The Returned (Aired November 12, 1944)
The stories offered by "The Weird Circle" were generally adapted from popular fiction - popular fiction of the 19th century, that is. And since the focus was on horror and suspense, the macabre, atmospheric, and often ironic tales of such writers as Edgar Allan Poe and Honore de Balzac were a staple of its success. Also included were such familiar chestnuts as "Wuthering Heights" by Emily Bronte, Charles Dickens' "The Queer Client", Charlotte Bronte’s novel "Jane Eyre" (also a particular favorite of Orson Welles and his Mercury Theater company), and "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" by Robert Louis Stevenson. Stories of this vintage, rooted in the Victorian attitudes and morality of the 1800s, generally made for good radio drama; they were, after all, classics, familiar to anyone with a public school education. The primarily first-person narrative of most of the stories chosen made them relatively easy to convert into script form: introduce a narrator, establish the scene, and then carry on with the plot. And, of course, since they were out of copyright, there were no literary rights to be paid -- a sizeable cost savings for any producer looking to budget a weekly series, then or now. "The Weird Circle" was produced in New York City by the National Broadcasting Company, under the auspices of its Radio-Recording Division. THIS EPISODE: November 12, 1944. Program #50. NBC syndication. "The Returned". Commercials added locally. Based on "Ligeia," by Edgar Allan Poe. A man's first wife returns from the dead for a horrible revenge. The date is approximate. Edgar Allan Poe (author). 25:20. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.