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Arch Oboler's Plays Old Time Radio Program

½ hour horror show

Arch Oboler's Plays was a radio anthology series written, produced and directed by Arch Oboler. Minus a sponsor, it ran for one year, airing Saturday evenings on NBC from March 25, 1939 to March 23, 1940 and revived five years later on Mutual for a sustaining summer run from April 5, 1945 to October 11, 1945. The focus was on horror, but there were a few more contemporary (World War II) storylines.

Leading film actors were heard on this series, including Ingrid Bergman, Gloria Blondell, Eddie Cantor, James Cagney, Ronald Colman, Joan Crawford, Greer Garson, Edmund Gwenn, Van Heflin, Katharine Hepburn, Elsa Lanchester, Peter Lorre, Frank Lovejoy, Raymond Massey, Burgess Meredith, Paul Muni, Alla Nazimova, Edmond O'Brien, Geraldine Page, Gale Sondergaard, Franchot Tone and George Zucco.

Arch Oboler (December 7, 1907–March 19, 1987) was an American playwright, screenwriter, novelist, producer and director who was active in radio, films, theater and television. He generated much attention with his radio scripts, particularly the horror series Lights Out, and his work in radio remains the outstanding period of his career. Praised as one of broadcasting's top talents, he is regarded today as a key innovator of radio drama.

Oboler sold his first radio scripts while still in high school during the 1920s and rose to fame when he began scripting the NBC horror anthology Lights Out in 1936. He later found notoriety with his script contribution to the 12 December 1937 edition of The Chase and Sanborn Hour. In Oboler's sketch, host Don Ameche and guest Mae West portrayed a slightly bawdy Adam and Eve, satirizing the Biblical tale of the Garden of Eden. On the surface, the sketch did not feature much more than West's customary suggestive double-entendres, and today it seems quite tame. But in 1937, that sketch and a subsequent routine featuring West trading suggestive quips with Edgar Bergen's dummy Charlie McCarthy helped the broadcast cause a furor that resulted in West being banned from broadcasting and from being mentioned at all on NBC programming for 15 years.

One of Oboler's best remembered scripts for Lights Out was Chicken Heart, first broadcast March 10, 1937. Curiously, in the 1960s, "Chicken Heart" became more associated with comedian Bill Cosby than Oboler. Cosby's retelling of the radio drama with humorous vocalized sound effects became one of his most popular comedy routines.

While Oboler's greatest fame and contribution to American society came from his work in radio, he continued his work in movies and television.

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Arch Oboler's Plays

34 episodes:

390415 Ways of Men - Past, Present, Future.mp3

390429 The Cliff.mp3

390513 (08) Baby.mp3

390520 Crazy Town.mp3

390603 (11) Steelworker.mp3

390729 Another World.mp3

391125 Miss American.mp3

391216 Nobody Died.mp3

391230 This Precious Freedom.mp3

400224 The Women Stayed At Home.mp3

400309 (51) Johnny Got His Gun.mp3

450405 Strange Morning.mp3

450426 HouseI Live In,The.mp3

450510 Holiday 1940 X.mp3

450517 Mr Ten Percent.mp3

450607 Night.mp3

450614 Mr Pyle Starring Brugess Merideth.mp3

450628 The Truth.mp3

450726 My Chicago.mp3

450802 Parade.mp3

450809 History of a Mug.mp3

450906 Mirage.mp3

450927 Family Nagashi.mp3

4509xx The Day The Sun Exploded.mp3

451011 This Living Book.mp3

480309 Johnny Got His Gun.mp3

641017 Special to Hollywood.mp3

641031 Come to the Bank.mp3

641114 Big Ben.mp3

641128 African Story.mp3

641205 Revolt of the Worms.mp3

641212 Bathysphere.mp3

641226 Him or Me.mp3

xxxxxxThe Dark Stereo.mp3

 


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