Casting the Runes by M. R. James, adapted by Irving Ravetch and John Dunkel

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CBS Radio, 19 November 1947
Produced for the CBS anthology series, Escape, "Casting the Runes" was closely adapted from the short which first appeared in the collection More Ghost Stories (1911). 
To the accompaniment of sonorous music adapted from Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition," William N. Robson's vintage adaptation opened with John Dunning (John McIntire), scientist and Britain's leading authority on medieval life, explaining that only a few weeks ago he would have laughed at the idea that a curse could kill a man. Now, he can't laugh, because he has been placed under a curse that will kill him in three months.

Dunning's problems began when he wrote a derogatory review of an article "The Truth of Alchemy," written by a alchemist named Karswell (Bill, later known as William Conrad). As a result of his review, and the subsequent rejection by the association to which it had been submitted, Karswell was angry and had decided to "cast the runes" on Dunning - in other words, place a curse usng prehistoric hieroglyphics on him. Dunning meets Harrington (Ian Wolfe), who had a similar experience, and the two of them set about trying to remove the curse from Dunning's shoulders.

The drama unfolds at a great lick, leading to a suspenseful ending taking place on a suburban train. Designed to be accommodated into a 23 minute slot, Casting the Runes was a well directed piece, with memorable performances from Ian Wolfe - a veteran character actor who played in all types of film, but most notably in horror - and a youthful William Conrad, at that time just beginning an acting career that would culminate in television's most corpulent detective: Frank Cannon.