Edgar Wallace

 

Edgar Wallace (1875–1932) was a prolific British crime writer, journalist and playwright, who wrote 175 novels, 24 plays, and countless articles in newspapers and journals.

Over 160 films have been made of his novels, more than any other author.

In the 1920s, one of Wallace's publishers claimed that a quarter of all books read in England were written by him.

He is most famous today as the co-creator of "King Kong", writing the early screenplay and story for the movie, as well as a short story "King Kong" (1933) credited to him and Draycott Dell. Wallace had written the initial 110-page screenplay for King Kong in five days in January, 1932. The movie was initially to be called simply "Kong" and this was the name of Wallace's screenplay treatment.

He was known for the J. G. Reeder detective stories, The Four Just Men, the Ringer, and for creating the Green Archer (see serial below) character during his lifetime.

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From LibriVox:

1.  Angel of Terror - Beautiful Jean Briggerland is the epitome of evilness in this twisting and turning thriller. She plots many different ways to steal her new victim’s riches including lies and murder. 

2.  Clue of the Twisted Candle - Well-known mystery writer John Lexman is charged with murder and sent to Broadmoor Prison. His friend T.X., head of a special branch of Scotland Yard, tries to prove his innocence.

3.  The Daffodil Mystery - "I am afraid I don't understand you, Mr. Lyne.  Odette Rider looked gravely at the young man who lolled against his open desk. Her clear skin was tinted with the faintest pink, and there was in the sober depths of those grey eyes of hers a light which would have warned a man less satisfied with his own genius and power of persuasion than Thornton Lyne."

4.  The Green Rust
A millionaire is taken suddenly ill, and sensing his mortality, he asks his attorney to do him one last favor—to find and secretly watch over his missing niece, the daughter of his profligate deceased sister. This niece at the appropriate time would become heir to his millions. However, the millionaire is mysteriously murdered, stabbed to death in his sick bed. 

5.  The Secret House - A stranger and foreigner arrives at the offices of a small publication in London only to be faced by the “editor” whose face is completely swathed in a veil. Nothing is as it seems, and it quickly becomes evident that both are bent on more than lively gossip about the elite. Blackmail and opportunism is the order of the day. 

6.  The Crimson Circle - The Crimson Circle gang spreads fear by extortion and murder. Its members range from rich, powerful bankers to petty criminals, and none of them know each other. A beautiful young woman named Thalia Drummond appears to be involved in the gang too. But who is the leader of the gang, known only as The Crimson Circle? Chief Inspector Parr is on the case, as well as private detective Derrick Yale.

 

From Archive.Org:

 King Kong Radio Play from 1938  [This Radio Play may be from the 1960s]

 

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Green Archer Serial (1940) - 15 chapters - Victor Jory



Michael Bellamy inherits Garr Castle, but his brother, Abel has him imprisoned unjustly and moves into the castle himself. When Michael's wife, Elaine, fails to return after visiting Abel, her sister Valerie Howett, accompanied by their father, Parker Howett and private detective Spike Holland (Victor Jory), rent an adjoining estate, determined to investigate the case.  Based on the novel “The Green Archer” written by Edgar Wallace.

 

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