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When the dramatic anthology series
premiered over CBS Radio on June 17, 1942, it did so as both a summer series and as a sustaining program. The network had no idea how well the series would perform - its only previous showcase was as an hour-long audition on the 1940 series
- so running out and getting a sponsor didn’t seem to be important at that particular stage. Besides, in the show’s salad days, the guest stars that did appear were of considerably low wattage.
After an initial debut in 1940, On June 17, 1942,
restarted as a weekly anthology series on CBS in June, 1942. A few weeks after the debut, William Spier, considered an up-and-comer by CBS, became the show’s producer. Recognizing the opportunity that
presented, Spier proceeded to mold the show into the radio classic that we know today.
For scripts, Spier relied primarily on John Dickson Carr, who either adapted existing stories or wrote originals for the series. Carr had, for many years, been making a comfortable living as the author of mystery and detective novels, most published in paperback form and featuring such detectives as Dr. Fell and Sir Henry Merrivale. Carr had long established himself as the master of the “locked door mystery” - complex, puzzling, and plot-driven stories in which a detective solves seemingly impossible crimes. Such baffling tales became a staple of
- but William Spier wanted still more from his creative team. Rather than present fantastic or bizarre stories, Spier wanted them kept close to home - and here is where the basic visions of Hitchcock and Spier converged: in their individual fields of entertainment, both insisted upon stories where an average man or woman, apparently minding their own business, ends up caught in an ever more tangled web of disaster, fear, and confusion. Conclusions would be left until the very last minute, allowing listeners the chance to not only visualize the story but, in fact, see themselves in the same situation. How would they react? What would they do? And could such a thing, in fact, actually happen to them? It’s no wonder that William Spier soon earned the title of “the Hitchcock of the Airwaves” - and that
soon became a major success for CBS.
is a true radio classic. And, in this Radio Archives collection, you’ll have the chance to hear twelve broadcasts from 1942 and 1943, Tremendous storytelling coupled with finely crafted action and production value is what awaits you on
, Volume 5 from Radio Archives.
The Burning Court
Wednesday, June 17, 1942 - 30:00 - CBS, sustaining
The Devil in the Summer House
Tuesday, November 3, 1942 - 30:00 - CBS, sustaining
The Bride Vanishes
Tuesday, December 1, 1942 - 30:00 - CBS, sustaining
Till Death Do Us Part
Tuesday, December 15, 1942 - 30:00 - CBS, sustaining
Nothing Up My Sleeve
Tuesday, January 5, 1943 - 30:00 - CBS, sustaining
The Devil's Saint
Tuesday, January 19, 1943 - 30:00 - CBS, sustaining
Tuesday, June 15, 1943 - 30:00 - CBS, sustaining
Uncle Henry's Rose Bush
Tuesday, June 29, 1943 - 30:00 - CBS, sustaining
The White Rose Murders
Tuesday, July 6, 1943 - 30:00 - CBS, sustaining
The Fountain Plays
Tuesday, August 10, 1943 - 30:00 - CBS, sustaining
The Singing Walls
Thursday, September 2, 1943 - 30:00 - CBS, sustaining
The Cross-Eyed Bear
Thursday, September 16, 1943 - 30:00 - CBS, sustaining
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