I Love A Mystery


(2.9 stars; 7 reviews)

The exploits of a trio of soldiers of fortune: Jack Packard, Doc Long and Reggie York. Created by Carlton E. Morse.


This recording is part of the Old Time Radio collection.

Chapters

1939-01-17 RoxyCityMob Pt2of14 14:30
1939-01-18 RoxyCityMob Pt3of14 14:30
1940-03-11 MurderInTurquoisePass Pt1of15 13:44
1940-03-12 MurderInTurquoisePass Pt2of15 13:46
1940-06-00 SnakeWithDiamondEyes Pt Of26 29:14
1940-06-13 SnakeWithDiamondEyes Pt11of26 27:11
1941-06-30 Eight Kinds Of Murder Pt7 29:08
1941-11-03 MonsterInTheMansion Pt9of16 14:33
1941-11-10 MonsterInTheMansion Pt11of16 14:55
1941 Secret Passage To Death 14:44
1942-04-13 PirateLootOfIslandOfSkull Pt1of26 16:25
1942-04-16 PirateLootOfIslandOfSkull Pt2of26 15:48
1942-04-20 PirateLootOfIslandOfSkull Pt3of26 14:42
1942-04-23 PirateLootOfIslandOfSkull Pt4of26 18:37
1942-04-27 PirateLootOfIslandOfSkull Pt5of26 12:14
1942-04-30 PirateLootOfIslandOfSkull Pt6of26 13:00
1942-05-04 PirateLootOfIslandOfSkulls Pt7of26 29:33
1942-05-07 PirateLootOfIslandOfSkulls Pt8of26 28:04
1942-05-14 PirateLootOfIslandOfSkulls Pt10of26 12:01
1942-05-18 PirateLootOfIslandOfSkulls Pt11of26 29:33
1943-03-30 GirlInTheGildedCage Pt7of15 15:25
1943-11-08 HermitOfSanFelipeAtabaro Pt1of20 10:14
1943-11-09 HermitOfSanFelipeAtapapo Pt2of20 12:44
1943-11-10 HermitOfSanFelipeAtapapo Pt3of20 11:45
1943-11-11 HermitOfSanFelipeAtapapo Pt4of20 8:51
1943-11-12 HermitOfSanFelipeAtabaro Pt5of20 8:18
1943-11-15 HermitOfSanFelipeAtabaro Pt6of20 10:15
1943-11-16 HermitOfSanFelipeAtabaro Pt7of20 10:28
1943-11-17 HermitOfSanFelipeAtabaro Pt8of20 10:40
1943-11-18 HermitOfSanFelipeAtapapo Pt9of20 12:43
1943-11-19 HermitOfSanFelipeAtapapo Pt10of20 10:17
1943-11-22 HermitOfSanFelipeAtabaro Pt11of20 9:49
1943-11-23 HermitOfSanFelipeAtabaro Pt12of20 10:01
1943-11-24 HermitOfSanFelipeAtapapo Pt13of20 11:05
1943-11-29 HermitOfSanFelipeAtabaro Pt16of20 10:17
1943-11-30 HermitOfSanFelipeAtabaro Pt17of20 10:36
1943-12-02 HermitOfSanFelipeAtabaro Pt19of20 10:33
1943-12-03 HermitOfSanFelipeAtabaro Pt20of20 10:56
1944-05-12 IAmDestroyerOfWomen Pt15of15 14:34
1944-09-21 BrideOfTheWerewolf Pt30f15 14:22
1944-11-03 Monster Mansion Pt5 (2nd ½) 14:20
1944-11-10 Monster Mansion Pt6 (1st ½) 5:37
1945-05-21 GrandmaWhatBigTeethYouHave(audition) 26:49
1949-10-03 FearCreepsLikeACat Pt1of20 13:58
1949-10-04 FearCreepsLikeACat Pt2of20 14:39
1949-10-05 FearCreepsLikeACat Pt3of20 13:05
1949-10-06 FearCreepsLikeACat Pt4of20 13:14
1949-10-07 FearCreepsLikeACat Pt5of20 14:18
1949-10-10 FearCreepsLikeACat Pt6of20 12:45
1949-10-11 FearCreepsLikeACat Pt7of20 16:54
1949-10-12 FearCreepsLikeACat Pt8of20 12:53
1949-10-13 FearCreepsLikeACat Pt9of20 14:37
1949-10-14 FearCreepsLikeACat Pt10of20 14:26
1949-10-17 FearCreepsLikeACat Pt11of20 14:59
1949-10-18 FearCreepsLikeACat Pt12of20 10:34
1949-10-19 FearCreepsLikeACat Pt13of20 15:24
1949-10-20 FearCreepsLikeACat Pt14of20 14:45
1949-10-21 FearCreepsLikeACat Pt15of20 16:20
1949-10-24 FearCreepsLikeACat Pt16of20 15:54
1949-10-25 FearCreepsLikeACat Pt17of20 14:00
1949-10-26 FearCreepsLikeACat Pt18of20 14:25
1949-10-27 FearCreepsLikeACat Pt19of20 13:49
1949-10-28 FearCreepsLikeACat Pt20of20 13:27
1949-10-31 ThingThatCriesInTheNight Pt1of15 11:43
1949-11-01 ThingThatCriesInTheNight Pt2pf15 11:37
1949-11-02 ThingThatCriesInTheNight Pt3of15 12:06
1949-11-03 ThingThatCriesInTheNight Pt4of15 11:22
1949-11-04 ThingThatCriesInTheNight Pt5of15 11:44
1949-11-07 ThingThatCriesInTheNight Pt6of15 12:46
1949-11-08 ThingThatCriesInTheNight Pt7of15 11:30
1949-11-09 ThingThatCriesInTheNight Pt8of15 11:39
1949-11-10 ThingThatCriesInTheNight Pt9of15 11:44
1949-11-11 ThingThatCriesInTheNight E10of15 10:50
1949-11-14 ThingThatCriesInTheNight Pt11of15 11:49
1949-11-15 ThingThatCriesInTheNight Pt12of15 11:50
1949-11-16 ThingThatCriesInTheNight Pt13of15 10:30
1949-11-17 ThingThatCriesInTheNight Pt14of15 10:58
1949-11-18 ThingThatCriesInTheNight Pt15of15 12:40
1949-11-21 BuryYourDeadArizona Pt10f15 9:55
1949-11-22 BuryYourDeadArizona Pt2of15 11:44
1949-11-23 BuryYourDeadArizona Pt3of15 10:53
1949-11-24 BuryYourDeadArizona Pt4of15 10:35
1949-11-25 BuryYourDeadArizona Pt5of15 11:25
1949-11-28 BuryYourDeadArizona Pt6of15 10:24
1949-11-29 BuryYourDeadArizona Pt7of15 9:20
1949-11-30 BuryYourDeadArizona Pt8of15 11:05
1949-12-01 BuryYourDeadArizona Pt9of15 10:37
1949-12-02 BuryYourDeadArizona Pt10of15 9:30
1949-12-05 BuryYourDeadArizona Pt11of15 12:09
1949-12-06 BuryYourDeadArizona Pt12of15 10:24
1949-12-07 BuryYourDeadArizona Pt13of15 9:34
1949-12-08 BuryYourDeadArizona Pt14of15 9:23
1949-12-09 BuryYourDeadArizona Pt15of15 11:20
1949-12-12 MillionDollarCurse Pt1of15 13:27
1949-12-13 MillionDollarCurse Pt2of15 13:52
1949-12-14 MillionDollarCurse Pt3of15 12:32
1949-12-15 MillionDollarCurse Pt4of15 12:02
1949-12-16 MillionDollarCurse Pt5of15 12:43
1949-12-19 MillionDollarCurse Pt6of15 12:13
1949-12-20 MillionDollarCurse Pt7of15 12:27
1949-12-21 MillionDollarCurse Pt8of15 12:33
1949-12-22 MillionDollarCurse Pt9of15 12:35
1949-12-26 MillionDollarCurse Pt11of15 12:28
1949-12-27 MillionDollarCurse Pt12of15 12:14
1949-12-28 MillionDollarCurse Pt13of15 13:03
1949-12-29. MillionDollarCurse Pt14of15 12:43
1949-12-30 MillionDollarCurse Pt15of15 13:03
1950-01-02 TempleOfVampires Pt1of20 14:55
1950-01-03 TempleOfVampires Pt2of20 13:19
1950-01-04 TempleOfVampires Pt3of20 15:00
1950-01-05 TempleOfVampires Pt4of20 15:24
1950-01-06 TempleOfVampires Pt5of20 14:24
1950-01-09 TempleOfVampires Pt6of20 14:23
1950-01-10 TempleOfVampires Pt7of20 13:49
1950-01-11 TempleOfVampires Pt8of20 13:58
1950-01-12 TempleOfVampires Pt9of20 13:59
1950-01-13 TempleOfVampires Pt10of20 12:10
1950-01-16 TempleOfVampires Pt11of20 10:55
1950-01-17 TempleOfVampires Pt12of20 12:05
1950-01-18 TempleOfVampires Pt13of20 13:23
1950-01-19 TempleOfVampires Pt14of20 13:24
1950-01-20 TempleOfVampires Pt15of20 12:21
1950-01-23 TempleOfVampires Pt16of20 10:40
1950-01-24 TempleOfVampires Pt17of20 11:58
1950-01-25 TempleOfVampires Pt18of20 12:45
1950-01-26 TempleOfVampires Pt19of20 14:03
1950-01-27 TempleOfVampires Pt20of20 14:16
1950-01-30 BattleOfTheCentury Pt01of18 14:53
1950-01-31 BattleOfTheCentury Pt02of18 14:47
1950-02-01 BattleOfTheCentury Pt03of18 14:35
1950-02-02 BattleOfTheCentury Pt04of18 14:38
1950-02-07 BattleOfTheCentury Pt07of18 11:21
1950-02-08 BattleOfTheCentury Pt08of18 12:39
1950-02-09 BattleOfTheCentury Pt09of18 12:03
1950-02-13 BattleOfTheCentury Pt11of18 11:54
1950-02-14 BattleOfTheCentury Pt12of18 11:48
1950-02-15 BattleOfTheCentury Pt13of18 12:52
1950-02-16 BattleOfTheCentury Pt14of18 13:43
1950-02-20 BattleOfTheCentury Pt16of18 12:12
1950-02-21 BattleOfTheCentury Pt17of18 12:26
1950-02-22 BattleOfTheCentury Pt18of18 12:57
1950-03-30 TropicsDon'tCallItMurder Pt26of26 12:07
1950-04-20 CaseOfTheNevadaManKiller Pt15of25 11:48
1950-04-20 CaseOfTheNevadaManKiller Pt20of25 13:24
1950-06-23 SnakeWithTheDiamondEyes Pt1of26 14:48
1950-07-28 SnakeWithTheDiamondEyes Pt26of26 13:48
1950-08-30 MurderInTurquoisePass Pt8of15 13:44
1950-08-31 MurderInTurquoisePass Pt9of15 13:46
1950-12-12 Incident Concerning Death Pt10of15 14:39
1951-11-19 KillerOfTheCircleM Pt1of20 12:59
1951-11-20 KillerOfTheCircleM Pt2of20 14:08
1951-11-30 KillerOfTheCircleM Pt10of20 12:59
1951-12-03 KillerOfTheCircleM Pt11of20 14:08
1951-12-17 MurderIsWordForIt Pt1of15 14:14
1951-12-18 MurderIsWordForIt Pt2of15 14:01
1951-12-20 MurderIsWordForIt Pt4of15 14:14
1952-01-04 MurderIsWordForIt Pt15of15 14:01
1952-02-00 GravesOfWamperjaw Pt1of15 15:31
1952-02-00 GravesOfWamperjaw Pt2of15 15:07
1952-02-18 GravesOfWhamperjawTexas Pt1of15 15:07
1952-02-19 GravesOfWhamperjawTexas Pt2of15 15:31
1952-02-27 GravesOfWhamperjawTexas Pt8of15 15:07
1952-02-28 GravesOfWhamperjawTexas Pt9of15 15:31
1952-05-16 MyBelovedIsAVampire Pt25of25 12:45
1952-11-13 IAmDestroyerOfWomen Pt13of15 14:26
1952-11-18 IAmDestroyerOfWomen Pt14of15v1 14:31
1952-11-18 IAmDestroyerOfWomen Pt14of15v2 12:51
1952-11-18 IAmDestroyerOfWomen Pt15of15 12:45
1952-12-05 BrideOfWerewolf Pt12of15 14:41
1954-05-11 (audition) 1 13:54
1954-05-11 (audition) 2 14:48
1954-05-11 (audition) 3 14:16
(Australian) Goddess Statue 29:49
MurderAtTurquoisePass 28:47
(interview) With Carlton E.Morse 30:21
(interview) With Mercedes McCambridge 29:13
(interview) With Russell Thorson Jim Boles 37:29
(interview) With Tony Randall 22:38

Reviews

I Love A Mystery

(2 stars)

Thanks for the effort! Unfortuately the shows are about 50% mislabled and misdated. Probably people haven't actually heard the programs just copied them. Blood of the cat has been mislabled it is The Pirate Loot of the Island of Skulls Chapter 2 of 12 4-20-42 15/30 min. (last half of episode) I have been down this road so often and been disapointed. Note: There has been a lot of ILAM MP3 files mislabled and dated wrong. These MP3 files are dated wrong: 1. The Case of the Roxy Mob ep.2 390117 This is episode 3 390118 2. 50-07-28 ep.26 Snake With the Diamond Eyes This is The Tropics Don't Call It Murder Ep. 26 of 26 3-30-50 3. The Pirate Loot of the Island of Skulls ep.1, ep.2, ep.3, ep.4, ep.5, ep.6 this set should be The Pirate Loot of the Island of Skulls Chapter 2 of 12 4-20-42 15/30 min. (last half of episode), Ch. 7 of 12 5-25-42 30 min., Ch. 8 of 12 6-1-42 30 min., Ch.10 of 12 6-15-42 15/30 min. (last half of episode) 4. 51-11-00 The Killer of the Circle M ep. 1, ep.2 these should be The Killer of the Circle M Ep. 10 of 20 11-30-51 and Ep. 11 of 20 12-3-51 5. 51-12-00 Murder Is The Word For It ep.1, ep.2 these should be Murder Is The Word For It Ep. 4 of 15 12-20-51 and Ep. 15 of 15 1-4-52 6. Ep. 1 Snake With the Diamond Eyes This is The Snake With the Diamond Eyes ep. 25 of 26 7-27-50 7. Murder In Turquoise Pass ep.1, ep2 these should be Murder In Turquoise Pass Ep. 8 of15 8-30-50 and Ep. 9 of 15 8-31-50 8. The Graves of Wamperjaw, Texas 1,2 these should be The Graves of Wamperjaw, Texas Ep. 8 of 15 2-27-52 and Ep. 9 of 15 2-28-52 Plus manny more...

I Love a Mystery (and I always will).

(5 stars)

Yes, this was one of the great series. And it was the inspiration for such diverse TV shows as Scooby Doo, Tales of the Gold Monkey, and Buffy, the Vampire Slayer. The Adventures of Jack, Doc, and Reggie thrilled at least three generations and, if they fail to thrill listeners now, their spiritual grandchildren (show-wise) are still effective. Let me straighten out a couple of confusions among the previous reviewers. "The Fear that Creeps Like a Cat" wasn't ghost-written by anybody. The scripts used were pure Carleton E. Morse. But the show is a re-creation (none of the episodes of the original serial remain)and it was recorded in 1996. Veteran radio and film actor, Les Tremayne, was brought in to play Jack Packard. But he was 83 at the time and he SOUNDS it. The rest of the cast were, let's be charitable, less than effective. There are few actors, today, who are equal to the unique challenge that radio presents. When the only trick you have for portraying a character is your VOICE you need to be GOOD. Of the shows still in existence there are only three that are complete. "The Thing That Cries in the Night" (The immediate sequel to "Fear" ) "Bury Your Dead, Arizona" (The next adventure after "Thing" and "Temple of Vampires" which follows the story variously entitled "Million Dollar Mystery" or "The Richards Curse" (which is the title I prefer). So judge the show on the complete stories. Not the fragmentary episodes of the lost shows.

I love I love a mystery ! And Shadowsgirl too!

(5 stars)

Delighted to find this series. Half of "Temple of Vampires" is all I've heard so far, but I am really impressed with the exciting pace, acting, and sound f/x. I feel for the original listeners, who had to wait a day or more to hear what happened next! On the other hand, they couldn't consume the good shows til there were scarcely any more to hear, like I have piggishly done over the short time since I, laid up at home for an extended period, have done. I am pretty hard to impress (e.g. can't bear CBSRMT, to my sorrow, since there are so many of them) I'm nback in hog heaven for a while having discovered these. Thanks to Shadowsgirl, whose reviews I search out ... your comments around archive.org are always interesting and informative. Thanks for giving of your time! You rock. The internet archives rock. So does the uploader and all the wonderful people who saved these shows for all of us and those to come. I will listen to the fragmentary stories and fill in the missing bits with my imagination, honed by otr. Cheers!! p.s.Temple of Vampires is incomplete after part 6, with pretty good recreations filling in.

Generally a decent franchise ...

(2 stars)

BUT some of the series really suffer from inconsistancy. Listened to "Fear creeps like a cat". This series really fell way short of other series by Carlton Morse. The way it was introduced, gives a clue as to maybe why it was not up to snuff, "Jim Harmon's presentation of the Carlton Morse etc..." Seems ghost writers were helping to cash in on popular writers' cache then, as they do now. Barton Yarborough's portrayal of Doc Long (he also played Lt Ben Romero on the Dragnet radio show, before his untimely death, at the age of 51, of a heart attack. Sadly, Barton died right after the second episode of the new Dragnet TV show had been made) has long been one of my favorite characters from radio. I also have always enjoyed Tony Randall's personification of Reggie. This series had different actors and I thought they were poor substitutes. I'd say most of the other series rated a strong three or four stars. However, the adventure, "Fear Creeps Like a Cat", IMHO, only deserves two stars.

ILAM

(3 stars)

ILAM1 is correct about many of the shows being mislabeled. That is par for the course as these files have been traded back and forth for years on the internet with the errors perpetuated. I Love A Mystery is one of the most popular and sought after OTR shows for collectors but unfortunately many of the episodes (including most of the early series) no longer exist. There is always the possibility more transcription discs will turn up but I think that becomes less likely as time passes.

Don't Understand This

(1 stars)

Why is this show so popular? I know it is considered the ultimate OTR show but it is about my least favorite. If you like people talking about the obvious and getting the show cut off right as it starts to make scense this show is for you. If you want suspense try OTR Suspense series.

Where Are the Rest of Them???

(0 stars)

I really enjoy Morse's shows. Unfortunately, the list above seems to be massively incomplete. Some of the shows are labeled "episode 15 of 26" without the other 25 episodes displayed! If anyone has a complete version of the above shows, please post it. I'd love to hear them!

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(2 stars)

I love a mystery, too, but chopping and inconsistent with vital parts missing, not so much.