Escape's "One Eighth Apache" is a lost episode that aired on June 28, 1953. No recordings of that broadcast are known to exist at this time. What we do have, however, is an excellent re-creation of the original script by the American Radio Theater.
"One Eighth Apache" was first re-recreated by SPERDVAC (The Society to Preserve and Encourage Radio Drama, Variety, and Comedy) in 1995 with original cast members and sound effects artists from Escape. Based on that performance, the American Radio Theater later decided to perform the story, using their own actors, in 2005. Part of the mission of the ART is to preserve old time radio stories by giving lost episodes a new voice.
"One Eighth Apache" was adapted from a 1913 short story by American novelist Peter B. Kyne (1880-1957) and adapted for Escape by Larry Roman.
The American Radio Theater's version was directed by Paul Feavel. Christopher Conrad, son of William Conrad, appears as the Escape announcer. Cliff Carpenter played Joe Murdock. Ivan Curry played Sid and the announcer. Kevin O'Morrison played Ty Burgess. Dave Parker played Sandy and the Deputy. Bob Perks played the barkeep. Stef Carona played Ed. Live sound effects were created by Penny Swanberg and Pat McNally.
"You are alone with a murderer, a man who has killed your brother, and against whom you have sworn revenge. While unknown to you, your enemy is plotting his own move. Which, if he succeeds, will mean defeat for you and an end, from which there is no escape...."
Thanks to Joy Jackson, President of American Radio Theater for allowing us to post their re-creation. For more information, you can visit their website at www.americanradiotheater.org.