The Hall of Fantasy

Written by  on September 16, 2014 

The HALL OF FANTASY episodes are from the 1953 series on the Mutual network. There were three other series

that aired under the HALL OF FANTASY banner. All four series were produced, written and directed by Richard

Thorne who also acted in may of the shows. His is the voice of the narrator who opened the shows with “Come

with me, my friends…”.

 

The first HALL OF FANTASY originated from radio station KALL in Salt Lake City, Utah. Richard Thorne and

Carl Greyson were announcers for the station, possibly late in 1946 and into 1947. The series consisted of 26

rather barebones shows. Broadcast dates for the shows are not known. It is not clear what role Mr. Greyson

played in the series other than acting in various roles, but his name appears in other discussions of the

series. Most of these first shows were classic murder mysteries with traditional endings; good prevails over

evil. The series was sponsored by the Granite Furniture Company, although existing shows are missing the

commercials, apparently because they were inserted live.

 

Only six shows from this series are know to exist at this time. The HALL OF FANTASY aired again in 1949 when

Mr. Thorne and Mr. Greyson were working at WGN in Chicago. This time, the series featured stories involving

struggles against the supernatural where man was usually the loser. This series consisted of 112 shows and

aired locally on radio station WGN, Chicago. It started on Saturdays at 2:30 PM but after 21 shows, moved to

Mondays at 9:00 PM. Later, it moved to 9:30 PM. On August 22, 1952, THE HALL OF FANTASY went nationwide, over

Mutual stations. It started as a short series of six shows over WGN, Chicago and other Mutual stations on the

East Coast. The shows were heard on Fridays, from 8:30 to 9:00 PM. The short series of 1952 led to a regular

series of 39 shows in 1953, airing on WGN from Jan. 5, 1953 to Sept. 28, 1953, Monday evenings at 7:30 PM.

Richard Thorne wrote original stories or adapted classic works of horror for the shows.

 

The series claimed to be “the series of radio dramas dedicated to the supernatural, the unusual and the

unknown.” Mr. Thorn was also involved in production and played many of the lead character roles. Eloise

Kummer played many of the female leads. Mr. Thorne and Leroy Olliger directed the series. Original music was

by Harold Turner. Twenty six shows from the 1952 and 1953 series were selected for syndication after the end

of the 1953 series. The syndicated shows were rebroadcast during the 1970’s OTR revival era. It is believed

that “He Who Follows Me” was retitled “Steps That Follow Me” for the revival. “The Hangman’s Rope” was

reproduced for the 70’s series, since the original did not survive.

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