I was sitting at my desk trying to decide what to write my blog about. Then it hit me that my head is full of Old Time Radio facts that I have no real use for. So, why not do a kind of true or false with OTR? Here are some facts that you may or may not be interested in:
Q1 – Which fictional detective was an “Enemy to those who make him an enemy, friend to those who have no friend”?
Answer: Boston Blackie – Boston Blackie was created by Jack Boyle and appeared in a series of short stories as a safecracker and jewel thief. In radio, television, and film appearances, Boston Blackie has reformed and become a detective. The radio program ran from 1944 to 1950 with more than 200 episodes made.
Q2 – This show featured mystery, suspense, and horror stories. It began with the elongated sound of a creaking door followed by organ music. Which show was it?
Answer: The Inner Sanctum – One of my very favorites! The Inner Sanctum Mystery was broadcast in 526 episodes between 1941 and 1952. The creaking door was actually a rusty desk chair. The narrator closed with an extended “Pleasannnt dreeeaamms, hmmmmmm.”
Q3 – Richard Boone was known for his television role as Paladin on Have Gun Will Travel in 1957. Which famous character actor played the gunfighter on the radio?
Answer: John Dehner – He was an in-demand character actor who also had the lead role in the 1958 radio Western, Frontier Gentleman. When the radio series premiered the episodes mirrored the television stories. However, as the radio show became more successful original scripts were written.
Q4 – Vincent Price played the character Simon Templar in a popular radio series of the 40s and 50s. What was his alias, which also was the name of the program?
Answer: The Saint – The Saint was a radio adventure program in the United States that featured a character, who in his attempt to help people, remained just one step ahead of the police and the crooks. Several versions of the program appeared on different networks, but the best of them starred Vincent Price!
That is our quiz for this time. If you want to answer more of these type of questions head to US Old Time Radio Trivia Questions & Answers. Thank you for reading.
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