Lights Out

Lights Out

Arch Oboler

Born on December 7, 1909 in Chicago, Illinois

Died on March 19, 1987 in Westlake Village, California of a stroke


NBC, CBS, MBS, 1935-1947

A 30-minute drama anthology that began in 1934 as a regional program, featuring tales of suspense and horror. The program provided the most grisly sound effects ever heard on radio. Created by Wyllis Cooper, the show passed into the hands of Arch Oboler in 1936. It left the air in 1939 to return in 1942 as a 30-minute weekly program, again directed by Oboler and using many of his original scripts. Leaving the air again in 1943, the program returned in the summer of 1945 and 1946, the 1945 version being called "Fantasies from Lights Out." It reappeared very briefly in 1947 starring Boris Karloff and directed by Wyllis Cooper. Many of the previously aired scripts appeared again in 1964 as "Arch Oboler's Plays" and in 1970 as "The Devil and Mr. O."