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Escape
Adventure radio anthology series, 1947-54

This podcast is the same collection as this one:
http://fourble.co.uk/podcast/escapesingleepisodes1
- but with the redundant recordings removed. I tried to keep the better-sounding recordings. This series still contains reruns and reused stories.
For a version of this podcast with the reruns omitted, go here:
http://fourble.co.uk/podcast/escape1


From Wikipedia:

Escape was radio's leading anthology series of high-adventure radio dramas, airing on CBS from July 7, 1947 to September 25, 1954. Since the program did not have a regular sponsor like Suspense, it was subjected to frequent schedule shifts and lower production budgets, although Richfield Oil signed on as a sponsor for five months in 1950.

Despite these problems, Escape enthralled many listeners during its seven-year run. The series' well-remembered opening combined Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain with this introduction, as intoned by Paul Frees and William Conrad:

"Tired of the everyday grind? Ever dream of a life of romantic adventure? Want to get away from it all? We offer you... Escape!"

Following the opening theme, a second announcer (usually Roy Rowan) would add:

"Escape! Designed to free you from the four walls of today for a half-hour of high adventure!"

Of the more than 230 Escape episodes, most have survived in good condition. Many story premises, both originals and adaptations, involved a protagonist in dire life-or-death straits, and the series featured more science fiction and supernatural tales than Suspense. Some of the memorable adaptations include Daphne du Maurier's "The Birds", Carl Stephenson's "Leiningen Versus the Ants", Algernon Blackwood's "Confession", Ray Bradbury's oft-reprinted "Mars Is Heaven", George R. Stewart's Earth Abides (the program's only two-parter), Richard Connell's "The Most Dangerous Game" and F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Diamond as Big as the Ritz".

John Collier's "Evening Primrose", about people who live inside a department store, was later adapted to TV as a Stephen Sondheim musical starring Anthony Perkins. Vincent Price, Harry Bartell and Jeff Corey were heard in the chilling "Three Skeleton Key" (broadcast on 17 March 1950), the tale of three men trapped in an isolated lighthouse by thousands of rats; the half-hour was adapted from an Esquire short story by the French writer George Toudouze and later remade for the August 9, 1953 broadcast starring William Conrad, Ben Wright and Jay Novello.

Actors on the series included Elvia Allman, Eleanor Audley, Parley Baer, Michael Ann Barrett, Tony Barrett, Harry Bartell, Ted Bliss, Lillian Buyeff, Ken Christy, William Conrad, Ted deCorsia, John Dehner, Don Diamond, Paul Dubov, Sam Edwards, Virginia Gregg, Lou Merrill, Howard McNear, Jess Kirkpatrick, B.J. Thompson, Shep Menken, Frank Gerstle, George Neece, Jeanette Nolan, Dan O'Herlihy, Barney Phillips, Forrest Lewis, Robert Griffin, Alan Reed, Bill Johnstone, Sandra Gould, Junius Matthews, Carleton G. Young, Frank Gerstle, Marvin Miller, Frank Lovejoy, Berry Kroeger, Vic Perrin, Elliott Lewis, Eleanore Tanin, Herb Vigran, Jack Webb, Peggy Webber and Will Wright.

Music was supplied by Del Castillo, organist Ivan Ditmars, Cy Feuer, Wilbur Hatch and Leith Stevens. The announcers were Paul Frees and Roy Rowan.

  1. Out of This World (Audition) (1947-02-28) (10.2Mb)
  2. Dead of Night (Pilot) (1947-03-21) (22.4Mb)
  3. The Man Who Would Be King (1947-07-07) (27.1Mb)
  4. Operation Fleur de Lys (1947-07-14) (27Mb)
  5. The Diamond as Big as the Ritz (1947-07-21) (27Mb)
  6. Typhoon (1947-07-28) (27Mb)
  7. Sire De Maletroit's Door (1947-08-04) (27.1Mb)
  8. Ring of Thoth (1947-08-11) (27Mb)
  9. The Fourth Man (1947-08-18) (27Mb)
  10. The Most Dangerous Game (1947-10-01) (27Mb)
  11. A Shipment of Mute Fate (1947-10-15) (22.4Mb)
  12. The Fall of the House of Usher (1947-10-22) (27Mb)
  13. Pollack and the Porroh Man (1947-10-29) (27Mb)
  14. Evening Primrose (1947-11-05) (27Mb)
  15. The Young Man with the Cream Tarts (1947-11-12) (27Mb)
  16. Casting the Runes (1947-11-19) (27Mb)
  17. The Country of the Blind (1947-11-26) (27Mb)
  18. Taboo (1947-12-03) (27Mb)
  19. An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (1947-12-10) (27Mb)
  20. Wild Oranges (1947-12-17) (27Mb)
  21. Back for Christmas (1947-12-24) (27Mb)
  22. Confession (1947-12-31) (27Mb)
  23. The Second Class Passenger (1948-01-07) (27.1Mb)
  24. Leiningen Versus the Ants (1948-01-14) (27.1Mb)
  25. Papa Benjamin (1948-01-21) (27.1Mb)
  26. Three Good Witnesses (1948-01-31) (27Mb)
  27. The Vanishing Lady (1948-02-01) (27Mb)
  28. Snake Doctor (1948-02-14) (27Mb)
  29. Ancient Sorceries (1948-02-21) (27Mb)
  30. How Love Came to Professor Guildea (1948-02-22) (27Mb)
  31. The Grove of Ashtaroth (1948-03-06) (26.6Mb)
  32. Jimmy Goggles, the God (1948-03-07) (25.7Mb)
  33. The Log of the Evening Star (1948-03-14) (27Mb)
  34. Misfortune's Isle (1948-03-21) (25.8Mb)
  35. A Shipment of Mute Fate (1948-03-28) (26.8Mb)
  36. Action (1948-04-04) (27Mb)
  37. The Brute (1948-04-11) (27Mb)
  38. The Drums of the Fore and Aft (1948-04-18) (27Mb)
  39. The Fourth Man (1948-04-25) (27Mb)
  40. John Jock Todd (1948-05-02) (27Mb)
  41. The Time Machine (1948-05-09) (27Mb)
  42. The Match (1948-05-16) (27Mb)
  43. Leiningen Versus the Ants (1948-05-23) (27Mb)
  44. Beau Geste (1948-06-06) (27Mb)
  45. The Country of the Blind (1948-06-27) (27Mb)
  46. A Tooth for Paul Revere (1948-07-04) (27Mb)
  47. She (1948-07-11) (27Mb)
  48. Habit (1948-07-18) (27Mb)
  49. The Man Who Would Be King (1948-08-01) (27Mb)
  50. The Fugitive (1948-08-15) (27Mb)
  51. SS San Pedro (1948-08-22) (27Mb)
  52. The Diamond as Big as the Ritz (1948-08-29) (27Mb)
  53. A Dream of Armageddon (1948-09-05) (27Mb)
  54. Evening Primrose (1948-09-12) (27Mb)
  55. The Man Who Could Work Miracles (1948-09-19) (27Mb)
  56. The Lost Special (1949-02-12) (27Mb)
  57. Orient Express (1949-02-19) (27Mb)
  58. Red Wine (1949-02-26) (27Mb)
  59. Conqueror's Isle (1949-03-05) (27Mb)
  60. He Who Rides the Tiger (1949-03-12) (27Mb)
  61. A Shipment of Mute Fate (1949-03-13) (27Mb)
  62. Finger of Doom (1949-03-19) (27Mb)
  63. The Country of the Blind (1949-03-20) (27.4Mb)
  64. The Adaptive Ultimate (1949-03-26) (27Mb)
  65. The Diamond as Big as the Ritz (1949-03-27) (27Mb)
  66. Confidential Agent (1949-04-02) (27Mb)
  67. When the Man Comes, Follow Him (1949-04-09) (27Mb)
  68. The General Died at Dawn (1949-04-16) (27Mb)
  69. The Great Impersonation (1949-04-23) (27Mb)
  70. The Fourth Man (1949-07-07) (27Mb)
  71. The Drums of the Fore and Aft (1949-07-14) (27.7Mb)
  72. Action (1949-07-21) (27Mb)
  73. Second Class Passenger (1949-07-28) (27.1Mb)
  74. Leiningen Versus the Ants (1949-08-04) (27Mb)
  75. Red Wine (1949-08-11) (27Mb)
  76. Snake Doctor (1949-08-18) (27Mb)
  77. Evening Primrose (1949-08-25) (27.3Mb)
  78. The Fortune of Vargas (1949-09-21) (27Mb)
  79. Wild Oranges (1949-09-28) (27Mb)
  80. The Sure Thing (1949-10-15) (27Mb)
  81. Night in Havana (1949-10-22) (27Mb)
  82. Flood on the Goodwins (1949-11-01) (27Mb)
  83. Plunder of the Sun (1949-11-08) (27Mb)
  84. Three Skeleton Key (1949-11-15) (27Mb)
  85. Maracas (1949-11-22) (27Mb)
  86. Letter from Jason (1949-11-29) (27Mb)
  87. Command (1949-12-06) (27Mb)
  88. Border Town (1949-12-13) (27Mb)
  89. Figure a Dame (1949-12-20) (27Mb)
  90. Seeds of Greed (1949-12-27) (27Mb)
  91. The Pistol (1950-01-03) (27Mb)
  92. Vanishing Lady (1950-01-10) (27Mb)
  93. The Sure Thing (1950-01-17) (27Mb)
  94. Treasure Incorporated (1950-01-24) (27Mb)
  95. Present Tense (1950-01-31) (27Mb)
  96. The Outer Limit (1950-02-07) (27Mb)
  97. Two if by Sea (1950-02-14) (27Mb)
  98. The Red Mark (1950-02-21) (27Mb)
  99. The Man Who Won the War (1950-02-28) (27Mb)
  100. Port Royal (1950-03-10) (27Mb)
  101. Three Skeleton Key (1950-03-17) (27Mb)
  102. Danger at Matecumbe (1950-03-24) (27Mb)
  103. Green Splotches (1950-03-31) (26.6Mb)
  104. The Ambassador of Poker (1950-04-07) (27Mb)
  105. The Golden Snake (1950-04-14) (27.4Mb)
  106. The Shanghai Document (1950-04-21) (27Mb)
  107. Something for Nothing (1950-04-28) (27Mb)
  108. The Man Who Stole the Bible (1950-05-05) (27Mb)
  109. The Rim of Terror (1950-05-12) (27Mb)
  110. Pass to Berlin (1950-05-19) (27Mb)
  111. Command (1950-05-26) (27Mb)
  112. Mars Is Heaven (1950-06-02) (27Mb)
  113. Serenade for a Cobra (1950-06-16) (27Mb)
  114. Sundown (1950-06-23) (27Mb)
  115. Blood Bath (1950-06-30) (27Mb)
  116. A Shipment of Mute Fate (1950-07-07) (27Mb)
  117. Shark Bait (1950-07-14) (27Mb)
  118. Yellow Wake (1950-07-21) (26.9Mb)
  119. Poison (1950-07-28) (27Mb)
  120. Two Came Back (1950-08-04) (27Mb)
  121. The Red Forest (1950-08-11) (27Mb)
  122. The Footprint (1950-08-18) (27Mb)
  123. Crossing Paris (1950-08-25) (27Mb)
  124. A Sleeping Draft (1950-10-01) (27Mb)
  125. Roulette (1950-10-08) (27Mb)
  126. The Power of Hammer (1950-10-15) (27Mb)
  127. The Time Machine (1950-10-22) (27Mb)
  128. Seven Hours to Freedom (1950-10-29) (27Mb)
  129. Earth Abides, Part 1 (1950-11-05) (27.4Mb)
  130. Earth Abides, Part 2 (1950-11-12) (27.2Mb)
  131. Journey into Fear (1950-11-19) (27Mb)
  132. Funeral Fires (1950-11-26) (27Mb)
  133. This Side of Nowhere (1950-12-03) (27Mb)
  134. A Passenger to Bali (1950-12-10) (27Mb)
  135. Wild Jack Rhett (1950-12-17) (27Mb)
  136. The Cave (1950-12-24) (27Mb)
  137. The Man Who Could Work Miracles (1950-12-31) (27Mb)
  138. Conquest (1951-01-07) (27Mb)
  139. A Bullet for Mr Smith (1951-01-14) (27Mb)
  140. The Killer Mine (1951-02-11) (27Mb)
  141. The Follower (1951-02-18) (27Mb)
  142. The Island (1951-07-11) (27Mb)
  143. Macao (1951-07-18) (27Mb)
  144. The Earthman (1951-07-25) (27Mb)
  145. The Gladiator (1951-08-01) (27.2Mb)
  146. Up Periscope (1951-08-08) (26.8Mb)
  147. Rough Shoot (1951-08-15) (27Mb)
  148. The Silent Horror (1951-08-22) (26.7Mb)
  149. The Man Who Stole the Bible (1951-08-30) (26.9Mb)
  150. Gringo (1952-10-12) (27Mb)
  151. The Price of the Head (1952-10-19) (22.6Mb)
  152. Robert of Huntingdon (1952-10-26) (25.7Mb)
  153. The Running Man (1952-11-02) (26.6Mb)
  154. The Return (1952-11-09) (13.5Mb)
  155. The Loup-Garou (1952-11-16) (26.7Mb)
  156. Incident in Quito (1952-12-07) (27Mb)
  157. Four Went Home (1952-12-14) (27.2Mb)
  158. The Man Who Liked Dickens (1952-12-21) (26.5Mb)
  159. Conqueror's Isle (1953-01-11) (24.6Mb)
  160. A Matter of Conscience (1953-01-18) (26.1Mb)
  161. Diary of a Madman (1953-01-25) (27Mb)
  162. A Study in Wax (1953-02-01) (24.3Mb)
  163. Jetsam (1953-02-08) (27Mb)
  164. Wild Jack Rhett (1953-02-15) (13.1Mb)
  165. I Saw Myself Running (1953-02-22) (12.8Mb)
  166. The Tramp (1953-03-01) (27Mb)
  167. The Island (1953-03-08) (12.8Mb)
  168. The Man with the Steel Teeth (1953-03-15) (27Mb)
  169. Pressure (1953-03-22) (27Mb)
  170. The Invader (1953-03-29) (27Mb)
  171. A Sleeping Draft (1953-04-05) (27Mb)
  172. Classified Secret (1953-04-12) (27Mb)
  173. El Guitarrero (1953-04-19) (27.1Mb)
  174. The Derelict (1953-04-26) (26.3Mb)
  175. Lili and the Colonel (1953-05-03) (26Mb)
  176. The Vessel of Wrath (1953-05-10) (26.9Mb)
  177. North of Polaris (1953-05-17) (25.1Mb)
  178. A Good Thing (1953-05-31) (27Mb)
  179. The Voyages of Sinbad (1953-06-07) (27Mb)
  180. Clear for Action (1953-06-14) (26.5Mb)
  181. The Far-Away Island (1953-06-21) (26.5Mb)
  182. A Source of Irritation (1953-07-05) (27.1Mb)
  183. The Out Station (1953-07-12) (26.9Mb)
  184. The Open Boat (1953-07-19) (27Mb)
  185. The Notebook (1953-07-26) (27Mb)
  186. The Red Forest (1953-08-02) (27Mb)
  187. Three Skeleton Key (1953-08-09) (27Mb)
  188. The Thirteenth Truck (1953-08-16) (27Mb)
  189. The Man from Tomorrow (1953-08-23) (26.7Mb)
  190. The Game (1953-08-30) (26.6Mb)
  191. Train from Oebisfelde (1953-09-06) (25.9Mb)
  192. The Abominable Snowman (1953-09-13) (26.6Mb)
  193. The Log (1953-09-20) (26.6Mb)
  194. The Untouchable (1953-09-27) (27Mb)
  195. Zero Hour (1953-10-04) (20.9Mb)
  196. Elementals (1953-10-11) (26.9Mb)
  197. The Bird of Paradise (1954-03-11) (26.6Mb)
  198. Violent Night (1954-03-18) (27.1Mb)
  199. The Second Shot (1954-03-25) (26.7Mb)
  200. The Return (1954-04-01) (26.6Mb)
  201. The Scarlet Plague (1954-04-08) (22.1Mb)
  202. Affair at Mandrake (1954-04-15) (21.5Mb)
  203. The Adversary (1954-05-06) (22.4Mb)
  204. An Ordinary Man (1954-06-03) (27Mb)
  205. Benscelina and the Fisherman (1954-06-10) (27.1Mb)
  206. Bloodwaters (1954-06-17) (26.9Mb)
  207. Judgment Day at Crippled Deer (1954-06-24) (26.1Mb)
  208. The Dark Wall (1954-07-01) (27Mb)
  209. The Birds (1954-07-10) (26.8Mb)
  210. Eye of Evil (1954-07-17) (27Mb)
  211. Flood on the Goodwins (1954-07-24) (26.1Mb)
  212. Night of the Guns (1954-07-31) (22Mb)
  213. The Price of the Head (1954-08-07) (27Mb)
  214. The Coward (1954-08-14) (13.5Mb)
  215. Two and Two Make Four (1954-08-21) (27.1Mb)
  216. The King of Owanatu (1954-08-28) (26.6Mb)
  217. The Boiling Sea (1954-09-04) (27.1Mb)
  218. Carnival in Vienna (1954-09-11) (27.3Mb)
  219. The Target (1954-09-18) (27Mb)
  220. The Heart of Kali (Last episode) (1954-09-25) (27.3Mb)

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