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Posted 07/04/02 - 11:08 PM:

Aired 8/9/48
Title:” The Thing on the Fourble Board”



Ernest Chappell: Quiet Please… Quiet Please
(Theme in)
Announcer: The Mutual Broadcast system presents Quiet Please, which is written and directed by Wyllis Cooper and which features Ernest Chappell. Quiet Please for tonight is called The Thing on the Fourble Board.
(Theme out)
Porky: Me, I’m a roughneck. Well I was a roughneck, I mean, twenty years ago. A little to old, to slow now, besides I got a dollar now, I don’t have to be a roughneck, see. Married, got a nice home, have to meet the wife. Mike (her name’s Maxine but she likes to be called Mike) MIKE. I guess she’s busy out in the kitchen someplace. Besides she doesn’t hear very well. Shame too, she’s so pretty and everything. Well… you’ll meet her. Sit down. I was saying I was a roughneck. Well, no, that doesn’t mean exactly what you think it means. A roughneck is an oil field worker, specifically a guy on a drilling crew. Call ‘em roughnecks like you call a section hand on the railroad a gandy dancer, a garage hand a grease monkey. Same time you work around a drilling crew for a while you’re gonna be a roughneck in every sense of the word, boy. A derrick floor or a fourble board is no place for a guy with a bow tie. ‘cause when you have to fool around with drillin’ holes that go further down than it is from the top of Pike’s Peak down to sea level… yeah, sure they do! Time I was a roughneck we got this one well down to 7313 feet, that was a record! But last May Pure Oil brought one in out in Natrona Valley out in Wyoming at 14309 feet! That friend is almost three miles! Quite a hole that, huh?
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Posted 07/05/02 - 2:06 AM:

I should've posted this before, hate to see your work wasted on duplication sad... but the script was done by someone else at http://www.geocities.com/emruf2/otr/fourble.html

(I'll also post a thread for "Whence Came You?" since that script was also completed by R.R. King a couple years back. These two are, as far as I know, the only Quiet Please scripts that've been done outside of this site.)
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Posted 03/20/05 - 3:59 PM:

This is one of my all time favorite stories, just a hair behind the Escape Classic: "Three Skeleton Key". But they are almost a tie. Cooper really showed his genius in this one, and Chappy was up to the challenge!

I listed all ten of my favorite OTR shows at the following address, and others are invited to do the same (so long as they are horror or sci-fi related)

http://members.aol.com/radiodrama/OTRtopten.html
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Posted 03/21/05 - 10:11 PM:

Rats just don't do anything for me, I like a lot of better Escape episodes better ("Evening Primrose," "Dream of Armageddon," and "Action" come to mind quickly). And people's interesting wives just don't do a lot for me either, I've always considered Fourble toward the middle of the Quiet Please pack (though that makes it better than the best of a lot of series to me).

It'd take me a while to come up with a top ten. Top ten series is hard enough.

Edited by Paul on 03/21/05 - 10:16 PM
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