Retro Radio Memories Ep. 099 – The Gibbering Things

Retro Radio Memories Ep. 099 – The Gibbering Things

We have sadly reached the end of our marathon, friends, focusing on those classic Old Time Radio shows that featured The Shadow. As promised on the last episode – this show marks a departure from the Orson Welles and Agnes Moorehead as well as the Margot Stevenson shows. For our show today, entitled The Gibbering Things we have Bret Morrison stepping in to provide the voice of both Lamont Cranston and his invisible alter-ego… The Shadow!

Bret Morrison

We have a new Margo Lane in The Gibbering Things too – that would be Marjorie Anderson, this happens to be the first episode that Morrison did for the Old Time Radio series. Although as I mention in the show itself he would be one of the actors to hold the role for the longest – after his tour of duty in World War II was up. In fact he would play both roles from 1945 until the end of the radio show with it’s last broadcast taking place on December 26th of 1954.

In The Gibbering Things which by the way – I’ve found online two different titles for this episode. One source claims it’s Things and another states that the actual name of the episode is The Gibbering Thing – although having said that considering the dangers that Cranston and Lane must face are legion… I’m thinking the former name of the episode is the correct one. As I was saying though – this episode finds both Lamont and Margo headed to visit her Aunt Susan who apparently lives near a rather curious spot called The Haunted Woods. A place where folks have gone missing and where one Professor Alexander Sirghoff keeps primates and other beasts – in fact the chattering of those primates can be heard from outside the Haunted Woods – a gibbering if you will.

Bret Morrison really got into his role as the Shadow!

So dim your lights if you are able and join us on Retro Radio Memories as we bravely try to uncover the mystery of The Gibbering Things!

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