Suspense – The One Who Got Away

In “The One Who Got Away,” Hume Cronyn stars as a bank employee who blackmails a coworker to help him commit murder.

As the episode opens, James is listening to his wife, Ethel, talk.

Is he really listening? He tries, but Ethel just talks and talks and talks…

After ten years of marriage, James has had enough. The problem is he can’t find a way out. He tried to leave her once, but she followed him and talked until he “came back home…just to shut her up.”

One day, an opportunity to change his situation comes along. While doing a spot check on accounts, James discovers that long-time bank employee Arthur H. Tillworth has been embezzling! Tillworth offers to do anything to keep James from a filing his report. So, James decides that Tillworth can provide him with an alibi…while he gets rid of Ethel once and for all.

Will he get away with it?

“The One Who Got Away” was written by James Keene and produced/directed by William Spier. Hume Cronyn starred. Also appearing were Cathy Lewis, Hans Conried, and Joseph Kearns. This episode aired on November 14, 1946.


Suspense – Easy Money
In “Easy Money,” Jack Carson stars as a husband who wishes to rid himself of his famous wife… one way or another.

Paul is a down-on-his luck piano player who wants to rise above his circumstances. His girlfriend, Ellen, wants to marry him, but he has turned her down numerous times. Finally, Paul admits to her that he is already married. His wife is Martha Leighthrop, an author known for her books about the secrets of world politics. He hasn’t seen Martha in 14 years, but she is currently in town, and he plans to ask her for a divorce.

When Paul visits his estranged wife, he finds that she has changed. She is paranoid and suspicious, and she has no interest in giving him a divorce. Paul decides that to be free of Martha, death must part them.

“Easy Money” was written by Sydney Renthal and produced/directed by William Spier. Jack Carson starred. Also appearing were Cathy Lewis, Elliot Lewis, and Paul Frees. The name of the actress who played Martha isn’t given. (The sound effects for the pet macaw in this story are almost as bad as those for the kitty cat in “The Lucky Lady.”) This episode aired on November 7, 1946.


Suspense – Dame Fortune

Suspense’s “Dame Fortune” is set in Southern California and when the story opens, we are brought into the fashionable home of Jean and Frank Nicholson. They are throwing an elegant soiree to celebrate their fifth anniversary and Jean, played by guest star Susan Hayward, sings a little bit of Cole Porter’s, “I’ve Got You Under My Skin.” After that it turns into a tale of blackmail and murder.

During the party, Jean receives a phone call from an old “friend” named Charles Prescott. He has just been released from prison and wants her help. It seems that he went to prison for a murder they both committed and he feels that she owes him. When they meet to discuss his demands, Charles tells her that he wants to murder her husband so that Jean can inherit the estate. His blackmail threat ensures that she will then share the inheritance with him. Jean agrees, but then tells her husband what has happened. They hire a private investigator named Mr. Sparks to follow Charles.

Susan Hayward not only had a fantastic voice for radio, but she knew how to make a radio script come alive. At the time she appeared in this episode she was promoting her upcoming film, Smash Up: The Story of a Woman, for which she would receive an Academy Award nomination.

“Dame Fortune” was adapted for Suspense by Robert L. Richards from a story by Max Wilk and Ted Murkland. Wally Maher, who seemed to always play the detective in these kinds of episodes, played the sophisticated husband this time around. Also appearing were Hans Conried and William Johnstone.

This episode aired on October 24, 1946.



Susan Hayward died of brain Cancer at 57


Suspense 461017 The Man Who Thought He was Edward G Robinson

In “The Man Who Thought He was Edward G. Robinson,” A hen-pecked husband takes inspiration from his screen idol and toughens up.

LittleCaesarP As the episode opens, Homer J. Hubbard is giving a statement. In it, he recounts the story of his marriage to his domineering wife, Ada.

The two of them had been married for many years, and though Homer had learned to cope with her insults, he was not happy. Then came the night that they went to see the film Little Caesar! Homer was enthralled by the character on the screen, and afterward, began to imagine himself as Edward G. Robinson.

Then, Ada caught him pretending to be his idol…and mocked him by suggesting he was better suited to imitate Shirley Temple.

It was then that Homer decided to end his marriage by bumping off Ada and making it look like a suicide. At least, that was his plan until his screen idol came to town. Can the real Edward G. Robinson help Homer with his plan?

“The Man Who Thought He Was Edward G. Robinson” was written by Leslie Raddis and produced and directed by William Spier. Edward G. Robinson starred as himself and Homer. Ada was played by Verna Felton. Also appearing were Jerry Hausner, Wally Maher, and Joseph Kearns. This episode aired on October 17, 1946.

Suspense Redux

I screwed up today’s Suspense post. Here is the intended one.

Suspense 461010 A Plane Case of Murder

No, that isn’t spelled wrong. In “A Plane Case of Murder,” John Lund stars as a bitter man with relationship issues.

Randy Judson returned from three years in a Philippine concentration camp to discover that his girlfriend, Marian, had married someone else. Now, he sees her as nothing more than a gold digger –but that doesn’t stop him from wanting a measure of revenge.

Randy tells Marian a pack of lies and convinces her that she made a mistake by not sticking with him. After that, he waits for her to bring up the subject of their being together again.

Of course, the only way that they could be together would be if something were to happen to her rich husband. So, they arrange for something to happen to her rich husband.

“A Plane Case of Murder” was written by Robert L. Richards and produced/directed by William Spier. John Lund starred as Randy. Cathy Lewis played Marian. Also appearing were Hans Conried, Jerry Hausner, and William Johnstone. This episode aired on October 10, 1946.



Suspense – Hunting Trip

In “Hunting Trip,” two buddies take a hunting trip, but one of them has murder on his mind.

As the episode opens, Stan and Eric are driving up to the mountains to relax and to go hunting. Stan is nervous because it is a black night and Eric is driving too fast. Even though they have known each other for years, Stan ponders how little he really knows about his friend…

Stan and Eric had grown up together, gone to school together, and even fallen in love with the same girl, Karen. Stan was the one who married her, but Eric appeared to have gotten over that. Did he? Perhaps they will find that out during their trip.

“Hunting Trip” was written by Paul Bernard and Lee Horton. Vincent Price and Lloyd Nolan starred as Eric and Stan. William Spier produced and directed. This episode aired on September 12, 1946.

(The sound quality of this episode is not the best, and it is clipped at the beginning and end.)