Dramatic adventure anthology (1947 - 1954)
Tired of the everyday grind?
Ever dream of a life of
Want to get away from it all?
We offer you
The famous opening to the show, often worded to suit the events
of the moment or season, warns the intrepid radio listener of adventure
that is anything but... everyday. Like its sister show on the radio,
Suspense, it is considered one
of the top shows ever done on radio. Escape takes you on
a ride into a world where danger comes in many forms, and you are
on the edge of life and death, and perhaps you are being pushed!
When Escape says romantic, we're not talking kissing, perhaps
those kisses might be from teeming piranha! Escape is more
Devil's Island than Fantasy Island. And it is wonderful adventure
radio for the whole family, especially Dad.
The best radio actors appeared on the show week in and week out.
Some of the greats associated with the show include William Conrad (Gunsmoke), John Dehner (Have
Gun Will Travel), Jack Webb (Dragnet), Elliott Lewis
(Voyage of the Scarlet Queen,
Broadway is My Beat), Georgia
Ellis (Gunsmoke),Frank Lovejoy (Nightbeat), Hans Conreid, Jennette
Nolan, Jay Novello, Jack Edwards, Joan Banks, Parley Baer (Gunsmoke),
Paul Frees and Peter Leeds. And that's only a few of the dozens
of radio actors who were a part of the greatest high adventure series
Producer-directors of the show included William N. Robson (Suspense)
and Norman McDonald (Gunsmoke),
both masters of the craft of radio realism and action adventure,
laced with thrills and chills. Escape's writers (including Ray Bradbury), music and
sound effects all wove magic into these half-hour episodes, many
of which were based on great writer's tales, such as The Man Who
Would be King, Country of the Blind, Diamond as Big as the Ritz,
Typhoon, Beau Geste, The Fall of the House of Usher, An Occurrence
at Owl Creek Bridge, and The Time Machine. Some were adapted from
high adventure stories written in the 1930s and '40s. Many were
written expressly for Escape.
All the popular Escape shows are in this fine collection, including
"Three Skeleton Key", "Evening Primrose", "The Most Dangerous Game", "A
Shipment of Mute Fate", "The Man Who Stole the Bible", "Earth Abides",
and "The Loup Garou"...but each and every show is a fine radio drama.
This is as nearly perfect as it gets, except, perhaps, that once
you get in over your head, you might not... ESCAPE!
Please note many episodes in this collection are both the West Coast and East Coast broadcast versions (denoted as WC and EC)
For more adult-oriented adventure, see also: Out of the Deep, High Adventure, and Moon Over Africa.