The Devil & Mr O - The Hole aka: Oxychloride X (12-03-71)
The Hole aka: Oxychloride X (Aired December 3, 1971)
The sound of a butcher knife rending a piece of uncooked pork was, when accompanied by shrieks and screams, the essence of murder to a listener alone at midnight. Real bones were broken - spareribs snapped with a pipe wrench. Bacon in a frypan gave a vivid impression of a body just electrocuted. And the cannibalism effect was actually a zealous actor. Gurgling and smacking his lips as he slurped up a bowl of spaghetti. Cabbages sounded like human heads when chopped open with a cleaver, and carrots had the pleasant resonance of fingers being lopped off. Arch Oboler's celebrated tale of a man turned inside-out by a demonic fog was accomplished by soaking a rubber glove in water and stripping it off at the microphone while a berry basket was curshed at the same instant. The listener saw none of this. The listener saw carnage and death. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group.
December 3, 1971. Program #12. CBS net origination, syndicated rebroadcast. "The Hole". Commercials added locally. A young crackpot college student invents the universal solvent, with of course nothing to keep in it. Syndicated program name: "The Devil and Mr. O." The story is also known as, "Oxychloride X." Arch Oboler (writer, host). 29:27. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.
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