CBS Radio Mystery Theater (aka Radio Mystery Theater and Mystery Theater, sometimes abbreviated as CBSRMT) was an ambitious and sustained attempt during the 1970s to revive the type of audio drama familiar to listeners of old-time radio. The series was created by Himan Brown, a radio legend due to his work on Inner Sanctum Mysteries, The Adventures of Nero Wolfe and other shows dating back to the 1930s.
On CBS affiliates, the series began its long run January 6, 1974. The final episode was broadcast on December 31, 1982.
The format was similar to that of classic old time radio shows such as The Mysterious Traveler and The Whistler, in that the episodes were introduced by a host (E. G. Marshall) who provided pithy wisdom throughout. Unlike the hosts of earlier programs, Marshall is fully mortal, merely someone whose heightened insight and erudition plunge the listener into the world of the macabre.
As with Himan Brown's prior Inner Sanctum Mysteries, each episode of CBS Radio Mystery Theater opened and closed with the ominous sound of a creaking crypt door, slowly opening to invite listeners in for the evening's adventure, accompanied by Marshall's disturbing utterance, "Come in. Welcome. I am E. G. Marshall." This was followed by one of Marshall's other catchphrases, usually either "The sound of suspense" or "The fear you can hear." At the conclusion, the door would swing shut, followed by Marshall's classic sign off, "Until next time, pleasant... dreams?" Marshall hosted the program from January, 1974, until February, 1982, when actress Tammy Grimes took over for the series' last season, maintaining the format.
|Episode Title [Total of: 1324]||Category||Rating|
|1321 -||CBSRMT - You're Going To Like Rodney|
Episode date: 1980-3-10
|1322 -||CBSRMT - You're Only Young Twice|
Episode date: 1975-9-29
|1323 -||CBSRMT - Your Desire, My Guilt|
Episode date: 1982-5-24
|1324 -||CBSRMT - Your Grade is a|
Episode date: 1976-8-16