THE WIERD CIRCLE - "MURDERS IN RUE MORGUE"

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THE WIERD CIRCLE - 1943 / 1945

The Weird Circle was a syndicated series produced in New York and licensed by Mutual, and later, NBC's Red network (Digital Deli Too). For two seasons, it cranked out 39 shows (78 total) consisting mostly of radio adaptations of classic horror stories. The production values were adequate, but nothing to get excited about. Noticeably absent was any music. Not using any organ accompaniment helps the show seem less dated now, but it also diminishes the atmosphere that effective music provides a good story, especially if its timeless music of an orchestra or even a piano (as sometimes used in Quiet Please). About the closest Weird Circle got to anything musical was the occasional strumming of piano chords used to signal the transition into another scene. The acting was often overly dramatic.

I've heard a lot of Weird Circle stories and don't recall any of them as real standouts. They were still interesting, but not as thrilling as much of the competition. The sound quality was usually great, but the adaptations of classic stories and actual performances seemed pedestrian (in my personal opinion). There are some collectors who think this series is woefully underrated, but I can't say that I'm one of them. Give them a listen and see what you think.


EPISODE-1:  "MURDERS IN RUE MORGUE"

RUN TIME: 25:00

EPISODE-2: "THE LIFTED VEIL"

RUN TIME: 25:00

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