"This is the witching hour! It is an hour when dogs howl, and evil things are let loose on a sleeping world. Want to hear about it? Then turn out your lights!"
Lights Out debuted in 1934 and was radio's premier horror series. Director and writer, Wyllis Cooper's writing was characterized by grisly stories always matched with the appropriate acting and sound effects, he conceived in 1933 the idea of writing a dramatic midnight mystery serial catchy enough to the listeners' attention at a time when the competition was mostly airing music. It was however dropped in favor of an anthology emphasizing crime thrillers and the supernatural. He stayed with this program until June 1936 when another Chicago writer, Arch Oboler, took over. By the time Cooper left, the series had inspired about 600 fan clubs.
Arch Oboler was eccentric and ambitious when he took over and picked up where Cooper left off, following the latter's general example but investing the scripts with his own concerns using streams of conscious narration and sometimes social and political themes that reflected his commitment to anti-fascist liberalism. Although Lights Out would be closely associated with Oboler later on, he would always credit Wyllis Cooper as the series' creator and spoke highly of him as "the unsung pioneer of radio dramatic techniques" and the first person he knew who understood that radio drama is an art form.
"Burial Service", Oboler's first script in 1936, was initially flooded with outraged response but was followed with the more accepted and frequently repeated "Catwife" and Caligula-inspired "The Dictator". This set the pattern for Oboler's run of two horror episodes followed by a drama on more serious subjects dealing with moral, social and political issues
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Please enjoy these 91 old time radio episodes:
|N/A||creature off the film||
+ When the moving picture show, The Monster, that Gibson and his assistant had put on for the town, ...
|08.05.1936||money money money||
A sailor murders his buddy who strikes it big at the lottery but managed to escape the authorities w...
|09.09.1936||author and the thing||
"The Author and The Thing". Sponsored by: Ironized Yeast, Energene Cleaning Fluid. Arch Oboler host...
A story told by an old dying lady about her two sons, one good and the other a villain. The good son...
|10.14.1936||the fast one||
Also known as "Speed", this old time radio broadcast tells a story about two men who have the supern...
A dying patient begs the doctor to prolong her life just until her youngest son arrives. As the doct...
Program #6. CBS net origination, syndicated rebroadcast. "Poltergeist". How'd you like to have you...
A megalomaniac murderer roams Russia..
|03.10.1937||a day at the dentist||
+ Sam has toothache and has to go the dentist to have a tooth pulled. + Arch Oboler introduces littl...
|04.14.1937||the little people||
+ Weird and heavily accented guy is eventually left by his gallivanting wife to finally join her bo...
A couple excitedly spends summer with their son in a vacant home which is unoccupied for 20 years. A...
A man nearing his execution date escapes from prison and swears revenge on the man who framed him fo...
|06.16.1937||the meteor man||
A meteorite is found by a stargazing couple. Opening it, they find it is made of flesh and transform...
The story is a diversion from the typical when the doctor informs his wife that she is pregnant. The...
|07.14.1937||lord marleys ghost||
A rich man is hooked on his mistress and leaves his wife. Their affair ends tragically in a boating ...
|11.17.1937||little old lady||
Three soldiers of different nationalities party on a train on a Christmas Day after their tour of du...
A prankster calls an ambulance which promptly responds by arriving on the scene to find a dark house...
Out of frustration from being rejected membership in a fraternity; a gifted laboratory student formu...
Girls who answer advertisements for older guys keep disappearing. This prompts another girl to searc...
|02.23.1938||lights out (81) chicken heart|
A murderer who never had experiences a dream suddenly falls into one during his sentencing trial.. T...
Two girls on a camping trip, and while rowing docks their boat on an island to pick some flowers whe...
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