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Pull the sheets over your head and hide! There was plenty of gore and strangeness on Wyllis Cooper's Lights Out, and it got even stranger when Arch Oboler took over.

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"Oxychloride X"



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Arch Oboler

Horror Drama (1934 - 47)

Willis Cooper
Willis Cooper

Lights OutLights Out debuted in 1934 and was radio's premier horror series created by writer/director Wyllis Cooper, who later scripted Boris Karloff's 1939 classic Son of Frankenstein.  Wyllis Cooper was a innovative radio writer and worked on other notable shows such as The Empire Builders, Quiet Please, Campbell's Playhouse, The Army Hour, and Whitehall 1212Lights Out truly set the bar high for other radio dramas in the 1930's due to its gore and strangeness.  It was one of the first old time radio shows that developed the medium of radio with distinct sound effects and dramas intended to be heard. 

 

Adhesive tape, stuck together and pulled apart, simulated the sound of a man's or woman's skin being ripped off. Pulling the leg off a frozen chicken gave the illusion of an arm being torn out of its socket. A raw egg dropped on a plate stood in for an eye being gouged; poured corn syrup for flowing blood; cleavered cabbages and cantalopes for beheadings; snapped pencils and spareribs for broken fingers and bones. The sound of a hand crushed? A lemon, laid on an anvil, smashed with a hammer. 

Cooper was succeeded by Arch Oboler, one of radio's greatest dramatic talents. Oboler had scripted the Mae West's infamous "Garden of Eden" sketch and brought a new level of psychological horror to radio in scripts like "Cat Wife," "Sub-Basement," and "Chicken Heart." Though most famous for his film roles, Karloff was an accomplished radio performer who hosted his own series Boris Karloff's Treasure Chest and narrated Radio Reader's Digest broadcasts during the final two decades of his life.

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See also Dark Fantasy, Escape, Inner Sanctum, Mysterious Traveler, Mystery in the Air, Suspense, The Whistler, and Weird Circle.For more Arch Oboler productions, see also: Arch Oboler Collection, Everyman's Theater, Plays for Americans and Arch Oboler Plays .

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    93 recordings on 2 MP3 CDs for just $10.00
    total playtime 40 hours, 8 min
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    Volume 1 - 49 shows - total playtime 20 hours 27 minutes
    MP3 CD
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    1. Lights Out 360617 Cat Wife.mp3
    2. Lights Out 360805 Money, Money, Money ($3,000).mp3
    3. Lights Out 360916 The Sea.mp3
    4. Lights Out 361209 Nobody Died.mp3
    5. Lights Out 370217 Cat Wife.mp3
    6. Lights Out 370303 Sakhalin.mp3
    7. Lights Out 370310 A Day at the Dentist.mp3
    8. Lights Out 370317 State Executioner.mp3
    9. Lights Out 370414 The Little People.mp3
    10. Lights Out 370512 The Organ.mp3
    11. Lights Out 370616 The Meteor Man.mp3
    12. Lights Out 370623 Happy Ending.mp3
    13. Lights Out 370714 Lord Marley's Ghost.MP3
    14. Lights Out 371222 Uninhabited (Christmas Story 1918).mp3
    15. Lights Out 371229 The Dark (7 min version).mp3
    16. Lights Out 380126 Oxychloride X.mp3
    17. Lights Out 380216 Murder Castle.mp3
    18. Lights Out 380310 Chicken Heart (7.5 min).mp3
    19. Lights Out 380316 Superfeature.MP3
    20. Lights Out 380323 The Dream.mp3
    21. Lights Out 380330 Valse Triste.mp3
    22. Lights Out 380406 Cat Wife.mp3
    23. Lights Out 380511 It Happened.mp3
    24. Lights Out 380622 Bon Voyage.mp3
    25. Lights Out 390426 The Devil's Due.mp3
    26. Lights Out 390429 The Cliff.mp3
    27. Lights Out 390520 Crazy Town.mp3
    28. Lights Out 391216 Nobody Died.mp3
    29. Lights Out 410217 Special to Hollywood.mp3
    30. Lights Out 421013 Revolt of the Worms.mp3
    31. Lights Out 421020 Poltergeist (Gravestone).mp3
    32. Lights Out 421027 Mungahra (The House Is Haunted).mp3
    33. Lights Out 421110 Bon Voyage.mp3
    34. Lights Out 421117 Come to the Bank.mp3
    35. Lights Out 421201 Mister Maggs (The Chest).mp3
    36. Lights Out 421208 Scoop (Cemetary).mp3
    37. Lights Out 421215 Knock at the Door.mp3
    38. Lights Out 421222 Meteor Man (The Hungry Ones).mp3
    39. Lights Out 421229 Valse Triste.mp3
    40. Lights Out 430105 Fast One, the (Speed).mp3
    41. Lights Out 430119 Cat Wife (Alley Cat).mp3
    42. Lights Out 430126 Protective Mr Drogen (Big Mr Little).mp3
    43. Lights Out 430202 Until Dead (The Luck of Mark Street).mp3
    44. Lights Out 430209 He Dug It Up.mp3
    45. Lights Out 430216 Oxychloride X (Hole, The).mp3
    46. Lights Out 430223 They Met at Dorset.mp3
    47. Lights Out 430302 The Sea.mp3
    48. Lights Out 430309 The Ball aka Paris Macabre.mp3
    49. Lights Out 430316 The Dream.mp3
    Volume 2 - 44 shows - total playtime 19 hours 40 minutes
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    1. Lights Out 430323 The Flame.mp3
    2. Lights Out 430330 Money, Money, Money ($3,000) alt.mp3
    3. Lights Out 430406 Superfeature-FamiliarSuddenlyUnfamiliar.mp3
    4. Lights Out 430413 Archer (Ancestor).mp3
    5. Lights Out 430420 Kill.mp3
    6. Lights Out 430427 Execution.mp3
    7. Lights Out 430504 Heavenly Jeep.mp3
    8. Lights Out 430511 Murder in the Script Department.mp3
    9. Lights Out 430518 Spider.mp3
    10. Lights Out 430525 Little Old Lady-Mrs Kingsley's Report.mp3
    11. Lights Out 430601 Ugliest Man in the World (Mr Freak).mp3
    12. Lights Out 430608 Organ (Vacation with Death).mp3
    13. Lights Out 430615 Prelude to Murder.mp3
    14. Lights Out 430622 Nature Study.mp3
    15. Lights Out 430629 Bathysphere(Dictator, The) alt.mp3
    16. Lights Out 430629 Bathysphere(Dictator, The).mp3
    17. Lights Out 430706 The Cliff.mp3
    18. Lights Out 430713 Visitor from Hades.mp3
    19. Lights Out 430720 Profits Unlimited.mp3
    20. Lights Out 430727 Little People (Shrinking People) HQ.mp3
    21. Lights Out 430803 Murder Castle.mp3
    22. Lights Out 430810 Sakhalin (Alt).mp3
    23. Lights Out 430810 Sakhalin.mp3
    24. Lights Out 430817 State Executioner (Official Killer).mp3
    25. Lights Out 430824 SubBasement (Going Down).mp3
    26. Lights Out 430831 Immortal Gentleman (Live Forever).mp3
    27. Lights Out 430907 Lord Marleys Guest-Hollywood Visitor).mp3
    28. Lights Out 430914 The Word.mp3
    29. Lights Out 430921 Mirage.mp3
    30. Lights Out 430928 The Author and the Thing.mp3
    31. Lights Out 450628 The Truth.mp3
    32. Lights Out 450728 The Rocket Ship.mp3
    33. Lights Out 450825 Man in the Middle.mp3
    34. Lights Out 460713 The Coffin in Studio B.mp3
    35. Lights Out 460720 Haunted Cell alt.mp3
    36. Lights Out 460720 Haunted Cell.mp3
    37. Lights Out 460727 Battle of the Magicians.mp3
    38. Lights Out 460803 The Revenge of India.mp3
    39. Lights Out 460810 Ghost on the Newsreel Negative.mp3
    40. Lights Out 460824 The Signal Man.mp3
    41. Lights Out 470716 Death Robbery.mp3
    42. Lights Out African Story.mp3
    43. Lights Out Mirage.mp3
    44. Lights Out Special To Hollywood.mp3
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    93 recordings on 2 MP3 Collection Downloads for just $10.00
    total playtime 40 hours, 8 min
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    Volume 1 - 49 shows - total playtime 20 hours 27 minutes
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    1. Lights Out 360617 Cat Wife.mp3
    2. Lights Out 360805 Money, Money, Money ($3,000).mp3
    3. Lights Out 360916 The Sea.mp3
    4. Lights Out 361209 Nobody Died.mp3
    5. Lights Out 370217 Cat Wife.mp3
    6. Lights Out 370303 Sakhalin.mp3
    7. Lights Out 370310 A Day at the Dentist.mp3
    8. Lights Out 370317 State Executioner.mp3
    9. Lights Out 370414 The Little People.mp3
    10. Lights Out 370512 The Organ.mp3
    11. Lights Out 370616 The Meteor Man.mp3
    12. Lights Out 370623 Happy Ending.mp3
    13. Lights Out 370714 Lord Marley's Ghost.MP3
    14. Lights Out 371222 Uninhabited (Christmas Story 1918).mp3
    15. Lights Out 371229 The Dark (7 min version).mp3
    16. Lights Out 380126 Oxychloride X.mp3
    17. Lights Out 380216 Murder Castle.mp3
    18. Lights Out 380310 Chicken Heart (7.5 min).mp3
    19. Lights Out 380316 Superfeature.MP3
    20. Lights Out 380323 The Dream.mp3
    21. Lights Out 380330 Valse Triste.mp3
    22. Lights Out 380406 Cat Wife.mp3
    23. Lights Out 380511 It Happened.mp3
    24. Lights Out 380622 Bon Voyage.mp3
    25. Lights Out 390426 The Devil's Due.mp3
    26. Lights Out 390429 The Cliff.mp3
    27. Lights Out 390520 Crazy Town.mp3
    28. Lights Out 391216 Nobody Died.mp3
    29. Lights Out 410217 Special to Hollywood.mp3
    30. Lights Out 421013 Revolt of the Worms.mp3
    31. Lights Out 421020 Poltergeist (Gravestone).mp3
    32. Lights Out 421027 Mungahra (The House Is Haunted).mp3
    33. Lights Out 421110 Bon Voyage.mp3
    34. Lights Out 421117 Come to the Bank.mp3
    35. Lights Out 421201 Mister Maggs (The Chest).mp3
    36. Lights Out 421208 Scoop (Cemetary).mp3
    37. Lights Out 421215 Knock at the Door.mp3
    38. Lights Out 421222 Meteor Man (The Hungry Ones).mp3
    39. Lights Out 421229 Valse Triste.mp3
    40. Lights Out 430105 Fast One, the (Speed).mp3
    41. Lights Out 430119 Cat Wife (Alley Cat).mp3
    42. Lights Out 430126 Protective Mr Drogen (Big Mr Little).mp3
    43. Lights Out 430202 Until Dead (The Luck of Mark Street).mp3
    44. Lights Out 430209 He Dug It Up.mp3
    45. Lights Out 430216 Oxychloride X (Hole, The).mp3
    46. Lights Out 430223 They Met at Dorset.mp3
    47. Lights Out 430302 The Sea.mp3
    48. Lights Out 430309 The Ball aka Paris Macabre.mp3
    49. Lights Out 430316 The Dream.mp3
    Volume 2 - 44 shows - total playtime 19 hours 40 minutes
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    1. Lights Out 430323 The Flame.mp3
    2. Lights Out 430330 Money, Money, Money ($3,000) alt.mp3
    3. Lights Out 430406 Superfeature-FamiliarSuddenlyUnfamiliar.mp3
    4. Lights Out 430413 Archer (Ancestor).mp3
    5. Lights Out 430420 Kill.mp3
    6. Lights Out 430427 Execution.mp3
    7. Lights Out 430504 Heavenly Jeep.mp3
    8. Lights Out 430511 Murder in the Script Department.mp3
    9. Lights Out 430518 Spider.mp3
    10. Lights Out 430525 Little Old Lady-Mrs Kingsley's Report.mp3
    11. Lights Out 430601 Ugliest Man in the World (Mr Freak).mp3
    12. Lights Out 430608 Organ (Vacation with Death).mp3
    13. Lights Out 430615 Prelude to Murder.mp3
    14. Lights Out 430622 Nature Study.mp3
    15. Lights Out 430629 Bathysphere(Dictator, The) alt.mp3
    16. Lights Out 430629 Bathysphere(Dictator, The).mp3
    17. Lights Out 430706 The Cliff.mp3
    18. Lights Out 430713 Visitor from Hades.mp3
    19. Lights Out 430720 Profits Unlimited.mp3
    20. Lights Out 430727 Little People (Shrinking People) HQ.mp3
    21. Lights Out 430803 Murder Castle.mp3
    22. Lights Out 430810 Sakhalin (Alt).mp3
    23. Lights Out 430810 Sakhalin.mp3
    24. Lights Out 430817 State Executioner (Official Killer).mp3
    25. Lights Out 430824 SubBasement (Going Down).mp3
    26. Lights Out 430831 Immortal Gentleman (Live Forever).mp3
    27. Lights Out 430907 Lord Marleys Guest-Hollywood Visitor).mp3
    28. Lights Out 430914 The Word.mp3
    29. Lights Out 430921 Mirage.mp3
    30. Lights Out 430928 The Author and the Thing.mp3
    31. Lights Out 450628 The Truth.mp3
    32. Lights Out 450728 The Rocket Ship.mp3
    33. Lights Out 450825 Man in the Middle.mp3
    34. Lights Out 460713 The Coffin in Studio B.mp3
    35. Lights Out 460720 Haunted Cell alt.mp3
    36. Lights Out 460720 Haunted Cell.mp3
    37. Lights Out 460727 Battle of the Magicians.mp3
    38. Lights Out 460803 The Revenge of India.mp3
    39. Lights Out 460810 Ghost on the Newsreel Negative.mp3
    40. Lights Out 460824 The Signal Man.mp3
    41. Lights Out 470716 Death Robbery.mp3
    42. Lights Out African Story.mp3
    43. Lights Out Mirage.mp3
    44. Lights Out Special To Hollywood.mp3
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    93 recordings on 44 Audio CDs
    total playtime 40 hours, 8 min

    Disc A001

    1. Lights Out African Story
    2. Lights Out Mirage

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    Disc A002

    1. Lights Out Special To Hollywood
    2. Lights Out 360617 Cat Wife
    3. Lights Out 360805 Money, Money, Money ($3,000)

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    Disc A003

    1. Lights Out 360916 The Sea
    2. Lights Out 361209 Nobody Died

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    Disc A004

    1. Lights Out 370217 Cat Wife
    2. Lights Out 370303 Sakhalin

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    Disc A005

    1. Lights Out 370310 A Day at the Dentist
    2. Lights Out 370317 State Executioner

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    Disc A006

    1. Lights Out 370414 The Little People
    2. Lights Out 370512 The Organ

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    Disc A007

    1. Lights Out 370616 The Meteor Man
    2. Lights Out 370623 Happy Ending

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    Disc A008

    1. Lights Out 370714 Lord Marley's Ghost
    2. Lights Out 371222 Uninhabited (Christmas Story 1918)
    3. Lights Out 371229 The Dark (7 min version)

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    Disc A009

    1. Lights Out 380126 Oxychloride X
    2. Lights Out 380216 Murder Castle
    3. Lights Out 380310 Chicken Heart (7.5 min)

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    Disc A010

    1. Lights Out 380316 Superfeature
    2. Lights Out 380323 The Dream

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    Disc A011

    1. Lights Out 380330 Valse Triste
    2. Lights Out 380406 Cat Wife

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    Disc A012

    1. Lights Out 380511 It Happened
    2. Lights Out 380622 Bon Voyage

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    Disc A013

    1. Lights Out 390426 The Devil's Due
    2. Lights Out 390429 The Cliff

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    Disc A014

    1. Lights Out 390520 Crazy Town
    2. Lights Out 391216 Nobody Died

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    Disc A015

    1. Lights Out 410217 Special to Hollywood
    2. Lights Out 421013 Revolt of the Worms

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    Disc A016

    1. Lights Out 421020 Poltergeist (Gravestone)
    2. Lights Out 421027 Mungahra (The House Is Haunted)

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    Disc A017

    1. Lights Out 421110 Bon Voyage
    2. Lights Out 421117 Come to the Bank

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    Disc A018

    1. Lights Out 421201 Mister Maggs (The Chest)
    2. Lights Out 421208 Scoop (Cemetary)

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    Disc A019

    1. Lights Out 421215 Knock at the Door
    2. Lights Out 421222 Meteor Man (The Hungry Ones)

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    Disc A020

    1. Lights Out 421229 Valse Triste
    2. Lights Out 430105 Fast One, the (Speed)

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    Disc A021

    1. Lights Out 430119 Cat Wife (Alley Cat)
    2. Lights Out 430126 Protective Mr Drogen (Big Mr Little)

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    Disc A022

    1. Lights Out 430202 Until Dead (The Luck of Mark Street)
    2. Lights Out 430209 He Dug It Up

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    Disc A023

    1. Lights Out 430216 Oxychloride X (Hole, The)
    2. Lights Out 430223 They Met at Dorset
    3. Lights Out 430302 The Sea

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    Disc A024

    1. Lights Out 430309 The Ball aka Paris Macabre
    2. Lights Out 430316 The Dream

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    Disc A025

    1. Lights Out 430323 The Flame
    2. Lights Out 430330 Money, Money, Money ($3,000) alt
    3. Lights Out 430406 Superfeature-FamiliarSuddenlyUnfamiliar

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    Disc A026

    1. Lights Out 430413 Archer (Ancestor)
    2. Lights Out 430420 Kill

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    Disc A027

    1. Lights Out 430427 Execution
    2. Lights Out 430504 Heavenly Jeep

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    Disc A028

    1. Lights Out 430511 Murder in the Script Department
    2. Lights Out 430518 Spider

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    Disc A029

    1. Lights Out 430525 Little Old Lady-Mrs Kingsley's Report
    2. Lights Out 430601 Ugliest Man in the World (Mr Freak)

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    Disc A030

    1. Lights Out 430608 Organ (Vacation with Death)
    2. Lights Out 430615 Prelude to Murder

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    Disc A031

    1. Lights Out 430622 Nature Study
    2. Lights Out 430629 Bathysphere(Dictator, The) alt

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    Disc A032

    1. Lights Out 430629 Bathysphere(Dictator, The)
    2. Lights Out 430706 The Cliff

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    Disc A033

    1. Lights Out 430713 Visitor from Hades
    2. Lights Out 430720 Profits Unlimited

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    Disc A034

    1. Lights Out 430727 Little People (Shrinking People) HQ
    2. Lights Out 430803 Murder Castle

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    Disc A035

    1. Lights Out 430810 Sakhalin (Alt)
    2. Lights Out 430810 Sakhalin

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    Disc A036

    1. Lights Out 430817 State Executioner (Official Killer)
    2. Lights Out 430824 SubBasement (Going Down)

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    Disc A037

    1. Lights Out 430831 Immortal Gentleman (Live Forever)
    2. Lights Out 430907 Lord Marleys Guest-Hollywood Visitor)

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    Disc A038

    1. Lights Out 430914 The Word
    2. Lights Out 430921 Mirage

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    Disc A039

    1. Lights Out 430928 The Author and the Thing
    2. Lights Out 450628 The Truth

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    Disc A040

    1. Lights Out 450728 The Rocket Ship
    2. Lights Out 450825 Man in the Middle

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    Disc A041

    1. Lights Out 460713 The Coffin in Studio B
    2. Lights Out 460720 Haunted Cell alt

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    Disc A042

    1. Lights Out 460720 Haunted Cell
    2. Lights Out 460727 Battle of the Magicians

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    Disc A043

    1. Lights Out 460803 The Revenge of India
    2. Lights Out 460810 Ghost on the Newsreel Negative

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    Disc A044

    1. Lights Out 460824 The Signal Man
    2. Lights Out 470716 Death Robbery

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