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32 Days of Halloween XVI, Day 13

Quiet, Please
The Trouble With Miss Switch

A snippet of the poster for the 1974 movie Dead of Night (aka Deathdream). It's a dark blue background with the top of a man's head (from the eyes up). The eyes are white and the rest of the head is like a reverse/negative image in yellowish-green. If that makes any sense.

So tonight we’re kicking off with the first episode ever of the old-time radio show Quiet, Please, which aired from 1947 to 1949. It’s “Nothing Behind the Door,” a cautionary tale about how you should carefully choose where you’re going to stash the loot after you rob a bank. It’s quite scratchy, but worth it.

I completely forgot about this until hunting up stuff for this year’s 32 Days. The Trouble With Miss Switchfrom 1980 and the ABC Weekend Specials. (I never did read any of the Miss Switch books…how are they?) When I saw it all those aeons ago, I didn’t realize the voice cast that was involved: Janet Waldo (voice of Judy Jetson), Nancy McKeon (The Facts of Life, which this pre-dates), June Foray (everything, but especially Rocky the Flying Squirrel)…and Frank Welker, who by law must do a voice in everything, is a guinea pig.

Didn’t realize when I snagged this one for 32 Days that we had another Bob Clark film on our hands. We’ve already done the original Black Christmas. Now we have Deathdream (aka Dead of Night). When a family is informed that their son has died in Vietnam, they’re surprised when he shows up later seemingly fine. But he’s not fine…in fact he may have gotten there via a certain pet sematary. Enjoy.

P.S. If you’re thinking “Where have I seen the dad before?” That’s John Marley. He’s most recognizable playing a movie executive in The Godfather. Ahem.