Inner Sanctum Mysteries
Horror and suspense
The horror genre was very effective on radio because of the gruesome and frightening images that could be suggested by purely aural means. One of the earliest radio horrors was The Witch’s Tale, which debuted in May 1931 over WOR in New York and ran on the Mutual network starting in 1934. In that same year Lights Out, a true milestone in radio horror, was launched by producer-director Wyllis Cooper; in 1936 Cooper accepted a Hollywood screenwriting job and left the series to writer-director Arch Oboler. The show (which frequently aired at midnight so as not to be heard by the young and impressionable) became radio’s ultimate gore fest, filled with various grisly dismemberments accomplished by imaginative sound effects. Oboler tried to make some important points about society’s mores in his stories, balancing the gory with allegory.
A blend of the ghoulish and the murder mystery came with producer Himan Brown’s Inner Sanctum Mysteries (January 1941–October 1952), which almost always involved a murder and some supernatural element. An ironic finish was virtually a given; for example, in “”Elixer Number Four,”” an episode from 1945, a character played by Richard Widmark murders a scientist who has created a serum that gives immortality, only to be sentenced to prison for life. Weird characters abounded, their antics punctuated by the most uninhibited pipe-organ “stings” in the history of radio. The show’s best-remembered trademark was the ominous squeaking, creaking door that opened each episode and slammed shut at the episode’s conclusion.
Suspense (June 1942–September 1962) was certainly the longest-running horror-oriented show, as well as the most star-studded. As hinted by its title, the program was more suspenseful than horrific, and it was almost always rooted in contemporary everyday reality. The series’s best-remembered story, frequently reprised, was “”Sorry, Wrong Number, “” actress Agnes Moorehead’s tour-de-force portrayal of a bedridden woman who accidentally overhears a murder plot on her telephone, unaware that she is the intended victim. Despite shrinking budgets during its last years, Suspense continued to deliver first-rate programs until the final day of the series—and of network dramatic radio—on September 30, 1962.
A Night(mare) of Horror with Vincent Price
Dark Arts Horror Radio Presents A Night(mare) of HORROR with Vincent Price tonightat 00:00 GMT and repeated tomorrow 12:00 GMT
- Jack Benny Show With Guest Vincent Price 1949
- Present Tense – Starring Vincent Price – Suspense Radio Show 1950
- Vincent Price narrates Witchcraft & Magic – An Adventure In Demonology (1969) The Secrets of Witchcraft and Magic Revealed by Vincent Price: How to Make Love Potions, Charms, Spells & Curses, Raising the Devil, & Witches’ Sabbat & more Diabolical Doings
- Vincent Price reads Morella by Edgar Allan Poe
- Vincent Price Radio Interview
- A Graveyard of Ghostly Tales
- The Price of Fear – BBC Radio Horror (1979) complete series – some of the episodes were based on fictional adventures of Vincent Price himself, playing himself, while others had him merely introducing the macabre tale of the week.
- Vincent Price Reads Berenice by Edgar Allan Poe
- Cooking with Vincent Price 🙂
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An Adventure in Demonology
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Suspense, one of the many suspense and mystery Old Time Radio (OTR) shows playing on Dark Arts Horror Radio, is an Old Time Radio drama series broadcast on CBS Radio from 1942 through 1962. Subtitled “radio’s outstanding theater of thrills” and focused on suspense thriller-type scripts, usually featuring leading Hollywood actors of the era. Approximately 945 episodes were broadcast during its … Continue reading →