Download Inner Sanctum Mysteries, Vol. 1 Audiobook

Inner Sanctum Mysteries, Vol. 1 Audiobook, by Hollywood 360 Extended Sample Click for printable size audiobook cover
Author: Hollywood 360, CBS Radio Narrator: A Full Cast Publisher: Black Eye Entertainment Format: Audio Theater Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Classic Radio Collection Release Date: February 2014 ISBN: 9781482960907
0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book)
Regular Price: $16.95 Add to Cart
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $12.95$7.95$7.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

Taking its name from a popular series of mystery novels, Inner Sanctum Mysteries debuted over NBC’s Blue Network in January 1941. It featured one of the most memorable and atmospheric openings in radio history: an organist hit a dissonant chord, a doorknob turned, and the famous “creaking door” slowly began to open. Every week, Inner Sanctum Mysteries told stories of ghosts, murderers, and lunatics. Produced in New York, the cast usually consisted of veteran radio actors, with occasional guest appearances by such Hollywood stars Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre, and Claude Rains. What made Inner Sanctum Mysteries unique among radio horror shows was its host, a slightly sinister sounding fellow originally known as “Raymond.” The host had a droll sense of humor and an appetite for ghoulish puns, and his influence can be seen among horror hosts everywhere, from the Crypt-Keeper to Elvira. Raymond Edward Johnson was the show’s host until 1945; Paul McGrath took over as host until the show left the air in 1952. Producer Hiram Brown would utilize the creaking door again in the 1970s, when he produced and directed The CBS Radio Mystery Theater.

Episodes include:

The Voice on the Wire, starring Lesley Woods

Trapped on an island, a voice on the telephone warns a woman that she has only four hours to live. Originally aired November 29, 1944.

Desert Death, starring Horace Braham

Two men driving across the desert pick up three hitchhikers who turn out to be escaped Nazi prisoners. Originally aired January 9, 1945.

Death Is an Artist, starring Lee Bowman

Four dead cats and a man are found in an apartment—all with their throats slit or their heads cut off. Originally aired January 23, 1945

Death in the Depths, starring Santos Ortega

A deep-sea diver meets some old friends down in a shipwreck. Originally aired February 6, 1945.

No Coffin for the Dead, starring Les Tremayne

Who killed Peter Frame? The killer may be an insane person who is unable to walk. Originally aired February 20, 1945.

The Bog Oak Necklace, starring Miriam Hopkins

The discovery of a necklace around a skeleton is the key to a forty-year-old murder. Originally aired April 10, 1945.

The Black Art, starring Simone Simone

A murderer about to be hanged is rescued by a woman with strange powers. Originally aired May 15, 1945.

Dead to Rights, starring Elspeth Eric

An inept couple murders for profit and then flees when the net closes in on them. Originally aired May 22, 1945.

Death across the Board, starring Raymond Massey

A murdering madman is battling the police as a chess game—with dead bodies galore! Originally aired June 5, 1945.

Portrait of Death, starring Lesley Woods

A cursed painting invariably kills its owner. Originally aired June 12, 1945.

Dead Man’s Deal, starring Larry Haines

A poker game has murder as the stakes. Originally aired August 28, 1945.

The Murder Prophet, starring Wendy Barrie

Who killed Claudia’s first husband … and her second … and the man who loved her? Originally aired September 4, 1945.

Download and start listening now!


Listener Reviews

Be the first to write a review about this audiobook!
Write a Review

About the Author

Hollywood 360 is a syndicated radio show heard every Saturday evening on radio stations throughout the United States. Hollywood 360 showcases a wide variety of audio entertainment, from the golden age of Hollywood to today’s most current headlines.

About the Narrator

Calvin Trillin has been a staff writer at the New Yorker since 1963. He is the author of thirty books. His nonfiction includes Jackson, 1964; About Alice; and Remembering Denny. His humor writing includes books of political verse, comic novels, books on eating, and children’s poetry. In 2012, he was awarded the Thurber Prize for American Humor for Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin: Forty Years of Funny Stuff. In 2013, he was inducted into the New York Writers Hall of Fame.