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Stars on Suspense (Old Time Radio)

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.

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Recent Episodes of Stars on Suspense (Old Time Radio)


Richard Crenna

Richard Crenna

Before he was Rambo's commanding officer, Richard Crenna was a squeaky-voiced teenager on radio in Our Miss Brooks and A Date with Judy. His career began on the air and stretched into the early 2000s, and it included an Emmy win and starring roles on multiple TV shows. We'll hear him in a pair of radio thrillers: first, he's a young crook whose life of crime finally catches up with him in "The Prophecy of Bertha Abbott" (originally aired on CBS on October 16, 1956). Then, he's a man whose past life is about to catch up with him in "Night on...

Episode 40 26 May 2024 1h, 35m and 16s


Norman Lloyd

Norman Lloyd

Norman Lloyd began his career on stage with Orson Welles and on screen under the direction of Alfred Hitchcock. He went on to TV stardom in the 1980s on St. Elsewhere and made his final screen appearance in 2015 at the age of 100. We'll hear Mr. Lloyd as a tyrannical radio producer in "Fury and Sound" (AFRS rebroadcast from July 26, 1945). Plus, he co-stars with Herbert Marshall as a client who finally pushes Marshall's lawyer too far in "My Own Murderer" (originally aired on CBS on May 24, 1945). Finally, Lloyd narrates the true story of survival "Nine Men Against the Arctic" from Th...

Episode 39 16 May 2024 1h, 34m and 27s


Herbert Marshall (Part 6)

Herbert Marshall (Part 6)

Herbert Marshall puts his English accent to great use in this pair of radio thrillers - two of the twenty-one appearances he logged on Suspense. First, he's the crown prosecutor out to convict a wily wife killer in "Murder by Jury" (originally aired on CBS on February 22, 1954). Then, he's in a battle of wits against a German saboteur in an open boat in "Flood on the Goodwins" (AFRS rebroadcast from July 14, 1957). Plus, we'll hear Marshall as international man of mystery Ken Thurston in The Man Called X (originally aired on NBC on February 26, 1952).

Episode 38 9 May 2024 1h, 32m and 2s


Hans Conried

Hans Conried

Possessing one of the all-time great voices of the radio era, Hans Conried was equally effective in comedies and dramas as characters both old and young from all parts of the world. We'll hear him as the king's executioner in "The Groom of the Ladder" (originally aired on CBS on March 13, 1956), a refugee looking for a new life in America in "Freedom This Way" (originally aired on CBS on January 27, 1957), and as a black marketeer trying to stay out of sight of the Nazis in "Crossing Paris" (originally aired on CBS on June 2, 1957). Plus, Conried plays a traveling actor...

Episode 37 2 May 2024 2h, 5m and 38s


John Lund (Part 5)

John Lund (Part 5)

John Lund joins our five-timer's club as he makes his final four appearances on Suspense. First, he's a Marine who may have discovered paradise in the middle of the war in the Pacific in "The Island" (originally aired on CBS on January 12, 1958). Then he's a gambler who bets too much on his own system in "Winner Lose All" (originally aired on CBS on April 27, 1958). A bank robber gone straight is caught on the scene when his old gang stages a hold-up in "For Old Time's Sake" (AFRS rebroadcast from December 14, 1958), and he's a reporter trapped in the middle of a...

Episode 36 22 April 2024 1h, 58m and 49s


Barbara Whiting

Barbara Whiting

Though she never found the fame of her sister Margaret, Barbara Whiting had a run in Hollywood as a Fox contract player. We'll hear her in "The Rim of Terror" (originally aired on CBS on December 2, 1956) as a woman who picks up a hitchhiking defector and in "One Way Trip," a story from Romance (originally aired on CBS on December 17, 1955). Plus, she reprises her breakout big screen role in Junior Miss on Hollywood Star Time (originally aired on CBS on March 24, 1946).

Episode 35 6 April 2024 1h, 32m and 45s


BONUS - Best Two-Handers

BONUS - Best Two-Handers

We've got two stars for the price of one in each of these Suspense shows! For this bonus episode, I'm sharing my favorite installments of "radio's outstanding theater of thrills" that featured a pair of big name stars at the microphone. J. Carrol Naish and Joseph Cotten are hunter and hunted in "The Most Dangerous Game" (originally aired on CBS on February 1, 1945) and Hume Cronyn and Keenan Wynn hope a big bet will bail them out of trouble in "Double Entry" (originally aired on CBS on December 20, 1945). Vincent Price joins Lloyd Nolan on a "Hunting Trip" (originally aired on C...

Episode 34 27 March 2024 3h, 4m and 43s


Virginia Gregg

Virginia Gregg

Virginia Gregg was one of the radio era's busiest and best performers. The versatile and talented actress could be heard on everything from detective dramas to westerns, often playing multiple characters in the same episode. We'll hear her as a woman held captive by a maniac in "Goodnight, Mrs. Russell" (originally aired on CBS on August 3, 1954) and as half of a murderous pair of newlyweds in "When the Bough Breaks" (originally aired on CBS on December 6, 1955). Plus, we'll hear her in a thriller from the typewriter of the great Arch Oboler - "Come to the Bank With Me" (originally...

Episode 33 24 March 2024 1h, 31m and 31s


BONUS - When Irish Stars Are On Suspense

BONUS - When Irish Stars Are On Suspense

To celebrate St. Patrick's Day, we've got a line-up of Irish-American stars making appearances on "radio's outstanding theater of thrills." Maureen O'Hara is an amateur sleuth hunting a killer in "The White Rose Murders" (originally aired on CBS on July 6, 1943) and Thomas Mitchell is a railroad magnate plagued by nightmares in "Case History of Edgar Lowndes" (originally aired on CBS on June 8, 1944). Edmond O'Brien plays a reporter chasing a story worth killing for in "The Argyle Album" (originally aired on CBS on September 4, 1947) and James Cagney takes a deadly trip behind the wheel in "No Escape" (originally aired on...

Episode 32 16 March 2024 2h, 53m and 36s


Joseph Cotten (Part 8)

Joseph Cotten (Part 8)

We bid farewell to Joseph Cotten - an institution on Suspense. The star of The Third Man made 18 appearances on "radio's outstanding theater of thrills," and we'll hear his final shows, including an adaptation of Ambrose Bierce's "An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge" (originally aired on CBS on December 15, 1957). In his last starring role on Suspense, Cotten plays a man trying to save one of his former soldiers from prisons both mental and physical in "Red Cloud Mesa" (originally aired on CBS on August 2, 1959). Plus, he recreates his role from Shadow of a Doubt on Academy Award (originally aired on C...

Episode 31 7 March 2024 1h, 52m and 58s

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