Suspense was a radio drama series broadcast on CBS from 1942 through 1962.
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 are extant.
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 punished in the end. In its early years, the program made only occasional forays into science fiction and fantasy.
In the earliest years, the program was hosted by "The Man in Black" (played by Joseph Kearns or Ted Osborne) with many episodes written or adapted by the prominent mystery author John Dickson Carr.
One of the series' earliest successes and its single most popular episode is Lucille Fletcher's "Sorry, Wrong Number," about a bedridden woman (Agnes Moorehead) who panics after overhearing a murder plot on a crossed telephone connection but is unable to persuade anyone to investigate.
|Episode Title [Total of: 932]||Category||Rating|
|1 -||Suspense - Frankenstein Ep.601|
Episode date: 1955-6-7
|2 -||Suspense - The Fountain Plays Ep.53|
Episode date: 1943-8-10
|3 -||Suspense - 'Twas The Night Before Christmas Ep.453|
Episode date: 1951-12-24
|4 -||Suspense - 227 Minutes of Hate Ep.687|
Episode date: 1957-2-24
|5 -||Suspense - A Case of Identity Ep.666|
Episode date: 1956-9-25
|6 -||Suspense - A Case of Nerves Ep.387|
Episode date: 1950-6-1
|7 -||Suspense - A Case Of Nerves Ep.647|
Episode date: 1956-4-24
|8 -||Suspense - A Coffin for Mr Cash Ep.846|
Episode date: 1960-3-27
|9 -||Suspense - A Dime a Dance Ep.74|
Episode date: 1944-1-13
|10 -||Suspense - A Friend of Daddy's Ep.802|
Episode date: 1959-5-17