HOME|BOOKS|JEAN SHEPHERD|MOVIES|OLD TIME RADIO AUDIO CD|OLD TIME RADIO mp3 CDROM|OLD TIME RADIO mp3 DVDROMTHE SUSPENSECOLLECTION Volume 8OLD TIME RADIO -12 AUDIO CD - 24 SHOWSSuspense,one of the premier drama programs of the Golden Age ofRadio, was subtitled "radio's outstanding theater ofthrills." It was heard on CBS from 1942 through 1962.Approximately 945 episodes were broadcast during its longrun, and more than 900 are extant in mostly high-qualityrecordings Suspense went throughseveral major phases, characterized by different hosts,sponsors and director/producers. There were a few ruleswhich were followed for all but a handful of episodes:Protagonists were usually a normal person suddenly droppedinto a threatening or bizarre situation. Evildoers must bepunished in the end. The program made only occasional foraysinto science fiction and fantasy. Among its science fictionentries were "The Man who Went Back to Save Lincoln" (a timetravel fantasy) and an adaptation of Curt Siodmak'sDonovan's Brain, as well as an adaptation of an H.P.Lovecraft short story, "The Dunwich Horror".Alfred Hitchcockdirected its audition show (for the CBS series Forecast).This was an adaptation of "The Lodger,"  a storyHitchcock had filmed in 1926 with Ivor Novello. MartinGrams, Jr., author of Suspense: Twenty Years of Thrills andChills, described the Forecast origin of Suspense:On the secondpresentation of July 22, 1940, Forecast offered amystery/horror show titled Suspense. With the co-operationof his producer Walter Wanger, Alfred Hitchcock received thehonor of directing his first radio show for the Americanpublic. The condition agreed upon for Hitchcock's appearancewas that CBS make a pitch to the listening audience abouthis and Wanger's latest film, Foreign Correspondent. To addsome flavour to the deal, Wanger threw in Edmund Gwenn andHerbert Marshall as part of the package. All three men(including Hitch) would be seen in the upcoming film, whichwas due for a theatrical release the next month. BothMarshall and Hitchcock decided on the same story to bring tothe airwaves, which happened to be a favorite of both ofthem: Marie Belloc Lowndes' "The Lodger." Alfred Hitchcockhad filmed this story for Gainsborough in 1926, and sincethen it had remained as one of his favorites. Herbert Marshallportrayed the mysterious lodger, and co-starring with himwere Edmund Gwenn and character actress Lurene Tuttle as therooming-house keepers who start to suspect that their newboarder might be the notorious Jack-the-Ripper. [Gwenn wasactually repeating the role taken in the 1926 film by hisbrother, Arthur Chesney. And Tuttle would work again withHitchcock exactly 20 years later, playing Mrs Al Chambers inPsycho.] Character actor Joseph Kearns also had a small partin the drama, and Wilbur Hatch, head musician for CBS Radioat the time, composed and conducted the music specially forthe program. Adapting the script to radio was not a greattechnical challenge for Hitchcock, and he cleverly decidedto hold back the ending of the story from the listeningaudience in order to keep them in suspense themselves. Thisway, if the audience's curiosity got the better of them,they would write in to the network to find out whether themysterious lodger was in fact Jack-the-Ripper. For the nextfew weeks, hundreds of letters came in from faithfullisteners asking how the story ended. Actually a few wrotethreats claiming that it was "indecent" and "immoral" topresent such a production without giving the solution.In the early phase,the program was hosted by "The Man in Black" (played byJoseph Kearns or Ted Osborne) and many episodes written oradapted by the prominent mystery author John Dickson Carr.Escape was a similar anthology thriller and suspenseprogram. Both occasionally adapted the same stories, thoughEscape had lower budgets--and thus, fewer sound effects andname actors.THESE ARE REGULAR AUDIO CDCANBE PLAYED IN ANY CD PLAYER, DVD PLAYER OR COMPUTERSTHIS COLLECTION WILL BE DELIVERED IN A BOXSET WITH ART WORKWe guarantee delivery of your item.If youritem doesn't get there or is damaged, pleasenotify us andwe'll reship for you.FULL REFUND IF NOT SATISFIEDSHOWS LISTCD 1 A Week Ago Wednesday - 1945-11-29 Episode 169I Won't Take a Minute - 1945-12-06 Episode 170CD 2 The Argyle Album - 1945-12-13 Episode 171 Double Entry - 1945-12-20 Episode 172CD 3 Pink Camellias - 1945-12-27 Episode 173The Angel of Death - 1946-01-03 Episode 174CD 4 The Black Door - 1961-11-19 Episode 901The Pasteboard Box - 1946-01-17 Episode 176CD 5 My Dear Niece - 1946-01-24 Episode 177The Long Shot - 1946-01-31 Episode 178CD 6 Man Trap - 1961-11-26 Episode 902The Lucky Lady - 1946-02-14 Episode 180CD 7 Consequence - 1946-02-21 Episode 181 The Luck of the Tiger Eye - 1961-12-03 Episode 903 CD 8 The Black Path of Fear - 1946-03-07 Episode 183No More Alice - 1946-03-14 Episode 184CD 9 The Lonely Road - 1946-03-21 Episode 185Out of Control - 1946-03-28 Episode 186CD 10 Post Mortem - 1946-04-04 Episode 187The Name of the Beast - 1946-04-11 Episode 188CD 11 The Night Reveals - 1946-04-18 Episode 189Dark Journey - 1946-04-25 Episode 190CD 12 Crime Without Passion - 1946-05-02 Episode 191The Clock and the Rope - 1946-05-09 Episode 192FEEDBACKOur feedback record isexcellent but if any problems arise, contact us before leavingany kind of neutral or negative feedback or if you plan onrating us anything less of five stars in all DSR areas. 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