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Background

The American Broadcasting Company never really established itself as Drama powerhouse, with the possible exception of it's daytime Television soap operas. Indeed ABC Radio never really developed a truly memorable drama anthology of its own.

It certainly wasn't for lack of talent. ABC Radio and its founding Blue Network produced some wonderful genre dramas over the years, but it never really mounted a dramatic series of the breadth and scope of Theatre 5. This prologue simply serves to underscore what a remarkable series this was for its time.

ABC takes a last run at Radio Drama Revival

And yes, Theatre 5 probably came a bit late in ABC's Radio History to really contribute to the body of Golden Age Radio drama, but better late than never. Some have implied that Theatre 5 was a rather lightweight attempt to recapture the wonderful Radio heritage of the Golden Age of Radio. I suppose this should be considered a Golden Age Revival series in that respect. But in all fairness to ABC Radio, this was never a half-hearted attempt by any means.

The production values, polish, direction, sound engineering, and acting were all top notch. Indeed many of the finest voice talents from The Golden Age of Radio are present throughout its run. The variety of dramatic genre represented with its 260 production broadcasts also run the gamut of the rich variety of drama presented during the height of the Golden Age of Radio. Indeed very little is missing from this remarkable production run.

The variety of dramatic presentations was one of Theatre 5's most compelling features. With a broad mix of genres and some of Radio, Stage, Television and Film's finest guest stars, ABC's humble 21-minute scripts packed a lot of entertainment into a relatively small format. We loosely tallied the following genres from the entire run:

6 Ghost, Horror or Supernatural Dramas
8 Suspense Dramas
10 Fantasy Dramas
12 Action-Adventure Dramas
13 Social Dramas
17 Crime Dramas
18 Science Fiction or Space Age Dramas
18 Topical Dramas
24 Comedies
25 Mystery Dramas
26 Melodramas
26 Psychological Dramas
35 Human Interest Dramas

All told, a remarkably varied mix of afternoon or evening drama for the era--over Radio, in any case.

Timing is everything. ABC Radio missed the sweet spot of Radio Drama History by about 20 years. Nevertheless, this series competes well with the Golden Age Radio revival attempts that post-dated it, and, for a 30-minute drama, it certainly hits its target. Now that the Golden Age of Radio has come and gone, there's all the more reason to give this wonderful dramatic anthology another listen. Moreso, given its compact, but thoroughly developed 30-minute format.

And let's not forget the chance to listen to wonderful Fred Foy's remarkable voice hosting the series. That's reason enough to give this series another listen.

Series Derivatives:

None
Genre: Anthology of Golden Age Radio Dramas (predominately Science Fiction, Psychological, Social and Supernatural dramas).
Network(s): American Broadcasting Company
Audition Date(s) and Title(s): None
Premiere Date(s) and Title(s): 64-08-03 001 Hit and Run
Run Dates(s)/ Time(s): 64-08-03 to 65-07-28
Monday through Friday episodes from 5:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Syndication: American Broadcasting Company, originating from New York City, New York.

Address:
Theatre 5
New York 23,
New York
Sponsors: Local ABC affiliate sponsors.
Director(s): Ted Bell, Warren Sommerville, Harry Nelson and others
Principal Actors: George Petrie, Brett Morrison, Jackson Beck, Robert Dryden, Elliott Reid, Court Benson, Cliff Carpenter, Bryna Raeburn and many others.
Recurring Character(s): No recurring cast members.
Protagonist(s): Varied from episode to episode.
Author(s): Adaptations and original scripts from numerous authors.
Writer(s) Lillian Andrews, Richard McCracken, Sherman Dryer, Saul Panitz, Lawrence Weinberg, Frank Thomas, Robert Senadella, Robert Newman, William N. Robson.
Music Direction: Abraham 'Glenn' Osser
Musical Theme(s): Original theme music by Alexander Vlas-Daczenco
Announcer(s): Fred Foy
Estimated Scripts or
Broadcasts:
260
Episodes in Circulation: 256
Total Episodes in Collection: 256
Provenances:
RadioGOLDINdex, Hickerson Guide, ABC New York Production log.

Notes on Provenances:


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Theatre Five (Theatre 5) Series Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
64-08-03
1
Hit and Run
Y
[Premiere Episode; All production dates and broadcast dates provenanced as per ABC Production Log]

An Action-Melodrama produced on 64-06-16 as per ABC production log.

64-08-04
2
A House of Cards
Y
A Topical Drama produced on 64-06-23 as per ABC production log.

64-08-05
3
Terror from Beyond
Y
A Science Fiction Drama produced on 64-06-17 as per ABC production log.

64-08-06
4
Homecoming
Y
A Psychological Drama produced on 64-06-30 as per ABC production log.

64-08-07
5
The $245,000 Smile
Y
A Crime Comedy Drama produced on 64-06-29 as per ABC production log.

64-08-10
6
Rebellion Next Week
Y
A Comedy Melodrama produced on 64-06-25 as per ABC production log.

64-08-11
7
The Big Dog
Y
A Psychological Drama produced on 64-06-06 as per ABC production log.

64-08-12
8
Jump, Jump
Y
A Topical Drama produced on 64-06-24 as per ABC production log.

64-08-13
9
Melodrama
Y
A Comedy Drama produced on 64-07-01 as per ABC production log.

64-08-14
10
The Stranger
Y
A Psychological Drama produced on 64-07-16 as per ABC production log.

64-08-17
11
The Fun Party
Y
A Topical Comedy Drama produced on 64-07-14 as per ABC production log.

64-08-18
12
The New Order
Y
A Science Fiction Drama produced on 64-07-13 as per ABC production log.

64-08-19
13
Ring of Evil
Y
A Social Drama produced on 64-07-17 as per ABC production log.

64-08-20
14
Your Time Is Up
Y
A Human Interest Drama produced on 64-07-02 as per ABC production log.

64-08-21
15
Molecule Masquerade
Y
A Comedy Mystery Drama produced on 64-07-22 as per ABC production log.

64-08-24
16
A Caller at Midnight
Y
A Detective Mystery Drama produced on 64-07-15 as per ABC production log.

64-08-25
17
Dream of Death
Y
A Psychological Drama produced on 64-07-20 as per ABC production log.

64-08-26
18
The Late Matthew Dillard
Y
A Melodrama produced on 64-07-21 as per ABC production log.

64-08-27
19
My Other Self
Y
A Comedy Drama produced on 64-07-31 as per production log.

64-08-28
20
Incident at Apogee
Y
A Space-Age Drama produced on 64-07-09 as per ABC production log.

64-08-31
21
The Scream
Y
A Human Interest Drama produced on 64-08-03 as per ABC production log.

64-09-01
22
Outside Time
Y
A Space-Age Drama produced on 64-07-27 as per production log.

64-09-02
23
The Fix
Y
A Topical Melodrama produced on 64-08-05 as per ABC production log.

64-09-03
24
The Trouble with Alfie
Y
A Suspense Drama produced on 64-07-30 as per ABC production log.

64-09-04
25
Cry in the Night
Y
A Topical Melodrama produced on 64-08-26 as per ABC production log.

[A remake of
Ring of Evil produced on 64-07-17]
64-09-07
26
Sorry to Let You Go
Y
A Human Interest Drama produced on 64-08-04 as per ABC production log.

64-09-08
27
Incident at Shadow Valley
Y
A Suspense Drama produced on 64-07-29 as per ABC production log.

64-09-09
28
The Decoration
Y
A Melodrama produced on 64-08-06 as per ABC production log.

64-09-10
29
First Encounter
Y
A Science Fiction Drama produced on 64-07-10 as per ABC production log.

64-09-11
30
To Whom It May Concern
Y
A Topical Melodrama produced on 64-07-28 as per ABC production log.

64-09-14
31
The Noon Stars
Y
A Drama produced on 64-08-21 as per ABC production log.

64-09-15
32
My Brother's Keeper
Y
A Crime Melodrama produced on 64-08-17 as per ABC production log.

64-09-16
33
The Big Freeze
Y
A Science Melodrama produced on 64-08-24 as per ABC production log.

64-09-17
34
The Understudy
Y
A Melodrama produced on 64-08-20 as per ABC production log.

64-09-18
35
The Group
Y
A Psychological Drama produced on 64-08-07 as per ABC production log.

64-09-21
36
The Kiss Off
Y
A Comedy Melodrama produced on 64-08-28 as per ABC production log.

64-09-22
37
The Odyssey of Number Fourteen
Y
A Space-Age Drama produced on 64-08-27 as per ABC production log.

64-09-23
38
We Are All Alone
Y
A Science Fiction Drama produced on 64-08-25 as per ABC production log.

64-09-24
39
The Evil That Men Do
Y
A Human Interest Drama produced on 64-08-18 as per ABC production log.

64-09-25
40
A Genuine Grenotte
Y
A Human Interest Drama produced on 64-07-03 as per ABC production log.

64-09-28
41
Look Who's Talking
Y
A Science Fiction Drama produced on 64-09-04 as per ABC production log.

64-09-29
42
The Wrong Arm of Justice
Y
A Crime Melodrama produced on 64-08-19 as per ABC production log.

64-09-30
43
A Very Private Phone Call
Y
A Comedy Melodrama produced on 64-09-01 as per ABC production log.

64-10-01
44
John Hansen, Hermit
Y
A Topical Melodrama produced on 64-09-02 as per ABC production log.

64-10-02
45
Subject Number 428A
Y
A Psychological Drama produced on 64-09-03 as per ABC production log.

64-10-05
46
The Arithimetic of Honor
Y
A Drama produced on 64-09-16 as per ABC production log.

64-10-06
47
The Last Land Rush
Y
A Science Fiction Drama produced on 64-09-17 as per ABC production log.

64-10-07
48
Echo of Madness
Y
A Psychological Drama produced on 64-09-11 as per ABC production log.

64-10-08
49
Justice Is an Uncertain Thing
Y
A Melodrama produced on 64-09-08 as per ABC production log.

64-10-09
50
I'm Sorry, Mom
Y
A Psychological Drama produced on 64-09-09 as per ABC production log.

64-10-12
51
All the Bright Young Ones
Y
A Social Drama produced on 64-09-14 as per ABC production log.

64-10-13
52
The Autocrat
Y
A Melodrama produced on 64-09-15 as per ABC production log.

64-10-14
53
The Dog Killer
Y
A Horror Drama produced on 64-09-18 as per ABC production log.

64-10-15
54
The Good Samaritians
Y
A Human Interest Drama produced on 64-09-10 as per ABC production log.

64-10-16
55
The Captive Heart
Y
A Melodrama produced on 64-09-22 as per ABC production log.

64-10-19
56
An Honorable Way
Y
A Mystery Drama produced on 64-09-24 as per ABC production log.

64-10-20
57
The Man Who Loved Jellyroll
Y
A Melodrama produced on 64-09-28 as per ABC production log.

64-10-21
58
Captain Gamble's Uniform
Y
A Drama produced on 64-09-21 as per ABC production log.

64-10-22
59
Including Murder
Y
A Mystery Drama produced on 64-09-25 as per ABC production log.

64-10-23
60
The Sacrifice
Y
A Melodrama produced on 64-09-23 as per ABC production log.

64-10-26
61
Sirens in the Night
Y
A Drama produced on 64-09-29 as per ABC production log.

64-10-27
62
The Prodigal Son
Y
A Human Interest Drama produced on 64-10-01 as per ABC production log.

64-10-28
63
Odds on the Tower
Y
An Action Melodrama produced on 64-10-06 as per ABC production log.

64-10-29
64
A Nightmare
Y
A Topical Melodrama produced on 64-09-30 as per ABC production log.

64-10-30
65
The Second Chance
Y
A Comedy Drama produced on 64-10-02 as per ABC production log.

64-11-02
66
June 17th, Where Are You
Y
A Melodramatic Romance produced on 64-10-14 as per ABC production log.

64-11-03
67
Why Can't Life Be More Like the Movies
Y
A Comedy Drama produced on 64-10-05 as per ABC production log.

64-11-04
68
Body Without the Crime
Y
A Mystery Drama produced on 64-10-07 as per ABC production log.

64-11-05
69
Twenty Minutes in the Life of Melinda Madison
Y
A Psychological Drama produced on 64-10-12 as per ABC production log.

64-11-06
70
Living Credit
Y
A Fantasy produced on 64-10-07 as per ABC production log.

64-11-09
71
The Nameless Day
Y
A Mystery Drama produced on 64-10-20 as per ABC production log.

64-11-10
72
World Enough and Time
Y
A Fantasy produced on 64-10-15 as per ABC production log.

64-11-11
73
The Gift
Y
A Melodrama produced on 64-10-13 as per ABC production log.

64-11-12
74
A Brand New Life
Y
A Social Comedy produced on 64-10-19 as per ABC production log.

64-11-13
75
Deedle Deedle Dumply My Son X-1
Y
A Science Fiction Drama produced on 64-10-16 as per ABC production log.

64-11-16
76
The City Manager
Y
A Science Comedy produced on 64-10-26 as per ABC production log.

64-11-17
77
The Contract Maker
Y
A Mystery Melodrama produced on 64-10-23 as per ABC production log.

64-11-18
78
A Little Piece of Candle
Y
A Psychological Drama produced on 64-11-02 as per ABC production log.

64-11-19
79
To Be or Not to Be Maybe!
Y
A Crime Melodrama produced on 64-11-04 as per ABC production log.

64-11-20
80
A Nothing Place
Y
A Crime Mystery produced on 64-10-22 as per ABC production log.

64-11-23
81
Dark Appointment
Y
A Mystery Melodrama produced on 64-10-21 as per ABC production log.

64-11-24
82
The Talkers
Y
An Adventiure Drama produced on 64-11-05 as per ABC production log.

64-11-25
83
A Little Knowledge
Y
An Emotional Drama produced on 64-11-11 as per ABC production log.

64-11-26
84
The Neighbor
Y
An Ghost Drama produced on 64-11-10 as per ABC production log.

64-11-27
85
The Lesson
Y
A Melodrama produced on 64-11-09 as per ABC production log.

64-11-30
86
To Helen with Love
Y
A Melodramatic Romance produced on 64-11-06 as per ABC production log.

64-12-01
87
Finders Can Be Losers
Y
A Mystery Melodrama produced on 64-11-16 as per ABC production log.

64-12-02
88
Found Money
Y
A Comedy Adventure Drama produced on 64-11-12 as per ABC production log.

64-12-03
89
Fog
Y
A Psychological Drama produced on 64-11-17 as per ABC production log.

64-12-04
90
Sound Track of a Happy Family
Y
A Human Interest Drama produced on 64-11-13 as per ABC production log.

64-12-07
91
Bug Off
Y
A Horror Drama produced on 64-11-23 as per ABC production log.

64-12-08
92
Congratulations, Mr Mayor
Y
A Social Fantasy produced on 64-11-18 as per ABC production log.

64-12-09
93
The Weapons at Hand
Y
A Melodrama produced on 64-11-20 as per ABC production log.

64-12-10
94
I Love You
Y
A Psychological Drama produced on 64-11-19 as per ABC production log.

64-12-11
95
Bang Bang You're Dead
Y
A Psychological Drama produced on 64-11-24 as per ABC production log.

64-12-14
96
Now Listen to the Tiger
Y
A Topical Drama produced on 64-11-25 as per ABC production log.

64-12-15
97
The Victim
Y
A Psychological Drama produced on 64-11-25 as per ABC production log.

64-12-16
98
An Average American Family
Y
A Crime Melodrama produced on 64-11-27 as per ABC production log.

64-12-17
99
Just Call Me Lucky
Y
An Adventiure Drama produced on 64-11-30 as per ABC production log.

64-12-18
100
Nuptial Flight
Y
A Psychological Drama produced on 64-12-01 as per ABC production log.

64-12-21
101
Six Foot Flower Box
Y
A Mystery Drama produced on 64-12-02 as per ABC production log.

64-12-22
102
Finders Keepers
Y
A Comedy Drama produced on 64-12-03 as per ABC production log.

64-12-23
103
The Flea Circus
Y
A Psychological Drama produced on 64-12-07 as per ABC production log.

64-12-24
104
The Wish Fulfillment Machine
Y
A Science Drama produced on 64-12-04 as per ABC production log.

64-12-25
105
Look at My Record
Y
A Human Interest Drama produced on 64-12-08 as per ABC production log.

64-12-28
106
Five Strangers
Y
A Supernatural Drama produced on 64-12-10 as per ABC production log.

64-12-29
107
Charlie, the Beautiful Machine
Y
A Comedy Drama produced on 64-12-14 as per ABC production log.

64-12-30
108
The Blue Eyed People
Y
A Melodrama produced on 64-12-09 as per ABC production log.

64-12-31
109
Presence of Mind
Y
A Mystery Drama produced on 64-12-16 as per ABC production log.

65-01-01
110
Discotheque
Y
A Modern Melodrama produced on 64-12-15 as per ABC production log.

65-01-04
111
The Blank Check
Y
A Human Interest Drama produced on 64-12-16 as per ABC production log.

65-01-05
112
Devil Dust
Y
A Mystery Drama produced on 64-12-22 as per ABC production log.

65-01-06
113
The Corporation
Y
A Comedy Melodrama produced on 64-12-22 as per ABC production log.

65-01-07
114
Don't Call Me, I'll Call You
Y
A Mystery Intrigue Drama produced on 64-12-24 as per ABC production log.

65-01-08
115
The Deliquents
Y
A Social Satire produced on 64-12-28 as per ABC production log.

65-01-11
116
The Button Stealers
Y
A Foreign Intrigue Drama produced on 64-12-29 as per ABC production log.

65-01-12
117
Bravo, Bravo
Y
A Human Interest Drama produced on 64-12-17 as per ABC production log.

65-01-13
118
Man on the Canyon Wall
Y
An Adventiure Drama produced on 64-12-30 as per ABC production log.

65-01-14
119
The Wandering Spaceman
Y
A Fantasy produced on 64-12-21 as per ABC production log.

65-01-15
120
The Trophy
Y
A Human Interest Drama produced on 64-12-23 as per ABC production log.

65-01-18
121
The Wheel
Y
A Human Interest Drama produced on 64-12-30 as per ABC production log.

65-01-19
122
Across the River From Grandma's House
Y
A Fantasy produced on 64-12-31 as per ABC production log.

65-01-20
123
A Dream of a Scheme
Y
A Comedy Crime Drama produced on 64-12-11 as per ABC production log.

65-01-21
124
The Imposters
Y
A Mystery Drama produced on 65-01-05 as per ABC production log.

65-01-22
125
The First Weekend
Y
A Melodrama produced on 65-01-04 as per ABC production log.

65-01-25
126
Where Art Thou, Romeo
Y
A Crime Melodrama produced on 65-01-12 as per ABC production log.

65-01-26
127
Mr Horn's Holiday
Y
A Fantasy produced on 65-01-07 as per ABC production log.

65-01-27
128
Tomorrow 6-1212
Y
A Science Drama produced on 64-12-18 as per ABC production log.

65-01-28
129
The Hostage
Y
A Melodrama produced on 65-01-06 as per ABC production log.

65-01-29
130
I've Got Your Number
Y
A Topical Drama produced on 65-01-11 as per ABC production log.

65-02-01
131
The Boy
Y
A Mystery Drama produced on 65-01-13 as per ABC production log.

65-02-02
132
The Time, the Place, and the Death
Y
A Comedy Drama produced on 65-01-08 as per ABC production log.

65-02-03
133
The Hunters
Y
A Social Drama produced on 65-01-14 as per ABC production log.

65-02-04
134
Greater Love Hath No Man
Y
A Human Interest Drama produced on 65-01-15 as per ABC production log.

65-02-05
135
The Underdeveloped Nation
Y
A Human Interest Fantasy produced on 65-01-18 as per ABC production log.

65-02-08
136
Cold Storage
Y
A Science Fiction Drama produced on 65-01-25 as per ABC production log.

65-02-09
137
The Eye of the Storm
Y
A Social Drama produced on 65-01-20 as per ABC production log.

65-02-10
138
Lovely Boy
Y
A Mystery Drama produced on 65-01-21 as per ABC production log.

65-02-11
139
The Sybil of Sycamore Lane
Y
A Comedy Drama produced on 65-01-22 as per ABC production log.

65-02-12
140
The Chain
Y
A Melodrama produced on 65-01-19 as per ABC production log.

65-02-15
141
The Forgotten
Y
A Melodrama produced on 65-01-26 as per ABC production log.

65-02-16
142
A Little Game on Saturday Mornings
Y
A Fantasy produced on 65-01-27 as per ABC production log.

65-02-17
143
Post Time
Y
A Drama produced on 65-01-28 as per ABC production log.

65-02-18
144
It's a Work of Art
Y
A Science Fiction Drama produced on 65-01-29 as per ABC production log.

65-02-19
145
Listen, Mother
Y
A Melodrama produced on 65-01-27 as per ABC production log.

65-02-22
146
A Tale for the Nursery
Y
A Comedy Drama produced on 65-02-02 as per ABC production log.

65-02-23
147
The Elevator
Y
A Melodrama produced on 65-02-01 as per ABC production log.

65-02-24
148
The Man Who Heard Everything
Y
A Fantasy produced on 65-02-03 as per ABC production log.

65-02-25
149
Toby's Wonderful Egg
Y
A Comedy Drama produced on 65-02-03 as per ABC production log.

65-02-26
150
Little Girl, Little Girl
Y
A Psychological Drama produced on 65-02-04 as per ABC production log.

65-03-01
151
You Bet Your Life
Y
A Melodrama produced on 65-02-05 as per ABC production log.

65-03-02
152
French Quarter
Y
A Mystery Drama produced on 65-02-09 as per ABC production log.

65-03-03
153
Annie Is Watching
Y
A Human Interest Drama produced on 65-02-10 as per ABC production log.

65-03-04
154
The Land of Milk and Honey
Y
A Fantasy produced on 65-02-08 as per ABC production log.

65-03-05
155
April Snowfall
Y
A Mystery Drama produced on 65-02-10 as per ABC production log.

65-03-08
156
Last Ride on the Merry-Go-Round
Y
A Crime Melodrama produced on 65-02-12 as per ABC production log.

65-03-09
157
Just for Kicks
Y
A Human Interest Drama produced on 65-02-11 as per ABC production log.

65-03-10
158
Broken Image
Y
A Mystery Drama produced on 65-02-10 as per ABC production log.

65-03-11
159
Publish or Perish
Y
A Topical Drama produced on 65-02-18 as per ABC production log.

65-03-12
160
The Janitor
Y
A Drama produced on 65-02-15 as per ABC production log.

65-03-15
161
Divorce American Style
Y
A Human Interest Drama produced on 65-02-22 as per ABC production log.

65-03-16
162
Any Port in the Storm
Y
A Fantasy produced on 65-02-24 as per ABC production log.

65-03-17
163
Across the River To Grandfather's House
Y
An Adventiure Drama produced on 65-02-23 as per ABC production log.

65-03-18
164
If the Spirit Moves You
Y
A Mystery Drama produced on 65-02-26 as per ABC production log.

65-03-19
165
They Call Me Howie
Y
A Ghost Drama produced on 65-02-25 as per ABC production log.

65-03-22
166
Bad News for Mrs Bristol
Y
A Psychological Drama produced on 65-03-01 as per ABC production log.

65-03-23
167
The Hazelton Story
Y
A Topical Melodrama produced on 65-03-03 as per ABC production log.

65-03-24
168
Point of Impact
Y
A Space Age Drama produced on 65-03-02 as per ABC production log.

65-03-25
169
There's One Born Every Minute
Y
A Comedy Melodrama produced on 65-03-04 as per ABC production log.

65-03-26
170
The Widow
Y
A Horror Drama produced on 65-03-05 as per ABC production log.

65-03-29
171
The Avenger
Y
A Mystery Drama produced on 65-02-18 as per ABC production log.

65-03-30
172
Bright House, New House
Y
A Human Interest Drama produced on 65-03-08 as per ABC production log.

65-03-31
173
Eye of Kali
Y
A Crime Melodrama produced on 65-02-19 as per ABC production log.

65-04-01
174
Three On A Death
Y
A Murder Melodrama produced on 65-03-09 as per ABC production log.

65-04-02
175
Get Away with Murder
Y
A Human Interest Drama produced on 65-03-10 as per ABC production log.

65-04-05
176
The Welcome Lady
Y
A Mystery Melodrama produced on 65-03-11 as per ABC production log.

65-04-06
177
Till Death Do Us
Y
A Social Drama produced on 65-03-12 as per ABC production log.

65-04-07
178
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
Y
A Fantasy Melodrama produced on 65-03-15 as per ABC production log.

65-04-08
179
A Million Miles to Nowhere
Y
A Mystery Melodrama produced on 65-03-16 as per ABC production log.

65-04-09
180
It's My Funeral
Y
A Human Interest Drama produced on 65-03-17 as per ABC production log.

65-04-12
181
A Matter of Pride
Y
A Melodrama produced on 65-03-24 as per ABC production log.

65-04-13
182
The Lion Who Wasn't There
Y
A Crime Adventure Drama produced on 65-03-18 as per ABC production log.

65-04-14
183
Come Home Daughter, All Is Forbidden
Y
A Topical Comedy Drama produced on 65-03-19 as per ABC production log.

65-04-15
184
Panic
Y
A Melodrama produced on 65-03-22 as per ABC production log.

65-04-16
185
He Was a Good Boy
Y
A Social Melodrama produced on 65-03-23 as per ABC production log.

65-04-19
186
Incident in Ceylon
Y
A Mystery Melodrama produced on 65-03-30 as per ABC production log.

65-04-20
187
You Gotta Cry Sometime
Y
A Human Interest Drama produced on 65-03-25 as per ABC production log.

65-04-21
188
The Wonderful Stamps from El Dorado
Y
A Comedy Fantasy Drama produced on 65-03-29 as per ABC production log.

65-04-22
189
Said the Spider
Y
A Drama produced on 65-03-26 as per ABC production log.

65-04-23
190
Poor Little Greek Girl
Y
A Detective Drama produced on 65-03-31 as per ABC production log.

65-04-26
191
Greener Pastures
Y
A Crime Comedy Drama produced on 65-04-01 as per ABC production log.

65-04-27
192
Lorna Is a Strange Child
Y
A Mystery Fantasy Drama produced on 65-04-02 as per ABC production log.

65-04-28
193
The Beneficiary
Y
A Comedy Drama produced on 65-04-03 as per ABC production log.

65-04-29
194
Junior
Y
A Human Interest Melodrama produced on 65-04-07 as per ABC production log.

65-04-30
195
Make My Name Clean
Y
A Topical Drama produced on 65-04-06 as per ABC production log.

65-05-03
196
Driver's Seat
Y
A Human Interest Drama produced on 65-04-05 as per ABC production log.

65-05-04
197
Incident on U.S. 1
Y
A Melodrama produced on 65-04-09 as per ABC production log.

65-05-05
198
The Name Game
Y
An Adventiure Drama produced on 65-04-12 as per ABC production log.

65-05-06
199
Reunion
Y
A Human Interest Drama produced on 65-04-14 as per ABC production log.

65-05-07
200
The Ten Year Old Car
Y
A Murder Mystery Drama produced on 65-04-14 as per ABC production log.

65-05-10
201
Lift to Beyond
Y
A Human Interest Drama produced on 65-04-13 as per ABC production log.

65-05-11
202
Nightmare at 26,000 Feet
Y
An Action Melodrama produced on 65-04-15 as per ABC production log.

65-05-12
203
Around the Corner from Nowhere
Y
A Mystery Fantasy produced on 65-04-16 as per ABC production log.

65-05-13
204
Wrong Turning
Y
A Social Melodrama produced on 65-04-19 as per ABC production log.

65-05-14
205
A Birthday Present
Y
A Suspense Melodrama produced on 65-04-20 as per ABC production log.

65-05-17
206
The Gandy Walker
Y
A Human Interest Melodrama produced on 65-04-22 as per ABC production log.

65-05-18
207
Will Integrity Ruin Clint Marble
Y
A Comedy Drama produced on 65-04-22 as per ABC production log.

65-05-19
208
Blind Man's Bluff
Y
A Crime Melodrama produced on 65-04-21 as per ABC production log.

65-05-20
209
Death of an Old Flame
Y
A Romantic Fantasy Drama produced on 65-04-23 as per ABC production log.

65-05-21
210
Two Birds, One Stone
Y
A Suspense Drama produced on 65-04-26 as per ABC production log.

65-05-24
211
Rocky Loves Julie
Y
A Psychological Drama produced on 65-04-27 as per ABC production log.

65-05-25
212
The Dance Hall
Y
A Drama produced on 65-04-28 as per ABC production log.

65-05-26
213
Incident at Phong Trang
Y
A Topical Drama produced on 65-04-28 as per ABC production log.

65-05-27
214
Barefoot in Athens
Y
A Comedy Drama produced on 65-04-29 as per ABC production log.

65-05-28
215
The Protective Circle
Y
A Crime Melodrama produced on 65-04-30 as per ABC production log.

65-05-31
216
Lake Toplitz
Y
A Mystery Drama produced on 65-05-03 as per ABC production log.

65-06-01
217
Mama's Girl
Y
A Psychological Drama produced on 65-05-04 as per ABC production log.

65-06-02
218
Noose of Pearls
Y
A Human Interest Drama produced on 65-05-05 as per ABC production log.

65-06-03
219
And Dream No More
N
A Psychological Drama produced on 65-05-06 as per ABC production log.

65-06-04
220
Untrue Confession
Y
A Human Interest Drama produced on 65-05-07 as per ABC production log.

65-06-07
221
Two Came Back
Y
An Adventiure Drama produced on 65-05-10 as per ABC production log.

65-06-08
222
Skeletons
Y
A Crime Comedy Drama produced on 65-05-11 as per ABC production log.

65-06-09
223
The Big Lonely
N
A Contemporary Drama produced on 65-05-12 as per ABC production log.

65-06-10
224
The Wishing Stone
Y
A Human Interest Drama produced on 65-05-13 as per ABC production log.

65-06-11
225
The Bottom of The Bottle
N
A Social Drama produced on 65-05-14 as per ABC production log.

65-06-14
226
The Manor House
Y
A Melodrama produced on 65-05-17 as per ABC production log.

65-06-15
227
A Bad Day's Work
Y
A Social Drama produced on 65-05-18 as per ABC production log.

65-06-16
228
Incident at Simba-Rundi
Y
An Adventure Drama produced on 65-05-19 as per ABC production log.

65-06-17
229
Country Boy
Y
A Suspense Melodrama produced on 65-05-20 as per ABC production log.

65-06-18
230
The Banana Ball
Y
A Sports Melodrama produced on 65-05-21 as per ABC production log.

65-06-21
231
The Roper
Y
A Crime Detection Drama produced on 65-05-24 as per ABC production log.

65-06-22
232
The Pigeon
Y
A Comedy Melodrama produced on 65-05-25 as per ABC production log.

65-06-23
233
Goodbye Matt
Y
A Human Interest Drama produced on 65-05-26 as per ABC production log.

65-06-24
234
A Cup of Snow for Lt. Vogel
N
A Crime Melodrama produced on 65-05-27 as per ABC production log.

65-06-25
235
Ride with Death
Y
An Action Melodrama produced on 65-05-28 as per ABC production log.

65-06-28
236
Custody of the Mother
Y
A Social Drama produced on 65-05-31 as per ABC production log.

65-06-29
237
You Can't Fight City Hall
Y
A Topical Comedy Drama produced on 65-06-01 as per ABC production log.

65-06-30
238
Method in the Madness
Y
A Psychological Drama produced on 65-06-02 as per ABC production log.

65-07-01
239
Teacher, Teacher
Y
A Human Interest Drama produced on 65-06-03 as per ABC production log.

65-07-02
240
Children of Death
Y
A Suspense Melodrama produced on 65-06-04 as per ABC production log.

65-07-05
241
Devotion
Y
A Western Drama produced on 65-06-07 as per ABC production log.

65-07-06
242
Jailbreak
Y
A Suspense Melodrama produced on 65-06-08 as per ABC production log.

65-07-07
243
Don't Hesitate to Call
Y
A Human Interest Melodrama produced on 65-06-09 as per ABC production log.

65-07-08
244
A Matter of Appearances
Y
A Melodrama produced on 65-06-10 as per ABC production log.

65-07-09
245
Ed's War
Y
A Psychological Drama produced on 65-06-14 as per ABC production log.

65-07-12
246
Casuality of a Small War
Y
A Topical Melodrama produced on 65-06-11 as per ABC production log.

65-07-13
247
The Marked Man
Y
A Psychological Drama produced on 65-06-15 as per ABC production log.

65-07-14
248
The Walls of Poison Ivy
Y
A Human Interest Drama produced on 65-06-16 as per ABC production log.

65-07-15
249
The Big Waves
Y
A Psychological Drama produced on 65-06-21 as per ABC production log.

65-07-16
250
Flies with Honey
Y
A Crime Drama produced on 65-06-20 as per ABC production log.

[Make My Name Clean]
65-07-19
251
Summer's End
Y
A Teen-Age Drama produced on 65-06-23 as per ABC production log.

65-07-20
252
Flights of Angels
Y
A Poetic Melodrama produced on 65-06-24 as per ABC production log.

65-07-21
253
In Time of Trouble
Y
A Topical Drama produced on 65-06-22 as per ABC production log.

65-07-22
254
Jazz Festival
Y
A Modern Melodrama produced on 65-06-28 as per ABC production log.

65-07-23
255
Whatever Happened to the 5:25
Y
A Drama produced on 65-06-29 as per ABC production log.

65-07-26
256
In Absence of All Intelligent Life
Y
A Science Fantasy produced on 65-06-30 as per ABC production log.

65-07-27
257
I Spy Sister Sairey
Y
A Psychological Drama produced on 65-07-01 as per ABC production log.

65-07-28
258
Death Watch
Y
A Melodrama produced on 65-07-06 as per ABC production log.

65-07-29
259
Big Deal on Sutton East
Y
A Comedy Drama produced on 65-07-06 as per ABC production log.

65-07-30
260
Joey
Y
[Last Episode of Program Run]

A
Human Interest Drama produced on 65-07-08 as per ABC production log.






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Theatre Five (Theatre 5) Biographies




Frederick William 'Fred' Foy
(Host/Announcer)
(March 27, 1921 - )

Birthplace:
Detroit, Michigan

Curriculum Vitae:
1939
WBMC,
Detroit

1942
WXYZ,
Detroit

1942-1946
United States Army
14th Special Services Unit

1960
American Broadcasting Company


Radiography:
1939
Father Coughlin
1942-1946 (U.S. Army)
Egyptian State Broadcasting
'American Newsletter'
'Headline News of the Day'
'Up To Scratch'
'Shows On Parade'
1945
The Lone Ranger
1947
The Challenge of The Yukon
1963
The Kennedy Assassination
1964
Theatre Five
1967
Voices In The Headlines
1970
Return To Studio 1A
1976
Radio's Golden Age
1979
Sears Radio Theatre

Sgt. Fred Foy at Camp Huckstep, Cairo, Egypt with AFRS station JCZE
Sgt. Fred Foy at Camp Huckstep, Cairo, Egypt with AFRS station JCZE

Fred Foy accepts The Golden Mike Award
Fred Foy accepts The Golden Mike Award

Fred Foy during the ABC Years
Fred Foy during the ABC Years

Fred Foy intonates a hearty 'Hi Yo Silver!' while touring for his Autobiography 'Fred Foy From XZY to ABC'
Fred Foy intonates a hearty 'Hi Yo Silver!' while touring for his Autobiography 'Fred Foy From XZY to ABC'

Promotional Poster from Fred Foy's Book Tour
Promotional Poster from
Fred Foy's Book Tour
Fred Foy's voice is one of those unmistakable, visceral sounds that will forever be associated with The Golden Age of Radio Era. Few radio voice talents have left the impression upon the listener as has Fred Foy.

Fred began his career in Radio, part-time at WBMC, Detroit. His voice was first heard on the Father Coughlin radio program in 1939. By 1942 Mr. Foy had obtained a position with Detroit's legendary WXYZ, home to Fran Striker and the wonderfully emblematic series' 'The Lone Ranger', 'The Green Hornet', and 'The Challenge of The Yukon'.

By 1945, Fred Foy was regularly being heard as the booming announcer for 'The Lone Ranger', indeed serving as Brace Beemer's understudy for a time.

During World War II, Fred Foy served as Sergeant Foy, Technician 4th Grade, with the Army's 14th Special Services Unit, in Cairo, Egypt and throughout the Middle East, distinguishing himself as one of the most well-recognized American voices in the Middle East.

After his discharge from The Army, Mr. Foy returned to WXYZ to become the full-time announcer for 'The Lone Ranger' for the remainder of it's run. He also voiced the equally stirring introduction to the television run of 'The Lone Ranger'.

Mr. Foy joined the ABC Network in 1960, serving as a staff announcer with ABC for the following twenty years. It was during his time with ABC that he became the voice of 'Theatre Five'.

Foy recounted his amazing career spanning the WXYZ years through the ABC years in his autobiography appropriately entitled, 'Fred Foy from XYZ to ABC'.

Fred Foy was inducted into The Radio Hall of Fame in March, 2000. He was awarded The Motion Picture and Television Fund's 'Golden Boot Award' in August, 2004.



Abraham 'Glenn' Osser
(Music Director)
(1914- )

Birthplace:
Munising, MI

A.K.A's
Arthur Meisel, Bob Marvel, Maurice Pierre, and others.


Radiography:
1946
Forever Tops
1946
Paul Whiteman Show
1947
The Clock
1948
Mr. President
1956
High Moment
1957
Disaster
1960
The Revlon Revue
1964-65
Theatre 5 (Five)


Glenn Osser circa 1949

Glenn Osser (left) with 'Slam' Stewart and Bob Haggert c.1982
Glenn Osser (left) with 'Slam' Stewart and Bob Haggert c.1982
The son of Jewish-Russian immigrants, Abe 'Glenn' Osser took up the piano, violin, saxophone and clarinet during his high school years, then attended The University of Michigan, studying Music Education and Music Theory and graduating in 1935.

After performing in college bands for a year, he moved to New York City, where he was mentored by music publisher Charles Warren.

Under Warren's guidance, Osser began composing arrangements for Bob Crosby, Vincent Lopez, Al Donahue, Charlie Barnet, Bunny Berigan, and Ben Bernie. He also began perfoming with Les Brown and Benny Goodman, playing saxophone and clarinet.

During World War II, Abe Osser joined the United States Marine Corps in 1944, serving as an arranger for the Paul Whiteman Orchestra. After his discharge he followed Paul Whiteman to ABC's The Blue Network where he served rehearsing and conducting The Paul Whiteman Orchestra. When Whiteman became the Music Director for ABC Television, he took 'Glenn' Osser with him as a staff arranger where he stayed from 1947-1969, the period during which he was Music Director for 'Theatre Five'.




William N. Robson
(Writer)

(1906-1995)
Writer, Producer, Director of Radio and Television, College Lecturer

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, PA

Education:
B.A., Philosphy, Yale University

Curriculum Vitae:
Lecturer, New York University
Lecturer, UCLA
Consultant, U.S. Information Agency
Director, The Voice of America

Radiography:

1934 Calling All Cars
1936 Columbia Workshop
1936 Then and Now
1938 American School Of the Air
1939 Americans All-Immigrants
1939 What Price America
1940 Big Town
1942 The Twenty Second Letter
1943 The Man Behind the Gun
1943 One World
1944 Four For the Fifth
1945 Request Perforance
1946 Stars In the Afternoon
1946 Hawk Larabee
1947 Escape
1947 Doorway To Life
1947 Hollywood Fights Back
1947 Shorty Bell, Cub Reporter
1948 Suspense
1948 The Whistler
1950 T-Man
1950 The Adventures Of Christopher London
1950 Beyond Tomorrow
1955 Girl From Paradise
1955 Romance
1956 Fort Laramie
1956 CBS Radio Workshop
1958 Luke Slaughter Of Tombstone
1959 The Heart Of America
1960 Have Gun, Will Travel
1964 Theatre Five
Jackson Beck and Paul Luther confer with William N. Robson during Man Behind the Gun (1943)
Jackson Beck and Paul Luther confer with William N. Robson during Man Behind the Gun (1943)



Robson, seen here behind Frank Lovejoy, directing the Peabody Award winning series, Man Behind The Gun, for CBS, ca 1943


William Robson, Director, ca. 1954
William Robson, Director, ca. 1954


William N. Robson, with sons, ca. 1959
William N. Robson, with sons, ca. 1959


William N. Robson was yet another of the hundreds of prominent victims of the infamous "Red Channels" promoted blacklisting of professionals in the Performing Arts. His 'sins' in the cowardly, notorious and despicable "Red Channels" pamphlet that named him?:
  • Acting as one of the Sponsors of an Artists Front to Win the War meeting he helped organize at Carnegie Hall in 1942.
  • A December 1946 speech he gave on the encroachments being made against free speech.
  • Being a signator to a 1948 full page 'We Are for Wallace' ad in the New York Times.
  • A masthead listing him as an Associate for the Hollywood Quarterly, a scholarly journal of Film, Radio and Television history.

That's apparently all the extreme Right Wing needed during those shameful post-War years to destroy any great professional's career--through whispers and innuendo. Robson had been one of CBS's premiere Radio and Television talents, but their withering support of Robson, fueled by the spurious comments in Red Channels eventually pressured CBS into discharging Robson. The long-festering Right Wing backlash from F.D.R.'s famous Four Freedoms Speech had traversed full-circle. And so it evolved that anyone speaking out for the protection of those very freedoms was targeted for ostracization.

But despite the attempts to destroy his reputation, Robson's career in Radio and Television and in service to his country still stand as one of the finest records of acheivement of the Golden Age of Radio. Indeed, it was Edward R. Murrow himself, under the administration of John F. Kennedy that gained an appointment for Robson as a Director for The Voice of America. His security clearance for that highly sensitive position was expedited without a hitch.

William Robson had every expectation of having a storied career. He showed early promise at Yale, began his writing career with Paramount Pictures, then in 1936, entered Radio while still in his twenties. He was a staff writer and director for CBS for almost 20 years. So instrumental was his role in early CBS Radio dramas that his name was rountinely attached to the promotional efforts for the programs he wrote, directed or produced for CBS--and rightly so. By the mid-1940s Robson had already received two prestigious George Foster Peabody awards for CBS--for 1943's Man Behind the Gun and the documentary, Open Letter on Race Hatred.

Robson's Philosophy degree served him well throughout his career, and its influence on his Radio and Television productions is readily apparent throughout his body of work. Always sensitive to the eternal conflicts between morality and amorality, many of Robson's pet projects strove to shine a light onto the murkier aspects of American society. This is undoubtedly one of the reasons that the first half of his career attracted the prurient interests of the extreme Right Wing during the infamous HUAC era.

And indeed, despite all extreme Conservative attempts to squelch his 'voice' in the Media, he could not be restrained for long. Robson may well have argued himself, that the second half of his career was even more productive and influential on the World Stage than his years in American Radio and Television.

William N. Robson capped an outstanding career in Communications with a highly influential position producing Pro-Democracy documentaries as Chief Documentary Writer, Producer and Director for the Voice of America. Indeed, he won four more Peabody Awards for his work at The Voice of America. How fittingly ironic.

And though his work with The Voice of America may well have eclipsed his work during The Golden Age of Radio, his personal influence in shaping and giving a conscience to those Golden Years stands head and shoulders above his peers.

William Robson died of Alzheimer's disease at his home in Alexandria, Va in April of 1995, survived by his wife, Shirley, and three sons, Christopher, Anthony and Michael.




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