Suspense – The Big Shot

In “The Big Shot,” a baby-faced engineer takes a job with an illegal mining operation in Mexico.

As the episode opens, Charlie Morton arrives by bus in a remote Mexican village. Morton is happily greeted by Quinn, the boss of the mining operation that hired him.

Quinn soon discovers that his new engineer is qualified for the job but touchy about his youthful appearance. Very touchy.

Quinn already has his crew mining a rich vein of gold quartz up in the mountains, and Morton’s job is to set up a stamping mill. Their objective is to quickly mine the gold and then quietly smuggle it of the Mexico. The trick is, that they have to do this without the locals, the bandits, or the government discovering their operation.

“The Big Shot” was based on a story by Brett Halliday and adapted for radio by Lawrence Goldman. Burt Lancaster, in the first of his two appearances on Suspense, starred as Charlie Morton. Also appearing were Gerald Mohr and Cathy Lewis. This episode aired on September 9, 1948.

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Best or Worst – The Morrison Affair
One can only wonder what the people at Suspense were thinking when they presented this episode.

“The Morrison Affair” starts out well and keeps us interested until the second half of the episode. Then we realize it is a stupid story. By the end of it, we are certain that it is a stupid story. How does it keep us until the end? Well, it has something to do with the small child who appears to be in constant danger throughout the last half of the show. We can’t help but be worried.

As the episode opens, Mrs. Morrison is calling upon a divorce attorney. She explains that she needs help, and then she tells him the story of how she met her husband, Dr. Paul Morrison. She is English, and he is American. They met in England and stayed there during the first two years of their marriage. She desperately wanted a child but was unable to have one. On their last day together, before Dr. Morrison left to serve in the war, she tried to convince him that they should adopt a child. Her husband flatly rejected the idea, and Mrs. Morrison was heartbroken.

After her husband left, Mrs. Morrison was alone and unhappy in London, but her situation changed the day she took a train to the country. She shared a train compartment with a widowed woman and her several children. The mother seemed overwhelmed by her burden, and Mrs. Morrison felt that the woman was indirectly asking her for relief. So, she stole the woman’s baby.

After creating a birth record for their son Jaimie, and lying to her husband, Mrs. Morrison felt confident that her plan had worked. Had it? When her husband returned from the war, he had doubts about their “miracle kid.” In fact, he seemed to hold grudge against the little guy.

“The Morrison Affair’ was written for Suspense by Pamela Wilcox. British actress Madeleine Carroll, best known for her role in Alfred Hitchcock’s 39 Steps, starred as Mrs. Morrison. Gerald Mohr played Mr. Morrison. This episode aired on September 2, 1948.


Suspense – Song of the Heart

“Song of the Heart” is the story of a stifled man and the suffocating, passive-aggressive aunt who raised him.

Van Heflin plays Neil Wilson, a young guy with an overburdened life. Neil was raised by Aunt Alice and as the episode opens, he is turning himself into the police. Neil tells them he has just killed his aunt.

The trouble started when Neil met Muriel Jones at the company picnic. Neil and Muriel fell in love instantly and wanted to marry, but his aunt refused to accept what was really happening. She didn’t like Muriel, and she tried in a not-too-subtle way to communicate those feelings to Neil. Did he understand what his Aunt Alice was trying to tell him?

“Song of the Heart” was written for Suspense by Elliott Lewis and produced/directed by Anton Leader. Van Heflin starred as Neil and Betty Lou Gerson played Muriel. Lurene Tuttle played Aunt Alice.


Suspense – 480812 Beware the Quiet Man

In “Beware the Quiet Man,” Ann Sothern stars as a woman who decides to change her ways…unless it is already too late.

Ann_Sothern_As the episode opens, Margie arrives at a bar to meet her boyfriend, but instead, she is informed that he will be an hour late. So, she calls her husband and tells him a lie that will buy her more time.

However, there is another man at the bar who wants to buy her a drink, and after a little pushing from the bartender, she agrees.

That is how she meets Lem, a private investigator. He is working on a case that involves a wife cheating on her mousy, bank teller husband. As Lem tries to impress her with the danger of his job and the violent nature of his client…Margie becomes more and more concerned about the similarities between the case he is describing and her own mousy, bank teller husband.

Did Margie’s husband hire him, or is it all just coincidence?

“Beware the Quiet Man” was written by Toby Hall and produced/directed by Anton M. Leader. Ann Sothern and William Conrad starred. The names of the other actors aren’t given. This episode aired on August 12, 1948.


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Suspense – An Honest Man

In “An Honest Man,” Charles Laughton stars as a grocery worker who steals money from his employer to cover a bet.

As the episode opens, Freddie’s mother has just died…and he is glad. For most of his forty-four years, his mother has been the center of his life. Now, she is gone!

The next day, he returns to his job at the sandwich counter in Mr. Kelsey’s grocery store. Freddie has been at his job for twenty-six years and his boss trusts him completely. That evening, as he and his coworker, Dora, close up the store, Freddie asks to walk her home.

He is interested in Dora, but she admits that she can’t get serious about a guy unless he has a little nest egg put away. Freddie doesn’t have a nest egg, but he wants Dora, so he tries to figure out how to get one.

The next day, Tom Bass, the local bookie, drops by the store. He provides Freddie with an opportunity to raise money quickly, and all he has to do is borrow a bit from the cash register…

“An Honest Man” was written by Robert L. Richards and produced/directed by Anton M. Leader. Charles Laughton starred. This episode aired on August 5, 1948.