The Weird Circle

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The Weird Circle
Genre Drama and suspense
Running time 30 minutes
Country United States
Language(s) English
Syndicates Mutual Broadcasting System
NBC Red network
ABC Blue Network
Starring Gladys Thornton
Audrey Totter,
Chester Stratton
Eleanor Audley,
Arnold Moss,
Lawson Zerbe
Walter Vaughn
Regis Joyce
Fred Barron
Air dates July 8, 1943 to 1945
No. of episodes 78

The Weird Circle was a syndicated radio drama series produced in New York and originally broadcast between 1943-1945.[1]

Production background[edit]

The series was a Ziv Production, produced at RCA's New York studios and licensed by the Mutual Broadcasting System, and later, NBC's Red network. It lasted two seasons, 39 shows each (78 total)[2] consisting mostly of radio adaptations of classic horror stories from the pens of the world's best known and respected supernatural fiction authors like Edgar Alan Poe, Robert Louis Stevenson and Charles Dickens. The production values were modest and it featured very little music.[3]

Series opening/closing[edit]

Standard Opening[edit]

(SFX: Running water, perhaps a sea surf. Bell tolls)

Old Man : "In this cave by the restless sea, we are met to call from out of past, stories strange and weird. Bell keeper, toll the bell, so that all may know that we are gathered again in The Weird Circle."

Alternate Opening[edit]

Announcer: "Out of the past, phantoms from a world gone by speak again the immortal tale (episode title)."

Standard Closing[edit]

Host: "From the time worn pages of the past, we have recalled, (episode title). Bell Keeper, toll the bell!"

(SFX: Bell tolls)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dunning, John. The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998. Print ISBN 0-19-507678-8
  2. ^ Weird Circle Radio Log. Accessed July 4, 2013
  3. ^ Weird Circle entry on Radio Horror Hosts website. Accessed July 4, 2013

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