Suspense…Radio’s Outstanding Theater of Thrills!
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. Known as Radio’s Outstanding Theater of Thrills it focused on suspenseful stories 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, at the very end, usually had an unseen twist or two.
Hollywood’s finest actors jumped at the chance to appear on Suspense, including Cary Grant, James Stewart, Alan Ladd, Henry Fonda, Humphrey Bogart, Bette Davis, and Orson Welles. Scripts were by John Dickson Carr, Lucille Fletcher, James Poe, Ray Bradbury, and many others. Running more than 20 years, Suspense aired nearly a thousand radio broadcasts. It made the transition to television in 1949, but it was much better suited for radio, where the theatre of the mind could run free.
Enjoy 16 episodes from this incredible mystery series:
1/3/46 - “Angel of Death”
1/30/47 - “Three Blind Mice”
2/6/47 - “End of the Road”
2/20/47 - “Always Room at the Top”
2/27/47 - “Three Faces at Midnight”
4/10/47 - “Community Property”
4/17/47 - “The Green-Eyed Monster”
5/22/47 - “Knight Comes Riding”
1/13/49 - “The Too Perfect Alibi”
1/27/49 - “The Thing in the Window”
2/10/49 - “De Mortuis”
6/9/49 - “The Lunch Kit”
6/16/49 - “The Trap”
6/30/49 - “The Day I Died”
9/15/49 - “Last Confession”
10/20/49 - “Goodnight Mrs. Russell”