THE CLOCK
HARP MCQUIRE - "THE CLOCK"



HARP MCQUIRE

A radio horror / supernatural anthology series that was aired in 1955-1956 and was a spin off from the USA version that ran between 1946 - 1948.
A USA television version also ran from 1949 to 1952.

It is thought that the show may have originated in the United Kingdom. The show made 52 episodes. They used the same scripts as the USA version, but hired Australian cast and crew, except for host of the series "The Clock". For this cast member, they hired Tennessee (USA) born Harp McQuire.

The standard opening was:
"Sunrise and sunset, promise and fulfillment, birth and death. The whole drama of life is written in the sands of time."
"We present a new series of radio program, The Clock."

The principal actors were:
Alan Trevor
Albert Garcia
Babs Mayhew
Barbara Brunton
Beryl Marshall
Brian James
Carol Taylor
Charles Tingwell
Coralie Neville
David Butler
David Nettheim
Deryk Barnes
Diana Davidson
Dinah Shearing
Don Crosby
Don Pascoe
Dorothy Dunckle
Edward Howell
Fifi Banvard
Frank Waters
Georgie Stirling
Gordon Chater
Gordon Glenwright
Grant Taylor
Guy Dolman
Harvey Adams
Howard Craven
Jerry Wells
Joan Landor
Joan Lord
Jocelyn Hernfield
Joe McCormick
John Bonney
John Bushell
John Ewart
John Mellion
John Tate
June Salter
Ken Hannan
Ken Wayne
Kevin Brennan
Len Bullen
Leon Peers
Leonard Bullen
Leonard Teale
Lloyd Berrell
Lyndall Barbour
Lynn Murphy
Madge Ryan
Margaret Christiansen
Margo Lee
Marie Clarke
Max Obiston
Melpo Zaracosta
Moira Redmond
Muriel Steinbeck
Myme Dodd
Neva Carr Glyn
Nigel Lovell
Ossie Wenban
Owen Ainley
Owen Weingott
Pat Martin
Ray Barrett
Richard Davies
Rodney Jacobs
Ruth Cracknell
Shiela Sewell
Tom Farley
Walter Sullivan
Wendy Blacklock
Wendy Playfair
Winifred Handle
Wynne Nelson

The series distributor was Grace Gibson and aired by the Australian Broadcasting Commission.
It ran from 27 September 1955 until 18 September 1956 broadcasting 52 x 27-minute episodes on Tuesdays.
The series was directed by John Saul and written by Lawrence Klee.

Fortunately, most of the episodes have survived.

Date

Episode

Title

The Story

September 27, 1955

1

My Loving Wife
aka Wilbur

 

October 4, 1955

2

The Mystery of Loring Square
aka Spangler's Attic

A wife goes to extremes to gain her husband's life insurance.

October 11, 1955

3

The Millionaire
All the Money in the World

Joey Harper wished for 'all the money in the world'.

October 18, 1955

4

The Actor

Story of Jeanne Claire who meets her ideal man.

October 25, 1955

5

The Story of Mr Littlefield

John Littlefield, a man with a wife, a mistress and a plan.

November 1, 1955

6

The One-Eyed Cat

The story of Jasper Wake, his nurse and a one-eyed cat.

November 8, 1955

7

Jungle Drums

Charles and Eve are in the jungle and are joined by Barry.

November 15, 1955

8

Aunt Emmy

A young woman arrives unexpectedly to visit her aunt in the country.

November 22, 1955

9

The Hunter and the Hunted

A group of hunters discover that they have become the prey.

November 29, 1955

10

The Helping Hand
aka Helping Hand

Somerville is a small town. The lady only wanted a lift.

December 6, 1955

11

The Dentist's Chair
aka Reference Please

Mr Alexander Dobey needs personal references.

December 13, 1955

12

Ghost Story
aka Lively Ghost

Vera convinces her lover to kill her husband, but the hapless murderer soon sees the ghost of his victim.

December 20, 1955

13

The Other Woman
aka The Return of The Vanished Wife

A wife, Irma Stuart returns on the eve of her husband's remarriage.

December 27, 1955

14

The Bank Vault
aka Bill Phillips

A locksmith and a bank executive plan to rob the vault. A double-cross follows.

January 3, 1956

15

The Hitchhiker

An attractive woman accepts a ride to Salt Lake City.

January 10, 1956

16

Gaol Break
aka Dr. Carter's Experiment

 

January 17, 1956

17

Time In Reverse
aka The Man Who Lived Once Before

A man believes he has lived a previous life in the court of a Marquis.

January 24, 1956

18

The Double Cross
aka The Good Valet

 

January 31, 1956

19

Amazon Island
aka Island of Women

She did not want to marry him, but when they were shipwrecked she changed her mind.

February 7, 1956

20

Pretty Cousin Amy

The Spencer's routine is changed when Cousin Amy arrives.

February 14, 1956

21

The Past or the Present
aka Kay and Larry Collins

 

February 21, 1956

22

Death Valley
aka Man with A Strange Trunk

 

February 28, 1956

23

Star-Crossed Lovers
aka Juliet and Cliff

 

March 6, 1956

24

Hollywood Heartbreak
aka Hollywood Heartache

 

March 13, 1956

25

The Perfect Crime
aka The Criminal Mind

 

March 20, 1956

26

Guilty As Always

 

March 27, 1956

27

Only Death Is Timeless

 

April 3, 1956

28

Retribution
aka Uncle Amos

 

April 10, 1956

29

Coming Events

 

April 17, 1956

30

The Island Paradise
aka Island Paradise

 

April 24, 1956

31

Gambler's Luck
aka The Man Who Couldn't Lose
aka Thou Shalt Not Kill

 

May 1, 1956

32

Behind the Mask

 

May 8, 1956

33

The Hypnotist

A woman is hypnotized by a man to do his bidding.

May 15, 1956

34

Rendezvous With Love
akaGus Fowler
aka Rendezvous With Death

 

May 22, 1956

35

Flaming Frances

A female pyromaniac is on the loose.

May 29, 1956

36

The Dream Home
aka Ted and Cora

 

June 5, 1956

37

The Mind Reader

 

June 12, 1956

38

The Shrunken Head
Professor Leonard Higgins

 

June 19, 1956

39

The Matador
aka Don Miguel

 

June 26, 1956

40

The Sentimental Cop
aka Mike's Dream

 

July 3, 1956

41

Loverboy

 

July 10, 1956

42

Trouble At Key West
aka Sea Story

 

July 17, 1956

43

Ophelia

An embittered old woman wills her estate to her cat.

July 24, 1956

44

Cleo the Second

Cleo goes to extreme measures to achieve retribution.

July 31, 1956

45

The Jekyll and Hyde Gangsters

 

August 7, 1956

46

Lefty and Delilah

 

August 14, 1956

47

Hazel

 

August 21, 1956

48

Beauty and the Beast
aka Natalie

 

August 28, 1956

49

Leon

 

September 4, 1956

50

The Sweet Cheat
aka Consuelo
aka The Perfect Babe

The weird tale of a beautiful kleptomaniac and the two big gamblers she takes for a ride.

September 11, 1956

51

Angel With Two Faces

A reporter interviews a beautiful woman just cleared of a murder charge and he falls in love with her.

September 18, 1956

52

Gertrude
aka Gertrude Slade

 


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