THE ELEVENTH HOUR

UNKNOWN ANNOUNCER - "THE ELEVENTH HOUR"


The South African radio show "The Eleventh Hour" was a thriller, suspense and science fiction anthology series. There are conflicting dates for the show's run, with one source suggesting that the show commenced in 1941. Other sources suggest that the show ended around 1946.

Further speculation is that the show commenced in Australia around 1959 and aired some 52 episodes and that the South African series commenced around 1963 and ceased around 1971.
That the South African series' first 52 episodes in 1962 originated from Australia, and from 1964 produced their own stories.

It is likely that the 1941 series was a CBS radio show that utilised short stories from such authors as James Barrie - "My Brother Henry" and "The Smoking Table" & H H Munro - "The Seventh Pullet". The program may also have been known as "At the Eleventh Hour".
Stories were told by "The Man With The Pipe."

From all the evidence available it seems as though there were three shows:
1) USA around 1941 also known as "At The Eleventh Hour"
2) Australia around 1959
3) South Africa between 1963-1971 through Springbok Radio

The show did not have a host, but it did have an announcer. The name of the announcer is unknown at this point.

One of the regular openings was "Time - the silent herald of life and death, success or failure. The unseeing force that delivers man's destiny, reaching its most fateful moments as it slowly strikes the eleventh hour.�

I have been unable to locate a listing of all the episodes. Below in alphabetical order is a list of the episodes that I have found to date.
Clip on the radio to hear an episode.

A Country Road A Curious Confession Accident on Curve (aka The Actor) Bad Day for Big Ben
Bitter Bit Black Magic Blackmail and Love (aka The Goof Is Oft Interred) Cast a Giant Shadow
Cave-In Codeword Silver Death and Understanding Death of Elaine
Desperado in the Rain Echo of a Savage Engulf Cathedral Escape to Die
Excavations Explosives Flying Coffin Ghost Town
Impostor (aka The Double) Incident At Twin Falls Invitation To Death (aka Let The Play Begin) Jeremy
Jewel Robbery John Strange Lady, Your Love Is Showing Lord Marley's Guest
Not All Shipshape One Hour To Midnight Only Too Safe Palette Knife
Project XP112 Radioactive Blackmail Runaway Kid Scientist Quits
Tavern Of Lost Souls The Agent The Bitter End The Bomb
The Box The Debt The Ghost On Chertain's Corner The Invisible Man
The List The Man Who Was Dead The Millionaire's Double The Miserable Man
The Mountain Climber The President's Lady The Protective Mr. Drogan The Seven Steps To Death
The Sixth Sense Survivor The Threatening Letter The Three Wives of Mickey Danvers The Tomb
The Will The Woman In Case Truckload of Nitro

LINKS


Wikipedia
"SpringBok Radio"

The OTR Plot Spot
"The Eleventh Hour"

Radio Horror Hosts
"The Eleventh Hour"


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