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U.S. Steel Hour of Mystery

Produced by United States Steel, this program puts the writing of well-known authors in the hands of esteemed radio actors such as Fred Allen and Roger Pryor. The legendary Laurence Olivier also stars.

4 old time radio show recordings
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1 MP3 CD
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3 Audio CDs


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Play a sample episode from July 16, 1946:

"Journey Into Fear"



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About this Old Time Radio Show

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Hour of MysteryU.S. Steel Hour of Mystery is a cornucopia stuffed with all that is good about vintage radio dramas. You get the ominous strains of organ at the beginning and the solemn reminder that U.S. Steel is a part of your lives every day. The broadcast is full of high-quality adaptations of books, plays and movies by well-known authors brought to life by A-list radio greats.

Laurence Olivier and ... OTRCAT?!The noteworthy series ran from from June 9-Sept. 1, 1946, a Summer replacement for Theatre Guild on the Air. Its budget was reported at $12,000 and one can see where the money went. Like a chef buying fine cuts of meat and organic produce, the show's producers assembled high-quality scripts and high-quality actors.

In just thirteen episodes Hour of Mystery adapted stories from such heavyweights as Dashiell Hammett, Erle Stanley Gardner, and Alfred Hitchcock.

But the list of actors may be more impressive, bearing such legends as Frank Sinatra ("Turn on the Heat," 6-23-46), Laurence Olivier ("Journey Into Fear," 6-9-46), Ralph Bellamy ("The Glass Key," 7-7-46), Roger Pryor, Fred Allen, and William Holden. The four recordings in this collection are the only known radio episodes still to be in existence.

ABC, who ran the radio series, televised a version of it from 1953-1955. The series then went to NBC and aired until 1962.

While the series consisted of mysteries and suspense thrillers, one episode, "Rip Van Winkle," featured self-referential comedy and made it clear it was not based on the story by Washington Irving. Instead, it went through rewrites during the course of the broadcast and presented satire of both showbiz and society at large.

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These classic recordings are available in the following formats:
  • MP3 CDs are delivered by mail. These archival quality MP3 CDs are playable in your computer and many MP3 player devices.



    4 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 2 hours, 52 min
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      4 shows - total playtime 2 hours 52 minutes
      1. US Steel Hour Of Mystery Journey Into Fear 1946.mp3
      2. US Steel Hour Of Mystery Rip Van Winkle.mp3
      3. US Steel Hour Of Mystery Singapore Exile Murder 1.mp3
      4. US Steel Hour Of Mystery Singapore Exile Murder 2.mp3
  • MP3 downloads are available instantly after purchase!



    4 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 2 hours, 52 min
    Add MP3 Collection to Cart

    Click here to see disc contents


      4 shows - total playtime 2 hours 52 minutes
      1. US Steel Hour Of Mystery Journey Into Fear 1946.mp3
      2. US Steel Hour Of Mystery Rip Van Winkle.mp3
      3. US Steel Hour Of Mystery Singapore Exile Murder 1.mp3
      4. US Steel Hour Of Mystery Singapore Exile Murder 2.mp3
  • Standard Audio CDs are delivered by mail on archival quality media with up to 60 minutes on each CD and play in all CD players



    4 recordings on 3 Audio CDs
    total playtime 2 hours, 52 min

    Disc A001

    1. US Steel Hour Of Mystery Journey Into Fear 1946

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    Disc A002

    1. US Steel Hour Of Mystery Rip Van Winkle

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    Disc A003

    1. US Steel Hour Of Mystery Singapore Exile Murder 1
    2. US Steel Hour Of Mystery Singapore Exile Murder 2

    Add Audio CD to Cart - $5.00