The Black Swan (Aired August 18, 1947)
Dubbed Murder At Midnight, the intent, from the outset, was to create a compelling crime fiction drama anthology targeted specifically for late night listening. Murder At Midnight, while ostensibly a crime fiction drama was as much thriller as crime drama. The series debuted over the newly coined American Broacasting Company on September 16, 1946 and within two years was airing over Mutual and several other independent affiliates throughout the U.S.. As much a crossover supernatural thriller as crime drama, the forboding introduction by host, Raymond Morgan, was very reminiscent of the competing Strange Dr. Weird (1944), Quiet! Please (1947), Cabin B-13 (1948), and The Whisperer (1951). Other long-running, highly popular, predominately supernatural vehicles had also been running for years, such as Inner Sanctum and Lights Out!. The comparisons are appropriate given the intentionally eerie, forboding and suspenseful scripts for most of Murder At Midnight. According to Billboard magazine, talent and production costs for Murder At Midnight averaged about $5000 per program, one of the higher costs of canned, syndicated programming of the era.
August 18, 1947. Syndicated. "The Black Swan". Commercials added locally. A ship is "launched in blood" and continues to kill. Lawson Zerbe, Leon Meadow (writer), Charles Paul (music), Anton M. Leader (director), Louis G. Cowan (producer). 26:14. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.