OLD TIME RADIO - 12 AUDIO CD - 24 Shows - Volume 4
Total Playtime: 11:49:28
Includes the second Audition: Dead of Night
Escape was radio's leading anthology series of high adventure, airing on CBS from July 7, 1947 to September 25, 1954. Since the program did not have a regular sponsor like Suspense, it was subjected to frequent schedule shifts and lower production budgets, although Richfield Oil signed on as a sponsor for five months in 1950.
Despite these problems, Escape enthralled many listeners during its seven-year run. The series' well-remembered opening combined Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain with this introduction, as intoned by Paul Frees and William Conrad:
“Tired of the everyday routine? Ever dream of a life of romantic adventure? Want to get away from it all? We offer you... Escape!”
Of the more than 230 Escape episodes, most have survived in good condition. Many story premises, both originals and adaptations, involved a protagonist in dire life-or-death straits, and the series featured more science fiction and supernatural tales than Suspense. Some of the memorable adaptations include Carl Stephenson's "Leiningen vs. the Ants", Algernon Blackwood's "Confession", Ray Bradbury's oft-reprinted "Mars Is Heaven," George R. Stewart's Earth Abides (the program's only two-parter), Richard Connell's "The Most Dangerous Game" and F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Diamond as Big as the Ritz". John Collier's "Evening Primrose," about people who live inside a department store, was later adapted to TV as a Stephen Sondheim musical starring Anthony Perkins. Vincent Price, Harry Bartell and Jeff Corey were heard in the chilling "Three Skeleton Key" (broadcast on 17 March 1950), the tale of three men trapped in an isolated lighthouse by thousands of rats; the half-hour was adapted from an Esquire short story by the French writer George Toudouze and later remade for the 9 August 1953 broadcast starring William Conrad, Ben Wright and Jay Novello.
Actors on the series included Elvia Allman, Eleanor Audley, Parley Baer, Michael Ann Barrett, Tony Barrett, Harry Bartell, Ted Bliss, Lillian Buyeff, Ken Christy, William Conrad, Ted deCorsia, John Dehner, Don Diamond, Paul Dubov, Sam Edwards, Virginia Gregg, Lou Merrill, Howard McNear, Jess Kirkpatrick, B.J. Thompson, Shep Menken, Frank Gerstle, George Neece, Jeanette Nolan, Dan O’Herlihy, Barney Phillips, Forrest Lewis, Robert Griffin, Alan Reed, Bill Johnstone, Sandra Gould, Junius Matthews, Carlton Young, Frank Gerstle, Marvin Miller, Frank Lovejoy, Berry Kroeger, Vic Perrin, Elliott Lewis, Eleanore Tanin, Herb Vigran, Jack Webb, Peggy Webber and Will Wright.
Music was supplied by Dee Castillo, organist Ivan Ditmars, Cy Feuer, Wilbur Hatch and Leith Stevens. The announcers were Paul Frees and Roy Rowan.
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490804 073 Leiningen Versus the Ants (Tudor Owen)
490811 074 Red Wine (Willard Waterman)
490818 075 Snake Doctor (Ira Grossel)
490825 076 Evening Primrose (Harry Bartell)
490921 077 The Fortune of Vargas
490928 078 Wild Oranges (Van Heflin)
470321 000 Dead of Night (Second Audition)
491015 080 The Sure Thing (William Conrad)
491022 081 Night in Havana
540925 228 The Heart of Kali (Last show)
491101 083 Flood on the Goodwins (Jack Edwards)
491108 084 Plunder of the Sun
491115 085 Three Skeleton Key (William Conrad)
491122 086 Maracas
491129 087 Letter from Jason
491206 088 Command (Elliott Reed)
491213 089 Border Town
491220 090 Figure a Dame
491227 091 Seeds of Greed
500103 092 The Pistol
500110 093 Vanishing Lady (Del Castillo)
500117 094 The Sure Thing Anthony Ross
500124 095 Treasure Incorporated
500131 096 Present Tense