The Black Museum, Vol. 1
- The Classic Radio Collection
- Narrated by: Orson Welles
- Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
- Radio/TV Programme
- Release date: 23-06-16
- Language: English
- Publisher: Black Eye Entertainment
The Black Museum was a weekly radio crime drama produced for the BBC in 1951 and based on real-life cases from the files of Scotland Yard. Orson Welles, who was living in London at the time, was both host and narrator for these dramatized stories based on Scotland Yard's Black Museum, which housed its collection of murder weapons and various ordinary objects once associated with historical crime cases. Walking through the museum, Welles would pause at one of the exhibits, and his description of an artifact served as a device to lead into a tale of terror or a brutal murder. In the weekly opening, Welles stated, "The Black Museum...a repository of death. Here in the grim stone structure on the Thames, which houses Scotland Yard, is a warehouse of homicide, where everyday objects...a woman's shoe, a tiny white box, a quilted robe...all are touched by murder."
The series aired in the United States in 1952 on the Mutual Network. It was produced by Harry Alan Towers. Ira Marion wrote the scripts, and Sidney Torch composed and conducted the music for the series.
"A Blued .22 Caliber Pistol", "A Wool Jacket", "The Canvas Bag", "An Open-End Wrench", "The Tan Shoe", "The Notes", "The Spotted Bed Sheet", "An Old Wooden Mallet", "A Champagne Glass", "The Small White Boxes", "The Raincoat", and "The Gas Receipt".
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Customer ReviewsMost Helpful
By Highlight on 17-11-16
A Good Set of Thrillers
However; the English accents are atrocious. No way are all of these
actors British. They are all quite over the top and nothing like I nor the rest of my Country speaks. I appreciate in that era the BBC did like pigeon English but this is not correct pigeon English. Anyway, it is quite funny but these programs are not supposed to be amusing so this is rather distracting.
Wells was always over exaggerated in all he did which is one reason I do not like much of his work.
I do think these programs would be much better had Wells not had anything to do with them. se la vive ! These are still enjoyable old radio and I like them.