Shadowing St. Jude's
A live re-creation of a lost episode of old-time radio classic The Shadow will benefit St. Jude's Children's Hospital---itself the creation of an old-time radio presence (Danny Thomas, whose credits include brother Amos in The Bickersons)---when it's performed as part of the Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention 27-29 August, in Aberdeen, Maryland.
"The Case of the Avenging Brain" aired originally 30 January 1944 but is considered a lost episode of the legendary crime drama, because o recording of the original episode is known to survive.
The synopsis: A series of thefts---and a bizarre attempt on Lamont's life by Margot herself---lead Lamont to a scientist keeping alive the brain of an executed criminal via an artificial heart . . . which enabled the brain to mastermind the actual and attempted crimes, to finance surgeries that would transplant it to a younger body, and to lure Lamont into a trap---the brain knows the Shadow's true identity---but allow him to perform a turnabout, tricking the brain into destroying its host . . . and, its new master.
Written by Robert Arthur and David Kogan (The Mysterious Traveler), the episode is considered a lost episode because no known recording of the original broadcast is known to exist, but the script has been bought, copied, and cleared for copyright to deliver the performance.
Participants are expected to include several with old-time radio credits, including Celeste Holm (Lux Radio Theater), Patty McCormack (Suspense), Bob Hastings (The Shadow, as it happens), and Rosemary Rice (Suspense, X Minus One, Archie Andrews); and, television veterans John Whitaker (Family Affair), Lee Meriwether (Barnaby Jones), and James Best (The Dukes of Hazzard).
Special thanks to Martin Grams, Jr., who provided much of the foregoing information, and whose books about classic radio include Inner Sanctum Mysteries: Behind the Creaking Door; Suspense: Twenty Years of Thrills and Chills; Information, Please; and, The I Love a Mystery Companion.)