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Sleep No More

Entry updated 4 July 2022. Tagged: Radio.

Radio anthology series (1956-1957). NBC Radio Network. Producers included Kenneth MacGregor. Announcer: Ben Grauer. Cast includes Nelson Olmstead (1914-1992). 24 15-minute and later 30-minute episodes.

Authors who had stories adapted included Ambrose Bierce, Algernon Blackwood, Jack London, Edgar Allan Poe and others. Surviving sf episodes include "Conqueror's Isle" (June 1946 Blue Book) by Nelson S Bond, previously adapted for the radio series Escape (1947-1954); "Thus I Refute Beelzy" (October 1940 Atlantic Monthly) by John Collier; "Escape" (July 1938 Weird Tales) by Paul Ernst; "I Am Waiting" (21 October 1939 The New Yorker) by Christopher Isherwood; and "The Flowering of the Strange Orchid," (2 August 1894 Pall Mall Budget; vt "The Strange Orchid" in Thirty Strange Stories coll 1897) by H G Wells. Also adapted was Bond's famous "Mr. Mergenthwirker's Lobblies" (November 1937 Scribner's).

Despite its short run, this series has proved enduringly popular; a long-playing vinyl disc, Sleep No More, was first released in 1956 – possibly with some additional unaired material – and subsequently reissued. At least nineteen episodes survive. Original air dates are unavailable. [GSt]

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