Another post in honor of Boris Karloff’s birthday.
Not surprising that he was frequently in demand as a radio actor in the 30s and 40s, with his musical, rumbling, mysterious voice. In the 1949 he had his own radio show called Starring Boris Karloff. In the 1950s he released several record albums called Tales of the Frightened (you can listen to several tracks here, although its mistakenly identified as a radio show):
In 1938 he was the guest on the mystery program Lights Out as a man who cannot tell the difference between waking life and dreams. Either way, his experiences are nightmarish:
For more on the history of show business consult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold.
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