onesmedia StoreHOME|BOOKS|JEAN SHEPHERD|MOVIES|OLD TIME RADIO AUDIO CD|OLD TIME RADIO mp3 CDROM|OLD TIME RADIO mp3 DVDROMTHE SUSPENSE COLLECTION- Volume17OLD TIME RADIO -12 AUDIO CD - 24 SHOWSSuspense, one of thepremier drama programs of the Golden Age of Radio, wassubtitled "radio's outstanding theater of thrills." It washeard on CBS from 1942 through 1962. Approximately 945episodes were broadcast during its long run, and more than900 are extant in mostly high-quality recordings 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 story Hitchcockhad 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 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 LISTVOLUME 18CD 1 A Ring for Marya - 1950-12-28 Episode 409 Alibi Me - 1951-01-04 Episode 410CD 2 Vamp Till Dead - 1951-01-11 Episode 411 The Well-Dressed Corpse - 1951-01-18 Episode 412CD 3 Aria from Murder - 1951-01-25 Episode 413 Fragile-Contents Death - 1951-02-01 Episode 414CD 4 The Windy City Six - 1951-02-08 Episode 415 The Death Parade - 1951-02-15 Episode 416CD 5 Backseat Driver - 1951-02-22 Episode 417 The Gift of Jumbo Brannigan - 1951-03-01 Episode 418CD 6 A Vision of Death - 1951-03-08 Episode 419 Strange for a Killer - 1951-03-15 Episode 420CD 7 Three Lethal Words - 1951-03-22 Episode 421 Death Pitch - 1951-03-29 Episode 422CD 8 Murder in G Flat - 1951-04-05 Episode 423 Early to Death - 1951-04-12 Episode 424CD 9 The Rescue - 1951-04-19 Episode 425 The Thirteenth Sound - 1951-04-26 Episode 426CD 10 When the Bough Breaks - 1951-05-03 Episode 427 Death on My Hands - 1951-05-10 Episode 428CD 11 Another Man's Poison - 1951-05-17 Episode 429 Brother John - 1962-04-15 Episode 921CD 12 Over Drawn - 1951-05-31 Episode 431 Tell You Why I Shouldn't Die - 1951-06-07 Episode 432FEEDBACKOur 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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