Suspense – One Hundred in the Dark


Ever count to 100 in the pitch black?  Takes awhile doesn’t it?  In tonight’s episode of Suspense, titled “One Hundred in the Dark”, was adapted from a short story by Owen M. Johnson.  A prolific writer of murder mysteries.

The writers of Suspense couldn’t make very many changes as none were needed.  The story does not have your typical twist ending for a mystery and nor does it solve a crime.  It leaves it up to you, the listener to determine what happens.

“One Hundred in the Dark” was adapted for radio by Jack Anson Fink, directed by John Dietz, and produced by William Spier. Berry Kroeger was the announcer.  Eric Dressler, Alice Frost, and Ted Obsborne were featured. Also appearing were Helen Lewis, Joan Shay, Henriette Kay, Paul Luther, Ian Martin, Frank Readick, and Stephan Schnabel.

Suspense “One Hundred in the Dark” – September 30th, 1942.  

One of the premier drama programs of the Golden Age of Radio, was subtitled “radio’s outstanding theater of thrills” and focused on suspense thriller-type scripts, usually featuring leading Hollywood actors of the era. Approximately 945 episodes were broadcast during its long run, and more than 900 still exist.

Suspense went through several major phases, characterized by different hosts, sponsors, and director/producers. Formula plot devices were followed for all but a handful of episodes: the protagonist was usually a normal person suddenly dropped into a threatening or bizarre situation; solutions were “withheld until the last possible second”; and evildoers were usually punished in the end.

In its early years, the program made only occasional forays into science fiction and fantasy. Notable exceptions include adaptations of Curt Siodmak‘s Donovan’s Brain and H. P. Lovecraft‘s “The Dunwich Horror“, but by the late 1950s, such material was regularly featured.