This restored collection of episodes represents the inaugeral "Penumbra" arc introducing Barbara Wilson as the "Femme Phantom" battling "Mistress Penumbra" as she attempts to take over Hidden Harbor's gangs and, in turn, the city. Listen to each episode and then join Chris Crissman at the end of the series for a look at the history behind each episode of this ground-breaking radio serial in HIDDEN HARBOR COMMENTARY.
The series changed formats many times over its 15 year run and this iteration represents a shift from an armchair murder mystery stories to pulp fiction heroics.
"The Wrong Turn"
Originally aired on WDOX 7:30pm, Monday September 21st, 1936
Nolan Bellson takes us to his vision of the late 40s with America fighting a war against a terrifying Soviet Union that has obliterated Nazi Germany in a swift, bloody invasion. Now, with western Europe in the balance, we are introduced to a poor and desperate America where there are still many "haves" but far more "have nots" with the majority of its heroes entrenched in eastern France to keep Democracy alive.
Our story begins with a simple family trying to get home after a night at the theater...
"Death Gives to Charity"
Originally aired on WDOX 7:30pm, Tuesday September 22nd, 1936
We're introduced to the Ghost of Hidden Harbor, a spirit that protects the innocent of Hidden Harbor. In a battle both real and psychological, our heroine defeats the Neighborhood Watch and arrives home just in time for a charity dinner at Wilson Manor. But things are not as they seem at Barbara Wilson's homestead...
"A Matter of the Mind"
Originally aired on WDOX 7:30pm, Wednesday September 23rd, 1936
Mobsters disrupt Barbara Wilson's charity event. What they want is more than the cash and jewels of Hidden Harbor's elite, but the Femme Phantom has something to say about that.
Meanwhile wanted fugitives try to leave the country with the help of a Hidden Harbor gang boss but find themselves in dire straits.
Our heroes go on the offensive.
Untitled Episode 4
Originally aired on WDOX 7:30pm, Thursday September 24th, 1936
The plot of the museum robbery is investigated with disturbing evidence suggesting suicidal saboteurs.
"The Burning Truth"
Originally aired on WDOX 7:30pm, Friday September 25th, 1936
The Phantom confronts an old nemesis and witnesses a vision of Hidden Harbor's dark future.
"A Trial By Fire"
Originally aired on WDOX 7:30pm, Monday September 28th, 1936
The dark forces of Hidden Harbor STRIKE! The Femme Phantom needs all the help she can muster as innocent lives are threatened across the city!
~ Week Two ~
Originally aired on WDOX 7:30pm, Tuesday September 29th, 1936
As our heroine recovers from near disaster and the city burns, Mistress Penumbra awakens a Soviet sleeper agent to use in her crusade to unseat all of Hidden Harbor's underworld bosses.
Originally aired on WDOX 7:30pm, Wednesday September 30th, 1936
Barbara, Kat, and Caspar watch as Hidden Harbor erupts into chaos, prompting the heroine to concoct a dangerous plan to put a stop to the distructive violence threatening to make Mal Zuut's dark dream a reality. While one hero falls, another rises to the challenge of joining the Femme Phantom's crusade!
"Out of Shadow, Into Darkness"
Originally aired on WDOX 7:30pm, Thursday October 1st, 1936
Private Detective Horn infiltrates the Alraune Building, home to infamous Club Penumbra. What he discovers appears to be more sinister than even he expected. The Femme Phantom visits a fallen adversary to find out more about Mistress Penumbra's plot.
"Old Debts, New Obligations"
Originally aired on WDOX 7:30pm, Friday October 2nd, 1936
Mistress Penumbra and her minions Talon and The Red Wolf unleash their plan to take over Hidden Harbor and destroy the Femme Phantom and her gang once and for all!
~ Week Three ~
"Changing of the Guard"
Originally aired on WDOX 7:30pm, Monday October 5th, 1936
All seems lost as each of the 12 major gangs in Hidden Harbor fall before Mistress Penumbra and her femme fatales and the city crumbles further into madness.
"The Truce Banner"
Originally aired on WDOX 7:30pm, Tuesday October 6th, 1936
With Hidden Harbor's underworld under the heel of Mistress Penumbra, Phase Two of her diabolical scheme begins. What of the Femme Phantom and her gang? Can they stop the one-two punch of the Nazi sadist Talon and the Communist assassin known as The Red Wolf?
Originally aired on WDOX 7:30pm, Wednesday October 7th, 1936
Our heroes rally against the forces of evil, finding their second wind to hit Mistress Penumbra and her army head-on.
"Toccata & Fugue"
Originally aired on WDOX 7:30pm, Thursday October 8th, 1936
The final battle begins!
Originally aired on WDOX 7:30pm, Friday October 9th, 1936
The fate of Hidden Harbor is revealed!