Quiet Please: The Thing on the Fourble Board – One of The Most Terrifying Radio Plays Ever

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Quiet Please was an old-time radio horror/fantasy drama which ran from June 8, 1947 to June 20, 1949. It is considered by many (including myself) to be one of the most uniquely creative radio dramas in history. The show’s creator, Wyllis Cooper, is also known for creating one of radio’s most famous macabre masterpiece shows Lights OutErnest Chappell was the show’s announcer and lead actor. Chappell played a different role each week, usually in a deadpanning manner which was brilliant for the shows constant sense of foreboding. That it was the same actor playing a different role each week is the kind of acting is akin to vaudevillian drama. American Horror Story does something similar.


I’m an old-time radio junkie, but you don’t have to be one to appreciate this show and the particular episode I’ve selected for you below. “The Thing on the Fourble Board” is an episode in which an oil rig worker discovers an invisible creature of unknown origins living beneath the depths of the earth. What happens to this man is horrific, and the ending is absolutely brilliant. If you’re alone, turn the lights down low and listen. It will help get you into a Halloween mood.


Quiet please… Quiet please.