OLD TIME RADIO - CD-ROM - 41 mp3
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Dozens of episodes from this transcribed series survive, but there are no credits provided to reveal who the host or other staff actually were. The theatrical introduction provided listeners a strong hint that they were in for some high melodrama. What else would you expect from a host who warned, "No... No, stay where you are. Do not break the stillness of this moment... This is-- (big organ flourish) The Haunting Hour!" Keep in mind that The Haunting Hour was never an hour long, and it was rarely (if ever) played at midnight. I guess that's why they call it fantasy...
Both actors and actresses seemed a littletoo expressive with their emotions on this show. (A lot of modern listeners probably consider it over the top.) Many of the protagonists were women. Perhaps they were appealing to the female soap opera crowd, but with ghost and murder themes thrown in for good measure. The dramatic organ emphasized the already overly sincere acting. Yet, the stories were interesting and there's no denying a charm the series provides. It may seem campy by today's standards, but it is still entertaining.
The Standard Intro:
Sfx: (Echoing footsteps follow the beat of an organ... then stop.)
Announcer/host: "No... No, stay where you are. Do not break the stillness of this moment. For this is a time of mystery. A time when imagination is free, and moves forward swiftly, silently.... This is--"
Announcer/host: "--The Haunting Hour!"
An Opening Narration:
Sfx: (Church bells in distance.)
Announcer/host: "Listen, those are bells tolling in requiem for a man who has died. How did he die, you ask? Ah... Listen to what happened to a girl who knew, who's mind was clouded dark with the fear of knowing. Listen to a tale of murder...
Sfx: (Organ flourish.)
"It is late afternoon. Lee house is set strangely on a cliff beside the rolling sea. Autumn leaves fall, and with them, the threads of night. And in a car, parked a little distance from the house at a pillared gate, sits a girl behind the wheel. Beside her, stands an old man with sad and beguiling eyes."
A Middle Narration:
Announcer/host: "Jonathan Lee is dead. And our story begins one night a few months later when Anna, a young woman who has lived in seclusion for four years at Lee house, is to be married to Jim Brant, a young architect. Jameson, the old caretaker, sees her off in the station wagon. As Anna and Jim drive along, she confesses that she was Jonathan's wife, that she herself murdered him. Her mind is distraught with the terrible fear that the dead man is somehow among the undead. That he is waiting for her."
The Standard Closing:
Announcer/host: "From shadows and stillness, mystery weaves a spell of strangest fascination, charging the mind with doubts and fears. For mystery is a strange companion, a living memory in The Haunting Hour."
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450324 1 Murder Wears a Strange Mask
450331 2 Bird of Death
450407 3 The Old Old Man
450414 4 Ptolomeys Grave
450421 5 A Corpse There Was
450428 6 If the Shoe Fits
450505 7 Breakdown
450614 8 Case of the Lonesome Corpse
450623 9 Hands of Mr Smith
450630 10 Homicide House
450707 11 Date in the Dark
450713 12 The Thought aka Mento
450721 13 Uptown Express
450728 14 Unidentified Body
450804 15 Second Chance
450811 16 Revenge
450818 17 People in the House
450825 18 Occupation Murder
450901 19 No Escape
450908 20 Death by Request
450915 21 Nocturne
450922 22 Skyscraper Mystery
450929 23 Mystery of the Southern Star
451006 24 Murder is my Business
451013 25 The Cat Man
451020 26 The Devils Deep
451027 27 Tale of Darkness
460202 41 Destination Unknown
460209 31 The Two Mr Brants
490523 39 Assignment Death
490530 35 Pale Hands That Kill
490620 43 Tapping on the Window
Haunting Hour xx-xx-xx A Likely Murder Story
Haunting Hour xx-xx-xx Dark Tower
Haunting Hour xx-xx-xx Death of Jonathon
Haunting Hour xx-xx-xx Double Threat
Haunting Hour xx-xx-xx Lonesome Heart
Haunting Hour xx-xx-xx Perfect Crime
Haunting Hour xx-xx-xx Sinister Estate
Haunting Hour xx-xx-xx The Sixth Button
Haunting Hour xx-xx-xx Till Murder Do Us Part