A "Quiet, Please!" Log

Series aired: 08 June 1947 to 25 June 1949
Writer-director: Wyllis Cooper
Featured actor: Ernest Chappell ("The man who spoke to you")
Music: Gene Perrazzo (episodes 1-24), Albert Buhrman (episodes 25-105)
Sound: Albert April, William J. McClintock
[NOTE: What follows is a modest attempt at an episode log: episode number, network broadcast date, episode title, supporting cast, plot summary, and brief commentary.]

001 06-08-47 NOTHING BEHIND THE DOOR - Martin Lawrence, Pat O'Malley, James Van Dyk. A man named Ross speaks of his friends' encounter with a strange, empty house next to California's Mount Wilson Observatory.

002 06-15-47 I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR YOU - Claudia Morgan, Peggy Stanley, G. Swain Gordon, Martin Wolfson. A man and a woman speak of how they have spent their lives searching for one another. The first of the series' unearthly epic love stories.

003 06-22-47 WE WERE HERE FIRST - Walter Black, Nancy Douglass, Kermit Murdock. One of a race of giant-killers speaks of the doomed giants that walk the Earth.

004 06-29-47 THE TICKET TAKER - Floyd Buckley, Lon Clark, Pat O'Malley, Rock Rogers. Ernie speaks of his constant travel to avoid "the ticket taker."

005 07-20-47 CORNELIA - Anne Seymour, Peggy Stanley, Walter Black. Gordon speaks of the wife he hates and the woman he loves.

006 07-27-47 I REMEMBER TOMORROW - Frederick Bell, Kermit Murdock, Frank Dane. Dr. Faber, an alcoholic scientist, speaks of the three dangerous men that he knows are definitely going to kill him.

007 08-03-47 INQUEST - James Van Dyk, Sylvia Cole, John Morley, Pat O'Malley. William Ross confidently pleads self-defense at an unusual coroner's inquest.

008 08-10-47 BRING ME TO LIFE - Walter Black, Walter Bryan, Helen Marcy. A radio dramatist matches wits with his sentient magic typewriter.

009 08-17-47 A MILE HIGH AND A MILE DEEP [lost] - Lon Clark, Edgar Stehli. A bearded man speaks of his life-altering discovery in a copper mine beneath Butte, Montana.

010 08-24-47 MIRROR, MIRROR, ON THE WALL [lost] - Nancy Douglass, Eric Dressler. Commercial artist Oliver complains about his boss and half-seriously considers killing him.

011 08-31-47 A RIBBON OF LINCOLN GREEN [lost] [Apparently, this script was rebroadcast in New York City as RETREAT AT DUNKERQUE on 09-03-47.] - Pat O'Malley, Court Benson, Nancy Sheridan. Robert Hood, formerly of the King's Royal Rifle Corps, speaks of his role in the 1940 evacuation at Dunkirk.

012 09-07-47 THREE SIDES TO A STORY [lost] - Ralph Morgan, Claudia Morgan. The three participants in a seemingly lethal love triangle tell their sides of the story. One of Cooper's favorite plot devices, the love triangle, at its most streamlined.

013 09-10-47 HOW ARE YOU, PAL? [According to a log credited to Randy Eidemiller and Chris Lembesis, this script was used to audition the series on 05-22-47. The script aired on the network at this later date.] - Pat O'Malley, Vicki Vola, Charme Allen. Via the radio, Dane speaks to an old pal about their friendship.

014 09-15-47 THE BIG BOX [lost] - The police question truck driver George about his missing friend Cavanagh. More conventional than usual but with Cooper's typical attention to geographic and other detail.

015 09-22-47 BE A GOOD DOG, DARLING [2nd half is lost] - Charita Bauer, Anne Seymour, Brad Barker. Encyclopedia salesman Grover speaks of his wife and his dog, both named Olivia.

016 10-01-47 THE LOW ROAD [lost] - Pat O'Malley, Betty Wragge. Robert speaks of his return to Scotland and the rivalry with his brother for the woman they both desire. A typical Cooper triangle saturated with rich local color and thick brogues.

017 10-08-47 NOT ENOUGH TIME - Nancy Sheridan, Donald Briggs, Cathy Meskill. Pekin, Illinois mechanic Walter McCoy speaks of the time machine he invented -- and what happened when he used it.

018 10-15-47 CAMERA OBSCURA - Charita Bauer. Murderer Si speaks of the world's largest camera obscura in Santa Monica, California -- and what he saw in it.

019 10-22-47 LA FILLE AUX CHEVEUX DE LIN [lost - but a second broadcast of this script survives as PAVANE - see episode 104] - Joan Lazer, Melville Ruick, Mary Kay Simmons.

020 10-29-47 DON'T TELL ME ABOUT HALLOWEEN - Charita Bauer, Peggy Stanley, Jim Boles. Craig speaks of his plan to murder his jealous wife on Halloween -- it seems she's a real witch. A delightfully sly vehicle for Cooper's whimsical sense of humor.

021 11-05-47 TAKE ME OUT TO THE GRAVEYARD - Donald Briggs, Evelyn Juster, Edward Latimer. A cab driver's fare requests a one way trip to the graveyard -- any graveyard.

022 11-12-47 3 - Les Tremayne, Vinton Hayworth, Cameron Prud'homme, Kermit Murdock. An increasingly distraught Sebastian speaks of his recent obsession with the number three. One of the series' more elaborate shaggy dog stories.

023 11-19-47 KILL ME AGAIN - James Monks, Peggy Stanley, Pat O'Malley. After selling his soul to a Mr. Hellman for a million dollars, Mr. Davis is killed instantly. Devilish whimsy.

024 11-26-47 IN MEMORY OF BERNADINE - Nancy Sheridan, Melville Ruick. A returning soldier speaks of his reliance on the woman he loves.

025 12-03-47 COME IN, EDDIE - Les Tremayne, Arthur Kohl. In Eddie's house, Eddie's murderers discuss Eddie's ghost. Keyboardist Albert Buhrman joins the show with this episode and gets to play the series' theme (from the second movement of Cesar Franck's Symphony in D Minor) on the piano as part of the story.

026 12-10-47 SOME PEOPLE DON'T DIE - Sid Cassell, Anne Seymour, Ted Osborne, William Adams. Dewey Lancaster, expert on prehistoric cliff dwellers, speaks of his exploration of an enchanted mesa.

027 12-17-47 LITTLE FELLOW - Betty Garde, Lon Clark, Pat O'Malley. When the carnival midget speaks of his love for the fat lady, the magician gives him a magic scarab that will grant him three wishes. It's as if Damon Runyon wrote "Alice in Wonderland."

028 12-24-47 BERLIN, 1945 [lost - but a second broadcast of this script survives - see episode 79]

029 12-31-47 RAIN ON NEW YEAR'S EVE - Muriel Kirkland, Pat O'Malley. Abused screenwriter Ramsey gets the last word when an obnoxious director screws up his horror movie. Seems to have been inspired by Cooper's experience as the screenwriter on Universal's 1939 horror film Son of Frankenstein.

030 01-07-48 LITTLE VISITOR - Michael Odist, Audrey Christie, Charme Allen. Ulysses Smith, an amnesiac locksmith, speaks of the strange boy who visits his shop.

031 01-14-48 THE ROOM WHERE THE GHOSTS LIVE - James Van Dyk, Claudia Morgan. Lawrence, a dying man, tells his doctor he doesn't want to be moved from the house -- and about the ghosts who live there.

032 01-21-48 BAKER'S DOZEN - Lotte Stavisky, Jim Boles, Ed Latimer, Murray Forbes, Harry Worth. Hard-drinking Irving speaks of his unhappy relationship with his wife and tells a tale about serving duty on a jury with thirteen members.

033 01-28-48 GREEN LIGHT - Anne Seymour, Gus Gordon, William Huggins. Former railroad telegrapher Phil describes how he lost his leg.

034 02-02-48 THE PATHETIC FALLACY - Charita Bauer, Michael Fitzmaurice, Vicki Vola. When Mr. Quinn speaks of the computer he operates, he indulges in the pathetic fallacy. One of the series' more whimsical romances with two amusing performances: Chappell as an Asperger's-afflicted computer geek and Bauer who steals the show as a no-nonsense but sympathetic journalist.

035 02-09-48 A RED AND WHITE GUIDON - Pat O'Malley, Arthur Kohl, Floyd Buckley. Cavalryman Noah Wellman speaks of how he must pay for losing his troop's flag. Colorful historical tale that reeks of authenticity, right down to the casual racism.

036 02-16-48 WHENCE CAME YOU? - Murray Forbes, Don Briggs. Archeologist Austin speaks of the mysterious Egyptian woman who haunts him. Among the series' best exercises in mounting horror.

037 02-23-48 WEAR THE DEAD MAN'S COAT - Ed Latimer, Leora Thatcher, Martin Lawrence. In Chicago, Floyd speaks of coatless, conscienceless Kidneyfoot Cassidy.

038 03-01-48 SKETCH FOR A SCREENPLAY - James Monks, Lotte Stavisky, Frank Thomas, Jr. Former screenwriter Fred reminisces about Hollywood and shares an autobiographical script with his producer.

039 03-08-48 NEVER SEND TO KNOW - Edgar Stehli, Nancy Sheridan. A private detective speaks of how unexciting his profession really is -- and of the ghost who hires him to solve its own murder.

040 03-15-48 MEETING AT TICONDEROGA [lost] - A visitor to Duncan Campbell's grave speaks of the dead man's encounters with a murderer -- and the victim's ghost. Cooper describes this as "a true ghost story" and it is indeed based on a well-known legend.

041 03-22-48 A NIGHT TO FORGET - James Monks, Murray Forbes, Jack Tyler, Kermit Murdock, Lon Clark, Polly Cole. Actor John H., who works on a "supernatural" radio program, speaks of his nightmares, all of which involve Death. Cooper borrows a few ideas from his similarly self-referential "Lights Out!" script THE COFFIN IN STUDIO B (about a coffin salesman who peddles his wares to radio actors rehearsing an episode of "Lights Out!").

042 03-29-48 QUIET, PLEASE [lost - but a second broadcast of this script survives - see episode 105]

043 04-05-48 I ALWAYS MARRY JULIET - James Monks, Margaret Draper, Abby Lewis, Anne Seymour. A Shakespearean actor speaks of his theatrical triumphs as Romeo and his real-life marriages to Juliet.

044 04-12-48 TWELVE TO FIVE - Jack Lescoulie, Connie Lemke, Mary Lee Joel, Ed Latimer. On the midnight to five shift, a disc jockey meets an omniscient newsman whose bulletins foretell the future. Loopy, nearly plotless episode which makes genial use of Jack Lescoulie (who was, at that time, the real life "overnight man" for Mutual's New York station WOR) and lets Cooper and Chappell indulge their playful sides (the deejay delivers a priceless sales pitch for "Chappell's Apples" and plays the series' musical theme for a curious listener).

045 04-19-48 CLARISSA - Bruno Wick, Peggy Stanley. Math theorist Jesse speaks of an old haunted house that has lived too long -- and those who dwelt there. A dark, unnerving mystery.

046 04-26-48 THIRTEEN AND EIGHT - Murray Forbes, Edward Wragge, Pat O'Malley. A photographer speaks of the "lens louse" who keeps stepping into his shots -- but who doesn't show up on the film.

047 05-03-48 HOW BEAUTIFUL UPON THE MOUNTAIN - Roy Irving. A mountain climber speaks of Mount Everest and why no one will ever scale it successfully -- and come back. Provocative, lyrical, spectacular, chilling.

048 05-10-48 THERE ARE SHADOWS HERE - Alyn Sparrow, Ed Latimer, Sidney Cassell, Frank Thomas, Jr. Woody speaks of the woman who seeks him -- but who is seen by no one.

049 05-17-48 GEM OF PUREST RAY - Martin Lawrence, Charita Bauer, Edgar Stehli. A murderer speaks of the thirty-two people he's killed -- and why there are more who must die.

050 05-24-48 IN THE HOUSE WHERE I WAS BORN - [Repeated as episode 101] Pat O'Malley, Betty Wragge, Cecil Roy, Lotte Stavisky. A soldier speaks of returning home every year on Decoration Day. Cooper, himself a World War I veteran who was gassed in the Argonne, simultaneously honors the common soldier and conquers time and space with an ease and flair that rivals Norman Corwin while delivering one of his finest scripts.

051 05-31-48 BELOW FIFTH AVENUE [not generally available but copies survive at the Museum of Radio and Television in New York and California] - J. Van Dyk, Laura Gable, Bruno Wick. Sign painter Romney Greel finds himself in a hole of his own making. Whimsical fantasia on the perils of omnipotence.

052 06-07-48 ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND DIAMETERS [not generally available but copies survive at the Museum of Radio and Television in New York and California] - Dan Sutter, Anne Seymour, Art Kohl. A bacteriologist speaks of a colleague's improvements to the electron microscope -- and the consequences. Among the series' most terrifying science fiction tales. Cooper borrows from one of his old _Lights Out_ scripts (broadcast December 1935) about a lab accident that creates an ever-growing giant amoeba that eats living things and absorbs humans. That earlier script may very well have been an inspiration for Arch Oboler's more famous "Lights Out!" story, "Chicken Heart."

053 06-14-48 NOT RESPONSIBLE AFTER THIRTY YEARS - Pat O'Malley, Court Benson, Nancy Sheridan. A man speaks of going to prison for stealing a wristwatch off a skeleton's arm.

054 06-28-48 LET THE LILIES CONSIDER - Cathleen Cordell, Peggy Stanley, James Boles. Police interrogate a murder suspect whose missing wife dared to challenge his obsession with the backyard flowers.

055 07-05-48 VAHINE TAHITI - Charita Bauer, Roy Irving, Pat O'Malley, Charles Penman, Harriet Priestly. Sailor Alexander Smith speaks of the role of a Tahitian goddess in his ship's unhappy fate.

056 07-19-48 AS LONG AS I LIVE - Alice Reinheart, Bruno Wick, Lotte Stavisky. A man speaks of his wife, who is a phony medium, and his rich uncle Lars, who is a ninety-seven year old houseguest.

057 07-26-48 THE MAN WHO STOLE A PLANET - Hilda Palmer, Phil Tonkin. An archeologist speaks of the dead men in his deep freeze -- and why they want what he stole from them.

058 08-02-48 IT IS LATER THAN YOU THINK - Abby Lewis, Donald Briggs, Ed Latimer. When a soldier sets his new watch ahead eleven hours, he finds himself eleven hours into the future.

059 08-09-48 THE THING ON THE FOURBLE BOARD - Dan Sutter, Pat O'Malley, Cecil Roy. A former oil field worker speaks of an unseen thing that emerged from his well. The most famous episode of the series is a great absurd horror tale that builds artfully from the homey and workaday to the weird and chilling.

060 08-16-48 PRESTO CHANGE-O, I'M SURE - Edgar Stehli, Ed Latimer, Peggy Stanley, Brad Barker. Sarsfield speaks of the magic wand he got from Professor Cagliostro -- and its powers. Flimsy whimsy, I'm sure, but it pulls a neat trick ending out of its hat.

061 08-23-48 THREE THOUSAND WORDS - Donald Briggs, Lon Clark, Kathleen Niday, Anne Seymour. Monk the murderous woodworking dwarf visits his crippled brother Hubert the shady ventriloquist. Perhaps the title refers to the number of words in the script.

062 08-30-48 MOTIVE [lost] - Mary Patton, Cecil Roy, Peggy Stanley, Floyd Buckley. While awaiting a reconciliation at the apartment they once shared, Al speaks of his estranged wife Marge -- and gets a little carried away in the middle of a heat wave. A rare episode without any supernatural elements.

063 09-06-48 THE THIRD MAN'S STORY - Lon Clark, Arthur Kohl, Alice Reinheart. The third man speaks of the youthful folly that was his undoing -- and yours. A classic tale, beautifully told.

064 09-13-48 SYMPHONY IN D MINOR - Charita Bauer, James Van Dyk, Pat O'Malley. Tough guy Ray speaks of his rival, a blind psychologist. As in a few other episodes, the series' musical theme (from the second movement of Franck's D Minor Symphony) appears as part of the story -- but it's seldom been used so ... hypnotically. Final episode for the Mutual Broadcasting System.

065 09-19-48 ANONYMOUS - Athena Lord, Daniel Sutter, Peggy Stanley. Via the radio, a politician speaks to the woman who phoned anonymously and told him, "I hope you drop dead." The first episode for the American Broadcasting Company.

066 09-26-48 LIGHT THE LAMP FOR ME - Pat O'Malley, Floyd Buckley, Kathleen Niday. Historian Manfred speaks of how he writes such detailed descriptions of the past. An ambitious and eloquent time travel saga.

067 10-03-48 MEET JOHN SMITH, JOHN - G. Swain Gordon, Nancy Sheridan. John Smith speaks of meeting another, older John Smith.

068 10-10-48 BEEZER'S CELLAR - Lotte Stavisky, Warren Stevens, Charles Eggleston. Stanley speaks of his fellow crooks and his plan to stash some loot in an allegedly haunted cellar. Cooper reworks a plot device from NOTHING BEHIND THE DOOR (episode 1) and turns it into a solid horror story.

069 10-17-48 AND JEANNIE DREAMS OF ME - Claudia Morgan, Sarah Fussell, Anna Maude Morath. Troy speaks of the love he shares with Jeannie. Albert Buhrman's cloying soap opera organ music swamps one of the most interesting of Cooper's haunting love stories. If you can somehow ignore the score, this is a gem of radio writing.

070 10-24-48 GOOD GHOST - Arthur Kohl, Murray Forbes, Ruth Last. Murder victim Gus speaks of his efforts to be a good ghost. An amusing, artfully performed Runyonesque fable with some sprightly jazz piano from Albert Buhrman. Sort of a companion piece for one of Cooper's "Lights Out!" plays, also about ghosts and Chicago gangsters, THE HAUNTED CELL.

071 10-31-48 CALLING ALL SOULS - Kermit Murdock, Mary Patton, Ralph Schulman. On Halloween, a death row inmate, scheduled for execution the next morning, seeks help -- from the dead.

072 11-07-48 ADAM AND THE DARKEST DAY - William Adams, Cathleen Cordell. Adam speaks of the day Chicago disappeared, subsequent days, and the Darkest Day. A typically offbeat exploration of the apocalypse.

073 11-14-48 THE EVENING AND THE MORNING - Bess Johnson, Martin Lawrence. After the funeral of his victim, confessed murderer Dean speaks to his captor about why he committed the crime -- and why he wants a flower from the grave. The series' musical theme makes yet another cameo here, along with some hints of autobiography, as Cooper borrows a few ideas from one of his old "Lights Out!" plays, known to collectors as REUNION AFTER DEATH.

074 11-21-48 ONE FOR THE BOOK - Daniel Sutter, Melville Ruick, Charles Eggleston, Floyd Buckley. An Air Force captain speaks of the largest, most comprehensive snafu of all time -- and it isn't over yet.

075 11-28-48 MY SON JOHN - Warren Stevens, Cathleen Cordell. A bereaved father calls his dead son back to him.

076 12-05-48 VERY UNIMPORTANT PERSON - Nancy Sheridan, James Monks, Frank Thomas. A pilot speaks of how he and his girlfriend try to flee a global nuclear war in a stolen airplane. Cooper nearly destroys the human race several times during the series (usually in hopes of saving it, you realize) but this may be his masterpiece in the subgenre: you keep expecting the story (like the airplane) to run out of gas, to crash and burn -- but the author wisely lets his version of a deus ex machina put the protagonists' fate in their own hands.

077 12-12-48 REDE ME THIS RIDDLE [lost] - Ralph Schulman, Craig McDonnell. A young traveler, dressed in rags, claims to be the king of a distant land.

078 12-19-48 THE GOTHIC TALE [lost] - Don Briggs, Charita Bauer. Photographer Gunnar remembers Hueneme and the love he found there. Another of Cooper's unearthly epic romances, told in an elevated "poetic" style, though he playfully allows his archaic-sounding protagonist to take photos and answer a ringing phone.

079 12-26-48 BERLIN, 1945 [Repeat of episode 28] - James Goss, Frank Latimer, James Monks, Melville Ruick, Warren Stevens, Frank Thomas, Jr. In post-World War II Germany, a displaced person joins American soldiers for Christmas dinner. Interestingly, THREE MEN, another Cooper fantasy about a post-war Christmas, had aired on NBC's "Radio City Playhouse" a week earlier.

080 01-02-49 THE TIME OF THE BIG SNOW - Sarah Fussell, Abby Lewis, Cecil Roy, Vicki Vola. Ted and Kate speak of their childhood adventure in a snow storm. A rare children's story for this most adult of fantasy series -- it's a fairy tale as warm and as light as ... goosefeathers.

081 01-09-49 PORTRAIT OF A CHARACTER - Athena Lord, Charles Eggleston. Because of something his boss said, a trumpeter expects to play his horn for a big event.

082 01-16-49 IS THIS MURDER? - Joyce Gordon, Dan O'Herlihy. Artificial limb maker Ernest seeks legal advice on the subject of murder -- and speaks of his assistant's Frankenstein obsession.

083 01-23-49 SUMMER GOODBYE - Cathleen Cordell. As the police give chase, Noel speaks of his summertime escape to Shangri-La with Madeleine and a lot of stolen money. Is this Cooper's answer to Lucille Fletcher's "The Hitch-Hiker"? A gripping enough potboiler.

084 01-30-49 NORTHERN LIGHTS - Dan Sutter, Cecil Roy. Scientist Paul speaks of temporal displacement and the aurora borealis. If THE THING ON THE FOURBLE BOARD (which also featured Sutter and Roy in similar roles) is Cooper's absurd horror masterpiece, then this is his absurd science fiction masterpiece, with every increasingly outrageous twist topping the one before.

085 02-06-49 TAP THE HEAT, BOGDAN - Lotte Stavisky, Pat O'Malley, Carl Emory. Former steel worker Bogdan speaks of how he tapped the heat -- and murdered a rival. Cooper's eternal triangle plays out among working class Chicago immigrants and this lends plenty of color to an otherwise straightforward story.

086 02-13-49 VALENTINE - Jack Arthur, Anne Seymour, Leora Thatcher. A former rural lawmaker speaks of his first love. A melancholy, hagiographic romance.

087 02-20-49 WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR IDEAS? - Drunken Basil speaks of the radio writer he meets -- and annoys -- in a bar.

088 02-27-49 IF I SHOULD WAKE BEFORE I DIE - Don Briggs. A scientist insists that he has no interest in the military application of his research -- even as his brother warns of the disastrous consequences. A cautionary science fiction fable.

089 03-06-49 THE MAN WHO KNEW EVERYTHING - Arthur Kohl, James Goss, Jean McBride. Know-it-all Charles W. Afternoon speaks of his omniscience -- and your future. Overt, heavy-handed suspense alternates abruptly with some clever comedy as Cooper and Chappell add another marvelous character to their gallery of eccentrics.

090 03-13-49 DARK ROSALEEN - Charita Bauer, Mark Forbes, Ed Latimer, Leora Thatcher. Wayne speaks of his lover's death and contemplates suicide. A moody evocation of loss and devotion for the Ides of March.

091 03-20-49 THE SMELL OF HIGH WINES - Murray Forbes, Frank Thomas, Jr., Walter Black. Eugene speaks of the dead man he saw in a tower at the distillery.

092 03-27-49 A TIME TO BE BORN, AND A TIME TO DIE - Edgar Stehli, Joyce Gordon, Helen Choate, Athena Lord. A man must live out his rise and fall. An imaginatively conceived morality play consisting mainly of brief vignettes, literally built around the classic Bible verses and featuring yet another apropos cameo by the series' funereal musical theme.

093 04-03-49 THE VENETIAN BLIND MAN [lost - but the Indiana University Archive of Traditional Music claims to have a copy] - Jean McBride [script credits Dorothy McBride], Carl Emory, James ???, Pat O'Malley. Two men claiming to be the Venetian Blind Man visit the Man Who Knew Everything. This humorous episode, a sequel, revives Charles W. Afternoon, the central character from the previous month's THE MAN WHO KNEW EVERYTHING, and toys amusingly with radio conventions.

094 04-10-49 DIALOGUE FOR A TRAGEDY - Cathleen Cordell, John Seymour, Ellen Sparrow. Roy has a few words for the man holding a gun to his head.

095 04-17-49 SHADOW OF THE WINGS - Cecil Roy, Bess Johnson, William Marshall. A mysterious visitor speaks to a dying girl and her mother. An astonishing, blatantly tearjerking religious fairy tale.

096 04-24-49 THE VALE OF GLENCOE - Helen Choate, J. Pat O'Malley. Wounded veteran MacDonald recounts a disturbing dream he's had of old Scotland -- and how it impinges on the real world. Low-key, minimalist exercise in what may be a nightmare come true -- or a descent into madness.

097 05-01-49 DARK GREY MAGIC - James Monks, Polly Cole. Meredith Barleycorn speaks of the black magic book he bought. The series' whimsical side runs amok.

098 05-08-49 OTHER SIDE OF THE STARS - Jane White, Mark Forbes. Esau, with help from Dorothy's brother Steve, tells a radio audience what is on the other side of the stars -- or was. Science fiction piece that ties together a number of Cooper's favorite topics, a sequel of sorts to NOTHING BEHIND THE DOOR (episode 1).

099 05-15-49 THE LITTLE MORNINGS - Betty Wragge, Merrill Joles. On his birthday, hitchhiker Francis Scott speaks of going to see his dead fiancee Rosita. Among the best of the series' unusual romances -- sweet, understated and moving.

100 05-21-49 THE OLDEST MAN IN THE WORLD - Don Briggs, Nancy Sheridan. Lucas speaks of prehistoric cave men -- and hears the voice of his dead friend Harry. A typical Cooper triangle takes shelter in a cave with predictable results.

101 05-28-49 IN THE HOUSE WHERE I WAS BORN [Repeat of episode 50] - Pat O'Malley, Betty Wragge, Cecil Roy, Lotte Stavisky. A soldier speaks of returning home every year. The series' second version of one of Cooper's finest scripts: an impressive, impressionistic Memorial Day tribute.

102 06-04-49 TANGLEFOOT - Jack Lescoulie. A plumber reminisces about the smell of flypaper.

103 06-11-49 THE HAT, THE BED, AND JOHN J. CATHERINE - Nancy Sheridan. Uptight stagehand John J. Catherine speaks of the hat on the bed -- a sure sign of death. Cooper's last original script for the series is among his weirdest: a gruesome shaggy dog story that starts as a well-drawn character comedy and devolves into what may be Chappell's most improbable monologue, a ten-minute-long ramble that must be heard to be believed.

104 06-18-49 PAVANE [Repeat of episode 19, LA FILLE AUX CHEVEUX DE LIN] - Anne Seymour, Don Briggs, Joan Lazer. Andrew speaks of his family's centuries-old house and the mysterious little girl who visits him.

105 06-25-49 QUIET, PLEASE [Repeat of episode 42] - Claudia Morgan, Floyd Buckley, Lotte Stavisky, Vinton Hayworth. The last man alive speaks of his dying world. Cooper chooses to conclude with a literally apocalyptic finale which, like the series' title, is an overt plea for peace.

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