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The Lone Ranger: The Origin of the Lone Ranger - transcript - from: Microphone Plays

How and why the Lone Ranger wears his mask, meets Tonto, gets his name, and finds the great horse Silver -- while avenging the murder of his brother, a Texas Ranger. "Other Rangers all dead," says Tonto, "You only one left. You - lone Ranger."

Heartbeat Theatre: The Third Saturday in Advent - transcript - from: The Generic Radio Workshop

Touching Christmas story about Ilsa, a poor immigrant, working in a Salvation Army thrift store during the holidays.

The Whistler: Stranger in the House - transcript - from: The Generic Radio Workshop

A charming rogue turns up in Seattle, claiming to be Helen's long-lost brother. She knows he's an impostor, but he manages to convince everyone else that he's the real deal and stands to inherit her brother's million-dollar estate. Is Helen losing her mind? This episode of the long-running thriller series was the basis for the 1958 film "Chase a Crooked Shadow."

Mr. District Attorney: The Case of the Peddlers of Prejudice - transcript- from: The Wireless

Race-baiting high school janitor sparks a riot and an assault -- but Mr. D. A. and his staff investigate. An anti-bigotry Christmas episode of the long-running crime drama series, which was sort of the "Law and Order" of its day, with stories ripped from the headlines.

Superman: The Meteor of Kryptonite, Chapter 2 - transcript - from: The Generic Radio Workshop

Seeking help from Lois Lane and Perry White, mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent tells them the story of a faraway planet and the origin of the Man of Steel. "Much as dread uttering these fateful words," says Jor-El, "I have come to the conclusion that Krypton is doomed!"

Dragnet: .22 Rifle for Christmas - transcript- from: Microphone Plays

Dragnet's annual Christmas episode for the first four years of the series. A small boy is reported missing from his home. Sgt. Joe Friday, assigned to Homicide detail, investigates. The announcer says, "You will travel step by step on the side of the law through an actual case from official police files."

The Adventures of Philip Marlowe: The Panama Hat - transcript- from: Microphone Plays

Raymond Chandler's private detective plays bodyguard for a family receiving death threats. Says Marlowe, "Sounded good, real good. A weekend in Malibu, expenses paid with a cash bonus thrown in. But that was before I knew about the henchman, the redhead, and the corpse."

Superman: Stolen Fuel for Atomic Beam Machine, Episode 8 - transcript - from: Microphone Plays

When a madman steals a scientist's deadly weapon, reporters Clark Kent and Lois Lane investigate. "I think it's time Superman took a hand," says Mr. Kent, his voice deepening, as he bends some steel doors in his bare hands.

Lux Radio Theatre: The Scarlet Pimpernel - transcript - from: The Generic Radio Workshop

Long before Batman and Iron Man, there was "that damned, elusive Pimpernel" -- another wealthy playboy who doubles as a superhero. Leslie Howard recreates his popular film role as British fop Sir Percy Blakeney and his alter ego, a colorful vigilante who bedevils the French government.

Mystery in the Air: The Mask of Medusa - transcript - from: The Wireless

A killer-on-the-run finds himself trapped in a wax museum -- with forty-six other murderers! Peter Lorre stars in this outrageous horror story.

Lux Radio Theater: War of the Worlds - transcript- from: Microphone Plays

Martians invade Earth, but perhaps they should have picked on a planet that was germ-free. "It's possible they may have more than one brain. Perhaps two or even more. And possibly they may even smell colors," muses Dr. Clayton Forrester. "Well, that's speculation, of course." No, it's not the Orson Welles version. Adapted from the 1950s George Pal film.

Dragnet: The Big Little Jesus - transcript - from: The Generic Radio Workshop

Classic Christmas episode in which Sgt. Joe Friday searches for ... Jesus. "You're a detective sergeant.... assigned to Burglary Division. You get a call that an important piece of religious art has been stolen from the oldest church in Los Angeles. There's no lead to its whereabouts. Your job ... find it."

Lux Radio Theatre: The Day the Earth Stood Still - transcript- from: Microphone Plays

A spaceship lands in Washington, D. C. bringing an alien who has a message for mankind. "Klaatu barada nikto," says spaceman Klaatu to robot Gort in this faithful adaptation of the vintage film.

Murder Clinic: The Scrap of Lace - transcript - from: The Generic Radio Workshop

Madame Rosika Storey and her faithful sidekick Bella investigate a mysterious death in New York high society. A rare dramatization of Hulbert Footner's largely forgotten fictional detective.

Front Page Drama: The Broken Coin - transcript - from: The Generic Radio Workshop

In a notorious Depression-era Parisian café, women use their wiles to squeeze money from wealthy drunks. Interesting combination of sensationalism and old-fashioned melodrama from the Hearst publishing empire.

The Hall of Fantasy: The Shadow People - transcript- from: The Generic Radio Workshop

When the "people of the darkness" threaten to "take" Elaine and her family, her fiance calls in Dr. Hesselius, expert on the occult. Creepy episode of the horror series.

Sherlock Holmes: The Problem of Thor Bridge - transcript - from: The Generic Radio Workshop

A wealthy American's wife has apparently been murdered by his beautiful mistress. The great detective investigates. A relatively faithful adaptation of the original Arthur Conan Doyle story.

Mercury Theater on the Air: Sherlock Holmes - transcript - from: The Generic Radio Workshop

Sherlock Holmes versus Professor Moriarty. Orson Welles adapts and stars in this radio version of William Gillette's classic stage play.

Romance: Two and One Is Awful - transcript - from: The Generic Radio Workshop

Two friends, vying for the same man, get a little help from swinging Aunt Martha. Funny romantic comedy.

Destination Freedom: The Rime of the Ancient Dodger - transcript - from: J. Fred MacDonald Presents

Jackie Robinson breaks baseball's color line by joining the Brooklyn Dodgers, as told by Sammy the Whammy, a very Brooklynesque narrator. This surprisingly lighthearted script (partly a parody of Coleridge's "Rime of the Ancient Mariner"), by black author Richard Durham for his award-winning civil rights drama series, was broadcast the year after Robinson's major league debut. "You look like the kind of player who could get a hit," says a scout to Robinson, "Even if you do start out with two strikes on you."

The Adventures of Sam Spade: The Dead Duck Caper  - transcript- from: Microphone Plays

Instead of a Maltese falcon, Dashiell Hammett's private detective pursues a mysterious "duck" wanted by a gangster who's holding his secretary's mother hostage. Says Spade, "When a streetcar came along, I tossed a coin whether to get on it or lie down on the tracks and let it run over me."

Lux Radio Theater: I'll Be Seeing You - transcript- from: The Generic Radio Workshop

"The poignant story of two people who find themselves very much in love," says Cecil B. DeMille, "but whose yuletide happiness is shadowed by a strange threat." Adapted from the 1940s David O. Selznick film.

Lum and Abner: Christmas Eve in Pine Ridge - transcript- from: Microphone Plays

Customers visit the Jot 'Em Down Store, but proprietors Lum and Abner, entranced by a "lecatric" train set, are too busy layin' track 'round the pickle barrel to notice. Doggies, this is a mighty amusin' Christmas episode of the noted rural comedy series.

Lights Out: Death Pit - transcript- from: The Generic Radio Workshop

John walks through the kitchen door and falls into a mysterious land of darkness -- and snake men. Script for a lost episode of the series NBC called "the ultimate in horror."

Lux Radio Theatre: Miracle on 34th Street - transcript - from: The Generic Radio Workshop

A department store Santa Claus insists that he's the real Kris Kringle.

My Favorite Husband: Spring Cleaning - transcript- from: The Generic Radio Workshop

Wife Liz finds some old love letters addressed to husband George and the usual sitcom misunderstandings ensue. This Lucille Ball vehicle was the basis for her classic TV series "I Love Lucy."

Sherlock Holmes: The Night Before Christmas - transcript- from: Microphone Plays

Who finds himself dressed up as Santa Claus on Christmas Eve? Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, and the villainous Lou the Lisper, a confederate of Professor Moriarty's! Mrs. Hudson and Inspector Lestrade also appear in this lighthearted, family-friendly adventure.

Front Page Drama: Switchboard Secrets - transcript - from: The Generic Radio Workshop

Gossipy telephone operator tells Depression-era tale of a cross-dressing secretary who is forced to pass herself off as a man and ends up threatened with exposure in a men's shelter. Bad writing? Or a secret plea from the closet? You decide.

Father Knows Best: Christmas Program - transcript - from: The Generic Radio Workshop

Father wants the family to experience an old-fashioned Christmas so they set out to chop down their own tree -- during a blizzard.

Rogers of the Gazette: Jill's Baby - transcript- from: Microphone Plays

When a couple with a baby are stranded in the city of Illyria, they inspire a little girl to ask for an unusual Christmas present. The announcer calls it "another heartwarming story of a country newspaper and its friendly editor, and starring Will Rogers, Jr."

Romance: The Strip Teaser and the Space Warp - transcript- from: Microphone Plays

Helen the stripper creates a new dance routine that sends her hurtling through the space-time continuum. A goofy science fiction comedy from one of radio's most underrated anthology series.

Sam Spade: The Blood Money Caper - transcript- from: The Generic Radio Workshop

On a routine job, San Francisco's famous hard-boiled private eye stumbles onto an unusually large group of out-of-town criminals. The plot is based on a couple of Dashiell Hammett's Continental Op stories.

Suspense: The Visitor - transcript- from: The Generic Radio Workshop

The whole town thought he was murdered, but a runaway teen returns for a surprise visit. Is he really who he claims to be? A complex mystery thriller, based on a novel, from the long-running anthology series.