tarzan 321116 48 Jane Receives Greystoke Locket.mp3
      43. Tarzan 321122 52 Sounds In Cave.mp3
      44. Wild Bill Hickok 510805 019 Fury Of Savage River.mp3
      45. Wild Bill Hickok 530325 140 Cry Of Killer.mp3
      46. Wings To Victory 430429 Lt Loring Is Forced Down In Burma.mp3
      47. World Adventurers Club 320000 Living Shroud.mp3
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    47 recordings on 14 Audio CDs
    total playtime 13 hours, 18 min

    Cannibals and Savages Disc A001

    1. World Adventurers Club 320000 Living Shroud
    2. Tarzan 321012 23 Rescue
    3. Tarzan 321017 26 Tarzan Fires At Clayton
    4. Tarzan 321024 31 Jungle Awakes
    5. Tarzan 321028 35 Jane And Tarzan Go Into Hut
    6. Tarzan 321102 38 Second Escape Try

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    Cannibals and Savages Disc A002

    1. Tarzan 321104 40 Poison Drink
    2. Tarzan 321109 43 Tarzan Saves Jane
    3. Tarzan 321111 45 Reunited
    4. Tarzan 321116 48 Jane Receives Greystoke Locket
    5. Tarzan 321122 52 Sounds In Cave
    6. Moon Over Africa 350420 Captured By Natives Episode Ep06of26

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    Cannibals and Savages Disc A003

    1. Jungle Jim 351130 005 Vampire Bat
    2. Jungle Jim 351221 008 Headhunters
    3. Cruise Of Poll Parrot 380507 Annabelle Kidnapped By Savages
    4. Jungle Jim 380702 140 Friendly Natives
    5. Jungle Jim 380709 141 Jim In Command

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    Cannibals and Savages Disc A004

    1. Jungle Jim 380716 142 Attack Begins
    2. Jungle Jim 390408 180 Escape By Boat
    3. Speed Gibson 391014 146 In Path Of Cannibal Ants
    4. Jack Armstrong 410307 Missing Professor Loring Ep 3
    5. Taos 410721 0226 Fur Smuggling Pt 04

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    Cannibals and Savages Disc A005

    1. Taos 410929 0256 Metropolis Football Team Poisoned Pt 13
    2. Dark Fantasy 420130 Death Is Savage Deity
    3. LR 421012 1517 Apache Trap
    4. Lone Ranger 421207 Sign Of Swastika

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    Cannibals and Savages Disc A006

    1. Wings To Victory 430429 Lt Loring Is Forced Down In Burma
    2. Strange Adventure 450000 Savage Honor
    3. Strange Adventure 450000 Yellow Cat
    4. Jungle Jim 450811 511 Mislabeled Dup Of 421017

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    Cannibals and Savages Disc A007

    1. Escape 470818 Fourth Man
    2. Escape 471029 Pollock And Porrah Man

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    Cannibals and Savages Disc A008

    1. Escape 480307 God Jimmy Goggles
    2. Escape 480425 Fourth Man

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    Cannibals and Savages Disc A009

    1. Escape 480801 Man Who Would Be King
    2. Chandu 481224 130 Tries To Contact Robert

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    Cannibals and Savages Disc A010

    1. Challenge Of Yukon 490502 Escape To North
    2. Escape 490707 Fourth Man

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    Cannibals and Savages Disc A011

    1. Blackstone 500326 78 Gory Goldfish
    2. Wild Bill Hickok 510805 019 Fury Of Savage River
    3. Escape 510822 Silent Horror

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    Cannibals and Savages Disc A012

    1. Wild Bill Hickok 530325 140 Cry Of Killer
    2. Hall Of Fantasy 530629 32 Temple Of Huizilipochle

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    Cannibals and Savages Disc A013

    1. My Little Margie 550901 Quiz Show Aka Hawaii Trip
    2. Suspense 570414 Thou Shalt Not Commit

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    Cannibals and Savages Disc A014

    1. Exploring Tomorrow 580604 Venus Diamond Mountain
    2. Suspense 590531 Man Who Would Be King

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