The Whistler - The Nemesis (01-10-43)
The Nemesis (Aired January 10, 1943)
The Whistler is one of American radio's most popular mystery dramas, with a 13-year run from May 16, 1942 until September 22, 1955.The Whistler was the most popular West Coast-originated program with its listeners for many years. It was sponsored by the Signal Oil Company: "That whistle is your signal for the Signal Oil program, The Whistler." Each episode of The Whistler began with the sound of footsteps and a person whistling. (The Saint radio series with Vincent Price used a similar opening.) The haunting signature theme tune was composed by Wilbur Hatch and featured Dorothy Roberts performing the whistling with the orchestra. The stories followed an effective formula in which a person's criminal acts were typically undone either by an overlooked but important detail or by their own stupidity. On rare occasions a curious twist of fate caused the story to end happily for the episode's protagonist. Ironic twist endings were a key feature of each episode. The Whistler himself narrated, often commenting directly upon the action in the manner of a Greek chorus, taunting the criminal from an omniscient perspective. Bill Forman had the title role of host and narrator. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group.
January 10, 1943. CBS network. "The Nemesis"
. Sustaining. A magician/hypnotist finds out the hard way about a prediction about "the end of a great career." J. Donald Wilson (writer), Wilbur Hatch (composer, conductor). 29:52. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.
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