Sun. Mar 3rd, 2024
Inner Sanctum

The anthology series featured stories of mystery, terror and suspense, and its tongue-in-cheek introductions were in sharp contrast to shows like Suspense and The Whistler. The early 1940s programs opened with Raymond Edward Johnson introducing himself as, “Your host, Raymond,” in a mocking sardonic voice. A spooky melodramatic organ score (played by Lew White) punctuated Raymond’s many morbid jokes and playful puns. Raymond’s closing was an elongated “Pleasant dreeeeaams, hmmmmm?” His tongue-in-cheek style and ghoulish relish of his own tales became the standard for many such horror narrators to follow, from fellow radio hosts like Ernest Chappell (on Wyllis Cooper’s later series, Quiet, Please) and Maurice Tarplin (on The Mysterious Traveler).

The Show was created by Himan Brown who went on to create the CBS Radio Mystery Theater in 1974

Here are the 4 episodes we’ve chosen for you

  • Death Is a Joker
  • The Man from Yesterday
  • Song of the Slasher
  • Skeleton Bay

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