THE ELEVENTH HOUR
UNKNOWN ANNOUNCER - "THE ELEVENTH HOUR"
"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 1963 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
The show did not have a host, but it did have an announcer. The name of the announcer is unknown at this point.
Jim Bradley was the producer.
Known episodes for the Australian series are:
Episode ?: "The French Resistance". The Gestapo who has obtained the names of the French resistance leaders, plans to arrest them at 3:00am.
Episode ?: "The Three Wives Of Mickey Denvers". An evening with the current wife the two ex-wives!
Episode 2: "The Uprising" (aka "Highly Explosive") After his arrest during a South American revolution, a British civil engineer gets involved with a plan to explode a truck containing nitro-glycerine that may destroy half the capitol.
Episode 3: "Invitation To Death". A doctor has entrapped his brother's four friends in his apartment, and is slowly poisoning them, to extract a confession.
Episode 4: "Case Of The Curious Confession". The strange story of someone confessing to a murder as a way of getting away with it.
Episode 7: "One Hour To Midnight". An actor who is hated by everyone, is receiving anonymous threatening telephone calls.
Episode 9: "The Good is oft Interred". A blackmailer who does the ultimate good deed.
Episode 14: "Duel Of The Matadors", (aka "Appointment In Madrid"). To save his spouse, an aging bullfighter must fight one last time.
Episode 16: "The Double". A mysterious financier hires some who can double for him on vacation�?
Episode 19: "Tavern Of Lost Souls". The story of an honourable highwayman.
Episode 22: "Bad Day For Big Ben". Everything starts to go wrong, but there is a good reason!
Episode 28: "The Tomb". Two thieves become trapped inside the vault they are attempting to rob.
Episode 34: "Incident At Twin Falls". A strange person poisoned 13 dogs.
Episode 41: "Palette Knife". A woman receives her families displeasure when she befriends an artist.
Episode 46: "Ghost Town". What happens with three desperadoes and a ghost who is a deadly shot in the dark.
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"The Eleventh Hour"
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"The Eleventh Hour"
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