Suspense – Murder Aboard the Alphabet

In “Murder Aboard the Alphabet,” the crew of a deep sea tugboat fears that their captain is a madman.

As the episode opens, the chief officer of the Alphabet, Mr. Marchland, explains what happened during their voyage from Liverpool to Boston.

The ship was under the command of Captain Walker for the first time, and it soon became apparent that their new captain had intense peculiarities and a maniacal need to organize everything alphabetically. At first he seemed harmless, but when members of the crew began to mysteriously disappear in alphabetical order, they realized that their captain was more dangerous than odd.

“Murder Aboard the Alphabet” was written by Charles Turrell and produced and directed by William Spier. John Lund starred as Mr. Marchland and Joseph Kearns played the captain. Also appearing were Wiliam Johnstone and Ben Wright. This episode aired on August 21, 1947.

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Suspense did this story a second time in 1955, but no recordings of that broadcast are known to exist at this time


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Suspense – Smiley

In “Smiley,” Donald O’Connor stars as a man who has a grudge against all women after being falsely convicted of a crime.

Harold Smythe was a happy guy that everyone called “Smiley.” He had a job as a dishwasher and never caused any trouble. Sure, people thought it was strange that he was obsessed with his pretty hands, but they only teased him about it.

As Smiley was walking home one night, his life changed forever. A woman accused him of following and accosting her. Smiley told the court he was innocent, but they didn’t believe him.

Now, after two years in prison, Smiley returns to his old job as a dishwasher. His hands have been roughened by hard labor, and he has a grudge against all women. Smiley decides that the only way he can have justice is to commit the crime for which he has already served time.

Will Smiley carry out his creepy plan?

“Smiley” was written by Charles Glenn and produced/directed by William Spier. Donald O’Connor starred as Smiley. Sidney Miller, who also wrote and performed with O’Connor in his stage shows, played Curly. Lurene Tuttle played Cookie. This episode aired on August 14, 1947.


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Suspense – Quiet Desperation
In “Quiet Desperation,” an employee in a rut takes a chance on stealing his way into a better life.

As the episode opens, Homer Bigelow decides to change his situation. His existence has become an endless routine, and he wants to break free to live a life of adventure. His opportunity comes at work, when he overhears the bank manager describing the plans of his friend, Mr. Vale. He intends to dodge the currency control laws in England by sending his daughter to America to sell negotiables.

Homer had planned to spend the next week on vacation, but when he gets the opportunity to meet Hester Vale and intercept the assets, he takes it. His vacation arrangements make it easier to hide what he is really up to.

Can Homer get away with his plan to steal the negotiables, fake his own death, and move out West? Or will his own desperation get the better of him?

“Quiet Desperation” was written by George and Gertrude Fass. William Spier produced and directed. Walter Abel starred as Homer. Also appearing were Cathy Lewis, Wally Maher, William Johnstone, and Joseph Kearns. This episode aired on August 7, 1947.


This is going to be Suspense week.

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Suspense – Mortmain

In “Mortmain,” Jerome Cowan stars an attorney who frames his law partner and then takes over his life.

As the episode opens, a dead body lies on the floor of a kitchen. Sam Boston and the chief of police are waiting for the coroner to arrive, and everyone is looking for for Sam’s law partner, George Perry.

Sam thinks back to how it all began…three years ago…on that day when George breezed into Sam’s office and announced that he was going to be nominated for district attorney. Sam was stunned. He wanted that nomination!

At work, Sam’s wits had won George’s cases and brought him success as an attorney. He had also stolen Alice, the only woman Sam wanted.

George had tried to buy him off with the “what’s good for me is good for you, too, because we’re partners” line…and Sam pretended to agree. The truth was George was becoming too successful on Sam’s talent!

Sam had tried to handle the situation by fair means, but then, he decided it would be better to ruin his partner’s career and marriage.

Will Sam succeed in his back-stabbing plan?

“Mortmain” was written by George Fass and Gertrude Fass and was produced/directed by William Spier. Jerome Cowan starred. Also appearing were Wally Maher and Cathy Lewis. This episode aired on July 31, 1947.