Suspense 470424 Win Place And Murder

Suspense – Win, Place and Murder

In “Win, Place and Murder,” a bookie is murdered and two detectives try to find the real killer.

Chris Draper and Laura Lee are competing private detectives who occupy offices across the hall from each other. Laura wants Chris to marry her, but he doesn’t have the money.

As the episode opens, Chris calls his bookie, Joey Gault, to place a bet. When he is told that isn’t possible, he leaves his office to place his bet down the street.

As Draper returns, Joey Gault’s collection man, Mike Ferrago, arrives. He is looking for Frank Pilson, who, he claims, has just shot Gault.

Draper doesn’t know anything about it until he goes across the hall and finds Frank Pilson in the office of Laura Lee. What has Laura gotten herself into? She doesn’t believe Pilson is Gault’s killer.

Is Laura right? Or, is she in over her head?

“Win, Place and Murder” was adapted from a story by Emile C. Tepperman. William Spier produced and directed. Richard Conte starred. Also appearing were Hans Conried, Cathy Lewis, and Wally Maher. This episode aired on April 24, 1947.


Suspense – Green-Eyed Monster
In “Green-Eyed Monster,” a man kills his wife to marry his girlfriend, but is she worth the trouble?

As the episode opens, Michael Dawson receives an early morning phone call from the police informing him that his Pontiac was stolen during the night. The car is now at their station, and they want him to come in and claim it.

Mr. Dawson then calls his insurance man, and the two of them go to the police station later that morning. When they arrive, the sergeant shows them what was found in the car’s trunk — the dead body of Mrs. Dawson.

Of course, Mr. Dawson was the one who killed her, but he manages to evade the suspicions of the police. He did it so that he could be with his girlfriend, Judy, but how well does he really know her? Does she know that he can get a little jealous?

“Green-Eyed Monster” was written by Elliott Lewis and Robert L. Richards. William Spier produced/directed. Lloyd Nolan starred. Also appearing were Cathy Lewis, Wally Maher, and Joseph Kearns. This episode aired on April 17, 1947.


Suspense – Community Property

In “Community Propery,” Kirk Douglas stars as a husband who doesn’t want to share his inheritance with his wife.

George and Lois Mason don’t get along anymore. At the breakfast table, they can’t say one civil word to each other. Lois wants a divorce, but she doesn’t think that George will pay for the lawyers and her alimony. George tells her not to worry, he will gladly pay the expenses. (He thinks the only reason she has stayed with him is because of the money he may inherit from his uncle.)

So, finally, they agree to divorce.

As it turns out, George has been trying to get her to leave him for over a year. Under the community property laws of California, she might be able to claim half of everything that he has now…or may receive later.

That same day, when Uncle Burt suddenly dies, George realizes that a divorce isn’t going to solve his problems. Lois can still claim half! So, he decides that the only option is to get Lois out of the way altogether. How smart is that?

“Community Property” was written by Robert L. Richards from a story by Arthur Julian and Howard Leeds. William Spier produced and directed. Kirk Douglas starred. Also appearing were Cathy Lewis, Paul Frees, Joseph Kearns, and Howard McNear. This episode aired on April 10, 1947.



Suspense – The Swift Rise of Eddie Albright

In “The Swift Rise of Eddie Albright,” Phil Silvers stars as an elevator operator who gets to the top in an unusual way.

Phil_SilversAs the episode opens, Eddie explains that he is moving up in the world and that he won’t be working as an elevator operator much longer.

Why is that? Well, it all started when he went down to the Elite Barber Shop to get a manicure from Milly. Normally, he went in for three or four manicures a week in an attempt to impress her, but this time was different. This time, he went too far and made the mistake of telling her that he held a higher position that he actually did. Later, when Milly found out that he was a phony, she gave him the brush-off.

When Eddie went back to work, he soon found himself embroiled in another drama. Two men brought a rolled-up carpet onto his elevator…a carpet that had feet sticking out at the bottom…

So, how does it all work out for Eddie?

“The Swift Rise of Eddie Albright” was written by Roy Grandy and Robert L. Richards. William Spier produced and directed. Phil Silvers starred. Cathy Lewis played Milly. Also appearing were Jerry Hausner, Frank Lovejoy, Wally Maher, and Joseph Kearns. This episode aired on April 3, 1947.



Suspense – Elwood
In “Elwood,” Eddie Bracken stars as a high school dropout, who is more unusual than anyone realizes.

Elwood Parsons left school to work at the gas station. He helps support his mother and sister that way, but he misses being in school. His father is dead and his stepfather is long gone, but he does have friends around town.

One of them is Miss Wilson, a psychology teacher at the school. The other is Mr. Krantz, an old recluse who lives outside of town. When a number of mysterious murders take place, the residents think the culprit is Mr. Krantz, but Miss Wilson is nervous that her young friend may know more than he is telling.

“Elwood” was written by Robert L. Richards and produced/directed by William Spier. Eddie Bracken starred as Elwood. Cathy Lewis played Miss Wilson. This episode aired on March 6, 1947.



Suspense – Always Room at the Top

Suspense’s “Always Room at the Top” was only broadcast once, which is a shame. This bizarre episode should have been given at least a second chance.

There is a lot to like in a story that begins with a job applicant named Helen being kicked out of an interview, then continues with the interviewer, Ms.Thornton, falling out of her office window and landing on the pavement in front of Helen. Not wasting the opportunity, Helen then barges her way back into the office and talks the boss into hiring her for Ms. Thornton’s job!

After that, the story just gets better. In fact, so much happens so quickly in this episode that it borders on being surreal, or perhaps just silly. When it comes to stories about catty and ruthless female executives, this one takes the cake and runs away with the spoon!

“Always Room at the Top” stars Anne Baxter in the role of Helen Brandt. A few years later, in 1951 she appeared in the film classic about an ambitious female, All About Eve. At the time she appeared in this episode of Suspense in 1947, she was promoting the movie The Razor’s Edge for which she would receive an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress.

Also appearing in this episode are Wally Maher and Jack Webb. Cathy Lewis played Marie Harris. The name of the actress playing JeanThornton is not given.

The radio-play was written by Eleanor Beeson.

“Always Room at the Top” aired on February 20, 1947.


Suspense – End of the Road

Suspense’s “End of the Road” stars Glenn Ford in a radio noir about a car salesman who gets involved with a troubled woman.

Ford plays Speed Evans, a man for whom women have been an “expensive” habit. He wants to turn over a new leaf, but when he meets a captivating woman in his showroom, he quickly finds himself back to his old ways. Her name is Sylvia, and she is there with her wealthy husband, Mr. Ganlon, to buy a new car. Speed takes her on a flirtatious test drive and convinces Syvlia that she must have the car–and the salesman.

Sylvia and Speed have an affair, but she is unable to leave her older husband or her mysterious past behind. Speed drives Sylvia back to her hometown in Arizona to find the truth, but their trip leads them into danger.

“End of the Road” was written by Irving Moore and Robert L. Richards. At the time Glenn Ford appeared in this episode, he was promoting the 1947 noir film Framed. “End of the Road” was the first of Ford’s two appearances on Suspense. Cathy Lewis played Sylvia Ganlon. Also featured were Hans Conried, Joseph Kearns, William Johnstone, and Wally Maher. This episode aired on February 6, 1947.