->''"Quiet, Please... Quiet, Please."''

Not many people today remember the golden age of radio horror. But those that do will never forget ''Quiet, Please''.

Running from 1947 to 1949, ''Quiet, Please'' was written and directed by Wyllis Cooper (who had previously worked on another horror program, ''Radio/LightsOut'' -- best known today from a Creator/BillCosby routine where he reminisces about the infamous "Chicken Heart" episode -- in the 1930s), and starred Ernest Chappell. Nearly every episode took the form of Chappell's character narrating in the first person, recounting a story of something strange and horrifying that had happened to him (sometimes leading up to his [[PosthumousNarration demise]]). These tales would range from ghost stories to things that were... [[CosmicHorrorStory weirder]].

Though it ran for barely over 100 episodes, the show left a lasting impact. RodSerling himself credited it as an influence on ''TheTwilightZone'', both sharing a mix of science fiction and horror episodes and [[AnAesop often containing relevant social messages]]. The 60th episode of the show, ''The Thing on the Fourble Board'', is often credited (and rightly so) as the scariest radio program ever broadcast.

The series is available for free [[http://www.quietplease.org/ here]].
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!!The series provides examples of:
* TheAllConcealingI: In a few stories, including [[spoiler:"We Were Here First", "Quiet, Please" and "Portrait of a Character"]], Chappell portrays a character who isn't human.
* {{Bizarrchitecture}}: The very first episode, "Nothing Behind the Door", is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. No, it's not an empty room. It's '''Nothing'''.
* ChristmasEpisode: "Berlin, 1945"
* CuteMonsterGirl: [[spoiler:"Mike".]]
* DugTooDeep: A Fourble board, for those who don't know, is part of an oil-drilling rig. How do you think the Thing of the title got up there?
* EldritchAbomination: The title character of "The Thing on the Fourble Board".
* HalloweenEpisode: "Don't Tell Me About Halloween"
* NewYearHasCome: "Rain on New Year's Eve"
* NoFourthWall: Some of the less serious episodes played merry hell with the fourth wall, sometimes implying that the characters knew they were fictional or could ''see'' the radio audience, or having Chappell's character speak directly to a specific person who his character knew would be listening to ''Quiet, Please''.
** In at least two episodes, the characters can hear the music score and wind up asking the performer (addressing him by name, in fact) to play louder or quieter.
* NonActorVehicle: Until ''Quiet, Please'' went on the air, Ernest Chappell was better known as an announcer and newsreader. Most episodes of the series have him carrying most of the running time as a narrator or raconteur.
* NothingIsScarier: In some cases, quite literally.
* ShoutOut: The title of Episode 59, "It's Later Than You Think", about a magic time-travelling watch, is a reference to the TagLine of ''Lights Out''.
* ShownTheirWork: Most episodes revolved around Chappell's character doing a job of some kind, many of which had lots of interesting information about it.
* SigningOffCatchPhrase:
-->"And so, until next week at this same time, I am quietly yours, Ernest Chappell."
* SpookyPhotographs: Inverted in "Thirteen and Eight", where the photographer keeps seeing a man who never shows up in the pictures.
* ThemeTuneCameo: "Come In, Eddie", "12 to 5", "The Evening and the Morning", and "Symphony in D Minor" feature the show's theme tune (Cesar Franck's ''Symphony In D Minor'') in the story.
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