Conceived as a potential radio vehicle for AlfredHitchcock to direct, Suspense was aradio series of epic proportion. It aired on CBS from 1942 to 1962 and isconsidered by many to be the best mystery drama series of the golden age. Oftenreferred to as “Radio’s Outstanding Theater of Thrills,” it focused onsuspenseful thrillers starring the biggest names in Hollywood. Early in therun, the episodes were hosted by the “Man in Black” who, from an omniscientperch, narrated stories of people thrown into dangerous or bizarre situationswith 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, JimmyStewart, Alan Ladd, Henry Fonda, Humphrey Bogart, Bette Davis, and OrsonWelles. 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 radiobroadcasts. It made the transition to television in 1949, but it was on radiothat 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 GeneLockhart“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