Saturday, October 10, 2015

Saturday Is Old Radio Day: Suspense "Sorry, Wrong Number"

One of the premier drama programs of the Golden Age of Radio, was 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 long run, and more than 900 still exist.

Suspense went through several major phases, characterized by different hosts, sponsors, and director/producers. Formula plot devices were followed for all but a handful of episodes: the protagonist was usually a normal person suddenly dropped into a threatening or bizarre situation; solutions were "withheld until the last possible second"; and evildoers were usually punished in the end.
Here's "Sorry, Wrong Number" featuring Agnes Morehead. Yes, this radio show that preceded the movies of the same name.

Of course, to some of you who have grown up with more modern telephone and caller id and all that, this may seems a little odd. But think of it as time travel . . .

1 comment:

  1. OOOH, that is a good one! Starring the Very Famous Badger, Agnes Moorhead, who was from Reedsburg!