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Anthology Series
An anthology series is a radio, television or book 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
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The Hall Of Fantasy
The Hall of Fantasy is an American old-time radio dramatic anthology. It was broadcast on the Mutual Broadcasting System
Mutual Broadcasting System
from August 22, 1952, until September 28, 1953.[1]Contents1 Format and background 2 Personnel 3 References 4 External links4.1 Logs 4.2 Scripts 4.3 StreamingFormat and background[edit] The Hall of Fantasy featured stories with supernatural themes.[2] Radio historian John Dunning wrote in his reference work Tune in Yesterday: "The difference between this program and its competitors was that here, man was usually the loser. The supernatural was offered as something respectable, awesome, sometimes devastating and always frightening."[3] An early version of the show was developed by Richard Thorne and Carl Greyson[4] and broadcast on KALL
KALL
in Salt Lake City, Utah
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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
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
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Genres
Genre
Genre
(/ˈʒɒ̃rə, ˈʒɒn-, ˈdʒɒn-/; from French genre, meaning 'kind' or 'sort') 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 cultures invent new genres and discontinue the use of old ones. Often, works fit into multiple genres by way of borrowing and recombining these conventions
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Nelson Olmsted
Nelson Olmsted, (January 28, 1914, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
- April 8, 1992, Torrance, California[1]) 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
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 in 1929. The program was an early effort at bringing thriller and suspense dramas to the airwaves. The Oakland Tribune
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.[1]Cast[edit] Chester Stratton played Lynn Edwards, and Teresa Dale played Mrs. Pendergast.[2]- Formats of fear[edit] A 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 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, and in syndication.[1] The program was created, written, and directed by Alonzo Deen Cole (February 22, 1897, St. Paul, Minnesota
St. Paul, Minnesota
- April 7, 1971).Contents1 Production and casting 2 Television 3 Influence 4 Listen to 5 See also 6 References 7 Further reading 8 External linksProduction and casting[edit] Cole'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,[1] 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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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
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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
Quiet, Please
(1947–1949) Biography[edit] Born Willis Oswald Cooper in Pekin, Illinois, he attended Pekin High School, graduating in 1916. He soon joined the U.S. Cavalry
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. While in France he was gassed at the Meuse-Argonne Offensive.[1] He remained on active duty until 1919 when he left to become an advertising writer, though he maintained his reserve status. By the late 1920s he was writing advertising copy in Chicago
Chicago
and entered radio, writing scripts for the 1929-1931 NBC radio program Empire Builders
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Arch Oboler
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[1] 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
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Himan Brown
Himan Brown
Himan Brown
(July 21, 1910 – June 4, 2010[1]), 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, Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre, Gregory Peck, Frank Sinatra and Orson Welles
Orson Welles
while creating thousands of radio programs.[2] He produced more than 30,000 radio shows over seven decades.[3]Contents1 Early life 2 On the air 3 Television 4 Teaching 5 Death 6 Awards 7 Personal life 8 References 9 Listen to 10 External linksEarly life[edit] The 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. At the age of 18, he began broadcasting on New York's WEAF, reading newspapers with a Yiddish dialect
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Suspense (radio Program)
Suspense is a radio drama series broadcast on CBS Radio
CBS Radio
from 1942 through 1962.Contents1 Production background 2 Alfred Hitchcock 3 1942–1962 4 Opening introductions 5 Recognition 6 Satire 7 Theater 8 Partial list of episodes of Suspense8.1 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 19629 Revival9.1 Season One episodes10 See also 11 References 12 Sources 13 External linksProduction background[edit] One 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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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. Initially often inspired by literature from authors like Edgar Allan Poe, Bram Stoker
Bram Stoker
and Mary Shelley, horror has existed as a film genre 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 aim to evoke 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
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The Mysterious Traveler
The Mysterious Traveler
The Mysterious Traveler
was an anthology radio series, a magazine, and a comic book. All three featured stories which ran the gamut from fantasy and science fiction to straight crime dramas of mystery and suspense.[1]Contents1 Radio 2 Magazine 3 Comic books 4 Short story and biography 5 See also 6 References 7 Listen to 8 External linksRadio[edit] Written and directed by Robert Arthur and David Kogan, the radio series was sponsored by Adams Hats. It began on the Mutual Broadcasting System, December 5, 1943, continuing in many different time slots until September 16, 1952. The lonely sound of a distant locomotive heralded the arrival of the sinister narrator (portrayed by Maurice Tarplin), who introduced himself each week in the following manner:This is the Mysterious Traveler, inviting you to join me on another journey into the strange and terrifying
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Robert Arthur, Jr.
Robert Jay Arthur Jr. (November 10, 1909 – May 2, 1969) was a writer of speculative fiction[1] known for his work with The Mysterious Traveler radio series and for writing The Three Investigators, a series of young adult novels.[2] Arthur was honoured twice by the Mystery Writers of America with an Edgar Award for Best Radio Drama
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