The Definitive Horror, Inc. Radio Log with Eva Le Gallienne and Joseph Schildkraut. As World War II wore on, back on the Home Front a great number of "spine chillers, homicidery, and bloody epics" had emerged to provide some escapist programming to Radio audiences throughout America. Witness the following article by Marion Radcliffe, "Walk Into My Parlor" from the February 2.
The Billboard: NEW YORK, Feb. It takes a total of 1. The nerve- racking 1. Gang Busters and Bulldog Drummond to the sophisticated sleuthing of Thin Man and the subtle terror of Inner Sanctum and Lights Out. The cowboy- and- Indian, cops- and- robbers dramas, which have been making kids and grownups alike shriek and shiver since almost the beginnings of radio, are slanted toward the war now, keeping Green Hornet and The Shadow pretty busy tracking down vicious Nazi spies and saboteurs. Counter- Spy, which debuted over CBS in May, 1. American secret agent. Almost all the mystery shows inject the war angle into their scripts, with black markets, for instance, serving as a subject for investigation on recent programs of both Mr. District Attorney and Crime Doctor. OWI propaganda about loose talk sinking ships was dramatized on a recent Ellery Queen show, and the latest Inner Sanctum drama was turned over to the Treasury Department's War Bond Drive. Theory that war increases listening to escape programs has been taken seriously by the networks, three of which have lately added mystery thrillers to their list of sustaining shows. New this season on Mutual are Dark Destiny, presenting tales of the supernatural, and Murder Clinic, which dramatizes adventures of famous fiction detectives. Both originate from WOR and go out to the full network. Suspense, a detective thriller, started on the Columbia network in June, 1.
The Radio Horror Host Index, a free on-line guide. Dark Destiny. 1942 - 1943. Above image courtesy of. Featured in tonight's program was Carl Eastman as Jerry. Radio is the ideal medium for horror and mystery entertainment. In the minds eye, old time radio horror and mystery shows can conjure the most frightening of scary.
Blue Network within the past month has been scaring its listeners with Horror, Inc., which bowed in on January 1. Eva Le Gallienne reading a different blood- curdling tidbit each week; The Strange Dr. Karnac, which finds the gentleman of the title in a sinister episode each week involving black magic, began haunting the Blue January 2. Altho many mystery programs use guest stars, 1. Don Mc. Laughlin plays the FBI agent in Counter- Spy; Carlton Young, Marion Shockley, Santos Ortega and Ted de Corsia are regularly cast in Ellery Queen; Joseph Curtin and Alice Frost are Mr. Mrs. North, and Jay Jostyn, Len Doyle and Vicki Vola take the lead roles in Mr.
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District Attorney. Claudia Morgan and Lester Damon play Nora and Nick in the Thin Man; Everett Sloan has the part of Dr. Benjamin Ordway in Crime Doctor, and Bennett Kilpack is Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons. Bill Johnstone and Marjorie Anderson star in The Shadow, and Alan Hewitt had the lead in Bulldog Drummond until his induction into the army. Mystery shows use on an average of from five to eight actors. The question of who gets more exhausted from mystery and horror shows on the air- -listeners, actors, producers or sound effects men- -is one that has recently come up for consideration. It is claimed by some students of the subject that listeners "enjoy" trembling, sweating and fainting as a result of weird things they hear on the air, because after it is all over they get a wonderful feeling of relief at finding themselves safely sheltered in a warm, dry living room and not swimming in rat- infested sewers or trapped in a cemetery vault with 1. While the listener turns to horror and mystery programs for release, it has been reported that the actors are affected by their own macabre characterizations to the extent of losing weight, voices and nerve. Not only are the sound effects men, who open and close the special creaking door on Inner Sanctum, clang the giant gong on Lights Out and simulate the footsteps and other eerie sounds indispensable on mystery shows, but organs and- -on the higher- priced shows- -orchestras are a must. Fred Fradkin's orchestra augments the ghastly activities on Thin Man; Bernard Herrmann directs the ork on Suspense; Peter Van Steeden's band livens things up on Mr.
District Attorney; Frank Novak's band offers the musical interludes on Mr. Mrs. North, and Ray Bloch is heard on Crime Doctor. Organists like Charles Paul on Ellery, Lew White on Sanctum, Bob Hamilton on Counter- Spy, and Rosa Rio on Horror, Inc., play a large part in creating the moods, goose pimples and chandelier climbing on the killer- chillers. While many of the shows are the brain- children of modern script writers, old masters of the sinister and the supernatural are leaned on heavily. Murder Clinic dramatizes well- known detective stories; Bulldog Drummond borrows its material from H. C. Mc. Neil's famous stories; Horror, Inc., digs down to find the bleakest and most violent bits that have been written; Thin Man is based on the Dashiell Hammett character of literature and films, and Mr. Mrs. North uses the characters created by Mr. Mrs. Richard Lockridge in their Broadway play and in short stories. Famous Jury Trials, Gang Busters, and Crime Doctor are credited with being based on actual case histories of criminals and trials. Tuesday night sends the most mystery shows into American homes, with five of them scheduled, while the peace and quiet of Sunday is broken into by four murder epics. at 8: 3. Ruthrauff & Ryan leads the agencies in this type of show, producing The Shadow, Ellery Queen and Lights Out, with Lee Cooley supervising the three. Phillips H. Lord, Inc., which has been arranging Gang Busters for eight years is also producer of Counter- Spy. Himan Brown, independent producer, does Inner Sanctum, Thin Man and Bulldog Drummond.(Copyright The Billboard Magazine)Eva le Gallienne was no newcomer to Radio.
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She'd begun appearing regularly over radio following the economic collapse of her widely acclaimed Civic Repertory Theatre and it's production company following The Great Depression. Whenever she did appear over radio it was generally to great fanfare. Her appearances on The Magic Key of RCA (1. Great Plays (1. 93. The young Blue Network, was well into the process of separating itself from NBC enroute to becoming the American Broacasting Company.
Its four key stations- -KGO in San Francisco, KECA in Los Angeles, WENR in Chicago, and WJZ in New York- -were all scrambling to assemble compelling programming to jump- start the national network. Mlle. le Gallienne's first offering was an adaptation of Wilkie Collins' stirring short story, A Traveler's Story of A Terribly Strange Bed. More readings than acting performances, even Eva le Gallienne's readings were as emotive and dramatic as most actors' stage performances.