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In the Corner with Dan Hughes

Jul 19, 2010

Once upon a time there were radio shows - and then television shows - that told a different story every week, with no continuing characters except the host who introduced each story, and with different locations, and even time periods, every week. 

In radio, there was Suspense, and Lights Out, and The Whistler, and Academy Award Theater and Lux Radio Theater and the First Nighter Program. 

In television, there was Playhouse 90 and the Loretta Young Show and Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Twilight Zone. 

One of the best radio shows of this type was Escape, which ran on CBS and was hosted by William Conrad and Paul Frees. 

Escape usually took place in some exotic locale, and dramatized someone in a life-or-death situation. 

This episode, The Man Who Stole the Bible, first aired on May 5, 1950.