On Wednesday night I was transported back in time and behind the scenes of a 40s radio show. My Mom, Grandma and I have season’s tickets for Vertigo Mystery Theatre and “Vintage Hitchcock” was on the playbill for the night. It was an amusing look at one of the most entertaining eras for radio.The Lodger, Sabotage and The 39 Steps. There were no visual aids back in the time of these broadcasts, so these radio dramas had to bring the story together through dialogue, music and various sound effects. It was amazing to watch the stories come together in front of my eyes. They really thought of every single sound effect you could think of. The lighting of a gas lamp, the sound of gravel underfoot and the sound of a cupboard opening were some of the many sounds we heard. I was astonished! The actors must have rehearsed long and hard to make sure every single sound occurred at the precise time and in tandem with everyone else.
What made this production a little different was that all the actors still had their scripts in their hands. I can understand it because the real radio drama actors would have had theirs as well.
During the intermission, I saw some of my parent’s neighbors. I told them I was really enjoying the show and they let me know that I could still listen to the old broadcasts if I wanted. They are aired from 11pm-1am on a local radio station every night! Although that’s a bit late for me to stay up, I may go into the radio station’s online radio vault and listen at my leisure. Very cool.
After seeing this production, I now want to watch all of Alfred Hitchcock’s movies. He was really very good at what he did!
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