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 Arch Oboler Collection

6 MP3 CDs - 249 episodes

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Arch Oboler

Time magazine wrote that Arch Oboler was a "30-year-old horn-rimmed half-pint scrivener." An "eccentric Hitler-hating truth-stretching flashy-writer, Oboler wrote and directed in dirty dungarees, no socks, thong sandals, and a hat with a grease-stained band" (according to Ronald Colman's daughter). Arch Oboler

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Arch Oboler was born in 1909 and sold his first script about a amourous dinosaur while he was still in high school.  He was expelled from the University of Chicago due to his explosive personality, but once out of school he dedicated himself to writing full time.

Arch Oboler was interested in radio immediately and wrote a script called Futuristics in 1933 which was bought by NBC. Rudy Vallee used a portion of one of Arch Oboler's works called "Rich Kid" and made Oboler a household name.

In 1936, Arch Oboler was hired to replace Wyllis Cooper on Lights Out and lead the series in a decidedly dramatic turn. Arch Oboler experimented with the boundaries of storytelling and sound effects at his midnight timeslot. His first episode of Lights Out was Burial Services where the show ends with a woman buried alive never to escape. Letters flooded the radio broadcast network office from outrages listeners protesting the show.

Chicken Heart was another memorable Lights Out episode where a chicken heart is kept alive in a petri dish eventually starts growing and takes over the whole world. This episode influenced Stephen King and Bill Cosby described listening to this particular episode during one of his stand up comedy routines.

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Arch Oboler used a wet rubber glove to make the sound of people's bodies turning inside out due to a mysterious and deadly fog in the Light's Out / Drop Dead recording of "The Dark."

Arch ObolerArch Oboler got into trouble again when he wrote the infamous Mae West and Don Ameche Adam and Eve sketch on The Chase and Sanborn Hour. On that episode, Mae West made sexual innuendos about meeting the dummy Charlie McCarthy in her room and "had the splinters to prove it!" This episode angered decency groups and listeners so much that Mae West was banned from the radio network for 15 years. However, Arch Oboler did not receive a broadcast ban even though he wrote the script.

In 1939, Arch Oboler used his own money to create an audition episode of his own making which later became Arch Oboler's Plays. Proctor and Gamble later sponsored the show, but Arch Oboler disliked having commercials during the middle of the show and the squabble ended the very popular Arch Oboler's Plays series.

Long before the beginning of WWII, Arch Oboler was a staunch anti-Nazi and even included covert anti-Fascist themes in his work. Once WWII began, Arch Oboler's anti-Fascist plays were in vogue. He believed that war propaganda should instill hatred of the enemy rather than just rallying the troops and some argued that he went too far characterizing Germans as villainous, blood-thirsty, thick-accented antagonists.

In his personal life, Arch Oboler married Eleanor Heldfand and had four boys. Commissioning Frank Lloyd Wright to build his house near Malibu, CA, Oboler had a brook in his living room and a pet toad in his pocket that "eventually died from eating too many worms."

Arch ObolerThe OTRCAT.com Arch Oboler's extensive collection includes episodes from:

Arch Oboler & Ronald Colman

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Volume 1: 35 shows - total playtime 18 hours 46 minutes

Bergen Mccarthy 371212 Adam & Eve Guest Mae West
Biography In Sound 560515 49 Salute To Radio
Biography In Sound 561204 69 Ticket To Moon
Calv 420119 262 An American Is Born
Columbia Workshop 381222 118 Bread On Waters
First Nighter 440329 1121 Chinese Gong
Four For Fifth 440617 3 Laughter
Four For Fifth 440700 4 Eday
Good News 380519 029 Joan Crawford
Good News 391123 047 Walter Huston & Raymond Walburn
Good News 400104 Ann Sothern and William Gargan
Good News 400201 057 A Marshall & W Gargan
Keep Em Rolling 420503 26 This Precious Freedom
National Conf For Christians & Jews I Have No Prayer
Radio Hall Of Fame 450422 073 Alter Ego
Royal Gelatin Hour 380505 Boris Karloff
Royal Gelatin Hour 380616 Raymond Johnson Irving Caesar
Royal Gelatin Hour 380915 Brian Aherne
Texaco Star Th 381005 Adolphe Mengou 1 St Show In Series
Think 1953 Word
Victory Chest Program Syn Victorydrive Edward G Robinson
Wonderful World 450114

Drop Dead
Drop Dead 01 Introduction to Horror
Drop Dead 02 Im Hungry
Drop Dead 03 Taking Papa Home
Drop Dead 04 Dark
Drop Dead 05 A Day At Dentist
Drop Dead 06 Posse
Drop Dead 07 Chicken Heart
Drop Dead 08 Laughing Man

Everyman's Theater
Everymans Theater 401004 01 The Lonely Heart
Everymans Theater 401011 02 This Precious Freedom
Everymans Theater 401018 03 Cat Wife
Everymans Theater 401220 12 The Women Stayed At Home
Everymans Theater 410328 26 Baby

Volume 2: 42 shows - total playtime 20 hours 10 minutes

The Devil & Mr O
Devil & Mr O 710910 Arch Obolers Demo
Devil & Mr O 710917 01 Alley Cat
Devil & Mr O 710924 02 Neanderthal
Devil & Mr O 711001 03 Revolt Of Worms
Devil & Mr O 711008 04 Where Are You
Devil & Mr O 711015 05 Mr Freak
Devil & Mr O 711022 06 Gravestone
Devil & Mr O 711029 07 Ancestor
Devil & Mr O 711105 08 Nature Study
Devil & Mr O 711112 09 Big Mr Little
Devil & Mr O 711119 10 No Escape
Devil & Mr O 711126 11 Vacation With Death
Devil & Mr O 711203 12 Hole
Devil & Mr O 711210 13 Live Forever
Devil & Mr O 711217 14 Going Down
Devil & Mr O 711224 15 Balance Sheet
Devil & Mr O 711231 16 House Is Haunted
Devil & Mr O 720107 17 Official Killer
Devil & Mr O 720114 18 Hungry One
Devil & Mr O 720121 19 Three Thousand Dollars
Devil & Mr O 720128 20 Chest
Devil & Mr O 720204 21 Paris Macabre
Devil & Mr O 720211 22 Rocket From Manhattan
Devil & Mr O 720218 23 Hollywood Visitor
Devil & Mr O 720225 24 Cemetary
Devil & Mr O 720303 25 Speed
Devil & Mr O 720310 26 Shrinking People

Everything for the Boys
Everything For The Boys 440118 01 The Petrfied Forest
Everything For The Boys 440201 03 Lost Horizon
Everything For The Boys 440208 04 Berkeley Square
Everything For The Boys 440215 05 A Man To Remember
Everything For The Boys 440404 12 This Living Book
Everything For The Boys 440411 13 The Citadel
Everything For The Boys 440418 14 The Jarvis Bay Goes Do
Everything For The Boys 440425 15 Death Takes A Holiday
Everything For The Boys 440502 16 Buried Alive
Everything For The Boys 440509 17 This Above All
Everything For The Boys 440516 18 Blithe Spirit
Everything For The Boys 440523 19 Quality Street

Plays for Americans
Plays For Americans 420201 01 Johnny Quinn
Plays For Americans 420315 07 A Letter At Midnight
Plays For Americans 420621 20 Adolf & Mrs Runyon

Volume 3 Arch Oboler's Plays 1:
30 shows - total playtime 13 hours 28 minutes

Arch Obolers Plays 390415 04 Ways Of Men; Past, Present And Future
Arch Obolers Plays 390429 06 Cliff
Arch Obolers Plays 390506 07 Engulfed Cathedral
Arch Obolers Plays 390513 08 Baby1
Arch Obolers Plays 390520 09 Crazy Town
Arch Obolers Plays 390603 11 Steelworker1
Arch Obolers Plays 390610 12 Neros Wife
Arch Obolers Plays 390708 16 Ivory Tower
Arch Obolers Plays 390729 19 Another World
Arch Obolers Plays 390916 26 Suffer Little Children Finale1
Arch Obolers Plays 391118 35 Bathysphere
Arch Obolers Plays 391125 36 Miragemiss American
Arch Obolers Plays 391216 39 Nobody Died
Arch Obolers Plays 391230 41 This Precious Freedom
Arch Obolers Plays 400113 43 Truth
Arch Obolers Plays 400127 45 Three Stories With Tongueincheek
Arch Obolers Plays 400224 49 Women Stayed At Home
Arch Obolers Plays 400309 51 Johnny Got His Gun
Arch Obolers Plays 420621 00 Adolph And Mrs. Runyon
Arch Obolers Plays 440617 00 Four For Fifth Surrender
Arch Obolers Plays 450405 01 Strange Morning
Arch Obolers Plays 450426 03 House I Live In
Arch Obolers Plays 450503 04 Love, Love, Love
Arch Obolers Plays 450510 05 Holiday 194x
Arch Obolers Plays 450517 06 Mr Ten Percent
Arch Obolers Plays 450524 07 An Exercise In Horror A Peculiar Comedy
Arch Obolers Plays 450531 08 Double Feature
Arch Obolers Plays 450607 09 Night
Arch Obolers Plays 450614 10 Mr Pyle
Arch Obolers Plays 450621 11 Naked Mountain

Volume 4 Arch Oboler's Plays 2:
30 shows - total playtime 11 hours 58 minutes

Arch Obolers Plays 450628 12 Truth
Arch Obolers Plays 450705 13 Dr Bluff
Arch Obolers Plays 450712 14 Gallery Of Big Shots Feminine
Arch Obolers Plays 450719 15 Special To Hollywood
Arch Obolers Plays 450726 16 My Chicago
Arch Obolers Plays 450802 17 Parade
Arch Obolers Plays 450809 18 History Of Mug
Arch Obolers Plays 450816 19 Lust For Life
Arch Obolers Plays 450906 21 Mirage
Arch Obolers Plays 450913 22 Gallery Of Big Shots Masculine
Arch Obolers Plays 450920 23 Rocket From Manhattan
Arch Obolers Plays 450927 24 Family Nagachi
Arch Obolers Plays 451004 25 Mr Miller
Arch Obolers Plays 451011 26 This Living Book I Declare War
Arch Obolers Plays 480309 51 Johnny Got His Gun1
Arch Obolers Plays 641003 Word
Arch Obolers Plays 641010 Visitor From Hades
Arch Obolers Plays 641017 03 Special To Hollywood
Arch Obolers Plays 641024 04 Day Sinatra Got Fat
Arch Obolers Plays 641031 05 Come To Bank
Arch Obolers Plays 641107 13 Immortal Gentleman
Arch Obolers Plays 641114 07 Big Ben
Arch Obolers Plays 641121 08 Rocket From Manhattan
Arch Obolers Plays 641128 09 African Story
Arch Obolers Plays 641205 10 Revolt Of Worms
Arch Obolers Plays 641212 11 Bathysphere
Arch Obolers Plays 641219 12 Mirage
Arch Obolers Plays 641226 13 Him Or Me
Arch Obolers Plays Dark
Arch Obolers Plays Day Sun Expl

Volume 5:Lights Out 1
55 shows - total playtime 23 hours 13 minutes

Lights Out 360617 Cat Wife
Lights Out 360805 Money, Money, Money ($3,000)
Lights Out 360916 The Sea
Lights Out 361209 Nobody Died
Lights Out 370217 Cat Wife
Lights Out 370303 Sakhalin
Lights Out 370310 A Day at the Dentist
Lights Out 370317 State Executioner
Lights Out 370414 The Little People
Lights Out 370512 The Organ
Lights Out 370616 The Meteor Man
Lights Out 370623 Happy Ending
Lights Out 370714 Lord Marley's Ghost
Lights Out 371222 Uninhabited (Christmas Story 1918)
Lights Out 371229 The Dark (7 min version)
Lights Out 380126 Oxychloride X
Lights Out 380216 Murder Castle
Lights Out 380310 Chicken Heart (7.5 min)
Lights Out 380316 Superfeature
Lights Out 380323 The Dream
Lights Out 380330 Valse Triste
Lights Out 380406 Cat Wife
Lights Out 380511 It Happened
Lights Out 380622 Bon Voyage
Lights Out 390426 The Devil's Due
Lights Out 390429 The Cliff
Lights Out 390520 Crazy Town
Lights Out 391216 Nobody Died
Lights Out 410217 Special to Hollywood
Lights Out 421013 Revolt of the Worms
Lights Out 421020 Poltergeist (Gravestone)
Lights Out 421027 Mungahra (The House Is Haunted)
Lights Out 421110 Bon Voyage
Lights Out 421117 Come to the Bank
Lights Out 421201 Mister Maggs (The Chest)
Lights Out 421208 Scoop (Cemetary)
Lights Out 421215 Knock at the Door
Lights Out 421222 Meteor Man (The Hungry Ones)
Lights Out 421229 Valse Triste
Lights Out 430105 Fast One, the (Speed)
Lights Out 430119 Cat Wife (Alley Cat)
Lights Out 430126 Protective Mr Drogen (Big Mr Little)
Lights Out 430202 Until Dead (The Luck of Mark Street)
Lights Out 430209 He Dug It Up
Lights Out 430216 Oxychloride X (Hole, The)
Lights Out 430223 They Met at Dorset
Lights Out 430302 The Sea
Lights Out 430309 The Ball aka Paris Macabre
Lights Out 430316 The Dream

Volume 6: Lights Out 2
57 shows - total playtime 24 hours 29 minutes

Lights Out 430323 The Flame
Lights Out 430330 Money, Money, Money ($3,000) alt
Lights Out 430406 Superfeature-FamiliarSuddenlyUnfamiliar
Lights Out 430413 Archer (Ancestor)
Lights Out 430420 Kill
Lights Out 430427 Execution
Lights Out 430504 Heavenly Jeep
Lights Out 430511 Murder in the Script Department
Lights Out 430518 Spider
Lights Out 430525 Little Old Lady-Mrs Kingsley's Report
Lights Out 430601 Ugliest Man in the World (Mr Freak)
Lights Out 430608 Organ (Vacation with Death)
Lights Out 430615 Prelude to Murder
Lights Out 430622 Nature Study
Lights Out 430629 Bathysphere(Dictator, The)
Lights Out 430629 Bathysphere(Dictator, The) alt
Lights Out 430706 The Cliff
Lights Out 430713 Visitor from Hades
Lights Out 430720 Profits Unlimited
Lights Out 430727 Little People (Shrinking People)
Lights Out 430803 Murder Castle
Lights Out 430810 Sakhalin
Lights Out 430810 Sakhalin (Alt)
Lights Out 430817 State Executioner (Official Killer)
Lights Out 430824 SubBasement (Going Down)
Lights Out 430831 Immortal Gentleman (Live Forever)
Lights Out 430907 Lord Marleys Guest-Hollywood Visitor)
Lights Out 430914 The Word
Lights Out 430921 Mirage
Lights Out 430928 The Author and the Thing
Lights Out 450628 The Truth
Lights Out 450728 The Rocket Ship
Lights Out 450825 Man in the Middle
Lights Out 450920 Rocket From Manhattan
Lights Out 460713 The Coffin in Studio B
Lights Out 460720 Haunted Cell
Lights Out 460720 Haunted Cell alt
Lights Out 460727 Battle of the Magicians
Lights Out 460803 The Revenge of India
Lights Out 460810 Ghost on the Newsreel Negative
Lights Out 460824 The Signal Man
Lights Out 470716 Death Robbery
Lights Out African Story
Lights Out Mirage
Lights Out Special To Hollywood



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