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The HALL OF FANTASY most collectors know are from the 1953 series on the Mutual network. There were three other series that aired under the HALL OF FANTASY banner. All four series were produced, written and directed by Richard Thorne who also acted in may of the shows.
His is the voice of the narrator who opened the shows with "Come with
me, my friends...".
The first HALL OF FANTASY originated from radio station KALL in Salt Lake City, Utah. Richard Thorne and Carl Greyson were announcers for the station, possibly late in 1946 and into 1947. The series consisted of 26 rather barebones shows. Broadcast dates for the shows are not known. It is not clear what role Mr. Greyson played in the series other than acting in various roles, but his name appears in other discussions of the series.
Most of these first shows were classic murder mysteries with traditional endings; the evil-doer got his just rewards. The series was sponsored by the Granite Furniture Company, although existing shows are missing the commercials, apparently because they were inserted live. Only six shows from this series are know to exist at this time.
The HALL OF FANTASY aired again in 1949 when Mr. Thorne and Mr. Greyson were working at WGN in Chicago. This time, the series featured stories involving struggles against the supernatural where man was usually the loser, specializing in shock endings. This series consisted of 112 shows and aired locally on radio station WGN, Chicago. It started on Saturdays at 2:30 PM but after 21 shows, moved to Mondays at 9:00 PM. Later, it moved to 9:30 PM.
On August 22, 1952, THE HALL OF FANTASY went nationwide, over Mutual stations. It started as a short series of six shows over WGN, Chicago and other Mutual stations on the East Coast. The shows were heard on Fridays, from 8:30 to 9:00 PM. The short series of 1952 led to a regular series of 39 shows in 1953, airing on WGN from Jan. 5, 1953 to Sept. 28, 1953, Monday evenings at 7:30 PM.
Richard Thorne wrote original stories or adapted classic works of horror for the shows. The series claimed to be "the series of radio dramas dedicated to the supernatural, the unusual and the unknown."
Mr. Thorn was also involved in production and played many of the lead character roles. Eloise Kummer played many of the female leads. Mr. Thorne and Leroy Olliger directed the series. Original music was by Harold Turner.
Twenty six shows from the 1952 and 1953 series were selected for syndication after the end of the 1953 series. The syndicated shows were rebroadcast during the 1970's OTR revival era. It is believed that "He Who Follows Me" was retitled "Steps That Follow Me" for the revival. "The Hangman's Rope" was reproduced for the 70's series, since the original did not survive.
In 1993, Mr. Thorne directed some classic horror tales for cassette distribution, "Tales by Edgar Allen Poe" (4 dramas) and "Classic Ghost Stories" (4 dramas).
Hall of Fantasy 47-02-13 (01) The Perfect Script
Hall of Fantasy 47-03-06 (02) Death in the Bayous
Hall of Fantasy 47-04-03 (03) The Judge's House
Hall of Fantasy 47-04-10 (04) Man Sized in Marble
Hall of Fantasy 47-04-24 (05) Markheim
Hall of Fantasy 47-05-01 (06) The Mark of Shame
Hall of Fantasy 50-03-11 (07) He Who Follows Me
Hall of Fantasy 50-03-18 (08) The Beast with Red Eyes
Hall of Fantasy 52-08-22 (01) The Castle of Lavoca
Hall of Fantasy 52-09-05 (03) The Shadow People
Hall of Fantasy 52-09-19 (05) The Steps That Follow Me
Hall of Fantasy 53-01-05 (07) The Hangman's Rope
Hall of Fantasy 53-01-19 (09) The Cask of Amontillado
Hall of Fantasy 53-01-26 (10) The Black Figurine of Death
Hall of Fantasy 53-02-02 (11) The Silver Flask
Hall of Fantasy 53-02-09 (12) The Dance of the Devil Dolls
Hall of Fantasy 53-03-02 The Balaci Treasure
Hall of Fantasy 53-03-09 (16) The Masks of Ashor
Hall of Fantasy 53-03-23 (18) The Night the Fog Came
Hall of Fantasy 53-03-30 (19) The Beast With The Red Eyes
Hall of Fantasy 53-04-06 (20) The Return from Death
Hall of Fantasy 53-04-13 (21) Demon of the Night
Hall of Fantasy 53-04-20 (22) Out of the Sky
Hall of Fantasy 53-04-27 (23) The Wild Huntsman
Hall of Fantasy 53-05-04 (24) Idol of Cromm Cruac
Hall of Fantasy 53-05-11 (25) Spectre of Denston Castle
Hall of Fantasy 53-05-18 (26) The Crawling Thing
Hall of Fantasy 53-05-25 (27) The Twisting Weeds of Death
Hall of Fantasy 53-06-01 (28) The Telltale Heart
Hall of Fantasy 53-06-08 (29) The Hand of Botar
Hall of Fantasy 53-06-15 (30) The Jewels of Kali
Hall of Fantasy 53-06-22 (31) The Marquise of Death
Hall of Fantasy 53-06-29 (32) The Temple of Huizilipochle
Hall of Fantasy 53-07-06 (33) The Man in Black
Hall of Fantasy 53-07-20 (35) The Treasure of Kublai Khan
Hall of Fantasy 53-07-27 (36) The Automaton
Hall of Fantasy 53-08-03 (37) The Golden Bracelet of Amoniris
Hall of Fantasy 53-08-10 (38) The Man From the Second Earth
Hall of Fantasy 53-08-17 (39) Stone's Revenge
Hall of Fantasy 53-08-24 (40) The Sea Phantom
Hall of Fantasy 53-08-31 (41) Diamonds of Death
Hall of Fantasy 53-09-21 (44) The Shadow People
Hall of Fantasy 53-10-05 (01) The Dance of the Devil Dolls(repeat of 53-03-09)
Hall of Fantasy 53-10-12 (02) The Sea Phantom(repeat of 53-08-24)
Hall of Fantasy 53-10-19 (03) The Return from Death(repeat of 53-04-06)
Hall of Fantasy 53-10-26 (04) He Who Follows Me(repeat of 53-03-11)
Hall of Fantasy 53-11-02 (05) The Temple of Huizilipochle(repeat of 53-06-29)
Hall of Fantasy 53-11-09 (06) The Telltale Heart(repeat of 53-06-01)
Hall of Fantasy 53-11-16 (07) The Crawling Thing(repeat of 53-05-18)
Hall of Fantasy 53-11-23 (08) The Masks of Ashor(repeat of 53-03-09)
Hall of Fantasy 53-11-30 (09) Diamonds of Death(repeat of 53-08-31)
Hall of Fantasy 53-12-07 (10) The Shadow People(repeat of 52-09-05)
Hall of Fantasy 53-12-14 (11) The Silver Flask(repeat of 53-02-02)
Hall of Fantasy 53-12-21 (12) The Night the Fog Came(repeat of 53-03-23)
Hall of Fantasy 53-12-28 (13) The Black Figurene of Death(repeat of 53-01-26)
Hall of Fantasy 54-01-04 (14) The Cask of Amontillado(repeat of 53-01-19)
Hall of Fantasy 54-01-11 (15) The Marquise of Death(repeat of 53-06-22)
Hall of Fantasy 54-01-18 (16) The Man in Black(repeat of 53-07-06)
Hall of Fantasy 54-01-25 (17) The Wild Huntsman(repeat of 53-04-27)
Hall of Fantasy 54-02-01 (18) The Twisting Weeds of Death(repeat of 53-05-25)
Hall of Fantasy 54-02-08 (19) The Automaton(repeat of 53-07-27)
Hall of Fantasy 54-02-15 (20) The Treasure of Kublai Khan(repeat of 53-07-20)
Hall of Fantasy 54-02-22 (21) The Hangman's Rope(repeat 0f 53-01-05)
Hall of Fantasy 54-03-01 (22) The Golden Bracelet of Amoniris(repeat of 53-08-03)
Hall of Fantasy 54-03-08 (23) The Hand of Botar(repeat of 53-06-08)
Hall of Fantasy 54-03-15 (24) Stone's Revenge(repeat of 53-08-17)
Hall of Fantasy 54-03-22 (25) The Jewels of Kali(repeat of 53-06-15)
Hall of Fantasy 54-03-29 (26) The Castle of Lavoca(repeat of 52-08-22)
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