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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."

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Volume 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 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



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