Old time radio blog.
Saturday, March 27, 2010
If you crave more modern takes on the classic old time radio style, try Nightfall and CBS Mystery Workshop. The former is a Canadian anthology series from the early 1980's. A lot of the focus was on science fiction and a fair amount of horror. One notable effort was dramatizing British sf writer John Wyndham's dystopian future tale, The Chrysalids, in a three-episode arc; the result was pretty good although I'd rather it be made into a film. CMW ran from 1974 to 1982 and featured various stars -- many from Broadway -- of the day: E.G. Marshall, Agnes Moorehead, Tony Roberts, Tammy Grimes, Mason Adams, Ruby Dee, and others. Similar to Suspense, the hour-long (or 42 minutes minus the commercials) episodes were based on macabre stories from Poe and the like, or were written on commission with varying success.