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Mercury Theater & Lady Esther Presents Orson Welles & Mercury Summer Theater

Orson Welles' Popular Dramatic Anthology of short stories, as well as comedy and variety abound, with a sprinkling of popular singers.

42 old time radio show recordings
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29 Audio CDs


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"Hitch Hiker"



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Dramatic Anthology (1937)

Orson WellesHe was slugged, clubbed, chloroformed, gassed, knifed, dynamited, run down, gunned down, injected with poison, ejected from planes, hurled from cliffs, pushed in front of trains, almost devoured by man-eating plants, virtually sucked dry of his 'life essence,' nearly shot to the Moon in a rocket--and the number of times the floor suddenly dropped from beneath him must run into four figures.

Eye equals i Orson WellesActor and director Orson Welles along with John Houseman was responsible for the creation and popularity of Mercury Theater with $110 for production costs. It was a relatively short lived show – only five months, but it remains one of the most culturally significant shows in entertainment history.

The Mercury Theater on the Air concentrated on classic literature such as "Treasure Island," "The Count of Monte Cristo" and "Dracula. Radio listeners knew that the show was unique and the acting of Welles Virginia Welles (Mrs. Orson Welles), Agnes Moorehead, and Everett Sloane and others as well as the musical compositions by Bernard Herrmann was exceptional.

Orson Welles with a pipeOne of most famous of all old time radio show, which aired on October 30th, 1937, was the "War of the Worlds. Orson Welles and writer Howard Koch converted the well know H.G. Wells story into a seemingly live new broadcast; this episode of Mercury Theater terrified the nation into believing that the Martians were attacking Earth.

The popularity and the press that this show received earned it a sponsorship from Campbell's Soup and the name of the show was soon changed to The Campbell's Playhouse.

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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.



    42 recordings on 2 MP3 CDs for just $10.00
    total playtime 28 hours, 22 min
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    Volume 1 - 24 shows - total playtime 10 hours 47 minutes
    MP3 CD
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    1. Lady Esther Presents 410915 01 Shredni Vashtar.mp3
    2. Lady Esther Presents 410929 03 Interlopersthe Song Solomonim.mp3
    3. Lady Esther Presents 411006 04 Black Pearlanabel Lee.mp3
    4. Lady Esther Presents 411013 05 Years To Come Poetry Drama.mp3
    5. Lady Esther Presents 411103 07 Wild Oranges.mp3
    6. Lady Esther Presents 411201 11 Wilber Brown Habitat Brklyn.mp3
    7. Lady Esther Presents 411222 13 Happy Prince.mp3
    8. Lady Esther Presents 420112 16 Apple Tree.mp3
    9. Lady Esther Presents 420119 17 My Little Boy.mp3
    10. Mercury Summer Theater 460607 01 Around World In Eighty Days.mp3
    11. Mercury Summer Theater 460614 02 Count Of Monte Cristo.mp3
    12. Mercury Summer Theater 460621 03 Hitchhiker.mp3
    13. Mercury Summer Theater 460628 04 Jane Eyre.mp3
    14. Mercury Summer Theater 460705 05 Passenger To Bali.mp3
    15. Mercury Summer Theater 460712 06 Search For Henri Lefevre.mp3
    16. Mercury Summer Theater 460719 07 Life With Adam.mp3
    17. Mercury Summer Theater 460726 08 Moat Farm Murder.mp3
    18. Mercury Summer Theater 460802 09 Golden Honeymoon.mp3
    19. Mercury Summer Theater 460811 10 Hell On Ice.mp3
    20. Mercury Summer Theater 460816 11 Abednego, Slave.mp3
    21. Mercury Summer Theater 460823 12 Two Stories.mp3
    22. Mercury Summer Theater 460830 13 Moby Dick.mp3
    23. Mercury Summer Theater 460906 14 Apple Tree.mp3
    24. Mercury Summer Theater 460913 15 King Lear.mp3
    Volume 2 - 18 shows - total playtime 17 hours 34 minutes
    MP3 CD
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    1. Mercury Theater 380711 01 Dracula.mp3
    2. Mercury Theater 380718 02 Treasure Island.mp3
    3. Mercury Theater 380725 03 Tale Of Two Cities.mp3
    4. Mercury Theater 380801 04 Thirty Nine Steps.mp3
    5. Mercury Theater 380808 05 Im Fool My Little Boy Open Window.mp3
    6. Mercury Theater 380815 06 Abraham Lincoln.mp3
    7. Mercury Theater 380822 07 Affairs Of Anatole.mp3
    8. Mercury Theater 380829 08 Count Of Monte Cristo.mp3
    9. Mercury Theater 380905 09 Man Who Was Thursday.mp3
    10. Mercury Theater 380911 10 Julius Caesar.mp3
    11. Mercury Theater 380925 12 Immortal Sherlock Holmes.mp3
    12. Mercury Theater 381009 14 Hell On Ice.mp3
    13. Mercury Theater 381016 15 Seventeen.mp3
    14. Mercury Theater 381023 16 Around World In Eighty Days.mp3
    15. Mercury Theater 381030 17 War Of Worlds.mp3
    16. Mercury Theater 381106 18 2 Complete Stories.mp3
    17. Mercury Theater 381113 19 Passenger To Bali.mp3
    18. Mercury Theater 381120 20 Pickwick Papers.mp3
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    42 recordings on 2 MP3 Collection Downloads for just $10.00
    total playtime 28 hours, 22 min
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    Volume 1 - 24 shows - total playtime 10 hours 47 minutes
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    Volume 1: $5.00
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    1. Lady Esther Presents 410915 01 Shredni Vashtar.mp3
    2. Lady Esther Presents 410929 03 Interlopersthe Song Solomonim.mp3
    3. Lady Esther Presents 411006 04 Black Pearlanabel Lee.mp3
    4. Lady Esther Presents 411013 05 Years To Come Poetry Drama.mp3
    5. Lady Esther Presents 411103 07 Wild Oranges.mp3
    6. Lady Esther Presents 411201 11 Wilber Brown Habitat Brklyn.mp3
    7. Lady Esther Presents 411222 13 Happy Prince.mp3
    8. Lady Esther Presents 420112 16 Apple Tree.mp3
    9. Lady Esther Presents 420119 17 My Little Boy.mp3
    10. Mercury Summer Theater 460607 01 Around World In Eighty Days.mp3
    11. Mercury Summer Theater 460614 02 Count Of Monte Cristo.mp3
    12. Mercury Summer Theater 460621 03 Hitchhiker.mp3
    13. Mercury Summer Theater 460628 04 Jane Eyre.mp3
    14. Mercury Summer Theater 460705 05 Passenger To Bali.mp3
    15. Mercury Summer Theater 460712 06 Search For Henri Lefevre.mp3
    16. Mercury Summer Theater 460719 07 Life With Adam.mp3
    17. Mercury Summer Theater 460726 08 Moat Farm Murder.mp3
    18. Mercury Summer Theater 460802 09 Golden Honeymoon.mp3
    19. Mercury Summer Theater 460811 10 Hell On Ice.mp3
    20. Mercury Summer Theater 460816 11 Abednego, Slave.mp3
    21. Mercury Summer Theater 460823 12 Two Stories.mp3
    22. Mercury Summer Theater 460830 13 Moby Dick.mp3
    23. Mercury Summer Theater 460906 14 Apple Tree.mp3
    24. Mercury Summer Theater 460913 15 King Lear.mp3
    Volume 2 - 18 shows - total playtime 17 hours 34 minutes
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    1. Mercury Theater 380711 01 Dracula.mp3
    2. Mercury Theater 380718 02 Treasure Island.mp3
    3. Mercury Theater 380725 03 Tale Of Two Cities.mp3
    4. Mercury Theater 380801 04 Thirty Nine Steps.mp3
    5. Mercury Theater 380808 05 Im Fool My Little Boy Open Window.mp3
    6. Mercury Theater 380815 06 Abraham Lincoln.mp3
    7. Mercury Theater 380822 07 Affairs Of Anatole.mp3
    8. Mercury Theater 380829 08 Count Of Monte Cristo.mp3
    9. Mercury Theater 380905 09 Man Who Was Thursday.mp3
    10. Mercury Theater 380911 10 Julius Caesar.mp3
    11. Mercury Theater 380925 12 Immortal Sherlock Holmes.mp3
    12. Mercury Theater 381009 14 Hell On Ice.mp3
    13. Mercury Theater 381016 15 Seventeen.mp3
    14. Mercury Theater 381023 16 Around World In Eighty Days.mp3
    15. Mercury Theater 381030 17 War Of Worlds.mp3
    16. Mercury Theater 381106 18 2 Complete Stories.mp3
    17. Mercury Theater 381113 19 Passenger To Bali.mp3
    18. Mercury Theater 381120 20 Pickwick Papers.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



    42 recordings on 29 Audio CDs
    total playtime 28 hours, 22 min

    Disc A001

    1. Mercury Theater 380711 01 Dracula

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    Disc A002

    1. Mercury Theater 380718 02 Treasure Island

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    Disc A003

    1. Mercury Theater 380725 03 Tale Of Two Cities

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    Disc A004

    1. Mercury Theater 380801 04 Thirty Nine Steps

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    Disc A005

    1. Mercury Theater 380808 05 Im Fool My Little Boy Open Window

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    Disc A006

    1. Mercury Theater 380815 06 Abraham Lincoln

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    Disc A007

    1. Mercury Theater 380822 07 Affairs Of Anatole

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    Disc A008

    1. Mercury Theater 380829 08 Count Of Monte Cristo

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    Disc A009

    1. Mercury Theater 380905 09 Man Who Was Thursday

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    Disc A010

    1. Mercury Theater 380911 10 Julius Caesar

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    Disc A011

    1. Mercury Theater 380925 12 Immortal Sherlock Holmes

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    Disc A012

    1. Mercury Theater 381009 14 Hell On Ice

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    Disc A013

    1. Mercury Theater 381016 15 Seventeen

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    Disc A014

    1. Mercury Theater 381023 16 Around World In Eighty Days

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    Disc A015

    1. Mercury Theater 381030 17 War Of Worlds

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    Disc A016

    1. Mercury Theater 381106 18 2 Complete Stories

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    Disc A017

    1. Mercury Theater 381113 19 Passenger To Bali

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    Disc A018

    1. Mercury Theater 381120 20 Pickwick Papers

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    Disc A019

    1. Lady Esther Presents 410915 01 Shredni Vashtar
    2. Lady Esther Presents 410929 03 Interlopersthe Song Solomonim
    3. Lady Esther Presents 411006 04 Black Pearlanabel Lee
    4. Lady Esther Presents 411013 05 Years To Come Poetry Drama

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    Disc A020

    1. Lady Esther Presents 411103 07 Wild Oranges
    2. Lady Esther Presents 411201 11 Wilber Brown Habitat Brklyn

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    Disc A021

    1. Lady Esther Presents 411222 13 Happy Prince
    2. Lady Esther Presents 420112 16 Apple Tree

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    Disc A022

    1. Lady Esther Presents 420119 17 My Little Boy
    2. Mercury Summer Theater 460607 01 Around World In Eighty Days

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    Disc A023

    1. Mercury Summer Theater 460614 02 Count Of Monte Cristo
    2. Mercury Summer Theater 460621 03 Hitchhiker

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    Disc A024

    1. Mercury Summer Theater 460628 04 Jane Eyre
    2. Mercury Summer Theater 460705 05 Passenger To Bali

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    Disc A025

    1. Mercury Summer Theater 460712 06 Search For Henri Lefevre
    2. Mercury Summer Theater 460719 07 Life With Adam

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    Disc A026

    1. Mercury Summer Theater 460726 08 Moat Farm Murder
    2. Mercury Summer Theater 460802 09 Golden Honeymoon

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    Disc A027

    1. Mercury Summer Theater 460811 10 Hell On Ice
    2. Mercury Summer Theater 460816 11 Abednego, Slave

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    Disc A028

    1. Mercury Summer Theater 460823 12 Two Stories
    2. Mercury Summer Theater 460830 13 Moby Dick

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    Disc A029

    1. Mercury Summer Theater 460906 14 Apple Tree
    2. Mercury Summer Theater 460913 15 King Lear

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