"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, Lights Out
— best known today from a Bill Cosby
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 demise
). These tales would range from ghost stories to things that were... weirder
Though it ran for barely over 100 episodes, the show left a lasting impact. Rod Serling
himself credited it as an influence on The Twilight Zone
, both sharing a mix of science fiction and horror episodes and 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 here
The series provides examples of: