Dramatic anthology (1948 - 50)
These half-hours of drama and sometimes comedy were often very exciting and suspenseful. The cast
was very good New York veterans of radio and stage,
including Jan Minor and John Larkin as featured performers.
The director, Harry W. Junkin, also served as the
show's host and narrator. Each week the show introduced
a new story, often written by well-known writers
of fantasy and suspense such as Ray Bradbury, Cornell
Woolrich, Agatha Christie and Paul Gallico. They
were dramatized with a full orchestral soundtrack
and excellent sound effects.
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Although overshadowed by the earlier classics of
anthology such as the Lux
Radio Theater, the Radio City Playhouse
is fondly remembered for its solid dramatic content,
and quality radio acting. One of the dramas, "Long
Distance," starred Jan Minor as a distraught
wife trying to reach a judge on the West Coast to
sign an immediate stay of execution that will take
her innocent husband's life in a matter of hours.
That show is considered as a classic that ranks with
Agnes Moorehead's "Sorry, Wrong Number,"
of Suspense fame.
For more dramatic anthologies, please see Lux
Radio Theater, Mercury
Theater and Campbell Playhouse (separately, or in
the Orson Welles collection.) See also The
Corsican Brothers, Scarlet
Pimpernel, and Frankenstein
for classic adaptations. For anthologies of well-known
suspense tales, you should see Escape