Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 164 – Hands of Mr. Ottermole

Claude Rains

Claude Rains

“The Hands of Mr. Ottermole” was short story by early 20th century writer, Thomas Burke, a British writer. Anthony Boucher, the great mystery fiction critic, said of the story that it is “a sheerly, terrifying story…which imparts to the reader a quality of horror and shock usually associated with tales of supernatural or pure sensation, while staying in the bounds of the strict detective story.”

This version (there were several on radio) is from Suspense and stars a great duo of Claude Rains and Vincent Price. Adapted by Ken Crossen, who wrote the Milo March stories under the pseudonym of M.E. Chaber.

Music under is the Nocturne in C Minor, Op 48, No. 1 by Frederic Chopin.

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