Friday, October 10, 2014

Claude Rains in "MIDNIGHT BLUE"

A friend of mine said he is a fan of Claude Rains and was complaining that some of the actor's radio appearances are not known to exist in recorded form. He wishes recordings would be found so he can listen to them. Well, knowing Bill reads my blog, I am presenting a surprise for him.

On the evening of Sunday, January 6, 1952, from 6:45 to 6:57 p.m., Claude Rains played the lead in an adaptation of creepy little story by John Collier titled, "Midnight Blue." His performance was the highlight of the weekly NBC radio program, The Big Show. Most of the second season broadcasts of The Big Show are not known to exist in collector hands -- but thankfully, they do exist. But seeing that it might take another decade before the recording surfaces, I am offering the next best thing: a scan from the original radio script featuring that very performance. If you can envision the voice of Claude Rains, you'll enjoy this little treat.


Jacob said...

Nice! Thanks for posting this. I could hear it in my head as I was reading.

Golden age radio handled short stories so well. The limited length formats were perfect for them. Unfortunately, the medium too often had a habit of trying to compress "Moby Dick" into a 22 minute script.

Anonymous said...

Claude Rains reprised his role in the radio version of The Horn Blows At Midnight with Jack Benny. Not very well either, his timing was off.

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