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Clyde Beatty Old Time Radio Program

30 minute adventure show


Clyde Beatty joined the circus as a cage cleaner as a teen and became famous as a lion tamer and animal trainer. He also became a circus impresario who owned his own show that later merged with the Cole Bros. Circus to form the Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros. Circus. Beatty became famous for his "fighting act," in which he entered the cage with wild animals with a whip and a pistol strapped to his side. The act was designed to showcase his courage and mastery of the wild beasts, which included lions, tigers, cougars, and hyenas. At the height of his fame, the act featured as many as 40 lions and tigers. There is some indication that Beatty was the first lion tamer to use a chair in his act. Beatty's fame was such that he appeared in films from the 1930s to the 1950s, on television until the 1960s, and the Clyde Beatty Radio Show, syndicated in 1940s and lasted until 1951.

This weekly radio program featured adventures loosely based on his real-life exploits. However, the stories were no doubt more fictitious than real, and Beatty actually appeared in name only. In fact, Vic Perrin, not identified as such to the radio audience, impersonated him on the show. His "fighting act" made him the paradigm of a lion tamer for more than a generation. Beatty was once mauled by a lion named Nero. The tamer was in the hospital for ten weeks as a result of the attack. However, he remained undaunted and actually faced Nero down in a cage for the film The Big Cage.

It is best to just view these just as good adventure stories, Clyde Beatty was a master showman, and this is radio show proves he's up there with Barnum and Bailey. I'm sure that modern animal experts, zoo keepers, circus managers, and environmentalists would be horrified at some of Beatty's tactics.

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All of our Old Time Radio Programs are in MP3 format. You can play them on your computer, you can transfer them to MP3 players (like the IPod), but, by and large, you cannot play them on stereos, walkmen, or car radios.

The sound quality of Old Time Radio Programs can vary greatly. Some episodes are excellent, others you have to turn up the volume a little and ignore the static. All of the episodes can be listened to and enjoyed. You can listen to our free samples to get a feel for how the programs sound.
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Clyde Beatty episode list 46 episodes


01 The Devil Cat.mp3

02 Crisis on the Set.mp3

03 Danger Unrehearsed.mp3

04 Elephant Stampede.mp3

05 Cage Boy.mp3

06 Man Eater Of Burma.mp3

07 Tiger Escape.mp3

08 The Ju Ju Stones.mp3

09 Beauty and the Beast.mp3

10 Leopard on the Loose.mp3

11 Dangerous Ambition.mp3

12 Contest in Danger.mp3

17 Never Trust a Gilly.mp3

18 Zombie.mp3

19 For Children Only.mp3

20 The Bear.mp3

21 The Princess and the Tigress.mp3

22 Time Out For Trouble.mp3

25 Ghost Cat of Guatamala.mp3

26 The King of Clowns.mp3

27 The Fabulous General Ike.mp3

28 Danger in the Deep.mp3

29 The White Rogue of Siam.mp3

30 The Wild Man of Borneo.mp3

31 The Marvelous Marvins.mp3

32 Jungle Joe.mp3

33 Daniel in the Lion's Den.mp3

34 Kodiak Killer.mp3

35 Amazon Adventure.mp3

36 Brush With Death.mp3

37 Land of the Giants.mp3

38 Death in Stateroom B.mp3

39 The Flying Politos.mp3

40 Bakuiri Bravery.mp3

41 Borano Devil Beast.mp3

42 Canine Courage.mp3

43 Jungle Medico.mp3

44 Lost City.mp3

45 Mystery Island.mp3

46 Mambo's Strange Pet.mp3

47 Oklahoma Hoax.mp3

48 Arabia Nightmare.mp3

49 Hold That Tiger.mp3

50 In Search of a Myth.mp3

51 Adventure to Australia.mp3

52 Tiger Town.mp3


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