Mystery House (audition with Bela Lugosi)

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Mystery House was an audition program for a planned radio series starring horror film legend Bela Lugosi. The program also included stage and film actor John Carradine and radio's Lureen Tuttle (two years before her famous role as secretary "Effie" on The Adventures of Sam Spade ). Mutual had a series a few years later with this same title that is not related to this audition recording. The audition was recorded on 1944-07-03 and is titled The Thirsty Death. * * * These recordings are part of the Joe Hehn Memorial Collection. Mr. Hehn (1931-2020) was a pioneering collector of radio recordings when the hobby emerged in the 1960s. Digitizing his collection of reel tapes and discs is the effort of a wide range of North American volunteers, and includes assistance of some international collectors. The groups supporting this effort with their funds, time, technology and skills are the Old Time Radio Researchers and a small group of transcription disc preservationists who refer to themselves as the "The Knights of the Turning Table."

This recording is part of the Old Time Radio collection.