The CBS Radio Mystery Theater: An Episode Guide and Handbook to Nine Years of Broadcasting, 1974-1982

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McFarland, 1999 - Performing Arts - 475 pages
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Almost every day, for nine years during the late 1970s and early 1980s, the CBS Radio Mystery Theatre brought monsters, murderers and mayhem together for a whole hour each evening. Created, produced and directed by Himan Brown, the series remains a landmark in radio drama. But Mystery Theater ended over 15 years ago and no one has yet been able to gather enough information to write a book detailing the history of the episodes--until now.
This work offers a detailed log of every Mystery Theater episode ever broadcast--nine years of monsters, murderers and mayhem. Descriptive information includes exact titles, airdates and rebroadcast dates, episode numbers, cast lists, writer and adapter credits, and a storyline synopsis. This material comes directly from CBS press releases in order to insure complete accuracy. Also included wherever possible are information about the actors and actresses, quotes from performers and writers (many from personal interviews), anecdotes about various scripts and sound effects, and other notes of interest.

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I grew up listening (usually under the covers) to Radio Mystery Theatre in NYC in the 1970s. Where possible, I have collected many old recordings and enjoy them still - and I play them for my children when we take road trips. My wife found this book a few years ago on Amazon, and bought it for me at Christmas. It is a terrific chronology of the show, and is exhaustive in listing talent and airdates. I simply wish it had some more detail for each show, however, hence the 4 stars. A well used book that is a great companion to RMS listening.  

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Gordon Payton and Martin Grams do a really nice job of chronicling the most successful revival of Old Time Radio. Great information about this show that is now a lot easier to hear online, which makes this book very essential! Read full review


A Short History of the Series
Episode Guide
Appendix 1

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About the author (1999)

Payton is an archivist and researcher.

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