The CE Library: Suspense

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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.


The Lodger (July 1940)


The Burning Court (June 1942)


Wet Saturday (June 1942)


The Cave of Ali Baba (August 1942)


The Hitchhiker (September 1942)


The Kettler Method (September 1942)


Passage to Benares (September 1942)


One Hundred in the Dark (September 1942)


The Lord of the Witch Doctors (October 1942)


The Devil in the Summer House (November 1942)


Will You Make a Bet With Death (November 1942)


Menace in Wax (November 1942)


The Body Snatchers (November 192)


The Bride Vanishes (December 1942)


Til Death Do Us Part (December 1942)


Two Sharp Knives (December 1942)


Nothing Up My Sleeve (January 1943)


The Pit and the Pendulum (January 1943)


The Devil’s Saint (January 1943)


The Doctor Prescribed Death (February 1943)


The Hangman Won’t Wait (February 1943)

 

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