INSANITY: Old Time Radio The Sealed Book “The Accusing Corpse”

Welcome to another edition of INSANITY: Old Time Radio with your host Mr. Maniacal. This week’s episode we dug into the vaults of Golden Age radio and found a great episode of The Sealed Book!

The Sealed Book was a radio series of mystery and terror tales, produced and directed by Jock MacGregor for the Mutual network. Between March 18 and September 9, 1945, the melodramatic anthology series was broadcast on Sundays from 10:30pm to 11:00pm.

Each week, after “the sound of the great gong,” host Philip Clarke observed that the mysteriously silent “keeper of the book has opened the ponderous door to the secret vault wherein is kept the great sealed book, in which is recorded all the secrets and mysteries of mankind through the ages, Here are tales of every kind, tales of murder, of madness, of dark deeds strange and terrible beyond all belief.” After this introduction, the dramas began, occasionally interrupted by extended organ solos. Although this anthology series did not have recurring characters (other than the Narrator and the Keeper of the Book), the writers often used the same names for different characters from week to week, including “Hester”, “Drake”, and most especially “Roger”.

In this episode we have “The Accusing Corpse”. A plot to a commit double murder is executed in a very strange way with very strange results. The script was also used on “The Mysterious Traveler” on April 16, 1944. The system cue has been deleted. This program has also been dated July 1, 1945 on WGN, Chicago. Accusing Corpse is a tale of a man who killed, a corpse who laughed and a man who died twice.


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