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The Whisperer Radio Program

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The Whisperer pulp comic from Street and Smith
The Whisperer pulp comic from Street and Smith
The Whisperer Spot Ad from July 1 1951
The Whisperer Spot Ad from July 1 1951

Pulp Illustration of Philip Galt--The Whisperer. The illustration was an apparent homage to H.P. Lovecraft, (pictured below) and his The Whisper in Darkness
Pulp Illustration of Philip Galt--The Whisperer. The illustration was an apparent homage to H.P. Lovecraft, (pictured below) and his The Whisper in Darkness

H.P. Lovecraft
H.P. Lovecraft.


Whisperer Spot Ad from October 21 1951
Whisperer Spot Ad from October 21 1951

Lovely Betty Moran portrayed The Whisperer's love interest and assistant Ellen Norris
Lovely Betty Moran portrayed The Whisperer's love interest and assistant Ellen Norris

Background

Supernatural or psychological thrillers and crime thrillers abounded throughout the Golden Age of Radio. The more popular among them were:

The Whisperer arrived near the end of the heyday of such Golden Age of Radio supernatural and crime dramas. While most of the more popular horror-thriller programming aired over Columbia (CBS) and Mutual (MBS and The Don-Lee Mutual West Coast network), NBC and ABC attempted several such programs as well. Many of the most successful supernatural thrillers combined the moral message of the genre underscored with a crime theme, such as the late-1930s and remaining runs of The Shadow, and the entire runs of The Whistler, The Strange Dr. Weird, Weird Circle, Cabin B-13 and The Whisperer.

The Whisperer was conceived to be more akin to The Shadow, The Green Lama and The Whistler. As such, the crime theme overshadowed and informed virtually the entire run. This particular combination had become another tried and true formula. The uniting under-theme is that of a crime fighter of one era or another, who employs some element of disguise or secret powers and talents to dog the criminal underworld, thwarting their very underpinnings through fear and various supernatural powers or contrivances. Instilling fear into the various criminal enterprises becomes the generally-accepted weapon of choice. Underworld criminals are sweepingly referred to as a very superstitious lot as a whole, thus more receptive than most other, more spiritual elements of society to intimidation, fear of the unknown and supernatural trickery and artifice. The typical goal of such psychological ploys is to instill a greater fear into the criminal than the criminal has employed against his--or her--law-abiding prey.

The Whisperer was created by the writing team of Irene Humphrey and her husband, Dr. Stetson Humphrey, a "voice coach to the stars" and music director. Their protagonist, The Whisperer, is Philip 'Phil' Galt, a Central City attorney who lost most of his voice in an accident that crushed his vocal chords. The accident forced him to express himself in an eery, foreboding whisper. Phil Galt 'skirts the thin edges of danger, living his dual role' as attorney and his alias, The Whisperer, relentless crime-fighter against organized crime, or 'The Syndicate.'

Galt used his legal contacts and knowledge of the Law to burrow deep into 'The Syndicate' in order to influence their actions and wreck havoc with their various new--and tried and true--criminal schemes. A subsequent surgical operation by famed surgeon Dr. Benjamin Lee, restored attorney Galt's voice, but Galt continues to employ his gruesome whisper to both retain his cover, and to further gain access to--and influence over--The Syndicate. He's aided by Ellen Norris, formerly a nurse who'd assisted Dr. Lee in restoring Galt's vocal chords. She becomes Galt's assistant and love interest for the remainder of the production.

Phillip Galt is portrayed by Carleton G. Young, one of Radio's most recognizable voices. The part of Ellen Norris is portrayed by Betty Moran, a solid Radio character actor and aspiring B-Film actress and songstress. Once Galt reveals himself to Ellen as The Whisperer, she reluctantly agrees to aid Galt in his dual-identity, while attempting to discourage him from undertaking the more dangerous aspects of his fight against organized crime.

The far more successful examples of this genre often benefitted from some of the 19th and 20th Century's greatest authors, writers and adapters. This short-lived series was, by contrast, penned by NBC writers Jonathan Price and Ann Gill. Given the narrow, short-lived arc of the premise of The Whisperer character and his quest, the writing remains consistent and effective for all thirteen circulating exemplars. The overarching theme is not particularly remarkable compared to its numerous predecessors, but the wrinkle is unique, and Galt's dual-identity translates well in this rare, short-lived series.

The series' various themes speak to many of the post-War and Cold War era crime problems, as well as effectively addressing the 1950s' rapidly emerging criminal concerns. Given the often topical and true-to-life criminal backdrop of the era, the series provides an interesting sociological time-capsule of sorts for the contemporary listener. While not generally recognized as one of the more memorable examples of the genre, The Whisperer provides an interesting twist, while further exposing Betty Moran in a more fully-developed recurring role. Ms. Moran had first gained Radio exposure as Carol Chandler in 1944's Dear John, and had been Radio's first Miss Sherlock in Meet Miss Sherlock (1947), one of Radio's first lady detectives.

The series never gained more than a 4.0 Pulse Report rating, keeping it consistently in about fifth place in most markets across the board. But for it's loyal fans, usually younger, they couldn't get enough of the evolving arc of The Whisperer and his undercover exploits.

For his part, Carleton G. Young gained another leading role near the end of a remarkable twenty-year Radio career of lead roles and solid character performances in all manner of Radio dramas. Young's Television career was taking off as well, and would extend to another remarkable fifteen-year career in Television.

Series Derivatives:

None
Genre: Anthology of Golden Age Radio Supernatural Crime Dramas
Network(s): NBC
Audition Date(s) and Title(s): Unknown
Premiere Date(s) and Title(s): 51-07-01 01 Title Unknown
Run Dates(s)/ Time(s): 51-07-01 to 51-09-23; NBC; Twenty-six, 30-minute episodes; Sundays, 5:00 p.m.
Syndication: None
Sponsors: Sustaining
Director(s): Bill Karn [Producer/Director]; Irene Humphrey and Dr. Stetson Humphrey [Creators].
Principal Actors: Betty Moran, Carleton Young, Eddie Firestone, Jerry Farber, Julius Crowlbein, Paul Frees, Ruth Perrin, Frank Gerstle, Jack Moyles, Jan Arvan, Dan Riss, Paul Dubov, Betty Lou Gerson, Byron Kane, Jerry Hausner, Eddie Fields, Sidney Miller, Bernard Phillips, Herb Ellis, James Nusser, James Bush, Peter Leeds, Stacy Harris, Charles Moody, Michael Ann Barrett, Edith Tackna, Harry Guardino, Larry Dobkin, Lee Miller, Gil Stratton, George Pirrone, William Conrad
Recurring Character(s): Philip Galt ['The Whisperer'] and Ellen Norris; 'The Syndicate.'
Protagonist(s): Philip Galt ['the Whisperer'] and Ellen Norris, formerly a nurse that assisted in Galt's throat operation. Lieutenant Denvers [Paul Frees]. Dr. Benjamin Lee, throat surgeon.
Author(s): Irene Humphrey and Dr. Stetson Humphrey.
Writer(s) Ann Gill, Jonathan Price
Music Direction: Johnny Duffy
Musical Theme(s): Johnny Duffy at the Hammond Organ
Announcer(s): Don Rickles
Estimated Scripts or
Broadcasts:
26
Episodes in Circulation: 13
Total Episodes in Collection: 13
Provenances:
Spot ad for The Whisperer from October 7 1951
Spot ad for The Whisperer from October 7 1951
RadioGOLDINdex, Hickerson Guide; The Post Standard, Wisconsin State Journal, and Capital Times newspapers.

Notes on Provenances:

The most helpful provenances were the log of the radioGOLDINdex and the various newspaper Radio listings.

We invite you to compare our fully provenanced research with the '1,500 expert researchers' at the OTRR and their The Whisperer log, which the OTRR claims to be correct according to their 'OTTER log'. We've provided a screen shot of their current log for comparison, HERE to protect our own ongoing due diligence and intellectual property.

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OTRisms:

There are a few persistent problems with the circulating logs of The Whisperer:

  • The series was ordered and broadcast as a 26-week package, not 13 weeks.
  • Several of the anecdotal titles applied over the years bear little resemblance to the scripts. We've corrected the misspelled ones and updated those that made more sense to us.
  • The series ended on December 23, 1951, not the widely logged December 16, 1951 that the OTRR indicates.
  • The series aired sustaining for its entire run.

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The Whisperer Radio Program Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
51-07-01
1
Title Unknown
N
[Premiere]

51-06-30 Capital Times
4 p. m. — T h e Whisperer:
new mystery show—WIBA.

51-07-01 Post Standard
A newcomer to radio will be "The Whisperer" at 5 p.m. on WSYR. The program is based on the original character and story created by Dr. Stetson Humphreys. Carleton Young will be starred in the roles of Philip Galt and the Whisperer.

51-07-01 Wisconsin State Journal
4 p.m.--The Whisperer (WIBA): new mystery series with Carleton Young.

51-07-01 Logansport Press
WMAQ 4:00 The Whisperer.

51-07-01 Nevada State Journal
KOH 2:00 Whisperer.
51-07-08
2
'Tea' Time For Teenagers
Y
51-07-08 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 4:00 The Whisperer
51-07-15
3
Attempted Murder
Y
51-07-14 Capital Times
Sunday 4 p.m. -- The Whisperer: starring Carleton Young--WIBA.
51-07-22
4
Murder In Central City Jail
Y

51-07-22 Wisconsin State Journal
3 p.m.--The Whisperer (WMAQ): with Carleton Young
51-07-29
5
Policeman In Danger
Y
51-07-29 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 4:00 Whisperer

51-07-29 Syracuse Herald-Journal
MARJORIE REYNOLDS and Carleton Young spent a busy morning
cutting radio series platters, then took hasty leave, eacn mentioning an urgent afternoon appointment. An hour later they found themselves meeting at RKO Radio Pictures' lot. where they had to do a scene together in His Kind of Woman."
51-08-05
6
What Ye Sow
Y
51-08-05 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 4:00 Whisperer
51-08-12
7
The Fight Game
Y
51-08-12 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 4:00 Whisperer
51-08-19
8
Into Each Life
Y
51-08-19 Syracuse Herald-Journal
WSYR 5:00 The Whisperer
51-08-26
9
Taken For A Ride
Y
51-08-26 Syracuse Herald-Journal
WSYR 5:00 The Whisperer
51-09-02
10
Stanley Hayes Must Die
Y
51-09-02 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 4:00 The Whisperer
51-09-09
11
Woman On Ice
Y
51-09-09 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 4:00 The Whisperer
51-09-16
12
Never the Twain
Y
51-09-16 Lowell Sun
5:00 WBZ--The Whisperer
51-09-23
13
The Police Lieutenant
Y
51-09-23 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 4:00 Whisperer
51-09-30
14
Strange Bedfellows
Y
51-09-30 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 4:00 Whisperer
51-10-07
15
Title Unknown
N
51-10-07 Syracuse Herald-Journal
WIBA 5:00 Whisperer
51-10-14
16
Title Unknown
N
51-10-14 Syracuse Herald-Journal
WIBA 5:00 Whisperer
51-10-21
17
Title Unknown
N
51-10-21 Syracuse Herald-Journal
WIBA 5:00 Whisperer
51-10-28
18
Title Unknown
N
51-10-28 Syracuse Herald-Journal
WIBA 5:00 Whisperer
51-11-04
19
Title Unknown
N
51-11-04 Syracuse Herald-Journal
WIBA 5:00 Whisperer
51-11-11
20
Title Unknown
N
51-11-11 Syracuse Herald-Journal
WIBA 5:00 Whisperer
51-11-18
21
Title Unknown
N
51-11-18 Syracuse Herald-Journal
WIBA 5:00 Whisperer
51-11-25
22
Title Unknown
N
51-11-25 Syracuse Herald-Journal
WIBA 5:00 Whisperer
51-12-02
23
Title Unknown
N
51-12-02 Syracuse Herald-Journal
WIBA 5:00 Whisperer
51-12-09
24
Title Unknown
N
51-12-09 Syracuse Herald-Journal
WIBA 5:00 Whisperer
51-12-16
25
Title Unknown
N
51-12-16 Syracuse Herald-Journal
WIBA 5:00 Whisperer
51-12-23
26
Title Unknown
N
[Last Episode]

51-12-23 Syracuse Herald-Journal
WIBA 5:00 Whisperer






The Whisperer Radio Program Biographies




Carleton G. Young
(Philip Galt)

Stage, Screen, Radio and Television actor
(1907-1971)

Birthplace: Fulton, New York, U.S.A.

Radiography:

1937 Columbia Workshop
1937 On Broadway
1938 Silver Theatre
1940 George E. Sokolsky
1940 Great Plays
1941 Lincoln Highway
1942 This Is Our Enemy
1943 The Adventures Of Ellery Queen
1943 Treasury Star Parade
1943 Cavalcade For Victory
1943 Cavalcade Of America
1945 Arch Oboler's Plays
1945 Hollywood Mystery Time
1946 Strange Wills
1946 Hollywood Star Time
1948 Lux Radio Theatre
1949 Screen Director's Playhouse
1949 This Is Your FBI
1949 Family Theaatre
1949 The Count of Monte Cristo
1950 Richard Diamond, Private Detective
1951 This Is Our Heritage
1951 Hallmark Playhosue
1951 Hollywood Star Playhouse
1951 The Man Called X
1951 The Whisperer
1951 The Railroad Hour
1952 The Pendleton Story
1952 Hollywood Sound Stage
1952 Stars In the Air
1952 The Roy Rogers Show
1954 The Six-Shooter
1955 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
Duel of Destiny

Carleton Young, ca. 1939
Carleton Young, ca. 1939


Our Gal Sunday article from 37-07-11 with Carleton Young and Dorlothy Lowell
Our Gal Sunday article from 37-07-11 with Carleton Young and Dorlothy Lowell


Carleton G. Young, ca. 1953
Carleton G. Young, ca. 1953


Carleton G. Young, ca. 1958
Carleton G. Young, ca. 1958

Carleton G. Young was one of Radio's most successful and busy actors for over twenty years--and some 8,000 to 10,000 appearances in Radio. Destined to be forever confused with or mistaken for Carleton Scott Young another successful Film, Stage, Radio and Television actor, Carleton G. Young nevertheless clearly set himself apart in both Radio and Television.

Both possessed of very distinctive deep baritone voices, the confusion between the two Carleton Youngs is perhaps forgiveable, and yet there are several notable differences in their repsective careers that certainly set them on separate paths. For one, Carleton G. Young's physical appearance was more polished and clean cut than the Film actor Carleton Young. The Film actor was more a character actor. Carleton G. Young was certainly star material, and indeed played the lead in several Radio programs during his 20-year career in Radio. His most vocal fans would probably cite his year-long portrayal of Ellery Queen (1943), a Radio program that's taken on almost cult status and which remains very rare to this day.

Others might cite his nine-year portrayal as the Count of Monte Cristo in the Radio program of the same name (1949). Still others might more animatedly recall his long running appearance as John Galt in Radio's The Whisperer (1951) another Radio cult favorite of tens of thousands of Radio fans. He also played the lead role of Producer-Director Ted Lawton in some thirty-nine episodes of Hollywood Mystery Time (1945).

Carleton G. Young's truest fans will recall his extensive body of work spanning some 350+ separate Radio productions over his Radio career. During that time, Carleton Young lent his amazing voice to every dramatic Radio format imaginable, portraying a bewildering array of characters with equal ease. From detective dramas to adventures to straight dramatic roles to even the over-the-top melodrama of his role as Philip Galt, The Whisperer, Carleton Young's unmistakeable diction, polished delivery, and highly distinctive baritone promised a Radio adventure to remember, and he never failed to deliver on that promise.

Indeed as Radio's Golden Age waned, Carleton G. Young made a smooth transition to The Golden Years of Television with equal aplomb. From Television's earliest Superman adventures through fifteen years of significant contributions to Television's wonderful Drama anthologies, Carleton G. Young was one of those male actors blessed with both the looks and air of a more and more distiguished gentleman the more he physically aged. Adding another 200+ appearances to his Television resume, Carleton G. Young's Stage, Screen, Radio and Television career ultimately spanned over forty-five years before passed on the Acting baton to his son Tony Young, another distinguished Film and Television actor in his own right.

Carleton G. Young passed away in 1971 at the age of 64, but not before seeing his own son embark onto a versatile, successful Entertainment career of his own. A fitting postscript to the life of an actor who met every new role and every new challenge with equal excellence. The Golden Age of Radio may have waned, but interest in Carelton G. Young's body of work over Radio is as intense as it's ever been. A fitting and well-deserved tribute to one of Radio's most memorable--and durable--voices.



Betty Moran
(Ellen Norris)
Stage, Screen, Radio, and Television Actress
(1920-1998)

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

Radiography:
1941 Lux Radio Theatre
1941 Dear John
1946 Suspense
1947 Meet Miss Sherlock
1947 Let George Do It
1948 Your Movietown Radio Theatre
1949 Screen Director's Playhouse
1949 My Home Town (Audition)
1949 Richard Diamond, Private Detective
1949 Night Beat
1949 The Whistler
1949 Four Star Playhouse
1950 Dangerous Assignment
1950 Presenting Charles Boyer
1951 Tales Of the Texas Rangers
1951 The Adventures Of the Saint
1951 The Whisperer
1952 The Silent Men
1952 Fibber McGee and Molly

Betty Moran as Carol Chandler on NBC's Dear John circa 1941
Betty Moran as Carol Chandler on NBC's Dear John circa 1941

Another publicity photo of Betty Moran as Carol Chandler on NBC's Dear John circa 1941 (photo courtesy of the Family of Ellen Norris)
Another publicity photo of Betty Moran as Carol Chandler on NBC's Dear John circa 1941 (photo courtesy of the Family of Ellen Norris)

Betty Moran made her Film debut in Clarence Mulford's 1939 Hopalong Cassidy vehicle Range War
Betty Moran made her Film debut in Clarence Mulford's 1939 Hopalong Cassidy vehicle Range War (earlier working title 'Lawful Outlaws')

39-05-21 Hammond Times
Lois Moran's
Sister to Make
Film Debut

Petite Betty Moran, first cousin and adopted sister of Lois Moran, former film star, will make her debut in motion pictures in "Lawful Outlaws", a Hopalong Cassidy picure produced for Paramount by Harry Sherman, starring William Boyd.
Miss Moran, born in Pittsburgh, PA, lost her mother when she was two years old and was adopted by Gladys Moran, mother of Lois Moran. She attended schools in Hollywood, Belgium and New York, appeared with stock companies and was working in "Bachelor Born" on Broadway when discovered by Paramount scouts.




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