Much Too Much (Aired May 2, 1977)
The late E.G. Marshall hosted the program every year but the final one, when actress Tammy Grimes took over. Each episode began with the ominous sound of a creaking door, slowly opening to invite listeners in for the evening's adventure. At the end of each show, the door would swing shut, with Marshall signing off, "Until next time, pleasant...dreams?" Despite the show's title, Brown expanded its scope beyond mysteries to include horror, science fiction, historical drama, and even comedy. In addition to original stories, there were adaptations of classic tales by such writers as Edgar Allan Poe (no fewer than seven Poe stories were adapted in 1975 alone), O. Henry, Mark Twain, Ambrose Bierce, Charles Dickens and others. Later in the series Brown even experimented with multi-part, five-episode adaptations of novels such as Les Misérables and The Last Days of Pompeii, as well as an original five-part story about Egyptian queen Nefertiti with Tammy Grimes in the title role. In 1982, Tammy Grimes hosted the final season of The CBS Radio Mystery Theater.
May 2, 1977. Program #643. CBS network. "Much Too Much"
. Sponsored by: Greyhound Package Express, Buick, Contac, Buick, Ex Lax, Minute Maid. Presto Pressure Cookers. An interesting take on the death penalty. E. G. Marshall (host), Gerald Keane (writer), Robert Dryden, Ian Martin, Court Benson, Earl Hammond. 45:30. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.