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Dracula: Adventures in Old Time Radio Audio CD – Audiobook, September 1, 2001


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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Radio Spirits(NJ) (September 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570194289
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570194283
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 5.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,274,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scotman's Film & Book Reviews VINE VOICE on December 4, 2010
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The pointed teeth from the blood-stained mouth....!

This was the old radio show, Mercury Theater of the Air, with the then rising star, Orson Welles, July 1938. Yes, this is the same Mercury Theater that dramatized H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds, with such realism that people in New Jersey actually thought there was a real invasion going on. Ah, the trusting older generation.

That same year, Mercury Theater broadcast Bram Stoker's Dracula. As you may know, the early radio days were just as television is today, to a greater or lesser degree. The imaginative drama, science fiction, game shows and soap operas as families gathered about the old RCA radio are the stuff of legend in today's entertainment industry.

The story starts with readings from the diary of Jonathan Harker and other letters and evidence, as the narrator intones that this is proof that there are such things as vampires. The story is pretyt faithful to the book rather than to any film adaptations, save "Nosferatu."

Harker going mad (but no vampire women in the night), the ship with boxes of earth, Carfax Abbey, and Dr. Van Helsing are all there.

The ending was a bit strange and I'll need to check Stoker's novel: (Spoiler) There was a carraige accident and Dracula was thrown aside. Mina Harker grabs the stake from her husband's hand and plunges it into Dracula's chest. And prayers are said just before the stakes are driven.

What's cool is the dialogue in old-fashioned English accents as the familiar Stoker quotes are made. The story may not cause a shiver for those familiar with Stoker's novel or even the Lugosi or Max Schrek film versions, but still an interesting bit of vampire history.
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This is a fun recording if you like old time radio. The sounds are sometimes ear-piercing, simply because when they performed it, they were trying to create loud sound effects to match the story-- but the technology at the time didn't handle it well. The story drags at times, but if you are a vampire fan or an Orson Welles admirer, this is a terrific show for you to experience.
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By Ash Ryan on December 18, 2011
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Orson Welles got some incredible performances out of Ray Collins in the Mercury Theatre on the Air series (here as the Russian captain)...you can't even tell it's him! Also, I didn't realize that Bernard Herrmann composed original music for Orson Welles's radio dramas before Citizen Kane. Very cool.
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While Orson Welles Mercury Theater is now almost entirely remembered for producing the classic "War of the Worlds" scare broadcast, it and the later "Campbell's Playhouse" (simply a name change after the show gained a sponsor) produced many great radio plays.

"Dracula" was the first broadcast ever by the Mercury Theater, and it would be fair to say Welles hit a home run in his first at-bat. The other reviews here give a good sense of the content of the play, I can only add that Welles' Dracula is perhaps the most frightening-sounding of the many versions created over the years.

Listen to this play late at night, and I guarantee that the hair on the back of your neck will get a work out.

As vampires are now so popular, I would recommend this play as a must-listen.
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