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Whistler, Volume 5 - 6 hours [Audio CDs] #RA380
Whistler, Volume 5


 
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The Whistler
Volume 5
 
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I am the Whistler and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes, I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak!
 
One of the most memorable aspects of The Whistler was the theme music. Providing the opening and closing for each episode, the theme was actually whistled, setting a chill early on and cementing it in listeners as the show came to its inevitable usually doom laden end. The whistling for the theme was provided for 13 years by Dorothy Roberts, each week whistling the 37 notes that comprised the tune, thirteen to open it, eleven leading into the actual story, and 13 to end the episode. The theme’s creator, Wilbur Hatch, responsible for leading the Orchestra and composing all the music for the show, once said he believed that only one person in 20 could whistle The Whistler theme perfectly.
 
In the early episodes of The Whistler, the omniscient narrator with the creepy laugh would actually sometimes interact without actually participating in the stories. Writer-Producer J. Donald Wilson would at times have The Whistler act as the conscience of an episode’s protagonist, debating what the lead character should do next and usually pushing him or her to the deadliest decision. Then The Whistler would tell the listeners how the story played out. In 1944, this changed when George Allen became producer-director. The Whistler no longer played anyone’s conscience and the ending of each episode was fully played out, not summarized.
 
Follow The Whistler into the dark recesses of the human spirit in this thrilling collection from Radio Archives. Twelve broadcasts from 1943 restored to sparkling digital quality.
 
#46 The Penalty
Sunday, March 28, 1943 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sustaining
 
#50 The Killers
Saturday, May 1, 1943 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sustaining
 
#51 Death Has A Thirst
Saturday, May 8, 1943 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sustaining
 
#52 The Man Who Waited
Saturday, May 15, 1943 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sustaining
 
#55 Shadow Of A Mind
Saturday, June 5, 1943 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sustaining
 
#56 Justice
Saturday, June 12, 1943 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sustaining
 
#57 House Of Fear
Saturday, June 19, 1943 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sustaining
 
#58 The Blank Wall
Saturday, June 26, 1943 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sustaining
 
#59 The Avengers
Friday, July 2, 1943 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sustaining
 
#60 An Eye For An Eye
Friday, July 9, 1943 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sustaining
 
#65 Death In The Air
Friday, August 13, 1943 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sustaining
 
#68 Destiny
Friday, September 3, 1943 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sustaining

Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 1 Write a review

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The whistling continues........ July 14, 2017
Reviewer: Richard McLeod from RIVERSIDE, CA United States  
This Volume of The Whistler comes entirely from programs aired in 1943, and have the Whistler act as the conscious of an episode's protagonist, which as noted in the review, changed in 1944 with a new producer/director of the show.  I personally like this earlier approach as opposed to the later episodes which changed this format.  The later stories (starting in 1944) are just as unique and well written, and still have the air of mystery for which The Whistler is known to possess. These radio shows are certainly one of the better known of the shows from the Golden Age of Radio.

The Radio Archives staff have again restored these CD's to the best sound quality available and many probably sound better than when they were initially aired.

Each volume of The Whistler comes in a heavy duty plastic box, with individual sleeves for added protection of each CD.  Downloads are also available.  Unique and colorful original artwork adorns each boxed set.

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