With over 900+ broadcasts written by various authors and directors of their time, Suspense is a conglomeration of some of the most acclaimed old time radio shows that graced the airwaves from the years 1942 until 1962.
Suspense was a radio series broadcasted on the CBS Radio Network in the early 1940’s that featured many of the era’s famous Hollywood stars. Most notable among them are the highly talented Cary Grant, Humphrey Bogart, Orson Welles and Marlene Dietrich to name a few.
Living up to its name, majority of the program’s episodes were dedicated to the thriller and mystery genre wherein the protagonist was usually thrown into strange and unusual circumstances that seemingly had no resolution. Miraculously, a means of salvation would somehow manifest towards the finale to illustrate the triumph of good over evil.
Suspense is one of the classics of old time radio. Some fans have special favorites in the thriller/chiller/macabre genre, but all will agree that Suspense did it best. The guiding light of this show was William Spier, who developed the formula into a human drama that attracted the finest of Hollywood's elite as well as the cream of radio's great actors.
Orson Welles was in many episodes, and Cary Grant was quoted in 1943, "If I ever do any more radio work, I want to it on Suspense, where I get a good chance to act." Spier's method with his show's stars was to keep them under-rehearsed, somewhat uneasy. In Suspense, as it were. He got great performances, and the show gained greater and greater popularity.
The Roma Wine sponsorship in 1943 allowed the show to create works that are a lasting part of the old time radio entertainment experience. All the production values were first class. The great Bernard Hermann did the musical scores. He previously had worked with Orson Welles in his Mercury Theater series, and went on to do of Alfred Hitchcock film fame. Lucian Moraweck did many of the greatest episode scores.
The "Man in Black" is your host, reminding one of the many thriller show presenters, but Suspense was the best of the bunch, and never did the show lapse into over-the-top melodrama. William Spier was so deft in his weaving of the spell of Suspense, he was dubbed "the Hitchcock of the airwaves."
The Suspense anthology marked the end of the golden age of radio drama as the 1960’s gave birth to other forms of more colorful entertainment. Relive the glory days of old time radio and hear Suspense! Click here to read more about Suspense
- Radio Shows
Please enjoy these 914 old time radio episodes:
|11.20.1960||night on red mountain||
+ "Night On Red Mountain". Sponsored by: Commanders, Sylvania Flash Bulbs, Kellogg's All Bran. A ga...
|11.27.1960||home is where you find it||
+ WBBM, Chicago origination. "Home Is Where You Find It". Sponsored by: Kellogg's All Bran, Phillip...
|06.25.1961||call me at half past||
+ "Call Me At Half-Past". Sponsored by: Pepsi Cola, NP-27 (athlete's foot treatment). A man is trap...
|07.02.1961||night of the storm||
+ "Night Of The Storm". Sponsored by: Pepsi Cola, NP-27, Instant Tenderleaf Tea. A woman tries to p...
+ "Epitaph". Sponsored by: Pepsi, NP-27. After a woman's death, her sister is romanced by a suitor ...
|07.16.1961||the man who knew how to hate||
+ "The Man Who Knew How To Hate". Sponsored by: Pepsi, Unguentine. A surprise ending to a commuter'...
|07.23.1961||stranger with my face||
+ "Stranger With My Face". Sponsored by: Pepsi Cola, NP-27. A man finds himself four years in the f...
|07.30.1961||you can die laughing||
+ "You Can Die Laughing". Sponsored by: Pepsi Cola, Chase and Sanborn Coffee, NP-27. A woman and he...
+ "Bells". Sponsored by: Pepsi Cola, NP-27. A couple move into a house haunted by poltergeists, who...
|08.20.1961||murder is a matter of opinion||
+ "Murder Is A Matter Of Opinion". Sponsored by: Pepsi-Cola. Two brothers at college plan to fake a...
|08.27.1961||sold to satan||
+ "Sold To Satan". Two partners are plagued by a blackmailing model. There's only one way to get r...
|09.03.1961||the juvenile rebellion||
+ CBS net origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "The Juvenile Rebellion". A good story about a plot by mut...
|09.17.1961||the green idol||
+ "The Green Idol". A "Down East" couple visits Mecca, deep in the land of the Arabs. An interesti...
|09.24.1961||the man in the fog||
+ "The Man In The Fog". A man prowls the London fog, killing women. + A man walks in the fog and a...
|10.01.1961||no hiding place||
+ "No Hiding Place". The family with the first fallout shelter in town puts it to use sooner than ...
+ A young man knocks desperately on the door of Dr Harris. The young man is called Robert and he wor...
|10.15.1961||seeds of disaster||
+ Anger and frustration engulfs him as he tries desperately to contact his wife before she can give ...
|10.22.1961||witness to murder||
+ "Witness To Murder". + Louise and her husband Larry are travelling home from Europe on the same s...
|10.29.1961||death of an old flame||
+ "Death Of An Old Flame". A cocktail lounge pianist meets his old runaway wife...and adventure. +...
|11.05.1961||till death do us part||
|11.19.1961||the black door||
+ "The Black Door". The story of the search for "The City Of The Fire God," and the strange secret...
+ "Man Trap". Who blew up Artie Finch? Whatever Lola wants, Lola gets! + A construction gang boss ...
|12.03.1961||the luck of the tiger eye||
+ "The Luck Of The Tiger Eye". An eccentric millionaire's last request is to have his body burned ...
|12.10.1961||and so to sleep my love||
+ "And So To Sleep My Love". A good story about a man determined to kill his wife for her money. +...
+ "Yuletide Miracle". A very well-written, heartwarming Christmas story, Sir Benjamin being a most...