Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Old tubes, part four.

Funny... last night I was listening to our old radio while dusting off a few of the counters and shelves, and while I was dusting off the radio itself I heard some crackling and a brief moment of total silence... and then all was as before.

I knew the old Hallowe'enith console had pulled from without (or within) some radio tale new to our ears.

And lo! this morning I hear a tale from none other than the Author of the Hour here at the ol' S&P.

From the CBS Radio Mystery Theatre comes the Edgar Allan Poe classic, The Fall of the House of Usher!

Now, to be sure, the CBS Radio Mystery Theatre is not necessarily very old. With producer/director and radio pioneer Himan Brown at the helm, and the inimitable E.G. Marshall performing hosting duty, the series ran from 1974 until 1982 -- not as old as the other programs heard here at the S&P, but surely a longer run than most of those series, and every bit as dramatic, involving, enthralling, and ultimately satisfying.

The Fall of the House of Usher stars horror and sci-fi film stalwart Kevin McCarthy. It's a rich and filling 41 minutes long, and first aired in March, 1974. 

Old... but not very old. Almost as old as your pubkeeper -- but not quite.

Enjoy the Poe tale, good guests of the Skull & Pumpkin.


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