Escape's "The Cave" is a Christmas fantasy tale about two young boys on a strange adventure. One of the boys, Dan, has just received a flashlight for Christmas and is eager to try it out. He and his friend, George, decide to test it in the large cave down by the seashore. They know that it is dangerous in the cave and that they could get lost -- but they do it anyway. Once inside, they decide to look for treasure left behind by pirates.
As Dan and George are exploring the tunnels inside the cave, they come across a stream. There is a delicate hankerchief floating along in the stream, and they decide to track where it came from. They follow the stream until the walls of the cave disappear and stars appear overhead. Yet, they know they are still in the cave because of the echo.
Soon they realize that there are other people in the cave as well,... pirates!
"The Cave" was written by Antony Ellis and produced/directed by Norman MacDonnell. John Dehner was the voice of Dan, the narrator of the story. Also featured were: Georgia Ellis, Peggy Webber, Jay Novello, Charlie Lung, Lou Krugman, Wilms Herbert, and Eileen Erskine. This episode aired on December 24, 1950.
Five years later, Antony Ellis produced/directed his radioplay for Suspense with improvements in the music, dialogue, and presentation. Richard Beals and Billy Chapin starred. Also appearing were Hans Conried, Lawrence Dobkin, Ben Wright, Raymond Lawrence, and Ellen Morgan. John Dehner again played Dan as an adult. This episode aired on December 20, 1955.
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