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Anthology Series
An ANTHOLOGY SERIES is a radio or television series that presents a different story and a different set of characters in each episode or season /series. These usually have a different cast each week, but several series in the past, such as Four Star Playhouse , employed a permanent troupe of character actors who would appear in a different drama each week. Some anthology series, such as Studio One , began on radio and then expanded to television
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Wyllis Cooper
WYLLIS OSWALD COOPER (January 26, 1899 – June 22, 1955) was an American writer and producer. He is best remembered for creating and writing the old time radio programs Lights Out (1934–1947) and Quiet, Please (1947–1949) BIOGRAPHYBorn WILLIS OSWALD COOPER in Pekin, Illinois , he attended Pekin High School, graduating in 1916. He soon joined the U.S. Cavalry where, achieving the rank of Sergeant, he spent time on the Mexican border. In 1917, he became a part of the Signal Corps and was sent to France during World War I
World War I
. While in France he was gassed at the Meuse-Argonne Offensive
Meuse-Argonne Offensive
. He remained on active duty until 1919 when he left to become an advertising writer, though he maintained his reserve status
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Arch Oboler
ARCH OBOLER (December 7, 1909 – March 19, 1987) was an American playwright, screenwriter, novelist, producer, and director who was active in radio, films, theater, and television. He generated much attention with his radio scripts, particularly the horror series Lights Out , and his work in radio remains the outstanding period of his career. Praised as one of broadcasting's top talents, he is regarded today as a key innovator of radio drama. Oboler's personality and ego were larger than life. Radio historian John Dunning wrote, "Few people were ambivalent when it came to Arch Oboler
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The Hermit's Cave
THE HERMIT\'S CAVE was a syndicated radio horror series which aired from 1930 to 1944. The show was originally broadcast from WJR AM in Detroit
Detroit
, Michigan
Michigan
, but later moved to KMPC AM in Los Angeles
Los Angeles
, California
California
, with William Conrad as producer. Over 800 episodes were produced but less than 40 are currently available. Show sponsors included the Carter Coal Company which advertised its home-heating coal product, Olga Coal, and the Simoniz Company which promoted its various automotive care products like Simoniz Cleaner. The Hermit's Cave was narrated by the character, the Hermit, with a majority of episodes beginning with the following dialogue: "Ghost stories, weird stories, and murders, too. The Hermit knows of them all. Turn out your lights. Turn them out. Ahhh
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Himan Brown
HIMAN BROWN (July 21, 1910 – June 4, 2010 ), also known as HI BROWN, was an American producer of radio programs. Producing for the major radio networks and also for syndication, Brown worked with such actors as Helen Hayes
Helen Hayes
, Boris Karloff , Peter Lorre , Gregory Peck
Gregory Peck
, Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
and Orson Welles
Orson Welles
while creating thousands of radio programs. He produced more than 30,000 radio shows over seven decades. CONTENTS * 1 Early life * 2 On the air * 3 Television * 4 Teaching * 5 Death * 6 Awards * 7 Personal life * 8 References * 9 Listen to * 10 External links EARLY LIFEThe son of a tailor from a shtetl near the Ukrainian seaport of Odessa, Brown first learned about radio from a shop teacher at Brooklyn's Boys High School
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Lights Out (radio Show)
LIGHTS OUT is an American old-time radio program devoted mostly to horror and the supernatural. Created by Wyllis Cooper and then eventually taken over by Arch Oboler , versions of Lights Out aired on different networks, at various times, from January 3, 1934 to the summer of 1947 and the series eventually made the transition to television. Lights Out was one of the earliest radio horror programs, predating Suspense and Inner Sanctum
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The Witch's Tale
THE WITCH\'S TALE was a horror-fantasy radio series which aired from May 21, 1931, to June 13, 1938, on WOR , the Mutual Radio Network
Mutual Radio Network
, and in syndication. The program was created, written, and directed by Alonzo Deen Cole (February 22, 1897, St. Paul, Minnesota - April 7, 1971). CONTENTS * 1 Production and casting * 2 Television * 3 Influence * 4 Listen to * 5 See also * 6 References * 7 Further reading * 8 External links PRODUCTION AND CASTINGCole's spooky show was hosted by Old Nancy, the Witch of Salem, who introduced a different terror tale each week. The role of Old Nancy was created by stage actress Adelaide Fitz-Allen, who died in 1935 at the age of 79. Cole replaced her with 13-year-old Miriam Wolfe , and Martha Wentworth was also heard as Old Nancy on occasion. Cole himself provided the sounds of Old Nancy's cat, Satan
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Horror Film
A HORROR FILM is a movie that seeks to elicit a physiological reaction, such as an elevated heartbeat, through the use of fear and shocking one’s audiences. Inspired by literature from authors like Edgar Allan Poe , Bram Stoker , and Mary Shelley , the horror genre has existed for more than a century. The macabre and the supernatural are frequent themes. Horror may also overlap with the fantasy , supernatural fiction and thriller genres. Horror films often deal with viewers' nightmares , fears , revulsions and terror of the unknown. Plots within the horror genre often involve the intrusion of an evil force, event, or personage into the everyday world. Prevalent elements include ghosts , extraterrestrials , vampires , werewolves , demons , satanism , gore , torture , vicious animals , evil witches , monsters , zombies , cannibals , psychopaths , natural or man-made disasters , and serial killers
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Genres
GENRE (/ˈʒɒ̃rə/ , /ˈʒɒnrə/ or /ˈdʒɒnrə/ ; from French genre , "kind" or "sort", from Latin genus (stem gener-), Greek γένος, génos) is any form or type of communication in any mode (written, spoken, digital, artistic, etc.) with socially-agreed upon conventions developed over time. Genre
Genre
is most popularly known as a category of literature , music , or other forms of art or entertainment, whether written or spoken, audio or visual, based on some set of stylistic criteria, yet genres can be aesthetic, rhetorical, communicative, or functional. Genres form by conventions that change over time as new genres are invented and the use of old ones is discontinued. Often, works fit into multiple genres by way of borrowing and recombining these conventions. Stand alone texts, works, or pieces of communication may have individual styles, but genres are amalgams of these texts based on agreed upon or socially inferred conventions
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Nelson Olmsted
NELSON OLMSTED, (January 28, 1914, Minneapolis, Minnesota - April 8, 1992, Torrance, California ) was an actor in films, recordings, radio and television from the 1950s to the 1970s. Sometimes billed as NELSON OLMSTEAD, he was best known for an unusual NBC radio series, Sleep No More (1956–57), in which he narrated his own adaptations of terror tales and science-fantasy stories. Ben Grauer was the program's announcer. After study at the University of Texas, Olmsted began in radio in the late 1930s as an announcer for WBAP in Fort Worth, Texas . When he launched Black Night (1937–39), a late night 30-minute horror series, it was only a local program, but it created a sensation, with mail arriving at WBAP from ten states. A review in Radio News took note of the chilling music (by Gene Baugh) and horrific sound effects (by A.M. Woodford)
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Mystery House (radio Drama)
MYSTERY HOUSE was a radio drama series which began broadcasting on NBC
NBC
in 1929. The program was an early effort at bringing thriller and suspense dramas to the airwaves. The Oakland Tribune offered this description of the program on September 21, 1930: MYSTERY HOUSE TO OFFER MORE THRILLS Thrills and spine-chilling happenings framed against a musical background are again promised NBC
NBC
listeners when another episode of Mystery House is released this evening between 5:45 and 6:15 o'clock, P.S.T. The melodrama serial is to be heard on KGO . CASTChester Stratton played Lynn Edwards, and Teresa Dale played Mrs. Pendergast. - FORMATS OF FEARA later series with the same title prompted speculation at Radio Archives: Mystery House staffers would perform in each half-hour drama, while others would provide sound effects, rewrite scripts and so on
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The Whistler
THE WHISTLER is an American radio mystery drama which ran from May 16, 1942, until September 22, 1955, on the west-coast regional CBS radio network. The show was also broadcast in Chicago
Chicago
and over Armed Forces Radio . On the west coast, it was sponsored by the Signal Oil Company : "That whistle is your signal for the Signal Oil program, The Whistler." There were also two short-lived attempts to form east-coast broadcast spurs: July 3 to September 25, 1946, sponsored by the Campbell Soup Company ; and March 26, 1947, to September 29, 1948, sponsored by Household Finance . The program was also adapted into a film noir series by Columbia Pictures
Columbia Pictures
in 1944
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Suspense (radio Program)
SUSPENSE is a radio drama series broadcast on CBS Radio
CBS Radio
from 1942 through 1962. CONTENTS * 1 Production background * 2 Alfred Hitchcock
Alfred Hitchcock
* 3 1942–1962 * 4 Opening introductions * 5 Recognition * 6 Satire * 7 Theater * 8 Partial list of episodes of Suspense * 8.1 1940 * 8.2 1942 * 8.3 1943 * 8.4 1944 * 8.5 1945 * 8.6 1946 * 8.7 1947 * 8.8 1948 * 8.9 1949 * 8.10 1950 * 8.11 1951 * 8.12 1952 * 8.13 1953 * 8.14 1954 * 8.15 1955 * 8.16 1956 * 8.17 1958 * 8.18 1959 * 8.19 1961 * 8.20 1962 * 9 Revival * 9.1 Season One episodes * 10 See also * 11 References * 12 Sources * 13 External links PRODUCTION BACKGROUNDOne of the premier drama programs of the Golden Age of Radio , was subtitled "radio's outstanding theater of thrills" and focused on suspense thriller -type scripts, usually featuring leading Hollywood actors of the era
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The Sealed Book
THE SEALED BOOK was a radio series of mystery and terror tales, produced and directed by Jock MacGregor for the Mutual network. Between March 18 and September 9, 1945, the melodramatic anthology series was broadcast on Sundays from 10:30pm to 11:00pm. Each week, after "the sound of the great gong," host Philip Clarke observed that the mysteriously silent "keeper of the book has opened the ponderous door to the secret vault wherein is kept the great sealed book, in which is recorded all the secrets and mysteries of mankind through the ages, Here are tales of every kind, tales of murder, of madness, of dark deeds strange and terrible beyond all belief." After this introduction, the dramas began, occasionally interrupted by extended organ solos
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Quiet, Please
QUIET, PLEASE! was a radio fantasy and horror program created by Wyllis Cooper , also known for creating Lights Out . Ernest Chappell was the show's announcer and lead actor. Quiet, Please
Quiet, Please
debuted June 8, 1947 on the Mutual Broadcasting System
Mutual Broadcasting System
, and its last episode was broadcast June 25, 1949, on the ABC . A total of 106 shows were broadcast, with only a very few of them repeats. Earning relatively little notice during its initial run, Quiet, Please has since been praised as one of the finest efforts of the golden age of American radio drama . Professor Richard J
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Ernest Chappell
ERNEST E. CHAPPELL (June 10, 1903 - July 4, 1983) was an American radio announcer and actor, best remembered for his featured role in the late 1940s radio program Quiet, Please
Quiet, Please
. The show ran from 1947 to 1949, and Quiet, Please
Quiet, Please
was Chappell's major acting credit. His signature line was: "And so, until next week at this same time, I am quietly yours, Ernest Chappell." CONTENTS * 1 Early years * 2 Early professional work * 3 Radio * 4 Television * 5 Recording * 6 References * 7 External links EARLY YEARSChappell graduated from Syracuse University in 1925, planning to be a singer
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