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The Mysterious Traveler

was a mystery drama anthololgy which ran for nine years (1943-1952). Each week listeners were invited to ride a passenger train in the company of a mysterious stranger (Maurice Tarplin), who always had a dark and uncanny tale for a willing ear. Created by the writing team of Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan, the series was popular enough to engender two 'spin-off' series—The Sealed Book and The Strange Dr. Weird.

Both spin-offs produced no originals, only remakes of MT stories (along with some remakes of Dark Destiny). The Sealed Book tended to deal with murder as its primary subject, while The Strange Dr. Weird (also hosted by Tarplin) leaned more toward the macabre. The Mysterious Traveler boasted nearly 400 episodes of which, sadly, only about 71 have survived. That being the case, I have decided only to list the shows known to still exist.

The Digital Deli Too lists the titles of nearly 250 "lost" episodes. The only titles I am including here are those for which I know the author or plot. (Plots for 'lost' episodes are taken from the Digital Deli Too).

Currently this archive contains 30 of 70 plotlines

See the CD cover art for this series.

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Accusing Corpse, The

Year: 1944; 1949
Duration: 30 min
Genre:
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

A version later aired on The Sealed Book.

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Behind the Locked Door

Year: 1949; 1951
Duration: 30 min
Genre: Horror
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

An archaeological expedition to the Vermillion Cliffs of Arizona seeks to uncover ancient Aztec artifacts... but, instead, finds a cave with a bizarre and deadly legacy.

Reviews:
This episode plays upon the xenophobic tendencies all people possess. My only complaint is that the descriptive language regarding the star character leaves too much to the imagination. --- Jennifer Morrison

A number of improbable events at the outset hindered my "suspension of disbelief"... but a constant mantra of "relax, don't worry about it" eventually took hold. A plot twist in the middle led to a stronger ending than I expected. If you don't expect too much going in, you might enjoy this story. (6/10) --- zM

Beware of Tomorrow

Year: 1944
Duration: 30 min
Genre: Robots
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

A scientist responds to a job offer from a professor who claims to have invented an intelligent robot, but there are many different types of intelligence...

A version later aired on The Sealed Book. See also 'Almost Human' (Dimension X and X Minus One), 'The Automaton' (Hall of Fantasy) and 'The Doom Machine' (Suspense and 2000 Plus).

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Big Brain, The

Year: 1950
Duration: 30 min
Genre: Super Science
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

A programmer uses a supercomputer to predict the winners of horse races, to the unwelcome notice of the track's underworld owners, who are curious about the secret behind his phenomenal stretch of 'luck'.

A version of this story was produced for an Australian series, Adventure into Fear.

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Black Door, The    *LOST*

Year: 1952
Duration: 30 min
Genre: Horror
Available for Listening Booth: N
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

A legendary lost Mayan city of gold becomes a death trap for two men who discover its location - and a horror beyond description lurking in its depths.

A version of this story later appeared on Suspense.

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Case of Charles Foster, The

Year: 1945; 1949
Duration: 30 min
Genre:
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

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Change of Address

Year: 1952
Duration: 30 min
Genre: Murder
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

Have you ever seen a house that made you say, automatically, "That house was just made for a murder"? Of course you have. But until now you've never wanted to own such a house.

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The Collector's Items

Year: 1948
Duration: 30 min
Genre:
Available for Listening Booth: N
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

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Christmas Story

Year: 1951
Duration: 30 min
Genre:
Available for Listening Booth: N
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

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Dark, Dark Destiny

Year: 1947
Duration: 30 min
Genre: Murder
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

A man's wife faces a lifetime of invalidism unless she risks a very delicate operation. But how do you raise the necessary cash when you don't have a steady income, your mortgage is underwater, and all your credit lines are already tapped out?

Reviews:
This show does not have any Sci-Fi, Horror, or Adventure elements. It is a fairly simple story about how ill fortune can escalate when poor choices are made. Nevertheless, the tale is well told, with solid acting and a strong ending. (7/10) --- zM

Death at Fifty Fathoms

Year: 1950
Duration: 30 min
Genre: Ghosts
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

A remake of 'Death Comes for Adolph Hitler'.

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Death Comes for Adolph Hitler

Year: 1945
Duration: 30 min
Genre: Ghosts
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

As the Third Reich crumbles into ruins, a U-boat spiriting an escaped Hitler off to a safe haven in South America is haunted by the ghosts of Nazi war victims.

This episode was later remade as 'Death at 50 Fathoms'.

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Death Has a Cold Breath

Year: 1949
Duration: 30 min
Genre:
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

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Death Has a Thousand Faces

Year: 1948; 1951
Duration: 30 min
Genre:
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

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Death is My Caller

Year: 1947
Duration: 30 min
Genre:
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

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Death is the Judge

Year: 1947
Duration: 30 min
Genre:
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

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Death is the Visitor

Year: 1946
Duration: 30 min
Genre:
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

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Death Laughs Last

Year: 1944
Duration: 30 min
Genre:
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

A version later aired on The Sealed Book.

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Death Rings down the Curtain

Year: 1944; 1948
Duration: 30 min
Genre:
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

A version later aired on The Sealed Book.

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Death Writes a Letter

Year: 1948; 1951
Duration: 30 min
Genre:
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

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Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, The

Year: 1949
Duration: 30 min
Genre: Supernatural
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

Fortune hunters searching for a sunken pirate treasure ship find more than they bargained for when the treasure's original owner seems unwilling to part with it.

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Fire in the Sky

Year: 1951
Duration: 30 min
Genre: Sci-Fi
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

An apocalyptic tale of a couple who meet their ultimate destiny on a lonely road while a comet approaches Earth.

Reviews:
Questionable science; improbable events. Mildly interesting. If realism is your thing, I strongly recommend reading Lucifer's Hammer instead.

Five Miles Down    *LOST*

Year: 1947; 1950
Duration: 30 min
Genre: Creatures
Available for Listening Booth: N
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

Geologists using a new super drill to reach the magma for geothermal energy hit an underground cave. Descending to explore, they encounter intelligent winged creatures like giant bats which kill off most of the expedition. The survivors must get back to the surface to blast the hole closed as below them the winged creatures are rising to overtake them and wreak havoc on the surface world.

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Good Die Young, The

Year: 1944
Duration: 30 min
Genre:
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

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Green Plague, The

aka: "Green Death"
Year: 1952
Duration: 30 min
Genre: Super Science
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

A chemist, obsessed with getting rich, sprays an acre of cropland with an experimental formula for accelerating plant growth, with catastrophic results.

Reviews:
Good old-fashioned corny B-movie, end-of-the-world fun. --- Seth Gaines

Haunted Trailer, The

Year: 1952
Duration: 30 min
Genre: Ghosts / Humour
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

In this comical tale, a man traveling cross-country discovers that a ghost of a former street thug is haunting the trailer he is pulling.

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Hideout

Year: 1951
Duration: 30 min
Genre:
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

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House of Death, The

Year: 1944; 1948
Duration: 30 min
Genre: Murder
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

Two invalid sisters living with their niece and nephew become disgruntled with the isolated life in the country and make plans to move back to their former home in the city. But when one of their cats dies after eating a piece of meat and the other unexpectedly vanishes, the sisters begin to wonder if their niece and nephew will ever allow them to leave.

Another version aired on The Sealed Book as 'Escape by Death'.

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I Died Last Night

Year: 1947; 1950
Duration: 30 min
Genre:
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

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I Won't Die Alone

Year: 1948
Duration: 30 min
Genre:
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

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If You Believe

Year: 1946
Duration: 30 min
Genre:
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

A reporter who believes the printed word can shape truth engenders a public belief in the existence of a monster being created in a laboratory. Well , if faith can move mountains...

Reviews:
This episode isn't played in a camp manner, packs loads of suspense, and it's extremely well done. --- David Hassell

It's Only Money

Year: 1952
Duration: 30 min
Genre:
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

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Key Witness

Year: 1952
Duration: 30 min
Genre:
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

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Killer at Large

Year: 1950
Duration: 30 min
Genre:
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

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Killer Come Home

Year: 1950
Duration: 30 min
Genre:
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

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Knives of Death, The

Year: 1951
Duration: 30 min
Genre:
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

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Lady in Red, The

Year: 1950
Duration: 30 min
Genre: Supernatural
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

A reporter investigates a series of killings in which the linking factor is that the same woman was present each time.

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Last Survivor, The

Year: 1949
Duration: 30 min
Genre: Space Exploration
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Arch Oboler

An account of the first mission to the Moon, and a terrifying revelation upon its return to Earth.

This story was adapted from the story 'Rocket From Manhattan' on Lights Out! and Arch Oboler's Plays and expanded into a broadway play 'Night of the Auk'.

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Locomotive Ghost, The

Year: 1947; 1949
Duration: 30 min
Genre: Ghosts
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

A man on the run is haunted by a train seen only by those about to die.

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Man in the Black Derby, The

Year: 1948
Duration: 30 min
Genre: Supernatural
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

A woman becomes convinced that the man she keeps seeing is Death, and that her own must therefore be imminent.

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Man from Singapore, The

Year: 1950
Duration: 30 min
Genre:
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

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Man the Insects Hated, The

Year: 1944; 1947
Duration: 30 min
Genre: Creatures
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

A scientist who develops an infallible bug spray finds his house plagued by vengeful insects.

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Man Who Died Twice, The

Year: 1948
Duration: 30 min
Genre:
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

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Man Who Knew Everything, The

Year: 1948; 1951
Duration: 30 min
Genre: Super Science
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

A small-time but ambitious gangster gets hold of a formula that allows him to read minds, and he embarks on a series of blackmailings and threats to obtain world domination.

A version later aired on The Strange Dr Weird.

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Man Who Tried to Save Lincoln, The

Year: 1950
Duration: 30 min
Genre: Time Travel
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

A scientist invents a machine to allow someone to mentally travel back in time and inhabit the body of past individuals. He then encounters a historian who is convinced the world would be a better place if only Abraham Lincoln had not been assassinated.

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Man Who Vanished, The

Year: 1948
Duration: 30 min
Genre: Super Science
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

The inventor of a formula for invisibility thinks he has discovered a means of committing a series of perfect crimes, but nature has its own sense of justice.

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Mind over Murder

Year: 1944; 1947; 1950
Duration: 30 min
Genre:
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

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Most Famous Man in the World, The

Year: 1951
Duration: 30 min
Genre: Time Travel
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

A couple take in a pair of enigmatic boarders who reveal themselves to be time travelers returning to the 20th century to prevent the rise of the man who would make himself the first Dictator of America.

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Murder Goes Free

Year: 1945; 1947
Duration: 30 min
Genre:
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

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Murder in 2952

Year: 1952
Duration: 30 min
Genre: Sci-Fi
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

Depressed over the being the loser in a love triangle, a man flees Earth for the jungles of Ganymede, only to find himself pursued for murder by his rival, a crooked detective with the World Police.

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Murder in Jazz Time

Year: 1948
Duration: 30 min
Genre:
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

With Hazel Scott recordings.

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Murder is My Business

Year: 1948
Duration: 30 min
Genre:
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

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New Year's Nightmare

Year: 1947
Duration: 30 min
Genre:
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

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No Grave Can Hold Me

Year: 1947; 1949
Duration: 30 min
Genre: Ghosts
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

A magician is sentenced to be executed for murder. Before he dies, he instructs his son-in-law on how he is to be buried so that he can come back and kill the jury, the judge, and the district attorney.

Reviews:
An overall excellent story, marred only by several fluffed lines throughout the episode. --- Harry Leshko

No One on the Line

Year: 1946; 1949; 1949
Duration: 30 min
Genre:
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

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Operation Tomorrow

Year: 1950
Duration: 30 min
Genre: Time Travel / War
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

A time traveler discovers a future writhing in perpetual war; knowing the future, can he return to the present and prevent it?

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Out of the Past

Year: 1944; 1949
Duration: 30 min
Genre:
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

A version later aired on The Sealed Book.

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Planet Zevius, The

Year: 1949; 1951
Duration: 30 min
Genre: Space Exploration
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: George Bamber ??

An expedition to an alien planet discovers a lost civilization, and the terrible secret of its demise.

Versions of this story appeared as 'Report from a Dead Planet' on Suspense, and as 'In Absence of all Intelligent Life' on Theatre 5.

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Queen of the Cats, The

Year: 1944; 1948
Duration: 30 min
Genre: Occult
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

Obsessed by a hauntingly beautiful woman, a man sacrifices all to marry her, unaware that her uncontrollable jealousy and passion for cats can be a deadly combination.

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S-O-S

Year: 1950
Duration: 30 min
Genre:
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

A trio of criminals attempt to steal a shipment of uncut diamonds on a liner, but run into a bit of trouble.

Reviews:
Awesome ending - you won't see it coming. I won't give it away, except to say that this show exemplifies the possibilities the audio medium has to offer. --- Jeff Dickson

Strange New World

Year: 1952
Duration: 30 min
Genre: Creatures
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

Two men stranded on a remote Pacific island near old nuclear test sites are horrified to find the the local fauna have undergone a frightening metamorphosis.

See also 'The Insect' (2000 Plus), and 'The Crawling Thing' (Hall of Fantasy).

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Stranger in the House

Year: 1944; 1952
Duration: 30 min
Genre: Ghosts
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

A young couple move into a charming old house, but the husband falls under the spell of a malevolent spirit.

A version later aired on The Sealed Book.

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Survival of the Fittest

Year: 1950
Duration: 30 min
Genre:
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

A version later aired on The Strange Dr Weird.

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Symphony of Death, The

Year: 1946
Duration: 30 min
Genre:
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

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They Struck It Rich

Year: 1948
Duration: 30 min
Genre:
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

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They Who Sleep

Year: 1945; 1948
Duration: 30 min
Genre:
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

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Till Death Do Us Part

Year: 1948
Duration: 30 min
Genre:
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

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Vacation from Life

Year: 1947; 1950
Duration: 30 min
Genre:
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

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Visiting Corpse, The

Year: 1944; 1948
Duration: 30 min
Genre:
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

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Woman in Black, The

Year: 1947
Duration: 30 min
Genre: Horror
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

A newspaper reporter keeps sighting the same woman at the scene of several murders and suspects her of having an intimate connection to all of them - and countless more.

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Zero Hour

Year: 1948
Duration: 30 min
Genre: Aliens
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan

A renowned professor travels to the West with his biographer to investigate the supposed crash landing of a Martian spacecraft.

NOT the same story as Bradbury's 'Zero Hour'.

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