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FANGORIA CLASSIC RADIO: CRIME CLASSICS
Crime Classics was a radio docudrama that premiered in 1953 and lasted one season. Created, produced, and directed by radio actor/director Elliott Lewis, the program was a historical true crime series, examining crimes and murders from the past. It grew out of Lewis’ personal interest in famous murder cases and took a documentary-like approach to the subject, carefully recreating the facts, personages and feel of the time period. Very little dramatic license was taken with the facts and events, but the tragedy was leavened with humor, expressed largely through the narration. The crimes dramatized covered a broad time (and place) frame from ancient Greece to late 19th-century America. Each episode in the series was co-written by Morton Fine and David Friedkin (in consultation with Lewis) although the scripting process was more a matter of research, as the stories were “adapted from the original court reports and newspaper accounts” or from the works of historians. The only continuing character was the host/narrator, Thomas Hyland, played by Lou Merrill. Hyland was introduced as a “connoisseur of crime, student of violence, and teller of murders.” Merrill’s deadpan portrayal of Hyland provided a welcome note of tongue-in-cheek humor to the proceedings. Alfred Hitchcock’s favorite composer Bernard Herrmann scored the series, capturing the sound and feel of the various time periods simply but elegantly, often with the use of only two or three instruments per episode.
“The Bloody, Bloody Banks of Fall River” (originally broadcast 9/30/53)
Starring Irene Tedrow, Jeanette Nolan, Herb Butterfield, Betty Harford, Sarah Selby, William Johnstone and Paul Frees. Lou Merrill is heard as ‘our host, Thomas Hyland.’ What happened at 92nd Street on a hot summer’s evening in 1892. Since Lizzie was acquitted, who killed Mr. and Mrs. Borden? Elliott Lewis (producer, director), Morton Fine & David Friedkin (writers), Bernard Herrmann (composer, conductor). Sustaining. Bob Lemond (announcer) CBS. (Approx 30 min.)
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