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Conceived as a potential radio vehicle for Alfred Hitchcock to direct, Suspense was a radio series of epic proportion. It aired on CBS from 1942 to 1962 and is considered by many to be the best mystery drama series of the golden age. Often referred to as “Radio’s Outstanding Theater of Thrills,” it focused on suspenseful thrillers starring the biggest names in Hollywood. Early in the run, the episodes were hosted by the “Man in Black” who, from an omniscient perch, narrated stories of people thrown into dangerous or bizarre situations with plots that usually had an unseen twist or two at the very end. Hollywood’s finest actors jumped at the chance to appear on Suspense, including Cary Grant, Jimmy Stewart, Alan Ladd, Henry Fonda, Humphrey Bogart, Bette Davis, and Orson Welles. Scripts were written by John Dickson Carr, Lucille Fletcher, James Poe, Ray Bradbury, and many others. Running more than twenty years, Suspense aired nearly one thousand radio broadcasts. It made the transition to television in 1949, but it was on radio that Suspense enjoyed its glory days.
Included are the following episodes:
“The Man without a Body,” starring George Zucco
“A Friend to Alexander,” starring Robert Young
“The King’s Birthday,” starring Dolores Costello
“Marry for Murder,” starring Lillian Gish
“Statement of Employee Henry Wilson,” starring Gene Lockhart
“Thieves Fall Out,” starring Gene Kelly
“Dime a Dance,” starring Lucille Ball
“A World of Darkness,” starring Paul Lukas
“Sorry, Wrong Number,” starring Agnes Moorehead
“Portrait without a Face,” starring George Coulouris
“The Visitor,” starring Eddie Bracken
“The Ten Grand,” starring Lucille Ball
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