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Strange

a cerebral form of sci-fi, focusing on the human elements and how strange energies affect the characters and their relationships.

9 old time radio show recordings
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"Ghost Train"



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About this Old Time Radio Show

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"Tune into this same time with Walter Gibson, expert of supernatural.
Stories of ghosts, of spirts, of werewolves, and voodoo!
Each story you hear is true, but.... Sssstrraaaannngggeee...."

Ghost TrainOne version of multiverse theory posits that there are dozens of universe all around us, occupying the same space as ours, but existing in different dimensions, which makes them invisible.  While this theory doesn't conjecture about beings in one dimension somehow communicating with someone in another--information from one dimension leaking into another--it's a concept that has captivated imaginations for decades and was a staple of sci-fi culture in the 1950's.

If little energies could bound from one dimension to another, that would allow people to tell the future or read minds, to meet slightly different versions of themselves or people who have died in this dimension.  The reality we think we live in becomes warped, darkened at the edges, frightening.  This is the stuff of the short-lived, thematically-rich mid-50's series Strange.

Strange was a 15-minute program, of which eight episodes were produced.  One of the majordomos of the show was Walter Gibson, a veteran radio writer.  Gibson served on Strange as a writer and director of a few episodes, but also as the narrator.

One of the show's most frequently-appearing actors was Lawson Zerbe, a veteran who had appeared on more than a dozen series, including the outstanding, legendary Inner Sanctum.  

old time radio pictureGhost stories were a relatively-common theme on Strange, along with the dimension-hopping elements above.  In "Deja Vu in France," a woman traveling to Paris with her fiance to tie the knot got a feeling she was heading "home," a place she's been before, though not physically.  Her fiance becomes disconcerted as she stares vacantly into the distance.  "Not far away," Paul, she says, "just the opposite."

The writing and acting in Strange are both subtle.  It's a cerebral form of sci-fi, focusing on the human elements and how strange energies affect the characters and their relationships.

The show's calling card was delivered by Gibson at the dawn of each episode, when he'd intone, "the story you about to hear is true, but straaaaaaaaange."  We then meet the device of being told that we are hearing true stories being told by Gibson, and expert in the strange or paranormal.

Strange is a find worthy of the most devout radio collectors.

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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.



    9 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 2 hours, 5 min
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      9 shows - total playtime 2 hours 5 minutes
      1. Strange 1955 Capt Robinson.mp3
      2. Strange 1955 Deadmans Reef.mp3
      3. Strange 1955 Dejavu In France.mp3
      4. Strange 1955 Flying Dutchman.mp3
      5. Strange 1955 Ghost Train.mp3
      6. Strange 1955 Great Eastern.mp3
      7. Strange 1955 Greenwood Acres.mp3
      8. Strange 1955 Hillbilly Feud.mp3
      9. Strange 1955 Phantom Wagoneer.mp3
  • MP3 downloads are available instantly after purchase!



    9 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 2 hours, 5 min
    Add MP3 Collection to Cart

    Click here to see disc contents


      9 shows - total playtime 2 hours 5 minutes
      1. Strange 1955 Capt Robinson.mp3
      2. Strange 1955 Deadmans Reef.mp3
      3. Strange 1955 Dejavu In France.mp3
      4. Strange 1955 Flying Dutchman.mp3
      5. Strange 1955 Ghost Train.mp3
      6. Strange 1955 Great Eastern.mp3
      7. Strange 1955 Greenwood Acres.mp3
      8. Strange 1955 Hillbilly Feud.mp3
      9. Strange 1955 Phantom Wagoneer.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



    9 recordings on 2 Audio CDs
    total playtime 2 hours, 5 min

    Disc A001

    1. Strange 1955 Capt Robinson
    2. Strange 1955 Deadmans Reef
    3. Strange 1955 Dejavu In France
    4. Strange 1955 Flying Dutchman
    5. Strange 1955 Ghost Train

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    Disc A002

    1. Strange 1955 Great Eastern
    2. Strange 1955 Greenwood Acres
    3. Strange 1955 Hillbilly Feud
    4. Strange 1955 Phantom Wagoneer

    Add Audio CD to Cart - $5.00