Larry Haines (Actor)

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(08-03-1918 - 07-17-2008) Age 90

Larry Haines appeared on radio's Gangbusters during the 1930s. He joined the cast of Search For Tomorrow in the 11th episode and stayed with the show until it went off the air.

He appeared in the following 85 episodes of Radio Mystery Theater
Date Episode Title Plot
01/08/1974 0003 The Bullet An accident kills a man but he is made to return to Earth to trade places with the fated victim.
01/10/1974 0005 No Hiding Place The would-be CEO of his father-in-law's corporation is threatened with the revelation of a dark deed in his past.
01/29/1974 0024 The Man Who Heard Voices Can euthanasia ever be completely willed by the sufferer? A well-respected lawyer's life is disrupted by the voice of his wife whom he had killed in mercy and threatens the affair he had started after his wife took sick
02/01/1974 0027 Dead Ringer A woman accidentally comes across a dead ringer for her husband. She decides to enlist his cooperation to help dispose of her husband
02/18/1974 0041 Blizzard of Terror A bitter couple gets caught up in a deadly storm and seek shelter in a remote cabin. But there is someone already there. And that someone might just be a homicidal maniac.
03/04/1974 0050 This Will Kill You Negative reviews can get you into trouble - especially if the book under review is written by a demon-worshipper! A journalist finds this out to his own cost as the inflamed writer puts a death curse on him. He can only be rid of the curse if he passes it on to another.
03/25/1974 0062 The Diary of a Madman This namesake of the famous Nikolai Gogol story deals with the confession of a magistrate to multiple arbitrary homicides.
04/29/1974 0082 All Living Things Must Die A lonely woman is left with just the houseplants for her company under the rules of her tyrannic husband. But he goes too far in trying to take even the plants away from her and the vegetation isn't willing to comply.
06/03/1974 0100 To Kill with Confidence While traveling across the country, a couple of newlyweds are forced to stop at a nearby town due to engine trouble. The wife makes a quick visit to the local stores to grab lunch and comes back to find that both her husband and the repair shop have mysteriously vanished.
07/08/1974 0115 Too Many Women Can Kill You An ambitious maid blackmails her employer after witnessing him murder his wife. The man is plagued by the women in his life when even the spirit of his deceased spouse begins to torment him at night.
09/09/1974 0145 Double Exposure A cop dies in an accident. His wife is mistakenly taken to be someone else by two people. Her friend tries to probe the facts as one of those people thinks that she is his former wife who left him and his children a decade ago.
10/23/1974 0164 See Naples and Die A Senator finds out that his daughter is living with a known felon in Europe who is already on the watch list of his commission. He fears this could ruin his political aspirations.
10/29/1974 0167 The Black Room A man is placed in solitary confinement for a crime he did not commit. He somehow makes an unlikely friend while in seclusion.
12/12/1974 0186 Is the Lady Dead? An extremely wealthy man marries a woman on the spur of a moment. His wife dies soon after the marriage, and this affects him in such a way that he becomes obsessed with the desire toreclaim her from the grave. His behavior distresses his family and longtime butler.
01/24/1975 0211 The Flowers of Death Dionysus, a god in Greek mythology appears in modern times and charms a young lady living in a suburb. Her husband brings his boss home so he can evaluate them for a promotion. Apart from this, the neighborhood is buzzing about her special talent with flowers.
02/03/1975 0217 Death On Skis Every year, at similar time periods and during a full moon, blonde women are brutally murdered at a famous ski resort. When a renowned author takes his blonde wife to that dangerous slope to complete his book, she starts to suspect him.
05/05/1975 0268 The Paradise of the Devil A night guard is killed and his daughter promises her small inheritance to the person who finds the killer. But the inheritance isn't as meagre an amount as she imagined.
05/30/1975 0283 Someday I'll Find You Ann Markle's husband is presumed dead in a cave-in. But just as she recovers from the trauma, she finds a recent painting by him in a flea market in Mexico. She decides to undertake a cross-country hike to get back her amnesiac husband.
07/28/1975 0316 The Lady Is a Jinx After falling for a woman with an unusual past, a police detective learns of the strange deaths that befell her previous lovers when the sister of her most recent victim requests his assistance in seeking justice for her brother.
10/07/1975 0359 Who Made Me? Years into the future, every person is evaluated and given a rank in society according to their abilities and intellectual capacity. A first ranked airman is disturbed when his son desires to lower his station because of frivolous and trivial reasons.
11/03/1975 0373 The Mortgage When he is featured in the local broadsheet and lauded as a good Samaritan, a sleeper agent is troubled by the thought that he may be called to duty; thereby disrupting his quiet life.
11/25/1975 0385 The Lap of the Gods After an accident lands a modern man in the hospital, his spirit travels back in time into the body of a sea captain in the 1820's. Meanwhile, his real body lies in a coma.
12/17/1975 0397 The Eleventh Hour After reading an interesting personal ad in the local paper, a businessman tries to connect with the advertiser. When they finally meet, the woman reveals she is a creature from another galaxy that can solve his problems for the sum of one million dollars.
12/26/1975 0403 License to Kill With the successful liberation of her husband from a sanitarium for the criminally insane, a wife professes her intentions are true. However, it soon becomes apparent that behind her so-called good deed lies a sinister scheme.
02/17/1976 0433 The Angry God On a tour of Latin America, a young American woman is befriended by a jewel thief and assists him in escaping the police's notice. She cannot, however, shield him from the all-seeing eyes of the angry goddess whose jewels he has stolen.
03/02/1976 0441 Afterward When her husband suddenly goes missing, a woman soon discovers just how much appearances can be deceiving and misleading.
06/14/1976 0491 The Unthinkable When his wife lands a job and starts moving up the corporate ladder, an unemployed engineer's ego takes a beating. He takes matters into his own hands and finds gratification in robbing a bank-- and not just any bank but the place where she works.
06/28/1976 0495 Forty-Five Minutes to Murder Inconsistencies in the official statement given by a businessman regarding his wife's murder move a brilliant defense attorney to scrutinize it further. All evidence point towards foul play and the answers he seeks can be found in poison.
09/27/1976 0525 The Ghostly Private Eye A 19th century ghost buster meets his match in a violent and aggressive poltergeist in an American mansion.
10/22/1976 0540 Somebody Help Me! A cop who is so ugly he can't get a date kills women who turn him down.
10/30/1976 0544 Witches' Sabbath Witches celebrating their holy day, witches conspire to kill a man with murderous intentions.
11/25/1976 0554 M-U-R-D-E-R A couple spending an evening together decide to play with a Ouija board. When the planchette spells the word 'MURDER' over and over again, one of the men becomes extremely paranoid.
12/20/1976 0568 Date of Death A hypocondriac's fear is heightened when his doctor tells him he has an aortic aneurism. His anger rises when his doctor later denies ever having the conversation. He thinks he is going to die despite what his wife and doctor tell him.
01/11/1977 0581 The Passing of Black Eagle
As a drunk, he is an easy going beggar, but when he is not drinking, he is the criminal known as \"Black Eagle\" -- destined to rob a locomotive! 

02/08/1977 0597 The Aurora Group
A man\'s problems begin after finding a quarter in his new suit dated nearly ten years into the future. After his discovery, he becomes plagued by visions of a future in which he murders his wife and becomes desperate when other objects from beyond begin appearing in his presence.

03/04/1977 0611 Answer Me
Distraught over the death of his wife, a failed author leaves his life behind him and sets out to lose himself in the heat and barrenness of Mexico. Along the way, he comes across a mother and daughter living in a commune and their strange bond inspires him to write again.

03/21/1977 0620 The Eighth Deadly Sin
A famous writer falls in love with a seductive actress with a penchant for walking on the wild side. When she continues to risk her life and fortune in a high stakes gamble, it sparks a dangerous and downward spiral that ultimately leads to the death of their relationship. 

04/18/1977 0636 A House Divided A son returns home four years after joining the army with a plan of revenge for the murder of his D.A. father who was killed by his mother and her mob-connected lover.
04/28/1977 0642 The Second Chance Lady A door-to-door cosmetics sales lady unwittingly stumbles into the lair of a hold-up guy. She outwits them to stay alive.
06/03/1977 0659 The Two-Dollar Murders A man tries to cover up an affair and murder by killing a cop who writes him a parking ticket. The unlikliest of clues and the unlikliest of witnesses gives him away.
06/16/1977 0666 Little Lucy's Lethal Libation Womens Lib runs amok. An advertising executive suspects that women plan to take over the world when his female boss assigns him to an account with an overbearing female client who shuns publicity.
06/27/1977 0672 Come, Fill My Cup A train conductor recounts how a regular poker game on commuter train 4321 turned into murder by poison.
07/12/1977 0681 The Colonel Chabert A French colonel, thought to be dead, returns to his family and tries to recover some of his fortune from his wife who has since remarried and borne a family. She is reluctant because he can reveal her less than distinguished past.
08/22/1977 0698 Return to Pompeii An American widow tours Italy with her colleague. When their tour bus breaks down, they are forced to walk to Pompeii. There, the widow has a strange dream.
08/24/1977 0699 The Adventures of Don Quixote The adventures of the fractured fairy tale of Don Quixote and his misadventures in 15th Century Spain. They are not giants, they are windmills.
09/05/1977 0704 The Waiting Room A cordial invitation from an elderly couple for a weekend stay at their mansion has sinister repercussions for a young couple. They have been baited for a deadly occult ritual dedicated to evil.
09/16/1977 0710 Death on Project X A weapons investigator runs into trouble with a routine check at a facility as he meets an apparently deranged scientist who lets him know that they have manufactured the ultimate weapon and plan to utilize it soon.
09/29/1977 0717 The Solitary The story of an unlikely friendship between a prisoner and the security officer. The prisoner is hated and tortured by another guard regularly and the warden tries to find a way to resolve the conflict.
10/10/1977 0722 The Actress The quintessential story of an actress slowly losing her own self in the life of the tragic character she is supposed to enact.
10/25/1977 0729 Just to Keep Busy A betrothed man strives to win the affection of his friend's secretary. When she finds out his double game, she takes the extreme step and he becomes the suspect.
11/11/1977 0739 We Meet Again The murderer recently apprehended by her husband turns out to be the wife's old flame. She is convinced of the man's innocence and feels guilty for having ditched him. She decides to take the investigation into her own hands along with a bit of help from her husband.
11/28/1977 0747 The Man Is Missing A lady pesters investigators to find her missing husband. One of them decide to help her on his own as he falls for her. But his wife gets interested too and manages to unearth some astonishing facts.
01/17/1978 0766 A Model Murderer A travelling merchant seems like the perfect criminal as he escapes suspicion from both his wife and the judiciary as he pretends to be a charming photographer and rapes young models. But things go astray one day and he has to progress to murder. Has he crossed the line?
03/03/1978 0792 The Assassin In an ultimate proof of work ethics, a professional killer tries to carry out the most valuable contract job he ever received - despite an accident that wipes his memory clean.
03/10/1978 0796 Who Is George Williams? Deprived of his memory in an accident, a man stumbles into a cabin in Alaska. The residents take care of him and soon find him a job in the police force of the county. Nearly after a year, he is asked to solve a case about some bones found lying and he slowly comes to understand that he must have killed the person.
04/11/1978 0814 Blackmail The daughter of a Hollywood star finds herself blackmailed with a photograph of her in the arms of an infamous gangster. She must find a way out of the scenario.
04/20/1978 0819 The Avocado Jungle An aged actress is helped by a writer to pen down her memoirs. She ends up revealing a secret that gets taped.
07/24/1978 0869 Close Shave A professional deceiver dupes a lonely rich man to marry the empress of a South American country that does not exist. His blackjack dealing girlfriend dons the role of the empress.
09/25/1978 0897 A Table for Two A blackguard threatens a restaurant manager to keep check on her clients so he can rob their homes while they enjoy dinner.
10/02/1978 0900 The Forever Alley A law-enforcement investigator tries to shame his bowling obsessed brother-in-law into paying heed to his family. But he is as yet unaware that the man is prepared to take his obsession to far greater heights. One day, the brother-in-law vanishes in a bowling alley and the investigator discovers that he might still be there - but in an alternate plane of consciousness.
10/27/1978 0911 The Sound of Terror The lover of a police detective becomes involved in a terrorist kidnapping when she unwittingly answers a call in a public pay phone.
01/15/1979 0945 The Long, Long Sleep When his doctor informs him that he needs open heart surgery to prolong his life, a man becomes despondent. Soon after, he experiences a strange situation in which he believes is is already dead. This convinces him that death is just around the corner.
02/19/1979 0955 The Shock of His Life A gambling addict receives the power to predict the outcome of sporting events when he is electrocuted while fixing his television. He uses his new powers to get rich with disastrous consequences.
06/06/1979 0986 The Pardon After accidentally causing his mother-in-law's demise, a man is incarcerated for involuntary manslaughter. His wife dreads his acquittal when she begins to have strange visions of his homecoming.
07/09/1979 0995 Smile at a Homely Girl Marriage to a paranoid and possessive shrew makes life hell for a local businessman. When the woman is murdered, accounts of her jealous ravings make him the prime suspect in the crime, but he finds an ally in the strangest of places.
10/22/1979 1023 Sheer Terror A police officer must solve the biggest case of his life- the disappearance of his wife who was kidnapped by an obsessed fan who intends to marry her!
10/24/1979 1024 Dangerous Memory Weighed down by the guilt of imagined misdeeds, a Vietnam veteran is urged to seek the counsel of a noted psychologist by his girlfriend. He must come to terms with the phantoms of his past in order to save his future.
03/03/1980 1064 Laundry Money When he unwittingly becomes part of a money laundering scheme, an accountant falls victim to the murderous plot of his best friend and wife- who both plan on hastening his demise.
03/24/1980 1070 The Blue Tiger A determined D.A. hot on the pursuit of a seasoned killer responsible for the murder of a witness turns up dead. Finally free of his tail, the criminal moves on to his next mission- conning an elderly old woman into believing he is her long, lost son.
05/12/1980 1084 Tomorrow Is Never Luck allows a worldly traveler and an old maid whose life's ambition is to travel to Europe to cross paths. He encounters her years later, only to discover that she has lived the last few years under the thumb of her ill-mannered relatives. Moved to pity, he vows to assist her in reclaiming her life.
05/28/1980 1089 The Bluff In a high stakes game of blind man's bluff, a retired police detective uses himself as bait to lure out the man who blinded him to exact revenge for ruining his life.
08/18/1980 1110 Human Error After unintentionally causing the hospitalization of a young woman, a man experiencing a midlife crisis falls for her. His friends soon become concerned when he begins visiting her for no reason.
09/15/1980 1118 Number One A movie company is taken hostage by a Central American warlord while on location. They are faced with a moral dilemma when the commander demands a night with the director's wife in exchange of their liberty.
01/27/1981 1152 Small Money A pro golfer finds himself murdering his wife when she begins to start earning more money than him. His ego takes a beating every time he remembers that he was the one who sparked her interest in the game in the first place!
06/03/1981 1206 The Cat's Paw In order to safeguard the life of a famous scientist, a secret agent is sent to the Los Alamos atomic facility to serve as a decoy.
09/11/1981 1241 The Senior Prom After looking closely into the death of several women, the police discover that the common denominator that ties them together was their rejection of a prom date during high school.
10/05/1981 1248 The Solid Gold Zarf A man is devastated when his years of loyalty toward his company are rewarded with an unexplained termination. When his wife must take on a job to make ends meet, his morale takes a further beating.
10/19/1981 1252 The Equalizer Deception and treachery abound in a third world country and a hired mercenary must deal with the nation's idiosyncrasies as he trains them for war.
11/09/1981 1258 Golden Time In the midst of a routine house call, a plumber is taken hostage when he stumbles upon an on-going drug deal.
12/14/1981 1268 Harry's Taxi and the 'T' Machine In order to resuscitate his failing career, a scientist invents a transmigration machine and experiments on live creatures. A freak accident causes his wife to become another casualty of the machine.
01/08/1982 1274 The Last Orbit Plagued by visions of a woman claiming to be from another galaxy, an astronaut is more than surprised when she makes her presence known aboard his ship.
05/31/1982 1335 Lady Macbeth at the Zoo After unwittingly learning about a murder plot involving a young couple and the man's uncle, Waldo is determined to put a stop to it. The only problem is that Waldo is a caged monkey and despite his best efforts, cannot do a single thing to save the victim.
06/14/1982 1338 The Woman Who Wanted to Live A young blonde witnesses the escape of a convicted felon from a maximum-security prison and the brutal slaying of a guard. When the killer attempts to silence her, she manages to convince him to take her along as a companion instead.
09/02/1982 1366 The Rim of Eternity In an attempt to regain his former stature in the media, a hard up reporter works to solve the murder of the town's most wanted criminals.
10/29/1982 1388 I Hate Harold When his boss hires a slick and overbearing sales manager, his executive assistant detests him on sight. When he discovers that the man is an expert jewel thief out to rob them blind, he lends his assistance to the local police.


10 Responses to Haines Larry

In the early days of my "discovery" of Old Time Radio, ( about 12 years ago ) I thought for CERTAIN Larry Haines was Elliott Lewis (Mr. Radio) using a different name ! I'm curious, did any of you out there think the same thing ? OR, now that you think about it, don't you think that they DO sound alike ? Post it here or send me an email, I can't wait to find out I'm not alone on this. Finally, speaking of Elliott lewis, does anyone know why (or if) he was'nt approached by CBS or Himan Brown to be involved in CBSRMT ? Rod Serling hand picked Lewis for "Zero Hour" and, CBS DID choose Lewis for General Mills Adventure Theater and Sears Radio Theater. Was there a problem between Himan Brown and Elliott Lewis ? If you know anything about this, please drop me a line -Thanks 351charlie

351Charlie

I love Mystery Theater and I love Larry Haines' voice. I've always loved his voice and tried to find out his name when I came across this website. He was an excellent actor and his voice could really express vulnerability which made him very likeable.

Susan Jacobson

Larry was probably quite a bit before his time... I think his sensible, yet occasionally comically unsure persona is a much more common trait in today's actors. More of us can relate with the likes of him than a Bogart or Brando.. Similar actors today... Jason Bateman, or Paul Rudd..

David M.

I missed posting yesterday (Aug 3), it was Larry Haines' birthday. Starring in over 80 episodes, Haines was a true superstar of CBSRMT. Some Larry Haines trivia: He won Daytime Emmies in 1976 & 1981 for Search for Tomorrow (1951). Was twice nominated for Broadway's Tony Award: in 1966, as Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Dramatic) for "Generation," and in 1969, as Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Musical) for "Promises, Promises." Former first lady Pat Nixon's favorite soap opera star. Does anyone have a favorite Haines episode?

Frank

I know many will (likely rightfully) say "The bullet", but my personal one is "Golden Time". (Which meant the hours (after regular working hours) when a plumber, which is who Mr. Haines played, can charge a higher rate.) I can think of maybe a couple other RMT actors who would have made good plumbers (Joe Julian, for example), but none who could have you feeling as sorry for him, witnessing a drug deal while merely trying to do his job, fearing/running for his life, and having a happy ending, as Haines did in "Golden Time". IMO.

Kurt

My favorite Larry Haines episode is "The Black Room," but he knocked it out of the park every single time. As Susan Jacobson said, he conveyed a vulnerability that made even the most unlikeable characters fully three-dimensional. What's interesting is that I just heard a 1956 episode of "X Minus One" with Mason Adams, Larry Haines, and Dan Ocko, "Surface Tension," in which Larry Haines was just okay. Each of his CBSRMT performances was so good—and so natural—that he truly made it seem effortless. I guess I'd started to take his talent for granted a little. In 85-some-odd episodes of CBSRMT, Larry Haines was never just okay.

Karen

Larry Haines One of my favorites, loved him in Death on Project X.

Doug

Larry Haines is my favorite actor.

Sue

My favorite actor

Ricardo

The actress whose voice that I find cheerful, friendly and often a bit ditzy is Lurene Tuttle - first became aware of her as a character in Sam Spade and then realised that she appreared on so many other programmes. But I find Agnes Moorehead's voice irritating most of the time, though to her credit, I think that was often the effect that was sought - but for me it can be like fingernails on a blackboard. And the actor's voice that I'm not particularly fond of (and a choice that may not make me many friends) is that of Orson Welles. I find his voice a bit smug at times and to me it seems that most of the time he is over acting - hard to lose yourself in the character because you always know it is Orson Welles the actor.

Ricardo


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