The Voyage of the Scarlet Queen

1940s adventure series
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From July 3, 1947 to February 25, 1948, The Voyage of the Scarlet Queen brought listeners the weekly adventures of Philip Karney, master of the namesake ketch the Scarlet Queen, and his crew as they traveled around the seas of southeast Asia. Created by Command Radio Productions, the show was purchased for broadcasting by the Mutual network.

While Howard Duff played Karney in the audition episode and Alan Ladd was approached about the part, Elliott Lewis took over the role for the entirety of the series' run on Mutual. Ed Max played Karney's first mate, Red Gallagher. Gil Doud and Bob Tallman, who were finding success teaming together on scripts for The Adventures of Sam Spade, were hired to co-write the scripts for The Voyage of the Scarlet Queen. The music was composed by Richard Aurandt, a stalwart of West Coast radio whose work would also be heard on The Adventures of Philp Marlowe, Rocky Jordan, and Wild Bill Hickok among many others.

The Voyage of the Scarlet Queen never attracted a sponsor and in February 1948, after a seven-month run, the Mutual network pulled the plug on the series due to unimpressive ratings. The show could still be found on scattered stations, however, until the end of summer. The series experienced two abortive attempts to bring these adventures on the high seas to television. In 1951 Allegro Productions was scheduled to film some episodes and then NBC revived the idea in 1955, but neither effort led to any known finished video.

OTRR Release Information:

Series Name: The Voyage of the Scarlet Queen

Release Status: OTRR Maintained

Release Date: September, 2022

Release Version: v 2209

Number of DVDs: 1

From the Old Time Radio Researchers Group. See "Notes" Section below for more information on the OTRR.

  1. Old Time Radio Researchers Introduction (2.8Mb)
  2. The Voyage of The Scarlet Queen Introduction (2.4Mb)
  3. Elliott Lewis Biography (4.4Mb)
  4. Gil Doud Biography (1.4Mb)
  5. Bob Tallman Biography (1.7Mb)
  6. The Death of David Malone (Audition) (67.9Mb)
  7. The Shanghai Secret (AFRTS) (66.8Mb)
  8. Report of the White Jade Buddha (AFRTS) (69.5Mb)
  9. The Spaniard and the Laskar Pirates (AFRTS) (69.5Mb)
  10. The Boston Geisha and Chesapeake Bay (68.5Mb)
  11. Lily In the Chimoipo Bar (65.3Mb)
  12. The White Cargo Act and Ah Sin (AFRTS) (63.9Mb)
  13. Story of the Eight Historic Periods (AFRTS) (64.2Mb)
  14. The Barefoot Nymph and the Mother Hubbard Jacket (AFRTS) (66.7Mb)
  15. Jewel Thieves and the Straw Filled Dummy (AFRTS) (66.5Mb)
  16. The Courtship of Anna May Lamour (AFRTS) (66.4Mb)
  17. Shore Leave and the Unhappy Wife (AFRTS) (65.7Mb)
  18. The Fat Trader and the Sword of Apo Kayan (AFRTS) (64.7Mb)
  19. The Tattooed Beaver and Baby Food For Pare Pare (AFRTS) (65.2Mb)
  20. Ah Sin and the Balinese Beaux Arts Ball (58.9Mb)
  21. Grafter's Fort and the Black Pearl of Galela Bay (64.7Mb)
  22. King Ascot and the Maid In Waiting (54.1Mb)
  23. Lonely Sultan of Isabella De Basilan (56.7Mb)
  24. Kang's Treasure and the Ghost of Tangolan (AFRTS) (57.2Mb)
  25. Beautiful Girl in the Bargain Basement (AFRTS) (62.1Mb)
  26. Huntsman's Quarry and the Dead Chinese (AFRTS) (60.8Mb)
  27. The Green Tourist and the Temple Bell (68.5Mb)
  28. The Wandering Master and the Warlord at Rest (AFRTS) (66.8Mb)
  29. The Wandering Master and the Warlord at Rest (AFRTS) (66.8Mb)
  30. The Wandering Master and the Warlord at Rest (AFRTS) (66.8Mb)
  31. Red Beard and the Bag of Pearls (68.6Mb)
  32. The 15th Lama and the Wise Guy from the (AFRTS) (67Mb)
  33. Hattie McCormick and the Patient Stowaway (AFRTS) (67.3Mb)
  34. The Derelict and the Wandering Boy (AFRTS) (68.7Mb)
  35. Fang Rubies and the Black Siamese (65.5Mb)
  36. The Ambitious Hostess on South Bridge Road (AFRTS) (67.4Mb)
  37. The Bubble Dancer and the Buccaneers (AFRTS) (68.6Mb)
  38. The Pegleg Skipper and the Iberian Blade (AFRTS) (65.4Mb)
  39. Rocky the Third and the Dead Man's Chest (66.9Mb)
  40. Queen Anne Pistols and the Dealer on King George Road (64.2Mb)
  41. Winchester Rifle and the Ambitious Groom (AFRTS) (65.5Mb)

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