„The Black Museum“ (1951 / UK)
If you like Suspense Radio that is superbly written and grips the listener with a conceptual twist that stands the test of time, then why not tune into „The Black Museum“?
In contrast to classic shows like „Suspense“ (CBS) which were american classics and usually rooted deeply in american contemporary culture and presented a (sometimes tiresome) american view on the exotic world, „The Black Museum“ is a 1951 independent production from Great Britain (also aired by the BBC and Radio Luxembourg), hosted and narrated by none other than Orson Welles. If you’re into Old Time Radio Shows, you’ll notice a quite different tone, a darker, more sinister tone right in the first minutes of the show… an ambience that is quite satisfying and leaves the listener longing for more.
The premise is quite modern. „The Black Museum“ is the famed warehouse of Londons Scotland Yard where (historical) evidence is kept, items that are connected to cases of murder and homicide. Welles, as the narrator, takes us down into the stone vault and in each episode picks an item that tells a gruesome story, often placing the object into a pivotal role of the story – and into the episodes title as well.
Listen to the first minutes of „The Black Museum“! You won’t regret it and you’ll be back for more.
Listen to the entire episode „Two Bullets“ below!
The „Black Museum“ actually does exist and you can read more about it @Wikipedia.
You can find all episodes in excellent quality @Archive.org and download them for free!
29. März 2010 @ 18:45
Welles narration boosts the entire concept: „Keep going boys… You’re going to keep going and keep going until you’ve used the second bullet. Then you’ll stop… forever.“ „You’re too young to know that air raid victims still have a death certificate. That doctor is going to find that bullet in Thompsons heart just as the next one is going to be found…“