Shows such as Suspense and The Mysterious Traveler may well have been influences for the types of stories of which he grew fond. Radio and its offspring, television, are unique in the stringency of the time factor. Radio and TV stations gave me a look-see at the factory that would produce my product. I got to understand the basic workings of cameras, lights and microphones. I got a sense of the space that could be utilized and the number of people who might be accommodated in that space.
This was all to the good. The radio programs Serling wrote for, however, were not broadcast nationally on a coast-to-coast hookup. They were not sponsored. In fact, almost all of them were sustained, that is, the production costs were borne by the network rather than a sponsor.
Cheap to produce, these programs required no major film stars to pay, and there was no shortage of radio actors willing to work for union scale. For him, this was experience needed for a writer with no credits to his name, to get his foot in the door for programs that paid much more — courtesy of wellheeled sponsors willing to pick up the tab. The Chesebrough Manufacturing Company, for example, sponsored a long-running radio program titled Dr. The program featured top-quality dramas of a country doctor who applied the Golden Rule approach to life when facing obstacles that required his inner strength for support.
In the beginning, the Dr. Christian radio program came from various scriptwriters, among them Ruth Adams Knight. In , the producers tried a new approach: a contest in which listeners could submit scripts and be eligible for large cash prizes. Suddenly, everyone in the country was a scriptwriter. Newsweek reported that 7, scripts were received in ; sometimes that number went as high as 10, Many were called, however, but few were chosen.
The scripts that made it to the air continued the appeal of traditional values, showing Dr. Christian as the symbol of good will, as a philanthropist and an unabashed Cupid. The subject matter would include anything — even fantasy. One show was about a mermaid; on another, a humanlike jalopy named Betsy fell in love with a black Packard owned by a woman chief of police.
Only when murder was the theme of a script did listeners complain; they liked the show when it was mellow. The prize play concerned Dr. With confidence on his shoulder, during the school year, the entire output of the workshop was written by Serling. With the exception of one adaptation, all of the radio scripts were entirely original. For the broadcast of May 18, , the eighth annual scriptwriting contest of Dr.
Among the guests on that particular program was Rod Serling, who at the time was attending Antioch College. Christian program. Serling brought along his wife, Carol, to attend the radio broadcast. Johnson, Maree Dow Gagne, Mrs. Halle Truitt Yenni. The program, still sponsored by Chesebrough, was the th broadcast of the series.
Russell F. One by one, the prizewinners were announced and interviewed on stage. Biographical background, professional endeavors and their writing ambitions were discussed. Halfway through the broadcast, Rod Serling came to the microphone.
What happened during all that time? And well. And do you intend to follow writing as a profession? In fact, the ambition of my wife and I. Yes, sir! Rod Serling. And now, back to that ambition of yours. Maybe this check for five hundred dollars will go toward part of the down payment on that dream!
Broadcasting standards during the s were much different from the standards enforced by the late s. The policy of reviewing and accepting unsolicited radio scripts and plot proposals varied from one producer to the next.
While many programs had a staff of writers, other programs occasionally purchased submissions from the open market. Suspense, a radio anthology specializing in thrilling crime dramas, for example, bought scripts from a deaf mute in Brooklyn, a night watchman from Chicago, a cowhand in Wyoming, and one script from a former inmate of San Quentin.
By the s, however, a few who submitted plot proposals and scripts were seeking vengeance for their rejected submissions. The networks began enforcing policies, in agreement with radio and television producers, not to review or accept any outside submissions. For scriptwriters offering their work in the hopes of making a sale it became a bit more complicated.
The success of the Dr. Finally, I sold three others, but for each play accepted there were at least three or more turned down. Serling began writing scripts that were dramatized not on a national coast-to-coast hookup, but in the local Ohio listening area. Serling played himself in a number of skits he composed, including the lead role of Cooper. On one episode of this program, the announcer stepped aside from his normal duties to inform the radio audience that Miss Carol Kramer was engaged to Rod Serling, announced by her grandparents and the marriage to be on July But with success came the eventual edge of defeat.
Ira L. We regret that, in the light of heavy competition, we do not find this story suited to our current needs. On October 10, , he sent the following candid reply:. The dialog is spotty, the plot is loose, and the whole thing lacks verisimilitude. It appears to be a standard plot that writers somehow or other manage to pluck out of the public domain. At least they are no longer a part of the memory of man.
And as to the X supposed to be housed here in this hangar, this, too, does not exist. And if any of you have any questions concerning an aircraft and three men who flew her, speak softly of them — and only in — The Twilight Zone. This episode is loosely based on the short story "Disappearing Act" by Richard Matheson. Toward the end of the episode, Rod Taylor's character, Clegg Forbes, panics when he appears to cast no reflection when looking at a mirror in the hospital room.
Due to a production error in crafting this illusion, Taylor's right elbow is, in fact, visible in the mirror throughout the duration of this shot, with three fingers of Taylor's right hand appearing in the mirror as well when Taylor raises his hands in horror. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article has multiple issues.
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