Retro Radio Memories: Escape – “Three Skeleton Key” (1950)

Image courtesy of Claymation Werewolf.
Image courtesy of Claymation Werewolf.

Welcome back friends to a new installment of Retro Radio Memories. For your listening pleasure this week we offer a classic episode from the Escape radio series entitled “Three Skeleton Key” and starring Vincent Price.

Originally airing on March 17, 1950 the story concerns the three men who are tasked with tending a lighthouse, John (Vincent Price), Louis, and August. The trouble begins when John who is on duty spies a derelict sailing vessel in the early hours of the morning. John wakens his fellow lighthouse keepers and they watch in awe as the ship barely avoids striking a reef only to recoil in horror when using their spy glass they realize it is filled with thousands of ferocious rats! When the ship breaks up on the island of the lighthouse…the three must fight to stay alive.

Will John and his friends be able to hold off the ravenous hordes of rats? You’ll just have to join us here on Retro Radio Memories and find out for yourself!


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