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Suspense – Murder by an Expert

In “Murder by an Expert,” Lynn Bari stars as a dancer who tries to frame her brother-in-law for the murder of her husband.

Lynn BariAs the episode opens, it is late and Edith is about to set her plan in motion. She wakes her husband, Bob, and tells him that they are expected at an audition. Though he didn’t hear the phone, he believes that their agent called and agrees to go.

Then Edith phones her brother-in-law, Jimmy. She tells him that she and Bob have been fighting and that they are likely to break-up. Jimmy tells her not to worry, he will be right over to help!

Next, Edith and Bob prepare to leave for their audition. As Bob is packing their costumes, she attacks him, and sets her plan in motion to get rid of Bob and marry their agent…

But, is her agent so hot to marry her?

“Murder by an Expert” was written by John Shaw and produced/directed by William Spier. Lynn Bari starred. Also appearing were Hans Conried, Jerry Hausner, Wally Maher, Jack Webb, and Sidney Miller. This episode aired on July 24, 1947.

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In “Murder by the Book,” silent film star Gloria Swanson plays a mystery writer who is asked to investigate a high profile murder in a small town.

Emily Carlisle is the most famous female mystery writer in America. When she is asked to investigate the death of her own doctor, she is hesitant. She feels that she is too closely involved, not only because she was the man’s patient, but also because her stepdaughter was one of his employees.

Nevertheless, Emily accepts the assignment. She begins her investigation with Lieutenant Hahn, the local officer assigned to work with her. He tells Emily that one woman has already confessed to the crime, but that he doesn’t believe she is the real killer. Emily agrees, and that means that a murderess is still on the loose.

“Murder by the Book” was written by Robert L. Richards and produced/directed by William Spier. This episode was one of three that were broadcast from New York City. Gloria Swanson, in her only appearance on Suspense, starred as Emily Carlisle. Also appearing were Berry Kroeger, Joseph Kearns, Lurene Tuttle, and June Havoc. This episode aired on July 10, 1947.

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She was in the fantastic movie Sunset Boulevard

 

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To make up for the absolutely horrible show Kenny something I posted earlier, (what a piece of trash) I’m posting something good.

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Suspense – Money Talks

In “Money Talks,” two bank employees decide to escape their dreary lives by stealing a bundle. Then, they really get greedy.

As the episode opens, Mr. Cliff Gough is interviewing for a position at a bank. He gets the job, although he doesn’t exactly explain what he has been doing for the previous four years. Mr. Gough is hired, but two years down the road, his ambition hasn’t gotten him far. He is tired of having to handle so much money at the bank while never having enough of his own.

Miss Anita Willoughby also works at the bank, and she is tired of it, too. She and Mr. Gough decide to join forces and take a little something for themselves. Will they succeed? Or, will the money tell them to do things that they shouldn’t?

“Money Talks” was written by Robert L. Richards and produced/directed by William Spier. Alan Baxter starred. This episode aired on July 3, 1947.

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So I add a Suspense midweek and what happens? It’s a rerun!

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Suspense – The Dead of the Night – This episode aired November 16, 1944.
In “The Dead of the Night,” a brother helps his sister dispose of her dead husband’s body.

Jimmy Barton was always close to his kid sister, Helen, but when he went away for a summer job at Lake Arrowhead, his sister made an impetuous decision to get married.

Now, Jimmy has returned home just in time to find Helen running away from her abusive husband, Phil Armstrong. She fears for her life and for Jimmy’s,too, if he confronts Phil.

Reluctantly, Jimmy agrees to run away, too, but Phil catches up with them. One day, Jimmy comes home and finds Phil dead on the floor. Helen enters the room and starts screaming. Soon, their landlady, Mrs. Gordon is knocking on the door. Can Jimmy and Helen find a way to dispose of Phil so that neither of them will be blamed for his death?

“The Dead of the Night” was written by Mel Dinelli and produced/directed by William Spier. Robert Cummings, in the first of his two appearances on Suspense, starred as Jimmy. Also appearing were Lurene Tuttle, Wally Maher, and Walter Tetley.

This story was presented again on June 19, 1947. William Spier produced/directed. Elliott Reid starred as Jimmy. Also appearing were Cathy Lewis and Wally Maher. (This time it was presented under the title “Dead of Night.”)

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Wednesday special! – Suspense – Stand In

“Stand-In” is a radio noir about a movie queen and the people in her life who hate her. The story begins with Maggie, or Madame as she is known, returning from an extended vacation in Florida. She arrives home in Hollywood with paparrazi, yippy little dogs and a new husband in tow.

Madame’s stand-in and assistant is Dianne Burke. She doesn’t have the right face for movies, but she claims she’s “got everything else.” Dianne sees right away that Madame’s new husband, Dennis O’Brien, will be trouble. Dianne and Dennis avoid each other for a while, but on the night of the Academy Awards they find themselves alone in the big empty mansion. From there they drift towards trouble.

Dianne is straightforward and unremorseful as events play out. In the end, she is accepting of her fate. June Havoc played Dianne and her smoldering voice suits the dialogue of this dark drama.

“Stand-In” was written for Suspense by Robert L. Richards and Pamela Wilcox. Cathy Lewis played Madame. Also appearing were Hans Conried, Elliott Lewis, and Wally Maher. This episode was produced, edited and directed by William Spier and aired on June 12, 1947.

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I screwed up. Mister Moto was posted earlier. When I played it back, I remember hearing it before. So, here’s a episode of Suspense.

Suspense – Stand In

“Stand-In” is a radio noir about a movie queen and the people in her life who hate her. The story begins with Maggie, or Madame as she is known, returning from an extended vacation in Florida. She arrives home in Hollywood with paparazzi, yippy little dogs and a new husband in tow.

Madame’s stand-in and assistant is Dianne Burke. She doesn’t have the right face for movies, but she claims she’s “got everything else.” Dianne sees right away that Madame’s new husband, Dennis O’Brien, will be trouble. Dianne and Dennis avoid each other for a while, but on the night of the Academy Awards they find themselves alone in the big empty mansion. From there they drift towards trouble.

Dianne is straightforward and unremorseful as events play out. In the end, she is accepting of her fate. June Havoc played Dianne and her smoldering voice suits the dialogue of this dark drama.

“Stand-In” was written for Suspense by Robert L. Richards and Pamela Wilcox. Cathy Lewis played Madame. Also appearing were Hans Conried, Elliott Lewis, and Wally Maher. This episode was produced, edited and directed by William Spier and aired on June 12, 1947.

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Suspense – Make Mad the Guilty

In “Make Mad the Guilty,” Hume Cronyn stars as an unemployed Shakespearian actor who stages a fake suicide in order to collect the insurance money.

202064_golden_gate_bridge As the episode opens, Burt Matthews and his wife, Elizabeth, are at the breakfast table. Burt looks through the newspaper for employment that would be suitable for an actor of his caliber. Elizabeth hits her limit.

She tells Burt that his career as an actor died a long time ago, whether or not he admits that to himself. Elizabeth is tired of supporting him, and she tells him to get a real job pronto.

Burt reluctantly accepts his burden and shuffles off to the department store to apply for a job as a floorwalker.

One day, Burt comes home from his new job and finds that Elizabeth is leaving with their boarder, Mr. Longstreet. He tries to stop them, but then offers to leave himself. Burt explains that if they fake his death, he will gladly disappear. Then, they can cash in on his insurance policy. Will Elizabeth and Longstreet go for the deal?

“Make Mad the Guilty” was adapted by Irving Moore and Robert L. Richards from a story by writer/director Robert Rossen. William Spier produced and directed. Hume Cronyn starred. This episode aired on June 5, 1947.

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Suspense – A Thing of Beauty

The Suspense episode, “A Thing of Beauty,” tells of a beautiful London stage actress of yesteryear named Madeleine Tremaine. As the story begins, Madeleine is a recluse who accepts no visitors other than the local vicar, Father Benson. He is soon to retire and Father Benson wants Mr. Sedley, the new curate, to continue to counsel her. So, he has brought Mr. Sedley with him on his fortnightly visit to Madeleine.

They arrive at her house during a thunderstorm and sit with her in a darkened parlor. As she reminisces about her career, she tells them about her first stage role. Though she had a small part, Madeleine had upstaged the lead actress, Nell Garrett, too many times by showing off her ankles and performing other distracting “gutter antics” during Nell’s scenes. It had all led to a confrontation with Nell Garrett in which Madeleine received a smack in the face. Later that same night, Nell Garrett was found with a knife in her back.

Suspense aired “A Thing of Beauty” twice. The first time, June Duprez starred as Madeleine. Herbert Rawlinson, and John McIntire also appeared. The radioplay was adapted from a story by Elizabeth Hiestand and written by Robert L. Richards. Produced and directed by William Spier, this episode aired on December 28, 1944.

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The second time this episode was performed it starred Angela Lansbury as Madeleine. Hans Conried and Cathy Lewis also appeared. The second version includes a few script changes but the story is the same. It aired on May 29, 1947.

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