CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER
The CBS Radio Mystery Theater was an ambitious effort by
veteran radio producer Himan Brown to revive interest in American
radio drama. Every night from 1974 to 1982, host E. G. Marshall (later
Tammy Grimes) ushered listeners through a creaking door -- similar
to the one Brown used on Inner Sanctum decades earlier --
for an hour of the fear you can hear.
Brown produced nearly 200 new episodes of Mystery Theater
every year, using both original scripts and adaptations of classic
stories by Edgar Allen Poe, Mark Twain, Robert Louis Stevenson and
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
The Mystery Theater brought many veterans from radios
golden age back before the microphone, including Agnes Moorehead,
Richard Widmark, Celeste Holm, Mercedes McCambridge and Howard daSilva.
The show also featured performances from many up-and-coming stage
and film actors, including Tony Roberts, John Lithgow, Morgan Fairchild,
Mandy Patinkin and Sarah Jessica Parker.
The CBS Radio Mystery Theater won the George A. Peabody
Award in 1975. After eight years and over 1,500 shows, the show
ended its run on December 30, 1982.
E. G. Marshall died on August 24, 1998.
The CBS Radio Mystery Theater was inducted into the Radio
Hall of Fame in 1990.
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