Chapter

Honeymoon Shocker

in Theater of the Mind

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780226853505
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226853529 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226853529.003.0006
Honeymoon Shocker

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During World War II, American radio started to earn the monicker “theater of the mind” as psychological themes filled the airwaves and new techniques were developed to convey them. Although many serials had been fascinated with pseudopsychology long before the war, evening playhouses and serials began to work systematically on the theme of the mind only in the 1940s. Suspense anthologies became common on evening schedules and dream sequences proliferated on shows as diverse as The Weird Circle and The Lux Radio Theater. This chapter focuses on the radio plays of Lucille Fletcher to show how many radio dramatists in the 1940s abandoned the question of the nation in favor of the human capacity to persuade, inspire, and instruct. It examines how sound effects work in shockers, focusing on “The Hitch-Hiker.”

Keywords: theater of mind; pseudopsychology; radio plays; Lucille Fletcher; dream sequences; suspense anthologies; World War II; shockers; sound effects; Hitch-Hiker

Chapter.  9407 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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