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Carlton E Morse

Show Count: 334
Series Count: 2
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Old Time Radio
Born: July 4, 1901, Jennings, Louisiana, USA
Died: May 24, 1993, Redwood City, California, USA

Carlton Errol Morse (June 4, 1901 - May 24, 1993) was a Louisiana-born producer/journalist best known for his creation of the radio serial One Man's Family, which debuted in 1932 and ran until 1959 as one of the most popular as well as long-running radio soap operas of the time. He also was responsible for the radio serial I Love a Mystery. A radio legend, he experimented with television and published three novels. Morse is considered by many to be one of the best radio scriptwriters.

In 1901, Carlton was born in Jennings, Louisiana, to George and Ora Morse. In 1906, his family relocated to a fruit ranch at Talent, Oregon, and when Morse was 16, they moved to Sacramento, California. After graduating from high school in Sacramento, Morse went to the University of California from 1919 to 1922 but did not graduate. Instead, he dropped out and returned to Sacramento, beginning a career as a journalist with the Sacramento Union.

Journalism career

From 1922 to 1928, Morse was employed at the Sacramento Union, the San Francisco Illustrated Daily HeraldThe Seattle TimesVancouver ColumbianPortland Oregonian and The San Francisco Bulletin. When the Bulletin was absorbed into the San Francisco Call in 1929, Morse lost his job, soon after marrying his first wife, Patricia DeBall. Though The Seattle Times offered him another job, he declined. This was to mark the beginning of his career in radio.

Radio

After losing his newspaper job, Morse brought several scripts he had written throughout the 1920s to an interview with NBC. He soon was offered a job at KGO, the San Francisco outlet of NBC'sBlue Network, and began his radio career scripting House of Myths. Morse began work on NBC Mystery Serial, which included such episodes as "Captain Post: Crime Specialist" and "Case of the One-eyed Parrot". Other mysteries scripted by Morse included The Witch of EndorThe City of the DeadCaptain Post: Crime SpecialistThe Game Called Murder and Dead Men Prowl.

He also did four programs based on San Francisco Police Department files: Chinatown SquadBarbary Coast NightsKilled in Action and To the Best of Their Ability. Morse worked closely with San Francisco Police Chief William J. Quinn, who narrated all four series.

Morse's major successes were One Man's Family, and I Love a MysteryOne Man's Family began in 1932, with I Love A Mystery following in 1939. The two series were almost polar opposites; "One Man's Family" was a daily soap opera, targeted at housewives, and "I Love a Mystery" was an adventure serial for adolescents and lovers of the macabre. Both are regarded by radio historians as two of the all-time best radio serials.

"I Love a Mystery" was a tremendous hit and many episodes still offer chills to modern listeners. The original series was broadcast from 1939 to 1942 on the NBC Blue Network and then had one more season (1943-44) on CBS. It was later revived on the Mutual Broadcasting System from 1949 through 1953. The original run was broadcast from Hollywood, and the revival originated from New York City.

Additional radio credits

  • Chinatown Tales
  • Musical Miniatures
  • Illustrated Tales
  • Split Second Tales
  • House of Myths
  • Adventures by Morse
  • I Love Adventure (adaptations of stories from "I Love a Mystery")
  • His Honor the Barber
  • The Family Skeleton

Television

Morse was also a pioneer in television as well. He was part of Slices of Life, the first television drama series aired on Los Angeles' television station, KFI. Morse brought One Man's Family to television (1949-52), years before it left the airwaves with the end of the Golden Age of Radio.

Later life

Morse eventually retired from radio/TV in order to write novels from his home, named Seven Stones. Three of his books, Killer at the WheelA Lavish of Sin and Stuff the Lady's Hatbox were based on I Love a Mystery. In 1984, Morse's first wife Patricia died. Later in life, Morse copyrighted his scripts and novels. He was a member of San Francisco's Bohemian Club, and he attended many conventions held in his honor. Before his death in 1993, Morse founded the Morse Family Trust. He is survived by his second wife, Millie Morse. His star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is located in front of 6445 Hollywood Boulevard.

Source: Wikipedia

I Love a MysteryI Love a Mystery
Show Count: 113
Broadcast History: 16 January 1939 to 26 December 1952
Cast: Elliott Lewis, Luis Van Rooten, Russell Thorson, Michael Raffetto, Tony Randall, Robert Dryden, Jack Edwards, John McIntire, Cathy Lewis, Barton Yarborough, Jay Novello, Ben Alexander, Gloria Blondell, Cliff Arquette, Naomi Stevens, Edgar Norton, Barbara Jean Wong, Richard Legrand, Walter Paterson, Lal Chand Mehra, Jim Boles, Mercedes McCambridge
Director: Carlton E Morse
Producer: Al Span, Carlton E Morse, Buddy Twiss, Ralph Amati, George Cooney, Barney Beck
I Love A Mystery weaves a spell over its fans. It is a tale of three partners, Jack Packard, Doc Long and Reggie Yorke who formed the A-1 detective agency. They are adventurers who travel the world in search of action, thrills and mystery, battling the evils of natural and supernatural and rescuing women in distress.
Broadcast: April 29, 1957
Starring: Carlton E Morse
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Starring: Carlton E Morse, Tabcin
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Starring: Carlton E Morse, Tabcin
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