Mystery-horror anthology (1944 -46)
"No... No... stay where you are. Do not break the stillness of this moment.
For this is a time of mystery. A time when imagination is free, and
moves forward swiftly, silently.... This is -- The Haunting Hour!"
This old time radio show was billed as "Mystery at its Best" solves psychological mysterie, "whodunit" thrillers and crime crusades with a cast of network stars.
The Haunting Hour is a very mysterious show.
First, let's note that the Haunting Half-Hour would
actually be correct, but an odd title for the show.
So Haunting Hour it was.
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The second mystery is that, like so many of the great
radio talents who labored in the background, unseen and
unheralded, this show made for transcription has receded
into the ethers of old time radio without a history. That
is, the Magister Ludi of Old Time Radio himself, John
Dunning, succinctly states in "On
the Air, The Encyclopedia of Old Time Radio,""There were no credits, so casts and production crews
Vanished without a trace? Were they really there,
making real radio? The answer is yes, and the following
set of shows proves it. Perhaps you, the kind listeners,
might give us a clue to the talents involved. Or were
we all just imagining it? It sounds like a plot for
another Haunting Hour.
The shows are classic chills from the old school,
with creepy organ, overwrought women and over the
top men. Perhaps not the highest of melodrama, but
obsessively workmanlike. After all, they might have
known they were a skeleton staff toiling relentlessly
without a ghost of a chance of fame. Thanks to transcription,
these unknowns are still with us.
See also the some of the classics of thrills and
Lights Out, Mysterious
Traveler, The Whistler,
Witch's Tale, Escape
and I Love a Mystery.
Also recommended are the Dark
in the Air, Hall of
Weird Circle, Strange
Dr. Weird, and the many detectives and operatives
whose lives are littered with clues and corpses.
"From shadows and stillness, mystery weaves a spell of
strangest fascination, charging the mind with doubts and fears.
For mystery is a strange companion, a living memory in The Haunting Hour."