Quiet Please

quite lg.jpgQuiet, Please! was a radio fantasy and horror program created by Wyllis Cooper, also known for creating Lights Out. Ernest Chappell was the show's announcer and lead actor. Quiet, Please! debuted June 8, 1947 on the Mutual Broadcasting System, and its last episode was broadcast June 25, 1949, on the ABC. A total of 106 shows were broadcast, with only a very few of them repeats.
Earning relatively little notice during its initial run, Quiet, Please! has since been praised as one of the finest efforts of the golden age of American radio drama. Professor Richard J. Hand of the University of Glamorgan, in a detailed critical analysis of the series, argued that Cooper and Chappell "created works of astonishing originality" (Hand, 145); he further describes the program as an "extraordinary body of work" (Hand, 158), which established Cooper "as one of the greatest auteurs of horror radio." (Hand, 161) Similarly, radio historian Ron Lackmann declares that the episodes "were exceptionally well written and outstandingly acted" (Lackmann, 226), while John Dunning describes the show as "a potent series bristling with rich imagination." (Dunning, 559)

Episode Number Episode Title Aired Datesort descending
95 Dialogue for a Tragedy Sunday, April 10, 1949
97 The Vail of Glen Cove Sunday, April 24, 1949
100 The Little Morning Sunday, May 15, 1949
101 The Oldest Man in the World Saturday, May 21, 1949
103 Tanglefoot Saturday, June 4, 1949