One Hundred In The Dark (Aired September 30, 1942)
In the earliest years, the program was hosted by "The Man in Black" (played by Joseph Kearns or Ted Osborne) with many episodes written or adapted by the prominent mystery author John Dickson Carr. One of the series' earliest successes and its single most popular episode is Lucille Fletcher's "Sorry, Wrong Number," about a bedridden woman (Agnes Moorehead) who panics after overhearing a murder plot on a crossed telephone connection but is unable to persuade anyone to investigate. First broadcast on May 25, 1943, it was restaged seven times (last on February 14, 1960) — each time with Moorehead. The popularity of the episode led to a film adaptation, Sorry, Wrong Number (1948), starring Barbara Stanwyck. Nominated for an Academy Award for her performance,
September 30, 1942. CBS network. "One Hundred In The Dark"
. Sustaining. A strange series of tales with no conclusive endings. The show actually gets away with having a person count from one to one hundred, without fadeouts or skipping numbers. The script was subsequently produced on "Suspense" on November 20, 1947. Alice Frost, Helen Lewis, Paul Luther, Ian Martin, Ted Osborne, Frank Readick, Stefan Schnabel, Owen M. Johnson (author), Jack Finke (adaptor), William Spier (producer), John Dietz (director), Berry Kroeger (announcer), Bernard Herrmann (composer, conductor). 28:21. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.