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Announcement insert for the premiere of Sears Radio Theatre from February 1979. Note that Lorne Greene wasn't included since he still hadn't signed his contract with CVI until March of 1979
Announcement insert for the premiere of Sears Radio Theatre from February 1979. Note that Lorne Greene wasn't included since he still hadn't signed his contract with CVI until March of 1979



With rare few exceptions, Lorne Greene, Andy Griffith, Vincent Price, Cicely Tyson and Richard Widmark hosted their respective Sears Radio Theatre genres throughout both seasons.
With rare few exceptions, Lorne Greene, Andy Griffith, Vincent Price, Cicely Tyson and Richard Widmark hosted their respective Sears Radio Theatre genres throughout both seasons.


Sears Radio Theatre spot ad from March 4th 1979
Sears Radio Theatre spot ad from March 4th 1979




Background

By most accounts, the Golden Age of Radio era ended around 1962, a period spanning thirty-six years. The majority of Radio's most productive innovators, writers, performers, musicians and production personnel ultimately found their way to Television and Film; among them, Norman Corwin, Arch Oboler, Himan Brown, Fletcher Markle, Elliott Lewis, and scores of Radio's music directors and composers. As we've noted on another of our website's features, the Perry Mason television series (1957-1966) employed hundreds of the Golden Age of Radio's most prolific and talented performers. And indeed, several of those same performers found even more work throughout Television's own Golden Age; but not nearly as much variety and steady work as Radio's Golden Age had offered.

The period between 1962 and 1979 found Radio moving to 'all news, all the time' formats or 'talk radio' and 'disc jockey' formats in an effort to remain relevant and commercially viable. But as North American audiences became flooded with all manner of Television content--local, regional and national--many Television critics of the era began commenting on the growing dearth of quality, compelling dramatic productions over Television. That realization was not lost on America's Golden Age Radio veterans.

The term "Theater of the Mind" began appearing across North America with the very inception of popular broadcast Radio. Previously applied to only Print fiction, Radio's expanding panorama of drama, comedy, and studio music captured the Theater of the Mind imagination of Radio audiences throughout the world. Compared to traditional Stage performances and early Film, Radio brought an entirely new visceral experience to its audiences; more so, timed as it was in the wake of the Roaring '20s and the Great Depression era. Escapist, Theater of the Mind Radio brought temporary comfort, optimism and relief to growing millions of Radio listeners throughout the Great Depression and World War II years.

During the height of Television's own Golden Age, comedian and musician Steve Allen observed that:

“Radio is the theater of the mind; television is the theater of the mindless”

Little that Television has produced during the ensuing sixty years refutes Steve Allen's pointed observation. So it was, that with America's growing nostalgia for compelling, thoughtful Theater of the Mind drama, a cadre of Golden Age Radio's best and brightest began pitching the notion of a Radio Drama Revival of sorts.

Legendary Radio director, writer, producer and performer Himan Brown repeatedly observed that, “I have never stopped believing that the spoken word and the imagination of the listener are infinitely stronger and more dramatic than anything television can offer.” And indeed it was Himan Brown that brought CBS Radio Mystery Theatre (CBSRMT) to 1970s airwaves in 1974. Airing initially between 1974 and 1982, Radio Mystery Theatre revived Theater of the Mind for millions of late evening listeners, offering a too-long-awaited return to compelling, quality Radio Drama. CBSRMT proved so successful to late evening Radio audiences that Himan Brown created Radio Adventure Theater for General Mills in 1977, targeted to a younger weekend morning audience for two years.

Elliott Lewis pitches a multi-genre Radio Drama series

Himan Brown's success in reviving Radio Drama prompted then Television writer-director-producer Elliott Lewis to team up with the equally successful producer-director Fletch Markle to pitch an even more unique drama revival concept: alternating drama revival genres, five nights a week. They pitched the concept to Ingrid Carlson, the Chicago-based supervisor of Sears' TV commercials of the era. It was reportedly Ms. Carlson's extraordinary enthusiasm for the project that persuaded Sears V. P. John Beebe to green-light the production.

There was clearly no lack of enthusiasm for the project among the West Coast's Golden Age Radio veterans as well. Their East Coast brethren were enjoying regular $80 hourly scale performing in Himan Brown's own CBSRMT productions--and a reported $350 per script for its writers. A West Coast contribution to Radio Drama Revival might well help to increase its further demand--or at least that was the hope and belief of Sears and the Lewis-Markle team. Indeed, the concept was persuasive enough to Sears that they underwrote 130 episodes to the tune of $1.2 Million--a $4 Million budget in today's dollars. But in the words of Elliott Lewis, "Actors love it. An actor can come in and do a part in a radio show that has nothing to do with what he looks like.  They're delighted to do this.  They get good parts, good material, and the chance to start at the beginning and work through to the end of the story."

The series offered five different drama genres, Monday thru Friday, nightly:

  • Lorne Greene hosted Westerns on Mondays
  • Andy Griffith hosted Comedies on Tuesdays
  • Vincent Price hosted Mystery and Suspense on Wednesdays
  • Cicely Tyson hosted 'Love and Hate' dramas on Thursdays
  • Richard Widmark hosted Adventure dramas on Fridays

Produced and recorded at Paramount Studios' Studio 'A,' the team of Lewis and Markle had a reported 40 of the contracted 130 episodes (eight weeks of programming) already 'in the can' when Sears Radio Theatre premiered on February 5th 1979.

Broadcast over CBS, Sears Radio Theatre and CBS Mystery Theatre offered two, usually back-to-back, weeknight hours of revival drama to its network audiences from February 5th 1979 to February 28th 1980; 130 episodes in Sears Radio Theatre's first-run season and another 136 episodes in repeats. Both CBS offerings of the era were also complimented with PBS' own Masterpiece Theatre and EarPlay radio drama revivals of the era.

Sears ultimately pulled back on its sponsorship of Sears Radio Theatre citing its inability to fill all twelve of its nightly Network and Local commercial spots with exclusively Sears merchandise and services. CBS also indicated that it "had its hands full" filling its own CBS Mystery Theater commercial spots with paying sponsors.

From the January 23rd 1979 edition of The Gettysburg Times :

Sears Radio Theater
On CBS May Cause
A Return To Drama


By PETER J. BOYER
AP Television Writer

     LOS ANGELES (AP) — I wasn't around when America spent its evenings with a radio set, feeding on the exploits of The Shadow, Charlie McCarthy, Jack Benny and the like.  I didn't figure I'd missed much, though.  I had television.
     Oh, Pop used to go on about radio, "theater of the mind," and all that.  But it didn't register.  I mean, what were you supposed to look at?
     I guess more folks took my view than Pop's, because when television came along, radio turned into a record player with commercials.  TV Became our magic entertainment box.
     Original programming — drama, mystery and comedy — could only be found on the little screen.  Not any more.
     The CBS Radio Network, the healthiest survivor of radio's heyday, experimented a few years ago with a series of weeknight radio dramas, "The CBS Radio Mystery Theatre."  E.G. Marshall hosted the mysteries, which featured original scripts and adaptations of classics.  The thing caught on, and it's entering it's sixth season.
     I happened to catch the Christmas Eve "Mystery Theatre," a fine verson of "A Christmas Carol," and suddenly I realized that Pop was right.  Radio can do things that television can't — it can make you pay attention, for one thing.
     Somebody at Sears apparently agrees.  Starting Feb. 5, the company will present "The Sears Radio Theater" on CBS, a Monday-through-Friday series offering westerns, comedy, drama, adventure and mystery.
     This isn't just a nostalgia trip.  These folks are serious.  The weekly hosts will be Lorne Greene, Cicely Tyson, Andy Griffith, Vincent Price and Richard Widmark.
     Elliot Lewis is a TV writer who hasn't spent much thought on radio since he left the medium 25 years ago. When the Sears people asked him to put the series together, he says, "It surprised the hell out of me, to be honest with you...I had no idea this was going on."
     As the project developed, Lewis began remembering what was good about radio theater.
     "With radio, you have to become a part of it," he says.  "It's not like just sitting and watching a car fall off of Malibu Canyon on TV."
     Others — actors, for instance — began remembering too.
     "Actors love it," he says.  "An actor can come in and do a part in a radio show that has nothing to do with what he looks like.  They're delighted to do this.  They get good parts, good material, and the chance to start at the beginning and work through to the end of the story."
     The idea has gathered other fans.  From CBS' view, for example, it must be nice to have two full radio hours in the evening with no network competition.  And an advertiser gets much more air time to the dollar on national radio than on network TV.
     "I have a feeling that everybody's standing around watching us," Lewis says.  "Advertisers and NBC and ABC are just waiting to see what happens.  I would guess that if this thing does go, if more than a modicum of attention is paid to it, that the other two networks have got to do something.  They can't just let CBS take two hours of nighttime."


From the February 4th 1979 edition of the Santa Ana Register:

Elliott Lewis and Fletcher Markle

     You can save the studios and microphones.  Golden Age One can give us Golden Age Two if a determined cadre of executives, sponsors, agencies and actors show the interest and will.
          --Norman Corwin, December 1974

By GARY LYCAN

     Four years and three months later, Golden Age Two may be on the horizon.  "It's our best shot yet," says Corwin when asked about Sears RadioTheater, the ambitious CBS Network series to debut Monday at 8:06 p.m. on KNX 1070 AM.
     Norman Corwin is a legend in radio.  He has given listeners such memorable broadcasts as Pursuit of Happiness, 26 by Corwin, Columbia Presents Corwin, This Is War, and his historic salute to war's end, On A Note of Triumph.  A former CBS executive Perry Lafferty said Corwin "is a poet for the ear.  He took the mikes at CBS arid poured into them ideas."
     Lafferty, of course, was talking about the 1940s.  The occasion was a Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters tribute to Corwin in 1974 at which the honoree said "the golden age did not die.  It was sedated and sent into exile?"
     Now, in 1979, a similar refrain is heard.  "Radio never left.  The audience turned its back on us," said Dick Brescia, vice president and general manager of the network.  He spoke on a Paramount Studios soundstage to about 150 persons gathered to launch what may be Golden Age TWO,—the Sears Radio Theater.
     Corwin will be among a stable of writers contributing ideas to the show.  So will Arch Oboler of "Lights Out" fame.  Sears, seeing the phenomenal success of radio's Mystery Theater, now in its sixth year — believes the audience, indeed, is back and the time is right to launch a one-hour, Monday through Friday collection of westerns, adventures, romances, gothic horror tales and comedies.
     It's a miracle this got beyond the idea stage, but it did and I know it will work, said Ingrid Carlson, Chicago based supervisor of Sears' TV commercials. Her boss, John Beebe, said it was her neurotic drive that was responsible for getting this off the ground.  There were some internal problems, but we have had an awful lot of support from within the company and we're expecting audiences to be as excited about this project as we are.
     There have been other attempts to revive radio drama, but none have had the advantages of a companion show which is an established hit ("Mystery Theater") hosts who are stars in their own right — Cicely Tyson, Richard Widmark, Lome Greene, Andy Griffith, Vincent Price; a veteran actor-writer serving as executive
producer — Elliott Lewis; a talented producer-director, — Fletcher.  Markle — whose credits include radio's "Studio One," TV's "Life With Father," "M Squad," "Hong Kong" and "Thriller."
     CBS radio was less successful in 1977 with Adventure Theater, which was aimed at a young audience.  But Sears and CBS say Radio Theater is aimed at all ages and producing it in Hollywood will allow the talents of leading, performers to be showcased.  There will be 130 shows running for 26 weeks, with 26 weeks of repeats. Nelson Riddle wrote the opening and closing theme and agreed to compose a different score for each program — 130 scores — which he says he will do with the help of "Sibelius, Bach, and a few others."
     CBS sees Radio Theater as a network alternative to music and talk.  To illustrate the impact, Markle recalled a statement by the late broadcast pioneer Dr. Peter Goldmark. "He said that if for some reason television had arrived before radio and only one medium was to survive, it would be radio becaue of its portability, its directness and its immediacy.  And I should say there's something else to be said for radio, too.  The human imagination has an unlimited budget." said Markle. The potential of radio as a "theater of the mind" will be put to the test Monday night.  A western, "Retribution" starring John Mclntire and Jeanette Nolan, will open the series.  Tuesday, comedy night, will feature Elliott Reid and Mary Jane Croft in "And Baby Makes Four"  Wednesday, mystery night, offers "Hostages" with Virginia Gregg and Shepard Menken.  Thursday is love-and-hate night with Markle directing and playing the lead role of "Hildy."  Friday, adventure night, features Dane Clark and Hans Conreid in "The Choosing."  Of the 130 shows, about 40 are in the can.  A one-hour episode is turned out in six or seven hours on the Paramount soundstage.
     Golden Age Two?  Tune in this week and hear for yourself.
     In southern Orange County and San Diego, Sears Radio Theater can also be
heard on KOGO 600 AM at 7:06 p.m. week-
nights.


The structure of a typical Sears Radio Theatre broadcast followed a--by then--fairly rigid formula as follows:

00:00 - 02:00 Program opening/credits/billboards
00:02 - 03:00 Network Commercial
03:00 - 04:00 Local Commercial
04:00 - 13:00 Act I (9:00 minutes)
13:00 - 14:00 Network Commercial
14:00 - 15:00 Local Commercial
15:00 - 24:00 Act II (9:00 minutes)
24:00 - 25:00 Network Commercial
25:00 - 26:10 Local Commerical/Station ID
26:10 - 35:10 Act III (9:00 minutes)
35:10 - 36:10 Network Commercial
36:10 - 37:10 Local Commercial
37:10 - 45:10 Act IV (8:00 minutes)
45:10 - 46:10 Network Commercial
46:10 - 47:10 Local Commercial
47:10 - 49:10 Epilogue (2:00 minutes)
49:10 - 50:10 Network Commercial
50:10 - 51:10 Local Commercial
51:10 - 52:40 Program close/billboards/credits
52:40 Station Commercial/ID [and/or News]

This yielded an approximate 37-minute program during Sears Radio Theatre's alloted 53-minute timeslot. Depending on the outlet, the remainder of the 60-minute block was typically devoted to local and national news. Doing the math, each of Sears Radio Theatre's broadcasts comprised 37 minutes of actual production and 16 minutes of commercials and other statutory network business. Compare and contrast this with the approximate 45 to 48 minutes of production content and 12 to 15 minutes of commercials during the one-hour broadcasts from the Golden Age of Radio.

From the April 21st 1979 edition of The Register:

Morgan Returns
Henry Morgan Returns to Radio Microphone

By GARY LYCAN

     We're in print two days later than usual this week, but we still have a lot of news to report:  Henry Morgan is back on radio, a station is airing hours and hours of rock hits and Cheryl Ladd visits Bill Moran.  Now for the details. . .
     Henry Morgan stars in the first of three comedy original comedies he wrote next Tuesday on Sears Radio Theater at 8:10 p.m. on KNX 1070.  Radio listeners remember Morgan as the acerbic wit on "Here's Morgan."  TV viewers know him as the bow-tied panelist on "I've Got A Secret."
     Tuesday's comedy, and two other hours to air later in the series, feature Morgan commenting on the passing American scene.  He takes a look at commercials, the American dollar, an all-news radio station, and a radio detective story.
     The episode was taped three weeks ago at Paramount Studios in Hollywood.  We missed this taping, but attended two more the following day.  We will hold comment on those episodes until air dates are announced.
     As for Morgan, he told The Register he avoids interviews because he doesn't want his ex-wife to know what he's doing.  If he was aloof to the press, he was politely warm to the audience, explaining "If we do a line and nobody laughs, you'll know that the silence comes from real live people."
     Comments on "Here's Morgan" will be appreciated, and reported here in a future column.  Morgan by the way, will appear on TV, too — The Merv Griffin Show, 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 1 on KTTV Channel 11.


Series Derivatives:

Sears Radio Theatre; Mutual Radio Theater
Genre: Anthology of Golden Age Radio Revival Dramas
Network(s): CBS [KNX];
Audition Date(s) and Title(s): Unknown
Premiere Date(s) and Title(s): Sears Radio Theatre:
79-02-05 01 Retribution
Run Dates(s)/ Time(s): Sears Radio Theatre [First run]:
79-02-05 to 79-08-03; CBS [KNX]; One Hundred-thirty, 35-minute programs; Weekdays, M to F, evenings

Sears Radio Theatre [Repeats run]:
79-08-06 to 80-02-28; CBS [KNX]; One Hundred and thirty-six, 35-minute programs; Weekdays, M to F, evenings
Syndication: Mutual Broadcasting System
Sponsors: Sears Radio Theatre:

CBS
Sears
Amana
Ezo Denture Cushions
Continental Cars
Compoz
Rockwell's Pizza
Epilepsy Foundation
The Bell System
Network-sustained
American Heart Association
American Red Cross
American Lung Association
Internal Revenue Service
Better Business Bureau
U.S. Office of Education
Maxwell House Coffee
Western Union
Tarrant County Renters Association
WFAA Employ Relations
CBS Radio Mystery Theatre
Best Lawn Food
Wain Dog Food
Director(s): Sears Radio Theatre:
Elliot Lewis [Executive Producer, Director]
Norman Corwin, Fletcher Markle, True Boardman [Directors]
Ken McManus [Associate Director]
Principal Actors: Sears Radio Theatre:
John McIntire, Jeanette Nolan, Jack Manning, Tyler McVey, Herb Vigran, Dawes Butler, Elliot Reid, Mary Jane Croft, Elvia Allman, Doris Singleton, Lenore Kingston, Shepard Menken, Virginia Gregg, Fletcher Markle, Dane Clark, Hans Conried, John Dehner, Don Johnson, Eve Arden, Brooks West, Howard Duff, Linda Kaye Henning, Peter Leeds, Joseph Campanella, Richard Widmark, William Schallert, Jim Jordan, Luis Heath, Joan McCall, Vic Perrin, Peggy Webber, Stephen Markle, Brock Peters, Parley Baer, Alan Young, Russi Taylor, Naomi Stevens, Jennifer Penny, Nancy Belle Fuller, Antoinette Bower, Len Birman, Ann Givin, John Larch, Sam Edwards, Olan Soule, Jesse White, Jean Gillespie, Jack Kruschen, Steven Keats, Anne Burr, Sam Edwards, Elliott Lewis, Ben Wright, Joe Maross, Lloyd Bochner, Frank Nelson, Herbert Rudley, Bill Baldwin, Tommy Cook, Patricia Joyce, Noelle North, Philip Brown, Daws Butler, Keith Andes, Irene Tedrow, Kent Smith, Pat Buttram, Les Tremayne, Byron Kane, Shirley Mitchell, Frances Bay, Janet Waldo, Henry Morgan, Jeff Corey, Lesley Woods, Jean Howell, Gregg Mullavey, Meredith McRae, Don Blakely, Carole Cook, Paula Winslowe, Corey Burton, June Lockhart, Ivor Barry, Stanley Dyrector, Barney Phillips, Norman Alden, Joseph Campanella, Marvin Miller, Howard Culver, Nanette Fabray, Steve Franken, John Beal, Lloyd Battista, Robert Dryden, Kris Tabori, Lurene Tuttle, Pat Joyce, Jesse White, Lillian Buyeff, Nick LaTour, Helen Martin, Jim Mapp, Marvin Kaplan, Lew Horn, Jerry Fogel, Denise Galik, Anne Burr, Brock Peters, Robert DoQui, Tyler McVey, Robert Towers, Sydney Swire, Harriet Nelson, Robin Braxton, Jesse White, Rick Jason, David Downing
Recurring Character(s): None
Protagonist(s):
Author(s): Arch Oboler, Elliott Lewis, Ben Wright, Len Peterson, Norman Corwin, True Boardman, Mark Trella
Writer(s) Sears Radio Theatre:
Ted Sherdiman, Shirley Gordon, Ken Gerard, Arch Oboler, Elliott Lewis, Ben Wright, Len Peterson, Norman Corwin, True Boardman, Mark Trella,
Music Direction: Nelson Riddle
Bud Tolefson [Sound effects]
Musical Theme(s): "The Sears Radio Theatre Theme," by Nelson Riddle
Announcer(s): Art Gilmore, John Harlan

[Hosts]
Sears Radio Theatre:
Lorne Greene, Cicely Tyson, Vincent Price, Henry Morgan, Richard Widmark, Andy Griffith, Howard Duff
Estimated Scripts or
Broadcasts:
Sears Radio Theatre:
266 [129 original scripts]

Episodes in Circulation: 200
Total Episodes in Collection: 139
Provenances:

Contributor Jerry Haendiges.

Notes on Provenances:

The most helpful provenances were newspaper listings.

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The Sears Radio Theatre Radio Program Log [CBS]

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
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79-02-05
1
Retribution
Y
[Premiere; A Western, narrated by Lorne Greene and written by Ted Sherdiman; Heavily edited circulating recording--35 minutes of Sears Radio Theatre content]

79-02-05 Chicago Daily Herald
The $1.2 million, 130-play Sears project will be no exception, but it represents a throwback to the times when major sponsors underwrote an entire series to establish regular listener identification.
The series will present a different genre of drama every night of the week.
Actor Lome Greene will host Monday night westerns, Andy Griffith will host Tuesday-night comedies, Vincent Price will narrate Wednesday night mysteries, Cicely Tyson will present Thursday night love-hate dramas and
Richard Widmark will present Friday night adventures.
Tonight's premiere western, "Retribution," stars John McIntire and Jeanette Nolan as a frontier couple who become entangled in a "get rich quick" land scheme.
"I think people are turning away from television and coming back to radio because they are tired of staring at the same old thing. They want to exercise their imagination again," said Elliott Lewis, executive producer of the Sears Radio Theater.

79-02-02 The Register
RADIO THEATER
CBS Radio Theater. 8:06 p.m. Monday through Friday. KNX 1070 AM. Monday, westerns; Tuesday, comedy; Wednesday, mystery; Thursday, love and hate; Friday, adventure.
Monday,'Feb. 5: "
Retribution," John Mclntire and Jeanette Nolan. Lorne Greene hosts, A couple tries to palm off arid land by claiming it's brimming with gold.
79-02-06
2
And Baby Makes Four
Y
[A Comedy, narrated by Andy Griffith and written by Shirley Gordon; Heavily edited circulating recording--36 minutes of Sears Radio Theatre content]

79-02-02 The Register
RADIO THEATER
CBS Radio Theater. 8:06 p.m. Monday through Friday. KNX 1070 AM. Monday, westerns; Tuesday, comedy; Wednesday, mystery; Thursday, love and hate; Friday, adventure.
Tuesday, "
And Baby Makes Four," Elliott Reid and Mary Jane Croft. Andy Griffith hosts. A young couple battle over who will be first to walk awaiy from their marriage.
79-02-07
3
Hostages
Y
[A Mystery, narrated by Vincent Price and written by Ken Gerard; Heavily edited circulating recording--36 minutes of Sears Radio Theatre content]

79-02-02 The Register
RADIO THEATER
CBS Radio Theater. 8:06 p.m. Monday through Friday. KNX 1070 AM. Monday, westerns; Tuesday, comedy; Wednesday, mystery; Thursday, love and hate; Friday, adventure.
Wednesday,
"Hostages," Shepard Menken and Virginia Gregg.
Vincent Price hosts. A robber holds the staff of a bank as hostages.
79-02-08
4
Hildy
Y
[Love and Hate night]

79-02-02 The Register
RADIO THEATER
CBS Radio Theater. 8:06 p.m. Monday through Friday. KNX 1070 AM. Monday, westerns; Tuesday, comedy; Wednesday, mystery; Thursday, love and hate; Friday, adventure.
Thursday,
"Hildy." Fletcher Markle. Cicely Tyson hosts. A commercial artist, depressed because he cannot use his right arm, befriends a dachshund.

79-02-02 The Register
The announcement of Lorne Greene as a host on Sears Radio Theater was delayed because the actor was out of the country and a deal couldn't be closed until he returned.
79-02-09
5
The Choosing
Y
[Adventure night]

79-02-02 The Register
RADIO THEATER
CBS Radio Theater. 8:06 p.m. Monday through Friday. KNX 1070 AM. Monday, westerns; Tuesday, comedy; Wednesday, mystery; Thursday, love and hate; Friday, adventure.
Friday, "
The Choosing." Dane Clark and Hans Conried. Richard Widmark hosts. Six survivors of an air crash in an African jungle must decide which one of them will face execution by a firing squad.
79-02-12
6
Leavin' Cheyenne
Y
79-02-08 The Register
Radio Theater
Monday, "
Leavin' Cheyenne," John Dehner and Don Johnson, with Lorne Greene host. An old cook and a young wrangler just off a cattle drive can't agree about returning to town to settle a fight they had lost.
79-02-13
7
Should Old Acquaintance Be Forgot
Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot
Y
79-02-12 Wisconsin State Journal
11:07 p.m. — "Sears Radio Theater."
W1BA/AM 1310. Eve Arden and Brooks West star in "
Should Old Acquaintance Be Forgot," a story about two middle-agers who drop the people they've been engaged to for years and get married quickly with hilarious consequences. Andy Griffith hosts.
79-02-14
8
The Thirteenth Governess
Y
79-02-12 Wisconsin State Journal
11:07 p.m. — "Sears Radio Theater."
WIBA/AM 1310. Vincent Price hosts mystery night featuring "The Thirteenth Governess," a story with Howard Duff and Linda Kaye Henning about a young man shot to death in a park where 13 governesses are sitting with a baby carriage in front of each.
79-02-15
9
This Home Is Dissolved
Y
79-02-15 Madison Capital Times
11:07 p.m. — "Sears Radio Theater."
WIBA/AM 1310. Cicely Tyson hosts "
This Home Is Dissolved," starring Peter Leeds and Linda Kaye Henning.
79-02-16
10
Climb
Cataclysm at Carbon River
Y
79-02-15 Madison Capital Times
11:07 p.m. — "Sears Radio Theater."
Friday
WIBA/AM 1310. On adventure night, Joseph Campanella and Richard Widmark star in "
Cataclysm at Carbon River."
79-02-19
11
Final Fall
Y
79-02-19 Wisconsin State Journal
11 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA):
(Western night) "Final Fall" starring William Schallert and Lorne Greene, host. A half-breed Indian gets in all kinds of trouble when the U.S. government tries to run him off his land with a check for $10,000.
79-02-20
12
The Troublemaker
Y
79-02-20 Wisconsin State Journal
11 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA):
(Comedy night) "The Troublemaker" starring Jim Jordan, with Andy Griffith, host. A disgruntled stockholder vows to take on a giant corporation and bring it to its knees.
79-02-21
13
The Ouija Spells Murder
Y
79-02-21 Wisconsin State Journal
11 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WERN):
(Mystery night) "The Ouija Spells Murder," starring Luise Heath and Joan McCall, with Vincent Price as host. A toy ouija board gets two young women involved in a search for the 'Sidewalk Slasher' whose victims are all young women.
79-02-22
14
I Want Him Dead
Y
79-02-22 Wisconsin State Journal
11 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA):
(Love-and-hate night) "I Want Him Dead," starring Vic Perrin and Peggy Webber, with Cicely Tyson, hostess. A distraught father vows to kill the driver of the car that killed his young son.

79-02-22 The Register
KNX 1070 AM moved the starting time for its Sears Radio Theater back to 8:10 p.m. The 8:06 p.m. time wasn't realistic considering the number of commercials scheduled in that time period. KOGO 600, however, still begins the show at 8:05 weeknights, following ABC News at 8.
Curiously, CBS' New York flagship WCBS carries neither Sears Radio Theater or Mystery Theater. WNEW radio is airing the new series in Manhattan.
79-02-23
15
Then There Were None
The Climb
Y
[The following Wisconsin listing appears to have been wrong]

79-02-23 Wisconsin State Journal
11 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA):
(Adventure night) "Climb," starring Vic Perrln and Stephen Markle, with Richard Widmark, host. Two mountain climbers, one of them temporarily blinded by an accidental fall, struggle to reach safety before the sun sets.

79-02-24 Billboard
Riddle Tagged For CBS Radio Stanza
LOS ANGELES--Oscar and Grammy-wining composer Nelson Riddle has composed and recorded a theme song for CBS Radio's upcoming "Sears Radio Theatre," and will do an original score for each program of the Monday through Friday series. Riddle's orchestra also performs the music for the series, which debuts Feb. 5. Riddle says he will not always use the complete orchestra, but smaller musical segments such as a Dixieland ensemble for one show, a country trio on another.

79-02-26
16
The Afro-Westerner
Y
79-02-26 Wisconsin State Journal
11 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA):
(Western night) "The Afro-Westerner" starring Brock Peters and Parley Baer, with Lome Greene, host.
The story of a young African from Liberia who, in 1875, visits Laramie, Wyo., where his grandparents, escaped slaves, had lived for 13 years.
79-02-27
17
The Care and Feeding of a Sex Symbol
Y
79-02-27 Wisconsin State Journal
11 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA):
(Comedy night) "The Care and Feeding of a Sex Symbol" starring Alan Young and Joan McCall, with Andy Griffith, host. A Hollywood talent scout thinks he's discovered, in a young and shapely — and sizzling — honey-blonde, another Marilyn Monroe — maybe even a new Jean Harlow.
79-02-28
18
Wanda
Y
79-02-28 Wisconsin State Journal
11 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA):
(Mystery night) "Wanda," starrung Russl Taylor, with Vincent Price, host. A 14-year-old girl insists she has a sister named Wanda, but nobody believes her — except a doctor who's practicing parapsychology and whose colleagues consider a quack.
79-03-01
19
The Long Night
Y
79-03-01 Wisconsin State Journal
11 p m — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA):
(Mystery night) "The Long Night," starring Naomi Stevens, Vic Perrln and Jennifer Penny, with Cicely
Tyson, host. Three people who've never spoken to one another — a cleaning woman, a security officer and an office worker — spend a night together, stuck in an elevator.
79-03-02
20
The McGuffey Connection
Y
79-03-02 Wisconsin State Journal
11 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA):
(Adventure night) "The Tough Guy," starring John Dehner and Nancy Belle Fuller, with Richard Widmark, host. A famous travel writer and his wife are captured on the South China Sea by pirates who want munitions as well as American cigarettes.
79-03-05
21
The Lady and the Outlaw
Y
79-03-05 Madison Capital Times
11:07 p.m. — "Sears Radio Theater."
WIBA/AM 1310. Western Night. Antoinette Bower and Len Birman star in "
The Lady and the Outlaw."
An English gentlewoman asks an alcoholic outlaw to help her climb America's Matterhorn.
79-03-06
22
Oh, Brothers!
Y
[Incomplete recording]

79-03-07
23
Carmilla
Y
[Incomplete recording]

79-03-05 Madison Capital Times
11:07 p.m. — "Sears Radio Theater."
Wednesday
WIBA/AM 1310. Mystery night. Antoinette Bower and Ann Givin star in "
Carmilla," a terrifying story of the making of a vampire.
79-03-08
24
No Greater Dream
Y
79-03-08 The Register
Sears Radio Theater, 8:05 p.m. KOGO 600 Monday-Friday; 8:10 p.m. Monday-Friday KNX 1070 AM.
Tonight, Love and Hate Night with Cicely Tyson. "
The Greater Dream," Fletcher Markle and Peggy Webber. A biochemist maintains to his very skeptical colleagues that he has been able to put his wife's soul into an hermetically sealed vial. True Boardman wrote and directed
79-03-09
25
The Tough Guy
Y
79-03-08 The Register
Sears Radio Theater, 8:05 p.m. KOGO 600 Monday-Friday; 8:10 p.m. Monday-Friday KNX 1070 AM.
Friday. Adventure with Richard Widmark. "
The Tough Guy," John Dehner and Nancy Belle Fuller. A famous travel writer and his wife are captured on the South China Sea by pirates who want munitions as well as American cigarettes
79-03-12
26
Powder River Policy
Y
79-03-12 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): (Western night) "
Powder River Policy," starring John Larch and Sam Edwards, with Lorne Greene, host. Every cowboy In the saloon makes a wager as to whether a preacher, a bullet In his stomach, will live until sundown.
79-03-13
27
Where Guardian Angels Fear to Tread
Y
79-03-13 Wisconsin State Journal
11 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): (Comedy night) "
Where Guardian Angels Fear to Tread," starring Olan Soule, Jesse White and Jean Gillespie, with Andy Griffith, host. An exotic dancer, working on a new act, mistakes her guardian angel for a professor who thinks he can transform her into a "flaming" stripper.
79-03-14
28
Going Home
Y
79-03-12 Madison Capital Timesl
11:07 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
Wednesday
WIBA/AM 1310. Mystery night "
Going Home," starring Ann Givin and Jack Kruschen.

79-03-08 The Register
Sears Radio Theater, 8:05 p.m. KOGO 600 Monday-Friday; 8:10 p.m. Monday-Friday KNX 1070 AM.
Wednesday, Mystery with Vincent Price. "
Going Home," Jack Kruschen. A woman who doesn't realize she is dead keeps getting phone calls from a man who claims she is haunting his house.
79-03-15
29
Sometime Every Summertime
N
79-03-15 Madison Capital Timesl
11:07 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
WIBA/AM 1310. Cicely Tyson hosts "
Sometime Every Summertime," starring Len Birman and Mary Jane Croft.
79-03-16
30
The Wrath of ZEUS
Y
79-03-15 Madison Capital Times
11:07 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
Friday
WIBA/AM 1310. "
The Wrath of ZEUS" stars Mary Jane Croft, Vic Perrin and Steven Keats.
79-03-19
31
The Female of The Species
Y
79-03-19 Wisconsin State Journal
11:07 p.m. — "Sears Radio Theater."
WIBA/AM 1310. Anne Burr, Sam Edwards and Vic Perrin star in
"
The Female of the Species."
79-03-20
32
Getting Drafted
Y
79-03-19 Wisconsin State Journal
Tuesday
11:07 p.m. — "Sears Radio Theater."
WIBA/AM 1310. "
Getting Drafted," starring Elliott Lewis.
79-03-21
33
Mushrooms, Darling
Y
79-03-19 Wisconsin State Journal
Wednesday
11:07 p.m. — "Sears Radio Theater."
WIBA/AM 1310.
Mystery night. Ben Wright stars in "Mushrooms, Darling." A man grows a poisonous mushroom in his basement with which he plans to murder his shrewish wife.
79-03-22
34
An Honest Man
N
79-03-22 The Register
Radio Theater, 8:06 p.m. KOGO 600; 8:10 p.m. KNX 1070 Monday through Friday.
Tonight, Cicely Tyson hosts "
An Honest Man," Joe Maross and Mary Jane Croft. Much to his surprise, a New York taxi driver who returns $200,000 left in his cab to its rightful owners gets nothing but abuse from an incredulous public.

79-03-22 The Register
Duff Steps In
For Widmark
Veteran radio, television and movie star Howard Duff will substitute for Richard Widmark as host of the Friday (adventure night) broadcasts of the Sears Radio Theater for five weeks starting Friday.
Widmark, while filming a new movie on a trawler off the Alaska coast, was caught in bad weather, forcing a delay in the film's production schedule. To catch up, Widmark flew from Alaska to Seattle and then directly to London, to complete the film's on-location shooting. He will return to Radio Theater Friday, April 27. Duff was radio's Sam Spade for five years
79-03-23
35
The Mercenaries
Y
79-03-22 The Register
Radio Theater, 8:06 p.m. KOGO 600; 8:10 p.m. KNX 1070 Monday through Friday.
Friday, Howard Duff hosts "
The Mercenaries," Lloyd Bochner and Antoinette Bower. One of the world's most experienced mercenaries makes plans to conquer, with just 72 other hired soldiers, an entire island kingdom.
79-03-26
36
Ace in the Hole
Y
79-03-22 The Register
Radio Theater, 8:06 p.m. KOGO 600; 8:10 p.m. KNX 1070 Monday through Friday.
Monday, Lorne Greene hosts
"Ace in the Hole," John Dehner Two men — one just released from jail and the other an escapee — both want for themselves the $4,000 they stole from a bank and buried five years ago.
79-03-27
37
The Terrible Dream of Mr. Glitch
Y
79-03-22 The Register
Radio Theater, 8:06 p.m. KOGO 600; 8:10 p.m. KNX 1070 Monday through Friday.
Tuesday, "
The Terrible Dream of Mr. Glitch," with Alan Young and Andy Griffith host. A man trying to withdraw $25 from his bank has a dreadful dream in which a master computer has declared he never had an account with the bank and, even worse, informs him he's been dead for over six months. Also featured: Mary Jane Croft, Frank Nelson, Herbert Rudley, Bill Baldwin.
79-03-28
38
Cajun Death
Y
[Mentions Three Mile Island incident of March 28th 1979]

79-03-22 The Register
Radio Theater, 8:06 p.m. KOGO 600; 8:10 p.m. KNX 1070 Monday through Friday.
Wednesday, "
Cajun Death," Linda Kaye Henning and Tommy Cook, with Vincent Price host. Townfolks sincerely believe that a new arrival is a werewolf because they know her grandmother was.
79-03-29
39
First Star Tonight
Y
79-03-29 Wisconsin State Journal
11 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA):
Love-and-hate night. "First Star Tonight," starring Anne Burr and Ann Given, with Cicely Tyson, host. A television star tries to dissuade a despondent young actress from jumping off a window ledge.
79-03-30
40
Flight of The Starbird
Y
79-03-30 Wisconsin State Journal
11 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA)' Adventure night. "
Flight of the Starbird" starring Patricia Joyce, Noelle North and Philip Brown, hosted by Howard Duff. A blind girl overcomes her fear of ball oning when she proves to be the brave one in a wild upper air storm.
79-04-02
41
Conspiracy at the Golden Gate
Y
79-04-02 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Western night. "
Conspirators at the Golden Gate," starring Len Birman, Daws Butler and Ben Wright, with Lorne Greene, host. Sympathizers for the Southern cause make plans to turn California and its gold over to the Confederacy.
79-04-03
42
As You Wish
Y
[Announces hanging of Ali Bhutto]

79-4-02 Madison Capital Times
11:07 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
Tuesday
WIBA/AM 1310.
Comedy night. "As You Wish." An old lamp brings nothing but grief to its owners until they learn how to handle its genie.
79-04-04
43
Improvisation
Y
79-4-02 Madison Capital Times
11:07 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
Wednesday
WIBA/AM 1310.
Mystery night. "Improvisation." An improvished actor, his wife pregnant, attempts to fake his death in order to collect on a life insurance policy.
79-04-05
44
A Matter of Priorities
Y
79-4-05 Madison Capital Times
11:07 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
WIBA/AM 1310.
Love and hate night. Cicely Tyson hosts "A Matter of Priorities."
79-04-06
45
A Short History of Bac Ha
Y
79-4-05 Madison Capital Times
11:07 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
Friday
"
A Short History of Bac Ha."

79-04-06 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA):
Adventure night. "A Short History of Bac Ha," starring Tommy Cook and Keith Andes. A GI in Vietnam is willing to risk his life to settle a dispute between a Vietnamese holy man and the U.S. Army.

79-04-06 The Register
Last Tuesday's Sears Radio Theater comedy was a perfect example of performers triumphing over their material. Alan Young headed an all-star cast of past radio greats, but it was Frank Nelson who stole the show as the voice of the "master computer." We expected any moment to hear his character deliver those immortal lines "Anaheim, Azusa and Cucamonga.

79-04-06 The Register
Radio Theater, 8:05 p.m. weekdays KOGO 600; 8:10 p.m. KNX 1070 AM.
Today, Howard Duff hosts "A Short History of Bac Ha," Tommy Cook and Keith Andes. A GI in Vietnam is willing to risk his life to settle a dispute between a Vietnamese holy man and the U.S. Army.
79-04-09
46
Out In Colorado
Y
79-04-06 The Register
Radio Theater, 8:05 p.m. weekdays KOGO 600; 8:10 p.m. KNX 1070 AM.
Monday, Lome Greene hosts "
Out in Colorado," Irene Tedrow and Kent Smith. An event in the life of "Mother" Mary Harris Jones, an American labor organizer who always appeared at the scene of any major strike.
79-04-10
47
Fontaine Harris, Le Baron de Paree
Y
79-04-06 The Register
Radio Theater, 8:05 p.m. weekdays KOGO 600; 8:10 p.m. KNX 1070 AM.
Tuesday, Andy Griffith hosts "
Fontaine Harris, Le Baron de Paree," Pat Buttram. Two small-time con men, trying to make it big, meet their master — a not-to-be-sneezed at, bootlegging, Chicago gangsters.
79-04-11
48
The Ham That Cried Wolf
Y
79-04-06 The Register
Radio Theater, 8:05 p.m. weekdays KOGO 600; 8:10 p.m. KNX 1070 AM.
Wednesday, Vincent Price hosts "
The Ham That Cried Wolf," Parley Baer. A radio ham, known for his tall stories, overhears on his CB a plot to assassinate the governor — but nobody believes him.
79-04-12
49
My Hero
Y
79-04-12 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Love and hate night. "
My Hero" starring Patricia Joyce and Les Tremayne. A famous television correspondent, claiming he's dying of cancer, cons an impressionable young producer's female assistant into taking care of him.
79-04-13
50
The Curse of Princess Chiestry
Y
79-04-13 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Adventure night. "
The Curse of Princess Chiestry" starring Byron Kane. A man gives his wife a necklace as a wedding anniversary present, not knowing it is cursed.
79-04-16
51
The Duke of Nevers
Y
79-04-16 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Western night. "
The Duke of Nevers" starring Len Birman and Ann Gavin. A prosperous San Francisco businessman is convinced his daughter's new husband — a French duke — is a fraud.
79-04-17
52
Hizzoner Hamlet
Y
79-04-17 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Comedy night. "
Hizzoner Hamlet" starring Les Tremayne and Shirley Mitchell. A television star gives up his career for politics — honorary mayor of a small California town.
79-04-18
53
The Old Boy
Y
79-04-18 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Mystery night. "
The Old Boy" starring Elliott and Mary Jane Croft A middle-aged couple hove their first child — a boy who eats and eats and ages five years every day.
79-04-19
54
The Season of Glad Songs
Y
79-04-19 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Love and hate nisht. "
The Season of Glad Songs" starring Frances Bay and Jack Kruschen. A 50-year-old worker in a tie factory, taunted by younger employees because she's not married, surprises them all when she meets a 52-year-old man.
79-04-20
55
Bruja
Y
79-04-20 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Adventure night. "
Bruja," starring Janet Waldo, Virginia Gregg ond Len Birman. A beautiful young college girl is sent to learn from her great aunt how to cure ailments of the body and mind with the most common of weeds.
79-04-23
56
Abilene
Y
79-04-23 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Western night. "
Abilene" starring John Dehner. "Wild Bill" Hickok is hired to bring law and order to the railroad town of Abilene, Kan.

79-04-23 The Register
Sears Radio Theater, 8:15 p.m. Monday-Fri on KNX 1070 AM; 8:06 p.m. on KOGO 600 AM.
Today, Lorne Greene hosts "
Abilene," starring John Dehner. Wild Bill Hickok is hired to bring law and order to the railhead town of Abilene, Kansas.
79-04-24
57
Here's Morgan
Y
[Henry Morgan returns to Radio with a cycle of three comedic narratives]

79-04-23 The Register
Sears Radio Theater, 8:15 p.m. Monday-Fri on KNX 1070 AM; 8:06 p.m. on KOGO 600 AM.
Tuesday, Andy Griffith hosts "Here's Henry Morgan," starring Henry Morgan. Some looks at the passing American scene, as only Morgan can.
79-04-25
58
The Sabbatical
Y
79-04-23 The Register
Sears Radio Theater, 8:15 p.m. Monday-Fri on KNX 1070 AM; 8:06 p.m. on KOGO 600 AM.
Wednesday, Vincent Price hosts "
The Sabbatical." Jeff Corey and Lesley Woods. The life of an American professor undergoes dramatic changes when he is chosen to lecture at a university in Vienna.
79-04-26
59
Baby, Baby
Y
79-04-23 The Register
Sears Radio Theater, 8:15 p.m. Monday-Fri on KNX 1070 AM; 8:06 p.m. on KOGO 600 AM.
Thursday, Cicely Tyson hosts "
Baby, Baby," Patricia Joyce, Len Birman and Jean Howell. A young writer shows compassion for a recently divorced woman — until he discovers she's pregnant.
79-04-27
60
The Odyssey of the Vigilant
Y
79-04-23 The Register
Sears Radio Theater, 8:15 p.m. Monday-Fri on KNX 1070 AM; 8:06 p.m. on KOGO 600 AM.
Friday, Richard Widmark hosts "
The Odyssey of the Vigilant," Gregg Mullavey, Meredith McRae and Joe Maross. The crew of an electronic surveillance ship, carrying out a secret mission in the east, is captured by a flying saucer.
79-04-30
61
Henry 'Box' Brown
Y
79-04-30 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): "
Henry 'Box' Brown," starring Don Blakely. The true story of a slave who put himself in a box for shipment from a Virginia plantation to Philadelphia — and freedom.
79-05-01
62
Guess Who's Coming to California?
Y
79-05-01 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Comedy night. "
Guess Who's Coming to California?" starring Carole Cook and Shepard Menken. A man and his wife choose California for their vacation, trying — unsuccessfully — to get away from another couple who always manage to spoil their holidays.
79-05-02
63
Miniatures
Y
79-05-01 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Mystery night. "
Miniatures" starring Paula Winslowe and Vic Perrin. A grande-dame, who dangles her wealth in front of others and who constantly dictates and belittles, is a target for murder.
79-05-03
64
The Other Grandmother
Y
79-05-03 The Register
Sears Radio Theater, Monday-Fri on KNX 1070 AM; 8:06 p.m. on KOGO 6:00 AM.
Today. "
The Other Grandmother." starring Corey Burton, Virginia Gregg and Jean Howell. A 17-year-old boy, saddened by the death of one grandmother, finds much joy when he tracks down his other grandmother.
79-05-04
65
Anne Bonny's Gold
Y
79-05-03 The Register
Sears Radio Theater, Monday-Fri on KNX 1070 AM; 8:06 p.m. on KOGO 6:00 AM.
Friday, May 4, "
Anne Bonny's Gold," starring John Dehner with Richard Widmark, host. A honeymooning couple face deadly competition from other gold-seekers, when they go treasure hunting in the Caribbean.
79-05-07
66
The Lovers
Y
79-05-03 The Register
Sears Radio Theater, Monday-Fri on KNX 1070 AM; 8:06 p.m. on KOGO 6:00 AM.
Monday, May 7, "
The Lovers," starring June Lockhart and John Larch, with Lorne Greene, host. Two men, one a drifter, the other a brute, vie for the love of the same woman.
79-05-08
67
Here's Morgan Again
Y
[The second of Henry Morgan's cycle of three comedic narratives]

79-05-03 The Register
Sears Radio Theater, Monday-Fri on KNX 1070 AM; 8:06 p.m. on KOGO 6:00 AM.
Tuesday, May 8 "
Here's Henry Morgan Again." starring Henry Morgan, with Andy Griffith, host. Television talk-shows, two surgeons (whose nurses are all former Dallas Cowgirls) and a U.S. Senate subcommittee are among the targets for Morgan's devastating observations.
But Morgan doesn't stop there. He also takes on television police shows ("five minutes of dialogue with the rest of the program played by automobiles"), a "Late Show" movie (its 17th rerun), disco joints and TV auto ads. He interviews a man trying to set a new record playing a 'pinball machine (he's in his eighth day) and another , who's just set a lemon meringue pie eating record (23 pies in an hour and 42 minutes).
CAST: Henry Morgan, Elvia Allman, Bill Baldwin, Daws Butler, Mary Jane Croft, Elliott Lewis, Shepard Menken and Frank Nelson.
79-05-09
68
The Assassin
Y
79-05-03 The Register
Sears Radio Theater, Monday-Fri on KNX 1070 AM; 8:06 p.m. on KOGO 6:00 AM.
Wednesday, May 9, "
The Assassin," starring Ivor Barry, Antoinette Bower and Shepard Menken, with Vincent Price, host. Interpol knows that an Italian terrorist who uses the name Grappa is planning an assassination, but they have no idea who Grappa is.
79-05-10
69
Overnight Guest
Y
79-05-03 The Register
Sears Radio Theater, Monday-Fri on KNX 1070 AM; 8:06 p.m. on KOGO 6:00 AM.
Thursday, May 10. "
Overnight Guest," starring Stanley Dyrector and Joan McCall, with Cicely Tyson, hostess. A Navy veteran, trying for a career in Hollywood, gets some unexpected help from a fellow acting student when his money runs out.
79-05-11
70
Milwaukee Deep
Y
79-05-03 The Register
Sears Radio Theater, Monday-Fri on KNX 1070 AM; 8:06 p.m. on KOGO 6:00 AM.
Friday, May 11, "
Milwaukee Deep," starring Barney Phillips, with Richard Widmark, host. A young Coast Guard officer is assigned to investigate a rash of disappearances of large pleasure yachts over a 30,000-foot submarine canyon known as the Milwaukee Deep.
79-05-14
71
Bull Story
Y
79-05-10 The Register
Radio Theater, 8:06 p.m.
KOGO 600; 8:10 p.m. KNX 1070 Mon-Fri.
Monday, "
Bull Story," Norman Alden and Parley Baer. Ownership of a prize bull heats up a long-standing feud between two Texas families.
79-05-15
72
A Very Nice Couple
Y
79-05-10 The Register
Radio Theater, 8:06 p.m.
KOGO 600; 8:10 p.m. KNX 1070 Mon-Fri.
Tuesday, "
A Very Nice Couple," Alan Young and Janet Waldo. The wife of a perpetual dabbler is at wit's end when, deciding to try sculpturing, he brings home a hefty piece of granite he pilfered from a breakwater.
79-05-16
73
The Nightmare
Y
79-05-10 The Register
Radio Theater, 8:06 p.m.
KOGO 600; 8:10 p.m. KNX 1070 Mon-Fri.
Wednesday, "
The Nightmare," Joan McCall. A woman wakes up screaming
because she's just witnessed her own death.
79-05-17
74
Mr. Chan
Y
79-05-17 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m. -- Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Love and hate night.
"Mr. Chan" starring Joseph Campanella and Marvin Miller. All of the assembled crowd wonders why a Chinese-born tailor makes no attempt to come out of a burning building.
79-05-18
75
Country of Fear
Y
79-05-18 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m. -- Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Adventure night. "
Country of Fear" starring Joan McCall and Jack Kruschen. An American graduate student of Spanish ancestry mysteriously disappears in an oppressed South American country.
79-05-21
76
The Legend
Y
79-05-21 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Western night. "
The Legend" starring Parley Baer and Tommy Cook. A newspaperman is conned Into publicizing a small town hardware store owper as the fastest gun in the West.
79-05-22
77
Here's Morgan Once More
Y
[The third and last of Henry Morgan's cycle of three comedic narratives]

79-5-21 Madison Capital Times
11:07 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
Tuesday
WIBAMM 1310. Comedy night. "
Here's Morgan One More Time," starring Henry Morgan with Andy Griffith.
79-05-23
78
A Test of Love
Y
79-05-23 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Mystery night. "
A Test of Love" starring Antlonette Bower and Len Birman. A young woman tells her rich elderly husband's kidnappers she won't pay a $250,000 ransom — she'd rather they carry out their threats to kill him.
79-05-24
79
Muncy's Mob
Y
79-05-24 The Register
Radio Theater, 8:06 p.m. KOGO 600; 8:10 p.m. KNX 1070 AM Mon-Fri.
Today, "
Muncy's Mob," Barney Phillips. Joan McCall and Howard Culver. A professional golfer suffers a strange affliction, causing him to fight with his caddy — and even with one of his many admirers.

79-05-24 The Register
Norman Corwin, known as the poet of radio because of the skill he exercises in writing for the year, is returning to the air. Next Tuesday night, Corwin directs "The Strange Affliction," a comedy he has written for the Sears Radio Theater. Nanette Fabray and Steve Franken star in the episode, to be broadcast at 8:06 p.m. on KOGO 600 and KNX 1070 AM.
"It pleases me immensely to see the return of radio drama," Corwin said, "and to know that CBS is leading the way again. Especially heartening is the interest in radio drama on college campuses." The University of Southern California has offered him a chair in radio drama production, an offer he says he is seriously considering. Corwin has spent the last 30 years writing for television, movies, stage and magazines. He hosts the PBS "Academy Leaders" series on short subject movies, and his most recent book, "Holes in a Stained Glass Window," was published last year.
79-05-25
80
The Lone Voyager
Y
79-05-24 The Register
Radio Theater, 8:06 p.m. KOGO 600; 8:10 p.m. KNX 1070 AM Mon-Fri.
Friday, "
The Lone Voyager," Janet Waldo. A 27-yearold woman sets out in a 54-foot sailboat to accomplish what her dying father had hoped to do — circumnavigate the globe alone.
79-05-28
81
Neither Snow Nor Rain
Y
79-05-24 The Register
Radio Theater, 8:06 p.m. KOGO 600; 8:10 p.m. KNX 1070 AM Mon-Fri.
Monday, "The Outsider," John Beal. A commuter, engrossed in his work, misses his train station and winds up in a town that hasn't had a visitor in more than 30 years.

Monday, "
Neither Rain Nor Snow," John Mclntire and Jeanette Nolan. Only an outside circumstance seems able to speed up the slow-moving romance between a small mountain town's postmaster and a widow of 12 years.
79-05-29
82
The Strange Affliction
Y
79-05-24 The Register
Radio Theater, 8:06 p.m. KOGO 600; 8:10 p.m. KNX 1070 AM Mon-Fri.
Tuesday, "The Favor of Women," Lloyd Battista. Faced with extinction, earth sends a man to a distant planet to bring back a spaceship load of selko the last source of energy in the universe.

Tuesday, ''
The Strange Affliction," Nanette Fabray and Steve Franken. A story of the first recorded case of dysphemia glossopoesis, the victim of which can speak on in rhyme.
Written and directed by Norman Corwin.

79-05-29 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Comedy night. "
The Strange Affliction" with Nanette Fabray and Steve Franken. A story of the first recorded case of dysphemia glossopoesls, the victim of which can speak only in rhyme.
79-05-30
83
A Leading Case
Y
79-05-24 The Register
Radio Theater, 8:06 p.m. KOGO 600; 8:10 p.m. KNX 1070 AM Mon-Fri.
Wednesday, "A Curious Experience." Robert Dryden and Kris Tabori. A humorous Mark Twain Civil War story about a wisp of a Southern boy who flusters an entire Union fortress.

Wednesday, "
A Leading Case." Lurene Tuttle and Byron Kane. A woman is accused, while living in California, of having murdered another woman who was 3,000 miles away at the time in Delaware.

79-05-30 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Mystery night. "
A Leading Case" starring Lurene Tuttle and Byron Kane. A woman is accused, while living in California, of having murdered another woman who was 3,000 miles away at the time, in Delaware.
79-05-31
84
The Great March
Y
79-05-31 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Love and hate night. "
The Great March" starring Pat Joyce and Shepard Menken. Whether or not to prevent a march by the American Fascist Party in a small college town is debated fiercely by both sides.
79-06-01
85
McGuffey's Hong Kong Connection
Y
[Howard Duff fills in for Richard Widmark because Widmark was delayed on location filming Bear Island (1979) at the time.]

79-06-01 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Adventure night. "
McDuffey's Hong Kong Connection" starring William Schallert and Peggy Weber. Another dope ring to be broken up by the U.S. narcotics agent, this time assisted by a woman, even though he believes women don't belong in such a dangerous undertaking.
79-06-04
86
A Poor Orphan Girl
Y
79-06-04 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA):
Western night. "A Poor Orphan Girl" starring Noelle North and Sam Edwards. A poor orphan girl, on her first day of work, is held hostage in her room by an infamous bandit.
79-06-05
87
Quartet In Nothing Flat
Y
79-06-05 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA):
Comedy night. "Quartet In Nothing Flat" starring Shepard Menken, Jesse White and Lillian Buyeff. Two ex-cons come up with an outrageous scheme to hijack a DC-10 and sell it as scrap aluminium for 80 cents a pound.
79-06-06
88
A Whisper In My Ear
Y
79-06-06 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Mystery night. "
A Whisper In My Ear" starring Vic Perrln, Len Birman and Antoinette Bower. A renowned physicist with on uncanny ability to manipulate certain members of the scientific community, pays dearly for his perfidiousness.
79-06-07
89
A Sense of Pride
Y
79-06-07 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Love and hate night. "
A Sense of Pride" starring Nick LaTour, Helen Martin and Jim Mapp. A touching story of a middle-aged man and wife, both out of work and nearly penniless, who make their home in Chicago's elevated "B" train.
79-06-08
90
White Out
Y
79-06-08 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA):
Adventure night. "White Out" starring Joan McCall and Tommy Cook. Two coeds, hoping for a day of good skiing, get caught in a white out, a howling blizzard dropping four inches of snow per hour.
79-06-11
91
Cottonwood
Y
79-06-11 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA):
Western night. "Cottonwood" starring John Larch, Vic Perrln and Corey Burton. A buffalo hunter searches for the wooden-legged man who killed his parents years ago in a wagon train massacre.
79-06-12
92
Last Resort
Y
79-06-12 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA):
Comedy night. "Lost Resort" starring Marvin Kaplan. A second-rate standup comedian signs on exclusive contract with a Mr. Devllle, who guarantees to make him a household word.
79-06-13
93
The Perfect Hostess
Y
79-06-13 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA):
Mystery night. "The Perfect Hostess" starring Marvin Miller, Virginia Gregg and Len Blrmon. A rich mine owner, most unhappy because of his wife's insistence that they live in New York, accepts a paid killer's proposal that she suffer a fatal stroke.
79-06-14
94
A Piece of Flesh
Y
79-06-14 The Register
Radio Theater, 8:10 p.m. KNX 1070 AM, 8:06 p.m. KOGO 600 Monday through Friday.
Today, "
A Piece of Flesh," Vic Perrin, June Lockhart and Marvin Miller. Two television executives hope to revive their network's ratings by bringing back a former big star, now a hopeless alcoholic.

79-06-14 The Register
CBS Radio pulled without explanation Friday's episode of Sears Radio Theater.
The story, "
Cataclysm at Carbon River," told of contamination near a nuclear energy plant...
79-06-15
95
The American Family Robinson
Y
[Howard Duff fills in for Richard Widmark]

79-06-14 The Register
Radio Theater, 8:10 p.m. KNX 1070 AM, 8:06 p.m. KOGO 600 Monday through Friday.
Friday, "
The American Family Robinson," Keith Andes and Mary Jane Croft. Seven survivors of the shipwreck of modern living look for peace and refuge on a remote island in the Caribbean.
79-06-18
96
Incident at Red Butte
Y
79-06-14 The Register
Radio Theater, 8:10 p.m. KNX 1070 AM, 8:06 p.m. KOGO 600 Monday through Friday.
Monday, "
Incident at Red Butte," Vic Perrin and Lew Horn. The man who runs the Wyoming division of the Overland Stage Company meets unexpected opposition when he takes the law into his own hands.
79-06-19
97
The Advancement of Vern Berwick
Y
79-06-14 The Register
Radio Theater, 8:10 p.m. KNX 1070 AM, 8:06 p.m. KOGO 600 Monday through Friday.
Tuesday, "
The Advancement of Vern Berwick," Jerry Fogel. A young man possesses the unusual talent of being able to memorize everything he reads — but he's unable to comprehend most of it.
79-06-20
98
Anniversary
Y
79-06-14 The Register
Radio Theater, 8:10 p.m. KNX 1070 AM, 8:06 p.m. KOGO 600 Monday through Friday.
Wednesday, "
Anniversary," Joan McCall, Denise Galik and Patricia Joyce. Three "kittens" from the Kitty Klub, an elegant night spot, wish they had not agreed to take part in a foolish celebration.
79-06-21
99
Who's Who?
N
79-06-21 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA):
Love and hate night. "Who's Who?", starring Fletcher Markle and Noelle North. An older playwright and a young novelist agree to pool their talents and to adopt her first book tor the stage.
79-06-22
100
A Briefcase of Trouble
Y
79-06-22 Wisconsin State Journal
7:05 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA):
Adventure night. "A Briefcase of Trouble" starring Tommy Cook and Anne Burr. A beautiful woman, claiming she's a U.S. government agent, hires on American expatriate to take her to the guerrllla-held part of Burma so she con retrieve a briefcase of secret papers.
79-06-25
101
Old Bones
Y
79-06-25 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA):
Western night. "Old Bones" starring John Dehner. Two young motorcyclists are certain an old man they encounter In the middle of the Moiave Desert Is hoarding a fortune in burled gold nuggets.
79-06-26
102
A Weekend Pass
Y
79-06-26 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA):
Comedy night. "A Weekend Pass" starring Brock Peters and Robert DoQui. A two-day pass for two soldiers turns into a blurry three days but, for some unknown reason, neither Is charged with having been AWOL.
79-06-27
103
A Game of Cat and Mouse
Y
79-06-27 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA):
Mystery night. "A Game of Car and Mouse" starring Tyler McVey. His father and brother start a desperate search for a 19-year-old escapee from a mental institution, hoping to find him before he can hurt anyone.
79-06-28
104
The Hamster Caper of Curtis Cleever
Y
79-06-28 The Register
Sears Radio Theater, 8:06 p.m. Monday through Friday on KNX 1070 AM and KOGO 600 AM.
Today,
"The Hamster Caper of Curtis Cleever," Robert Towers and Noelle North. A college student and his girlfriend, hoping to become overnight millionaires, go into the hamster-breeding business — with a gimmick.
79-06-29
105
Shah Namah
Y
[Howard Duff fills in for Richard Widmark]

79-06-28 The Register
Sears Radio Theater, 8:06 p.m. Monday through Friday on KNX 1070 AM and KOGO 600 AM.
Friday, "
Shah Namah," Lloyd Bochner and Sydney Swire. Two upright, trusted members of the British Museum's security force conspire to steal the world's most valuable book, the "Shah Namah."
79-07-02
106
The Panther
Y
79-06-28 The Register
Sears Radio Theater, 8:06 p.m. Monday through Friday on KNX 1070 AM and KOGO 600 AM.
Monday, "
The Panther," Joan McCall and Stephen Markle. A true story about a 17-year-old Wisconsin farm girl who gets trapped in a haunted house by a large black panther.
79-07-03
107
Here Comes the Bride — Again!
Y
79-06-28 The Register
Sears Radio Theater, 8:06 p.m. Monday through Friday on KNX 1070 AM and KOGO 600 AM.
Tuesday, "
Here Comes the Bride — Again!," Harriet Nelson, Elliott Reid and Linda Kaye Henning. A middleage man, resigned to the whims of his 62-year-old mother, awaits her arrival — she has just left her fifth husband.
79-07-04
108
Melissa
N
79-07-05
109
Billy D. Burton
N
79-07-05 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA):
Love and hate nlght. "Billy D. Burton" starring Robert DoQui and Robin Braxton. The decline and fall, because of cocaine and heroin, of one of the world's great jazz horn players.

79-07-05 The Register
Sears Radio Theater, 8:06 p.m. KOGO 600; 8:10 p.m. KNX 1070 AM Monday-Friday.
Today, "
Billy D. Burton," Robert DoQui and Robin Braxton. The decline and fall, because of cocaine and heroin, of one of the world's great jazz horn players.
79-07-06
110
Vienna Three and Four
Y
[ Howard Duff fills in for Richard Widmark]

79-07-05 The Register
Sears Radio Theater, 8:06 p.m. KOGO 600; 8:10 p.m. KNX 1070 AM Monday-Friday.
Friday, "
Vienna Three and Four," Ivor Barry and Antoinette Bower. Shortly after his arrival in Vienna to buy 30,000 dolls, an English businessman is accused of spying for the U.S., is abducted and badly beaten.
79-07-09
111
Katie MacBeth
Y
79-07-05 The Register
Sears Radio Theater, 8:06 p.m. KOGO 600; 8:10 p.m. KNX 1070 AM Monday-Friday.
Monday,
"Katie MacBeth," Virginia Gregg an Stephen Markle. The tragic story of a handsome, passionate young woman who brightens the days — and nights — of a wandering ranch hand — for a while.
79-07-10
112
Jack and the Energy Crunch
Y
79-07-05 The Register
Sears Radio Theater, 8:06 p.m. KOGO 600; 8:10 p.m. KNX 1070 AM Monday-Friday.
Tuesday, "
Jack and the Energy Crunch," Les Tremayne, Robert Towers and Jesse White. A young man is sent out into the world to search for new energy so his fellow villagers can run their whizbangs, heat their homes and keep their jobs.
79-07-11
113
The Girl on the Billboard
Y
79-07-05 The Register
Sears Radio Theater, 8:06 p.m. KOGO 600; 8:10 p.m. KNX 1070 AM Monday-Friday.
Wednesday, "
The Girl on the Billboard," Joan McCall, Rick Jason an Tom Brown. A TV queen's visit to her hometown goes sour when her son is kidnapped.
79-07-12
114
Spring Cleaning
Y
79-07-13 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA):
Love and hate night. "Spring Cleaning" starring Virginia Gregg and Joan McCall. A rich family's housekeeper finds it increasingly difficult to cope with her lob — and her daughter, whose boyfriend she has never met.
79-07-13
115
Two Faces of Evil
Y
[Howard Duff for Richard Widmark]

79-07-13 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA):
Adventure night. "Two Faces of Evil" starring Barney Phillips and Howard Culver. A celebrated space pilot is sent on a three-month space probe accompanied by an exact replica of himself, his clone.
79-07-16
116
Punishment and Crime
Survival
Y
[Heavily edited recording (36 min); ]

79-07-16 Wisconsin State Journal
11:07 p.m. — "Sears Radio Theater."
Tonight
WIBA/AM 1310.
Love and hate night. Cicely Tyson hosts "Punishment and Crime." A sheriff is determined to uncover the truth about, the past of bizarre twins, one good, the other evil.
79-07-17
117
Crown Jewels of Grandomir
Y
[Heavily edited recording (40 min); ]

79-07-16 Wisconsin State Journal
11:07 p.m. — "Sears Radio Theater."
Tuesday
WIBA/AM 1310. On
adventure night, Stephen Markle stars in "The Crown Jewels of Grandomir." Leaders of a tiny monarchy try to regain power through a counter-revolution.
79-07-18
118
The Joke's On . . . Guess Who?
Y
[Heavily edited recording (40 min); ]

79-07-16 Wisconsin State Journal
11:07 p.m. — "Sears Radio Theater."
Wednesday
WIBA/AM 1310.
"The Joe's on Guess Who?" A Vietnam veteran arranges a phony stickup to prove to his wife how brave he is.

Features
Barney Phillips and Robert Towers
79-07-19
119
Survival
Y
79-07-20
120
The Visit
Y
[Howard Duff as host]

79-07-23
121
Uncle Zora Comes to the Pig Festival
Y
[Heavily edited recording (40 min); ]

79-07-23 Wisconsin State Journal
10:05 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA):
Western night. "Uncle Zora Comes to the Pig Festival" starring Marvin Miller, Virginia Gregg and Joan McCall. The eccentric uncle of one of the town's most respected women comes to town for its annual pig festival and teaches the town gossip a lesson.
79-07-24
122
Fontaine Harris In Hollywood
Y
[Heavily edited recording (40 min); ]

79-07-24 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA):
Comedy Night. "Fontaine Harris In Hollywood" with Pat Buttram. In this second Fontaine Harris story, the con man moves to Hollywood with the profits of his latest sting — a fake movie company.
79-07-25
123
The Ransom
Y
[Heavily edited recording (40 min); ]

79-07-25 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA):
Mystery night. "The Ransom" with Stephen Markle and Vic Perrln. A hard-working, honest plumber and a small-time hustler pull off the "perfect kidnapping" but then realize they need the victim's help in order to collect the ransom.

Features
Lurene Tuttle
79-07-26
124
Reunion
Y
[Heavily edited recording (40 min); ]

79-07-26 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA):
Love and hate night. "Reunion" starring Virginia Gregg and Parley Baer. A man and a woman — who were once young and in love — are reunited, 35 years later.
79-07-27
125
The Value of a Hunch
Y
[Heavily edited recording (40 min); Howard Duff is host; Speed problem]

79-07-26 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA):
Adventure night. "The Value of a Hunch" starring Vic Perrln. A sheriff is suspicious of a new resident who doesn't want anyone on his property.

Teases
Trooper Lopez as next
79-07-30
126
Trooper Lopez
Y
[Heavily edited recording (40 min); ]

79-07-26 Santa Ana Register
Radio Theater
Radio Theater. 8:06 p.m. KOGO 600; 8:10 p.m. KNX 1070
Monday-Friday.
Monday, Trooper Lopez.

Teases
Baldie as next
79-07-31
127
Baldie
Y
79-07-26 Santa Ana Register
Radio Theater
Radio Theater. 8:06 p.m. KOGO 600; 8:10 p.m. KNX 1070
Monday-Friday.
Tuesday, Baldie.

Teases
Voodoo Lady as next
79-08-01
128
Voodoo Lady
Y
79-07-26 Santa Ana Register
Radio Theater
Radio Theater. 8:06 p.m. KOGO 600; 8:10 p.m. KNX 1070
Monday-Friday.
Wednesday, Voodoo Lady.

Teases
Writer's Block as next
79-08-02
129
Writer's Block
Y
79-08-02 Santa Ana Register
Radio Theater
Radio Theater. 8:06 p.m. KOGO 600; 8:10 p.m. KNX 1070
Monday-Friday.
Today.
"Writer's Block." David Downing and Linda Kaye Henning. A best-selling novelist, in love with an aspiring young writer, discovers she prevents him from continuing his work.

79-08-02 Santa Ana Register
Director Fletcher Markle and producer Elliott Lewis are awaiting word on whether Sears will renew Radio Theater for a second season.
Repeats of the first season start next Monday

Teases
A Short History of Bac Ha as next
79-08-03
130
A Short History of Bac Ha
N
[A Repeat of 79-04-06 with the same cast]

79-08-02 Santa Ana Register
Radio Theater
Radio Theater. 8:06 p.m. KOGO 600; 8:10 p.m. KNX 1070
Monday-Friday.
Friday "
A Short History of Bac Ha." Tommy Cook and Keith Andes. A soldier in Vietnam is willing to risk his life to settle a dispute between a Vietnamese holy man and the U.S. Army.





79-08-06
131
Retribution
N
[Actually the second of the repeats]

79-08-02 Santa Ana Register
Radio Theater
Radio Theater. 8:06 p.m. KOGO 600; 8:10 p.m. KNX 1070
Monday-Friday.
Monday, "
Retribution." John Mclntire and Jeanette Nolan. A frontier couple, stuck with 160 acres of spare and arid Idaho land, tries to palm it off by claiming it's brimming with gold (first of repeats)
79-08-07
132
And Baby Makes Four
N
79-08-02 Santa Ana Register
Radio Theater
Radio Theater. 8:06 p.m. KOGO 600; 8:10 p.m. KNX 1070
Monday-Friday.
Tuesday, "
And Baby Makes Four." Elliott Reid and Mary Jane Croft. An articulate, lovable but bellicose couple battle over everything, including who will be first to walk away from their marriage — until their baby arrives.
79-08-08
133
Hostages
N
79-08-02 Santa Ana Register
Radio Theater
Radio Theater. 8:06 p.m. KOGO 600; 8:10 p.m. KNX 1070
Monday-Friday.
Wednesday,
"Hostages." Shepard Menken and Virginia Gregg. A robber holds the staff of a bank as hostages, one of whom is the estranged wife of the police lieutenant whose men surround the building.
79-08-09
134
Hildy
N
79-08-09 Madison Capital Times
11:07 p.m. — "Sears Radio Theater."
WIBA/AM1310. "
Hildy." Man's best friend helps a paralyzed artist overcome his handicap.
79-08-10
135
The Choosing
N
79-08-09 Madison Capital Times
11:07 p.m. — "Sears Radio Theater."
Friday
WIBA/AM 1310. "
The Choosing." Six survivors of a airplane crash must decide which one of them will face a firing squad.
79-08-13
136
Leavin' Cheyenne
N
79-08-13 Madison Capital Times
11:07 p.m. — "Sears Radio Theater."
WIBA/AM 1310.
"Leavin' Cheyenne." An old cook and a young wrangler can't agree about returning to town to settle a fight they'd lost.
79-08-14
137
Should Old Acquaintance Be Forgot
N
79-08-13 Madison Capital Times
11:07 p.m. — "Sears Radio Theater."
Tuesday
WIBA/AM 1310.
"Should Old Acquaintance Be Forgot." Two middleagers drop the people they've been engaged to for years and get married quickly, with hilarious consequences
79-08-15
138
The Thirteenth Governess
N
79-08-13 Madison Capital Times
11:07 p.m. — "Sears Radio Theater."
Wednesday
WIBA/AM 1310. "
The Thirteenth Governess." A young man is shot to death in a park where 13 governesses, all dressed in white uniforms, are sitting, a baby carriage in front of each.
79-08-16
139
This Home Is Dissolved
N
79-08-16 Santa Ana Register
Radio Theater
Radio Theater. 8:06 p.m. KOGO 600; 8:10 p.m. KNX 1070
Monday-Friday.
Today, "
This Home Is Dissolved," Peter Leeds and Linda Kaye Henning.
79-08-17
140
Climb
N
79-08-16 Santa Ana Register
Radio Theater
Radio Theater. 8:06 p.m. KOGO 600; 8:10 p.m. KNX 1070
Monday-Friday.
Friday, "
Climb," Vic Perrin and Stephen Markle.
79-08-20
141
Final Fall
N
79-08-16 Santa Ana Register
Radio Theater
Radio Theater. 8:06 p.m. KOGO 600; 8:10 p.m. KNX 1070
Monday-Friday.
Monday. "
Final Fall," William Schallert.
79-08-21
142
The Troublemaker
N
79-08-16 Santa Ana Register
Radio Theater
Radio Theater. 8:06 p.m. KOGO 600; 8:10 p.m. KNX 1070
Monday-Friday.
Tuesday, "
The Troublemaker." Jim Jordan.
79-08-22
143
The Ouija Spells Murder
N
79-08-16 Santa Ana Register
Radio Theater
Radio Theater. 8:06 p.m. KOGO 600; 8:10 p.m. KNX 1070
Monday-Friday.
Wednesday. "
The Ouija Spells Murder," Luise Heath and Joan McCall
79-08-23
144
I Want Him Dead
N
79-08-23 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Love and hate night. "
I Want Him Dead" with Vic Perrln and Peggy Webber. A distraught father vows to kilt the driver of the car that killed his voung son.
79-08-24
145
Then There Were None
N
79-08-24 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Adventure night. "
Then There Were None" with Keith Andes and Peter Leeds. A spaceship with a crew of five is caught In the gravity field of an uncharted, but apparently inhabited, Planet, and forced to land in a giant, horrifying forest.
79-08-27
146
The Afro-Westerner
N
79-08-27 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Western night. "
The Afro-Westerner" with Brock Peters and Parley Baer. The story of a young African from Liberia who, In 1875, visits Laramie, Wyo., where his grandparents, escaped slaves, had lived.
79-08-28
147
The Care and Feeding of A Sex Symbol
N
79-08-28 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Comedy night. "The Care and Feeding of a Sex Symbol" with Alan Young and Joan McCall. A Hollywood talent scout thinks he's discovered, in a young and shapely young woman, another Marilyn Monroe.
79-08-29
148
Wanda
Y
79-08-29 Madison Capital Times
11:07 p.m. — "Sears Radio Theater."(WIBA): Mystery night. "Wanda" with Russl Taylor. A 14-year-old girl insists she has a sister named Wanda, but nobody believes her — except a doctor who's practicing parapsychology and whose colleagues consider a quack.
79-08-30
149
The Long Night
N
79-08-30 Madison Capital Times
11:07 p.m. — "Sears Radio Theater." WIBA/AM 1310. "The Long Night." Three people are stuck overnight in an elevator.
79-08-31
150
The McGuffey Connection
Y
79-08-31 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA):
Adventure night. "The McGuffey Connection" starring William Schallert. As a cover, a U.S. narcotics agent, assigned to intercept a shipment of opium in an African seaport, opens a school for the natives.


Teases
The Lady and the Outlaw as next
79-09-03
151
The Lady and the Outlaw
N
79-09-04
152
Oh, Brothers!
N
79-09-04 Madison Capital Times
11:07 p.m. - "Sears Radio Theater."
WIBA/AM 1310. "
Oh, Brothers!" Two brothers fall for the same girl whom they met, at different times, while riding a bus.
79-09-05
153
Carmilla
N
79-09-04 Madison Capital Times
Wednesday
11:07 p.m. - "Sears Radio Theater."
WIBA/AM 1310. "Carmilla." A terrifying tale of the making of a vampire, based on a tale of horror by Sheridan Le Fanu.
79-09-06
154
No Greater Dream
N
79-09-07
155
The Tough Guy
N
79-09-07 Wisconsin State Journal
8:08 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA):
Adventure night. "The Tough Guy" starring John Dehner and Nancy Belle Fuller. A famous travel writer and his who are captured on the South China Sea by pirates who want munitions as well as American cloarettes.
79-09-10
156
Powder River Policy
N
79-09-10 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA):
Western night. "Powder River Policy" starring John Larch and Sam Edwards. Every cowboy in the saloon makes a wager as to whether a preacher, with a bullet in his stomach, will live until sundown.
79-09-11
157
Where Guardian Angels Fear to Tread
Y
79-09-11 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Comedy night. "
Where Guardian Angels Fear to Tread" starring Olan Soule, Jesse White and Jean Gillespie. An exotic dancer, working on a new act mistakes her guardian angel, for a professor who thinks he can transform her into a "flaming" stripper.
79-09-12
158
Going Home
Y
79-09-12 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Mystery night. "
Going Home"
with Ann Givin ond Jack Kruschen. A woman who doesn't realize she's dead keeps getting phone calls from a man who claims she's haunting his house.
79-09-13
159
Sometime Every Summertime
Y
79-09-13 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Love and hate night. "
Sometime Every Summertime" with Len Birman and Mary Jane Croft. It is love at first sight and a serious summer romance for a department store elevator operator and a young advertising executive.
79-09-14
160
The Wrath of ZEUS
N
79-09-14 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Adventure night. "
The Wrath of ZEUS" with Mary Jane Croft, Vic Perrin and Steven Keats. In the year 2057, the ZEUS (Zonal Environmental Utilization System) computer is blamed when the weather throughout the world goes bestrk.
79-09-17
161
The Female of the Species
N
79-09-17 Wisconsin State Journal
8:08 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA):
Mystery night. "The Female of the Species" with Ann Burr, Sam Edwards and Vic Perrln. A woman entomologist lies when she tells some Texas angers her main interest in life is collecting grasshoppers.
79-09-18
162
Getting Drafted
N
79-09-18 Wisconsin State Journal
8:08 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA):
Comedy night. "Getting Drafted" with Elliott Lewis. An unbelievable World War 11 mlxup develops when a U.S. war correspondent In New Guinea receives a "Greetings" letter from his draft board In New York.
79-09-19
163
Mushrooms, Darling
N
79-09-18 Wisconsin State Journal
8:08 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA):
Mystery night. "Mushrooms, Darling" starring Ben Wright. A man grows, In his basement, a poisonous mushroom with which he plans to murder his shrewish wife.
79-09-20
164
An Honest Man
Y
[Announces the 50th Anniversary of Cinncinati radio station WCKY]

79-09-20 Wisconsin State Journal
6 P.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(W1BA)
Love and hate night. "An Honest Man" slarring Joe Maross and Mary Jane Croft. Much to his surprise, a New York taxi driver who returns $200,000 left in his cab to Its rightful owners gets nothing but abuse from an incredulous public.
79-09-21
165
The Mercenaries
N
79-09-21 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA):
Adventure night. "The Mercenaries" starring Lloyd Bochner and Antoinette Bower. One of the world most experienced mercenaries makes plans to conquer, with lust 72 other hired soldiers, an entlre island kingdom.
79-09-24
166
Ace-in-the Hole
Y
79-09-24 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA):
Mystery night. "Ace-ln-the-Hole" starring John Dehner, Joan McCall and Ron Stark. Two men — one just released from iail and the other escaped from jail — both want for themselves the $4,000 they stole from a bank and burled f ive years ago.
79-09-25
167
The Terrible Dream of Mr. Glitch
Y
[Partial recording]

79-09-25 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA):
Comedy night. "The Terrible Dream of Mr. Glitch" starring Alan Young. A man, trying to withdraw $25 from his bank, has a dreadful dream inside a master computer which has declared he never had an account with, the bank and, even worse, informs him he's been dead for six and a half months.
79-09-26
168
Cajun Death
N
79-09-26 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA):
Mystery night. "Cajun Death" with Linda Kave Hennlng and Tommy Cook. The folks of Merci, La., sincerely believe that a newcomer in town is a werewolf because they know her grandmother is.
79-09-27
169
First Star Tonight
N
79-09-27 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA):
Love and hate night. "First Star Tonight" with Anne Burr and Ann Given. A television star tries to dissuade a despondent young actress from lumping off a window ledge.
79-09-28
170
Flight of the Starbird
N
79-09-28 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA):
Adventure night. "Flight of the Starblrd" with Pafricia Joyce, Noelle North and Philip Brown. A blind girt overcomes her fear of ballooning when she proves to be the brave one In a wild upper air storm.
79-10-01
171
Conspirators at the Golden Gate
N
79-10-03 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA):
Mystery night. "Conspirators at the Golden Gate" with Len Birman, Daws Butler and Ben Wright. Sympathizers for the Southern cause make plans to turn California and its gold over to the Confederacy.
79-10-02
172
As You Wish
N
79-10-03 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA):
Comedy night. Radio Theater
"
As You Wish" with Norman Alden and Jean Glllesple. An old lamp bought at a yard sale brings nothing but grief to Its new owners — until they learn how to handle the genie that came with it.
79-10-03
173
Improvisation
N
79-10-03 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA):
Mystery night. "Improvisation" with Shepard Menken, Janet Waldo, William Schallert and Mary Jane Croft. An Impoverished actor, his wife pregnant, attempts to fake his death In order to collect on a $120,000 life insurance policy.
79-10-04
174
A Matter of Priorities
N
79-10-05
175
A Short History of Bac Ha
N
79-10-05 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA):
Adventure night. "A Short History of Bac Ha" starring Tommy Cook and Keith Andes. A Gl In Vietnam Is willing to risk his life to settle a dispute between a Vietnamese holy man and the U.S. Army.
79-10-08
176
Out In Colorado
N
79-10-09 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA):
Mystery night. "Out In Colorado" with Irene Tedrow and Kent Smith. An event In the life of "Mother" Mary Harris Jones, an American labor organizer who always appeared at the scene of any malor strike.
79-10-09
177
Fontaine Harris, Le Baron de Paree
N
79-10-09 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA):
Comedy night. "Fontaine Harris, Le Baron de Paree" with Pat Buttram. Two small-time con men, trying to make it big, meet their master — a bootlegging Chicago gangster.
79-10-10
178
The Ham That Cried Wolf
N
79-10-11 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA):
Mystery night. "The Ham That Cried Wolf," starring Parley Boer. A Radio ham, known for his tall storles overhears on his CB a plot to assassinate the governor — but nobody believes him.
79-10-11
179
My Hero
N
79-10-11 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA):
Love and hate night. "My Hero" starring Patricia Joyce and Les Tremayne. A famous television correspondent, claiming he's dying of cancer, cons an impressionable young producer's assistant into taking care of him.
79-10-12
180
The Curse of Princess Chiestry
N
79-10-12 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA):
Adventure night. "The Curse of Princess Chiestry" starring Byron Kane. A man gives his wife a necklace as a wedding present, not knowing it is cursed.
79-10-15
181
The Duke of Nevers
N
79-10-15 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA):
Western night. "The Duke of Nevers" with Len Birman and Ann Gavin. A prosperous San Francisco businessman is convinced his daughter's new husband, — a French duke — is a fraud.
79-10-16
182
Hizzoner Hamlet
N
79-10-16 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA):
Comedy night. "Hizzoner Hamlet" starring Les Tremayne and Shirley Mitchell. A television star gives up his career for politics — honorary mayor ot a small California town.
79-10-17
183
Title Unknown
N
79-10-18
184
The Season of Glad Songs
N
79-10-18 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA):
Love and hate night. "The Season of Glad Songs" with Frances Bay and jack Kruschen. A 50-vear-old worker in a tie factory, taunted by younger employees because she's not married, surprises them all when she meets a 52-year-old man.
79-10-19
185
Title Unknown
N
79-10-22
186
Title Unknown
N
79-10-23
187
Here's Henry Morgan
N
79-10-23 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA):
Comedy night. "Here's Henry Morgan." Henry Morgan looks at the
passing American scene.
79-10-24
188
The Sabbatical
N
79-10-24 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA):
Mystery night. "The Sabbatical" starring Jeff Corey and Lesley Woods. The life of distinguished American professor undergoes drastic changes which he cannot understand — when he is chosen to lecture at a university in Vienna.
79-10-25
189
Baby, Baby
N
79-10-25 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA):
Love and hate night. "Baby, Baby" starring Patricia Joyce, ten Blrman and Jean Howell. A young writer shows compassion for a recently divorced woman — until he discovers she's pregnant.
79-10-26
190
The Odyssey of The Vigilant
N
79-10-26 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA):
Adventure night. "The Odyssey of The Vigilant" starring Grey Mullavev, Meredith Mac Rae and Joe Maross. The crew of an electronic surveillance ship, carrying out a secret mission in the east, is captured by a flying saucer.
79-10-29
191
Henry 'Box' Brown
N
79-10-29 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA):
"Henry 'Box' Brown" starring Don Blakely. The true story of a slave who put himself In a box for shipment from a Virginia plantation to Philadelphia — and freedom.
79-10-30
192
Title Unknown
N
79-10-31
193
Miniatures
N
79-10-31 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Mystery Night -- "
Miniatures,' starring Paula Winslowe and VlciPerrin. A grande-dame, who dangles her wealth in front of others and who constantly dictates and belittles, is a target for murder.
79-11-01
194
The Other Grandmother
N
79-11-01 The Register
Sears Renewed
Sears Radio Theater has been renewed for a second season. The Monday through Friday series started on CBS last Feb. 5.
Personnel from Sears in Chicago were to arrive in Los Angeles today to confer with producer-director Eliot Lewis and director Fletcher Markle. Details on the program's renewal will be announced next week.

Until football season ends, storylines will not appear on Mystery Theater and Sears Radio Theater.
The scheduling of games frequently results in juggling or suspension of the two shows . . .

79-11-01 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Love and hate night. "
The Other Grandmother" starring Corey Burton, Virginia Gregg and Jean Howell. A 17-year-old boy, saddened by the death of one grandmother, finds much toy when he tracks down his other grandmother, who's been a patient in a mental Institution for 45 years.
79-11-02
195
Title Unknown
N
79-11-05
196
The Lovers
N
79-11-05 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Western night. "The Lovers" starring June Lockhart and John Larch. Two men, one a drifter, the other a brute, vie for the love of the same woman.
79-11-06
197
Here's Morgan Again
N
79-11-06 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Comedy night. "
Here's Morgan Again" starring Henry Morgan. Television talk shows and a U.S. Senate subcommittee hearing are among the targets lor Morgan's devastating barbs.
79-11-07
198
Title Unknown
N
79-11-08
199
Overnight Guest
N
79-11-08 The Register
Expected word on the "official" renewal of Sears Radio Theater has been delayed until later this week.
Once the go-ahead is given, Eliot Lewis and Fletcher Markle will head back into the studio to prepare for a second season of shows.
Sears' first season of 26 first-runs and 26 repeats ends Feb. 1. New changes are expected in format or rotating hosts, although a new name for the weeknight CBS program is a possibility.

79-11-08 Maidson Capital Times
11:07 p.m. — "Sears Radio Theater."
WIBA/AM 1310. "Overnight Guest." A Navy veteran gets some unexpected help from a fellow acting student when his money runs out.
79-11-09
200
Milwaukee Deep
N
79-11-08 Maidson Capital Times
Friday
11:07 p.m. — "Sears Radio Theater."
WIBA/AM 1310. "Milwaukee Deep." Pleasure yachts disappear in a submarine canyon.
79-11-12
201
Bull Story
N
79-11-12 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Western night. "
Bull Story" starring Norman Alden and Parley Baer. Ownership of a prize bull heats up a longstanding feud between two Texas fanjllles.
79-11-13
202
A Very Nice Couple
N
79-11-13 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Comedy night. "
A Very Nice Couple" starring Alan Young and Janet Waldo. The wife of a perpetual dabbler is at wit's end when, deciding to try sculpturing, he brings home a hefty piece of granite he pilfered from a breakwater.
79-11-14
203
Title Unknown
N
79-11-15
204
Mr. Chan
N
79-11-15 Madison Capital Times
11:07 p.m. — "Sears Radio Theater."
WIBA/AM 1310. "
Mr. Chan." A Chinese-born tailor makes no attempt to come out of a burning building.

79-11-15 The Register
On the current scene, director Fletcher Markle is still awaiting official word on CBS Radio's renewal of Sears Radio Theater . . .
79-11-16
205
Title Unknown
N
79-11-19
206
Title Unknown
N
79-11-20
207
Here's Morgan Once More
N
79-11-20 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Comedy night. "
Here's Morgan Once More" starring Henry Morgan.
79-11-21
208
A Test of Love
N
79-11-21 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Mystery night. "
A Test of Love" starring Antoinette Bower and Len Blrman. A young woman tells her rich elderly husband's kidnappers she won't pay a $250,000 ransom — she'd rather they carry out their threat to kill him.
79-11-22
209
Title Unknown
N
79-11-23
210
The Lone Voyager
N
79-11-23 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Adventure night. "
The Lone Voyager" starring Janet Wgldo. A 27-year-old woman sets out in a 54-foot sailboat to accomplish what her dying father had hoped to do — circumnavigate the globe alone.
79-11-26
211
Neither Snow Nor Rain
N
79-11-26 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Western night. "
Neither Rain nor Snow" starring John Mclntire and Jeanette Nolan. Only an outside circumstance seems able to speed up the sl0w-moving romance between a small mountain town's postmaster and a widow of 12 years.
79-11-27
212
The Strange Affliction
N
79-11-27 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Comedy night. "
The Strange Affliction" starring Nanette Fabray and Steve Fronken. A story of the first recorded case of dysphemia glossopoesis the victim of which can speak only in rhyme.
79-11-28
213
Title Unknown
N
79-11-29
214
The Great March
N
79-11-29 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Love and hate night. "
The Great March" starring Pat Joyce and Shepard Menken. Whether or not to prevent a march by the American Fascist Party in a small college town is debated fiercely by both sides;
79-11-30
215
McGuffey's Hong Kong Connection
N
[Howard Duff filled in for Richard Widmark because Widmark had been delayed on location filming Bear Island (1979) at the time.]

79-11-30 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Adventure night. "
McGuffey's Hong Kong Connection" with William Schallert and Peggy Webber. Another dope ring to be broken up by U.S. narcotics agents, this time assisted by a woman, even though McGuffey doesn't' believe women belong In such a dangerous undertaking.
79-12-03
216
A Poor Orphan Girl
N
79-12-03 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Western night. "
A Poor Orphan Girl" starring Noelle North and Sam Edwards. A poor orphan girl, on her first day at work. Is held hostage In her room by on Infamous bandit.
79-12-04
217
Quartet in Nothing Flat
N
79-12-04 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Comedy night. "Quartet in Nothing Flat" starring Shepord Menken, Jesse White and Lillian Buyeff. Two ex-cons come up with an outrageous scheme to hijack a DC-10 and sell It as scrap aluminium for 80 cents a pound.
79-12-05
218
A Whisper in My Ear
N
79-12-05 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): "
A Whisper in My Ear" starring Vic Perrln, Len Blrman and Antoinette Bower. A renouned physicist with an uncanny ability to manipulate certain members of the scientific community pays dearly for his perfidlousness.
79-12-06
219
A Sense of Pride
N
79-12-06 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Love and hate night. "
A Sense of Pride" with Nick LaTour, Helen Martin and Jim Mapp. A touching story of a middle-aged husband and wife, both out of work and nearly penniless, who make their home In Chicago's elevated B train,'
79-12-07
220
White Out
N
79-12-07 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Adventure night. "
White Out" starring Joan McCall and Tommy Cook. Two coeds, hoping for a day of oood skiIng, get caught in a white out, a howling blizzard dropping four inches of snow per hour.
79-12-10
221
Cottonwood
N
79-12-10 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Western night. "
Cottonwood," starring John Larch. A buffalo hunter searches for the wooden-legged man who Killed his parents years ago In a wagontrain massacre.
79-12-11
222
Last Resort
N
79-12-11 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Comedy night. "
Last Resort" starring Marvin Kaplan. A second-rate standup comedlcn signs an exclusive contract with a Mr. DeVllle, who guarantees to make him a household word.
79-12-12
223
Title Unknown
N
79-12-13
224
A Piece of Flesh
N
79-12-13 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Love and hate night. "
A Piece Flesh" starring Vic Perrin, June Lac
hart and Marvin Miller.

79-12-18 The Register
By GARY LYCAN
The rumors were confirmed last week. Sears Radio Theater will return for a second season. Among the changes, however, will be a reduced Sears role and a switch from CBS to Mutual networks.
"We simply did not have the merchandise to support 12 commercials a day," said Sears official John Beebe in an Advertising Age interview. A CBS official in New York told The Register Sears took the show to Mutual when CBS decided against trying to sell additional minutes in the one-hour program. CBS' reasoning was that while the Sears Theater had good clearances from member stations, the network has its hands full selling the minutes on Mystery Theater and it didn't want to take over what had been a Sears-developed advertising and promotion effort.
So, starting Feb. 1, Mutual
will carry Radio Theater. Mutual official Dick Doty told The Register the hope is to put it on at least 200 of the 950 affiliates, which have first-refusal options.
In Los Angeles. KFAC is the Mutual outlet although KZLA carries the Larry King Show in the post-midnight hours.
At this writing, no changes are planned in programming content for Radio Theater.
79-12-14
225
The American Family Robinson
Y
79-12-14 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Adventure Night. "
The American Family Robinson" starring Keith Andes and Mary Jane Croft.
79-12-17
226
Title Unknown
N
79-12-18
227
The Advancement of Vern Berwlck
N
79-12-18 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Comedy night. "
The Advancement of Vern Berwlck" starrlng Jerry Fogel. A young man possesses the unusual talent of being about to memorize everything he reads — but he's unable to comprehend most of It.
79-12-19
228
Anniversary
N
79-12-19 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Mystery night. "
Anniversary"
starring Joan McColl, Denise Golik and Patricia Joyce. Three "kittens" from the Kitty Klub, an elegant night spot, wish they had not agreed to take part In a foolish celebration.
79-12-20
229
Who's Who?
Y
79-12-20 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Love and hate night. "
Who's Who?" starring Fletcher Markle and Noelle North. An older Playwright and a young novelist agree to pool their talents and to adapt her first book for the stage.
79-12-21
230
A Briefcase of Trouble
N
79-12-21 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Adventure night. "
A Briefcase of Trouble" with Tommy Cook and Anne Burr. A beautiful woman, claiming she's a U.S. government agent, hires an American
expatriate to take her to the guerrilla-held part of Burma so she can retrieve a briefcase full of secret papers.
79-12-24
231
Old Bones
N
79-12-25
232
A Weekend Pass
N
79-12-26
233
A Game of Cat and Mouse
N
79-12-27
234
The Hamster Caper of Curtis Cleever
N
79-12-27 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Love and hate night. "
The Hamster Caper of Curtis Cleever" starring Robert Towers and Natalie North. A college student and his girlfriend, hoping to become overnight millionaires, go into the hamster-breeding business — with a gimmick.
79-12-28
235
Shah Namah
N
79-12-28 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Adventure night. "
Shah Namah" starring Lloyd Bochner and Sydney Swire. Two upright, trusted members of the British Museum's security force conspire to steal the world's most valuable book
79-12-31
236
The Panther
N
79-12-31 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): "
The Panther' with Joan McCall and Stephen Markle. A true story about 17-year-old Wisconsin farm girl who gets trapped in a haunted house by a large black panther.
80-01-01
237
Here Comes the Bride — Again!
N
80-01-02
238
Melissa
Y
80-01-02 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Mystery night. "
Melissa," starring Russi Taylor, Mary Jane Croft and True Boardman. School authorities don't know how to cope with a 14-year-old girl who claims that Leonardo da Vinci comes to her house to teach her art.
80-01-03
239
Billy D. Burton
Y
80-01-03 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Love and hate night. "
Billy D. Burton" with Robert DoQui and Robin
Braxton. The decline and fall, because of cocaine and heroin, of one of the world's greatest lazz horn players.
80-01-04
240
Vienna Three and Four
N
80-01-04 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Adventure night. "
Vienna Three and Four" starring Ivor Barry and Antoinette Bower. Shortly after his arrival in Vienna to buy 30,000 dolls, an English businessman is accused of spying for the U.S., is abducted and then badly beaten.
80-01-07
241
Katie MacBeth
N
80-01-07 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Western night. "
Katie MacBeth" starring Virginia Gregg and Stephen Markle. The tragic story of a handsome, passionate young woman who brightens the days — and nights — of a wandering ranch hand — for a while.
80-01-08
242
Jack and the Energy Crunch
N
80-01-09
243
The Girl on the Billboard
N
80-01-09 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Mystery night, "
The Girl on the Billboard" starring Joan McCall, Rick Jason and Tom Brown. A television queen's visit to her hometown goes sour when her five-year-old son is kidnapped
80-01-10
244
Spring Cleaning
N
80-01-19 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA):
Love and hate night, "Spring Cleaning" starring Virginia Gregg and Joan McCall. A rich family's housekeeper finds it increasingly difficult to cope with her lob — and her daughter, whose boyfriend she has never met.
80-01-11
245
Two Faces of Evil
N
80-01-11 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Adventure night. "
Two Faces of Evil" starring Barney Phillips and Howard Culver. Acelebrated space pilot is sent on a three-month space probe accompanied by an exact replica of himself, his clone.
80-01-14
246
Uncle Zora Comes to the Pig Festival
N
[Repeat of 79-07-23]

80-01-14 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Western night. "
Uncle Zora Comes to the Pig Festival" starring Marvin Miller, Virginia Gregg and Joan McCall. The eccentric uncle of one of the town's most respected women comes to town for its annual pig festival and teaches the town gossip a lesson.
80-01-15
247
Fontaine Harris In Hollywood
N
[Repeat of 79-07-24]

80-01-15 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Comedy night. "
Fontaine Harris In Hollywood" starring Pat Buttram. In this second Fonlalne Harris story, the con man moves to Hollywood with the profits of his latest sting — a fake movie companv.
80-01-16
248
The Joke's On Guess Who?
N
80-01-16 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Mystery night. "
The Joke's on Guess Who?" starring Barney Phillips and Robert Towers. A Vietnam war veteran arranges a phony stlckup to prove to his wife how brave he is.
80-01-17
249
Survival
Y
80-01-17 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Love and hate night. "
Survival" starring Mary Jane Croft, Fletcher Markle and Elliott Lewis. A strong-willed wife pretends she is betraying her husband in order to win him an important business promotion.
80-01-18
250
The Visit
Y
[Howard Duff for Richard Widmark]

80-01-18 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Adventure night. "
The Visit" starring Stephen Markle, Pamela Blake and Naomi Stevens. A young bride wholeheartedly agrees to help her new husband smuggle his elderly mother out of East Germany.
80-01-21
251
Uncle Zora Comes to the Pig Festival
N
[2nd Repeat of 79-07-23]

80-01-21 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Western night. "
Uncle Zora Comes to the Pig Festival" starring Mavln Miller, Virginia Gregg and Joan McCall. The eccentric uncle of one of the lawn's most respected women comes to town for its annual pig festival.
80-01-22
252
Fontaine Harris In Hollywood
N
[2nd Repeat of 79-07-24]

80-01-22 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Comedy night. "
Fontaine Harris In Hollywood" starring Pat Buttram. In this second Fontaine Harris story, the con man moves to Hollywood with the profits of his latest sting — a fake movie company,
80-01-23
253
The Ransom
N
80-01-23 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Mystery night. "
The Ransom," with Stephen Markle and Vic Perrin.
80-01-24
254
Reunion
N
80-01-24 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Love and hate night. "
Reunion" starring Virginia Gregg and Parley Baer. A man and a woman, who were once young and in love, are reunited 35 years later.
80-01-25
255
The Value of a Hunch
N
80-01-25 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Adventure night. "
The Value of a Hunch" starring Vic Perrln. A sheriff is suspicious of a new resident who doesn't want anyone on his property.
80-01-28
256
Trooper Lopez
N
80-01-28 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Western night. "
Trooper Lopez" starring Len Birman, Stephen Markle and Keith Andes. The sole survivor of a massacre seeks revenge and becomes one of the U.S. Army's bravest troopers.
80-01-29
257
Baldie
N
80-01-29 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Comedy night. "
Baldie," with Shepard Menken, Lillian Buyeff, Vic Perrln and Mary Jane Croft. A man, very proud of his luxurious lead of hair, wakes up one morning to tlnd thai he is bald.
80-01-30
258
Voodoo Lady
N
80-01-30 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Mystery night. "
Voodoo Lady" starring Helen Martin, Kim Hamilton and Robin Braxton. A woman practicing voodoo is warned by her talking cat that she will pay a high price If she tries to expand her powers.
80-01-31
259
Writer's Block
N
80-01-31 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Love and hate night. "
Writer's Block" starring David Downing and Linda Kaye Hennlng. A best-selling novelist, in love with an aspiring young writer, discovers she prevents him from continuing his work.
80-02-01
260
A Short History of Bac Ha
N
80-02-01 Wisconsin State Journal
11:06 p.m. — Sears Radio Theater
(WIBA): Adventure night. "
A Short History of Bac Ha" starring Tommy Cook and Keith Andes. A G.I. in Vietnam is willing to risk his life to settle a dispute between a Vietnamese holy man and the U.S. Army.





80-02-21
261
The Season of Glad Songs
N
[Repeat of 79-04-19]

80-02-21 The Register
Here is the lineup for the Sears Theater
reruns at 8:06 p.m. weekdays on KNX 1070 AM. The shows first- aired last April ...
Tonight, "
The Season of Glad Songs," Frances Bayand-Jack Kruschen;
80-02-22
262
Bruja
N
[Repeat of 79-04-20]

80-02-21 The Register
Here is the lineup for the Sears Theater reruns at 8:06 p.m. weekdays on KNX 1070 AM. The shows first- aired last April ...
Friday, "
Bruja," Janet Waldo, Virginia Gregg;
80-02-25
263
Abilene
N
[Repeat of 79-04-23]

80-02-21 The Register
Here is the lineup for the Sears Theater reruns at 8:06 p.m. weekdays on KNX 1070 AM. The shows first- aired last April ...
Monday, "
Abilene," John Dehner;
80-02-26
264
Here's Henry Morgan
N
[Repeat of 79-04-24]

80-02-21 The Register
Here is the lineup for the Sears Theater reruns at 8:06 p.m. weekdays on KNX 1070 AM. The shows first- aired last April ...
Tuesday, "
Here's Henry Morgan";
80-02-27
265
Baby, Baby
N
[Repeat of 79-04-26]

80-02-21 The Register
Here is the lineup for the Sears Theater reruns at 8:06 p.m. weekdays on KNX 1070 AM. The shows first- aired last April ...
Wednesday, "
Baby, Baby," Patricia Joyce, Len Birman and-Jean Howell;
80-02-28
266
The McGuffey Connection
N
[Repeat of 79-06-01]

80-02-21 The Register
Here is the lineup for the Sears Theater reruns at 8:06 p.m. weekdays on KNX 1070 AM. The shows first- aired last April ...
Thursday, Feb. 29, "
McGuffey Connection."
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The Sears Radio Theatre Radio Program Biographies




Elliott Lewis
(Director | Executive Producer | Performer)
Stage, Screen, Radio, and Television Actor, Director, Producer, and Writer
(1917-1990)

Birthplace:
New York City, New York, USA

Radiography:
1937 The Cinnamon Bear
1939 The Silver Theatre
1939-1941 The Jello Program
1941 Miss Pinkerton, Inc.
1941 The Orson Welles Theatre
1941 We Hold These Truths
1942-1946 The Cavalcade of America
1942 The Gulf Screen Guild Theatre
1942 Lights Out!
1944 Command Performance
1945 The Theatre of Famous Radio Players
1945-1948 The Whistler
1945-1956 Suspense
1945 On A Note of Triumph
1945 Arch Oboler's Plays
1945 Columbia Presents Corwin
1945 Twelve Players
1945 The Life of Riley
1945 The Amazing Nero Wolfe
1946 Lux Radio Theatre
1946 Encore Theatre
1946 The Casebook of Gregory Hood
1946 Columbia Workshop
1946-1951 The Lucky Strike Program
1947 The Adventures of Sam Spade
1947 The Voyage of The Scarlet Queen
1947 Escape!
1947 Hawk Larrabee
1948 Maxwell House Coffee Time
1948 The Sweeney and March Show
1948-1952 The Phil Harris and Alice Faye Show
1949 The Kraft Music Hall
1949 Broadway Is My Beat
1950 The Line-Up
1951 Pursuit!
1952-1954 Crime Classics
1953 Onstage with Cathy and Elliott Lewis
1957 The CBS Radio Workshop
1973 The Hollywood Radio Theatre [Zero Hour]
1979 Sear Radio Theatre
1980 Mutual Radio Theatre
Elliott Lewis's comparatively sparse casting book entry circa 1942
Elliott Lewis' comparatively sparse entry from the October 1940 edition of Lew Lauria's Radio Artists Directory

Elliott Lewis c. 1944
Elliott Lewis c. 1944

Elliott Lewis c. 1948
Elliott Lewis c. 1948
It's safe to say that Elliott Lewis was the most prolific, versatile Renaissance Man of both Radio and Television throughout the Golden Ages of both media. Quite simply, he did it all--and superlatively. Elliott Lewis first made his mark as an actor, writer, producer and director on radio in the late 1930's. Indeed his first recorded radio appearances were in 1937's The Cinnamon Bear.

During World War II, Lewis was responsible for many of the finest Armed Forces Radio Service productions of the War years, working in conjunction with Gower Gulch fellow enlistee, Howard Duff. Indeed, being the ingenious and resourceful non-Coms that they were, they are reported to have often substituted for each other on air. Apparently each had the other's air voice down so pat that they were indistiguishable from each other when they wanted--or needed--to be. Dedicated fans of AFRS' Mystery Playhouse have been tricked without knowing it, through the personae of Sgt. X, who, in reality was often Elliott Lewis subbing for his buddy, Duff.

Lewis' guest appearances on The Adventures of Sam Spade are some of the more memorable episodes of that series for the magical, on-air interplay between Lewis, Duff, and Lurene Tuttle.

In contrast to his extraordinary radio career, in which he worked either alone or in tandem with his first wife Cathy Lewis, and/or his second wife, Mary Jane Croft, his movie career, like those of most radio actors of the period, wasn't nearly as prolific, with only three films to his credit. His voice was also heard on Gordon Jenkins' classic recording of "Manhattan Tower" on Decca Records in 1945.

During the 1950s, he began to concentrate on writing, producing and directing in earnest. During that period, Lewis produced (1950-1956) and directed (1951-1954) CBS's long running, highly collectible Suspense program. He also produced and directed Broadway Is My Beat from 1949-1954. CBS Radio also tapped him to produce and direct Crime Classics from 1953 to 1954.

After the Golden Age of Radio effectively ended, Lewis moved to Television as a producer of such shows as The Lucille Ball Show (1962) and The Mothers-In-Law (1967), and directed all but one episode of the final season of Petticoat Junction (1963). But it was Radio that remained his first love and he continued to direct the occasional radio play well into the 1970s, culminating with Mutual's critically acclaimed Zero Hour (Hollywood Radio Theatre) in 1973, Sears Radio Theatre in 1979, and Mutual Radio Theatre in 1980 as both director and producer. These Golden Age Radio Revival dramas were some of the finest productions of the 1970s, and despite the dominance of Television, represented an enduring, sophisticated tribute to The Golden Age of Radio that Elliott Lewis had loved so very much.

CBS Radio Publicity once dubbed Elliott Lewis "Mr. Radio" because of his contributions to the medium as a writer, producer, director, and actor. Lewis was involved in more than 1,2o0 network radio programs in those various capacities.




Fletcher Markle
(Producer, Director, Writer and Performer)

Stage, Screen, Radio, and Television Producer, Director, Writer and Actor
(1921-1991)

Birthplace: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Radiography:
1944 What War Means To Me
1946 Columbia Workshop
1946 Mercury Summer Theatre
1947 Studio One
1948 Ford Theatre
1949 The Lucky Strike Program
1953 General Electric Theatre
1977 CBS Radio Mystery Theatre
1979 Sears Radio Theatre
1980 Mutual Radio Theater


Fletcher Markle circa 1943


Fletcher Markle at work at The CBC


Fletcher Markle circa 1948


Fletcher Markle was married to Mercedes McCambridge for 12 years.
Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Fletcher Markle began his career with the Canadian Broadcasting Company (The CBC) in the early 1940s in Vancouver, British Columbia. He started out doing radio dramas with a group whose members included John Drainie, Lister Sinclair, Bernie Braden, and Alan Young on local canadian stations and The CBC network.

During World War II Markle performed in Journey Together (1946). Markle subsequently moved to New York City and though uncredited, wrote for Orson Welles' The Lady from Shanghai. During his time with CBS and NBC in New York, he produced, directed, wrote for, and performed in the CBS Radio drama anthology, Studio One. When Ford Theater moved to CBS from NBC, Markle was selected to helm the Ford program while tapping the same pool of excellent Radio actors he employed in Studio One.

He produced, wrote for and played a cameo role in the movie Jigsaw (1949). Night into Morning (1951) saw him direct Nancy Davis, Ray Milland, and John Hodiak.

Throughout the 1950s and early 1960s, he was director, producer and host for a number of television series such as Studio One for television, Front Row Center, Boris Karloff's Thriller, Father of The Bride, and Life with Father. He also directed Telescope for The CBC. In 1963 Markle directed the movie The Incredible Journey (1963) for Walt Disney Studios.

Markle met Academy Award winning actress Mercedes McCambridge while working with her during The Mercury Theatre Summer Program of 1946. Markle produced and directed many of the Summer Theatre programs, and subsequently directed his, then, wife Mercedes McCambridge in both Studio One and Ford Theatre for Radio and Television. The couple were married for 12 years and Markle adopted McCambridge's son, John, with her. The couple divorced in 1962.

Markle continued actively producing, directing and writing for Television both in Canada and the U.S. through the 1960s. Markle retired from Television from the 1970s, on.



Arch Oboler
(Writer)

Stage, Screen, Radio and Television Writer, Director, Producer; Playwright; Mineralogist
(1907-1987)

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.

Radiography:
1937 Lights Out
1937 The Chase and Sanborn Hour
1938 The Royal Desserts Hour
1938 Good News
1938 The Rudy Vallee Hour
1938 Texaco Star Theatre
1938 Columbia Workshop
1939 Curtain Time
1939 Arch Oboler's Plays
1940 Gulf Screen Guild Theatre
1940 Everyman's Theatre
1941 The Treasury Hour
1942 Cavalcade Of America
1942 Hollywood March Of Dimes Of the Air
1942 Plays For Americans
1942 Keep 'Em Rolling
1942 To the President
1943 Cavalcade For Victory
1944 Everything For the Boys
1944 The First Nighter Program
1944 The Adventures Of Mark Twain
1944 Four For the Fifth
1945 Weird Circle
1945 Chicago, Germany
1945 Wonderful World
1945 Radio Hall Of Fame
1945 The Victory Chest Program
1946 The AFRA Refresher Course Workshop Of the Air
1953 Think
1956 Biography In Sound
1970 The Devil and Mr O
1972 Same Time, Same Station
1979 Sears Radio Theatre
Drop Dead!
Arch Oboler Drama
AFRTS Playhouse 25
The Joe Pyne Show
Treasury Star Parade
Hollywood Calling
I Have No Prayer
Yarns For Yanks
Arch Oboler goes over The Hollywood March Of Dimes Of The Air script with emcee Tommy Cook at the NBC mike (1942)
Arch Oboler goes over The Hollywood March Of Dimes Of The Air script with emcee Tommy Cook at the NBC mike (1942)

Arch Oboler with Raymond Edward Johnson rehearsing at the MBS Mike
Arch Oboler with Raymond Edward Johnson rehearsing at the MBS Mike

Arch Oboler goes over a script with one of his actors circa 1941
Arch Oboler goes over a script with one of his actors circa 1941

Arch Oboler gives direction to one of his actors circa 1941
Arch Oboler gives direction to one of his actors circa 1941

Arch Oboler with Norma Shearer conferring on Escape (1940)
Arch Oboler with Norma Shearer conferring on Everyman's Theater (1940)

Oboler's post-Apocalyptic film Five (1951)
Oboler's post-Apocalyptic film Five (1951)

Arch Oboler on the set of Five circa 1951
Arch Oboler on the set of Five circa 1951

Perky piece punctuates penta-psychodrama proposing pitiful post-pandemic panic.
Perky piece punctuates penta-psychodrama proposing pitiful post-pandemic panic.

Oboler's F.L.Wright-designed beachhouse was used as the final location for his movie Five (1951)
Oboler's F.L.Wright-designed beachhouse was used as the final location for his movie Five (1951)

The gatehouse of Oboler's Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home in Malibu Canyon
The gatehouse of Oboler's Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home, 'Eaglefeather,' in Malibu Canyon.

Arch Oboler's Twonky (1953)
Arch Oboler's Twonky (1953)

Oboler's Bwana Devil boasted its claim as the first feature length 3-D film
Oboler's Bwana Devil (1952) boasted its claim as the first feature length 3-D film

As late as 1962, Arch Oboler and Capitol Records teamed to create a fascinating compilation of Oboler's scarier productions.
As late as 1962, Arch Oboler and Capitol Records teamed to create a fascinating compilation of Oboler's scarier productions.
5'1" tall Arch Oboler, pound for pound, inch for inch one of Radio history's scariest writers/directors--ever--was born in 1909, in Chicago. He was also, by most accounts, one of Radio's most sensitive, introspective writers, and a giant by virtually any conventional measure of the industry.

ARCH OBOLER, WROTE THRILLERS FOR RADIO IN 1930'S AND 40'S

By WILLIAM G. BLAIR
Published: Sunday, March 22, 1987

Arch Oboler, who enthralled listeners with his tales of suspense and horror in the golden age of radio in the 1930's and 40's, died Thursday of heart failure at the Westlake Community Hospital in Westlake, Calif. He was 79 years old and lived in Malibu.

Although Mr. Oboler was perhaps best known as the writer of a series of nighttime radio dramas that were broadcast under the name ''Lights Out,'' he also wrote for screen and stage.

The ''Lights Out'' programs, delightfully chilling fare to many now over the age of 50, began with these words:

''These stories are definitely not for the timid soul. So we tell you calmly and very sincerely, if you frighten easily, turn off your radio now. Lights out, everybody!'' 'I Wrote About Human Beings'

The rights to rebroadcast and distribute many of the ''Lights Out'' thrillers were acquired from Mr. Oboler late last year by Metacom, a Minneapolis-based concern that specializes in the distribution of old radio shows.

In an interview with The New York Times in October, Mr. Oboler said he had turned down offers to sell his radio stories to television in the 1950's because ''basically, I think TV talks too much and shows too much.''

Mr. Oboler said he believed his thrillers had not lost their ability to terrify because ''I wrote about human beings, not special effects.''

''What we fear most is the monster within - the girl who lets you down, the husband who is unfaithful,'' he said. ''The greatest horrors are within ourselves.''

In movies, he first made a name for himself as the writer of the 1940 screen version of ''Escape,'' the anti-Nazi best-selling novel by Ethel Vance, that starred Norma Shearer and Robert Taylor.

Three-Dimensional Movie

More than a decade later, he wrote, directed and produced the first three-dimensional movie, ''Bwana Devil,'' which had moviegoers in special eyeglasses ducking when African spears and lions appeared to be flying off the screen directly at them.

In the mid-1950's, Mr. Oboler turned to Broadway. He wrote ''Night of the Auk,'' a science-fiction drama set aboard a spaceship. The show, produced by Kermit Bloomgarden and directed by Sidney Lumet, ran for eight performances and was briefly revived in 1963.

From the 1960's on, as head of Oboler Productions, he continued to write for radio, movies and the theater. In 1969, he wrote a book called ''House on Fire'' that a reviewer for The Times described as ''pretty much what Mr. Oboler used to terrify America with.''

He is survived by his wife, the former Eleanor Helfand, and a son, Dr. Steven Oboler of Denver. A private funeral is planned.

Between 1936 and 1944, Arch Oboler either conceived or participated in an ambitious undertaking of both brief and long-running dramatic series':

  • 1936 Lights Out!
  • 1939 Arch Oboler's Plays
  • 1940 Everyman's Theater
  • 1942 Plays for Americans
  • 1942 This Is Our America
  • 1942 To The President
  • 1943 Free World Theatre
  • 1944 Four for The Fifth (with William N. Robson)
  • Drop Dead!: An Exercise In Horror (1962 Capitol Records LP)
  • The Devil and Mr. O (a 1970s revival series)

Arch Oboler's Plays was Oboler's breakout dramatic showcase over Radio. Everyman's Theater further established Oboler's versatility and range, while underscoring Oboler's growing appeal to a far wider audience than he'd already established with Lights Out!. Though eight years his senior, the diminutive Oboler, while never as widely popular as Orson Welles, invites comparison to the other great young playwright-actor-director. Their skills were clearly each other's equal, their versatility had already been amply demonstrated by 1940, and their genius was indisputable. It's also clear that both Wyllis Cooper and Norman Corwin served to influence and inform Oboler's growing, wider appeal.

The reach and effect of Arch Oboler's writing style, subject matter, and point of view remain significant influences to this day. Indeed a world of imitators, 'hat tippers', homages, and unabashed worshippers of his style have sprung up every year since the mid-1950s. And for good reason. Devising new ways to scare the be-jee-zuzz out of people has become something of a cottage industry at various times during the past 60 years.

Thillers sell when the public is in the mood for them. And when the public is in the mood for them, they tend to be insatiable for them.

Wyllis Cooper and Arch Oboler were arguably the two of the most significant influences in supernatural thrillers over Radio, of the 20th Century. Virtually every modern fiction writer of the past seventy years cites both Cooper and Oboler as influences.

Arch Oboler's fortunes waned with the waning of The Golden Age of Radio. His solo Film projects were, while revolutionary in many respects, not nearly up to the standards of his Radio work. His Five (1951) was a rather overly contrived, over-ripe, and self-important opus about a post-apocalyptic world and its five widely differing survivors. Filmed around his property and home in Malibu Canyon, it's become more of a cult flick than a representative Atomic Age sci-fi drama.

Bwana Devil (1952) was the first feature-length film to be produced in 3-D, yet another of Oboler's signature--albeit eccentric--innovations. Historic for only its innovative technology, the film, while popular as a novelty, was a stinker in every critically measurable way.

His Twonky (1953), starring pal, Hans Conreid, was a fascinating concept, somewhat frivolously executed. It featured a television set with a mind of its own, purportedly receiving direction from an alien force in geoconcentric orbit around Earth. This was highly reminiscent of the CBS Radio Workshop program, The Enormous Radio (1956), wherein a similar problem surfaces with a Radio set.

Oboler later released the Capitol LP, Drop Dead!: An Exercise In Horror (1962), reprised many of his Arch Oboler's Plays with the 1971 revival series The Devil and Mr. O, and in 1969, employed his 3-D production skills in another first, Stewardesses, a soft-core porn feature he wrote and directed for 3-D, under the pseudonym, 'Alf Silliman.'

Arch Oboler spent much of the remainder of his life attending to the various elements of his Oboler Productions company and the various writing, Film, Radio and Television projects Oboler managed through it.


From the January 29th 1979 edition of the Santa Ana Register:

Oboler Ponders
Past, Future

NOSTALGIA
RADIO

By GARY LYCAN

     Arch Oboler is one of a kind.  He tends to keep a low profile, but he stands out in a crowd.  Small in stature, but high on talent, he was honored last Friday by Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters for his contributions to the industry.
     Oboler turned out hours of superb radio anthologies, most notably the spine-tingling Lights Out series.  His sister Dr. Minnie Pearlstein is fond of saying the only thing Oboler didn't write was his own birth certificate.  At age six he was writing for the youth page in a big Chicago daily paper.  Until they met one day, the editor thought he was at least 17 and was going to offer his a job.
     But Oboler kept writing, and found his niche in radio.  He was a familiar figure in the studio control booth--a floppy hat, polo shirt and unpressed pants.  But while his clothes resembled hand-me-downs, his plays didn't.  They were classics and extended from Lights Out to Everyman's Theatre.  That was years ago, and at 69 today he may have hung up the hat and opted for a jumpsuit, but he is still writing and will be one of the talents contributing to CBS' Sears Radio Theatre debuting on Feb. 5.
     Joining in the salute to Oboler were players from his stock company — announcer Frank Martin, composer Gordon Jenkins, actors Hans Conreid, Byron Kane, Vic Perrin, Howard Duff, Elliott Lewis, Virginia Grey, Lurene Tuttle, archivist Martin Halperin, broadcaster Frank Bresee and 71-year-old Dr. Pearlstein, who helped raise Oboler as a boy.
     "My sister specialized in social diseases," Oboler told PPB.  "At her very first lecture on the subject at the University of-Illinois, she got up and said 'Gentlemen' I realize you are not accustomed to being lectured to by a woman, but the dean of the department has asked me particularly to give all of you in the next hour syphilis.' "
     Actor Kane got in a zinger of his own, recalling the time he was supposed to say "chemical reaction" in the script and for the East Coast live feed it came out "chemical erection."
     Writer-director Oboler disappeared from view in the control booth, Kane recalled.  Oboler spoke eloquently about the past. "So many memories come to mind.  Charles Laughton doing 'The Flying Yorkshireman" and at the last moment before we were on the air, he told me he couldn't possibly play the role, he didn't feel it, and would I get him a harness and hoist him up in the air."
     He recalled the time he visited Marlene Dietrich to talk about her doing one of his plays.  "I knocked on the door and that voice said 'come in.'  In a little while out came the lady in a diaphanous negligee.  I, from the canyons of Chicago, had never seen anything like it in a Sears and Roebuck catalogue.
     "She sat down and I began talking to her about the play, very earnestly.  Suddenly I felt her Dolly Partons pushing against me.  I thought it was accidental.  It continued, and I moved down the couch.  I was terribly young.  The rehearsal suddenly came to an abrupt end and she went out of the room.
     "So many, memories, and so many-regrets," sighed Oboler.
     One of Oboler's first fantasies was called' 'Futuristic" (1934), and it's apparent he is still a visionary today.  "I try to write not about immediacy but about human beings.  I like to think of the future.  The scientists tell us we have ahead of us 4 billion years.  Our total civilization, recorded and unrecorded, is a bit over 10,000 years.  Think of that.  Four billion years.
     "We can make of this world a heaven on earth.  Why should we think of ourselves as the ultimate species.  What conceit it would be to think of mankind being as it is four billion years from now.  And if we aren't the ultimate species, well, the entomologists tell us the butterflies will take over, beautiful winged creatures, at war only with the wind."
     That is Arch Oboler.  Writer, producer, director.  And prophet.





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