onesmedia Store HOME | BOOKS | JEAN SHEPHERD | MOVIES | OLD TIME RADIO AUDIO CD | OLD TIME RADIO mp3 CD ROM | OLD TIME RADIO mp3 DVD ROM THE SUSPENSE COLLECTION - Volume 11 OLD TIME RADIO - 12 AUDIO CD - 24 SHOWS Suspense, one of the premier drama programs of the Golden Age of Radio, was subtitled "radio's outstanding theater of thrills." It was heard on CBS from 1942 through 1962. Approximately 945 episodes were broadcast during its long run, and more than 900 are extant in mostly high-quality recordings Suspense went through several major phases, characterized by different hosts, sponsors and director/producers. There were a few rules which were followed for all but a handful of episodes: Protagonists were usually a normal person suddenly dropped into a threatening or bizarre situation. Evildoers must be punished in the end. The program made only occasional forays into science fiction and fantasy. Among its science fiction entries were "The Man who Went Back to Save Lincoln" (a time travel fantasy) and an adaptation of Curt Siodmak's Donovan's Brain, as well as an adaptation of an H.P. Lovecraft short story, "The Dunwich Horror". Alfred Hitchcock directed its audition show (for the CBS series Forecast). This was an adaptation of "The Lodger,"  a story Hitchcock had filmed in 1926 with Ivor Novello. Martin Grams, Jr., author of Suspense: Twenty Years of Thrills and Chills, described the Forecast origin of Suspense: On the second presentation of July 22, 1940, Forecast offered a mystery/horror show titled Suspense. With the co-operation of his producer Walter Wanger, Alfred Hitchcock received the honor of directing his first radio show for the American public. The condition agreed upon for Hitchcock's appearance was that CBS make a pitch to the listening audience about his and Wanger's latest film, Foreign Correspondent. To add some flavour to the deal, Wanger threw in Edmund Gwenn and Herbert Marshall as part of the package. All three men (including Hitch) would be seen in the upcoming film, which was due for a theatrical release the next month. Both Marshall and Hitchcock decided on the same story to bring to the airwaves, which happened to be a favorite of both of them: Marie Belloc Lowndes' "The Lodger." Alfred Hitchcock had filmed this story for Gainsborough in 1926, and since then it had remained as one of his favorites. Herbert Marshall portrayed the mysterious lodger, and co-starring with him were Edmund Gwenn and character actress Lurene Tuttle as the rooming-house keepers who start to suspect that their new boarder might be the notorious Jack-the-Ripper. [Gwenn was actually repeating the role taken in the 1926 film by his brother, Arthur Chesney. And Tuttle would work again with Hitchcock exactly 20 years later, playing Mrs Al Chambers in Psycho.] Character actor Joseph Kearns also had a small part in the drama, and Wilbur Hatch, head musician for CBS Radio at the time, composed and conducted the music specially for the program. Adapting the script to radio was not a great technical challenge for Hitchcock, and he cleverly decided to hold back the ending of the story from the listening audience in order to keep them in suspense themselves. This way, if the audience's curiosity got the better of them, they would write in to the network to find out whether the mysterious lodger was in fact Jack-the-Ripper. For the next few weeks, hundreds of letters came in from faithful listeners asking how the story ended. Actually a few wrote threats claiming that it was "indecent" and "immoral" to present such a production without giving the solution. In the early phase, the program was hosted by "The Man in Black" (played by Joseph Kearns or Ted Osborne) and many episodes written or adapted by the prominent mystery author John Dickson Carr. Escape was a similar anthology thriller and suspense program. Both occasionally adapted the same stories, though Escape had lower budgets--and thus, fewer sound effects and name actors. THESE ARE REGULAR AUDIO CD CAN BE PLAYED IN ANY CD PLAYER, DVD PLAYER OR COMPUTERS THIS COLLECTION WILL BE DELIVERED IN A BOX SET WITH ART WORK We guarantee delivery of your item. If your item doesn't get there or is damaged, please notify us and we'll reship for you. FULL REFUND IF NOT SATISFIED SHOWS LIST CD 1 Green-Eyed Monster - 1947-04-17 Episode 241 Win, Place and Murder - 1947-04-24 Episode 242 CD 2 Lady in Distress - 1947-05-01 Episode 243 Dead Ernest - 1947-05-08 Episode 244 CD 3 Death at Live Oak - 1947-05-15 Episode 245 Knight Comes Riding - 1947-05-22 Episode 246 CD 4 A Thing of Beauty - 1947-05-29 Episode 247 Make Mad the Guilty - 1947-06-05 Episode 248 CD 5 Stand-In - 1947-06-12 Episode 249 Dead of Night - 1947-06-19 Episode 250 CD 6 Phobia - 1947-06-26 Episode 251 Money Talks - 1947-07-03 Episode 252 CD 7 Murder by the Book - 1947-07-10 Episode 253 That Real Crazy Infinity - 1962-05-27 Episode 927 CD 8 Murder by an Expert - 1947-07-24 Episode 255 Mortmain - 1947-07-31 Episode 256 CD 9 Quiet Desperation - 1947-08-07 Episode 257 Smiley - 1947-08-14 Episode 258 CD 10 Murder Aboard the Alphabet - 1947-08-21 Episode 259 Double Ugly - 1947-08-28 Episode 260 CD 11 The Argyle Album - 1947-09-04 Episode 261 The Twist - 1947-09-11 Episode 262 CD 12 The Visitor - 1947-09-18 Episode 263 The Blue Hour - 1947-09-25 Episode 264 FEEDBACK Our feedback record is excellent but if any problems arise, contact us before leaving any kind of neutral or negative feedback or if you plan on rating us anything less of five stars in all DSR areas. 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