Rank #1: Episode 165 – Humphrey Bogart
We wrap up 2019 with one of the biggest movie stars of all time - Humphrey Bogart. We'll hear the legendary leading man in his one and only visit to Suspense - "Love's Lovely Counterfeit" (originally aired on CBS on March 8, 1945). Then, we'll hear him recreate a pair of his film roles: in The Maltese Falcon from Academy Award (originally aired on CBS on July 3, 1946) and Across the Pacific from The Lady Esther Screen Guild Theatre (originally aired on CBS on January 25, 1943). Finally, Bogart and wife Lauren Bacall pay a visit to The Jack Benny Program (originally aired on NBC on January 1, 1947).
Dec 26 2019
Rank #2: Episode 6 - Cary Grant
Cary Grant once said "If I ever do any more radio work, I want to do it on Suspense." The legendary leading man made five appearances on "radio's outstanding theater of thrills," and he always gave a wonderful performance. We'll hear him first as an amnesia victim in "The Black Curtain" (originally aired on CBS on November 30, 1944). Then, leave the lights on for Grant in "On a Country Road" (originally aired on CBS on November 16, 1950) - one of the scariest old time radio shows of all time.
Oct 27 2016
Old Time Radio Mystery, Suspense, & Horror
Down These Mean Streets (Old Time Radio Detectives)
Orson Welles On The Air
Oxford Classic Radio
The Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society
Relic Radio Thrillers (Old Time Radio)
Thrillers Old Time Radio
The Relic Radio Show (old time radio)
SUSPENSE Radio Drama
Old Time Radio Nero Wolfe
Case Closed! (old time radio)
Rank #3: Episode 64 - Vincent Price (Part 3)
Horror icon Vincent Price is back on Suspense in two more old time radio thrillers - including one of the scariest the medium ever produced. We'll hear Price as an artist with a dangerous muse in "The Name of the Beast" (originally aired on CBS on April 11, 1946). Then, you'll want to leave the lights on for "Three Skeleton Key" (originally aired on CBS on November 11, 1956). In this classic chiller, Price narrates the story of a lighthouse under siege from thousands of ravenous rats.
Dec 07 2017
Rank #4: Episode 28 - Bette Davis
Bette Davis made only one appearance on Suspense, but it was a doozy. The two-time Oscar winner and ten-time nominee stands as one of the biggest legends of old Hollywood with a career and tumultuous personal life that continues to fascinate fans today. We’ll hear her in “Goodnight Mrs. Russell,” originally aired on CBS on October 20, 1949. Plus, she reprises her award-winning role from Jezebel in a production from Academy Award (originally aired on CBS on March 30, 1946).
Apr 06 2017
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Rank #5: Episode 22 - Vincent Price (Part 2)
Vincent Price returns to “Stars On Suspense” for two more installments from “radio’s outstanding theater of thrills.” The big screen master of horror lends his voice to these chilling mysteries that deliver surprising twists before the final curtain. We’ll hear him in “Fugue in C Minor” (originally aired on CBS on June 1, 1944) and “The Hands of Mr. Ottermole” (originally aired on CBS on December 2, 1948).
Feb 23 2017
Rank #6: Episode 89 - Alfred Hitchcock
“Stars On Suspense” salutes the master of suspense – Alfred Hitchcock. We’re celebrating the anniversary of the legendary director’s birth with an old time radio adaptation of one of his big screen classics. Tallulah Bankhead recreates her role in Hitch’s wartime drama set on the high seas – Lifeboat. Jeff Chandler and Sheldon Leonard join her aboard this production from the Screen Directors’ Playhouse, originally aired on NBC on November 16, 1950.
Aug 08 2018
Rank #7: Episode 119 - Barbara Stanwyck
Four-time Oscar nominee Barbara Stanwyck was one of the biggest stars of Hollywood, dazzling audiences with her dynamic turns in Double Indemnity, Stella Dallas, and more. We’ll hear Stanwyck in her one and only Suspense appearance - “The Wages of Sin” (originally aired on CBS on October 19, 1950). Then, she stars in a radio recreation of a big screen adaptation of one of the most famous Suspense shows of all time - “Sorry, Wrong Number” (originally aired on The Lux Radio Theatre on January 9, 1950).
Feb 28 2019
Rank #8: Episode 174 – Robert Young (Part 3)
As a sitcom dad, Robert Young always "knew best," but he was no slouch in the Suspense department during his visits to "radio's outstanding theater of thrills." We'll hear Young co-star with Virginia Bruce in "Celebration" (originally aired on CBS on September 23, 1948). Then he plays a killer hunting for the witness to his crime in "A Murder of Necessity" (originally aired on CBS on March 24, 1952).
Feb 21 2020
Rank #9: Episode 4 - Vincent Price
Before he was a big screen horror icon, Vincent Price was a busy actor in Hollywood – both on screen and on the air. In his 13 appearances on “radio’s outstanding theater of thrills,” Price played both heroes and crazed villains, and he starred in one of the scariest radio plays of all time. We’ll hear him in “The Strange Death of Charles Umberstein” (originally aired on CBS on November 23, 1943) and in “Hunting Trip” (originally aired on September 12, 1946).
Oct 13 2016
Rank #10: Episode 37 - Cary Grant (Part 2)
Cary Grant returns to the podcast for one last “tale well calculated to keep you in Suspense.” We’ll hear the legendary leading man in “The Black Path of Fear” (an Armed Forces Radio Service broadcast of an episode originally aired on CBS on March 7, 1946). Then, he recreates his big screen role from Alfred Hitchcock’s Suspicion in The Lady Esther Screen Guild Theatre (originally aired on CBS on January 21, 1946).
Jun 08 2017
Rank #11: Episode 136 – Cary Grant (Part 3)
For Cary Grant's final visit to the podcast, we're going back to his first visit to Suspense - an adaptation of Cornell Woolrich's "The Black Curtain" (originally aired on CBS on December 2, 1943). Then, Grant recreates his big screen role of Jim Blandings in a radio spin-off of Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House. Betsy Drake, the real-life Mrs. Cary Grant, co-stars as Mrs. Bladings in an AFRS rebroadcast of an episode originally aired on NBC on June 10, 1951.
Jun 20 2019
Rank #12: Episode 120 - Vincent Price (Part 4)
Vincent Price delivers a pair of terrifically unhinged performances in two more tales well calculated to keep you in Suspense. The star of House on Haunted Hill and The Tingler plays an axe murderer reliving his crime in “Present Tense” (originally aired on CBS on March 3, 1957). Then, Price stars as an actor who hopes to give his best performance - and get away with murder - in “Rave Notice” (originally aired on CBS on June 1, 1958).
Mar 07 2019
Rank #13: Episode 76 - Charles Laughton (Part 2)
Oscar-winner Charles Laughton is back in more "tales well calculated to keep you in Suspense." We'll hear him co-star with his wife Elsa Lanchester in a radio adaptation of Agatha Christie's "The ABC Murders" (originally aired on May 18, 1943). Then, Laughton plays one of history's most notorious murderers in "Neil Cream, Doctor of Poison" (originally aired on CBS on September 17, 1951).
Mar 08 2018
Rank #14: Episode 157 – Edmond O’Brien (Part 2)
Edmond O'Brien returns to the podcast in an hour-long installment of "radio's outstanding theater of thrills." The Oscar-winning character actor extraordinaire of The Barefoot Contessa and The Wild Bunch plays a man probing the strange death of a friend in "The Blind Spot" (originally aired on CBS on May 1, 1948).
Nov 07 2019
Rank #15: Episode 110 - Judy Garland
We couldn't let 2018 end without one more Star On Suspense, and our final leading lady of the year is the great Judy Garland. She doesn't sing in her one and only visit to Suspense but she delivers a terrific dramatic performance in "Drive-In" (originally aired on CBS on November 21, 1946). Then, she recreates her iconic film role of Dorothy Gale as The Lux Radio Theatre presents "The Wizard of Oz" (originally aired on CBS on December 25, 1950).
Dec 27 2018
Rank #16: Episode 111 - Joseph Cotten (Part 3)
Joseph Cotten - hero of The Third Man and heel of Shadow of a Doubt - is back for two more visits to "radio's outstanding theater of thrills." He stars as a director caught up in a real-life mystery in "Sneak Preview" (originally aired on CBS on March 23, 1944) and as a convict who assumes the identity of a dead reverend in "Beyond Good and Evil" (originally aired on CBS on October 11, 1945).
Jan 03 2019
Rank #17: Episode 81 - Eve Arden
To generations of radio, TV, and movie fans, Eve Arden lives in the halls of high school as Principal McGee of Grease or the titular Our Miss Brooks in one of radio's best comedies. But there was more to this talented comedienne than her sense of deadpan humor, as seen in performances in Mildred Pierce and Anatomy of a Murder. We'll hear Eve Arden get serious in "The Well-Dressed Corpse" (originally aired on CBS on January 18, 1951). Then, she's Madison High's favorite English teacher in the March 6, 1949 episode of Our Miss Brooks - "Miss Brooks Gets the Works."
Apr 12 2018
Rank #18: Episode 178 – Jack Carson
Jack Carson came out of the vaudeville comedy circuit and carved out a niche as an arrogant, but ignorant, know-it-all in films and on his own radio comedy show. But he could walk on the dramatic side of the street in movies like Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Mildred Pierce and in his appearances on Suspense. We'll hear him as a husband with murder on his mind in "Easy Money" (originally aired on CBS on November 7, 1946) and as a PR man whose stunt may turn deadly in "The One Millionth Joe" (originally aired on CBS on June 22, 1950). Plus, we'll hear a comedy courtesy of The Jack Carson Show (originally aired on CBS on January 8, 1947).
Mar 19 2020
Rank #19: Episode 146 – Frank Lovejoy
Before he starred on screen in The Hitch-Hiker and In a Lonely Place, Frank Lovejoy was a busy radio actor. He played the Blue Beetle, menaced the Shadow, and narrated adventures of the FBI. Lovejoy could also be heard in supporting roles on Suspense, but he moved into the starring role in 1951. We'll hear him in a pair of radio thrillers: first, a ballad brought to radio life in "The Wreck of the Old 97" (originally aired on CBS on March 17, 1952). Then, he plays a man searching for his brother-in-law's murderer in "The Frightened City" (originally aired on CBS on November 10, 1952).
Aug 22 2019
Rank #20: Episode 78 - Dick Powell
Singer, actor, director, producer - Dick Powell wore many hats during his career in Hollywood. Starting out in musical comedies, Powell reinvented himself as a tough guy film noir hero in the 1940s and he'd go on to a successful run as a director and producer on the big and small screens. We'll hear both of his Suspense appearances: "Slow Burn" (originally aired on CBS on February 23, 1950); and "Overdrawn" (originally aired on CBS on May 31, 1951).
Mar 23 2018