Stars On Suspense (old Time Radio)

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Synopsis

Presenting the biggest legends of Hollywood starring in "Suspense," radio's outstanding theater of thrills! Each week, we'll hear two chillers from this old time radio classic featuring one of the all-time great stars of stage and screen.

Episodes

  • Episode 186 – Susan Peters

    Episode 186 – Susan Peters

    14/05/2020 Duration: 01h37min

    Susan Peters was one of Hollywood's brightest rising dramatic stars before a tragic hunting accident paralyzed her. But she didn't stop acting, and she turned in a terrific performance in her one and only visit to Suspense. We'll hear her in "They Call Me Patrice" (originally aired on CBS on December 12, 1946). Then, she stars in "Johnny Eager," recreated for The Lux Radio Theatre (originally aired on CBS on January 21, 1946).

  • BONUS - A (Correct) Vision of Death

    BONUS - A (Correct) "Vision of Death"

    07/05/2020 Duration: 29min

    Oops! This week's episode contained the wrong version of "A Vision of Death," so here is the June 1, 1953 episode starring Ronald Colman, Mary Jane Croft, and Hy Averback. It's the correct tale well calculated to keep you in...Suspense!

  • Episode 185 – Ronald Colman (Part 3)

    Episode 185 – Ronald Colman (Part 3)

    07/05/2020 Duration: 01h36min

    In 1953, Ronald Colman took his final bows on Suspense with a pair of terrific thrillers. We'll hear him in an encore performance of "A Vision of Death" (originally aired on CBS on June 1, 1953). Then, he's an amateur detective on the trail of a killer in "Trent's Last Case" (originally aired on CBS on December 7, 1953). Plus, we'll hear Colman and his wife Benita Hume in the premiere episode of their radio sitcom The Halls of Ivy (originally aired on NBC on January 6, 1950).

  • Episode 184 – Margo

    Episode 184 – Margo

    30/04/2020 Duration: 01h07min

    Dancing her way from the stage and on to the big screen, Margo won acclaim for her screen performances in the 1930s and 40s. The blacklist ultimately derailed her career, but before she left Hollywood she made several memorable visits to Suspense. We'll hear "Last Night" (originally aired on CBS on June 15, 1943) and "Cabin B-13" (originally aired on CBS on November 9, 1943).

  • Episode 183 – Donald O’Connor

    Episode 183 – Donald O’Connor

    23/04/2020 Duration: 01h10min

    In Singin' in the Rain, Donald O'Connor showed us how to "Make 'Em Laugh," but in his two visits to "radio's outstanding theater of thrills" the actor, singer, and dancer kept audiences in Suspense. We'll hear him in "Smiley" (originally aired on CBS on august 14, 1947) and "The Visitor" (originally aired on CBS on September 18, 1947).

  • Episode 182 – Ida Lupino (Part 2)

    Episode 182 – Ida Lupino (Part 2)

    16/04/2020 Duration: 01h24min

    Actress and groundbreaking director Ida Lupino takes her final bow on the podcast in her first and last appearances on Suspense. We'll hear her co-starring with Agnes Moorehead in a story of deadly sibling rivalry - "The Sisters" (originally aired on CBS on February 3, 1944). Then, she takes a shortcut through the woods in one of the scariest shows Suspense ever produced - "On a Country Road" (AFRS rebroadcast from May 10, 1959). Plus, Ida Lupino stars as poet Elizabeth Barrett in a production of The Hallmark Playhouse (originally aired on CBS on February 2, 1950).

  • Episode 181 – Herbert Marshall (Part 3)

    Episode 181 – Herbert Marshall (Part 3)

    09/04/2020 Duration: 01h07min

    Herbert Marshall returns to the podcast in stories of prewar and postwar Suspense. First, he's a schoolmaster blackmailed by a delinquent student in "The Victoria Cross" (originally aired on CBS on November 2, 1950). Then, he's on the run to avert an international crisis in a radio adaptation of "The Thirty-Nine Steps" (originally aired on CBS on March 3, 1952).

  • Episode 180 – Joseph Kearns

    Episode 180 – Joseph Kearns

    02/04/2020 Duration: 01h11min

    Though he was rarely the star of the show, Joseph Kearns was one of the most frequently heard voices on Suspense. For years, he played supporting roles and introduced stories as the "Man in Black." He was one of radio's most versatile and talented character actors, but he also shined when he stepped into lead roles. We'll hear him in "Short Order" (originally aired on CBS on August 16, 1945) and "The Earth is Made of Glass" (originally aired on CBS on June 15, 1954).

  • Episode 179 – John Lund (Part 2)

    Episode 179 – John Lund (Part 2)

    26/03/2020 Duration: 01h06min

    John Lund plays a pair of villains - one reluctant and one cold and calculating - in two "tales well calculated to keep you in Suspense." Though he often played milquetoast characters on screen, Lund showed a knack for crime in his 13 visits to the program. We'll hear him in "Lunch Kit" (originally aired on CBS on June 9, 1949) and "Experiment 6-R" (originally aired on CBS on September 22, 1949).

  • Episode 178 – Jack Carson

    Episode 178 – Jack Carson

    19/03/2020 Duration: 01h37min

    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).

  • Episode 177 – Richard Widmark (Part 4)

    Episode 177 – Richard Widmark (Part 4)

    12/03/2020 Duration: 01h07min

    One of the screen's most intense and engaging presences, Richard Widmark always turned in a terrific performance when he visited the Hollywood sound stage of Suspense. We'll hear the star of Kiss of Death as a sailor suspected of a high seas murder in "Mate Bram" (originally aired on CBS on April 14, 1952) and as a western outlaw trying to outrun a posse in "The Spencer Brothers" (originally aired on CBS on January 26, 1953).

  • Episode 176 – Claire Trevor (Part 3)

    Episode 176 – Claire Trevor (Part 3)

    05/03/2020 Duration: 01h05min

    For her final appearance on the podcast, we're going back to Claire Trevor's first visit to "radio's outstanding theater of thrills." The Oscar-winning star of Key Largo co-stars with Nancy Kelly in "A Tale of Two Sisters" (originally aired on CBS on February 8, 1945). Then, she recreates her big screen role of Dallas in Stagecoach, presented on Academy Award (originally aired on CBS on May 4, 1946).

  • Episode 175 - Brian Donlevy

    Episode 175 - Brian Donlevy

    27/02/2020 Duration: 01h02min

    A big screen tough guy who could also play comedic and sensitive, Brian Donlevy carved out an impressive career on the big screen in movies like Beau Geste, The Great McGinty, and The Glass Key. On radio, Donlevy starred as a two-fisted secret agent in Dangerous Assignment and he made several visits to Suspense. We'll hear him as a man falsely accused of murder in "The Black Path of Fear" (originally aired on CBS on August 31, 1944) and as a brilliant blind detective in "Out of Control" (AFRS rebroadcast from March 28, 1946).

  • Episode 174 – Robert Young (Part 3)

    Episode 174 – Robert Young (Part 3)

    21/02/2020 Duration: 01h06min

    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).

  • Episode 173 – Fibber McGee and Molly

    Episode 173 – Fibber McGee and Molly

    13/02/2020 Duration: 01h39s

    For over twenty years on radio, Jim and Marian Jordan (better known as "Fibber McGee and Molly") kept audiences in stitches with their unique blend of wordplay, running gags, and colorful characters. But the Jordans could also shine in dramatic roles - including their visits to Suspense. We'll hear the couple recreate their roles in an encore production of "Backseat Driver" (an Armed Forces Radio Service rebroadcast from February 22, 1951). Plus, we'll hear an episode of their classic radio sitcom (originally aired on NBC on June 4, 1946).

  • Episode 172 - Remembering Kirk Douglas

    Episode 172 - Remembering Kirk Douglas

    06/02/2020 Duration: 01h33min

    We're saluting the late Kirk Douglas with all three of the legendary actor's performances on Suspense. The star of Spartacus and Paths of Glory headlines "Community Property" (originally aired on CBS on April 10, 1947); "The Story of Markham's Death" (originally aired on CBS on October 2, 1947); and "The Butcher's Wife" (originally aired on CBS on February 9, 1950).

  • Episode 171 - Loretta Young

    Episode 171 - Loretta Young

    06/02/2020 Duration: 01h35min

    Loretta Young won an Oscar and delighted audiences in comedies, dramas, and thrillers before she entered the new frontier of television. Her long-running anthology series was a critical and audience favorite, and as host and performer she took home three Emmy awards. We'll hear "Lady Killer," her only visit to Suspense (originally aired on CBS on March 2, 1950). Plus, she recreates her Academy Award-winning performance in The Farmer's Daughter on The Lux Radio Theatre (originally aired on CBS on January 5, 1948).

  • Episode 170 – Agnes Moorehead (Part 6)

    Episode 170 – Agnes Moorehead (Part 6)

    30/01/2020 Duration: 01h08min

    For her memorable performances in classic thrillers like "Sorry, Wrong Number" and "The Diary of Saphronia Winters," Agnes Moorehead earned the title "First Lady of Suspense." We'll hear the four-time Oscar nominee and queen of radio's outstanding theater of thrills in "The Chain" (originally aired on CBS on April 27, 1950) and as Lizzie Borden in "The Fall River Tragedy" (originally aired on CBS on January 14, 1952).

  • Episode 169 – Ginger Rogers

    Episode 169 – Ginger Rogers

    23/01/2020 Duration: 01h07min

    It was said Ginger Rogers could do everything her dancing partner Fred Astaire could do, but backwards and in high heels. Her dazzling dances won over audiences, and her acting won her an Academy Award as she became one of Hollywood's most popular and highest-paid performers. We'll hear her as a woman trying to solve her sister's murder in "Vamp Till Dead" (originally aired on CBS on January 11, 1951). Plus, she recreates her Oscar-winning performance in Kitty Foyle on Academy Award (originally aired on CBS on April 6, 1946).

  • Episode 168 – Van Johnson (Part 2)

    Episode 168 – Van Johnson (Part 2)

    16/01/2020 Duration: 01h30min

    Van Johnson is back in the Suspense spotlight in his final three visits to "radio's outstanding theater of thrills." The star of Battleground and The Caine Mutiny (and a Batman TV villain) stars in "Salvage" (originally aired on CBS on April 6, 1950),  "Strange for a Killer" (a rehearsal for a show broadcast on CBS on March 15, 1951), and "Around the World" (originally broadcast on CBS on April 6, 1953). 

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