"INNER SANCTUM MYSTERIES" PRESENTS EPISODE 1 OF:
"TERROR BY NIGHT" STARRING AGNES MOOREHEAD !
(Above left: Agnes as "Endora" in "Bewitched"; Above right: Agnes Moorehead in 1959's "The Bat".)
IN "TERROR BY NIGHT", we find Agnes Moorehead, starring as "Linda Dixon", going on vacation into the mountain's of Vermont to a place called Smuggler's Notch.
Car trouble, an escaped killer and his girl friend, an empty service station, a dead body, an eerie stranger, and much, much more plague her as this harrowing night closes in on her ! It's a story you won't want to miss !
It's from June 29th, 1952. It's one of Agnes Moorehead's best performance's...and, it's one of "Inner Sanctum's" all-time best shows: "Terror By Night" !
"INNER SANCTUM" was one of the longest running mystery/horror programs in the History of Golden Age Radio. It began on January 7, 1941, and continued until October 5, 1952.
Hundreds of Radio Actors, and, Film Stars, starred in some of the most unique plots ever created ! Raymond Edward Johnson & Paul McGrath were stalwarts in the role of "Raymond" your "Host" for the, sometimes, gruesome evening ahead.
Among those that starred in "Inner Sanctum" productions were: Richard Widmark, Boris Karloff, Everett Sloane, Mason Adams, Peter Lorre, Mercedes McCambridge, Raymond Massey, Larry Haines, Elspeth Eric, Barry Kroeger, Wendy Barrie, Frank Lovejoy, Ken Lynch, Donald Buka, Anne Seymour, Lawson Zerbe, Santos Ortega, Arnold Moss, Simone Simon, and, Leon Janney.
AGNES MOOREHEAD also acted in many of these tense, gripping productions that always had an occasional touch of subtle humour thrown in...if you could catch it. She was born December 6, 1900 in Clinton, Massachusetts, and moved with her family to St. Louis as a young girl. While in St. Louis, for a time she was in the Chorus at the famous St. Louis Muny Opera.
She graduated from Central High School in St. Louis, and eventually moved to New York, attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and graduated from there in 1929.
MS. MOOREHEAD MET ORSON WELLES while in New York, and became a member of his prestigeous "Mercury Theatre Players" Group starring in his Radio productions & Films. In "Citizen Kane" she played Kane's Mother (her first role in films), and in Welles' "Magnificent Ambersons" she played the key role of Fanny Minafer for which she garnered her first Academy Award Nomination in 1942.
During her career she starred in over 60 Films, and, hundreds of Radio Shows, plus Television, and, Stage work, she was nominated for 4 Oscars, and many Emmys & Golden Globes.
(Above Left: Orson Welles as "The Shadow", 1937; Above Right: Bill Johnstone as "The Shadow" & Agnes Moorehead as "Margo Lane", 1938)
ALSO, a fact many-times forgotten, she co-starred with Welles as the first 'Margo Lane' when he was playing the role of "The Shadow" on Radio in the 1937-1938 Season on the Mutual Radio Network, and continued in the role when Bill Johnstone took over from Welles in 1938.
BUT, IRONICALLY, it was her Television role of "Endora" on "Bewitched" from 1964-1972 that most remember her for. It was a role that she grew to dislike because it kept her from doing other projects that she wanted to work on. (It also made her get up at 4:45am, get into make-up at 6:00am, and work sometimes until 8:00pm ! )
Agnes Moorehead died of cancer on April 30, 1974, in Rochester, Minnesota. She was a truly special actress and a professional of the highest caliber.
( NOTE: THIS SHOW IS # 109 IN OUR SERIES CATALOG FOR "THE BREAKFAST SERIAL", AND IS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ON CD. )
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