“THE WHISTLER” Multi-Episode Marathon 09 #WeirdDarkness #RetroRadio

“THE WHISTLER” Multi-Episode Marathon 09 #WeirdDarkness #RetroRadio

Darren Marlar
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“I am the Whistler and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes, I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak!”
Haunting stories of fate, dramas of crime, deception, and manipulation building to a sudden and shocking denouement...and, through it all, the sardonic, mocking laughter of — The Whistler!
One of radio’s most memorable thriller anthologies, The Whistler was a west-coast favorite for over a decade but, despite two attempts to go nationwide, never was able to achieve the same success as a coast to coast feature. But for listeners across the western states served by the Signal Oil Company, the program’s eerie theme music opened a weekly window into the very darkest corners of the human soul. It was so popular, in fact, that Columbia Pictures produced eight second-feature films based on the concept, all but one of which starred Richard Dix.
The Whistler himself was an omniscient narrator -- the voice of Fate itself, one might suggest, or perhaps of conscience. And his stories revolved around ordinary people, pushed by the pressures of daily life into taking drastic actions. Or perhaps a sudden circumstance, an unexpected twist of life’s path, suddenly placed these protagonists on a road leading inexorably to their own destruction. Greed, lust, and perfidy of every kind figure in the plots -- and when Fate inevitably catches up with these unfortunate, driven souls, The Whistler is always ready, at the very end, to see that the knife is properly twisted.
Produced by George W. Allen, with hauntingly evocative musical scores by Wilbur Hatch, The Whistler was a prime outlet for the cream of Hollywood’s top radio performers - actors such as Wally Maher, Cathy and Elliott Lewis, Gerald Mohr, Lurene Tuttle, and Betty Lou Gerson, who emphasized skill over star power - as well as announcer Bill Forman in the title role, with Marvin Miller voicing the commercials.
00:00:00.000 = INTRODUCTION
00:01:54.231 = Murder Will Shout (March 19, 1945)
00:31:25.707 = The Return of the Innocent (April 02, 1945)
01:00:55.357 = Meet Mr. Death (April 23, 1945)
01:30:22.226 = The Man Who Bought Death (May 21, 1945)
01:59:46.437 = The Deadly Innocent (July 02, 1945)
02:29:15.086 = Highway of Escape (July 09, 1945)
02:58:43.805 = A Pattern For Terror (July 16, 1945)
03:28:13.297 = Let George Do It (July 23, 1945)
03:57:42.479 = Summer Thunder (July 30, 1945)
04:27:12.076 = The man Who Came to Murder (August 06, 1945)

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