Radio Programs Featuring Boris Karloff


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Unknown Title (January 3, 1932) Format: Variety; Network: CBS.

 

Hollywood on Parade [aka: Hollywood on the Air] (October 7, 1933)

Format: Talk; Host: Jimmy Fidler; Guests: Boris Karloff, Victor McLaglen, Reginald Denny; Network: NBC; Content: the three stars promoted and performed a scene from The Lost Patrol.

 

Hollywood on Parade [aka: Hollywood on the Air] (January 27, 1934)

Format: Talk; Host: Jimmy Fidler; Guests: Boris Karloff, Maxine Doyle; Network: NBC; Content: Karloff promoted The Lost Patrol.

 

The Fleischmann’s Yeast Hour (October 11, 1934)

Format: Variety; Announcer: Graham McNamee; Performers: Rudy Vallee, Boris Karloff, The Shaw Group, Lou Holtz, Crauford Kent, Margaret Braden, Katherine Hall; Network: NBC; Sponsor: Fleischmann’s Yeast; Broadcast Time: Thursday, 8 p.m.; Content: Karloff portrayed the title character in “Death Takes a Holiday”; Running Time: 60 minutes.

 

Hollywood on the Air (May 1935)

Format: Talk; Content: Karloff promoted Bride of Frankenstein.

 

Shell Chateau (August 31, 1935)

Format: Variety; Host: Al Jolson; Guests: Boris Karloff, Maxine Lewis, Joyce Weathers, George Jessel, Jack Stanton, Peggy Gardner, Martha Creighton, Crauford Kent; Network: NBC; Sponsor: Shell; Broadcast Time: Saturday, 9:30 p.m.; Content: Karloff played the Rajah in a skit based on the play The Green Goddess; Running Time: 60 minutes.

 

Unknown Title (December 30, 1935)

Format: Fact-Based Drama; Performers: Boris Karloff, Murray Kinnell, Russell Gleason; Content: Karloff and his friends dramatized his “life history.”

 

The Fleischmann’s Yeast Hour (February 6, 1936)

Format: Variety; Announcer: Graham McNamee; Performers: Boris Karloff, Rudy Vallee; Network: NBC; Sponsor: Fleischmann’s Yeast; Broadcast Time: Thursday, 8 p.m.; Content: Karloff appeared in a skit titled “The Bells”; Running Time: 60 minutes.

 

The Royal GeIatin Hour (September 3, 1936)

Format: Variety; Announcer: Graham McNamee; Performers: Rudy Vallee, Boris Karloff; Network: NBC; Sponsor: Royal Gelatin; Broadcast Time: Thursday, 8 p.m.; Running Time: 60 minutes.

 

Camel Caravan (December 8, 1936)

Format: Variety; Performers Included: Boris Karloff: Music: Benny Goodman and His Orchestra; Network: CBS: Sponsor: Camel; Broadcast Time: Tuesday; Content: Karloff reprised the title role in "Death Takes a Holiday"; Running Time: 60 Minutes

 

The Chase and Sanborn Hour (January 30, 1938)

Format: Variety; Announcer: Wendell Niles; Performers: Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy, Boris Karloff; Don Ameche, Nelson Eddy, Dorothy Lamour; Music: Robert Armbruster and His Orchestra; Network: NBC; Sponsor: Chase and Sanborn; Broadcast Time: Sunday, 8 p.m.; Content: Karloff read “The Evil Eye,” an adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart”; Running Time: 60 minutes.

 

Baker’s Broadcast [aka: Seein’ Stars in Hollywood] (March 13, 1938)

Format: Variety; Host: Feg Murray; Performers: Ozzie Nelson, Harriet Hilliard (Nelson), Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi; Network: NBC Blue; Broadcast Time: Sunday; Content: Karloff read “The Supplication of the Black Aberdeen” by Rudyard Kipling and sang a duet, “We’re Horrible, Horrible Men,” with Lugosi.

 

Lights Out (March 23, 1938)

Format: Horror-Suspense Anthology; Title: “Darrell Hall’s Thoughts”; Performers Included: Boris Karloff' (as Darrell Hall); Network: NBC; Broadcast Time: Wednesday; Running Time: 30 minutes.

 

Lights Out (March 30, 1938)

Format: Horror-Suspense Anthology; Title: “Valse Triste”; Performers Included: Boris Karloff; Network: NBC; Broadcast Time: Wednesday; Running Time: 30 minutes.

 

Lights Out (April 6, 1938)

Format: Horror-Suspense Anthology; Title: “Cat Wife” by Arch Oboler; Performers Included: Boris Karloff; Network: NBC; Broadcast Time: Wednesday; Running Time: 30 minutes.

 

Unknown Title (April 11, 1938)

Format: promotional; Content: Karloff joined John Ringling Norton to promote the current New York performances of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

 

Lights Out (April 13, 1938)

Format: Horror-Suspense Anthology; Title: “Three Matches”; Performers Included: Boris Karloff; Network: NBC; Broadcast Time: Wednesday; Running Time: 30 minutes.

 

Lights Out (April 20, 1938)

Format: Horror-Suspense Anthology; Title: “Night on the Mountain”; Performers Included: Boris Karloff; Network: NBC; Broadcast Time: Wednesday; Running Time: 30 minutes.

 

Royal Gelatin Hour (May 5, 1938)

Format: Variety; Announcer: Graham McNamee; Performers: Rudy Vallee, Boris Karloff, Ed East and Ralph Dumke, Irving Caesar, Tommy Riggs and Betty Lou, Colgate Glee Club, Harold Vermilyea; Network: NBC; Sponsor: Royal Gelatin; Broadcast Time: Thursday, 8 p.m.; Content: Karloff appeared as a mysterious harbinger of death in a skit titled “Danse Macabre”; Running Time: 60 minutes.

 

The Eddie Cantor Show (January 16, 1939)

Format: Variety; Announcer: Bert Parks; Host: Eddie Cantor; Performers: Boris Karloff, Bert (“The

Mad Russian”) Gordon; Musie: Edgar (“Cookie”) Fairchild’s Orchestra: Network. CBS; Broadcast Time: Monday, 7:30 p.m.; Running Time: 30 minutes.

 

Royal Gelatin Hour ( April 6 1939)

Format: Variety; Announcer:L Graham McNamee; Performers: Rudy Vallee, Boris Karloff; Network: NBC; Sponsor: Royal Gelatin; Broadcast Time: Thursday, 8 p.m.; Content: Karloff appeared in a skit titled "Resurrection"; Running Time: 60 minutes.

 

Kay Kyser's Kollege of Musical Knnowledge ( September 25, 1940)

Format: Musical Comedy Quiz; Host: Kay Kyser; Announcer: Ken Niles; Guests: Borid Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Peter Lorre; Music: the Kay Kyser Orchestr, including Ginny Simms, Harry Babbitt, Sully Mason, Ish Kabibble;  Network: NBC; Sponsor: Lucky Strike; Broadcast Time: Wednesday, 10 p.m.; Content: the four stars promoted You'll Find Out; Running Time: 60 minutes.

 

Everyman’s Theater (October 18, 1940)

Format: Dramatic Anthology; Title: “Cat Wife” by Arch Oboler; Performers Included: Boris Karloff; Network: NBC; Sponsor: Oxydol; Broadcast Time: Friday, 9:30 p.m.; Running Time: 30 minutes.

 

Information Please (January 24, 1941)

Format: Quiz; Host: Clifton Fadiman; panelists: John Kieran, Franklin P. Adams, Boris Karloff, Lewis E. Lawes (Warden of Sing Sing); Network: NBC Blue; Sponsor: Lucky Strike; Broadcast Time: Friday, 8:30 p.m.; Running Time: 30 minutes.

 

Inner Sanctum Mysteries (March 16, 1941)

Format: Horror-Suspense Anthology; Title: “The Man of Steel”; Director: Himan Brown; Host: Raymond Edward Johnson; Announcer: Ed Herlihy; Performers Included: Boris Karloff; Network: ABC; Sponsor: Carter’s Little Liver Pills; Broadcast Time: Sunday, 8:30 p.m; Running Time: 30 minutes.

 

Hollywood News Girl (March 22, 1941)

Format: Talk; Host: Lydia Pinkham; Network: NBC; Broadcast Time: Saturday, 1:15 p.m.; Content: Karloff discussed Arsenic and Old Lace and his horror films; Running Time: 15 minutes.

 

Inner Sanctum Mysteries (March 23, 1941)

Format: Horror-Suspense Anthology; Title: “The Man Who Hated Death”; Director: Himan Brown; Host: Raymond Edward Johnson; Announcer: Ed Herlihy; Performers Included: Boris Karloff; Network: ABC; Sponsor: Carter’s Little Liver Pills; Broadcast Time: Sunday, 8:30 p.m; Running Time: 30 minutes.

 

Inner Sanctum Mysteries (April 6, 1941)

Format: Horror-Suspense Anthology; Title: “Death in the Zoo”; Director: Himan Brown; Host: Raymond Edward Johnson; Announcer: Ed Herlihy; Performers Included: Boris Karloff; Network: ABC; Sponsor: Carter’s Little Liver Pills; Broadcast Time: Sunday, 8:30 p.m; Running Time: 30 minutes.

 

The Voice of Broadway (April 19, 1941)

Format: Talk; Host: Dorothy Kilgallen; Content: Karloff discussed Arsenic and Old Lace; Network: CBS; Broadcast Time: Saturday, 11:30 a.m.; Running Time: 15 minutes.

 

Inner Sanctum Mysteries (April 20, 1941)

Format: Horror-Suspense Anthology; Title: “Fog”; Director: Himan Brown; Host: Raymond Edward Johnson; Announcer: Ed Herlihy; Performers Included: Boris Karloff; Network: ABC; Sponsor: Carter’s Little Liver Pills; Broadcast Time: Sunday, 8:30 p.m; Running Time: 30 minutes.

 

Inner Sanctum Mysteries (May 11, 1941)

Format: Horror-Suspense Anthology; Title: "Imperfect Crime”; Director: Himan Brown; Host: Raymond Edward Johnson; Announcer: Ed Herlihy; Performers Included: Boris Karloff; Network: ABC; Sponsor: Carter’s Little Liver Pills; Broadcast Time: Sunday, 8:30 p.m; Running Time: 30 minutes.

 

Inner Sanctum Mysteries (June 1, 1941)

Format: Horror-Suspense Anthology; Title: “The Fall of the House of Usher” by Edgar Allan Poe; Director: Himan Brown; Host: Raymond Edward Johnson; Announcer: Ed Herlihy; Performers Included: Boris Karloff; Network: ABC; Sponsor: Carter’s Little Liver Pills; Broadcast Time: Sunday, 8:30 p.m; Running Time: 30 minutes.

 

Bundles for Britain (June 14, 1941)

Format: Propaganda; Guests: Boris Karloff, Constance Collier; Network: Mutual; Broadcast Time: Sunday, 3 p.m.

 

Inner Sanctum Mysteries (June 22, 1941)

Format: Horror-Suspense Anthology; Title: “Green-Eyed Bat”; Director: Himan Brown; Host: Raymond Edward Johnson; Announcer: Ed Herlihy; Performers Included: Boris Karloff; Network: ABC; Sponsor: Carter’s Little Liver Pills; Broadcast Time: Sunday, 8:30 p.m; Running Time: 30 minutes.

 

Inner Sanctum Mysteries (June 29, 1941)

Format: Horror-Suspense Anthology; Title: “The Man Who Painted Death”; Director: Himan Brown; Host: Raymond Edward Johnson; Announcer: Ed Herlihy; Performers Included: Boris Karloff; Network: ABC; Sponsor: Carter’s Little Liver Pills; Broadcast Time: Sunday, 8:30 p.m; Running Time: 30 minutes.

 

United Press Is On the Air (July 11, 1941)

Format: Talk; Hosts: Joan Younger and Russ Hughes; Guests: Boris Karloff, Dorothy McGuire; Network: Syndicated; Content: Karloff discussed his career, promoted Arsenic and Old Lace, and growled like the Frankenstein Monster; Running Time: 15 minutes.

 

Inner Sanctum Mysteries (July 13, 1941)

Format: Horror-Suspense Anthology; Title: “Death Is a Murderer”; Director: Himan Brown; Host: Raymond Edward Johnson; Announcer: Ed Herlihy; Performers Included: Boris Karloff; Network: ABC; Sponsor: Carter’s Little Liver Pills; Broadcast Time: Sunday, 8:30 p.m; Running Time: 30 minutes.

 

Inner Sanctum Mysteries (August 3, 1941)

Format: Horror-Suspense Anthology; Title: “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe; writer: Robert Newman; Director: Himan Brown; Host: Raymond Edward Johnson; Announcer: Ed Herlihy; Performers: Boris Karloff (as Simon), Everett Sloane, Santos Ortega; Network: ABC; Sponsor: Carter’s Little Liver Pills; Broadcast Time: Sunday, 8:30 p.m; Running Time: 30 minutes.

 

Inner Sanctum Mysteries (October 26, 1941)

Format: Horror-Suspense Anthology; Title: “Terror on Bailey Street”; Director: Himan Brown; Host: Raymond Edward Johnson; Announcer: Ed Herlihy; Performers Included: Boris Karloff; Network: ABC; Sponsor: Carter’s Little Liver Pills; Broadcast Time: Sunday, 8:30 p.m; Running Time: 30 minutes.

 

Time to Smile (December 17, 1941)

Format: Variety; Performers: Eddie Cantor, Dinah Shore, Boris Karloff; Network: NBC; Broadcast Time: Wednesday, 9 p.m.; Running Time: 30 minutes.

 

Keep ’em Rolling (February 8, 1942)

Format: Variety; Performers: Morton Gould, Clifton Fadiman, Boris Karloff; Network: Mutual; Broadcast Time."Sunday, 10:30 p.m.; Content: Karloff appeared in a play titled “In the Fog” in this program that supported the war effort; Running Time: 30 minutes.

 

Information Please (February 20, 1942)

Format: Quiz; Host: Clifton Fadiman; Announcer: Milton Cross; panelists: John Kieran, Franklin P. Adams, Boris Karloff, John Carradine; Network: NBC; Sponsor: Lucky Strike; Broadcast Time: Friday; Running Time: 30 minutes.

 

Inner Sanctum Mysteries (April 5, 1942)

Format: Horror-Suspense Anthology; Title: “The Fall of the House of Usher” by Edgar Allan Poe; Director: Himan Brown; Host: Raymond Edward Johnson; Announcer: Ed Herlihy; Performers Included: Boris Karloff; Network: ABC; Sponsor: Carter’s Little Liver Pills; Broadcast Time: Sunday, 8:30 p.m; Running Time: 30 minutes.

 

Inner Sanctum Mysteries (April 19, 1942)

Format: Horror-Suspense Anthology; Title: “Blackstone”; Director: Himan Brown; Host: Raymond Edward Johnson; Announcer: Ed Herlihy; Performers Included: Boris Karloff; Network: ABC; Sponsor: Carter’s Little Liver Pills; Broadcast Time: Sunday, 8:30 p.m; Running Time: 30 minutes.

 

Inner Sanctum Mysteries (May 3, 1942)

Format: Horror-Suspense Anthology; Title: “Study for Murder” by Sigmund Miller; Director: Himan Brown; Host: Raymond Edward Johnson; Performers: Boris Karloff (as Dr. Herbert Lodge), Everett Sloane; Network: ABC; Broadcast Time: Sunday, 8:30 p.m; Running Time: 30 minutes.

 

Inner Sanctum Mysteries (May 24, 1942)

Format: Horror-Suspense Anthology; Title: "The Cone”; Director: Himan Brown; Host: Raymond Edward Johnson; Announcer: Ed Herlihy, Performers Included: Boris Karloff; Network: ABC; Sponsor: Carter’s Little Liver Pills; Broadcast Time: Sunday, 8:30 p.m; Running Time: 30 minutes.

 

Inner Sanctum Mysteries (May 31, 1942)

Format: Horror-Suspense Anthology; Title: “Death Wears My Face”; Director: Himan Brown; Host: Raymond Edward Johnson; Announcer: Ed Herlihy; Performers Included: Boris Karloff; Network: ABC; Sponsor: Carter’s Little Liver Pills; Broadcast Time: Sunday, 8:30 p.m; Running Time: 30 minutes.

 

Inner Sanctum Mysteries (April 7, 1942)

Format: Horror-Suspense Anthology; Title: “Strange Bequest”; Director: Himan Brown; Host: Raymond Edward Johnson; Announcer: Ed Herlihy; Performers Included: Boris Karloff; Network: ABC; Sponsor: Carter’s Little Liver Pills; Broadcast Time: Sunday, 8:30 p.m; Running Time: 30 minutes.

 

Inner Sanctum Mysteries (April 21, 1941)

Format: Horror-Suspense Anthology; Title: “The Grey Wolf’; Director: Himan Brown; Host: Raymond Edward Johnson; Announcer: Ed Herlihy; Performers Included: Boris Karloff; Network: ABC; Sponsor: Carter’s Little Liver Pills; Broadcast Time: Sunday, 8:30 p.m; Running Time: 30 minutes.

 

The Theatre Guild on the Air (1943)

Format: Dramatic Anthology; Title: “Arsenic and Old Lace” by Joseph Kesselring; Performers Included: Boris Karloff (as Jonathan Brewster); Network: CBS; Broadcast Time: Tuesday; Running Time: 60 minutes.

 

Information Please (May 17, 1943)

Format: Quiz; Host: Clifton Fadiman; Announcer: Milton Cross; Panelists: John Kieran, Franklin P. Adams, Boris Karloff; Network: NBC; Sponsor: Heinz; Broadcast Time: Monday, 10:30 p.m.; Running Time: 30 minutes.

 

Blue Ribbon Town (July 24, 1943)

Format: Variety; Host: Groucho Marx; Performers: Virginia O’Brien, Fay McKenzie, Boris Karloff; Music: Ray Noble and His Orchestra; Network: CBS; Sponsor: Pabst Blue Ribbon; Broadcast Time: Saturday, '10:15 p.m.; Running Time: 30 minutes.

 

The Charlie McCarthy Show (January 30, 1944)

Format: Variety; Hosts: Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy; Regulars Included: Mortimer Snerd; Guest: Boris Karloff; Music: Ray Noble and His Orchestra; Network: NBC; Broadcast Time: Sunday, 8 p.m.; Content: Karloff agreed to have his head “read” in a skit dealing with phrenology; Running Time: 30 minutes.

 

Creeps By Night (February 15-June 20, 1944) [series]

Format: Horror Anthology; Titles Included: “Those Who Walk in Darkness” (Director: Dave Drummond; Music: Albert Sach), “The Voice of Death” (February 15, 1944), “The Man With the Devil’s Hands” (February 22, 1944), “Dark Destiny” (March 14, 1944), “A String of Pearls” (March 28, 1944), “The Final Reckoning” (May 2, 1944), “The Hunt” (May 9, 1944); Production Supervisor: Robert Maxwell; Performers Included: Boris Karloff; Network: ABC; Broadcast Time: Tuesday, 10:30 p.m; Running Time: 30 minutes.

 

Blue Ribbon Town (June 3, 1944)

Format: Variety; Host: Groucho Marx; Performers: Virginia O’Brien; Fay McKenzie, Boris Karloff; Music: Robert Armbruster and His Orchestra; Network: CBS; Sponsor: Pabst Blue Ribbon; Broadcast Time: Saturday, 10:15 p.m.; Running Time: 30 minutes.

 

Duffy’s Tavern (January 12, 1945)

Format: situation comedy; Announcer: Graham McNamee; Performers: Ed Gardner, Boris Karloff,

Charles Cantor, Shirley Booth, Eddie Green; Network: NBC; Sponsor: Ipana; Broadcast Time: Friday,

 

8:30 p.m; Content: for a war bond rally, tavern manager Archie writes a play that pairs his “Dr. Frank” with Karloff’s “Dr, Stein”; Running Time: 30 minutes.

 

Suspense (January 25, 1945)

Format: Horror-Suspense Anthology; Title: “Drury’s Bones” by Harold Swanton; Producer and Director: William Spier; Performers: Boris Karloff (as Terrance Drury), William Johnstone, Debbie Ellis, Joseph Kearns; Network: CBS; Sponsor: Roma Wines; Broadcast Time: Thursday, 8 p.m; Running Time: 30 minutes.

 

The Fred Allen Show (October 14, 1945)

Format: Variety; Host: Fred Allen; Guest: Boris Karloff; Sponsor: Standard Brands, Network: NBC.

 

Inner Sanctum Mysteries (October 23, 1945)

Format: Horror-Suspense Anthology; Title: “Corridor of Doom”; Director: Himan Brown; Host: Paul McGrath; Performers: Boris Karloff (as John Clay), Richard Widmark; Network: CBS; Sponsor: Lipton Tea and Soup; Broadcast Time: Tuesday, 9 p.m; Running Time: 30 minutes.

 

Hildegarde’s Radio Room (October 23, 1945)

Format: Talk; Host: Hildegard; Guest: Boris Karloff; Sponsor: Brown and Williamson Tobacco; Network: NBC; Sponsor: Raleigh; Broadcast Time: Tuesday, 10:30; Running Time: 30 minutes.

 

The Charlie McCarthy Program (October 28, 1945)

Format: Variety; Hosts: Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy; Announcer: Ben Grauer; Regulars: Mortimer Snerd, Anita Gordon, Pat Patrick; Guest: Boris Karloff; Music: Ray Noble and His Orchestra; Network: NBC; Sponsor: Chase and Sanborn; Broadcast Time: Sunday, 8 p.m.; Content: Karloff took Bergen, McCarthy, and the gang to visit his “haunted house”; Running Time: 30 minutes.

 

Report to the Nation (November 3, 1945)

Format: Dramatic Anthology; Title: “Back for Christmas” by John Collier; Adaptation: Charles Monroe; Announcer: Ted Pearson; Performers: John Daly, Boris Karloff (as Professor Herbert Carpenter), Alan Young, Maxine Sullivan, Sgt. Ben Haroki; Network: CBS; Broadcast Time: Saturday, 1:45 p.m.; Running Time: 30 minutes.

 

Inner Sanctum Mysteries (November 6, 1945)

Format: Horror-Suspense Anthology; Title: “The Wailing Wall” by Milton Lewis (based on Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Black Cat”); Director: Himan Brown; Host: Paul McGrath; Performers: Boris Karloff (as Gabriel Hornell), Jackson Beck; Network: CBS; Sponsor: Lipton Tea (represented by Mary, “the Lipton Tea Girl”) and Lipton Soup; Broadcast Time: Tuesday, 9 p.m; Running Time: 30 minutes.

 

Theatre Guild on the Air (November 11, 1945)

Format: Dramatic Anthology; Titles: “The Emperor Jones” and “Where the Cross is Made”; Performers Included: Boris Karloff; Network: ABC; Sponsor: United States Steel Corporation.

 

The Fred Allen Show (November 18, 1945)

Format: Variety; Host: Fred Allen; Regulars: Portland Hoffa, Kenny Delmar, Minerva Pious, Parker Fennelly, Alan Reed; Guest: Boris Karloff; Music: the DeMarco Sisters, Al Goodman and His Orchestra; Network: NBC; Sponsor: Tenderleaf Tea; Broadcast Time: Sunday, 8:30 p.m.; Content: due to the postwar housing shortage, Karloff offered to rent his home to Allen; of course, it turned out to be haunted; Running Time: 30 minutes.

 

Textron Theater (December 8, 1945)

Format: Dramatic Anthology; Title: “Angel Street” by Patrick Hamilton; Adaptation: Robert Cenadella; Announcer: Frank Gallop; Performers: Helen Hayes, Boris Karloff (as Mr. Manningham), Cedric Hardwicke; Music: Vladimir Zalinsky (composer and conductor); Network: CBS; Broadcast Time: Saturday, 7 p.m.; Running Time: 30 minutes.

 

Exploring the Unknown (December 23, 1945)

Format: Anthology; Title: “The Baffled Genie”; Narrator: Charles Irving; Announcer: Andre Baruch; Performers Included: Boris Karloff; Network: Mutual; Broadcast Time: Sunday, 9 p.m.; Running Time: 30 minutes.

 

Information Please (December 24, 1945)

Format: Quiz; Host: Clifton Fadiman; Panelists: John Kieran, Franklin P. Adams, John Mason Brown,

Boris Karloff; Network: NBC; Sponsor: Mobil; Broadcast Time: Monday; Running Time: 30 minutes.

 

Request Performance (February 3, 1946)

Format: Variety; Performers: Boris Karloff, Frank Morgan, Roy Rogers; Network: CBS; Broadcast Time: Sunday, 9 p.m.; Running Time: 30 minutes.

 

That’s Life (November 8, 1946)

Format: Talk; Host: Jay C. Flippen; Guest: Boris Karloff; Network: CBS; Broadcast Time: Friday, 5:30 p.m.; Content: Karloff promoted On Borrowed Time and read a self-penned limerick; Running Time: 30 minutes.

 

The Lady Esther Screen Guild Theatre (November 25, 1946)

Format: Dramatic Anthology; Title: “Arsenic and Old Lace” by Joseph Kesselring; Announcer: Truman Bradley; Performers: Boris Karloff (as Jonathan Brewster), Eddie Albert, Verna Felton, Jane Morgan, Joseph Kearns, Herb Vigran; Network: CBS; Broadcast Time: Monday, 8:30 p.m.; Running Time: 30 minutes.

 

Show Stoppers (1946)

Format: Talk; Host: Knox Manning; Guest: Boris Karloff; Production Company: Textile Broadcasts; Network: Syndicated; Sponsor: Koret of California; Content: Karloff read “The Beggarman” by Ivan Turgenev and discussed his early career in Canada, The Criminal Code; Arsenic and Old Lace, and Frankenstein; Running Time: 15 minutes.

 

The Jack Benny Show (January 19, 1947)

Format: Comedy Variety; Host: Jack Benny; Regulars: Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris, Dennis Day, Eddie (“Rochester”) Anderson, Don Wilson, Mel Blanc, Frank Nelson, L.A. (“Speed”) Riggs, F.E. Boone; Guest: Boris Karloff; Network: NBC; Sponsor: Lucky Strike; Broadcast Time: Sunday, 7 p.m.; Content: in a skit titled “I Stand Condemned,” Karloff played a mysterious stranger who gave Benny money; Running Time: 30 minutes.

 

Lights Out (July 16-August 6, 1947) [series]

Format: Horror-Suspense Anthology; Titles Included: “Death Robbery” (July 16, 1947), “The Undead” (July 23, 1947), “The Ring” (July 30, 1947); Producer and Director: Bill Laurents; writers: Willis Cooper and Paul Pierce; Host and performer: Boris Karloff; Announcer: Ken Niles; Network: ABC; Sponsor: Eversharp; Broadcast Time: Wednesday, 10:30 p.m.; Running Time: 30 minutes.

 

Philco Radio Time (aka The Bing Crosby Show) (October 29, 1947)

Format: Musical Variety; Host: Bing Crosby; Announcer: Ken Carpenter; Guest: Boris Karloff; Music: Victor Moore, John Scott Trotter and His Orchestra, Jud Conlin’s Rhythmaires, Gail Robbins; Network: ABC; Sponsor: Philco; Broadcast Time: Wednesday, 10 p.m.; Content: Karloff traded quips and sang “The Halloween Song” with Crosby and Moore; Running Time: 30 minutes.

 

The Jimmy Durante Show (December 10, 1947)

Format: Musical-Comedy Variety; Host: Jimmy Durante; Announcer: Howard Petrie; Regulars: Arthur Treacher, Alan Reed; Guest: Boris Karloff; Music: Peggy Lee, Candy Candido, Roy Bargy and His Orchestra; Network: NBC; Sponsor: Rexall; Broadcast Time: Wednesday, 10:30 p,m.; Content: Durante described his visit to Karloff’s “haunted house”; Running Time: 30 minutes.

 

Suspense (December 19, 1947)

Format: Horror-Suspense Anthology; Title: “Wet Saturday” by John Collier; Adaptation: Harold Medford;

Producer and Director: William Spier; Performers: Boris Karloff (as Fred Princey), Hans Conreid, Cathy Lewis, Wally Maher; Music: Lucien Moraweck (composer), Lud Gluskin (conductor); Network: CBS; Broadcast Time: Friday, 9:30 p.m.; Running Time: 30 minutes,

 

The Kraft Music Hall (December 25, 1947)

Format: Musical Variety; Announcer: Ken Carpenter; Guest: Boris Karloff; Music: Al Jolson, Oscar Levant, Lou Bring and His Orchestra; Network: NBC; Broadcast Time: Thursday, 9 p.m.; Content: Karloff played Santa Claus, visiting Jolson on Christmas Eve; Running Time: 30 minutes.

 

Unconquered (1947)

Format: Promotional; Performers Included: Boris Karloff; Content: re-enactment of a 15-minute scene from Unconquered (1947).

 

Guest Star (September 12, 1948)

Format: Federal Government Promotional; Host: Win Eliot; Announcer: Roger Foster; Guest: Boris Karloff; Music: Harry Sosnick and His Orchestra; Network: Syndicated; Sponsor: the United States Treasury Department; Content: Karloff appeared as escaped convict Spider Parsons in a skit titled “The Babysitter” and promoted the sale of Treasury Bonds; Running Time: 15 minutes.

 

The NBC University Theater of the Air (October 17, 1948)

Format: Dramatic Anthology; Title: “The History of Mr. Polly” by H.G. Wells; Adaptation: Clarice Ross; Performers: Boris Karloff (as Alfred Polly), Ramsay Hill, Constance Cavendish, Naomi Stevens, Terry Kilburn, Arthur Q. Bryan, Ben Wright, Gray Stafford, Donald Morrison, Monty Margetts, Ina Ronsley, Marlene Ames; Commentator: Harvey C. Webster; Music: Henry Russell (conductor); Network: NBC; Broadcast Time: Saturday, 2:30 p.m; Running Time: 60 minutes.

 

The Sealtest Variety Theater (aka The Dorothy Lamour Show) (October 28, 1948)

Format: Musical Variety; Host: Dorothy Lamour; Guest: Boris Karloff; Network: NBC; Broadcast Time: Thursday, 9:30 p.m.

 

Great Scenes from Great Plays (October 29, 1948)

Format: Dramatic Anthology; Title: “On Borrowed Time” by Paul Osborn; Host: Walter Hampden; Performers: Boris Karloff (as Gramps), Parker Fennelly; Network: Mutual; Broadcast Time: Friday, 8 p.m.; Running Time: 30 minutes.

 

Truth or Consequences (October 30, 1948)

Format: game; Host: Ralph Edwards; Announcer: Harlow Wilcox; Guest: Boris Karloff; Network: NBC; Sponsor: Duz; Broadcast Time: Saturday, 8:30 p.m.; Content: Karloff, disguised as a swami, surprised a local guest on the Halloween show; Running Time: 30 minutes.

 

Theater USA (February 3, 1949)

Format: Dramatic Anthology; Producer: ANTA (American National Theater and Academy); Network: ABC; Broadcast Time: Thursday.

 

Inner Sanctum Mysteries (February 14, 1949)

Format: Horror-Suspense Anthology; Title: “Birdsong for a Murderer”; Director: Himan Brown; Host: Paul McGrath; Performers Included: Boris Karloff (as Carl Warner); Network: CBS; Broadcast Time: Monday, 8 p.m.; Running Time: 30 minutes.

 

Spike Jones Spotlight Review (April 9, 1949)

Format: Musical-Comedy Variety; Producer: Joe Bigelow; Host: Spike Jones; Announcer: Michael Roy; Guest: Boris Karloff; Network: CBS; Sponsor: Coca-Cola; Broadcast Time: Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Running Time; 30 minutes.

 

Theatre Guild on the Air (May 29, 1949)

Format: Dramatic Anthology; Title: “The Perfect Alibi”; Performers: Boris Karloff, Joan Lorring; Network: ABC; Broadcast Venue: Belasco Theatre, New York.

 

The Sealtest Variety Theater (aka The Dorothy Lamour Show) (June 23, 1949)

Format: Musical Variety; Host: Dorothy Lamour; Guest: Boris Karloff; Network: NBC; Broadcast Time: Thursday, 9:30 p.m.

 

Starring Boris Karloff (September 21-December 14, 1949)

Format: Suspense Anthology; Titles: “Five Golden Guineas” (September 21),“The Mask” (September 28), “Mungahara” (October 5), “Mad Illusion” (October 12), “Perchance to Dream,” (October 19), “The Devil Takes a Bride” (October 26), “The Moving Finger” (November 2), “The Twisted Path” (November 9), “False Face” (November 16), “Cranky Bill” (November 23), “Three O’Clock” (November 30), “The Shop at Sly Corner” (December 7), “The Night Reveals” (December 14); Host and Performer: Boris Karloff; Announcer: George Gunn; Organist: George Henninger; Network: ABC; Broadcast Time: Wednesday, 9 p.m.; Running Time: 30 minutes.

Note: This radio series ran concurrently with the television version, which aired on Thursday evenings.

 

The Bill Stern Colgate Sports Newsreel (January 13, 1950)

Format: Sports; Host: Bill Stern; Guest: Boris Karloff; Announcer: Arthur Gary; Network: NBC; Broadcast Time: Friday, 10:30 p.m.; Content: Karloff briefly made sinister comments about Friday the 13th; Running Time: 15 minutes.

 

The Bill Stern Colgate Sports Newsreel (July 21, 1950)

Format: Sports; Host: Boris Karloff; Announcer: Arthur Gary; Network: NBC; Broadcast Time: Friday, 10:30 p,m.; Content: Karloff filled in for the vacationing Stern, relating sports stories with a murder theme; Running Time: 15 minutes.

 

Boris Karloff's Treasure Chest (September 17-December 17, 1950) [series]

Format: Children’s Literature; Titles Included: “Casey at the Bat” (October 1, 1950), “Johnny Appleseed” (November 26, 1950), “Boris Karloff’s Christmas Treasure Chest” (December 24, 1950); Producer: Richard Pack; Director: John Grogan; Continuity: Mort Levin; Host: Boris Karloff; Organist: Kay Reed; Station: WNEW, New York; Broadcast Time: Sunday, 7 p.m.

 

The Theater Guild on the Air (December 24, 1950)

Format: Dramatic Anthology; Title: “David Copperfield” by Charles Dickens; Adaptation: Robert Anderson; Director: Homer Thickett; Executive Producer: Imana Marshall; Production Supervisors: Lawrence Langer, Theresa Helborn; Editor: S. Mark Smith; Host: Roger Pryor; Announcer: Norman Brokenshire; Performers: Richard Burton, Boris Karloff (as Uriah Heep), Flora Robson, Hugh Williams, Cyril Ritchard, Isobel Elsom, Brenda Forbes, David Cole, Penelope Mundy, Patricia Marmont, John Merivale, Carl Harborg; Music: Harold Levy (composer and conductor); Net work: NBC; Sponsor: United States Steel Corporation; Broadcast Time: Sunday; Running Time: 60 minutes.

 

Stars on Parade (May 4, 1951)

Format: Dramatic Anthology; Title: “The Big Man” by Arnold G. Leo; Announcer: Joseph Ripley; Performers Included: Boris Karloff (as Al Carto); Music: Johnny Guarnieri (composer and conductor); Sponsor: Armed Forces Radio Service (AFRS); Running Time: 15 minutes.

 

Duffy’s Tavern (October 1951)

Format: situation comedy; Regulars: Ed Gardner, Charles Cantor, Rudolph Weiss; Guest: Boris Karloff; Network: NBC; Broadcast Time: Friday, 9 p.m.; Content: when Duffy decides to sell the tavern, Archie hires his “old pal,” Karloff, to scare off the potential buyer; Running Time: 30 minutes.

 

Phillip Morris Playhouse on Broadway (February 10, 1952)

Format: Dramatic Anthology; Title: “Journey into Nowhere”; Performers: Boris Karloff, Charles Martin; Network: CBS; Broadcast Time: Sunday, 10 p.m..

 

The Theatre Guild on the Air (February 24, 1952)

Format: Dramatic Anthology; Title: “Oliver Twist” by Charles Dickens; Performers: Boris Karloff, Basil Rathbone, Leveen McGrath, Melville Cooper; Network: NBC; Sponsor: United States Steel Corporation; Broadcast Time: Sunday; Running Time: 60 minutes.

The Theatre Guild on the Air (April 27, 1952)

Format: Dramatic Anthology; Title: “The Sea Wolf” by Jack London; Host: Roger Pryor; Announcer: Norman Brokenshire; Performers: Boris Karloff, Burgess Meredith; Network: NBC; Sponsor: United States Steel Corporation; Broadcast Time: Sunday; Running Time: 60 minutes.

 

Phillip Morris Playhouse on Broadway (June 1, 1952)

Format: Dramatic Anthology; Title: “Outward Bound”; Performers: Boris Karloff, Charles Martin; Network: CBS; Broadcast Time: Sunday, 10 p.m.

 

Inner Sanctum Mysteries (June 22, 1952)

Format: Horror-Suspense Anthology; Title: “Birdsong for a Murderer”; Director: Himan Brown; Host: Paul McGrath; Performers Included: Boris Karloff (as Carl Warner); Network: CBS; Sponsor: Pearson Pharmaceutical Company; Broadcast Time: Sunday, 8 p.m.; Running Time: 30 minutes.

 

Best Plays (July 6, 1952)

Format: Dramatic Anthology; Title: “Arsenic and Old Lace” by Joseph Kesselring; Director: Edward King; Supervisor: William Welch; Adaptation: Ernest Kinoy; Host: John Chapman; Announcer: Fred Collins; Performers: Boris Karloff (as Jonathan Brewster), Donald Cook, Evelyn Varden, Jean Adair, Edgar Stehli, Wendell Holmes, Joan Tompkins, Arthur Maitland, Ed Latimer, Ted Osborne; Network: NBC; Broadcast Time: Sunday, 6:30 p.m.; Running Time: 60 minutes.

 

Inner Sanctum Mysteries (July 13, 1952)

Format: Horror-Suspense Anthology; Title: “Death for Sale”; Director: Himan Brown; Host: Paul McGrath; Performers: Boris Karloff (as Mark Devis), Everett Sloane; Network: CBS; Sponsor: Pearson Pharmaceutical Company; Broadcast Time: Sunday, 8 p.m.; Running Time: 30 minutes.

 

MGM Musical Comedy Theater of the Air (November 26, 1952)

Format: Musical-Comedy Anthology; Title: “Yolanda and the Thief’; Adaptation: Melbourne Kelly (Based on the Screenplay by Irving Brecher and the Story by Jacques Thery and Ludwig Bememelmans; Producer: Raymond Cash; Director: Mark Lowe; Announcer: Ed Stokes; Performers: Boris Karloff (as Angelo, the Guardian Angel), John Conte, Lisa Kirk, John Griggs, Wendell Holmes, Eileen Heckart; Songs Included: “A Pocketful of Dreams,” “Blue Moon,” “You Stepped Out of a Dream,” “Got a Date with an Angel”; Musical Director: Joel Harrisson; Network: Mutual; Sponsor: R.J. Reynolds; Broadcast Time: Wednesday; Running Time: 60 minutes.

 

Phillip Morris Playhouse on Broadway (December 10, 1952)

Format: Dramatic Anthology; Title: “Man Against Town”; Performers: Boris Karloff, Charles Martin; Network: CBS; Broadcast Time: Sunday, 10 p.m..

 

U.S. Steel Hour (April 5, 1953)

Format: Dramatic Anthology; Title: “Great Expectations” by Charles Dickens; Performers; Boris Karloff (as Magwich), Melville Cooper, Margaret Phillips, Tom Helmore, Estelle Winwood, Rex Thompson, Carl Harper, Sarah Burton; Anthony Kemble Cooper, Norman Barrs, Judson Reese, Veronica Cole; Network: NBC; Broadcast Time: Sunday; Running Time: 60 minutes.

 

Phillip Morris Playhouse on Broadway (April 15, 1953)

Format: Dramatic Anthology; Title: “Dead Past”; Performers: Boris Karloff, Charles Martin; Network: CBS, Broadcast Time: Sunday, 10 p.m.

 

Heritage (April 23, 1953)

Format: Historical Anthology; Title: “Plagues”; Producer and Director: Sherman H. Dryer; Host: Charles Irving; Performers Included: Boris Karloff; Music: Ralph Norman; Network; ABC; Broadcast Time: Thursday, 8:30 p.m.

 

Phillip Morris Playhouse on Broadway (June 17, 1953)

Format: Dramatic Anthology; Title: “The Shop at Sly Corner” by Edward Percy; Performers: Boris Karloff (as Decius Heiss), Charles Martin; Network: CBS; Broadcast Time: Sunday, 10 p.m.

The Play of His Choice (December 1953)

Format: Dramatic Anthology; Title: “The Hanging Judge” by Bruce Hamilton; Writer: Raymond Massey; Producer: Cleland Finn; Performer: Boris Karloff (as Sir Francis Brittain); Network: Aired in Great Britain.

 

Easy as ABC (April 27, 1958)

Format: Anthology; Title: “0 Is for Old Wives Tales”; Performers: Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre, Alfred Hitchcock; Network: CBS; Sponsor: UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific Cultural Organization); Broadcast Time: 11:30 p.m.; Running Time: 25 minutes.

 

Tales from the Reader’s Digest (1956-69)

Format: News-Talk; Host: Boris Karloff; Network: Syndicated; Broadcast Time: Weekdays, in 3-minute

installments.

Note: This program also was aired as Boris Karla on the Armed Forces Radio Service (AFRS).