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The Mysterious Traveler  was another of WOR's great locally produced dramas
The Mysterious Traveler was another of WOR's great locally produced dramas

Spot ad for The Mysterious Traveler from April 30, 1944
Spot ad for The Mysterious Traveler
from April 30, 1944

Mysterious Traveler recording session at WOR-MBS Studios, ca. 1948
Mysterious Traveler recording session
at WOR-MBS Studios, ca. 1948

Maurice Tarplin in the guise of The Mysterious Traveler at the WOR mike, ca. 1947
Maurice Tarplin in the guise of The Mysterious Traveler at the WOR mike,
ca. 1947


Mysterious Traveler Comics 'as featured on the Mutual Broadcasting System' , ca. 1948
Vol. 1, No. 1 issue of Mysterious
Traveler Comics 'as featured on the Mutual Broadcasting System',
ca. 1948

Spot Ad for Mysterious Traveler on back cover of Mysterious Traveler Comics, ca. 1947
Spot Ad for Mysterious Traveler on
back cover of Mysterious Traveler Comics, ca. 1947

The Mysterious Traveler fiction digest magazine, issue 3, published March 1952
The Mysterious Traveler fiction digest magazine, issue #3, published March 1952

Background

The Mysterious Traveler was the second outing for the prolific writing team of Robert Arthur, Jr. and David P. Kogan, two successful pulp fiction writers and publishers. Their first effort was a 27-program run of Dark Destiny (1942-43). Most of the Dark Destiny scripts are heard again in The Mysterious Traveler (1943), The Sealed Book (1945) and The Teller of Tales (1950).

The team of Robert Arthur, Jr., David Kogan, producer/director Sherman 'Jock' MacGregor, and actor Maurice Tarplin was a very successful one for both The Mutual Broadcasting System and Radio station WOR. Between 1944 and 1952, The Mysterious Traveler eventually became one of the sixteen highest rated Radio programs of their era. WOR and MBS took great pride in putting together a program that could rival Radio giants CBS, ABC, and NBC throughout the era. During its heyday The Mysterious Traveler spawned several similar thriller genre programs such as The Strange Dr. Weird (1945), The Sealed Book (1945), Dark Venture (1946), Murder By Experts (1949), and The Teller of Tales (1950).

The thriller genre was not new to Radio in the 1940s. The Witch's Tale had aired from 1931 to 1938 over The Mutual Broadcasting System and WOR. CBS had tried--and failed--at their own The Witching Hour for three months in 1932. Oklahoma Radio station WKY had successfully aired their own Dark Fantasy (1941) anthology of thrillers, which was immediately picked up by NBC for a national run. But clearly, The Mutual system and WOR appear to have acquired the inside track for the thriller genre for almost two decades during The Golden Age of Radio.

This is not to discount in any way the suspense thrillers from CBS and NBC during the same period. Inner Sanctum (1941-1952) aired very successfully over NBC Blue, ABC, and CBS during much the same period as The Mysterious Traveler. Arch Oboler brought Lights Out! (1936-1952) to the air as well for NBC Red, CBS, NBC and ABC. But for much of the period during which it aired, The Mysterious Traveler was providing most of the competition to 'the big three's' more widely heard and promoted thrillers. Enough competition that the same big three networks were forced to continually shuffle their offerings back and forth on the Radio dial to continue to fend off the upstart Mysterious Traveler.

The proliferation of such late afternoon and late night thrillers on the radio dial didn't seem to discourage the listening audience in the least. These programs were so popular that people reminiscing about the era tend to conflate Maurice Tarplin and Raymond Edward Johnson in their repsective roles as narrator for many of these scary programs from The Golden Age of Radio. The formula was so popular that it played a role in the restructuring of the type of Radio programming that could be heard during prime-time. With the voluntary adoption of curfews on thrillers and crime-based mysteries by The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), these programs were forced to air after 9:30 p.m. Eastern time from 1948 on. This is the reason behind the many anecdotal stories from the era of young children listening to their radios under the covers during the Post-World War II era. It was the only way they could continue to hear their favorite thrillers on school nights.

The Mysterious Traveler had much to recommend it for atmospherics alone. Maurice Tarplin opened each program with the following mood setter:

"This is The Mysterious Traveler, inviting you to join me on another journey into the strange and terrifying. I hope you will enjoy the trip . . . that it will thrill you a little and chill you a little. So settle back, get a good grip on your nerves, and be comfortable . . . if you can . . . ."

That introduction, accompanied by the now famous sound of the rushing train and its whistle served as the chilling prologue to every episode of the run. The train whistle and doppler sound seemed to improve with each new season--as did much of the foley work throughout the series. Maurice Tarplin for his part, leant a provocatively nuanced sense of anxiety to each new program, both framing the script to follow and interjecting key exposition during most episodes. The Mysterious Traveler was apparently a former medical doctor, a history Tarplin refers to a few times throughout the broadcasts.

The Mysterious Traveler eventually found itself up against an even more daunting body than the National Association of Broadcasters and their programming guidelines. Both Robert Arthur, Jr. and David Kogan were activist members of the Radio Writers' Guild, a popular writer's union that was deemed subversive by the infamous House Un-American Activities Committees (HUAC) between 1945 and 1954. This was by no means unusual for the era. The HUAC systematically attacked most significant collective bargaining organizations of the era for their union and organizing activities, which the predominantly right-wing Republicans in control of Congress at the time, deemed a threat to Big Business in any form. The larger, older unions managed to weather the scrutiny of the HUAC. It was predominately the smaller artists' and trade unions that the HUAC seemed most successful at bullying throughout the era--with Hollywood moguls' full support.

Arthur and Kogan's very visible lobbying, organizing and picketing efforts on behalf of the Radio Writers' Guild during the late 1940s and early 1950s ultimately brought the HUAC down on Radio station WOR and the Mutual Broadcasting System. Both WOR and MBS predictably caved under the innuendoes and allegations of the HUAC and terminated The Mysterious Traveler at the arc of its national success. While simply a road-bump to MBS, the blacklisting of one of Radio's greatest writing teams effectively ended their Radio writing careers with the cancellation of The Mysterious Traveler.

Though having broken up the team of Arthur, Kogan and MacGregor, Jock MacGregor appears to have weathered the storm, continuing on to a modestly successful career in Television. Arthur and Kogan for their part, launched the Mysterious Traveler Magazine with relative success for a year; both writing and publishing the magazine on a shoestring. Some of Hollywood's less intimidated Television producers continued to employ Robert Arthur's services for another ten years. David Kogan continued to manage and publish the magazine.

It's worth noting that the success of the Robert Arthur/David Kogan team resulted in national awards during the early 1950s. Both The Mysterious Traveler and Murder By Experts garnered Edgar awards--Murder By Experts for 1950 and The Mysterious Traveler for 1953. In the end, the overarching influence of both The National Association of Broadcasters and the HUAC ultimately disintegrated. But they did result in a premature demise for many of Radio's thrillers from the era.

From the April 30th 1951 edition of the Janesville Gazette:

Two MBS Mysteries to Get 'Writers' Citation tonight head 
     Two Mutual network mystery dramas and their producers-directors have been cited by the Mystery Writers of America for "outstanding achievement in producing, directing and writing radio mystery shows."  The award-winning shows are "Murder by Experts," Mondays at 8 p.m., and "Mysterious Traveler," aired also on WCLO at 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays.  Both programs are produced and directed by Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan.
     Official presentation of the award, made annually by the MWA, will be made during tonight's "Murder by Experts" broadcast.
     The dramatization will present a master criminal who thought he could outwit the government for a cool lmillion dollars in cash.  The title is "The Dead Can't Testify."

Thankfully, The Mysterious Traveler remains one of the highly collected examples of the genre from the era, in many instances introducing new fans to The Golden Age of Radio for the very first time.

Series Derivatives:

Dark Destiny (1942); The Sealed Book (1945); AFRTS R- Series Mysterious Traveler; The Teller of Tales (1950)
Genre: Anthology of Golden Age Radio Mystery Dramas
Network(s): Mutual Broadcasting System (MBS)
Audition Date(s) and Title(s): None
Premiere Date(s) and Title(s): 43-12-05 01 The Hands That Killed
Run Dates(s)/ Time(s): 43-12-05 to 52-09-16; MBS; Sundays, 7:00 p.m.; 384, 30-minute programs.
Syndication: AFRS R-Series The Mysterious Traveler
Sponsors: 1950 Ford for Ford Motor Company; G & D Vermouth
Director(s): Sherman 'Jock' MacGregor; Robert Arthur, Jr. and David Kogan
Principal Actors: Maurice Tarplin, Irene Hubbard, Elizabeth Morgan, Betty Jane Tyler, Will Hare, Don Randolph, Philip Clark, Don Randolph, Sarah Burton, Staats Cotsworth, Sandra Gould, Carl Emory, Gertrude Warner, Helen Claire, Nancy Sheridan, Joan Shea, Humphrey Davis, Tony Barrett, Lon Clark, Ed Latimer, Irene Winston, Inge Adams, Eric Dressler, Hester Sondergaard, Ann Teaman, Martin Wolfson, Richard Coogan, Santos Ortega, Shirley Blank, Bill Smith, Chester Stratton, James Van Dyke, Rod Hendrickson, Donald Buka, Eleanor Phelps, Juano Hernandez, Morton Lawrence, Cameron Prud'Homme, James McCallion, Cameron Andrews, Joseph Julian, Burya Raeburn, Helen Shields, Neal O'Malley, Agnes Young, Ted Jewett, Art Carney, Elspeth Eric, Joe DeSantis, Frank Thomas, Allen Manson, Roger DeKoven, John Sylvester, John Seymour, Karl Weber, Mitzi Gould, Lawson Zerbe, Bill Smith, William Keene, Adelaide Klein, Connie Lembke, Wendell Holmes, Mercedes McCambridge, Gladys Thornton, Martin Wolfson, James Lipton, Frank Readick, Jan Miner, Ann Shepard, Ralph Bell, Robert Dryden, Everett Sloane, Gordon Schuyler DeWitt, Kermit Murdock, Raymond Edward Johnson, John Marvin, Leon Janney, John Martin, Marilyn Erskine, John Gibson, Luis Van Rooten, Robert Donnelly, Ralph Bell, Ronald Dawson, Bret Morrison, Jack Curtis, Chester Stratton, Nat Polen, Charlotte Holland, Agnes Young, Bill Smith, Scott Tennyson, Frank Sylvera, Sidney Paul, William Zuckert, Charles Webster, Albert Ottenheimer, James Stevens, Larry Haines, Cliff Carpenter
Recurring Character(s): The Mysterious Traveler [as Narrator]; All other characters varied from program to program. The Mysterious Traveler was portrayed by Maurice Tarplin for most of the run.
Protagonist(s): The Mysterious Traveler [as Narrator]; All other protagonists varied from program to program
Author(s): Robert Arthur, Jr. and David Kogan
Writer(s) Robert Arthur, Jr. and David Kogan
Music Direction: Doc Whipple, Henry Sylvern, Al Fanelli [Composer/Conductor], Jack Ward, Charles Paul [Composer/Organist], Gene Gerazzo [Composer/Conductor], Paul Taubman, Milton Kaye [Composer/Conductor], Sylvia Levin [Music Director], Richard DuPage [Composer/Conductor], Emerson Buckley [Composer]
Musical Theme(s): Al Tenelli, Jack Ward
Announcer(s): Russ Dunbar, Robert Emerick, Carl Caruso, Ralph Paul, Jackson Beck, Jack Faron, Durward Kirby, Grayson Enlow, Frank Waldecker, Phil Tonkin
Estimated Scripts
or Broadcasts:
303 scripts and 384 broadcasts
Episodes in Circulation: 70
Total Episodes in Collection: 72
Provenances:

NBC Staff Organist Jack Ward provided the underscore for Mysterious Traveler
NBC Staff Organist Jack Ward provided the underscore for Mysterious Traveler



Billboard announcement of the revival of The Mysterious Traveler from November 30 1946
Billboard announcement of the revival of The Mysterious Traveler from November 30 1946



Billboard magazine announcement of Arthur and Kogan recognition by the Mystery Writers of America from May 5 1951
'The Directory of The Armed Forces Radio Service Series.'

Notes on Provenances:

The most helpful provenances for this effort were newspaper listings.

Contrary to Hickerson, The Mysterious Traveler's first timeslot change occured on April 23, 1943 not the widely reported April 30, 1943. How did we uncover and correct this widely reported inaccuracy? We actually listen to our recordings; a novel and ground-breaking approach, we're sure you'll agree. And why is actually listening to one's recordings important? If the answer to that question eludes you, perhaps you need to find another hobby.

Contrary to Hickerson, The Mysterious Traveler's next day and timeslot change moved it to Saturdays at 10:30 p.m. ["half past ten, Eastern War Time"] on October 7, 1944, not the widely reported 9:30 p.m. slot on Saturdays. The program didn't move to the 9:30 p.m. slot until November 11, 1944. We, yet again, employed our technique of actually listening to our recordings to correct this second, almost universally logged, inaccuracy. It's a regrettable fact of vintage radio collecting--especially in the commercial otr sector--that the overwhelming number of collectors who also catalog their recordings simply don't listen to them. Why bother collecting and cataloging recordings you don't have the time, patience, or integrity to listen to?

Here's what we feel should be the accurate transitions for most of The Mysterious Traveler's widely varying airing date spans and times --

Original, 1943 'chapter announced' run over WOR:

43-12-05 to 44-04-16 - Sundays at 7:00 p.m.
44-04-23 to 44-09-24 - Sundays at 3:30 p.m.
44-10-07 to 44-10-28 - Saturdays at 10:30 p.m.
44-11-11 to 45-03-31 - Saturdays at 9:30 p.m.

The 1946-1951 Runs over the entire Mutual Network [almost a year and a half after the end of the original, 1943 run]:

46-07-14 to 46-09-29 - Sundays at 4:00 p.m.
46-12-01 to 47-09-21 - Sundays at 7:00 p.m.
47-09-30 to 48-10-26 - Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m.
48-11-11 to 49-03-24 - Thursdays at 9:30 p.m.
49-03-29 to 51-02-27 - Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m.

This is where things start to get hinky for tracking The Mysterious Traveler for 1951 and beyond. Owing somewhat to the growing influence of the Mutual-Don Lee network in California--and other regional Mutual powerhouses as well--Mutual could no longer sustain a coordinated, network-wide broadcast of The Mysterious Traveler, as well as several of its other popular programs. Over a period of nine months of 1951, Mutual staggered its broadcasts of The Mysterious Traveler in New York and other regional centers of its then 540+ network member stations :

51-03-07 to 51-12-07 - [N.Y. region] Wednesdays at 9 p.m.
51-12-11 to 52-09-16 - [Mutual Network] Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m.

We qualify the last two entries by stating that the Mutual-Don Lee Network did a great deal of its own schedule changing throughout 1951 and 1952. But with only two circulating exemplars of Mutual-Don Lee aircheck recordings we didn't feel it helpful--yet--to attempt to log all of the several permutations in the Mutual-Don Lee Network runs. When more Mutual-Don Lee airchecked exemplars surface, we'll revisit our log and update it accordingly.

Some of you will undoubtedly note several significant changes we uncovered vis a vis the schedules above. Almost all of them have the consequence of effectively challenging virtually all of the neat, cookie-cutter logs of The Mysterious Traveler currently in almost universal use. Most obvious is the conclusion that there were not 370, but rather approximately 384 broadcasts of The Mysterious Traveler. In addition, the myriad inaccurate citations of pre-emptions for the series currently in wide circulation are almost uniformly in error. We can't actually refer to them as citations since none of them have yet to be backed up by substantiating proof--or even a mention of what they may have represented. What's apparent as of this writing is that as many as five actual network-wide preemptions have been mischaracterized. Another three episodes have never been even accounted for, let alone disclosed. The series did not end on the widely reported 52-09-02 date. It ended on 52-09-16. If anyone is in possession of a recording of
The Treasure of Superstition Mountain, and it announces itself as the final broadcast in the series, then it should almost certainly be re-dated 52-09-16, unless someone can demonstrate that WOR aired two more rebroadcasts after 52-09-02.

We have no idea of the methodology that Mr. Hickerson employs in vetting the thousands of submissions he compiles for every issue of his comprehensive logs and updates. It has to be a daunting task. What we do notice most often are the same huge commercial houses or collectors submitting and re-submitting their misinformation to continue to prop up cassette, book and CD sales. There must be a better way to vet those submissions. We're at a loss to understand why any serious vintage recording collector would trust any of the huge commercial vintage recording houses any longer. They have no motivation whatsoever to set production, recording or broadcast history straight. And of course there's that backlog of CD's and cassettes all neatly labeled with misinformation that would have to be either relabeled or reduplicated. That's an expense, isn't it? An expense as in, a tax deductable expense, but an expense nonetheless.

Is it any wonder why, from our inception in 2001, we established an FTP service for providing updates, fills, and entire sets of Vintage Radio recordings in .mp3 format? We knew from the get-go that virtually none of the majority of circulating sets of digitized vintage radio recordings would ever be absolutely, positively complete. We took what we thought was the more intelligent route: continually acquiring fills and upgrades to the holdings we were making available through our FTP service.

Here's a simple question any of you reading this can answer: "Do you know of any vintage radio recording CD or cassette vendor that provides an update service via FTP should any of the thousands of CDs and cassettes they sell become obsoleted by new recording, dating, labeling or encoding that becomes available after that sale?" We'll help you with the answer. The answer is 'NO,' none of them do.

We find it the definition of insanity to continually purchase the same CD compilations over and over and over again from widely varying--and questionable--sources when virtually no one can guarantee with any certainty that the compilation will not be rendered obsolete by the very next historical discovery regarding that canon. Indeed the entire notion of 'distros' is absolutely nuts on the face of it--let alone "Distro Version 2.0 to infinity" of the same, continually evolving canon. 'Certified' according to whom or what?? And when that same 'certifying' group or agency issues Vers. 2.0, 3.0, 4.0 and on and on ad absurdum? What does that say about their certification process??

We plowed through about 200 of The Mysterious Traveler's broadcast dates, confirming what we suspected all along; some commercial OTR seller or collector has been deliberately salting most circulating sources with misinformation. Presumably with an eye toward yet another 'reveal all' OTR book about The Mysterious Traveler. What's apparent at this juncture is the following:

  • All circulating episode sequence numbers beyond Episode No. 67 are flat wrong. As we've already demonstrated, there is at least one additional broadcast of The Mysterious Traveler out of WOR New York that hasn't been accounted for in any previous catalog.
  • None of the previously circulating information about time and date changes is accurate.
  • Continuing the Episode numbering from December 4, 1943 to the very end of the last logged broadcast is a fool's errand. It's utter nonsense to even attempt to contiguously log the overwhelming number of program broadcasts beyond a two-year run in the first place. In the second place, it's obvious that The Mysterious Traveler, in particular, has been improperly sequenced for as long as twenty years, due to either someone's mischief during that period, or absence of historical facts--one or the other . . . perhaps both.
  • As a case in point, it was over 16 months between the end of the first broadcasts of The Mysterious Traveler and its next appearance. Can anyone logically conclude that broadcasts fully a year and four months apart were a direct continuation of The Mysterious Traveler's first run?
  • Given the extraordinary number of individuals who've attempted to log The Mysterious Traveler we find it either a statistically impossible coincidence--or collusion and plaigerism--that virtually all other circulating logs omit all correct 'The's' from their titles.

You're welcome to continue to misnumber and misdate your canon of The Mysterious Traveler . . . or you're welcome to do what we did: question every log that's ever been published about The Mysterious Traveler and do some more fact-checking--and listening--yourselves. We can state quite confidently as of this latest update that virtually no one reading this has a correctly dated or sequenced canon of The Mysterious Traveler in their holdings--and that includes Radio Spirits and their thousands of supporting legal documents as well.

All of the above having been said, we still have little faith in at least sixty of the log entries we've posted below. In our own defense, there's a very good reason why: we have no confidence whatsoever in the widely circulating base of title and date associations for this canon. We've mated up as many of the advertised and announced titles for this canon as we could uncover as of this update. We have little faith in the remainder of them.


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Mysterious Traveler Radio Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
43-11-04
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--
43-11-04 Berkshire Eagle
WBRK 9:30--Republican State Committee.
43-11-11
--
--
43-11-11 Berkshire Eagle
WBRK 9:30--The Mysterious Traveler.
43-11-14
--
--
43-11-21
--
--
43-11-28
--
--
43-12-05
1
The Hands That Killed
N
[Premiere Episode; Sundays, 7:00 p.m.]

43-12-05 New York Times
7:00--WOR--Mysterious Traveler--Play
43-12-12
2
Death at the Storm House
N
43-12-12 New York Times
7:00--WOR--Mysterious Traveler--Play
43-12-19
3
King of the World
N
43-12-19 New York Times
7:00--WOR--Mysterious Traveler--Play
43-12-26
4
Devil Island
N
43-12-26 New York Times
7:00--WOR--Mysterious Traveler--Play
44-01-02
5
The Clock Struck Midnight
N
44-01-02 New York Times
7:00--WOR--Mysterious Traveler--Play
44-01-09
6
The Visiting Corpse
N
44-01-09 New York Times
7:00--WOR--Mysterious Traveler--Play
44-01-16
7
The Strange Journal of Professor Drake
N
44-01-16 New York Times
7:00--WOR--Mysterious Traveler--Play
44-01-23
8
Murderer Unknown
N
44-01-23 New York Times
7:00--WOR--Mysterious Traveler--Play
44-01-30
9
The House of Death
House of Death
Y
44-01-30 New York Times
7:00--WOR--Mysterious Traveler--Play

Announces itself as
Chapter 9 and The Man Who Knew too Much as next
44-02-06
10
The Man Who Knew Too Much
N
44-02-06 New York Times
7:00--WOR--Mysterious Traveler--Play
44-02-13
11
To Have and to Hold
N
44-02-13 New York Times
7:00--WOR--Mysterious Traveler--Play
44-02-20
12
Ugliest Woman Alive
N
44-02-20 New York Times
7:00--WOR--Mysterious Traveler--Play
44-02-27
13
The Good Die Young
Y
44-02-27 New York Times
7:00--WOR--Mysterious Traveler--Play

Announces itself as
Chapter 13 and Design for Death as next.
44-03-05
14
Design for Death
N
44-03-05 New York Times
7:00--WOR--Mysterious Traveler--Play
44-03-12
15
Statement by the Accused
N
44-03-12 New York Times
7:00--WOR--Mysterious Traveler--Play
44-03-19
16
Welcome Aboard
N
44-03-19 New York Times
7:00--WOR--Mysterious Traveler--Play
44-03-26
17
Stranger in the House
N
44-03-26 New York Times
7:00--WOR--Mysterious Traveler--Play
44-04-02
18
Out of the Past
N
44-04-02 New York Times
7:00--WOR--Mysterious Traveler
44-04-09
19
Beware of Tomorrow
Y
44-04-09 New York Times
7:00--WOR--Mysterious Traveler

Announces itself as
Chapter 19 and The Accusing Corpse as next.
44-04-16
20
The Accusing Corpse
Y
44-04-16 New York Times
7:00--WOR--Mysterious Traveler

Announces itself as
Chapter 20 and Escape by Death as next. Announces a new time: Sundays at 3:30 p.m.
44-04-23
21
Escape by Death
N
[Moves to Sundays, 3:30 p.m.]

44-04-20 Cleveland Plain Dealer
MYSTERIOUS TRAVELER a new series of dramas concerned with the weird and the supernatural starts over WHK Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Maurice Tarplin, a veteran of over 3,000 radio appearances, takes the leading role.

44-04-23 Canton Repository
"The Mysterious Traveler," creator of thrills and chills abounding in vision and vampires, will recount his tales of the weird and supernatural in a new series beginning this afternoon at 2:30 over Mutual-WHBC.
This new program will occupy the time formerly held by "Adventures of Bulldog Drummond" which will change to 4:30 p.m. every Sunday.

44-04-23 New York Times
3:30--WOR--Mysterious Traveler

44-04-23 New York Times
7:00--WOR--Variety Musicals

44-04-24 Cleveland Plain Dealer
MYSTERIOUS TRAVELER (WHK) -- This new whodunit series opened with a rather obvious tale about two old ladies with a couple of cats who had lost their money and were suspicious of relatives. You guessed the final twist half-way through the broadcast. It was another show for the casual armchair detective.

44-04-30
22
Murder Spins the Plot
N
44-04-30 New York Times
3:30--WOR--Mysterious Traveler
44-05-07
23
I'll Die Laughing
N
44-05-07 New York Times
3:30--WOR--Mysterious Traveler
44-05-14
24
Ghost Makers
N
44-05-14 New York Times
3:30--WOR--Mysterious Traveler
44-05-21
25
The Man Who Could Vanish
N
44-05-21 New York Times
3:30--WOR--Mysterious Traveler
44-05-28
26
In Loving Memory
N
44-05-28 New York Times
3:30--WOR--Mysterious Traveler
44-06-04
27
Murder Must Be Paid For
N
44-06-04 New York Times
3:30--WOR--Mysterious Traveler
44-06-11
28
Death Spins a Web
N
44-06-11 New York Times
3:30--WOR--Mysterious Traveler
44-06-18
29
The Man with the Stolen Face
N
44-06-18 New York Times
3:30--WOR--Mysterious Traveler
44-06-25
30
Blood on the Moon
N
44-06-25 New York Times
3:30--WOR--Mysterious Traveler
44-07-02
31
The Queen of the Cats
Queen of the Cats
Y
44-07-02 New York Times
3:30--WOR--Mysterious Traveler

Announces itself as
Chapter 31. Announces Broadway, Here I Come as next
44-07-09
32
Broadway Here I Come
N
44-07-09 New York Times
3:30--WOR--Mysterious Traveler
44-07-16
33
Death Rings Down the Curtain
N
44-07-16 New York Times
3:30--WOR--Mysterious Traveler
44-07-23
34
The Man Who Couldn't Die
N
44-07-23 New York Times
3:30--WOR--Mysterious Traveler
44-07-30
35
Till Death Do Us Part
N
44-07-30 New York Times
3:30--WOR--Mysterious Traveler
44-08-06
36
My Beloved Must Die
N
44-08-06 New York Times
3:30--WOR--Mysterious Traveler
44-08-13
37
Flight from Fear
N
44-08-13 New York Times
3:30--WOR--Mysterious Traveler
44-08-20
38
Time on My Hands
N
44-08-20 New York Times
3:30--WOR--Mysterious Traveler
44-08-27
39
The Unknown Enemy
N
44-08-27 New York Times
3:30--WOR--Mysterious Traveler
44-09-03
--
Pre-empted
--
[Pre-empted for National Tennis Championship Finals]

44-08-27 New York Times
3:30--WOR--
National Tennis Championship Finals, Forest Hills
44-09-10
40
The Bell of Life
N
44-09-10 New York Times
3:30--WOR--Mysterious Traveler
44-09-17
41
A Dream of Death
N
44-09-17 New York Times
3:30--WOR--Mysterious Traveler
44-09-24
42
Death Laughs Last
Y
44-09-24 New York Times
3:30--WOR--Mysterious Traveler

Announces itself as
Chapter 42. Announces The Man The Insects Hated as next. States that beginning October 7th, The Mysterious Traveler will be heard at a new time. It will be presented every Saturday Evening at half past 10 Eastern War Time.
44-10-01
--
--
[Replaced by the return of Nick Carter; Moves to Saturdays, 10:30 p.m., following the premiere of Results, Inc. at 10:00 p.m.]

44-10-01 New York Times
3:30--WOR--Nick Carter--Sketch
44-10-07
43
The Man the Insects Hated
N
44-10-07 New York Times
10:30-WOR--Mysterious Traveler
44-10-14
44
Mind over Murder
N
44-10-14 New York Times
10:30-WOR--Mysterious Traveler
44-10-21
45
Voice of the Dead
N
44-10-21 New York Times
10:30-WOR--Mysterious Traveler
44-10-28
46
Invitation to Death
N
44-10-28 New York Times
10:30-WOR--Mysterious Traveler
44-11-04
--
Pre-empted
--
[Pre-empted for Socialist Party Labor Rally]

44-11-04 New York Times
10:30--WOR--Edward A Teichert, Aria A Albaugh, Others, at Socialist Labor Party Rally, Town Hall.
44-11-11
47
She Shall Have Music
N
[Moves to Saturdays, 9:30 p.m., ]

44-11-11 New York Times
9:30-WOR-Mysterious Traveler
44-11-18
48
Journey with Death
N
44-11-18 New York Times
9:30-WOR-Mysterious Traveler
44-11-25
49
Footsteps of Fate
N
44-11-25 New York Times
9:30-WOR-Mysterious Traveler
44-12-02
50
The Cat and the Mouse
N
44-12-02 New York Times
9:30-WOR-Mysterious Traveler
44-12-09
51
Murder Without Crime
N
44-12-09 New York Times
9:30-WOR-Mysterious Traveler
44-12-16
52
You Only Die Once
N
44-12-16 New York Times
9:30-WOR-Mysterious Traveler
44-12-23
53
Christmas Present
N
44-12-23 New York Times
9:30-WOR-Mysterious Traveler
44-12-30
54
Embarrassing Corpse
N
44-12-30 New York Times
9:30-WOR-Mysterious Traveler
45-01-06
55
They Who Sleep
Y
45-01-06 New York Times
9:30-WOR-Mysterious Traveler

Announces itself as Chapter 55 and Escape Through Time as next
45-01-13
56
Escape Through Time
N
45-01-13 New York Times
9:30-WOR-Mysterious Traveler
45-01-20
57
Letter from the Dead
N
45-01-20 New York Times
9:30-WOR-Mysterious Traveler
45-01-27
58
Death Needs a Witness
N
45-01-27 New York Times
9:30-WOR-Mysterious Traveler
45-02-03
59
Farewell Appearance
N
45-02-03 New York Times
9:30-WOR-Mysterious Traveler
45-02-10
60
Murder Is So Fatal
N
45-02-10 New York Times
9:30-WOR-Mysterious Traveler
45-02-17
61
Wanted for Murder
N
45-02-17 New York Times
9:30-WOR-Mysterious Traveler
45-02-24
62
Concerto for Death
N
45-02-24 New York Times
9:30-WOR-Mysterious Traveler
45-03-03
63
Title Unknown
N
45-03-03 New York Times
9:30-WOR-Mysterious Traveler
45-03-10
64
The Case of Charles Foster
Case of Charles Foster
Y
45-03-10 New York Times
9:30-WOR-Mysterious Traveler

Announces itself as
Chapter 64 and Blood Money as next
45-03-17
65
Blood Money
N
45-03-17 New York Times
9:30-WOR-Mysterious Traveler
45-03-24
66
Death Comes for Adolf Hitler
Death Comes to Adolph Hitler
Y
45-03-24 New York Times
9:30-WOR-Mysterious Traveler

Announces itself as
Chapter 66 and Murder Goes Free as next
45-03-31
67
Murder Goes Free
Y
[ End Season One; Replaced by Calling All Detectives]

45-03-31 New York Times
9:30-WOR-Mysterious Traveler

Announces itself as
Chapter 67 and "this concludes the present series of The Mysterious Traveler". Also announces Calling All Detectives as the replacement for The Mysterious Traveler
45-04-07
--
--
45-04-07 New York Times
9:30-WOR-Mysterious Traveler
45-04-14
--
Pre-empted
--
[Region-wide pre-emptions of all normally scheduled programming in the wake of F.D.R.'s death on April 12, 1945]
45-04-21
--
--
45-04-21 New York Times
9:30-WOR-Calling All Detectives





46-07-14
1
Seven Years to Wait
N
[Sundays, 4:00 p.m.; Note that it was over a year and four months before The Mysterious Traveler resumed broadcasts]

46-07-12 Janesville Daily Gazette
WCLO-MBS will air
a new mystery, "The Mysterious Traveler," to replace "Murder Is My Hobby" spot, when latter show moves into 8 o'clock Sunday time.

46-07-13 Dixon Evening Telegraph
Sunday
MBS 3 p.m.
revival of "Mysterious Travelers" dramas dealing with supernatural.

46-07-14 Wisconsin State Journal
"Mysterious Traveler (WGN): return of series, starring Maurice Tarplin; premiere 'Seven Years to Wait.""

46-07-14 New York Times
3:30--WOR--National Tennis Championship Finals, Forest Hills

46-07-14 Hutchinson News Herald
Sunday—MBS 2 p.m. Revival of "Mysterious Traveler," dramas dealing with supernatural
46-07-21
2
It Might Be You
N
[New York premiere of The Mysterious Traveler]

46-07-21 Wisconsin State Journal
2 p. m. — Mysterious Traveler , (WGN): "
It Might Be You." . . .

46-07-21 New York Times
4:00-WOR-Mysterious Traveler
46-07-28
3
Summer Heat
N
46-07-28 New York Times
4:00-WOR-Mysterious Traveler

46-07-28 Wisconsin State Journal
2 p.m.--Mysterious Traveler (WGN): "
Summer Heat."
46-08-04
4
Death Is My Companion
N
46-08-04 New York Times
4:00-WOR-Mysterious Traveler
46-08-11
5
Mortal Clay
N
46-08-11 New York Times
4:00-WOR-Mysterious Traveler
46-08-18
6
Death Is the Visitor
Y
46-08-18 New York Times
4:00-WOR-Mysterious Traveler

46-08-18 New York Times
4:30-WOR-True Detective Mysteries

Announces
Murder Is No Accident as next and True Detective Mysteries to follow, next.
46-08-25
7
Murder Is No Accident
N
46-08-25 New York Times
4:00-WOR-Mysterious Traveler
46-09-01
8
No One On The Line
Y
[Most of the circulating exemplars of this broadcast have neatly excised the announcement for The Falcon from the closing announcements. Judge for yourselves their rationale]

46-09-01 New York Times
4:00-WOR-Mysterious Traveler

Announces
Death Whispers Softly as next. Announces The Falcon episode Death Comes in Boxes next Tuesday.

46-09-03 Wisconsin State Journal - 6:30 p.m.--Adventures of the Falcon (WGN, WIBU): "
Death Comes in Boxes," story of international intrigue.
46-09-08
9
The Symphony of Death
Symphony of Death
Y
46-09-08 New York Times
4:00-WOR-Mysterious Traveler

Announces
As I Lie Dying as next.
46-09-15
10
As I Lie Dying
N
46-09-15 Wisconsin State Journal
"Mysterious Traveler (WGN): "
As I Lie Dying.""

46-09-15 Wisconsin State Journal
2 p.m.--Mysterious Traveler (WGN): "
As I Lie Dying."
46-09-22
11
The Strange Death of Charles Duval
N
46-09-22 New York Times
4:00-WOR-Mysterious Traveler
46-09-29
12
Death Plays the Tune
N
46-09-29 New York Times
4:00-WOR-Mysterious Traveler
46-12-01
13
Friend of the Dead
N
[ Moves to Sundays, 7:00 p.m.]

46-12-01 New York Times
7:00-WOR--Mysterious Traveler--Play
46-12-08
14
Death Is in the Wind
N
46-12-08 New York Times
7:00-WOR--Mysterious Traveler--Play
46-12-15
15
Death Is a Dream
N
46-12-15 New York Times
7:00-WOR--Mysterious Traveler--Play
46-12-22
16
Between Two Worlds
N
46-12-22 New York Times
7:00-WOR--Mysterious Traveler--Play
46-12-29
17
If You Believe
Y
The Mysterious Traveler says "It's only two day till New Year's Eve" and announces New Year's Nightmare as next
47-01-05
18
New Year's Nightmare

Y
Announces No Grave Can Hold Me as next
47-01-12
19
No Grave Can Hold Me
Y
47-01-19
20
Death Is the Dealer
N
47-01-26
21
You Won't Escape Me
N
47-02-02
22
The Voice from Tomorrow
Voice from Tomorrow
N
47-02-09
23
Five Miles Down
N
47-02-16
24
Murder in Masquerade
N
47-02-23
25
The Cat Died Twice
N
47-03-02
26
Dig My Grave Deep
N
47-03-09
27
The Woman in Black
Woman in Black
Y
Announces Death Wears My Face as next
47-03-16
28
Death Wears My Face
N
47-03-23
29
Voice of Murder
N
47-03-30
30
Death Is My Prisoner
N
47-04-06
31
You Only Hang Once
N
47-04-13
32
Dark, Dark Destiny
Dark Destiny
Y
Announces Flight From Fear as next
47-04-20
33
Flight from Fear
N
47-04-27
34
House of Silence
N
47-05-04
35
Destination Death
N
47-05-11
36
Design for Death
N
47-05-18
37
Die She Must
N
47-05-25
38
Mind over Murder
Y
Announces Death and The Devil as next
47-06-01
39
Death and The Devil
She Walks with Death
N
47-06-08
40
I Died Last Night
N
47-06-15
41
Death Is the Judge
Y
Announces Meet Me At The Morgue as next
47-06-22
42
Meet Me at the Morgue
N
47-06-29
43
Murder Without Crime
N
47-07-06
44
The Locomotive Ghost
Y
Announces The Man The Insects Hated as next

47-07-13
45
The Man the Insects Hated

Y
47-07-13 New York Times
7:00-WOR--The Mysterious Traveler

Announces
I Dream of Dying as next
47-07-20
46
I Dream of Dying
I Dreamed of Dying
N
47-07-20 New York Times
7:00-WOR--The Mysterious Traveler
47-07-27
47
Title Unknown
N
47-07-27 New York Times
7:00-WOR--The Mysterious Traveler
47-08-03
48
Title Unknown
N
47-08-10
49
Nightmare
N
47-08-17
--
Pre-empted
--
[Pre-empted for National Soap Box Derby broadcast]

47-08-17 New York Times
7:00-WOR--
All-American Soap Box Derby, Akron, Ohio
47-08-24
50
Murder Goes Free
N
47-08-31
51
Murder at Their Heels
N
47-09-07
52
Vacation from Life
Y
Announces The Big Payoff as next
47-09-14
53
The Big Payoff
N
47-09-21
54
Island of Fear
N
47-09-21 New York Times
7:00-WOR--The Mysterious Traveler
47-09-30
55
Dig My Grave Deep
Deep Is My Grave
N
[Moves to Tuesdays, 8:00 p.m. ]

47-09-28 Bridgeport Telegram
TUESDAY NIGHT "Mysterious Traveler" shifts to WICC-MBS at 8 p.m., with Maurice Tarplin starring in "Dig My Grave Deep."

47-09-30 New York Times
8:00-WOR--The Mysterious Traveler

47-10-07
56
Death Rides the Storm
N
47-10-07 New York Times
8:00-WOR--The Mysterious Traveler
47-10-14
57
Death Is My Host
N
47-10-21
58
Death Is My Caller
Y
Announces Invitation to Death as next
47-10-28
59
Invitation to Death
N
47-11-04
60
Murder at the Dawn of Time
N
47-11-11
61
My Date Is with Death
N
47-11-18
--
Pre-empted
--
[Pre-empted for Who's Who In America broadcast]

47-11-18 New York Times
8:00-WOR--Discussion:
Who's for Who in America?--Willilam Green, President, AFL; Philip Murray, President, CIO; Earl Bunting, President, NAM; Earl O. Shreve, President, U.S.C. of C.; Charles R. Luckman
47-11-25
62
Death Guides My Hand
N
47-12-02
63
Death Cancels All Debts
N
47-12-09
64
Death Must Have Revenge
N
47-12-16
65
Christmas Present
N
47-12-23
66
Mr Trimble's Christmas
N
47-12-30
67
Escape to 2480
N
48-01-04
--
Title Unknown
N
48-01-04 Oakland Tribune
2:00--KFRC--Mysterious Traveler
48-01-06
68
Death Is at the Throttle
N
48-01-06 Bradford Era
A phantom train roard down the track and "
Death Is at the Throttle." For the "Mysterious Traveler" has another supernatural tale to unfold on his Mutual broadcast tonight (8 to 8:30 p.m., EST) over WESB. Maurice Tarplin is heard in the title role for a story whose locale is set at a lonely western whistle stop.

48-01-13
69
Death Must Wait
N
48-01-20
70
The Man in the Black Derby
Y
[Close cut to hide the next program announcement.]

48-01-20 New York Times
8:00-WOR--The Mysterious Traveler

48-01-20 Bradford Era - 8:00 P.M.--MYSTERIOUS TRAVELER--
A trip to mystery land.

48-01-27
71
Death Has No Vacancy
Death Has A Vacancy
N
48-01-27 Bradford Era
8:00 P.M.--MYSTERIOUS TRAVELER--"
Death Has No Vacancy."

48-02-03
72
Life Is but a Dream
N
48-02-10
73
I'll Dance on Your Coffin
N
48-02-10 Bradford Era
8:00 P.M.--MYSTERIOUS TRAVELER--
I"ll Dance On Your Coffin."

48-02-17
74
Chance of a Lifetime
N
48-02-17 Bradford Era
A convict, jailed for robbery, begs police to keep him imprisoned even though he's served his term. He explains his reasons to Mutual's "The Mysterious Traveler," describing how he flubbed the "
Chance of a Lifetime" on tonight's MBS broadcast (8 to 8:30 p.m., EST). Maurice Tarplin is the "Traveler."

48-02-24
75
The Man Who Died Twice
Y
"7 p. m.—Mysterious Traveler (WKOW): true story of "The Man Who Died Twice.""

Announces
The Ivory Elephant as next
48-03-02
76
The Ivory Elephant
N
48-03-09
77
Alibi for Murder
N
48-03-16
78
They Struck It Rich
Y
"Mysterious Traveler (WKOW): bank robbers accidentally find treasure ship."

Announces
Seven Years to Wait as next
48-03-23
79
Seven Years to Wait
N
48-03-30
80
Death Is a Dream
N
48-04-06
81
When Killers Meet
N
"Mysterious Traveler (WGN): professional killers meet meek, psychopathic axe-man."

48-04-06 Bradford Era
8:00 P.M.--MYSTERIOUS TRAVELER--"
When Killers Meet."

48-04-13
82
They'll Never Believe Me
N

48-04-20
83
Murder in Jazz Time
Y
"Mysterious Traveler (WKOW): "Murder in Jazz Time" to Hazel Scott recordings."

Announces
The Little Man Who Wasn't There as next
48-04-27
84
The Little Man Who Wasn't There
N
48-05-04
85
They Who Sleep
N
48-05-04 Bradford Era
When a sister unwillingly assumes the evil personality of her twin, there's bound to be trouble, according to Mutual's "Mysterious Traveler," who explains why during tonight's story drama 8 to 8:30 p.m., over WESB and WESB-FM. One sister marries and her twin tries to win the husband's love. The story is titled "
They Who Sleep."

48-05-11
86
I Won't Die Alone
Y
48-05-11 Bradford Era
Mutual's "Mysterious Traveler" heard tonight at 8 over WESB will materialize bi monthly in comicbook form. The first picturization is due to hit the stands on June 1.

Announces
Death Writes A Letter as next

48-05-18
87
Death Writes a Letter
Y
Announces Death Is My Co-Pilot as next
48-05-25
88
Death Is My Co-Pilot
N
48-05-24 Long Beach Press Telegram
7:00—KHJ. Flying the famed India-to-China hump is no picnic under normal circumstances. But when a veteran pilot admits that
"Death Is My Co-pilot" during these flights, trouble starts, during the airer, "The Mysterious Traveler."

48-05-25 Bradford Era
8:00 P.M.--MYSTERIOUS TRAVELER--"
Death Is My Co-Pilot."

48-06-01
89
Strange Voyage
N
48-06-08
90
Murder Is My Business
Y
Announces Queen of Cats as next
48-06-15
91
Queen of the Cats
Queen of the Cats
Y
48-06-15 Wisconsin State Journal
"Mysterious Traveler (WGN): "
Queen of the Cats" (on WKOW at 7)."

Announces
Zero Hour as next
48-06-22
92
Zero Hour
Y
48-06-22 Wisconsin State Journal
"Mysterious Traveler (WGN):
writer uncovers Martian plot to invade earth (on WKOW at 7)."

Announces
You Only Die Once as next
48-06-29
93
You Only Die Once
N
48-06-29 Wisconsin State Journal
"Mysterious Traveler (WGN):
murders find out they aren't (on WKOW at 7)."
48-07-06
94
The Man Who Vanished
Y
Announces Bury Her Deep as next
48-07-13
95
Bury Her Deep
Bury Me Deep
N
48-07-13 Wisconsin State Journal
"Mysterious Traveler (WGN):
a publicity stunt to promote sales of a new mystery novel backfires"

48-07-13 Bradford Era - 8:00 P.M.--MYSTERIOUS TRAVELER--"
Bury Me Deep."

48-07-20
96
The Chase
N
48-07-20 Wisconsin State Journal
"Mysterious Traveler (WGN):
claustrophobia in cabin of sinking ship (on WKOW at 7)."

48-07-20 Bradford Era - 8:00 P.M.--MYSTERIOUS TRAVELER--"
The Chase" aboard a sinking ship.

48-07-27
97
The Unexpected
N
48-08-03
98
Terror by Night
N
48-08-03 Wisconsin State Journal
"6 p.m.- (WGN):
kill-crazy egomaniac stalks a city's streets"

48-08-03 Lowell Sun
MYSTERIOUS TRAVELER: Maurice Tarplin In "
Terror by Night": WNAC, 8

48-08-03 Bradford Era - 8:00 P.M.--MYSTERIOUS TRAVELER--"
Terror By Night."

48-08-10
99
The Collector's Items
Y
48-08-10 Lowell Sun
MYSTERIOUS TRAVELER—Maurice Tarplin tells of "
The Collector's Items": WNAC, 8
48-08-17
100
The Visiting Corpse
N
48-08-17 New York Times
8:00-WOR--The Mysterious Traveler

48-08-17 Lowell Sun
MYSTERIOUS TRAVELER — Maurice Tarplin tells of "
Murder by Proxy": WNAC, 8
48-08-24
101
Murder by Proxy
N
48-08-24 Wisconsin State Journal
"Mysterious Traveler (WGN):
armored car robbed, gang and 5300,000 disappear (on WKOW at 7"

48-08-24 Lowell Sun
MYSTERIOUS TRAVELER—Maurice Tarplin tells of "
Unsolved"; WNAC, 8.
48-08-31
102
Murder Has a Price
N
48-08-31 Wisconsin State Journal
"Mysterious Traveler (WGN):
woman marries man to convict him of murder (on WKOW at 7)."

48-08-24 Lowell Sun
MYSTERIOUS TRAVELER: Maurice Tarplin In "
Murder Has a Price"; WNAC, 8.
48-09-07
103
Unsolved
N
48-09-07 Lowell Sun
MYSTERIOUS TRAVELER—Maurice Tarplin tells of "
Unsolved"; WNAC, 8.
48-09-14
104
Dance of Death
N
48-09-14 Lowell Sun
MYSTERIOUS TRAVELER: Maurice Tarplin in "
The Dance of Death"; WNAC, 8.
48-09-21
105
Death Has a Thousand Faces
Y
48-09-21 Lowell Sun
MYSTERIOUS TRAVELER— Maurice Tarplin in
the story of a bomb sent to a parole officer as a birthday gift; WNAC, 8.00.

Announces
Hide-out for A Friend as next
48-09-28
106
Hide-Out for a Friend
N
48-09-21 Lowell Sun
MYSTERIOUS TRAVELER—Maurice Tarplln In "
Hideout for a Friend"; WNAC 8.OO.
48-10-05
107
Death Rings Down the Curtain
Y
[Both open and close clipped to remove any indication of the Title or next program of the broadcast]
48-10-12
108
Broadway, Here I Come!
N
48-10-12 Bradford Era - 8:00 P.M.--MYSTERIOUS TRAVELER--"Broadway, Here I Come!"

48-10-19
109
Death Has a Voice
N
48-10-26
110
Welcome Home
N
48-10-26 New York Times
8:00--WOR--The Mysterious Traveler

48-10-26 Bradford Era
8:00 P.M.--MYSTERIOUS TRAVELER--Explains how a "
Welcome Home" was really a death rattle in disguise.

48-11-02
--
Pre-empted
--
48-11-02 New York Times
8:00-Sign-off--WOR--Election Returns
48-11-09
--
--
48-11-02 New York Times
8-8:30--George O'Hanlon Show, With Lurene Tuttle, Clifford Young,
Others--WOR (Premiere).
48-11-11
111
Till Death Do Us Part
Y
[Moves to Thursdays at 9:30 p.m.]

48-11-11 New York Times
9:30--WOR--The Mysterious Traveler

First announcement of the availability of the Mysterious Traveler Comic Books
48-11-18
112
Death Wears a False Face
N
48-11-18 New York Times
9:30--WOR--The Mysterious Traveler
48-11-25
113
Agreement to Die
N
48-12-02
114
Farewell Appearance
N
48-12-09
115
Signed in Blood
N
48-12-16
116
The House of Death
House of Death
N
48-12-23
117
A Town Named Christmas
N
48-12-30
118
It's Later Than You Think
N
49-01-06
119
The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
Y
Announces The Accusing Corpse as next
49-01-13
120
The Accusing Corpse
N
49-01-20
121
Death Is My Partner
N
49-01-27
122
The Ghost Makers
N
49-02-03
123
Death Spins a Web
N
49-02-10
124
Tonight I Die
N
49-02-17
125
Collectors Item
N
49-02-24
126
Tomorrow
Time Is Running Out
N
49-02-24 Bradford Era
9:30 P.M.--MYSTERIOUS TRAVELER--
Tells the tale of the two test pilots who try out a rocket and go hurtling off to "TOMORROW."

49-03-03
127
Murder at the Mardi Gras
N
49-03-03 Bradford Era
9:30 P.M.--MYSTERIOUS TRAVELER--
Maurice Tarplin as the "Traveller" tells another of his unusual tales with the Mardi Gras as a background.

49-03-10
128
The Dead Can't Testify
N
49-03-17
129
Murder Points a Finger
N
49-03-24
130
I'll Die Laughing
N
48-03-24 New York Times
9:30--WOR--The Mysterious Traveler
49-03-29
131
Death Has a Cold Breath
Y
[Moves back to Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m.]

49-03-29 New York Times
9:30--WOR--The Mysterious Traveler

Announces
The Hot Seat as next
49-03-31
--
--
49-03-31 New York Times
9-10--Winston Churchill, Discussing "The Twentieth Century--Its Promise and Its Realization," at Massachusetts Institute of Technology--WNBC, WOR, WJZ, WQXR.
49-04-05
132
The Hot Seat
Murder Makes Music
N
49-04-05 New York Times
9:30--WOR--The Mysterious Traveler
49-04-12
133
They Died Screaming
N
49-04-19
134
Out of the Past
Y
49-04-26
135
Title Uknown
N
49-05-03
136
Murder Begins at Home
N
49-05-10
137
Escape into the Future
N
49-05-17
138
The Corpse Comes Home
N
49-05-24
139
Behind the Locked Door
N
49-05-31
140
Meet Me at the Morgue
N
49-06-07
141
Die Once, Die Twice
N
49-06-14
142
No Grave Can Hold Me
Y
49-06-21
143
Murder Has a Voice
N
49-06-28
144
She Walks with Death
N
49-07-05
145
The Case of Charles Foster
N
49-07-12
146
The Locomotive Ghost
N
49-07-19
147
Murder Is So Fatal
N
49-07-26
148
Voice from Tomorrow
N
49-08-02
149
The Planet Zevius
Planet Zevius
N
49-08-09
150
Brain Guy
N
49-08-16
151
Murder Spins the Plot
N
49-08-23
152
Why Don't You Die
N
49-08-30
153
Treasure of Superstition Mountain
N
49-09-06
154
Flight from Fear
N
49-09-13
155
The Cat Died Twice
N
49-09-20
156
Destination Death
N
49-09-20 Bradford Era
THE "TRAVELER" SHOUTS OUT IT'S "DESTINATION, DEATH"
If you're plotting to kill your husband it's nice to hire a sharp-shooter to do the dirty work. Of course it can become a little embarrassing if hubby is a crack shot, too. That's what one wife learns to her dismay during Mutual's "Mysterious Traveler" tale titled "
Destination Death," (9:30 to 10 p.m.).

49-09-27
157
You Only Hang Once
N
49-10-04
158
The Knife
N
49-10-11
159
The Last Survivor
N
49-10-14
159
The Last Survivor
Y
[Mutual-Don Lee Aircheck (e.g., West Coast); Announces a new time for The Mysterious Traveler, Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.]

49-10-14 Long Beach Press Telegram
8:30--KHJ--Mysterious Traveler
49-10-18
161
Nightmare House
N
49-10-25
162
No One on the Line
N
49-11-01
163
The Witness
N
49-11-08
164
Appointment with Death
N
49-11-15
165
Mirror of Count Cagliostro
N
49-11-15 Bradford Era
Mystery Traveler
Ever look into a mirror and see someone else? That's the tale on Mysterious Traveler at 9:30 p.m. on WESB and WESB-FM.

49-11-22
166
Mortal Clay
N
49-12-06
167
Why Don't You Stay Dead
N
49-12-13
168
The Man No One Knew
N
49-12-20
169
Luck of the Irish
N
49-12-27
170
Death Comes at Night
N
50-01-03
171
News of Tomorrow
Golden Future
N
50-01-03 Bradford Era
Golden Future
A news teletype machine goes haywire and prints the "news of tomorrow" on Mysterious Traveler at 9:30 p.m. on WESB-WESB-FM.

50-01-10
172
Blind Alley
Survival of the Fittest
N
[1950 Ford sponsorship]

50-01-10 Bradford Era
Man--Ghost Duel Slightly macabre is "
Blind Alley," a duel between a millionaire and a ghost, to be aired on Mysterious Traveler at 9:30 p.m. on WESB.

50-01-17
173
Shadows in the Night
N
50-01-24
174
A Dead Man's Story
N
50-01-24 Bradford Era
The Traveler comes through with one of the most eerie tales of all on tonight's 'Mysterious Traveler' program (WESB at 9:30).
It's the dilemma about the escaped convict who could have been the wealthiest man in the cemetery or a pauper hiding from the police.

50-01-31
175
Extra, Extra
N
50-02-07
176
The Man Who Tried to Save Lincoln
Y
Announces The Big Hand as next
50-02-14
177
The Big Hand
N
50-02-21
178
Double Sixes
N
50-02-28
179
Journey To the Unknown
Journey into the Unknown
N
50-02-28 Bradford Era
"
Journey to the Unknown" is the title for tonight's Mysterious Traveler over WESB at 9:30.
50-03-07
180
Death Rides the Wind
N
50-03-14
191
The Big Brain
Y
50-03-14 Bradford Era
A professor's inventive genius provides a calculating machine that goes beyond human comprehension. Mutual's "Mysterious Traveler" tells what happens to the professor, and gambling gangsters during his broadcast about "
The Big Brain" tonight at 9:30 over WESB. The gangsters figured they could control the machine by threats, as they did humans. But glass, wire and steel were too formidable for them.

Announces
The Dark Underworld as next
50-03-21
192
The Dark Underworld
N
50-03-28
193
No Grave So Deep
N
50-04-04
194
The Man from Singapore
Y
50-04-04 Bradford Era
The Mysterious Traveler tonight will prove that time-tested adage, "When the cat's away, the mice will play" on his weekly train ride over WESB at 9:30.

Announces
Retreat From Tomorrow as next
50-04-11
195
Operation Tomorrow
Retreat From Tomorrow
Y
[1950 Ford Sponsor commercials]
50-04-18
196
Death at 50 Fathoms
Y
50-04-18 Bradford Era
"
Death at 50 Fathoms" is the title of tonight's thriller at 9:30 p.m., on WESB.

Announces
I Died Last Night as next
50-04-25
197
I Died Last Night
Y
50-04-25 Bradford Era
Maurice Tarplin (The Mysterious Traveler) has another eerie tale for WESB listeners at 9:30. Title for tonight's Traveler program is "
I Died Last Night."

Announces
S. O. S. as next
50-05-02
198
S. O. S.
Y
50-05-02 Bradford Era
"
S.O.S." is the title of tonight's Mysterious Traveler over WESB at 9:30.

Announces
The Big Dive as next
50-05-09
199
The Big Dive
N
50-05-16
200
Voices at Midnight
N
50-05-23
201
The Lady in Red
Y
50-05-30
202
Beyond the Law
N
50-06-06
203
Killer at Large
Y
Announces Death Has Two Faces as next
50-06-13
204
Death Has Two Faces
N
50-06-20
205
Die She Must
N
50-06-27
206
Journey Through Time
N
50-07-04
207
Five Miles Down
N
50-07-11
208
Ring Twice for Death
N
50-07-18
209
Killer Come Home
Y
50-07-25
210
Gun for Hire
N
50-08-01
211
Footsteps Behind You
N
50-08-08
212
Blood Money
N
50-08-15
213
Vacation from Life
N
50-08-22
214
Nightmare
N
50-08-22 Bradford Era
What a Situation!
The wealthy young man took a nap. He woke up to find himself in a sanitorium and married! Mysterious Traveler, 9:30 p.m.--WESB.

50-08-29
215
Murder Has a Price
N
50-09-05
216
Mind over Murder
N
50-09-12
217
Tomorrow Is Forever
N
50-09-19
218
Design for Death
N
50-09-26
219
Into the Unknown
N
50-10-03
220
What's in It for Me
N
50-10-10
221
The Final Hour
N
50-10-17
222
The Cat's Paw
N
50-10-24
223
House of Silence
N
50-10-31
224
Their Cold Companion
N
50-11-07
--
Pre-empted
--
{Pre-empted for Election Returns}
50-11-14
225
The Big Money
N
50-11-21
226
Escape to 2480
N
50-11-28
227
13 Steps to Death
N
50-12-05
228
Two Lethal Ladies
N
50-12-12
229
A Present for Santa
N
50-12-19
230
The Survivors
N
50-12-26
231
Between Two Worlds
N
51-01-02
232
Never Say Die
N
51-01-09
233
Death Cancels All Debts
N
51-01-16
234
Diamond Fever
N
51-01-23
235
Easy, Easy Money
N
51-01-30
236
I'll Dance on Your Grave
N
51-02-06
237
Death Is but a Dream
N
51-02-13
238
Money in the Bank
N
51-02-20
239
When Killers Meet
N
51-02-27
240
The Ivory Elephant
N
51-02-27 New York Times
9:30-WOR--Play--Mysterious Traveler
51-03-06
241
World of Tomorrow
N
51-03-06 Los Angeles Times
7:00 KHJ-Mysterious Traveler
51-03-07
241
World of Tomorrow
N
[New York broadcasts move to Wednesdays to replace 2000 Plus]

51-03-07 New York Times
9:00-WOR--Play--Mysterious Traveler
51-03-13
242
Knives of Death
N
51-03-13 Los Angeles Times
7:00 KHJ-Mysterious Traveler

Announces A Coffin for Charlie as next
51-03-14
242
The Knives of Death
Knives of Death
Y
51-03-14 New York Times
9:00-WOR--Play--Mysterious Traveler

Announces A Coffin for Charlie as next
51-03-20
243
A Coffin for Charlie
N
51-03-20 Los Angeles Times
7:00 KHJ-Mysterious Traveler
51-03-21
243
A Coffin for Charlie
N
51-03-21 New York Times
9:00-WOR--Play--Mysterious Traveler
51-03-27
244
The Man Who Died Twice
N
51-03-27 Los Angeles Times
7:00 KHJ-Mysterious Traveler
51-03-28
244
The Man Who Died Twice
N
51-03-28 New York Times
9:00-WOR--Play--Mysterious Traveler
51-04-03
245
X Marks the Spot
N
51-04-03 Los Angeles Times
7:00 KHJ-Mysterious Traveler

51-04-03 Bradford Era
Things Go Awry
A desert trek to recover a huge treasure meets with disaster when--well, you'll have to tune in Mysterious Traveler, 9:30 p.m. on WESB

51-04-04
245
X Marks the Spot
N
51-04-04 New York Times
9:00-WOR--Play--Mysterious Traveler
51-04-10
246
50,000 BC
N
51-04-10 Los Angeles Times
7:00 KHJ-Mysterious Traveler
51-04-11
246
50,000 BC
N
51-04-11 New York Times
9:00-WOR--Play--Mysterious Traveler
51-04-17
247
Little Man Who Wasn't There
N
51-04-17 Los Angeles Times
7:00 KHJ-Mysterious Traveler
51-04-18
247
Little Man Who Wasn't There
N
51-04-18 New York Times
9:00-WOR--Play--Mysterious Traveler
51-04-24
248
Chance of a Lifetime
N
51-04-24 Los Angeles Times
7:00 KHJ-Mysterious Traveler
51-04-25
248
Chance of a Lifetime
N
51-04-25 New York Times
9:00-WOR--Play--Mysterious Traveler
51-05-01
249
The Planet Zevius
N
51-05-01 Los Angeles Times
7:00 KHJ-Mysterious Traveler
51-05-02
249
The Planet Zevius
Y
Announces the repeat of The Planet Zevius, "by request"

51-05-02 New York Times
9:00-WOR--Play--Mysterious Traveler
51-05-08
--
--
51-05-08 Los Angeles Times
7:00 KHJ-
Children Ahead
51-05-09
--
--
51-05-09 New York Times
9:00-WOR--Play: Count of Monte Cristo
51-05-15
250
Death in the Swamps
N
51-05-16
250
Death in the Swamps
N
51-05-16 New York Times
9:00-WOR--Play--Mysterious Traveler
51-05-22
251
Judgement Day
N
51-05-23
251
Judgement Day
N
51-05-23 New York Times
9:00-WOR--Play--Mysterious Traveler
51-05-29
252
Fatal Mistake
N
51-05-30
252
Fatal Mistake
N
51-05-30 New York Times
9:00-WOR--Play--Mysterious Traveler
51-06-05
253
The Unexpected
N
51-06-05 Chicago Tribune
8:30 p.m.--W-G-N--Mysterious Traveler
51-06-06
253
The Unexpected
N
51-06-06 New York Times
9:00-WOR--Play: Mysterious Traveler
51-06-12
254
Big Jackpot
N
51-06-12 Chicago Tribune
8:30 p.m.--W-G-N--Mysterious Traveler
51-06-13
254
Big Jackpot
N
51-06-13 New York Times
9:00-WOR--Play: Mysterious Traveler
51-06-19
255
Another Man's Murder
N
51-06-19 Chicago Tribune
8:30 p.m.--W-G-N--Mysterious Traveler
51-06-20
255
Another Man's Murder
N
51-06-20 New York Times
9:00-WOR--Play: Mysterious Traveler
51-06-26
256
I Won't Walk Alone
N
51-06-26 Chicago Tribune
8:30 p.m.--W-G-N--Mysterious Traveler
51-06-27
256
I Won't Walk Alone
N
51-06-27 New York Times
9:00-WOR--Play: Mysterious Traveler
51-07-03
257
Restless Skeleton
N
51-07-03 Chicago Tribune
8:30 p.m.--W-G-N--Mysterious Traveler
51-07-04
257
Restless Skeleton
N
51-07-04 New York Times
9:00-WOR--Play: Mysterious Traveler
51-07-10
258
Death Writes a Letter
N
51-07-10 Chicago Tribune
8:30 p.m.--W-G-N--Mysterious Traveler
51-07-11
258
Death Writes a Letter
N
51-07-11 New York Times
9:00-WOR--Play: Mysterious Traveler
51-07-17
259
They'll Never Believe Me
N
51-07-17 Chicago Tribune
8:30 p.m.--W-G-N--Mysterious Traveler
51-07-18
259
They'll Never Believe Me
N
51-07-18 New York Times
9:00-WOR--Play: Mysterious Traveler
51-07-24
260
Visitors from Infinity
N
51-07-24 Portsmouth Times
8:30 p.m.—Mutual: Time, space and the ultimate hopes of sclentists combine to make the drama of "
Visitors from Infinity" one which might someday come true as "Mysterious Traveler" reveals. Space travelers in magnetically powered ship strive to find a planet similar to the earth which could be populated by the peoples of our planet a century
hence
51-07-25
--
Pre-empted
--
51-07-25 New York Times
9-9:30--Gen. Douglas MacArthur Address, Before Joint Legislature of Massachusetts--WOR..
51-07-31
261
Visitors from Infinity
N
51-07-31 San Antonio Light
"
Visitors From Infinity" on the Mysterious Traveler over KMAC at 8:30 p. m.
51-08-01
260
Title Unknown 51-08-01 New York Times
9:00-WOR--Play--Mysterious Traveler
51-08-07
262
Terror by Night
N
51-08-08
261
Title Unknown
N
51-08-08 New York Times
9:00-WOR--Play--Mysterious Traveler
51-08-14
263
The Chase
N
51-08-15
262
Title Unknown
N
51-08-15 New York Times
9:00-WOR--Play--Mysterious Traveler
51-08-21
264
When the Dead Return
N
51-08-22
263
Title Unknown
N
51-08-22 New York Times
9:00-WOR--Play--Mysterious Traveler
51-08-28
265
Fire in the Sky
N
51-08-29
264
Fire in the Sky
Y
51-08-29 New York Times
9:00-WOR--Play--Mysterious Traveler
51-09-04
266
Death Has a Thousand Faces
N
51-09-05
265
Title Unknown
N
51-09-05 New York Times
9:00-WOR--Play--Mysterious Traveler
51-09-11
266
Strange Destiny
N
51-09-12
266
Title Unknown
N
51-09-12 New York Times
9:00-WOR--Play--Mysterious Traveler
51-09-18
267
Some Only Sleep
N
51-09-19
--
--
51-09-19 New York Times
9:00-WOR--Play--2000 Plus
51-09-21
267
Title Unknown [Moves to Friday nights at 9:00 p.m. in New York]

51
-09-21 New York Times
9:00-WOR--Play--Mysterious Traveler
51-09-25
268
Four Fatal Callers
N
51-09-28
268
Title Unknown
N
51-09-28 New York Times
9:00-WOR--Play--Mysterious Traveler
51-10-02
269
What Happened Last Night
N
51-10-05
269
Title Unknown
N
51-10-05 New York Times
9:00-WOR--Play--Mysterious Traveler
51-10-09
270
The Man Who Knew Everything
N
51-10-12
270
The Man Who Knew Everything
Y
51-10-12 New York Times
9:00-WOR--Play--Mysterious Traveler
51-10-16
271
Death Needs a Substitute
N
51-10-19
271
Title Unknown
N
51-10-19 New York Times
9:00-WOR--Play--Mysterious Traveler
51-10-23
272
This Is Murder Calling
N
51-10-26
272
Title Unknown
N
51-10-26 New York Times
9:00-WOR--Play--Mysterious Traveler
51-10-30
273
Miracle on 10th Avenue
N
51-11-02
273
Title Unknown
N
51-11-02 New York Times
9:00-WOR--Mysterious Traveler
51-11-06
274
Behind the Locked Door
N
[Poor Recording]

51-11-09
274
Behind the Locked Door
Y
[Poor Recording]

51-11-09 New York Times
9:00-WOR--Mysterious Traveler
51-11-13
275
Speak of the Devil
N
51-11-16
275
Title Unknown
N
51-11-16 New York Times
9:00-WOR--Mysterious Traveler
51-11-20
276
Speak of the Devil
The Most Famous Man in the World
N
51-11-20 Bradford Era
9:30 p.m. -- Mysterious Traveler "
Speak of the Devil," it's Called

51-11-23
276
The Most Famous Man in the World
Y
51-11-23 New York Times
9:00-WOR--Mysterious Traveler
51-11-27
277
Murder Has a Price
N
51-11-30
277
Title Unknown
N
51-11-30 New York Times
9:00-WOR--Mysterious Traveler
51-12-04
278
Token of Friendship
N
51-12-07
278
Title Unknown
N
51-12-07 New York Times
9:00-WOR--Mysterious Traveler
51-12-11
279
Hide Out
Y
[New York broadcasts move back to Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m.]

51-12-11 New York Times
9:30-WOR--Mysterious Traveler

Announces the availability of the
January Issue of The Mysterious Traveler Magazine
51-12-18
280
Make Mine Murder
N
51-12-25
281
Christmas Story
Y
[Close clipped]
52-01-01
282
Stamps from El Dorado
N
52-01-08
283
It's Only Money
Y
[Poor Recording]
52-01-15
284
Key Witness
Y
52-01-22
285
Change of Address
Y
52-01-29
286
Stranger in the House
Y
52-02-05
287
The Man Who Frightened Himself
N
52-02-12
288
Death Plays the Tune
N
52-02-19
289
Strange New World
Y
52-02-26
290
Appointment to Die
N
52-03-04
291
The Betrayer
N
52-03-11
292
Man of Destiny
N
52-03-18
293
The Black Door
N
52-03-25
294
Two of a Kind
N
52-04-01
295
April Fool
N
52-04-08
296
Money Isn't Everything
N
52-04-15
297
Murder in Haste
N
52-04-22
298
The Fourth Dimension
N
52-04-29
299
Murder in 2952
Y
[Close clipped]
52-05-06
300
The Gun Fighter
N
52-05-13
301
Death Rides the Storm
N
52-05-20
302
In the Depths
N
52-05-27
303
Wheels of Murder
N
52-06-02
52-06-04
304
The Haunted Trailer [Don Lee Aircheck]
Y
52-06-02 Long Beach Press-Telegram
The mystery man of the series "Mysterious Traveler" tells the strange tale of a man who knew only the law of the jungle, during the 7:30 offering tonight on KHJ
52-06-03
304
The Haunted Trailer
Y
52-06-10
--
Pre-empted
--
52-06-10 New York Times
9:30-WOR--Inauguration of President of American Medical Association
52-06-17
305
The Green Plague
Y
[Poor Recording]
52-06-24
306
Dead Men Talk
When Dead Men Speak
N
52-06-30
306
Dead Men Talk
N
52-06-30 Long Beach Press-Telegram
"Dead Men Talk" will be the
Mysterious Traveler's story on
KHJ at 7:30
52-07-01
307
Bird of Prey
N
52-07-08
--
Pre-empted
--
52-07-08 New York Times
9:30-WOR--Republican National
Convention, From Chicago
52-07-15
308
Sands of Death
N
52-07-22
309
Time Is Running Out
N
52-07-29
310
The Big Fog
N
52-08-05
311
Death Points a Finger
N
52-08-12
312
Temporary Corpse
N
52-08-19
313
Day of Reckoning
N
52-08-26
314
The Big One
N
52-09-02
315
The Treasure of Superstition Mountain
N
52-09-09
316
Title Unknown
N
52-09-09 New York Times
9:30-WOR--The Mysterious Traveler
52-09-16
317
Title Unknown
N
[ Last Episode; Replaced by the Eugenie Baird Show on 52-10-07 ]

52-09-16 New York Times
9:30-WOR--The Mysterious Traveler
52-09-23
--
Timeslot Pre-empted
--
52-09-23 New York Times
9:30-10--Senator Richard M. Nixon Address, From California--WOR, WCBS.
52-09-30
--
--
52-09-30 New York Times
9:30-WOR--World Series Preview
52-10-07
--
--
52-10-07 New York Times
9:30-WOR--Eugenie Baird Show
52-10-14
--
--






Mysterious Traveler Radio Biographies




Sherman 'Jock' MacGregor
(Producer/Director)

Singer, Songwriter, Radio, Stage and Television Actor, Radio Producer, Radio Director
(190?-19??)

Birthplace: Unknown

Radiography:
1938 American Portraits
1942 Murder Clinic
1942 WOR Summer Theatre
1942 The Cisco Kid
1942 Just Five Lines
1943 The Adventures Of Raffles
1943 Nick Carter, Master Detective
1943 Beatrice Kay's Capers
1944 The Mysterious Traveler
1945 Brownstone Theatre
1945 The Sealed Book
1945 The Strange Dr Weird
1946 For Your Approval
1947 The Bitter Herb
1947 The Trojan Women
1947 Crime Club
1947 Did Justice Triumph?
1948 Stars Of the Air
1948 Meet the Stars
1948 Secret Missions
1948 Roger Kilgore, Public Defender
1953 Cavalcade Of America
1955 Inheritance
1957 X Minus One
1957 Five-Star Matinee

Sherman 'Jock' MacGregor as Morris Fink, Grand High Exalted Mystic Ruler from The Honeymooners, ca 1956
Sherman 'Jock' MacGregor as Morris Fink, Grand High Exalted Mystic Ruler from The Honeymooners, ca 1956

The Grand High Exalted Mystic Ruler of the Bensonhurst Chapter of the International Order of Friendly Sons of the Raccoons Makes His Entrance
The Grand High Exalted Mystic Ruler of the Bensonhurst Chapter of the International Order of Friendly Sons of the Raccoons Makes His Entrance


Sherman 'Jock' MacGregor was one of The Mutual System's most successful producers and directors during The Golden Age of Radio. MacGregor began his career in Radio as a singer, heard over Radio as early as 1926, singing mostly minstrel songs and dressed for public appearances of his minstrel act in traditional Highlander garb--kilts and all.

Ever the thrifty Scot, Jock MacGregor was quoted in 1927 as boasting that he and his new bride saved the expense of a honeymoon at Niagara Falls by simply listening to its roar over a broadcast on Radio. One of MacGregor's contemporaries, 'Sir' Harry Lauder was often heard singing tradional Highland songs over the early Enna Jettick Melodies program (1929). Contemporaneous newspaper articles often favorably compared Jock MacGregor to the more famous Sir Harry Lauder.

Apparently both loved and respected for his early Radio work, the famous pioneering Radio station KDKA (Pennsylvania) devoted an entire prime-time, 15-minute program to MacGregor on August 31, 1936 as an on-air Farewell Party for him. By 1938 he was producing and directing many Radio programs for NBC-Blue [WJZ] as a staff director and writer.

But it was Jock MacGregor's move to the Mutual Broadcasting System's flagship station, WOR that ultimately afforded MacGregor the latitude and artistic freedom that made him famous. Beginning with WOR Summer Theater (1942), MacGregor was soon writing, directing and producing WOR staples such as The Cisco Kid (1942), The Adventures of Raffles (1943) and Nick Carter, Master Detective (1943-1953). Indeed it was while producing Nick Carter that Jock MacGregor first teamed up with the famous fiction writing team of Robert Arthur, Jr. and David Kogan. That same team would soon produce many Nick Carter programs together, as well as the long-running The Mysterious Traveler (1943-1952), The Sealed Book (1945), and several episodes of The Strange Dr. Weird.

The team's success producing The Mysterious Traveler was cut short when the series was abruptly cancelled by WOR during the infamous witch-hunts of the HUAC blacklisting years. With the successful team broken up, MacGregor continued producing and directing several Radio programs and early Television programs, occasionally appearing as an uncredited actor.

MacGregor produced the successful Inheritance (1953), X Minus One (1957) and Five-Star Matinee (1957) programs for competing networks. During the 1950s Jock MacGregor returned to his acting roots appearing in both Stage productions and Television. MacGregor also helped produce the James Cagney feature Shake Hands with The Devil (1959).

The late 1950s and early 1960s found him both acting in Television and producing Television features in Great Britain. MacGregor's last notable appearance on Television was as Jed Morgan in The Wahoo Bobcat (1963), a Walt Disney Presents television episode.



Maurice Tarplin
[a.k.a. Maurice Tarlin]
(The Mysterious Traveler)

(1911-1975)

Birthplace: Boston, MA

Radiography:
1939
Ideas That Came True
1940
The Columbia Workshop
1942
Murder Clinic
1943
Words At War
1944
The Mysterious Traveler
1944
We Came This Way
1944
The Strange Doctor Weird
1945
Famous Jury Trials
1946
Boston Blackie
1947
Echoes Of A Century
1948
Sherlock Holmes
1949
Secret Missions
1949
Nick Carter, Master Detective
1949
Murder By Experts
1950
Cloak and Dagger


and many, many more.

Maurice Tarplin, ca. 1945
Maurice Tarplin, ca. 1945
Maurice Tarlin [Tarplin] is one of those memorable personae etched forever into the collective memory of Golden Age Radio aficionados the world over. Although he's most often mistakenly identified as Raymond Edward Johnson, his two most memorable roles were as the host of The Mysterious Traveler and the host of The Strange Dr. Weird (as 'Dr. Weird').

His obvious pleasure in attempting to scare the bejeebers out of his anxious listeners, though at times over the top, was delivered in a consistently tongue-in-cheek manner, thus appealing equally well to juvenile listeners at bedtime [remember, this was the 1940s] as to dyed-in-the wool supernatural mystery fans.

And he always managed to deliver those two personae with predictable gusto. He's so deeply associated with Mysterious Traveler and Dr. Weird, that his fans are often unaware of the fact that he was a very busy, diverse actor for most of his career. His radio experience reads like a 'Who's Who' of superior radio dramas (witness his brief radiography in the sidebar at the left).

He didn't limit his considerable talent to Radio. He also enjoyed a repectable career on the stage and television as late as 1980 (kinda scary in itself since he's reported to have passed away in 1975--could the IMDB be wrong, or . . . .?).



Robert Jay Arthur, Jr.
(Author)
Author, Adapter, Director, Producer, Magazine Editor, Screenwriter, Activist

(1909-1969)

Birthplace: Fort Mills, Corregidor Island, The Philippines

Education:
William and Mary College
B.A., English
M.A. in Journalism,
The University of Michigan
Columbia University

Radiography:
1942
Dark Destiny
1943
The Mysterious Traveler
1945
Adventure into Fear
1945
The Sealed Book
1949
Murder By Experts
1950
The Teller of Tales
1952
Mystery Time

Awards:

1950
'Edgar' for Best Radio Drama for Murder by Experts
1953
'Edgar' for Best Radio Mystery Drama for The Mysterious Traveler.


Robert Arthur, Jr. at 'work' at his typewriter, c. 1940
Robert Arthur, Jr. at 'work' at his typewriter, c. 1940

Early Photo of Robert Arthur, Jr. at Ann Arbor, Michigan, ca. 1929
Early Photo of Robert Arthur, Jr. at Ann Arbor, Michigan, ca. 1929

Robert Arthur, Jr. at 'play' at his radio, c. 1942
Robert Arthur, Jr. at 'play' at his radio, c. 1942

The Mysterious Traveler Magazine, from November 1951
The Mysterious Traveler Magazine, from November 1951


The Writers Guild of America--East, sucessor to the Radio Writers Guild of 1942.

Robert Jay Arthur, Jr. was born November 10, 1909, on Corregidor Island, The Philippines. His father, Lieutenant Robert Arthur, Sr. was stationed in the United States Army Expeditionary Forces with his wife, Sarah Fee Abbey. As an Army brat, Robert, Jr. spent much of his childhood moving from Army base to Army base. He was educated in the public schools of Massachusetts, Michigan, Kansas, and Virginia.

The Valedictorian for his high school graduating class, Arthur had won appointments to both Annapolis and West Point, but declined the appointments, enrolling instead at William and Mary College in 1926. Two years later, he transferred to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in English.

After a brief stint as editor of one of the Munsey Publications, he returned to the University of Michigan, receiving an M.A. in Journalism in 1932. During 1938 he met and married Susan Smith Cleaveland, a Radio soap opera actress, but by 1940 the couple divorced. He moved Greenwich Village and began writing for pulp magazines. By 1940, he'd published stories in:

  • Wonder Stories
  • Detective Fiction Weekly
  • Mystery
  • Illustrated Detective Magazine
  • Street & Smith's Detective Story Magazine
  • Amazing Stories
  • The Shadow
  • Street & Smith Mystery Reader
  • Detective Tales
  • Thrilling Detective
  • Double Detective
  • Startling Stories
  • Collier's
  • The Phantom Detective
  • Argosy Weekly
  • Black Mask

In addition, Arthur worked as a writer and editor for pulp western, fact detective, and screen magazines for Dell Publishing, becoming associate editor of Photo-Story, a ground-breaking picture magazine published by Fawcett Publications. He then conceived and edited Pocket Detective Magazine for Street & Smith, the first pocket-sized, all-fiction magazine, which published several of his stories. .

The Mysterious Traveler also aired as Adventure Into Fear and 26 of its scripts aired as The Sealed Book. From 1948 to 1951 Arthur and Kogan produced Dark Destiny, an early, well-received, television thriller series.

In 1940 he met the woman who would become his second wife, Joan Vaczek, in a class on The Short Story while attending Columbia University. Joan Vaczek was the daughter of a Hungarian diplomat and a budding science-fiction writer in her own right. During the same year that he met his future writing partner, David Kogan, with whom he eventually wrote and produced his first radio show, Dark Destiny (1942). Soon after that the team wrote and produced The Mysterious Traveler (1943), which aired over the Mutual Broadcasting System and eventually won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Mystery Radio Show of the Year for 1952 by The Mystery Writers of America. He'd also won the 'Edgar' for Best Radio Drama for 1950 for Murder By Experts.

Robert Arthur and Joan Vaczek eventually married in December 1946, moved to Connecticut and then New York, where they had two children, Robert Andrew Arthur and Elizabeth Ann Arthur.

1953 brought the end of his relationship with The Mutual Broadcasting System. He and his partner, David Kogan were both active members of The Radio Writers' Guild. The House Commitee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) had 'determined' that The Radio Writers' Guild was a 'Communist front group'.

History has shown that this was simply another of the numerous, shameful union-busting attempts by the HUAC. Their basic aim was to link a growing collective bargaining movement with Communism, so as to benefit the Radio, Television and Film industries by keeping their employees from forming collective-bargaining units--or unions. The Supreme Court of the United States, in 1937, had ruled the 1935 National Labor Relations Act to be constitutional, but when ultra-conservatives came to power during the Cold War years, they determined to find other ways to undermine the collective bargaining provisions of the Act.

The HUAC's naked fear-mongering tactics succeeded for several of the most shameful years in American history. The Committee's sham hearings were eventually brought down by the very industries they were attempting to benefit--Radio and Television.

To its shame, The Mutual Broadcasting System and its radio station WOR, caving under pressure from their affiliates and corporate sponsors, abruptly canceled The Mysterious Traveler and Robert Arthur's career as a Radio Writer effectively ended. The Mysterious Traveler had consistently been rated among the top sixteen most popular Radio programs of the era. Robert Arthur, Jr. had written and produced over five hundred radio scripts for his two shows as well as for Dark Destiny, The Sealed Book, The Shadow, and Nick Carter, Master Detective.

After 1952, Arthur worked as a co-producer for ABC's radio show Mystery Time as well as continuing to write and publish pulp fiction. In 1959, he moved to Hollywood where he worked in television, writing scripts for The Twilight Zone. He also worked as a story editor and script writer for Alfred Hitchcock's long-running Alfred Hitchcock Presents for television. Robert Arthur, Jr. is also credited with writing most of Hitchcock's droll prologues for the Alfred Hitchcock Presents programs.

He moved back to New Jersey in 1962, where he lived with his father's aunt, Margaret Fisher Arthur, until his death in 1969 at the age of 59.

Among pulp fiction fans and Golden Age Radio fans alike, Robert Arthur's stories and scripts remain some of the most rivetting, compelling fiction from the Golden Age. He and his partner, David Kogan, continue to acquire new fans with every passing generation through the enduring magic of Golden Age Radio.




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