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Molle Mystery Theater

"A startling new series, featuring the world's most spine-tingling plays and stories. Presented every Tuesday evening by Molle Brushless Shaving Cream." Update: 15 additional episodes

71 old time radio show recordings
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36 Audio CDs


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"St. Louis Lady"



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About this Old Time Radio Show

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Molle MysteryMystery and Crime Drama (1943 - 54)

"A startling new series, featuring the world's most spine-tingling plays and stories.
Presented every Tuesday evening by Molle Brushless Shaving Cream."

Molle Mystery TheaterThe sponsor of this show, Sterling Drugs, makers of Molle Shave Cream, used it as a vehicle for advertising. In over a decade, the show went through several incarnations, beginning first as Molle Mystery Theater, then simply Mystery Theater in '48, as Sterling emphasized Bayer Aspirin and Phillips Milk of Magnesia. Several versions were broadcast in the early 50s,

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Bernard Lenrow as Geoffrey Barnes, host and narrator of MOLLE MYSTERY THEATERAs Molle Mystery Theater through 1948, the show centered around the character Geoffrey Barnes, a crime fiction expert and connoisseur who served as host. Bernard Lenrow played Barnes with a suave subtlety that foreshadowed the host of Crime Classics, a fact-based crime show that ran in '53-'54. The Molle Mystery Theater starred some of the best of New York's radio actors, including Joseph Julian, Anne Seymour, and Raymond Edward Johnson (the famous Raymond of the Inner Sanctum Mysteries, and librarian of the Crime Club.) Hosted by Peter Lorre, Bernard Lenrow, and Roc Rogers, the series also featured special appearances by Richard Widmark Budd Collyer, Martin Gable, Mandel Kramer, Elspeth Eric, and Frank Lovejoy (who does a great job as Randy Stone in the old time radio show Nightbeat.)

The shows were tight and tension filled, with a fine orchestra score and solid production values. Classic tales from well-known authors, as well as modern unknowns were presented, and the endings were often twists or shockers.

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Richard WidmarkWhen it moved in 1948, it was produced by Frank and Anne Hummert, who made their name in soap operas. The Geoffrey Barnes host was kept, but the shows were considered by fans to be less inventive. Alfred Shirley (who also played Watson of Sherlock Holmes) played a new character, Inspector Hearthstone of the Death Squad. Hearthstone was spun off as Hearthstone of the Death Squad, and then in 1951 through 1954, broadcast as continuation of Mystery Theater with a new format. Molle Shave CreamThe show was also known as Mark Sabre. Robert Carroll played Inspector Mark Sabre, with James Westerfield as Sgt. Maloney. Again, the Hummerts were in charge, and their style was much more like classic old time radio drama of the 1930s than a crime show airing in the 1950s.

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For more mystery anthology entertainment, the greatest show is Suspense. Escape is a classic thriller show too, as is Inner Sanctum Mysteries, Lights Out and the several runs of Sherlock Holmes.

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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.



    71 recordings on 2 MP3 CDs for just $10.00
    total playtime 32 hours, 33 min
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    Volume 1 - 36 shows - total playtime 16 hours 21 minutes
    MP3 CD
    Volume 1: $5.00
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    1. Molle 431228 Homicide For Hannah.mp3
    2. Molle 440411 Criminal At Large.mp3
    3. Molle 440620 Death Talks Out Of Turn.mp3
    4. Molle 440725 Fifty Candles.mp3
    5. Molle 441024 Comic Strip Murder.mp3
    6. Molle 441121 Dilemma.mp3
    7. Molle 441128 Nightmare.mp3
    8. Molle 441205 Crime To Fit Punishment.mp3
    9. Molle 441212 Bottle Imp.mp3
    10. Molle 441219 Man In Velvet Hat.mp3
    11. Molle 441226 Letter.mp3
    12. Molle 450130 Deadline At Dawn.mp3
    13. Molle 450227 Yours Truly Jack Ripper.mp3
    14. Molle 450306 Man Who Murdered In Public.mp3
    15. Molle 450403 Eleventh Juror.mp3
    16. Molle 450424 Cask Of Amontillado.mp3
    17. Molle 450515 Lady In Morgue.mp3
    18. Molle 450522 Level Crossing.mp3
    19. Molle 450605 Beckoning Fair One.mp3
    20. Molle 450612 Breakdown.mp3
    21. Molle 450619 Gioconda Smile.mp3
    22. Molle 450626 Marijuana.mp3
    23. Molle 451005 Angel Face.mp3
    24. Molle 451012 Death Is Caused.mp3
    25. Molle 451019 Leg Man.mp3
    26. Molle 451026 Ghost With Gun.mp3
    27. Molle 451102 Who Took Corpse.mp3
    28. Molle 451109 Not Quite Perfect.mp3
    29. Molle 460118 Ladies In Retirement.mp3
    30. Molle 460125 Burn, Witch, Burn.mp3
    31. Molle 460201 Mathematics For Murder.mp3
    32. Molle 460215 Beautiful Science.mp3
    33. Molle 460222 Last Night.mp3
    34. Molle 460308 Red Wine.mp3
    35. Molle 460322 Alibi For Murder.mp3
    36. Molle 460329 Creeper.mp3
    Volume 2 - 35 shows - total playtime 16 hours 12 minutes
    MP3 CD
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    1. Molle 460405 Murder In City Hall.mp3
    2. Molle 460412 Night Must Fall.mp3
    3. Molle 460419 Follow That Cab.mp3
    4. Molle 460426 Doctor And Lunatic.mp3
    5. Molle 460503 Murder Without Crime.mp3
    6. Molle 460510 Further Adventures Of Kenny Andrews.mp3
    7. Molle 460517 Killer Come Back To Me.mp3
    8. Molle 460531 Witness For Prosecution.mp3
    9. Molle 460607 Female Of Species.mp3
    10. Molle 460614 Adventure Of Fallen Angels.mp3
    11. Molle 460621 Hands Of Mr Ottermole.mp3
    12. Molle 460823 St Louis Lady.mp3
    13. Molle 460927 Two Men In Furnished Room.mp3
    14. Molle 461101 Rival Dummy.mp3
    15. Molle 461129 Radio Patrol.mp3
    16. Molle 461220 Angel Face.mp3
    17. Molle 470117 Corpus Delicti.mp3
    18. Molle 470207 Bride Wore Black.mp3
    19. Molle 470328 Triangle Of Death.mp3
    20. Molle 470418 Kenny Angles And Queen Of Diamonds.mp3
    21. Molle 470530 Double Cross.mp3
    22. Molle 470627 Talk Them To Death.mp3
    23. Molle 470704 Challenge To Listener.mp3
    24. Molle 470808 Goodbye,darling.mp3
    25. Molle 470905 Death Wears Mask.mp3
    26. Molle 470912 Death Goes Shopping.mp3
    27. Molle 470919 Zelmas Boy.mp3
    28. Molle 471031 Now You See Her, Now You Dont.mp3
    29. Molle 471114 Four Fatal Jugglers.mp3
    30. Molle 471128 Two Men In Furnished Room.mp3
    31. Molle 480402 Betrayer.mp3
    32. Molle 480430 Make No Mistake.mp3
    33. Molle 480514 Close Shave.mp3
    34. Molle 480521 Solo Performance.mp3
    35. Molle 480625 Doctor Discord.mp3
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    71 recordings on 2 MP3 Collection Downloads for just $10.00
    total playtime 32 hours, 33 min
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    Volume 1 - 36 shows - total playtime 16 hours 21 minutes
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    Volume 1: $5.00
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    1. Molle 431228 Homicide For Hannah.mp3
    2. Molle 440411 Criminal At Large.mp3
    3. Molle 440620 Death Talks Out Of Turn.mp3
    4. Molle 440725 Fifty Candles.mp3
    5. Molle 441024 Comic Strip Murder.mp3
    6. Molle 441121 Dilemma.mp3
    7. Molle 441128 Nightmare.mp3
    8. Molle 441205 Crime To Fit Punishment.mp3
    9. Molle 441212 Bottle Imp.mp3
    10. Molle 441219 Man In Velvet Hat.mp3
    11. Molle 441226 Letter.mp3
    12. Molle 450130 Deadline At Dawn.mp3
    13. Molle 450227 Yours Truly Jack Ripper.mp3
    14. Molle 450306 Man Who Murdered In Public.mp3
    15. Molle 450403 Eleventh Juror.mp3
    16. Molle 450424 Cask Of Amontillado.mp3
    17. Molle 450515 Lady In Morgue.mp3
    18. Molle 450522 Level Crossing.mp3
    19. Molle 450605 Beckoning Fair One.mp3
    20. Molle 450612 Breakdown.mp3
    21. Molle 450619 Gioconda Smile.mp3
    22. Molle 450626 Marijuana.mp3
    23. Molle 451005 Angel Face.mp3
    24. Molle 451012 Death Is Caused.mp3
    25. Molle 451019 Leg Man.mp3
    26. Molle 451026 Ghost With Gun.mp3
    27. Molle 451102 Who Took Corpse.mp3
    28. Molle 451109 Not Quite Perfect.mp3
    29. Molle 460118 Ladies In Retirement.mp3
    30. Molle 460125 Burn, Witch, Burn.mp3
    31. Molle 460201 Mathematics For Murder.mp3
    32. Molle 460215 Beautiful Science.mp3
    33. Molle 460222 Last Night.mp3
    34. Molle 460308 Red Wine.mp3
    35. Molle 460322 Alibi For Murder.mp3
    36. Molle 460329 Creeper.mp3
    Volume 2 - 35 shows - total playtime 16 hours 12 minutes
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    Volume 2: $5.00
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    1. Molle 460405 Murder In City Hall.mp3
    2. Molle 460412 Night Must Fall.mp3
    3. Molle 460419 Follow That Cab.mp3
    4. Molle 460426 Doctor And Lunatic.mp3
    5. Molle 460503 Murder Without Crime.mp3
    6. Molle 460510 Further Adventures Of Kenny Andrews.mp3
    7. Molle 460517 Killer Come Back To Me.mp3
    8. Molle 460531 Witness For Prosecution.mp3
    9. Molle 460607 Female Of Species.mp3
    10. Molle 460614 Adventure Of Fallen Angels.mp3
    11. Molle 460621 Hands Of Mr Ottermole.mp3
    12. Molle 460823 St Louis Lady.mp3
    13. Molle 460927 Two Men In Furnished Room.mp3
    14. Molle 461101 Rival Dummy.mp3
    15. Molle 461129 Radio Patrol.mp3
    16. Molle 461220 Angel Face.mp3
    17. Molle 470117 Corpus Delicti.mp3
    18. Molle 470207 Bride Wore Black.mp3
    19. Molle 470328 Triangle Of Death.mp3
    20. Molle 470418 Kenny Angles And Queen Of Diamonds.mp3
    21. Molle 470530 Double Cross.mp3
    22. Molle 470627 Talk Them To Death.mp3
    23. Molle 470704 Challenge To Listener.mp3
    24. Molle 470808 Goodbye,darling.mp3
    25. Molle 470905 Death Wears Mask.mp3
    26. Molle 470912 Death Goes Shopping.mp3
    27. Molle 470919 Zelmas Boy.mp3
    28. Molle 471031 Now You See Her, Now You Dont.mp3
    29. Molle 471114 Four Fatal Jugglers.mp3
    30. Molle 471128 Two Men In Furnished Room.mp3
    31. Molle 480402 Betrayer.mp3
    32. Molle 480430 Make No Mistake.mp3
    33. Molle 480514 Close Shave.mp3
    34. Molle 480521 Solo Performance.mp3
    35. Molle 480625 Doctor Discord.mp3
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    71 recordings on 36 Audio CDs
    total playtime 32 hours, 33 min

    Disc A001

    1. Molle 431228 Homicide For Hannah
    2. Molle 440411 Criminal At Large

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    Disc A002

    1. Molle 440620 Death Talks Out Of Turn
    2. Molle 440725 Fifty Candles

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    Disc A003

    1. Molle 441024 Comic Strip Murder
    2. Molle 441121 Dilemma

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    Disc A004

    1. Molle 441128 Nightmare
    2. Molle 441205 Crime To Fit Punishment

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    Disc A005

    1. Molle 441212 Bottle Imp
    2. Molle 441219 Man In Velvet Hat

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    Disc A006

    1. Molle 441226 Letter
    2. Molle 450130 Deadline At Dawn

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    Disc A007

    1. Molle 450227 Yours Truly Jack Ripper
    2. Molle 450306 Man Who Murdered In Public

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    Disc A008

    1. Molle 450403 Eleventh Juror
    2. Molle 450424 Cask Of Amontillado

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    Disc A009

    1. Molle 450515 Lady In Morgue
    2. Molle 450522 Level Crossing

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    Disc A010

    1. Molle 450605 Beckoning Fair One
    2. Molle 450612 Breakdown

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    Disc A011

    1. Molle 450619 Gioconda Smile
    2. Molle 450626 Marijuana

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    Disc A012

    1. Molle 451005 Angel Face
    2. Molle 451012 Death Is Caused

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    Disc A013

    1. Molle 451019 Leg Man
    2. Molle 451026 Ghost With Gun

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    Disc A014

    1. Molle 451102 Who Took Corpse
    2. Molle 451109 Not Quite Perfect

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    Disc A015

    1. Molle 460118 Ladies In Retirement
    2. Molle 460125 Burn, Witch, Burn

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    Disc A016

    1. Molle 460201 Mathematics For Murder
    2. Molle 460215 Beautiful Science

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    Disc A017

    1. Molle 460222 Last Night
    2. Molle 460308 Red Wine

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    Disc A018

    1. Molle 460322 Alibi For Murder
    2. Molle 460329 Creeper

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    Disc A019

    1. Molle 460405 Murder In City Hall
    2. Molle 460412 Night Must Fall

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    Disc A020

    1. Molle 460419 Follow That Cab
    2. Molle 460426 Doctor And Lunatic

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    Disc A021

    1. Molle 460503 Murder Without Crime
    2. Molle 460510 Further Adventures Of Kenny Andrews

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    Disc A022

    1. Molle 460517 Killer Come Back To Me
    2. Molle 460531 Witness For Prosecution

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    Disc A023

    1. Molle 460607 Female Of Species
    2. Molle 460614 Adventure Of Fallen Angels

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    Disc A024

    1. Molle 460621 Hands Of Mr Ottermole
    2. Molle 460823 St Louis Lady

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    Disc A025

    1. Molle 460927 Two Men In Furnished Room
    2. Molle 461101 Rival Dummy

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    Disc A026

    1. Molle 461129 Radio Patrol
    2. Molle 461220 Angel Face

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    Disc A027

    1. Molle 470117 Corpus Delicti
    2. Molle 470207 Bride Wore Black

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    Disc A028

    1. Molle 470328 Triangle Of Death
    2. Molle 470418 Kenny Angles And Queen Of Diamonds

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    Disc A029

    1. Molle 470530 Double Cross
    2. Molle 470627 Talk Them To Death

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    Disc A030

    1. Molle 470704 Challenge To Listener
    2. Molle 470808 Goodbye,darling

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    Disc A031

    1. Molle 470905 Death Wears Mask
    2. Molle 470912 Death Goes Shopping

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    Disc A032

    1. Molle 470919 Zelmas Boy
    2. Molle 471031 Now You See Her, Now You Dont

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    Disc A033

    1. Molle 471114 Four Fatal Jugglers
    2. Molle 471128 Two Men In Furnished Room

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    Disc A034

    1. Molle 480402 Betrayer
    2. Molle 480430 Make No Mistake

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    Disc A035

    1. Molle 480514 Close Shave
    2. Molle 480521 Solo Performance

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    Disc A036

    1. Molle 480625 Doctor Discord

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