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Five After the Hour

in the vain of anthologies such as Escape, Suspense and Quiet Please, enjoy this well done drama series from Chicago; Five After The Hour was the brainchild of the exceptional radio writer Les Weinrott.

17 old time radio show recordings
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1 MP3 CD
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9 Audio CDs


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"Child of Ignorance"



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About this Old Time Radio Show

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In the early and mid 1940's, Chicago's CBS affiliate, WBBM, found they had a rising star in their writing and directing staff. Les Weinrott had taken on a few projects, but most notably Those Websters, a popular sitcom with a slightly jaded history.

Les Weinrott (center) with cast of Betty & BobThe Brewster Boy had been a successful family sitcom on NBC, and the delight of the sponsor, Quaker Oats. At least the sponsor was delighted until the writer/creators suffered accusations as Communist Sympathizers. Unwilling to let a good thing slip away, the ad agency running the show pulled most of the acting company (a young and somewhat naive Dick York chose to stick by the show's creators) and stole the concept, placing the whole thing in less controversial hands.

His work with Those Websters was successful and popular enough to earn Weinrott the opportunity to express his creativity fully with his own show. Five Minutes After The Hour was named for the practice of most stations to fill the first five minutes of each broadcast hour with news and advertising.The hour selected for Weinrott's creativity to be set loose was 11 pm, well after the family prime-time hours.

Caesar Petrillo , conductorLes Weinrott had nearly complete control over all aspects of Five After The Hour. His vision was not as macabre as many residents of the late night dial, but some of his themes were not quite family fare. They include a man who received plastic surgery so he could be Hitler's stand in, only to have his face mangled beyond recognition when Berlin fell. Another episode detailed a man who thought he was happy because everyone tells him that he is, but then an inner voice begins to analyze his life. Things become lighter in an episode where a garage mechanic's romance-starved girlfriend convinces him to enroll in poetry classes; soon he can not stop rhyming, which leads him to the halls of power.

Five After The Hour is extraordinarily well done radio drama. In addition to Weinrott's superb writing and direction, the show featured music directed by Caesar Petrillo. The company includes many of Chicago's best radio actors. This was a time when Chicago was a hub of the broadcast industry that rivaled New York and Hollywood.

Fans of tense radio anthologies like Suspense, Escape, Quiet, Please and Lights Out will enjoy Five After The Hour.

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These classic recordings are available in the following formats:
  • MP3 CDs are delivered by mail. These archival quality MP3 CDs are playable in your computer and many MP3 player devices.



    17 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 6 hours, 51 min
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      17 shows - total playtime 6 hours 51 minutes
      1. Five After the Hour 450516 Life and Times of Happy Man.mp3
      2. Five After the Hour 450523 Man Without a Face.mp3
      3. Five After the Hour 450606 Song of the River.mp3
      4. Five After the Hour 450613 Man Around the House.mp3
      5. Five After the Hour 450620 Amid the Blaze of Noon.mp3
      6. Five After the Hour 450627 Murder Has No Tongue.mp3
      7. Five After the Hour 450704 Foxhole Conversation Piece.mp3
      8. Five After the Hour 450711 Make Out With A Poem.mp3
      9. Five After the Hour 450725 Course of True Love of Course.mp3
      10. Five After the Hour 450801 Tickled Rib.mp3
      11. Five After the Hour 450808 Child of Ignorance.mp3
      12. Five After the Hour 450815 Day's Long Toil.mp3
      13. Five After the Hour 450822 New Suit.mp3
      14. Five After the Hour 450829 Primer for Prejudice.mp3
      15. Five After the Hour 450905 There Was This Waltz.mp3
      16. Five After the Hour 450912 Forty Writers.mp3
      17. Five After the Hour 451017 Light Wife.mp3
  • MP3 downloads are available instantly after purchase!



    17 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 6 hours, 51 min
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      17 shows - total playtime 6 hours 51 minutes
      1. Five After the Hour 450516 Life and Times of Happy Man.mp3
      2. Five After the Hour 450523 Man Without a Face.mp3
      3. Five After the Hour 450606 Song of the River.mp3
      4. Five After the Hour 450613 Man Around the House.mp3
      5. Five After the Hour 450620 Amid the Blaze of Noon.mp3
      6. Five After the Hour 450627 Murder Has No Tongue.mp3
      7. Five After the Hour 450704 Foxhole Conversation Piece.mp3
      8. Five After the Hour 450711 Make Out With A Poem.mp3
      9. Five After the Hour 450725 Course of True Love of Course.mp3
      10. Five After the Hour 450801 Tickled Rib.mp3
      11. Five After the Hour 450808 Child of Ignorance.mp3
      12. Five After the Hour 450815 Day's Long Toil.mp3
      13. Five After the Hour 450822 New Suit.mp3
      14. Five After the Hour 450829 Primer for Prejudice.mp3
      15. Five After the Hour 450905 There Was This Waltz.mp3
      16. Five After the Hour 450912 Forty Writers.mp3
      17. Five After the Hour 451017 Light Wife.mp3
  • Standard Audio CDs are delivered by mail on archival quality media with up to 60 minutes on each CD and play in all CD players



    17 recordings on 9 Audio CDs
    total playtime 6 hours, 51 min

    Disc A001

    1. Five After the Hour 450516 Life and Times of Happy Man
    2. Five After the Hour 450523 Man Without a Face

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    Disc A002

    1. Five After the Hour 450606 Song of the River
    2. Five After the Hour 450613 Man Around the House

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    Disc A003

    1. Five After the Hour 450620 Amid the Blaze of Noon
    2. Five After the Hour 450627 Murder Has No Tongue

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    Disc A004

    1. Five After the Hour 450704 Foxhole Conversation Piece
    2. Five After the Hour 450711 Make Out With A Poem

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    Disc A005

    1. Five After the Hour 450725 Course of True Love of Course
    2. Five After the Hour 450801 Tickled Rib

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    Disc A006

    1. Five After the Hour 450808 Child of Ignorance
    2. Five After the Hour 450815 Day's Long Toil

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    Disc A007

    1. Five After the Hour 450822 New Suit
    2. Five After the Hour 450829 Primer for Prejudice

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    Disc A008

    1. Five After the Hour 450905 There Was This Waltz
    2. Five After the Hour 450912 Forty Writers

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    Disc A009

    1. Five After the Hour 451017 Light Wife

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