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The House That Death Built
Radio information

Blue Coal

Aired date

January 25, 1948

Running time

28:30 min

Preceded by

Death and the Black Fedora (Radio Show)

Followed by

One Dead and Two to Go (Radio Show)


A lunatic ex-executioner is believed dead and Lamont Cranston and Margot Lane are stranded in his house where a fortune is supposedly hidden but which is also filled with death traps and murder.

Full Cast[]

Featured Characters:


  • Ben Falkenberg (a former state executioner; dies)

Other Characters:

  • Jane Crane (posing as "Jane Archer")
  • Winsor (detective posing as gang member)
  • Rusty (gang member; dies)
  • Lafferty (gang leader posing as a butler; dies)

Notes and References[]

  • The radio script from "The House That Death Built" was published in the March 17, 1982 issue of Read Magazine.
  • The script was also reprinted in the fanzine, The Great Radio Shows.
  • The illustration on Biograph Records' 1977 album was originally used for Belmont Books' paperback, Return of The Shadow (1963).
  • The Biograph Records recording was taken from a later re-broadcast of the original episode which used different linking music performed by a studio orchestra, while the original broadcast used organ music.
  • The illustration was also in a Seagram Scotch ad in "TIME" magazine -- March 11, 1966.