Crime Classics
was an historical true-crime drama, based on real cases of murder and other villainy from the past. Writers researched original newspaper accounts, court reports, etc. to lend as much authenticity as possible to the scripts.

The show, which debuted on September 30, 1953, was created and directed by Elliott Lewis (pictured). The only recurring role, that of narrator 'Thomas Hyland', was filled by veteran Lou Merrill. His (intentionally) deadpan approach, especially while delivering tongue-in-cheek comments, kept the episodes from getting too heavy-handed or ghoulish.

An additional highlight was music by legendary composer Bernard Herrmann, an Academy Award winner who created scores for classic movies Citizen Kane, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Psycho and Vertigo (our all-time favorite).

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     James Evans, Fireman    
     Cesare Borgia-His Most Difficult Murder      
     Widow Magee and the Three Gypsies    
     Bunny Baumler-His Close Brush with Fame      
     Mr. Clarke's Skeleton in Mr. Aram's Closet      
     The Lethal Habit of Marquise De Brinvilliers      
     Mr. Jonathon Jewett      
     The Assassination of Leon Trotsky    
     The Death of a Baltimore Birdie and Friend      
     Ali Pasha-A Turkish Delight      
     Good Evening, My Name is Jack the Ripper