Crime Melodrama (1942 - 55)
These are tales of mystery and terror,
begun each week with the signature echoing footsteps
and haunting whistled theme. Our host is the moody
Whistler, who serves as host and narrator in these
twisted tales of fate. Bill Forman served as the
Whistler for most of the run, although several did
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Dorothy Roberts did the whistling
weekly for 13 years, all 37 notes of it. Wilber
Hatch composed and directed the fine mood music.
George Allen produced and directed
this long running (1942-the mid '50s) series. Gerald Mohr, Frank Lovejoy (Nightbeat), Betty Lou Gerston,
Cathy and Elliot Lewis, Hans Conried, Wally Maher
and Lurene Tuttle are a few of radio's finest actors
The Whistler always finishes his stories
with fatalistic relish, and "the strange ending
to tonight's story" is rarely what one expects.
In the world of The Whistler, fate has a
few speedbumps for the hasty acts of the foolish!
Those with a taste for crime and the macabre will
enjoy the world of The Whistler.
See also Dark Fantasy,
Sanctum, Lights Out, Mysterious
Traveler, Mystery in the Air,
Suspense, and Weird