"The Tell-Tale Heart" is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe first published in 1843. It follows an unnamed narrator who insists on his sanity after murdering an old man with a "vulture eye". The murder is carefully calculated, and the murderer hides the body by cutting it into pieces and hiding it under the floorboards. Ultimately the narrator’s guilt manifests itself in the hallucination that the man’s heart is still beating under the floorboards.
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"The Fall of the House of Usher" is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe, first published September 1839 in Burton’s Gentleman’s Magazine. It was slightly revised in 1840 for the collection Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque.
"The Fall of the House of Usher" was adapted for Escape by Les Crutchfield and produced/directed by William N. Robson. Paul Frees played the narrator and Ramsay Hill played Roderick Usher. This episode aired on October 22, 1947.
“The Cask of Amontillado” (sometimes spelled “The Casque of Amontillado”) is a short story, written by Edgar Allan Poe and first published in the November 1846 issue of Godey’s Lady’s Book.
“The Cask of Amontillado” — January 19, 1953 — a radio show broadcast on The Hall of Fantasy show, introduced as “dedicated to the supernatural, the unusual and the unknown.” As was often the case with dramatic presentations of Poe’s works, the story has been modified. Performers include Carl Dreyson, Richard Thorne, and Eloise Kummer. This show as rebroadcast on January 4, 1954.
In "The Ring of Thoth," an Egyptologist visits the Louvre and accidentally witnesses a strange event.
Based on the short story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Escape’s adaptation is an interesting one with an unexpected ending. "The Ring of Thoth" was first published in 1890 and the short story is available online at Wikisource.
Mr. John Vansittart Smith, a British student of Egyptology, has come to the Egyptian Room of the Louvre to study. There he meets a curious looking attendant but otherwise, he is alone in the great hall. Not long afterwards, the quiet surroundings and his inability to concentrate cause him to drift off to sleep.
When Smith wakes, it is the middle of the night and he is locked inside the darkened museum. Soon, he becomes aware that someone else is there, too. A mysterious figure holding a light has come into the hall and opened the case of one of the mummies. Smith realizes that it is the attendant that he saw earlier in the day, and as he watches from the shadows, he becomes involved in the extraordinary story of the ring of Thoth.
"The Ring of Thoth" was adapted for Escape by Les Crutchfield and produced/directed by William N. Robson. Jack Webb, Thomas Freebairn-Smith, and Joan Banks starred. This episode aired on August 11, 1947.