Plan 9 from outer radio
Yesterday I was bored and restless, needed something new and interesting to grab my attention at bedtime. Started looking through archive.org for potentially worthy radio shows. Aha! Here's one I've never heard before. Inspector Thorne.
Aired in 1951 on NBC prime time, so it had a good budget and access to good actors. The episode titles seemed promising.
It's the worst thing I've ever heard. The budget bought music from a real orchestra, but the writing and acting are worse than any high-school drama class.
Most of my listening is low-budget syndicated serials, with no music and simple sound effects. All of them are written and acted COMPETENTLY, with frequent moments of brilliant insight and empathy. Inspector Thorne doesn't even have occasional moments of semi-competence.
Was it a parody, like Vic & Sade? Could be, but I didn't hear any indications of non-seriousness. According to Radio GOLDINdex,
the show was a summer fill-in, lasting only 11 episodes and never acquiring a sponsor.