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Dimension X

D I M E N S I O N X
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1950 - 1951

First Show: Apr 8, 1950 Last Show: Sep 29, 1951
Number Shows: 50 Audition Show: none


Series Description:

DIMENSION X was first heard over NBC on Apr. 8, 1950 and ran until
Sept. of 1951. Although not the first adult science fiction radio
series, DIMENSION X is remembered because of the quality of the
shows. Some of the writers whose works were dramatized were Ray
Bradbury, Robert Block, Robert A. Heinlein, Isaac Asimov and Kurt
Vonnegut.

These stories were adapted for radio by in-house script writer George
Lefferts. Cast regulars were Joe Desantos, Wendell Holmes, Santos
Ortega, Joseph Julian, Jan Minor, Roger Decovan, John Gibson, Ralph
Bell, and many others. The narrator was Norman Rose.

It was one of the first shows to be recorded on tape. This was so
new that one show, "Mars is Heaven", had to be re-recorded 3 times
because the engineer kept erasing the tape while editing it.

Many of the scripts for DIMENSION X were used in its successor, X
MINUS ONE, which ran Apr. 24, 1955 through Jan. 9, 1958.


Log Comments:

The series is well represented in vendor and club catalogs, and there
is little disagreement on dates and titles. Cast members came from
the Radio Showcase catalog. Authors came from a log posted by Jim
Widner.

Besides his log, Jim and Meade Frierson III collaborated on a book
covering Dimension X and many other shows, a "must-have" for science
fiction fans. See the "References" section below.


Log:

Date Num Title / Author / Notes In The Cast Src Key
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starts Saturday evenings
1950
Apr 08 1 "The Outer Limit" Wendall Holmes 1 345 7 9ABC
by Graham Doar Joe DeSantis
Apr 15 2 "With Folded Hands" Phillip Bourneuf 1 345 789ABC
by Jack Williamson Alexander Scourby
Apr 22 3 "Report on the Barnhouse Bill Quinn 1 345 7 9ABC
Effect" Ed Jerome
by Kurt Vonnegut
Apr 29 4 "No Contact" Wendall Holmes 1 345 7 9ABC
by George Lefferts Lawson Zerbe
May 06 5 "Knock" Arnold Moss 1 345 789ABC
by Frederic Brown Joan Alexander
May 13 6 "Almost Human" Santos Ortega 1 345 89ABC
by Robert Bloch Rita Lynn
May 20 7 "The Lost" Matt Crowley 1 345 7 9ABC
by Murray Leinster Roger DeKoven
May 27 8 "To the Future" John Larkin 1 345 7 9ABC
by Ray Bradbury Jan Miner
Jun 03 9 "The Embassy" Joseph Julian 1 345 789ABC
by Donald Wollheim Berry Kroeger
Jun 10 10 "The Green Hills of Earth" 1 3 5 9A C
by Robert Heinlein
Jun 17 11 "There Will Come Soft Norman Rose 1 345 89ABC
Rains" / "Zero Hour" Roger DeKoven
by Ray Bradbury
Jun 24 12 "Destination Moon" Joe DeSantis 1 345 9ABC
by George Pal Wendall Holmes
Robert Heinlein
Jul 01 13 "A Logic Named Joe" Joseph Julian 1 345 7 9AB
by Murray Leinster Roger DeKoven

moves to Friday evening
1950
Jul 07 14 "Mars is Heaven!" Wendall Holmes 12345 89AB
by Ray Bradbury Peter Kapell
Jul 14 15 "The Man in the Moon" Louis Van Rooten 123 5 7 9ABC
by George Lefferts Santos Ortega
Jul 21 16 "Beyond Infinity" Les Damon 1 345 7 9ABC
by Villiers Gersen Joe DeSantis
Jul 28 17 "The Potters of Firsk" Raymond E. Johnson 1 345 7 9ABC
by Jack Vance Wendall Holmes
Aug 04 18 "Perigi's Wonderful Dolls" Les Damon 1 345 7 9ABC
by George Lefferts Joe DeSantis
Aug 11 19 "The Castaways" Santos Ortega 12345 7 9ABC
by Ernest Kinoy Greg Morton
Aug 18 20 "The Martian Chronicles" Roger DeKoven 1 3456 9ABC
by Ray Bradbury Donald Buka
Aug 25 21 "The Parade" Joseph Curtain 1 345 7 9A C
by George Lefferts Berry Kroeger
Sep 01 22 "The Roads Must Roll" Ralph Bell 1 345 789ABC
by Robert Heinlein Wendall Holmes
Sep 08 23 "The Outer Limit" 1 3 5 9A C
by Graham Doar
(re-broadcast of the
04-08-50 show.)
Sep 15 24 "Hello, Tomorrow" Nancy Olsen 12345 9ABC
by George Lefferts Santos Ortega
Sep 22 25 "Dr. Grimshaw's Karl Webber 1 345 89ABC
Sanatorium" Roger Dekoven
by Fletcher Pratt
Sep 29 26 "And the Moon Be Still As Alexander Scour 1 3456789ABC
Bright" Wendall Holmes
by Ray Bradbury

no programs from 10-06 to
10-29 then moves to Sunday
evening.
1950
Oct 29 27 "No Contact" 1 3 567 9ABC
by George Lefferts
(remake of the 04-29-50
show.)
Nov 05 28 "The Professor Was a Arthur Maitland 1 34567 9ABC
Thief" John Larkin
by L. Ron Hubbard
Nov 12 29 "Shanghaied" John Sylvestor 1 3456789AB
by Ernest Kinoy William Griffis
Nov 19 30 "Competition" Les Tremayne 1 3456789AB
by E. M. Hull Elaine Ross
Nov 26 31 "Universe" Mason Adams 1 34567 9ABC
by Robert Heinlein Peter Kapell

moves to Sunday afternoon
1950
Dec 24 32 "The Green Hills of Earth" 1 34567 9ABC
by Robert Heinlein
(re-broadcast of the
06-10-50 show.)
Dec 31 no program
1951
Jan 07 33 "Mars is Heaven!" 1 3 5 9A
by Ray Bradbury
(re-broadcast of the
07-07-50 show.)
Jan 14 34 "The Martian Death March" 1 345 9
by Ernest Kinoy

no programs from 01-21 to
06-03 then moves to Sunday
evening
1951
Jun 03 35 "The Last Objective" Lawson Zerbe 1 3456 9 B
by Paul Carter Ralph Bell
Jun 10 36 "Nightmare" John Gibson 1 3456789AB
by George Lefferts Rita Lynn
Jun 17 37 "Pebble in the Sky" Santos Ortega 1 3456789AB
by Isaac Asimov Susan Douglas
Jun 24 38 "Child's Play" Leon Janey 1 3456 89AB
by William Tenn Karl Weber

no programs from 07-01 to
07-12 then moves to
Thursday evening
1951
Jul 12 39 "Time and Time Again" Joseph Curtain 1 34567 9AB
by H. Beam Piper David Anderson
Jul 19 40 "The Dwellers in Silence" Peter Kapell 1 3456789AB
by Ray Bradbury Gertrude Warner
Jul 26 41 "Courtesy" Lawson Zerbe 1 3456789ABC
by Cliffird Simak Bill Zuckert
Aug 02 42 "Universe" 1 3 567 9ABC
by Robert Heinlein
(re-broadcast of the
11-26-50 show.)
Aug 09 43 "The Veldt" Leslie Woods 1 34567 9ABC
by Ray Bradbury Bill Quin
Aug 16 44 "The Vital Factor" Raymond E. Johnson 1 3456789ABC
by Nelson Bond Louis Van Rooten
Aug 23 45 "Untitled Story" George Petrie 1 345 89A C
by Frank M. Robinson Ann Sargeant

moves to Saturday evening
1951
Aug 30 46 "Marionettes, Inc." Ross Martin 1 345 7 9ABC
by Ray Bradbury Kermit Martin
Sep 06 47 "First Contact" 1 345 9
by Murray Leinster
Sep 13 48 "Kaleidoscope" Joe DeSantis 1 345 9 C
by Ray Bradbury Leon Janey
Sep 20 49 "Requiem" Bill Quin 1 345 9ABC
by Robert Heinlein Rod Hendrickson
Sep 27 50 "Nightfall" Lyle Sudrow 1 345 7 9ABC
by Isaac Asimov John McGovern
(final show)


Information Sources:

The information above was obtained from the following OTR vendors
and clubs. Contact them directly for more information.

Key Source
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1 Edward J. Carr, 216 Shaner Street, Boyertown, PA 19512
2 Jerry Haendiges Productions, Jerry Haendiges, 13808 Sunset Dr.,
Whittier, CA 90602
3 Radio Showcase, Steve Kelez, PO Box 4357, Santa Rosa, CA 95402
4 North American Radio Archives, 134 Vincewood Dr., Nicolasville,
KY 40356
5 Society to Preserve and Encourage Radio Drama, Variety And
Comedy, PO Box 7177, Van Nuys, CA 91409-7177
6 Radio Historical Association of Colorado, PO Box 1908,
Englewood, CO 80150
7 Erstwhile Radio, PO Box 2284, Peabody, MA 01960
8 Radio Memories, Ted Davenport, 1600 Wewoka St., North Little
Rock, AR 72116
9 AVPRO, Don Aston, PO Box 1392, Lake Elsinore, CA 92531-1392
A The Sci-Fi Guy, Gordon R. Payton, #114 E. Cuthbert Blvd., Bldg.
F1, Westmont, NJ 08108-1829
B Crabapple Sound, Henry Hinkel, 254 Florida Ave., Amsterdam, NY
12010
C Vintage Broadcasts, Andy Blatt, PO Box 50065, Staten Island, NY
10305

To be fair to all, this is not an endorsement of the above vendors
and clubs. I receive nothing by mentioning them. They help keep
OTR alive. Please support them.


References:

* "Science Fiction on Radio: A Revised Look At 1950-1975" by James
F. Widner and Meade Frierson III. (Available from A.F.A.B, PO Box
130969, Birmingham, AL 35213-0969).
* "The Ultimate History of Network Radio Programming and Guide To
All Circulating Shows", third edition, by Jay Hickerson, Box 4321,
Hamden, CT 06514


Other Logs or Books:

* DIMENSION X log, Jerry Haendiges Productions, 13808 Sunset Dr.,
Whittier, CA 90602 (available from the Internet at The Vintage
Radio Place, http://www.otrsite.com)


Last Update: Feb 22, 2001


This log is informational only and does not imply that I, or the
information sources mentioned, have these shows for trade or
sale. The shows may still be protected under copyright law and
should be obtained only from authorized dealers.

Please send error corrections or additional information to Frank
Passage, 109 Elmwood Road, Verona, NJ 07044 or via e-mail to
passage@juno.com.

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