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The Greatest Story Ever Told - Pgm 51

July 11th, 2009

"The Greatest Story Ever Told" was an unusual series of Biblical dramas carried on the ABC network in the 1940s and 50s.  Based on a bestselling book that novelized great stories from the Bible, the program took basic moral questions and turned them into compelling dramas that could be thought of in everyday situations.  The approach can be a bit, well, cheesy at times and remind one of a Cecil B. DeMille movie.

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In this post, program 51 in the series as it was carried by the Armed Forces Radio Service, originally broadcast on ABC on January 16, 1949, according to Goldin and otrsite.  "The House in Darkness" looks at a woman who is obsessed with the death of her son and learns that charity to the living is more important than her own fears.  I think this may be an uncirculated program in the series.

It was transferred from an original AFRS vinyl transcription and has undergone some scrubbing with some click reduction software.  I'll be posting more programs from the series in the coming months.

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