Eclipse (Aired August 7, 1945)
Dark Venture was a grim kind of thriller where the listener got inside the twisted head of the murderer and heard his thoughts. It was not supernatural horror, but horror just the same... the kind that evil minds spawn when they are scheming ways to kill someone and get away with it. The writing was sharp and gritty. These killers were hardened sociopaths that didn't give a damn about anyone else. They had no conscience and were diabolical in their plots. Unfortunately for them, the audience also liked to see others suffer, especially if that person was guilty and deserved his comeuppance. So each week millions could tune in to "see" the murderer meet his fate on the radio in their mind's eye. The killing method wasn't especially creative. It was usually the tried and true technique of strangulation, knifing, or shooting. No, what made Dark Venture interesting was the manner in which the killer plotted to get away with it all. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group.
August 7, 1945. ABC network, KGO, San Francisco origination. "Eclipse"
. Sustaining. An amnesiac finds $50,000 in a moneybelt and a man in a white suit chasing him. Charles Barrett (who sounds very much like Elliott), Larry Marcus (writer), Dean Fosler (organist), Robert Light (writer), Howard McNear. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.