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 Post subject: Re: Best actor, actress in OTR
PostPosted: Apr Mon 29, 2019 7:13 pm 
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There have been many lists of the great radio voices. Three names are always on that list. Those being Orson Welles, William Conrad and Mel Blanc. George Edwards of Australian Radio fame was also one of the great voices with his title of "The Man with a 1000 voices". He played many roles in the same production and you would never know he was playing so many of the different parts.
Australian radio is not well known in the States, but they were known for many of the great radio shows during the Golden Age of Radio and in many cases because of George Edwards talents. In films, Lon Chaney Sr. in film was known as the "Man with a 1000 faces" as he could create so many different characters with his own talent to do so and having a talented make-up artist :!:
Australian Radio also had their version of LUX Radio Theatre which compared well (if not better in many cases) than their American counterpart. Many of those who developed radio programs in Australia were formerly working for radio in the States and took that talent with them when they migrated to Australia.


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 Post subject: Re: Best actor, actress in OTR
PostPosted: Apr Mon 29, 2019 9:41 pm 
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Lucille Fletcher who also wrote the famous radio dramatization, "The Hitch Hiker" which was performed on "SUSPENSE" in the United States and both starring Orson Welles



The Hitch Hiker was also one of the earliest episodes on TV's Twilight Zone.


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 Post subject: Re: Best actor, actress in OTR
PostPosted: Apr Mon 29, 2019 9:56 pm 
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When looking at the connections of the early radio writer's it is amazing just how connected they were. Lucille Fletcher who wrote "The Hitch Hiker", "Sorry, Wrong Number" and many others was married to Bernard Herrman who wrote the musical scores for many radio shows and later wrote the musical score for Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" to mention just one.
Rod Serling evidently was very impressed and influenced by the early radio stories and may have written some of them. I have never heard that discussed, but the early writer's on radio were an obvious influence on the later "Twilight Zone" which was a product of Rod Serling's. "The Hitch Hiker" had many story variations but the same title. Many were quite different in storyline, but still used the same title. Lucille Fletcher (pictured below) died in 2000 at the age of 88.
I'll have to watch that episode of "The Hitch Hiker" from the "Twilight Zone" and make the comparisons that may exist.


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