Saturday, February 21, 2009

Next on the Old Time Radio favorites…

The Whistler
genre: suspense/twist-ending/horror

Though this is one of the ‘lighter’ shows in this genre, it’s one of the best. The show always starts with an ominous 12 note whistled melody and the narration:

I am the Whistler, and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many
strange tales, hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the
shadows. Yes ... I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak.

The show would then go on with the Whistler narration the actions and inner thoughts of a character involved in some type of criminal activity. While we are mostly treated to the characters acting out their own lines, the Whistler will say things like “That’s right bill, and you thought you were so careful, but you didn’t think about your shoeprints. Many men must wear that shoe right Bill? You can’t be the only one…” expressing the doubts of the criminal to us the audience. The show almost always ends in a twist either because the criminal overlooked some detail or an ironic twist of fate changes the outcome.

Follow this link to 79 free episodes of The Whistler

If you liked The Whistler, I also suggest Lights Out, Suspense, The Inner Sanctum, or The Unexpected

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