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The Final Day Of General Ketchum (Aired July 27, 1953)
To characterize Crime Classics as a 'docudrama' stretches the point to bursting. From the fictional 'expert' host to the program titles, it's clear that Elliott Lewis very much intended this project to be a tongue-in-cheek send up of some of history's most notorious and infamous crimes. Indeed, it's obvious that given the over-the-top violence depicted in each of the program's accounts, there was no better palatable way to portray them during the 'family values' sensibilities of the 1950s. Even more obvious are the often apocryphal and anecdotal details used to frame many of these notorious crimes. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group.
July 27, 1953. CBS network. "The Final Day Of General Ketchum and How He Died". Sustaining. How did the General die? Damned if we know! Bernard Herrmann (composer, conductor), Bill Bissell, David Friedkin (writer), David Young, Elliott Lewis (transcriber, director), George Walsh (announcer), Herb Butterfield, Hy Averback, Lou Merrill (host), Morton Fine (writer), Paula Winslowe, Russell Simpson, Sarah Selby. 29:04. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.