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The Mysterious Traveler

Written and directed by Robert Arthur and David Kogan, the radio series was sponsored by Adams Hats. It began on the Mutual Broadcasting System, December 5, 1943, continuing in many different timeslots until September 16, 1952. The lonely sound of a distant locomotive heralded the arrival of the malevolent narrator (portrayed by Maurice Tarplin), who introduced himself each week in the following manner:

This is the Mysterious Traveler, inviting you to join me on another journey into the strange and terrifying. I hope you will enjoy the trip, that it will thrill you a little and chill you a little. So settle back, get a good grip on your nerves and be comfortable—if you can!
Cast members included Jackson Beck, Lon Clark, Roger DeKoven, Elspeth Eric, Wendell Holmes, Bill Johnstone, Joseph Julian, Jan Miner, Santos Ortega, Bryna Raeburn, Frank Readick, Luis van Rooten, Ann Shepherd, Lawson Zerbe and Bill Zuckert. Sound effects were by Jack Amrhein, Jim Goode, Ron Harper, Walt McDonough and Al Schaffer.

"Behind the Locked Door," a popular, much-requested episode which took place in total darkness, was repeated several times during the years. Two archaeologists discover a century-old wagon train that had been sealed in a cave following a landslide. When their Native American guide is mysteriously and brutally attacked, the two, now lost in the darkness, conclude that the descendants of the wagon train are still living in the cave.

Only 75 of the original 370 Mysterious Traveler episodes still exist. The popularity of the series spawned other supernatural shows, such as The Sealed Book. With scripts by a Mysterious Traveler writer and Tarplin as host-narrator, The Strange Dr. Weird was a nearly identical program

Episodes

The Mysterious Traveler 52-06-17360TheGreenPlague - 00
Show Details27min 12s
The Mysterious Traveler 52-06-03359TheHauntedTrailer - 00
Show Details30min 2s
The Mysterious Traveler 52-02-19344StrangeNewWorld - 00
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The Mysterious Traveler 52-01-29341StrangerInTheHouse - 00
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The Mysterious Traveler 52-01-22340ChangeOfAddress - 00
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The Mysterious Traveler 52-01-15339KeyWitness - 00
Show Details27min 38s
The Mysterious Traveler 52-01-08338ItsOnlyMoney - 00
Show Details28min 22s
The Mysterious Traveler 51-12-25336ChristmasStory - 00
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The Mysterious Traveler 51-12-11334Hideout - 00
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The Mysterious Traveler 51-11-20331TheMostFamousManInTheWorld - 00
Show Details25min 50s
The Mysterious Traveler 51-11-13330SpeakOfTheDevil - 00
Show Details29min 1s
The Mysterious Traveler 51-11-06329BehindTheLockedDoor - 00
Show Details30min 7s
The Mysterious Traveler 51-10-09325TheManThatKnewEverything - 00
Show Details30min 12s
The Mysterious Traveler 51-08-28319FireInTheSky - 00
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The Mysterious Traveler 51-05-01304ThePlanetZevius - 00
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The Mysterious Traveler 51-03-13297KnivesOfDeath - 00
Show Details29min 54s
The Mysterious Traveler 50-60-06258KillerAtLarge - 00
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The Mysterious Traveler 50-07-18264KillerComeHome - 00
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The Mysterious Traveler 50-05-23256theLadyInRed - 00
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The Mysterious Traveler 50-05-02253SOS - 00
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The Mysterious Traveler 50-04-25252IDiedLastNight - 00
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The Mysterious Traveler 50-04-18251DeathAtFiftyFathoms - 00
Show Details29min 42s
The Mysterious Traveler 50-04-11250OperationTomorrow - 00
Show Details29min 19s
The Mysterious Traveler 50-04-04249TheManFromSingapore - 00
Show Details29min 35s
The Mysterious Traveler 50-03-14246TheBigBrain - 00
Show Details29min 56s
The Mysterious Traveler 50-02-07241TheManWhoTriedToSaveLincoln - 00
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The Mysterious Traveler 50-01-10237SurvivalOfTheFittest - 00
Show Details29min 21s
The Mysterious Traveler 49-10-25227NoOneOnTheLine - 00
Show Details28min 45s
The Mysterious Traveler 49-10-11225TheLastSurvivor - 00
Show Details28min 41s
The Mysterious Traveler 49-08-02215PlanetZevius - 00
Show Details29min 6s
The Mysterious Traveler 49-06-14208NoGraveCanHoldMe - 00
Show Details30min 13s
The Mysterious Traveler 49-05-24205BehindTheLockedDoor - 00
Show Details28min 24s
The Mysterious Traveler 49-04-19200OutOfThePast - 00
Show Details25min 16s
The Mysterious Traveler 49-03-29197DeathHasAColdBreath - 00
Show Details25min 48s
The Mysterious Traveler 49-01-13186TheAccusingCorpse - 00
Show Details28min 41s
The Mysterious Traveler 49-01-06185DevilAndTheDeepBlueSea - 00
Show Details24min 22s
The Mysterious Traveler 48-10-05173DeathRingsDownTheCurtain - 00
Show Details27min 29s
The Mysterious Traveler 48-09-21171DeathHasAThousandFaces - 00
Show Details26min 41s
The Mysterious Traveler 48-08-10166TheVisitingCorpse - 00
Show Details28min 35s
The Mysterious Traveler 48-07-06161TheManWhoVanished - 00
Show Details28min 30s
The Mysterious Traveler 48-06-22159ZeroHour - 00
Show Details26min 35s
The Mysterious Traveler 48-06-15158QueenOfTheCats - 00
Show Details29min 22s
The Mysterious Traveler 48-06-08157MurderIsMyBusiness - 00
Show Details29min 8s
The Mysterious Traveler 48-05-18154DeathWritesALetter - 00
Show Details28min 28s
The Mysterious Traveler 48-05-11153IWontDieAlone - 00
Show Details28min 36s
The Mysterious Traveler 48-05-04152TheyWhoSleep - 00
Show Details27min 9s
The Mysterious Traveler 48-04-20150MurderInJazzTime - 00
Show Details25min 54s
The Mysterious Traveler 48-03-16145TheyStruckItRich - 00
Show Details28min 25s
The Mysterious Traveler 48-02-24142TheManWhoDiedTwice - 00
Show Details30min 23s
The Mysterious Traveler 48-01-20137TheManInTheBlackDerby - 00
Show Details28min 4s
The Mysterious Traveler 47-10-21125DeathIsMyCaller - 00
Show Details30min 21s
The Mysterious Traveler 47-09-07119VacationFromLife - 00
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The Mysterious Traveler 47-08-24117MurderGoesFree - 00
Show Details28min 50s
The Mysterious Traveler 47-07-27114TheManTheInsectsHated - 00
Show Details29min 11s
The Mysterious Traveler 47-07-06111TheLocomotiveGhost - 00
Show Details29min 37s
The Mysterious Traveler 47-06-15108DeathIsTheJudge - 00
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The Mysterious Traveler 47-05-25105MindOverMurder - 00
Show Details29min 44s
The Mysterious Traveler 47-04-13099DarkDestiny - 00
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The Mysterious Traveler 47-03-09094TheWomanInBlack - 00
Show Details29min 23s
The Mysterious Traveler 47-01-12086NoGraveCanHoldMe - 00
Show Details29min 34s
The Mysterious Traveler 47-01-05085NewYearsNightmare - 00
Show Details29min 28s
The Mysterious Traveler 46-12-29084IfYouBelieve - 00
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The Mysterious Traveler 46-09-08076SymphonyOfDeath - 00
Show Details29min 30s
The Mysterious Traveler 46-09-01075NoOneOnTheLine - 00
Show Details29min 57s
The Mysterious Traveler 46-08-25074DeathIsTheVisitor - 00
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The Mysterious Traveler 45-03-24066DeathComesToAdolfHitler - 00
Show Details29min 12s
The Mysterious Traveler 45-03-10064CaseOfCharlesFoster - 00
Show Details29min 33s
The Mysterious Traveler 45-01-06055TheyWhoSleep - 00
Show Details27min 6s
The Mysterious Traveler 44-10-07043TheManInsectsHated - 00
Show Details28min 7s
The Mysterious Traveler 44-09-24042DeathLaughsLast - 00
Show Details27min 6s
The Mysterious Traveler 44-07-02031TheQueenOfTheCats - 00
Show Details29min 42s
The Mysterious Traveler 44-04-16020TheAccusingCorpse - 00
Show Details28min 41s
The Mysterious Traveler 44-04-09019BewareOfTomorrow - 00
Show Details28min 20s
The Mysterious Traveler 44-04-02018OutOfThePast - 00
Show Details24min 18s
The Mysterious Traveler 44-03-26017StrangerInTheHouse - 00
Show Details28min 59s
The Mysterious Traveler 44-02-27013TheGoodDieYoung - 00
Show Details28min 50s
The Mysterious Traveler 44-01-30009HouseOfDeath - 00
Show Details28min 40s