From 1947 to 1954, CBS’s Escapewas radio’s leading high-adventure anthology series. The show’s famousopening, delivered by Paul Frees and William Conrad, asked: “Tired of theeveryday grind? Ever dream of a life of romantic adventure? Want to get awayfrom it all? We offer you … Escape!”This was followed by another announcer adding, “Escape! Designed to free you from the four walls of today for ahalf-hour of high adventure!”
Many of the episodes, which included both original storiesand adaptations, centered on a protagonist facing a life-or-death situation.Numerous actors made appearances on the show, including Elvia Allman, EleanorAudley, Parley Baer, Harry Bartell, William Conrad, Ted de Corsia, John Dehner,Sam Edwards, Virginia Gregg, Lou Merrill, Howard McNear, Jeanette Nolan, AlanReed, Bill Johnstone, Marvin Miller, Frank Lovejoy, Berry Kroeger, Vic Perrin,Elliott Lewis, Jack Webb, Peggy Webber, and Will Wright.
Episodes include “The Fourth Man,” starring WilliamJohnstone; “The Most Dangerous Game,” starring Hans Conreid; “The Fall of theHouse of Usher,” starring Paul Frees; “Pollack and the Porrah Man,” starringBarton Yarborough; “Evening Primrose,” starring Elliott Lewis; “The Young Manwith the Cream Tarts,” starring Paul Frees; “The Country of the Blind,”starring William Conrad; “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” starring HarryBartell; “Wild Oranges,” starring William Conrad; “Back for Christmas,”starring Paul Frees; “Leinengen vs. the Ants,” starring William Conrad; and “ThreeSkeleton Key,” starring Vincent Price.