Retro Radio Memories Ep. 81 (The Dream)

The Dream is a very special episode of the popular Lights Out series! Actually it was the start of a series of special episodes for that Old Time Radio show. As it not only featured Boris Karloff but marked the 4th Anniversary of the series. To help you get into the spirit of the Season you will find The Dream fits the bill!

Of course Lights Out is a program we have visited quite often in the past. It was a high-water mark for radio in the horror and thriller genre. Created by Wyllis Cooper it really found its popularity soaring when Arch Oboler took over. The series lasted from 1934 until 1947!

So what is The Dream about then?

This episode was written by Arch Oboler and introduces us to Daryl Hall, a Professor of Biology. We meet him as he stands accused of murder and is waiting for the jury to return to render their verdict. Hall is played by Karloff and as we listen in on his thoughts learn he never had a dream. Not until a few days previous that is when he began to be visited by a spectral Woman urging him to…kill! We listeners get to follow Daryl as he remembers the horror he has been witnessing – all thanks to The Dream.

Obviously Karloff absolutely kills in this role. With the script written by Oboler we truly are given some frightening mental images in the mind’s eye of the wraith haunting Hall. A very, very fine example of why Old Time Radio is still effective.

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