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I well recall the radio series "The Uninvited". At boarding school our dorm master used to tape the serials during the day and play an episode from a different series each night straight after lights out.
That was 1963 and "The Uninvited" was one of the favourites. So, the series was either made in 1963 or before.
I wish I could get some of those episodes now!
Those sound like some great memories. People underestimate the value of their own imaginations. As kids (or adults) radio can create much more vivid images than the best Hollywood film directors!
Recently I stumbled across your webpage "radiohorrorhosts.com." Quite a nice site. Thanks for all the great information. It's helped expand my growing interest in Horror/SciFi OTR. (Something which until very recently, I didn't know existed in such quantities - and quality!)
I found your 'Visitor's list of top ten Radio Horror Shows' and promptly went out and found the ones I didn't already have. I have managed to find all but one. Which is why I am writing you today. I thought perhaps you may have a line on where to download this one missing show.
The show is: Theater 10:30 - "The Wendygo"
I've had no luck whatsoever finding any THEATRE 10:30 stuff, thus I felt compelled to reach out for help. Any help would be most appreciated,
Warmest regards, Mike
I'm sorry to say I haven't heard that series yet, so I don't have any good idea's how to locate it right now. I'll keep it in mind though in case I think of anything or someone writes in with the info. Thanks for your kind words on the site. Let me know if you find those other shows and what your favorite ten are. It's great to hear others comments.
Found the site and of course it brought back my boyhood. (Re Inner Sanctum most especially.) I got to meet and briefly know Raymond Edward Johnson, and believe I may have (stored either in Tennessee or Calif.) perhaps the only remaining reel to reel tape of dramatic reading, which he personally gave me all those years ago.
Sad the way our old time radio group found him. I belonged to SAVR, Save American Vintage Radio, in Ct. We found him alone and quite ill, living alone on the second floor of a resident hotel in NH, living in squalor. The group got him out of there and into VA hosp. for treatment. Many months later he was a different man altogether. We also lobbied Hyman Brown to allow Raymond back as the voice of the new program, alas Brown was, still after all those years, unforgiving of Raymond who had decided to try movies where he got an audition. But his illness (in 1940s) couldn't be hidden. He was using a cane but somehow through some sheer force of will or call it by whatever you will, for a brief time managed to hide a limp. The role he was chosen for didn't allow for that and it finally became impossible for him to hide the affliction. He was dropped, and Brown never took him back. - Jay D.
Thanks Jay. It can be assumed that "the new program" that Himan Brown was producing was The CBS Mystery Theater (1970s). About the only voice I can imagine that could have competed with E.G. Marshall would have been Raymond's. Sad to say, although Brown routinely hired former radio stars to appear in his program, I'm unaware that Johnson was invited to be in any of the Mystery Theater shows for the entire 13 years it ran (even as a guest star).
The 1940s papers stated Johnson didn't return to Inner Sanctum after the war because he was afraid of being type-cast, but Himan Brown told me in a phone interview that Johnson "wanted too much money." Either way, Brown apparently felt betrayed and never forgave Johnson.
The affliction Johnson suffered from was Multiple Sclerosis (Digital Deli Too), an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system). He attended the old radio revival readings in a portable bed. Some feel his fans were exploiting the infirm actor by asking him to appear in such circumstances, but based on Jay's letter, it's clear his fans were the ones who lined up his hospitalization, and Johnson probably wanted to return the favor the only way he could. Then again, he might have just missed playing Raymond. His fans sure missed hearing him. He died in 2001.
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