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Quiet, Please

One of the great thrillers in radio history, Quiet, Please premiered on Mutual Broadcasting System on June 8, 1947 for 30 minutes, and then moved to ABC in 1948 until its final show on June 25, 1949. The brainchild of Willis Cooper, who previously garnered some success with the equally sinister Light's Out, "The Army Hour," and some film scriptwriting, "Quiet, Please" did not attain full respect until years later when scholars and other writers analyzed its ingenious writing and acting.

Cooper and the star of the show, Ernest Chappell, had worked together earlier on the Campbell Playhouse, and, despite Chappell's lack of acting experience, Cooper tapped him for the lead role.. This proved to be a solid decision as Chappell's natural gifts for voice quality made his characters distinctive, and his measured sense of pacing made the show intentionally chilling.

Episodes opened with Chappell's deep voice softly announcing, "Quiet, Please" followed by ominous-sounding organ and piano chords, and long, deliberate pauses that created "dead air." He sets up the stories in first-person voice, which brings forth an air of intimacy to the show. The telling of the stories move along through the use of weaving between first-person narration, dramatization, and flashbacks, all punctuated by foreboding music and sparse use of sound effects. Never more than 2 or 3 other actors appeared on each episode, most often to play female parts.

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