The Hall of Fantasy

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The Hall of Fantasy
GenreDramatic anthology
Country of originUnited States
Home stationWGN
Created byRichard Thorne
Carl Greyson
Directed byRichard Thorne
Leroy Olliger
Glenn Ransom
Produced byRichard Thorne
Original releaseAugust 22, 1952 (1952-08-22) – September 28, 1953 (1953-09-28)

The Hall of Fantasy is an American old-time radio dramatic anthology. It was broadcast on the Mutual Broadcasting System from August 22, 1952, until September 28, 1953.[1]

Format and background[edit]

The Hall of Fantasy featured stories with supernatural themes.[2] Radio historian John Dunning wrote in his reference work Tune in Yesterday: "The difference between this program and its competitors was that here, man was usually the loser. The supernatural was offered as something respectable, awesome, sometimes devastating and always frightening."[3]

An early version of the show was developed by Richard Thorne and Carl Greyson[4] and broadcast on KALL in Salt Lake City, Utah. In 1949, Thorne revived the program on WGN in Chicago, enhancing the program's appeal with "unusually excellent production values" and sound effects.[5]

Stories adapted for the show included "The Cask of Amontillado", by Edgar Allan Poe, and "Green Tea" by Sheridan Le Fanu. Thorne also wrote original scripts for the program,[5] with the series having about equal numbers of original stories and adaptations.[6]


As an anthology, The Hall of Fantasy had no continuing characters. Actors frequently heard in its episodes included Harry Elders, Eloise Kummer, Carl Grayson, and Maurice Copeland. Richard Thorne, who produced and directed, also appeared frequently. Leroy Olliger and Glenn Ransom also directed, and Harold Turner provided the music.[1]


  1. ^ a b Dunning, John (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio (Revised ed.). New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3.
  2. ^ Terrace, Vincent (1999). Radio Programs, 1924–1984: A Catalog of More Than 1800 Shows. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 142. ISBN 978-0-7864-4513-4.
  3. ^ Dunning, John (1976). Tune in Yesterday: The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio, 1925–1976. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall. p. 263. ISBN 0-13-932616-2.
  4. ^ "Created radio show in 1950s". Chicago Tribune. Illinois. February 20, 2007. p. 4 (Section 3). Retrieved March 3, 2018 – via open access
  5. ^ a b Sterling, Christopher H.; O'Dell, Cary (2010). The Concise Encyclopedia of American Radio. Routledge. p. 372. ISBN 9781135176846. Retrieved 2 March 2018.
  6. ^ Remenih, Anton (May 28, 1950). "Pig Squeal Is Finally Put to Use – in Radio". Chicago Tribune. Chicago. p. 66. Retrieved March 3, 2018 – via open access

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