So as we draw towards the final stretch of 32 Days of Halloween–our tenth year, Gods help us–it becomes a struggle to find the good stuff that we want to make sure we include. It sort of shifts–at the beginning, you wonder if you’re going to have enough stuff. At the end, you realize there’s too damn much. Sort of like life, really. So that’s why after the selection of our feature film, it was easy to post this episode of This Is Your Life, featuring Christopher Lee and a ridiculous amount of talent coming out to talk about him. Priceless stuff.
Tonight we begin with a favorite old-time radio show of mine: The Weird Circle. All of these sort of shows had their gimmicks: strange hosts, sound FX, or a zany concept behind the show. For me, I just love the serious intoning of “Bellkeeper, toll the bell!” This episode is from 1944: “The Werewolf.”
Things just wouldn’t feel right around here without posting something available that stars Burgess Meredith. Thus we go to 1953 and the anthology series Tales of Tomorrow, which has a fantastic opening sequence to kick things off. Then what follows is “The Great Silence.” Why are people losing the ability to speak? An illiterate mountain man is about to find out.
First up, we go to a song that I only heard for the first time this evening. Considering my extension time spent listened to the Doctor Demento show, I’m not sure how this could have slipped past me. It’s by Sheldon Allman, who was not only the singing voice for Mister Ed, but also gave us this gem, “Radioactive Mama.”
Some more classic radio for you tonight. We start with Jack Benny’s Halloween program from 1940, then we go straight to Inner Sanctum and their episode from 1945: “Wailing Wall.” It stars Boris Karloff. The scariest part of that episode might be the Lipton advertising towards the beginning. Brace yourself for it.
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If you’re in the mood for some laughter, music, and classic lighthearted fun this coming holiday season, you will be happy to know that Time Life just released The Carol Burnett Show: Carol’s Lost Christmas on DVD. Spanning three holiday shows (which haven’t been seen in over 40 years) from the first four seasons of the series’ run, the collection features treats such as Jonathan Winters as a weird-doll-collecting Santa, a serenade by the Bob Mitchell Singing Boys, a courtroom sketch written by Neil Simon, a performance by 16-year-old Julie Budd singing “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, and much more. The DVD runs a little over two hours and is available on Amazon for $8.29.
We begin tonight with a glance at that classic show that is probably better known these days (to the kids, at least) as a song. But it was great stuff. It’s One Step Beyond, of course. Acknowledging the music, though, let’s take a gander at one of Mike Patton’s fifty-seven musical projects, Fantomas, giving us a live rendition of the show’s music.
For tonight’s festivities, let’s start with a story that I’ve learned–to my great horror, I might add–is no longer a must-read for kids these days. It’s only one of the most famous short stories ever written and it used to be the one story (along with Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”) that you could count on having been read by everybody. I’m talking about, of course, “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell. Here we have it adapted for radio for the show Suspense. It’s from 1945 and as Zaroff stars some bloke named Orson Welles.