Retro Radio Memories: Lights Out – The Dark (1937)

Retro Radio Memories: Lights Out – The Dark (1937)

A big thanks to the Retroist’s very own Claymation Werewolf as well as Dan Killershrew over at the Retroist Facebook Page for the wonderful suggestion for this week’s Retro Radio Memories.

For this installment we present “The Dark”, a very highly regarded episode of the classic Lights Out radio program that ran from 1937 until 1947 across various radio networks until it made the jump to television.

In 1933 NBC writer Wyllis Cooper conceived the idea for what would become Lights Out, he envisioned “a midnight mystery serial to catch the attention of the listeners at the witching hour.” though the serial aspect was changed so that it became an anthology series.

The Dark debuted on Lights Out on December 29, 1937 and concerns a Police Officer named Sam and a Doctor that are called in to investigate a report of someone being hurt at a dilapidated old house on a country road.

What a perfect time for all of us to let our thoughts turn to dark fancies as we celebrate with a month long salute to Halloween. Now sit back in your favorite chair and gather the family around and let yourself be taken back to a simpler time and be sure to turn all of the Lights Out!

[Via] Silver Demon 456

I originally had an upload on SoundCloud but I got hit with a copyright issue in their system, so this YouTube audio will have to suffice this week.


Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Anyone who hasn’t heard this is really missing out! This is the quintisential scary otr episode of all time IMO. Thanks Vic!

  2. Mwentworth, thank you very much for the kind words. I’m glad you enjoyed it, friend! :)

  3. These are great.

    I bet old-time radio wakes some part of the brain rendered numb by the overuse of visual stimulae in our entertainment, today.

  4. I would say you are 100% correct, Atari Adventure Square!

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