Lights Out! cast in the mid-1930's. Sidney Ellstrom---who died a thousand
violent deaths during the run of this show---is at the microphone, about to be
done in by an-about-to-expire cast member.
The male corpse
on the top of the heap appears to be Harold Peary who, several years after this
photo was snapped, assumed the role of the "Great Gildersleeve" on the
Fibber McGee and Molly
show (with such success that he was, in the early 1940's, able to spin the role
off to his own show which became one of the genuine classics of radio's Golden
was the malformed brainchild of NBC-Chicago producer Wyllis Cooper; Arch
Oboler, one of radio's great writer-directors, assumed responsibility for
the series after Cooper went to Hollywood in 1936 to pursue a career in film writing.