2 Episodes "The Man Who Lived Twice" (1-30-45) and "Dark Wings Of Death" (2-06-45)
The Strange Dr. Weird was a spin-off of The Mysterious Traveler. It featured the same voice from The Mysterious Traveler (Maurice Tarplin) but under a new name, Dr. Weird. He told Mysterious Traveler stories, but shortened them to 15 minutes and gave them different titles (Grams, 2000, 450). He even used a similar exit strategy in both series, pretending it is the listener who is interrupting his story to leave, but taking the time to invite them back next week for another creepy tale told in his trademark slithering voice. Given all these similarities, it should be no surprise that the same director (Jock MacGregor) and writers (Bob Arthur and David Kogan) were also from The Mysterious Traveler (Buxton, 229). The only stylistic change was that Dr. Weird told his stories in a mansion overlooking a dreary cemetery, instead of on a train. So why the shorter time format? Realistically, it was likely a business decision to make more money by repackaging already tried and true storylines into shorter time slots. SHOW NOTES FROM RADIOHORRORHOSTS.COM
January 30, 1945. Program #13. Mutual network aircheck, syndicated on an RCA transcription. "The Man Who Lived Twice"
. Sponsored by: Adam Hats, one commercial added live. A mad scientist undergoes a genuine brain transplant! The program may be dated April 17, 1945. The program closing is added locally or has been deleted. Maurice Tarplin (host), Robert A. Arthur (writer), David Kogan (writer), Jock MacGregor (director). 11:59.
February 6, 1945. Program #14. Mutual network. "The Dark Wings Of Death"
. Sponsored by: Adam Hats. A married couple decides to kill an eccentric uncle for his money, but his pet raven poses a problem. Maurice Tarplin (host), Robert A. Arthur (writer), David Kogan (writer), Jock MacGregor (director). 15 minutes.