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Arch Oboler's Plays

and

Everyman's Theater

present a more dramatic side of Arch Oboler [1907-1987] than many listeners of Lights Out! or The Devil and Mr O might expect. While there are Horror and Sci-Fi stories here, the emphasis of this series was on the dramatic: cautionary tales, philosophical studies, psychological studies, realism, war propaganda... even fantasy and humour.

Arch Oboler's Plays aired from 1939-1940 [56 episodes], again in 1945 [26 episodes], and once again in 1964 [13 episodes]. All runs included both new and old scripts. Everyman's Theater aired from 1940-1941 [26 episodes] and was an extension of the original run of Arch Oboler's Plays, but with a commercial sponsor—Proctor and Gamble.

[Many of the plot summaries below originated in newspapers of the day and have been copied from Digital Deli Too. As I listen to each episode, I will be replace the plot summaries with my own.]

Currently this archive contains 53 of 104 plotlines

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African Story

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Series: Arch Oboler's Plays - 1964
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Story by: Arch Oboler

With Ben Wright.

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American Is Born, An    *LOST*

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And Adam Begot

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Series: Arch Oboler's Plays - 1939
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Story by: Arch Oboler

"The drama, presenting contemporary characters moving against a background of Neanderthal men, poses a question old as time itself—that of parenthood. Oboler's fantasy will show that parenthood is neither a duty nor an obligation, but a rare privilege which is abused much too often. It also shows the unending struggle between brute force and ethics." --- The Lima News 1939/09/09.

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Another World

aka: "The Voice within Me"
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Genre: Space Travel
Series: Arch Oboler's Plays - 1939
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Arch Oboler

Fantasy about interplanetary travel.

With Betty Garde.

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Baby

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Series: Arch Oboler's Plays - 1939; 1940
Series: Everyman's Theater - 1941
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Story by: Arch Oboler

"The story, which Oboler considers one of his best, will be told in the author's striking stream-of-consciousness style." --- The Lima News, 1939/05/13. "It is an original score for this study of a woman who has just been told by her doctor that she soon is to become a mother." --- The Lima News, 1940/03/02.

The 1941 version from Everyman's Theater exists. The other two are lost.

[1939] With Ireene Wicker, Vicki Vola and Charlotte Manson. Musical score by Jerry Moross. [1940] With Joan Crawford. [1941] With Martha Scott.

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Baby     *LOST*

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Story by: Arch Oboler

Aired as a half-hour set of three plays: "I Do", "Facts of Men", "Baby". Since this version is lost, I don't know if it was the same story as above.

Back to the Indians

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Story by: Arch Oboler

Aired as a half-hour set of three plays: "Back to the Indians", "The Day the Sun Exploded", "The Laughing Man".

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Bathysphere

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Series: Arch Oboler's Plays - 1939; 1964
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A ruthless dictator seeks to be remembered for more than his political and military conquests by breaking the record for the deepest ocean dive in history. But the bathysphere operator accompanying him has his own agenda for the expedition...

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Aired on Arch Oboler's Plays soon after World War II broke out in Europe. Two outstanding acting performances (Hans Conried and George Zucco) lend crucial believability to a contrived premise in which the oppressed is allowed to confront the oppressor (a favorite device of Oboler's propaganda plays), clarifying their opposing views in the process. --- Anonymous

Big Ben

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Story by: Arch Oboler

With Virginia Gregg.

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Brat, The

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Aired as a half-hour set of three plays: "Mr Pip", "The Brat", "Rich Kid".

"Sidney Lumet... will play the lead in "The Brat," second of three plays by Arch Oboler to be presented on Saturday from 8:30 to 9:00 p. in., over WEAF. First drama in the grouip will be 'Mr Pip' with Ray Collins, outstanding stage and radio actor, in the lead role. 'Rich Kid,' originally played by Freddie Bartholomew and the 'Dead End' Kids on the Rudy Vallee hour, will be repeated by popular request as the concluding drama of the broadcast." --- The Lima News 1939/08/05.

[Mr Pip] With Ray Collins, [The Brat] With Sidney Lumet, [Rich Kid] With Freddie Bartholomew.

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Cat Wife

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Series: Everyman's Theater - 1940
See also: "Cat Wife" (Lights Out!)
See also: "Alley Cat" (The Devil and Mr O)
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Arch Oboler

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Circle, The    *LOST*

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Aired as a half-hour set of three plays: "Hometown", "The Circle", "State Executioner"

"'Hometown', the story of a successful international financier who returns to the scenes of his boyhood. 'The Circle' tells the story of a few moments in the day of a man living in the turbulence of Europe today. 'The Executioner' is a short stream-of-consciousness drama." --- Capital Times 1939/12/02.

With Ray Collins.

Cliff, The

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Come to the Bank with Me

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Series: Arch Oboler's Plays - 1964
See also: "Come to the Bank" (Lights Out!)
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Story by: Arch Oboler

With Virginia Gregg.

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Crazytown

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Genre: Social Drama
Series: Arch Oboler's Plays - 1939
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Arch Oboler

Two Fascist (read 'Nazi') pilots on a bombing mission make a forced landing and are taken in by the very same villagers whom they had been sent out to destroy.

With Edmund O'Brien and Charlotte Manson.

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After a not-very-interesting first half, this 1939 political allegory from Arch Oboler's Plays slides into cheesy, over-the-top Lights Out-style weirdness. --- Anonymous

Dark World

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Aired as a half-hour set of three plays: "Dark World", "Steel", "Humbug"

"Three short plays of widely contrasting character will be presented... Two of these, entitled 'Steel' and 'Humbug' will be repeated by popular demand with Raymond Edward Johnson in the roles he originally made famous. The third, called 'Dark World,' will star Joan Elaine, well-known radio actress who has been heard in many previous Oboler plays. 'Steel,' an impressionistic picture of the life of a metal worker, was inspired by the equally impressionistic composition, 'Steel Foundry,' by the Russian composer, Mossolov. Originally produced on the Vallee Hour over NBC it is being revived with the permission of that genial orchestra leader. The drama was first presented without music, but for this production Oboler has obtained the permission of the Soviet government to use 'Steel Foundry' as a background for the dialogue." --- The Lima News 1939/06/03.

[Dark World] With Joan Elaine. [Steel, Humbug] With Raymond Edward Johnson.

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Day Sinatra Got Fat, The

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Story by: Arch Oboler

A newlywed couple honeymooning in a remote mountain cabin become snowbound and find themselves inexplicably gaining weight at a frightening rate.

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Day the Sun Exploded, The

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Story by: Arch Oboler

Aired as a half-hour set of three plays: "Back to the Indians", "The Day the Sun Exploded", "The Laughing Man".

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Dr Bluff

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Efficiency Island    *LOST*

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Series: Arch Oboler's Plays - 1939
See also: "Profits Unlimited" (Arch Oboler's Plays)
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Story by: Arch Oboler

"This eerie tale is laid in the future when straight-line factory methods of production have reached perfection and workmen, chained for generations to the machine by their pay checks, seem to have lost the will to fight for better working conditions. The problem of what the assembly line will do to humanity in the long run has vexed economists and sociologists since the start of the industrial era. It will be given a new and surprising twist by the young author-producer." --- The Lima News 1939/08/19.

With Betty Caine.

Engulfed Cathedral, The

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With Ann Shepherd.

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Eve    *LOST*

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Aired as a half-hour set of three plays: "The Word", "Two", "Eve".

Exercise in Horror, An

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With Peter Lorre.

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Facts of Men

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Aired as a half-hour set of three plays: "I Do", "Facts of Men", "Baby".

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Family, The

Series: Everyman's Theater - 1941
Available for Listening Booth: N
Story by: Arch Oboler

Family Nagachi, The

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"A theme that many writers have shied away from—our treatment of the Japanese-American population following Pearl Harbor, will be presented when "The Family Nagoya" is broadcast on the "Arch Oboler's Plays" program at it 9 p.m. Thursday over WOR. From material furnished by the Department of the Interior, Oboler looks at the problem and its post-war effect on each of us thru the eyes of the loyal Japanese-American family, Nagoya." --- The Lima News, 1945/09/27.

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Finale    *LOST*

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Aired as a half-hour set of two plays: "Finale", "Suffer Little Children"

"'Finale' is a tale about road kids, those juveniles with the wanderlust and no jobs who roam America's highways and railways in such large numbers... 'Suffer Little Children'... concerns itself with the plight of war refugees." --- The Lima News 0939/09/16.

[Finale] With Raymond Edward Johnson and Ann Shepard. [Suffer Little Children] With Betty Caine.

Flight from Destiny    *LOST*

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Story by: Arch Oboler

Flying Yorkshireman, The

Series: Everyman's Theater - 1940
Available for Listening Booth: N
Story by: Arch Oboler

"Eric Knight's celebrated story of a little Britisher who decides he can fly just by flapping his arms." --- San Antonio Light, 1940/11/15.

With Charles Laughton and his wife, Elsa Lanchester.

Gallery of Big Shots, A [Feminine]

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Gallery of Big Shots, A [Masculine]

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Genghis Khan    *LOST*

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"The drama concerns a simple Harlem Negro who suddenly decides to become dictator of the world. The plot is based on the theory that dictators of this generation are reincarnations of ruthless power-seekers of the past." --- The Lima News, 1940/02/17.

Happy Year    *LOST*

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With Betty Winkler.

Him or Me

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Story by: Arch Oboler

With Larry Dobkin.

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History of A Mug

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Story by: Arch Oboler

"The life story of a rising young politician of Middleton, as it is viewed thru the disillusioned eyes of his mother. It shows the grave dangers of carrying to their logical conclusion the high-pressure techniques for winning friends and influencing people." --- The Lima News 1938/08/12.

[1939] With Elia Kazan, Curt Conway, Ann Shepherd and Hester Sondergaard.

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Holiday 1939    *LOST*

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Story by: Arch Oboler

"Tonight's drama is set in the England of today and shows how the children are learning the meaning of bomb shelters and blackouts." --- Circleville Herald 1939/09/30.

Holiday 194x

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"The play is all about the adventures of a typical American family who having saved their war bonds, go to see the world." --- Ironwood Times, 1945/05/09.

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Hometown    *LOST*

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Aired as a half-hour set of three plays: "Hometown", "The Circle", "State Executioner"

"'Hometown', the story of a successful international financier who returns to the scenes of his boyhood. 'The Circle' tells the story of a few moments in the day of a man living in the turbulence of Europe today. 'The Executioner' is a short stream-of-consciousness drama." --- Capital Times 1939/12/02.

With Ray Collins.

Humbug

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Series: Arch Oboler's Plays - 1939 (x2)
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Arch Oboler

"Three short plays of widely contrasting character will be presented... Two of these, entitled 'Steel' and 'Humbug' will be repeated by popular demand with Raymond Edward Johnson in the roles he originally made famous. The third, called 'Dark World,' will star Joan Elaine, well-known radio actress who has been heard in many previous Oboler plays. 'Steel,' an impressionistic picture of the life of a metal worker, was inspired by the equally impressionistic composition, 'Steel Foundry,' by the Russian composer, Mossolov. Originally produced on the Vallee Hour over NBC it is being revived with the permission of that genial orchestra leader. The drama was first presented without music, but for this production Oboler has obtained the permission of the Soviet government to use 'Steel Foundry' as a background for the dialogue." --- The Lima News 1939/06/03.

"Three short sketches on the general theme of war and peace. The first, "Sole Survivors," will have a contemporary setting. The second, called "Memoriam," is to treat of a past conflict. "Hail Victory," the third, will dip far into the future in an endeavor to show where present trends may lead the human race." --- The Lima News 1939/04/08.

Aired as a half-hour set of three plays: "Dark World", "Steel", "Humbug".
Also aired as a half-hour set of three plays: "Memoriam", "Sole Survivors", "Humbug".

[Dark World] Joan Elaine, [Steel, Humbug] Raymond Edward Johnson.

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I Do

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Series: Arch Oboler's Plays - 1945
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Story by: Arch Oboler

Aired as a half-hour set of three plays: "I Do", "Facts of Men", "Baby".

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Incident on the Dover Road    *LOST*

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"The drama concerns a sealed diplomatic pouch, a lonely road, a swiftly-moving automobile and a pretty girl." --- Capital Times 1940/01/13.

With John Deering.

I'll Tell My Husband

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Series: Everyman's Theater - 1940
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"A stream-of-consciousness play about the thoughts, memories, and hopes of an affection-hungry woman approaching middle age." --- The Lima News 1939/11/11.

[1939] With Gale Sondergaard and Edmund McDonald. [1940] With Mary Astor.

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Immortal Gentleman, The

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Series: Arch Oboler's Plays - 1939; 1964
Series: Everyman's Theater - 1941
See also: "The Immortal Gentleman" (Lights Out!)
See also: "Live Forever" (The Devil and Mr O)
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Arch Oboler

"The story was inspired by a line from Walt Whitman's 'Reconciliation' and deals with a youth who is so obsessed with the idea of death that he has no time really to live. Projected by accident into a brave new world far in the future where medical science has made immortality a reality, the hero discovers the wonders, dangers and even horrors of such a condition." --- The Lima News 1939/06/17.

[1939] With Edmund O'Brien. [1964] With Victor Perrln. [1941] With Franchot Tone.

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Ivory Tower, The

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Series: Arch Oboler's Plays - 1939; 1940
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Story by: Arch Oboler

"Nazimova, and all others of the original cast, are to be presented in a revival of "The Ivory Tower", Arch's most powerful stream-of-consciousness drama in the March 23 broadcast." --- The Lima News, 1940/03/16.

[1939] With Nazimova, Alia Kazan, Raymond Edward Johnson, Martin Gabel, and John Brown. [1940] Same cast.

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Johnny Got His Gun

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"James Cagney, two-fisted hero of the movies, will be starred in a role critics said was impossible to present in a radio drama when he is heard in Arch Oboler's adaptation of Dalton Trumbo's war story, "Johnny Got His Gun," on WIBA tonight at 7 o'clock. Cagney will be cast as a shell-shattered American doughboy of the World War—deaf, dumb, blind and helpless—in the vigorous anti-war drama." --- Capital Times, 1940/03/09.

With James Cagney.

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Laughing Man, The

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Series: Arch Oboler's Plays - 1940
See also: "The Laughing Man", from the LP Drop Dead! An Exercise in Horror
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Arch Oboler

Aired as a half-hour set of three plays: "Back to the Indians", "The Day the Sun Exploded", "The Laughing Man".
Also aired on the LP Drop Dead! An Exercise in Horror. Not sure if this was the same version, or not.

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Listener, The    *LOST*

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Story by: Arch Oboler

Love, Love, Love

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Genre: Humour
Series: Arch Oboler's Plays - 1945
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Arch Oboler

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Love Story    *LOST*

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With Lew Danis.

Luck of Mark Street, The    *LOST*

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"Raymond Edward Johnson and Betty Caine, NBC artists who have been heard frequently in Arch Obolcr's plays, will be. co-starred in "The Luck of Mark Street" which Oboler is to present over WEAF Saturday at 8:30 p. m. This drama is a tragedy which shows how the inescapable consciousness of guilt haunts a criminal until his eventual undoing. The plot was suggested by the old proverb which runs: 'Nothing is more common than for great thieves to ride in triumph when small ones are punished. But let wickedness escape as it may, at the last it never fails of doing itself justice; for every guilty person is his own hangman.' As interpreted by Oboler the proverb has considerable contemporary significance." --- The Lima News 1939/06/24.

With Raymond Edward Johnson and Betty Caine.

Lust for Life

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Story by: Irving Stone

An "impressionistic" sound biography of Vincent Van Gogh. --- radioGOLDINdex

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Madame Affame

Series: Everyman's Theater - 1941
Available for Listening Booth: N
Story by: Arch Oboler

"It concerns a noblewoman trying to escape from Europe." --- San Antonio Light, 1941/01/31.

With Marlene Dietrich.

Memoriam

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Genre: Realism
Series: Arch Oboler's Plays - 1939
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Arch Oboler

Aired as a half-hour set of three plays: "Memoriam", "Sole Survivors", "Humbug".

"Three short sketches on the general theme of war and peace. The first, "Sole Survivors," will have a contemporary setting. The second, called "Memoriam," is to treat of a past conflict. "Hail Victory," the third, will dip far into the future in an endeavor to show where present trends may lead the human race." --- The Lima News 1939/04/08.

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Mirage

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Genre: Fantasy
Series: Arch Oboler's Plays - 1939 (x2); 1945; 1964
See also: "Mirage" (Lights Out!)
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Arch Oboler

Linda and Carl, two society sophisticates, desert a party to stroll along a secluded beach. Linda's only interest is society; Carl's is business. They expect to find moonlight, gentle water, and fresh sea air... what they find instead is an indistinct, shadowy sort of man writing in the sand with his finger. He appears to be writing names... followed by dates, then erasing them with his hand and starting over.

[1939-1st] With Joan Blaine and Raymond Edward Johnson. [1939-2nd] With Nan Sunderland (Mrs Walter Huston), and Edmund MacDonald. [1964] With Virginia Gregg.

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This allegorical tale for two actors is predictable and the acting is slightly overdone, but I tend to like allegories so I didn't mind so much. The atmosphere is moody, thoughtful, and slightly mysterious—not really Horror at all. I thought the 1939 version with Nan Sunderland was the best, perhaps because it had the best sound quality... but I also liked the timbre of her voice. [8/10] --- zM

Mr and Mrs Chump    *LOST*

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Story by: Arch Oboler

"At Everyman's theater (WOAI--8:30) Walter Huston and Nan Sunderland will appear [in] 'Mr And Mrs Chump' a play written especially for them." --- San Antonio Light, 1940/10/25.

With Walter Huston and Nan Sunderland (Mrs Walter Huston).

Mr Ginsburg

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"A tragedy of the prize fight ring." --- San Antonio Light, 1941/02/21.

With Benny Rubin.

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Mr Important    *LOST*

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"The strange story of a pompous little man, who for a magic hour saw into the minds of the people around him." --- The Lima News 1939/04/22

With Martin Gabel.

Mr Miller

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With Eddie Cantor.

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Mr Pip    *LOST*

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Aired as a half-hour set of three plays: "Mr Pip", "The Brat", "Rich Kid".

"Sidney Lumet... will play the lead in 'The Brat', second of three plays by Arch Oboler to be presented on Saturday from 8:30 to 9:00 p. in., over WEAF. First drama in the grouip will be 'Mr Pip' with Ray Collins, outstanding stage and radio actor, in the lead role. 'Rich Kid,' originally played by Freddie Bartholomew and the 'Dead End' Kids on the Rudy Vallee hour, will be repeated by popular request as the concluding drama of the broadcast." --- The Lima News 1939/08/05.

[Mr Pip] With Ray Collins. [The Brat] With Sidney Lumet. [Rich Kid] With Freddie Bartholomew.

Mr Pyle

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"Life of Ernie Pyle, late war correspondent" --- Lowell Sun, 1946/06/07.

With Burgess Meredith.

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Mr Ten Per Cent

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Genre: Humour
Series: Arch Oboler's Plays - 1945
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Arch Oboler

With Lee Cobb. Music by David Raksin.

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Mr Whiskers    *LOST*

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Series: Everyman's Theater - 1940
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"A realistic stream-of-consciousness play which dramatizes the slow but sure process of democracy." --- The Lima News 1939/09/23. "A drama stressing the importance of citizenship in a democracy." --- San Antonio Light, 1940/12/13.

[1939] With Morris Carnovsky, Elia Kazan, Curt Conway, and Ann Sheperd.

Mrs Kingsley's Report    *LOST*

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Series: Arch Oboler's Plays - 1964
See also: "Little Old Lady" (Lights Out!)
Available for Listening Booth: N
Story by: Arch Oboler

With Paul Compton.

Money, Money, Money    *LOST*

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Series: Arch Oboler's Plays - 1940
See also: "Money, Money, Money" (Lights Out!)
See also: "Three Thousand Dollars" (The Devil and Mr O)
Available for Listening Booth: N
Story by: Arch Oboler

"A modern ghost story in which money jingles instead of chains, was first presented by the British Broadcasting Corp., last year while Oboler was visiting England." --- The Lima News 1940/01/06.

The versions from Lights Out! and The Devil and Mr O still exist. The version from Arch Oboler's Plays does not.

With Edmund MacDonald.

Most Dangerous Game, The

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"Set in an atmosphere of fear and hatred, the drama will tell the story of the adventure of the marooned hero of an uncharted island." --- Capital Times, 1940/03/16.

Possibly adapted from "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell.

Wtih Ronald Colman.

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My Chicago

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Story by: Arch Oboler

"With words, songs and music- the play will take listeners on.a citywide tour of Chicago, telling all about the great city's lake front, its stock yards, universities and boulevard." --- Ironwood Times, 1945/07/25.

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Naked Mountain, The

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"A drama set in the Bavarian Alps and centered around the first fighters against Facism. --- Ironwood Times, 1945/06/20.

With Franchot Tone.

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Nero's Wife

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Genre: Humour
Series: Arch Oboler's Plays - 1939
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Arch Oboler

"Deals with the woes of an inoffensive little clerk who returns to his apartment after work to he welcomed by a beauteous dame in toga and diadem. The visitor insists that the clerk is a reincarnation of Rome's fiddling emperor and that she is his lawful spouse. Complications ensue due to the fact that in the 18OO-odd years which have elapsed since her death, the empress has forgotten whether she is Octavia, (the pure and innocent first wife whom Nero divorced, exiled to the Isle of Pandateria and murdered), Acte (the Amazonian freedwoman who for a brief period tried to reform the Emperor by beating his head against the palace wall), or P'oppaea, the bloodthirsty hell-cat consort of Nero's later years." --- The Lima News 1939/06/10

With John Brown.

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Night

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Series: Arch Oboler's Plays - 1945
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Arch Oboler

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Nobody Died

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Series: Arch Oboler's Plays - 1939
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Arch Oboler

"What would the elixir of youth do to our modern civilisation? That is the question propounded by Oboler's play, a deveolpment of an idea first presented in the young author-producer's 'Immortal Gentleman'." --- The Lima News 1939/12/09.

With Peter Lorre.

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Of Human Bondage

Series: Everyman's Theater - 1941
Available for Listening Booth: N
Story by: Arch Oboler

Adaptation of Somerset Maugham's Of Human Bondage.

With Bette Davis.

Old Man Chump    *LOST*

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Series: Arch Oboler's Plays - 1940
Available for Listening Booth: N
Story by: Arch Oboler

Ostrich in Bed

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Series: Arch Oboler's Plays - 1945
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Arch Oboler

Aired as a half-hour set of two plays: "Ostrich in Bed", "Report to My Relatives".

"Arch Oboler, a radio playwright, director and producer, will do three plays all witnin a half hour. The program will consist of a comedy, a melodrama, and a tragedy. A cast of well known radio actors will portray the characters in 'Triple Feature.' " --- Ironwood Times, 1945/05/30.

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Parade

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Series: Arch Oboler's Plays - 1945
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Arch Oboler

With Van Heflin.

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Perfect Party, The    *LOST*

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Series: Arch Oboler's Plays - 1939
Available for Listening Booth: N
Story by: Arch Oboler

With Elliott Lewis, Lurene Tuttle, and Ray Collins.

Problem Papa

Series: Everyman's Theater - 1941
Available for Listening Booth: N
Story by: Arch Oboler

With Dick Holland.

Profits Unlimited    *LOST*

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Series: Arch Oboler's Plays - 1939
See also: "Profits Unlimited" (Lights Out!)
See also: "Balance Sheet" (The Devil and Mr O)
See also: Efficiency Island (Arch Oboler's Plays)
Available for Listening Booth: N
Story by: Arch Oboler

"A fantasy adventure concerning events which might take place (in the far distant future, of course) if big business were to lose sight of the human factor and concern itself wholly with the increase of output and dividends by menus of straight-line production methods." --- The Lima News 1939/10/28.

With Ray Collins and Paula Winslow.

Both the Lights Out! and The Devil and Mr O versions exist. The Arch Oboler's Plays version does not.

Report to My Relatives

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Series: Arch Oboler's Plays - 1945
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Arch Oboler

Aired as a half-hour set of two plays: "Ostrich in Bed", "Report to My Relatives".

"Arch Oboler, a radio playwright, director and producer, will do three plays all witnin a half hour. The program will consist of a comedy, a melodrama, and a tragedy. A cast of well known radio actors will portray the characters in 'Triple Feature.' " --- Ironwood Times, 1945/05/30.

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Revolt of the Worms

Duration:
Genre: Super Science
Series: Arch Oboler's Plays - 1964
See also: "Revolt of the Worms" (The Devil and Mr O)
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Arch Oboler

With Edgar Barrier.

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Rich Kid    *LOST*

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Series: Arch Oboler's Plays - 1939
Available for Listening Booth: N
Story by: Arch Oboler

Aired as a half-hour set of three plays: "Mr Pip", "The Brat", "Rich Kid".

"Sidney Lumet... will play the lead in 'The Brat', second of three plays by Arch Oboler to be presented on Saturday from 8:30 to 9:00 p. in., over WEAF. First drama in the grouip will be 'Mr Pip' with Ray Collins, outstanding stage and radio actor, in the lead role. 'Rich Kid,' originally played by Freddie Bartholomew and the 'Dead End' Kids on the Rudy Vallee hour, will be repeated by popular request as the concluding drama of the broadcast." --- The Lima News 1939/08/05.

[Mr Pip] Ray Collins. [The Brat] With Sidney Lumet. [Rich Kid] Freddie Bartholomew.

Rocket from Manhattan

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Series: Arch Oboler's Plays - 1945; 1964
See also: "Rocket from Manhattan" (The Devil and Mr O)
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Arch Oboler

This story was adapted as 'The Last Survivor' on The Mysterious Traveler.

[1964] With William Phipps.

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Sensitive Mr Ginsberg, The    *LOST*

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Series: Arch Oboler's Plays - 1940
Available for Listening Booth: N
Story by: Arch Oboler

"The story concerns a fight manager who finds that his sensitive soul interferes with business." --- The Lima News 1940/01/20.

With Benny Ruben.

Sole Survivors

Duration:
Genre: Realism
Series: Arch Oboler's Plays - 1939
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Arch Oboler

Aired as a half-hour set of three plays: "Memoriam", "Sole Survivors", "Humbug".

"Three short sketches on the general theme of war and peace. The first, 'Sole Survivors,' will have a contemporary setting. The second, called 'Memoriam,' is to treat of a past conflict. 'Hail Victory,' the third, will dip far into the future in an endeavor to show where present trends may lead the human race." --- The Lima News 1939/04/08.

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Special to Hollywood

Duration:
Genre: Humour
Series: Arch Oboler's Plays - 1940; 1945; 1964
Series: Everyman's Theater - 1941
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Arch Oboler

"The earth-shaking repercussions which might ensue if a plane-load of film stars headed eastward to attend the world premiere of a super-super production should disappear completely, will be envisioned by Arch Oboler during a tongue-in-cheek drama entitled "Hollywood Special" Saturday at 8 p.m. The fantasy, suggested by fanfare surrounding many of Hollywood's recent premiere junkets, will endeavor to show not only how the populace survives the loss of its favorites, but also what happens to the stars themselves." --- The Lima News, 1940/02/03.

[1945] With Olive Deering. [1964] With Gloria Blondell, William Shatner.

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State Executioner    *LOST*

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Series: Arch Oboler's Plays - 1939
See also: "State Executioner" (Lights Out!)
See also: "Official Killer" (The Devil and Mr O)
Available for Listening Booth: N
Story by: Arch Oboler

Aired as a half-hour set of three plays: "Hometown", "The Circle", "State Executioner".

"'Hometown', the story of a successful international financier who returns to the scenes of his boyhood. 'The Circle' tells the story of a few moments in the day of a man living in the turbulence of Europe today. 'The Executioner' is a short stream-of-consciousness drama." --- Capital Times 1939/12/02.

A half-hour episode with the same name was broadcast on Lights Out! and later as "Official Killer" on The Devil and Mr O. Don't know if it is the same story, or not.

With Ray Collins.

Steel

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Series: Arch Oboler's Plays - 1939
Available for Listening Booth: N
Story by: Arch Oboler

Aired as a half-hour set of three plays: "Dark World", "Steel", "Humbug".

"Three short plays of widely contrasting character will be presented... Two of these, entitled 'Steel' and 'Humbug' will be repeated by popular demand with Raymond Edward Johnson in the roles he originally made famous. The third, called 'Dark World,' will star Joan Elaine, well-known radio actress who has been heard in many previous Oboler plays. 'Steel,' an impressionistic picture of the life of a metal worker, was inspired by the equally impressionistic composition, 'Steel Foundry,' by the Russian composer, Mossolov. Originally produced on the Vallee Hour over NBC it is being revived with the permission of that genial orchestra leader. The drama was first presented without music, but for this production Oboler has obtained the permission of the Soviet government to use 'Steel Foundry' as a background for the dialogue." --- The Lima News 1939/06/03.

[Dark World] With Joan Elaine. [Steel, Humbug] With Raymond Edward Johnson.

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Strange Morning

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Series: Arch Oboler's Plays - 1945
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Arch Oboler

"A story in anticipation of the day of Germany's capitulation." --- Lowell Sun, 1945/04/05.

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Suffer Little Children    *LOST*

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Story by: Arch Oboler

Aired as a half-hour set of two plays: "Finale", "Suffer Little Children".

"'Finale' is a tale about road kids, those juveniles with the wanderlust and no jobs who roam America's highways and railways in such large numbers... 'Suffer Little Children'... concerns itself with the plight of war refugees." --- The Lima News 0939/09/16.

[Finale] With Raymond Edward Johnson and Ann Shepard. [Suffer Little Children] With Betty Caine.

Suffer the Little Children    *LOST*

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Series: Everyman's Theater - 1941
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Story by: Arch Oboler

This appears to have been a half-hour episode. Don't know if it is the same story as the previous one.

With Martha Scott.

There Are Your Brothers    *LOST*

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Series: Arch Oboler's Plays - 1939
Series: Everyman's Theater - 1940
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Story by: Arch Oboler

A Christmas story.

[1940] With Brian Donley.

This Living Book

aka: "I Declare War"
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Series: Arch Oboler's Plays - 1945
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Arch Oboler

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This Lonely Heart    *LOST*

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Series: Everyman's Theater - 1940
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Story by: Arch Oboler

"Nazimova, who once played second fiddle in an orchestra conducted by Tchaikowsky, will realize one of her life's ambitions when she plays the part of Madame von Meck, the great Russian composer's beloved friend in 'This Lonely Heart.' The play is an original hour-long drama by Arch Oboler to be presented over WEAF Saturday at 6:30 PM. 'This Lonely Heart', will deal mainly with the reactions of Madame von Meck. It will show her unremitting effort to help the selfish musician, both financially and as an adviser, and will disclose that, in spite of the continual humiliations which she was forced to undergo, her love still enabled her to express her own genius and to live fully, rather than becoming stultified by the round of household duties which hedged the average Russian woman of her day." --- The Lima News 1939/08/26.

[1939] With Nazimova. [1940] With Nazimova.

This Precious Freedom

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Series: Everyman's Theater - 1940
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Arch Oboler

[1940] With Raymond Massey.

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Three Brides    *LOST*

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Series: Arch Oboler's Plays - 1939
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Story by: Arch Oboler

"Concerns itself with a question which millions of persons have asked themselves: 'What would have happened if I had married the other one?' It takes place in the subconscious mind of a heavyweight prizefighter who, while put under during a major operation, is presented with the choice of three wives." --- The Lima News 1939/07/15.

With Alia Kazan and Kurt Conway.

Truth, The

Duration:
Genre: Philosophical Drama
Series: Arch Oboler's Plays - 1939; 1945
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Arch Oboler

An astrophysicist is haunted by a recurring dream wherein he is drawn towards the heavens by a brilliant star appearing overhead.

"[Ray] Collins will play the difficult role of a scientist who endeavors to determine whether the universe has an independent, material existence or whether it is just an idea in the mind of God." --- The Lima News 1939/04/08.

[1939] With Ray Collins. [1945] With Edmund Gwenn. Music by David Raksin.

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Another of Arch Oboler's Plays in disguise, this science fiction/philosophy fable is a little drearier and more pretentious than your average Lights Out episode, but the version I heard was carried by a typically fine performance from Edmund Gwenn in the lead role. --- Anonymous

Two    *LOST*

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Series: Everyman's Theater - 1940
Available for Listening Booth: N
Story by: Arch Oboler

Aired as a half-hour set of three plays: "The Word", "Two", "Eve".

Ugliest Man in the World, The

Duration:
Genre: Psychological Study
Series: Arch Oboler's Plays - 1939 (x2)
Series: Everyman's Theater - 1941
See also: "The Ugliest Man in the World" (Lights Out!)
See also: "Mr Freak" (The Devil and Mr O)
Available for Listening Booth: N
Story by: Arch Oboler

"What would happen to the man who was so ugly that children would scream in fright when they saw him, who was such a shocking spectacle that even his mother's life became unbearably unhappy? How would such a man react to people and to love? What childhood would he have?" --- The Lima News, 1939/03/25.

[1939-1st] With Raymond Edward Johnson. [1939-2nd] With Raymond Johnson, Betty Caine and Ann Shepherd.

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Visitor from Hades, The

Duration:
Genre: Drama
Series: Arch Oboler's Plays - 1939
Series: Everyman's Theater - 1940
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Arch Oboler

A couple's incessant violent arguments and virulent hatred for each other attract a loathsome creature to their home, invisible to all but them.

[1939] With Frank Lovejoy. [1940] With Helen Mack.

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Women Stay at Home, The    *LOST*

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Series: Arch Oboler's Plays - 1940
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Story by: Arch Oboler

"She will portray an English woman of the present day in this searching drama of life on the unexciting but all-important home front." --- The Lima News, 1940/02/24.

With Elsa Lanchester (Mrs Charles Laughton).

Women Stayed at Home, The

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Series: Everyman's Theater - 1940
Available for Listening Booth: Y
Story by: Arch Oboler

A love story. Don't know if this is the same story as the previous.

With Norma Shearer.

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Word, The    *LOST*

Duration:
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Series: Arch Oboler's Plays - 1939 (x2); 1964
Series: Everyman's Theater - 1940
See also: "The Word" (ABC Radio Workshop)
See also: "The Word" (Lights Out!)
See also: "Where Are You" (The Devil and Mr O)
Available for Listening Booth: N
Story by: Arch Oboler

"The reactions of a young honeymoon couple who come down from the eminence of the Empire State Tower to find themselves the only ones in the world." --- The Lima News 1939/05/27.

"An eerie drama dealing with a young couple who has to walk down from a sight-seeing visit to the observation tower of the Empire State Building to discover that the rest of the world's population has mysteriously vanished." --- The Lima News 1939/10/14.

[1939 2nd] With Edmund O'Brien. [1964] With William Shatner, Barbara Eiler, Hal Peary. [1940] With Joan Crawford.

The broadcasts from Lights Out!, The Devil and Mr O, and ABC Radio Workshop still exist. The broadcasts from Arch Oboler's Plays and Everyman's Theater, do not.

Word, The    *LOST*

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Series: Everyman's Theater - 1940
Available for Listening Booth: N
Story by: Arch Oboler

Aired as a half-hour set of three plays: "The Word", "Two", "Eve".

You and I    *LOST*

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Series: Everyman's Theater - 1941
Available for Listening Booth: N
Story by: Arch Oboler

Young Mr Trouble    *LOST*

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Series: Arch Oboler's Plays - 1939
Available for Listening Booth: N
Story by: Arch Oboler

With Billy Halop.



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