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Stars on Suspense (Old Time Radio)

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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.

341 Episodes | 2016 - 2022

Episode 294 - Joan Bennett

July 2nd, 2022


Born into a family of performers, Joan Bennett enjoyed great success on stage and screen in her own right. She won acclaim from audiences and critics …

Episode 293 - Leon Ames

June 23rd, 2022


Leon Ames broke out with his portrayal of Judy Garland's dad in Meet Me in St. Louis, and he played several outwardly stuffy but inwardly sweet dads - and showed off a dry wit - in movies and TV shows through the 1980s. …

Episode 292 - Virginia Bruce (Part 2)

June 16th, 2022

The singing star of The Great Ziegfeld returns to the podcast as we listen to Virginia Bruce's final appearances on Suspense. First, she's afraid she's being stalked by a man who's supposedly still in prison in "The …

Episode 291 - Nancy Coleman

June 9th, 2022


Nancy Coleman got her start in the casts of radio soap operas before she hit the Broadway stage and the big screen. We'll hear her as a young woman …

Episode 290 - George Coulouris

June 4th, 2022


George Coulouris arrived on the Broadway stage from London and soon struck up a friendship with a young Orson Welles. It led to a long professional …

BONUS - Best of Vincent Price

May 27th, 2022


In this bonus show, I'm sharing my four favorite episodes of Suspense starring the great Vincent Price. First, he co-stars with Ida Lupino in "Fugue in C Minor," a Victorian-era chiller from Lucille Fletcher (originally …

Episode 289 - Margaret Whiting (Part 2)

May 26th, 2022


In her final appearances on Suspense, singer Margaret Whiting found herself menaced by a pair of deranged villains. First, in "Never Follow a Banjo …

Episode 288 - Jim Backus

May 19th, 2022


Before he was one of seven castaways stranded on Gilligan's Island, Jim Backus showed off his dramatic chops in two episodes of Suspense. Backus leaves Mr. Magoo behind - first as a blind man marked for death by the mob …

Episode 287 - Paul Lukas (Part 2)

May 12th, 2022


Oscar-winner Paul Lukas takes his final bow on the podcast as a blind man who witnesses a murder in "A World of Darkness" (originally aired on CBS on …

Episode 286 - Tyrone Power

May 5th, 2022


He made a name for himself in swashbuckling, sword and sandal movies, but Tyrone Power wanted to be more than a romantic hero. After his military service, he sought to leave the fencing of Zorro behind and embraced …

Episode 285 - Robert Ryan

April 21st, 2022


Robert Ryan was a classic big screen heavy, a memorable menace in CrossfireBad Day at Black Rock, and more. He was a terrific tough guy, but offscreen, he was a pacifist who supported the civil rights movement and …

Episode 284 - Ray Bradbury (Part 2)

April 20th, 2022


The worlds of Ray Bradbury jump from the page to the airwaves with four old time radio adaptations of his stories. First, a ventriloquist's dummy …

Episode 283 - Kevin McCarthy

April 7th, 2022


Best known today as humanity's last hope in Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Kevin McCarthy lent his voice to a pair of Suspense thrillers in the later years of the program. First, he plays a juror whose wife has been …

Episode 282 - Everett Sloane (Part 2)

April 2nd, 2022


The wonderful character actor Everett Sloane steps back into the spotlight in three stories from "radio's outstanding theater of thrills." We'll hear …

Episode 281 - Paul Douglas

March 24th, 2022


Paul Douglas came out of the world of announcing and sportscasting to a successful career on the stage and screen. He went from announcing a World …

Episode 280 - Agnes Moorehead (Part 8)

March 17th, 2022


The "first lady of Suspense" returns to the podcast! We'll hear Agnes Moorehead in another production of the series' most famous drama "Sorry, Wrong Number" (originally aired on CBS on September 6, 1945). Then, she …

Episode 279 - Howard Da Silva

March 11th, 2022


Before he sang his way through 1776 as Benjamin Franklin, Howard Da Silva was a busy screen and stage actor earning raves for his villainous turns on Broadway and on the big screen. We'll hear him as a cop on the trail …

BONUS - Best of Lucille Ball

March 4th, 2022


Whether she's making us laugh or keeping us in Suspense, we love Lucille Ball. In this spotlight episode, we'll hear my three favorites from her six visits to "radio's outstanding theater of thrills." First, she's a …

Episode 278 - Victor Mature (Part 2)

March 3rd, 2022


In his final appearances on Suspense, Victor Mature played an infamous Mexican outlaw and an undercover cop who falls for a gangster's girlfriend. We'll hear the star of My Darling Clementine and Kiss of Death in "The …

Episode 277 - June Duprez

February 24th, 2022


June Duprez broke out as a star in her native England in films like The Four Feathers and The Thief of Bagdad. Unfortunately, when she crossed the …

Episode 276 - Peter Lawford (Part 2)

February 10th, 2022


Actor, Rat Packer, and one-time presidential brother-in-law Peter Lawford made his final visit to Suspense in an adaptation of Wilkie Collins' "A …

Episode 275 - Marsha Hunt

February 3rd, 2022


Marsha Hunt began her career in Hollywood in the 1930s, but she was blacklisted after she took a stand against McCarthyism and the Communist witch …

Episode 274 - Charles Ruggles

January 27th, 2022


Charles Ruggles was best known to audiences for his comedic roles in Bringing Up Baby and It Happened on Fifth Avenue, but he was also the guest star …

Episode 273 - Dan Duryea (Part 2)

January 20th, 2022


In his final Suspense appearance, big screen baddie Dan Duryea plays a hold-up man turned murderer who has to dispose of a very inconvenient …

Episode 272 - John Hodiak (Part 2)

January 13th, 2022


Stage and screen John Hodiak returns to the podcast in two more old time radio thrillers. First, he's a fast-talking hustler who joins a group of …

BONUS - Remembering Betty White

January 7th, 2022


In this bonus episode, we're celebrating the life and career of the late, great Betty White. The legendary Emmy-winning actress started her showbusiness career in radio, and we'll hear one of her on-air performances. …

Episode 271 - Henry Morgan

January 6th, 2022


In his only appearance on Suspense, sharp-tongued satirist Henry Morgan showed off his dramatic chops. He plays a man who suspects a neighbor is a murderer in "Dream Song" (originally aired on CBS on November 6, 1947). …

BONUS - Silver Bells, Silver Screen 2021

December 24th, 2021


For our annual bonus holiday episode, we'll hear Robert Mitchum reprise his big screen role as The Lux Radio Theatre presents Holiday Affair

Episode 270 - Joseph Cotten (Part 6)

December 23rd, 2021


For our final regular episode of 2021, we welcome Joseph Cotten back to "Stars on Suspense" for two old time radio thrillers, including a Christmas …

BONUS - Best of Peter Lorre

December 17th, 2021


Note: No intro for this show; I'm still battling back from a cold and my voice isn't radio-ready.

We're revisiting the performances of Peter Lorre in …

Episode 269 - Margo (Part 2)

December 16th, 2021


Note: No intro for this episode, as I'm fighting a cold and a froggy throat.

Mexican-American actress, dancer, and activist Margo returns to the …

Episode 268 - Fay Bainter

December 9th, 2021


Fay Bainter made Hollywood history in 1938 when she became the first performer nominated for two acting Oscars in the same year - winning the Best …

Episode 267 - Joseph Kearns (Part 2)

December 2nd, 2021


After he introduced stories on Suspense as the "Man in Black," Joseph Kearns moved into starring roles on radio's outstanding theater of thrills. …

Episode 266 - Sarah Churchill

November 24th, 2021


During a wartime break in her acting career, Sarah Churchill worked on the planning of the British invasion of North Africa, and she served as an unofficial advisor to her father Winston - who just happened to be prime …

Episode 265 - Jerome Cowan

November 18th, 2021


Over the course of his long career, character actor Jerome Cowan prosecuted Santa Claus and took a bullet to kick off The Maltese Falcon. We'll hear …

BONUS - Remembering Dean Stockwell

November 17th, 2021


In this bonus episode, we're saying goodbye to Dean Stockwell, the Oscar-nominated star whose career stretched over seven decades in Hollywood who …

Episode 264 - Ann Sothern

November 11th, 2021


Ann Sothern's career on the stage and screen stretched six decades from bit parts in the 20s to an Oscar nomination for her final performance in 1987. She was most famous for her ten B-picture comedies as brash but …

Episode 263 - Richard Widmark (Part 5)

November 4th, 2021


Richard Widmark takes on the role of Iago, one of Shakespeare's most complex characters, in this ambitious two-part adaptation of Othello (originally …

BONUS - Halloween Haunts: Dracula

October 29th, 2021


For this year's final bonus Halloween show, we're taking a trip to Transylvania. Orson Welles and The Mercury Theatre On the Air present a …

Episode 262 - Herbert Marshall (Part 4)

October 28th, 2021


With Halloween right around the corner, we welcome Herbert Marshall back to the podcast in a pair of old time radio chillers. First, he has the title …

BONUS - Halloween Haunts: The Whole Town’s Sleeping

October 22nd, 2021


Late at night, Jeanette Nolan takes the long way home all by herself as a killer stalks her town. Ray Bradbury's terrifying short story becomes a …

Episode 261 - John McIntire

October 21st, 2021


Before he was a big screen character actor in Psycho and Cloak and Dagger and a steady hand on network TV dramas like Naked City and Wagon Train, John McIntire was a busy radio performer. We'll hear him co-starring with …

BONUS - Halloween Haunts: The Abominable Snowman

October 15th, 2021


We head into the mountains with William Conrad in this week's Halloween bonus episode. Here, he's part of a hunting party searching the Himalayas for the mythical yeti. It's a terrifying tale from Escape - "The …

Episode 260 - Frank Lovejoy (Part 3)

October 14th, 2021


Frank Lovejoy returns to the podcast in two of the mot intense stories to ever air on Suspense. First, Lovejoy and real-life wife Joan Banks run out of gas right in the middle of a classic radio horror story - "On a …

BONUS - Halloween Haunts: Zero Hour

October 8th, 2021


This week's bonus scary story comes from the mind of science fiction master Ray Bradbury. It stirred up controversy when it aired on CBS, and it still provides chills nearly 70 years later. It's "Zero Hour" (originally …

Episode 259 - Jack Carson (Part 2)

October 7th, 2021


Character actor and comedian Jack Carson closes out his run on Suspense with three old time radio thrillers. First, he's an ambitious circus employee …

BONUS - Halloween Haunts: The Waxwork

October 1st, 2021


Our countdown to Halloween kicks off with one of the scariest shows to air on Suspense! The great William Conrad stars in "The Waxwork" (originally …

Episode 258 – Otto Kruger

September 30th, 2021


Suave and silver-haired, Otto Kruger made a name for himself as debonair villains on screen. He memorably ran a deadly domestic spy ring in Alfred Hitchcock's Saboteur, menaced Philip Marlowe in Murder, My Sweet, and …

BONUS - Best of Orson Welles

September 24th, 2021


In this bonus episode, I'll share my picks for the best Suspense installments starring the legendary Orson Welles. We'll hear him first on a cross-country trip into a nightmare in "The Hitch-Hiker" (originally aired on …

Episode 257 – Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.

September 23rd, 2021


Though he was born into Hollywood fame - the son of one of the movies' first major stars - Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. hadn't intended on becoming an …

Episode 256 – Victor Jory (Part 2)

September 9th, 2021


Stage and screen star Victor Jory makes his final appearances on Suspense in a pair of episodes that didn't belong on "radio's outstanding theater of thrills." We'll hear the actor from Gone With the Wind and A …

Episode 255 – Dorothy McGuire

September 2nd, 2021


Dorothy McGuire jumped from the Broadway stage to the big screen with acclaimed performances in Claudia and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. She earned an Oscar nod for her turn as a woman confronting her bigotry in 

Episode 254 – Charles Boyer (Part 2)

August 26th, 2021


In his final visits to Suspense, Charles Boyer played two legendary lawmen from his native France. First, the four-time Oscar nominee plays Eugene Vidocq, the master thief who switched sides and became the head of the …

Episode 253 – Stan Freberg

August 19th, 2021


Stan Freberg was a master of satire and memorably sent up politics, history, and popular culture over his 70 years in show business. His spoofs of 

BONUS - Alfred Hitchcock (Part 4)

August 13th, 2021


Our annual birthday salute to Alfred Hitchcock isn't just a celebration of the legendary director and big screen master of suspense. It's also a tribute to his daughter, Patricia Alma O'Connell, who passed away on …

Episode 252 – Robert Horton

August 12th, 2021


Actor and singer Robert Horton broke out with his stint on Wagon Train, where he spent several years on one of the top-rated TV shows in the country. …

Episode 251 - Cathy Lewis

August 5th, 2021


For the start of our sixth season, we're shining a spotlight on Suspense MVP Cathy Lewis. One of the busiest and most talented actresses of the era, Lewis was a standout supporting player on "radio's outstanding theater …

Episode 250 – Charles Laughton (Part 4)

July 29th, 2021


Charles Laughton stars in a pair of stories pulled from the pages of two great English writers. These tales of murder have plenty of dark comedy …

Episode 249 – Jackie Cooper

July 22nd, 2021


Jackie Cooper began his career in Our Gang shorts and earned an Oscar nomination at the age of nine. After serving in the Navy during World War II, …

Episode 248 – Joan Lorring (Part 2)

July 16th, 2021


After making her first visits to Suspense in 1945, Joan Lorring returned to "radio's outstanding theater of thrills" in 1960. By then, both the …

Episode 247 – Helmut Dantine

July 8th, 2021


It was ironic that Helmut Dantine broke out in Hollywood playing Nazis in wartime dramas; he'd been part of the anti-Nazi resistance in his native …

Episode 246 – Michael O’Shea

July 1st, 2021


Michael O'Shea dropped out of school at the age of 12 and wound up on stages in the vaudeville circuit and in speakeasies before he arrived on …

Episode 245 – Virginia Bruce

June 24th, 2021


Actress and singer Virginia Bruce introduced a Cole Porter classic and starred as the quintessential showgirl in The Ziegfeld Follies, but studio …

Episode 244 – Margaret Whiting

June 17th, 2021


Through the 40s and 50s, Margaret Whiting was one of America's most popular singing stars. She recorded and performed through the 90s, but she took …

Episode 243 – Warren William

June 10th, 2021


Warren William, one of the kings of pre-Code Hollywood, won over audiences with his powerful portrayals of slightly unscrupulous characters. He was …

Episode 242 – Keenan Wynn (Part 2)

June 3rd, 2021


Character actor Keenan Wynn returns for his final appearances on Suspense in a pair of shows that show of the silly and serious sides of "radio's outstanding theater of thrills." First, Wynn co-stars with Hume Cronyn in …

Episode 241 – Phil Silvers

May 28th, 2021


Phil Silvers broke out on Broadway before he became a household name as the scheming Sgt. Bilko on TV's The Phil Silvers Show. The funny man showed …

Episode 240 – Joseph Cotten (Part 5)

May 20th, 2021


The star of Shadow of a Doubt and The Third Man returns for more old time radio thrillers. Joseph Cotten stars in two tales of Suspense and plays …

Episode 239 – Ethel Merman

May 13th, 2021


With her powerful, belting voice and inimitable stage presence, Ethel Merman became one of the biggest stars on Broadway and the queen of musical …

Episode 238 – Jeff Chandler (Part 2)

May 7th, 2021


Jeff Chandler returns to the podcast in another pair of old time radio thrillers. First, he stars in a story set to the lyrics of a haunting ballad …

Episode 237 – John Garfield

April 29th, 2021


Two-time Oscar nominee John Garfield broke out of the New York theatre scene, and his star burned brightly until he ran afoul of the House …

Episode 236 – Brian Donlevy (Part 2)

April 22nd, 2021


In his final Suspense appearance, Brian Donlevy played a doctor coming to the aid of a man recently returned from the dead. The Oscar nominee stars in "Lazarus Walks" (originally aired on CBS on October 31, 1946). Then, …

Episode 235 – Dan O’Herlihy

April 15th, 2021


Irish-born actor Dan O'Herlihy broke out on the big screen when he earned an Oscar nod for the title role in Robinson Crusoe. Over the course of his …

Episode 234 – Katina Paxinou

April 8th, 2021


Katina Paxinou came to the United States at the outset of World War II, unable to return to her native Greece. The theatre star made a big Hollywood …

Episode 233 – Dane Clark (Part 2)

April 1st, 2021


Dane Clark prided himself on playing average joes on the big screen, and in the two episodes we'll hear this week he plays a pair of men caught up in murder. One falls into a trap, and the other plots the perfect crime, …

Episode 232 – Robert Montgomery (Part 2)

March 25th, 2021


When Suspense was revamped as an hour-long series, two-time Academy Award nominee and director Robert Montgomery was on hand as producer, host, and …

Episode 231 – Robert Cummings

March 18th, 2021


Hitchcock leading man, sitcom star, wartime flight instructor, and godson of a Wright Brother - Robert Cummings wore many hats during his life and career. The Emmy-winning actor made a pair of visits to Suspense ten …

Episode 230 – Vincent Price (Part 6)

March 11th, 2021


For his final appearances on Suspense, Vincent Price starred in an encore production of one of the scariest shows of the series, as well as an adaptation of a classic short story.  We'll hear him in "Three Skeleton Key" …

Episode 229 – Marie Windsor

March 4th, 2021


Hailed as the "Queen of the B-movies," Marie Windsor carved out a career playing tough femme fatale roles in noir dramas like The Narrow Margin and 

Episode 228 – Tony Curtis

February 25th, 2021


Before his Oscar-nominated turn in The Defiant Ones and before he wore a dress and wooed Marilyn Monroe in Some Like It Hot, Tony Curtis made his one …

Episode 227 – Alan Hale

February 18th, 2021


Burly character actor Alan Hale was a regular presence in films through the 30s and 40s, lending support to stars like Barbara Stanwyck, Basil …

Episode 226 – Dennis O’Keefe

February 11th, 2021


B-movie leading man Dennis O'Keefe grew up in a vaudeville family and embarked on a screen career - both starring in films and writing them. We'll hear the star of T-MenBrewster's Millions, and Cover Up in a pair of 

Episode 225 – May Whitty (Part 2)

February 4th, 2021


For her final visit to Suspense, Dame May Whitty recreated a performance she'd memorably played on stage and screen. In this hour-long adaptation of Emlyn Williams' play Night Must Fall (originally aired on CBS on March …

Episode 224 – Bonita Granville

January 28th, 2021


Bonita Granville's screen career was short, but she made the most of it. She earned an Oscar nomination at age 14, and she starred in four films as junior detective Nancy Drew before she switched gears to produce …

Episode 223 – Lloyd Bridges (Part 2)

January 21st, 2021


Lloyd Bridges' final appearances on Suspense took him from the gym to his Sea Hunt haunts on the ocean floor. But no matter where he went, murder was close at hand. We'll hear the star of High Noon and Airplane! in "Rub …

Episode 222 – Howard Duff

January 14th, 2021


Known to old time radio fans everywhere as Sam Spade, Howard Duff was one of the biggest names of the radio era. Not only was he a skilled dramatic …

Episode 221 – Agnes Moorehead (Part 7)

January 7th, 2021


We'll kick off a new year with the "First Lady of Suspense!" Agnes Moorehead returns in a pair of old time radio thrillers, including her very first …

Episode 220 – Frank Lovejoy (Part 2)

December 31st, 2020


For our final podcast episode of 2020, we welcome Frank Lovejoy back to the podcast for two more old time radio thrillers. He stars as one of the …

BONUS - Silver Bells, Silver Screen 2020

December 24th, 2020


Christmas is almost here, and to celebrate here's a bonus episode light on suspense but heavy on the stars. We'll hear David Niven, Jane Greer, and …

Episode 219 - Raymond Burr (Part 2)

December 23rd, 2020


Raymond Burr was doing double duty when he starred in these installments of Suspense. He could be seen every week on television in the earliest …

Episode 218 - Paul Lukas

December 17th, 2020


Paul Lukas started his career in his native Hungary, but he found more stage and screen stardom when he journeyed to Hollywood. Lukas won an Oscar …

Episode 217 - Susan Hayward

December 11th, 2020


Susan Hayward earned five Oscar nominations and one win for her dynamic performances in stories pulled from real life. Hayward took home her Academy …

Episode 216 - Richard Basehart

December 3rd, 2020


Before he spent four seasons on a Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Richard Basehart was a rising Hollywood star and made a visit to the Suspense

Episode 215 - Robert Taylor (Part 2)

November 25th, 2020


Leading man Robert Taylor made his Suspense debut as a reporter who stumbles into the story of the century in "The Argyle Album" (originally aired on CBS on December 13, 1945). Then we'll hear him join Mary, Phil, …

Episode 214 - Lynn Bari

November 19th, 2020


Actress Lynn Bari enjoyed a long career on the big and small screens, and though she never really broke into the starring sphere she appeared in hundreds of films opposite some of the major stars of the era. Her …

Episode 213 - William Conrad (Part 2)

November 12th, 2020


Before he solved TV crimes as Cannon, William Conrad was one of the titans of the golden age of radio. With his booming voice, Conrad gave life to …

Episode 212 - John Lund (Part 3)

November 5th, 2020


John Lund's big screen career started with a bang but faded by the mid-1950s. Still, he was able to display his versatility during his appearances on Suspense. We'll hear him as a writer who finds inspiration in a …

BONUS - Halloween Haunts: The House in Cypress Canyon

October 30th, 2020


I've saved the best - and scariest - for last. In our final Halloween Haunts bonus episode, we'll hear my pick for the most terrifying tale to ever air on "radio's outstanding theater of thrills." Robert Taylor and …

Episode 211 - Ray Bradbury

October 29th, 2020


Ray Bradbury brought science fiction into the mainstream with stories like The Martian Chronicles, and his works were adapted for some of the best …

BONUS - Halloween Haunts: On a Country Road

October 23rd, 2020


A car out of gas, a frightened couple, and a homicidal maniac on the loose - they all come together in "On a Country Road," still one of the most terrifying stories ever produced on Suspense seventy years after it first …

Episode 210 - Lee J. Cobb

October 22nd, 2020


Lee J. Cobb was still a rising star in Hollywood - years before his Oscar-nominated turns in On the Waterfront and The Brothers Karamazov and his …

BONUS - Halloween Haunts: Ghost Hunt

October 16th, 2020


This week's scary story from Suspense was made to be enjoyed with the lights out. Join Ralph Edwards as a DJ who spends a night in a haunted house for a radio show stunt and gets more than he bargained for in "Ghost …

Episode 209 - Cornel Wilde (Part 2)

October 15th, 2020


Hungarian-born actor and director Cornel Wilde displays his versatility at the microphone in a pair of old time radio thrillers. First, he's a …

BONUS - Halloween Haunts: Three Skeleton Key

October 9th, 2020


Our month-long Halloween celebration continues with another Friday bonus episode. We'll hear another one of my picks for the scariest Suspense episodes of all time. This week's installment pits Vincent Price, Ben …

Episode 208 - Ezio Pinza

October 8th, 2020


Ezio Pinza sang on the stages of the greatest opera houses in the world, and he played nearly 100 characters over the course of his long career. When …

BONUS - Halloween Haunts: The Hitchhiker

October 2nd, 2020


With Halloween right around the corner, I've picked five of the most frightening episodes of Suspense for bonus shows that are sure to get you in the trick-or-treating mood. Up first is Orson Welles in Lucille …

Episode 207 - Nancy Kelly (Part 2)

October 1st, 2020


Tony-winning and Oscar-nominated actress Nancy Kelly returns in two more old time radio thrillers. Best known as the mother of The Bad Seed on stage …

Episode 206 - Pat O’Brien

September 24th, 2020


Frequently cast as characters from the Emerald Isle, Pat O'Brien was known as "Hollywood's Irishman in residence." Best known as the street tough …

Episode 205 - Eddie Bracken (Part 2)

September 17th, 2020


In his final visit to Suspense, Eddie Bracken sheds his lovable and dopey screen persona honed in comedies from Preston Sturges. We'll hear him in …

Episode 204 - Everett Sloane

September 10th, 2020


Character actor Everett Sloane broke out in radio and onstage before he moved to movies like Citizen Kane and The Lady from Shanghai. His voice was …

Episode 203 - Edmond O’Brien (Part 3)

September 3rd, 2020


For his final Suspense appearance, Edmond O'Brien starred in a grim tale of the frontier pulled from the history books. We'll hear him in "Ordeal in …

Episode 202 - David Niven

August 27th, 2020


Debonair British star David Niven lent a touch of class and charm to his roles during his long Hollywood career. Whether he was racing the globe in 

Episode 201 - Victor Mature

August 20th, 2020


Best known for his physical presence in epics like The Robe and Samson and Delilah, Victor Mature starred on stage, screen, and television in musicals, westerns, and noir dramas. We'll hear him in a pair of thrillers, …

Episode 200 - Five Fifties Favorites

August 13th, 2020


For our 200th episode, I'm sharing five of my favorite "tales well calculated to keep you in Suspense." We'll hear Dana Andrews in Ray Bradbury's …

Episode 199 - Alfred Hitchcock (Part 3)

August 11th, 2020


We're celebrating the birthday of Alfred Hitchcock with one of the big screen master of suspense's films adapted for radio. In this Screen Directors' Playhouse production, Mercedes McCambridge and Joseph Cotten star in …

Episode 198 - Peter Lawford

August 6th, 2020


Peter Lawford broke out in Hollywood in British war stories at the outset of World War II, and the English-born actor appeared in The Picture of …

Episode 197 - Dan Duryea

July 30th, 2020


Dan Duryea was a big screen heavy - equally at home in urban noir dramas and westerns. His looks, combined with his knack for movie villainy, earned him the nickname "the heel with sex appeal." He put that talent for …

Episode 196 - Lloyd Nolan (Part 3)

July 23rd, 2020


Lloyd Nolan stars on opposite sides of the law in a pair of Suspense thrillers. First, he's a man driven to murder in "Double Ugly" (originally aired …

Episode 195 - Merle Oberon

July 16th, 2020


Merle Oberon broke out on the big screen in England, and Hollywood producers were quick to bring her across the pond for their own films. She rose to …

Episode 194 - John Hodiak

July 9th, 2020


John Hodiak broke out in Hollywood when Alfred Hitchcock cast him in Lifeboat, but his subsequent screen career had ups and downs. A sensational turn …

Episode 193 - Van Heflin (Part 3)

July 2nd, 2020


Van Heflin returns to the podcast in two more old time radio thrillers, including a tale pulled from the history books. We'll hear the star of 3:10 …

Episode 192 - Margaret O’Brien

June 25th, 2020


One of Hollywood's most popular and beloved child stars, Margaret O'Brien turned in performances on Suspense that outshone some of the adult …

Episode 191 - Eddie Cantor

June 18th, 2020


Eddie Cantor was one of the most beloved showmen of the 20th century; he kept audiences entertained on stage, screen, and for nearly two decades on radio. The singer and comedian made one trip to Suspense for a …

Episode 190 - James Mason (Part 3)

June 11th, 2020


In his final appearances on Suspense, James Mason starred in a tale of intrigue from the court of Elizabeth I and a mystery from genre master John Dickson Carr. Mason co-stars with his then-wife Pamela in "The Queen's …

Episode 189 - Lena Horne

June 4th, 2020


Actress, singer, and activist Lena Horne kept audiences entertained over her long screen and stage career, and she fought tirelessly for civil rights alongside some of the giants of the movement. We'll hear her as a …

Episode 188 – Ray Milland (Part 3)

May 28th, 2020


For his final appearance on the podcast, Ray Milland stars in a Suspense story from Raymond Chandler. Milland plays a private eye in the comedic caper "Pearls are a Nuisance" (originally aired on CBS on April 20, 1950). …

Episode 187 – Sorry, Wrong Number

May 21st, 2020


Nearly 80 years after it first aired, Lucille Fletcher's "Sorry, Wrong Number" remains a powerful masterpiece of suspense. It's one of the all-time …

Episode 186 – Susan Peters

May 14th, 2020


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 …

BONUS - A (Correct) "Vision of Death"

May 7th, 2020


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 …

Episode 185 – Ronald Colman (Part 3)

May 7th, 2020


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 …

Episode 184 – Margo

April 30th, 2020


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 …

Episode 183 – Donald O’Connor

April 23rd, 2020


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 …

Episode 182 – Ida Lupino (Part 2)

April 16th, 2020


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 - …

Episode 181 – Herbert Marshall (Part 3)

April 9th, 2020


Herbert Marshall returns to the podcast in stories of prewar and postwar Suspense. First, he's a schoolmaster blackmailed by a delinquent student in …

Episode 180 – Joseph Kearns

April 2nd, 2020


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 …

Episode 179 – John Lund (Part 2)

March 26th, 2020


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 …

Episode 178 – Jack Carson

March 19th, 2020


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 …

Episode 177 – Richard Widmark (Part 4)

March 12th, 2020


One of the screen's most intense and engaging presences, Richard Widmark always turned in a terrific performance when he visited the Hollywood sound …

Episode 176 – Claire Trevor (Part 3)

March 5th, 2020


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 …

Episode 175 - Brian Donlevy

February 27th, 2020


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 …

Episode 174 – Robert Young (Part 3)

February 21st, 2020


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 …

Episode 173 – Fibber McGee and Molly

February 13th, 2020


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 …

Episode 172 - Remembering Kirk Douglas

February 6th, 2020


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); …

Episode 171 - Loretta Young

February 6th, 2020


Loretta Young won an Oscar and delighted audiences in comedies, dramas, and thrillers before she entered the new frontier of television. Her …

Episode 170 – Agnes Moorehead (Part 6)

January 30th, 2020


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 …

Episode 169 – Ginger Rogers

January 23rd, 2020


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 …

Episode 168 – Van Johnson (Part 2)

January 16th, 2020


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 …

Episode 167 – Dane Clark

January 9th, 2020


Dane Clark prided himself on playing regular guys and described himself as "Joe Average." But his wasn't an average story: he broke out on the big …

Episode 166 – Robert Montgomery

January 2nd, 2020


Actor and director Robert Montgomery was part of the family on Suspense. During the show's era as a sixty-minute series, the star of Here Comes Mr. Jordan and Night Must Fall, he was the master of ceremonies for …

Episode 165 – Humphrey Bogart

December 26th, 2019


We wrap up 2019 with one of the biggest movie stars of all time - Humphrey Bogart. We'll hear the legendary leading man in his one and only visit to Suspense - "Love's Lovely Counterfeit" (originally aired on CBS on …

Episode 164 – Silver Bells, Silver Screen

December 23rd, 2019


In a bonus episode just in time for Christmas, we'll hear past "Stars on Suspense" Maureen O'Hara and Edmund Gwenn recreate their film roles as The …

Episode 163 – Greer Garson

December 19th, 2019


One of Hollywood's biggest box office draws during the World War II years, Greer Garson earned seven Oscar nominations and one win for her memorable …

Episode 162 - Clifton Webb

December 12th, 2019


Clifton Webb's breakthrough role in Laura earned him an Oscar nomination and a place in film history as one of Hollywood's most colorful character …

Episode 161 - Hume Cronyn (Part 2)

December 5th, 2019


Character actor and occasional screenwriter Hume Cronyn (Shadow of a DoubtCocoon) returns to "radio's outstanding theater of thrills" in two stories of unhappy marriages that put the "death" in "till death do us part" …

Episode 160 – Joseph Cotten (Part 4)

November 27th, 2019


Joseph Cotten - the charming serial killer of Shadow of a Doubt - returns for two more visits to "radio's outstanding theater of thrills" in tales of a missing wife and a deadly experiment. We'll hear "You'll Never See …

Episode 159 – Edward G. Robinson (Part 3)

November 21st, 2019


For his final visit to the podcast, legendary screen gangster and tough guy Edward G. Robinson stars as himself and "The Man Who Wanted to Be Edward G. Robinson" (originally aired on CBS on October 19, 1946). Then, …

Episode 158 - Sam Jaffe

November 14th, 2019


Curly-haired character actor Sam Jaffe lent a memorable presence to everything from film noir (The Asphalt Jungle) to classic sci-fi (The Day the Earth Stood Still) to Disney musicals (Bedknobs & Broomsticks). The …

Episode 157 – Edmond O’Brien (Part 2)

November 7th, 2019


Edmond O'Brien returns to the podcast in an hour-long installment of "radio's outstanding theater of thrills." The Oscar-winning character actor extraordinaire of The Barefoot Contessa and The Wild Bunch plays a man …

Episode 156 – Ralph Edwards

October 31st, 2019


It's Halloween, and our star this week headlines one of the scariest shows Suspense ever aired. Ralph Edwards, best known as the jovial host of madcap game shows, stars as a radio DJ narrating his trip through a haunted …

Episode 155 – Ozzie & Harriet (Part 2)

October 25th, 2019


For their final visit to Suspense, Ozzie Nelson and Harriet Hilliard starred as themselves. The couple finds their plans for an anniversary date thwarted by the mysterious "Mr. Diogenes" (originally aired on CBS on …

Episode 154 – Paul Muni

October 18th, 2019


He was one of Hollywood's brightest stars - obsessively committed to bringing his characters to life and a master of make-up to transform himself on …

Episode 153 – May Whitty

October 10th, 2019


After she came to Hollywood and made her American movie debut at age 72, Dame May Whitty carved out a niche (and earned two Oscar nods) by playing …

Episode 152 – William Powell (Part 2)

October 3rd, 2019


In his final appearances on Suspense, William Powell played against type as characters far removed from debonair drunkard Nick Charles of The Thin Man. We'll hear him as a Soviet embassy clerk desperately trying to …

Episode 151 – Lloyd Bridges

September 26th, 2019


Lloyd Bridges' name may conjure up memories of goofy comedy in Airplane! and Hot Shots!, but long before those films he was a busy dramatic actor on the big and small screens. We'll hear the father of actors Beau and …

Episode 150 – Vincent Price (Part 5)

September 19th, 2019


For the 150th episode of the podcast, we welcome another star to our "five-timer's club." Vincent Price is back in the Suspense spotlight in two more …

Episode 149 - James Stewart (Part 2)

September 12th, 2019


One of Hollywood's greatest leading men takes his final bow on the podcast as James Stewart headlines two more old time radio thrillers. First, he's …

Episode 148 – Linda Darnell

September 5th, 2019


After she broke into Hollywood at the age of 15, Linda Darnell established herself as a leading lady opposite Tyrone Power and in films from Otto …

Episode 147 – William Holden (Part 2)

August 30th, 2019


Oscar-winner William Holden stars in a wartime drama and a science fiction adventure in his final visits to Suspense. We'll hear the star of Stalag 17

Episode 146 – Frank Lovejoy

August 22nd, 2019


Before he starred on screen in The Hitch-Hiker and In a Lonely Place, Frank Lovejoy was a busy radio actor. He played the Blue Beetle, menaced the …

Episode 145 – Lloyd Nolan (Part 2)

August 15th, 2019


Character actor Lloyd Nolan returns to the podcast for two more visits to "radio's outstanding theater of thrills." The big screen Michael Shayne …

Episode 144 - Alfred Hitchcock (Part 2)

August 13th, 2019


The master of suspense was born 120 years ago today, and we're saluting Alfred Hitchcock with one of his classic films recreated for radio. Ray Milland and Frank Lovejoy star in the cautionary tale about talking to 

Episode 143 – Mercedes McCambridge

August 8th, 2019


Orson Welles called her "the world's greatest living radio actress," and it's easy to see why when you hear Mercedes McCambridge at the microphone. The Oscar-winning actress cut her teeth in radio before bringing home …

Episode 142 – Broderick Crawford

August 3rd, 2019


A classic big screen tough guy, Broderick Crawford took home an Oscar for his turn as a fiery corrupt politico in All the King's Men and he kept the …

Episode 141 - Agnes Moorehead (Part 5)

July 25th, 2019


The first lady of Suspense is back! Agnes Moorehead returns to the podcast for a pair of old time radio thrillers, including a production of the most …

Episode 140 - J. Carrol Naish (Part 2)

July 18th, 2019


J. Carrol Naish shows why he was "Hollywood's one-man U.N." in his first and last visits to Suspense. The two-time Oscar nominated actor could …

Episode 139 - Victor Jory

July 11th, 2019


Adept at both romantic leads and dastardly villainous roles, Victor Jory enjoyed a long career on stage, screen, and television. His jet black eyes …

Episode 138 - Raymond Burr

July 3rd, 2019


Before he entered the small screen courtroom as Perry Mason, Raymond Burr was a big screen heavy and a busy radio actor. He played everything from killers to cops to cavalrymen, and he supported stars in their visits to …

Episode 137 - Dana Andrews (Part 2)

June 27th, 2019


In his final appearance on the podcast, Dana Andrews plays a man plotting a murder and a cop on the trail of a killer. The star of Laura and Where …

Episode 136 – Cary Grant (Part 3)

June 20th, 2019


For Cary Grant's final visit to the podcast, we're going back to his first visit to Suspense - an adaptation of Cornell Woolrich's "The Black …

Episode 135 - Dinah Shore

June 13th, 2019


Dinah Shore was one of the most popular singers of the 1940s, with nearly 100 chart-topping hits like "Blues in the Night" and "Baby, It's Cold …

Episode 134 - Van Heflin (Part 2)

June 6th, 2019


In movies like 3:10 to Yuma and Shane, Van Heflin shined as ordinary men standing up to evil. But in his visits to Suspense, Heflin usually shed his heroic trappings and kept audiences thrilled as villains. We'll hear …

Episode 133 - William Bendix (Part 2)

May 30th, 2019


Though he's best known to old time radio fans as lovable lug Chester A. Riley, William Bendix made a name for himself as rough and tumble tough guys …

Episode 132 - Jeff Chandler

May 23rd, 2019


Before he was an Oscar nominee, Jeff Chandler was a busy radio actor. He played a western lawyer, private eye Michael Shayne, and bashful biology …

Episode 131 - Kirk Douglas (Part 2)

May 16th, 2019


For his final visit to Suspense, three-time Academy Award nominee Kirk Douglas starred as a man whose wandering eye lands him and his new love in …

Episode 130 - Doris Day

May 14th, 2019


We take a break from “radio’s outstanding theater of thrills” to salute the late legend of Hollywood, Doris Day. The Oscar-nominee, box office star, …

Episode 129 - Marie Wilson

May 9th, 2019


Marie Wilson was best known for her radio, TV, and film work as the ditzy, scatterbrained sweetheart Irma Peterson in My Friend Irma. She played to her comedy strengths in her only appearance on Suspense – the …

Episode 128 - Paul Henreid

May 2nd, 2019


In Casablanca as resistance leader Victor Lazlo, Paul Henreid rallies a crowd to drown out the Nazis with a spirited rendition of “La Marseillaise.” …

Episode 127 - Anne Baxter (Part 2)

April 25th, 2019


Oscar-winning star and Batman villain Anne Baxter makes her final visit to the podcast in “The Thirteenth Sound,” a Suspense story from April 26, 1951. We’ll also hear her as she recreates her big screen, …

Episode 126 - Charles Boyer

April 18th, 2019


Over the course of a nearly sixty-year career that spanned two continents, Charles Boyer was one of the screen’s most popular stars. The French actor …

Episode 125 - Fred MacMurray (Part 2)

April 11th, 2019


Fred MacMurray leaves flying cars and Flubber behind for his third and final appearance on Suspense. We’ll hear the star in “The Great Train Robbery” (originally aired on CBS on April 13, 1953) – a story that finds …

Episode 124 - Thomas Mitchell

April 4th, 2019


One of the earliest winners of the "Triple Crown" of acting, Thomas Mitchell was an always-welcome presence in some of the greatest movies of old …

Episode 123 - James Mason (Part 2)

March 28th, 2019


For his third and fourth visits to Suspense, James Mason played two criminals who feel the pressure of the law closing in on them. In two different tales, the star of North by Northwest and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Episode 122 - 60s TV Stars

March 21st, 2019


Sometimes the stars who appeared on Suspense were up and comers in Hollywood, and they made their visits to “radio’s outstanding theater of thrills” …

Episode 121 - Ray Milland (Part 2)

March 14th, 2019


Oscar-winner Ray Milland makes two more visits to “radio’s outstanding theater of thrills” as two men in two very different but equally desperate situations. First, the star of The Lost Weekend is a man whose wife has …

Episode 120 - Vincent Price (Part 4)

March 7th, 2019


Vincent Price delivers a pair of terrifically unhinged performances in two more tales well calculated to keep you in Suspense. The star of House on …

Episode 119 - Barbara Stanwyck

February 28th, 2019


Four-time Oscar nominee Barbara Stanwyck was one of the biggest stars of Hollywood, dazzling audiences with her dynamic turns in Double Indemnity,

Episode 118 - Ronald Colman (Part 2)

February 21st, 2019


Oscar-winner Ronald Colman was a radio fixture as Jack Benny’s long-suffering neighbor and a college president in The Halls of Ivy, but he could also …

Episode 117 - Keenan Wynn

February 17th, 2019


Whether he was a thorn in the side of The Absent Minded Professor or reluctantly destroying Coke machines in Dr. Strangelove, Keenan Wynn was always a welcome presence on screen. We’ll hear the character actor in two of …

Episode 116 - Charles Laughton (Part 3)

February 7th, 2019


Charles Laughton plays two very different - but equally disturbed - men in these installments of “radio’s outstanding theater of thrills.” The star of Witness for the Prosecution and Mutiny on the Bounty is “An Honest …

Episode 115 - Joan Lorring

January 31st, 2019


After she worked on radio as a child actor, Joan Lorring broke out in movies at age 19 with an Oscar-nominated turn in The Corn is Green. It was one of many successes she’d have in a career that took her to the big and …

Episode 114 - Richard Widmark (Part 3)

January 24th, 2019


Oscar-nominated actor Richard Widmark brings more of his unique intensity to Suspense as he stars in a pair of dramas pitting man against nature. We’ll hear him in “The Track of the Cat” (originally aired on CBS on …

Episode 113 - Jose Ferrer

January 17th, 2019


Oscar and Tony-winning actor Jose Ferrer came to Suspense before he made his Hollywood debut when he was the toast of the Great White Way for his …

Episode 112 - Maureen O'Hara

January 10th, 2019


Feisty, fiercely independent Maureen O'Hara - the red-headed Irish-American leading lady of old Hollywood - made only one visit to "radio's …

Episode 111 - Joseph Cotten (Part 3)

January 3rd, 2019


Joseph Cotten - hero of The Third Man and heel of Shadow of a Doubt - is back for two more visits to "radio's outstanding theater of thrills." He stars as a director caught up in a real-life mystery in "Sneak Preview" …

Episode 110 - Judy Garland

December 27th, 2018


We couldn't let 2018 end without one more Star On Suspense, and our final leading lady of the year is the great Judy Garland. She doesn't sing in her …

Episode 109 - Herbert Marshall (Part 2)

December 20th, 2018


Dapper British leading man Herbert Marshall returns to the Suspense microphone in two radio thrillers - including a chiller of a Christmas story. The star of Foreign Correspondent and The Little Foxes stars in "My Own …

Episode 108 - Mary Astor

December 13th, 2018


Oscar-winning actress Mary Astor started in the silent era, transitioned to the talkies, and worked on stage, screen, and television even as she struggled with tragedies and trials off screen. We'll hear her in the only …

Episode 107 - Gene Kelly (Part 2)

December 6th, 2018


For Gene Kelly's final performances on Suspense, he headlined two stories as a pair of dangerous, desperate men - characters who were miles from the men he played in musicals like Anchors Away and Singing in the Rain. …

Episode 106 - Gregory Peck (Part 3)

November 29th, 2018


Gregory Peck stars in a "ripped from the headlines" tale of teenage drug addiction in his fifth and final appearance on Suspense. Peck plays a juvenile investigator in "The Truth About Jerry Baxter" (originally aired on …

Episode 105 - Jane Wyman

November 21st, 2018


Jane Wyman won as Oscar for her performance as a deaf-mute woman in Johnny Belinda, but this week we'll hear her put her voice to excellent use acting and singing. She stars in "Catch Me If You Can" (originally aired on …

Episode 104 - Edmund Gwenn

November 16th, 2018


Edmund Gwenn may be best known as Kris Kringle in Miracle on 34th Street, but in his two visits to Suspense no one would mistake him for Santa Claus. …

Episode 103 - Gloria Swanson

November 9th, 2018


Gloria Swanson is ready for her close-up. The silent movie star and box office sensation ruled Hollywood in the 1920s and returned with a vengeance …

Episode 102 - Edward G. Robinson (Part 2)

November 2nd, 2018


Edward G. Robinson - one of the great big screen gangsters, begins and ends his run on Suspense with these two old time radio thrillers. We'll hear …

Episode 101 - Robert Taylor

October 25th, 2018


"The man with the perfect profile" enjoyed great success as a Hollywood leading man, but Robert Taylor explored darker, more complex roles as his …

Episode 100 - Beginnings and Endings

October 18th, 2018


It's the 100th episode of well-calculated tales from Stars On Suspense, and we're marking the occasion with the first and last episodes of "radio's …

Episode 99 - Myrna Loy

October 11th, 2018


One of the screen's brightest stars, Myrna Loy broke out with her wry and sophisticated comedy turn as Nora Charles in The Thin Man and grew so …

Episode 98 - Robert Mitchum

October 4th, 2018


Equally effective as weary heroes and psychotic villains, Robert Mitchum had a screen presence that few actors could replicate. Best known for his …

Episode 97 - William Conrad

September 27th, 2018


The great William Conrad lends his booming voice to two outstanding "tales well calculated to keep you in Suspense." One of the all-time legends of …

Episode 96 - Cornel Wilde

September 20th, 2018


Actor, writer, and director Cornel Wilde was a gifted mimic with a talent for languages. It served him well in his screen career, and it especially …

Episode 95 - James Cagney (Part 2)

September 13th, 2018


In his second and final appearance on Suspense, Jimmy Cagney stars in "No Escape," a cautionary tale of distracted (and deadly) driving (originally aired on CBS on December 16, 1948). Then we'll hear the star of Angels …

Episode 94 - Claire Trevor (Part 2)

September 6th, 2018


Claire Trevor - the "queen of film noir" - returns to the Suspense microphone in two more old time radio thrillers. We'll hear Trevor as a woman …

Episode 93 - Roddy McDowall

August 30th, 2018


Despite his long career in Hollywood (and his fantastic voice), Roddy McDowall made only one visit to Suspense. We'll hear the star of Planet of the …

Episode 92 - Ava Gardner

August 25th, 2018


Oscar-nominated actress and singer Ava Gardner turned in sensational performances in The KillersSeven Days in May, and more, and her off-screen romances with Mickey Rooney and Frank Sinatra made for memorable chapters …

Episode 91 - Agnes Moorehead (Part 4)

August 17th, 2018


The "First Lady of Suspense" is back! Agnes Moorehead stars in a pair of eerie thrillers that will keep you on the edge of your seat: "Uncle Henry's Rosebush" (originally aired on CBS on June 23, 1943) and an adaptation …

Episode 90 - Ronald Reagan

August 10th, 2018


Hail to the Chief! Before he sat in the Oval Office, Ronald Reagan made a pair of visits to the Suspense microphone. Tune in and “hear one for the Gipper.” Better yet, hear two as Reagan stars in “One and One’s a …

Episode 89 - Alfred Hitchcock

August 8th, 2018


“Stars On Suspense” salutes the master of suspense – Alfred Hitchcock. We’re celebrating the anniversary of the legendary director’s birth with an …

Episode 88 - John Lund

August 3rd, 2018


We're back with more legends of Hollywood in tales well calculated to keep you in Suspense. This week, our star is John Lund, the boyishly good …

Episode 87 - Robert Young (Part 2)

May 25th, 2018


Father may have known best, but when Robert Young starred on Suspense he played characters miles away from beloved radio and TV dad Jim Anderson. We'll hear Young co-star with Geraldine Fitzgerald in "A Friend to …

Episode 86 - Van Johnson

May 18th, 2018


With his good looks and affable demeanor, Van Johnson was a matinee idol to the bobbysoxer crowd during the war years. He went on to success on the …

Episode 85 - Nancy Kelly

May 11th, 2018


Best known as the mother of The Bad Seed, Nancy Kelly made eight visits to Suspense during her long Broadway and Hollywood career. We'll hear the …

Episode 84 - Hume Cronyn

May 4th, 2018


Emmy winner Hume Cronyn was no stranger to thrills and chills. A frequent collaborator of Alfred Hitchcock, Cronyn played the scene stealing true …

Episode 83 - Henry Fonda

May 1st, 2018


Best known for his strong, heroic performances on screen, Henry Fonda played presidents, farmers, cowboys, and killers with a quiet authority over a fifty year career. We'll hear the Oscar winner in "Summer Storm," his …

Episode 82 - Mickey Rooney (Part 2)

April 19th, 2018


Big and small screen legend Mickey Rooney plays two small-time hoods yearning to be big and facing the consequences of their actions in these old …

Episode 81 - Eve Arden

April 12th, 2018


To generations of radio, TV, and movie fans, Eve Arden lives in the halls of high school as Principal McGee of Grease or the titular Our Miss Brooks

Episode 80 - Orson Welles (Part 4)

April 5th, 2018


For his final visits to Suspense, the great Orson Welles starred in an epic two-part adaptation of Curt Siodmak's "Donovan's Brain." Welles plays a scientist whose experiments into the power of the brain take a sinister …

Episode 79 - Deborah Kerr

March 29th, 2018


Whether she was locked in a surfside embrace with Burt Lancaster or dancing with Yul Brynner, Deborah Kerr turned in memorable performances on screen …

Episode 78 - Dick Powell

March 23rd, 2018


Singer, actor, director, producer - Dick Powell wore many hats during his career in Hollywood. Starting out in musical comedies, Powell reinvented …

Episode 77 - Betty Grable

March 15th, 2018


Actress, singer, and World War II pin-up legend Betty Grable brings her "million dollar legs" to "radio's outstanding theater of thrills." Ms. Grable …

Episode 76 - Charles Laughton (Part 2)

March 8th, 2018


Oscar-winner Charles Laughton is back in more "tales well calculated to keep you in Suspense." We'll hear him co-star with his wife Elsa Lanchester …

Episode 75 - Eddie Bracken

March 1st, 2018


Eddie Bracken endeared himself to audiences with winning turns as lovable losers in comedies like The Miracle oft Morgan's Creek and Hail the Conquering Hero, but on Suspense he turned his "aw shucks" persona on its …

Episode 74 - Richard Widmark (Part 2)

February 22nd, 2018


Suspense regular Richard Widmark is back in the saddle for two more old time radio thrillers. In "Tell You Why I Shouldn't Die" (originally aired on …

Episode 73 - Edmond O'Brien

February 15th, 2018


Oscar-winner Edmond O'Brien was one of Hollywood's most colorful character actors, making memorable appearances in The KillersThe Man Who Shot …

Episode 72 - William Powell

February 8th, 2018


Sophisticated and charming on screen, three-time Oscar nominee William Powell showed a different side in his performances on Suspense. His desperate characters - men on the run with greed and murder in their hearts - …

Episode 71 - Rosalind Russell (Part 2)

February 1st, 2018


In her third and final performance on Suspense, four-time Oscar nominee Rosalind Russell is new bride whose marriage falls in the shadow of her grandfather's murder. We'll hear her in "When the Bough Breaks" (originally …

Episode 70 - Laugh? I Nearly Died!

January 25th, 2018


A comedian's ability to keep audiences in stitches didn't mean he couldn't deliver a strong dramatic performance, and our stars this week prove that …

Episode 69 - Alan Ladd (Part 2)

January 18th, 2018


Alan Ladd returns to the podcast for the end of his run on Suspense. Ladd's big break came in film noir classics like This Gun for Hire, and his characters in these two radio thrillers are cut from the same cloth as the …

Episode 68 - William Holden

January 11th, 2018


Oscar and Emmy winner William Holden was one of Hollywood's biggest stars for decades, with his performances as cynical, conflicted men winning …

Episode 67 - Lucille Ball (Part 3)

January 4th, 2018


For her final appearances on Suspense, Lucille Ball was joined by her then-husband Desi Arnaz. But unlike I Love Lucy, where they played for laughs, Lucy and Desi were cast in radio thrillers: tales of greed and menace. …

Episode 66 - Dennis Day

December 21st, 2017


Best known for crooning and comedy, Dennis Day shows off his dramatic side in a pair of thrillers from Suspense. The longtime cast member of The Jack Benny Program plays a beatnik who thinks a murder wrap is a gas in …

Episode 65 - Lloyd Nolan

December 14th, 2017


Generations of viewers knew Lloyd Nolan from B-movies of the 1940s and later in television appearances through the 1980s. The Emmy winning star …

Episode 64 - Vincent Price (Part 3)

December 7th, 2017


Horror icon Vincent Price is back on Suspense in two more old time radio thrillers - including one of the scariest the medium ever produced. We'll …

Episode 63 - J. Carrol Naish

November 30th, 2017


You'd never guess J. Carrol Naish hailed from New York. Celebrated as "Hollywood's one-man U.N.", Naish could convincingly play characters from all …

Episode 62 - Dana Andrews

November 22nd, 2017


Tough big screen leading man Dana Andrews made four visits to “radio’s outstanding theater of thrills,” and the star of LauraWhere the Sidewalk Ends, and The Best Years of Our Lives made memorable impressions as both …

Episode 61 - Marlene Dietrich

November 16th, 2017


With her glamorous looks and her mellifluous accent, Marlene Dietrich kept audiences captivated on stage and screen in her native Germany and later …

Episode 60 - Agnes Moorehead (Part 3)

November 9th, 2017


The "first lady of Suspense" returns to the podcast as Agnes Moorehead stars in two more old time radio thrillers. In these two shows - one a blend …

Episode 59 - Van Heflin

November 2nd, 2017


Oscar winner Van Heflin made memorable appearances in Johnny Eager3:10 to Yuma and Shane, and he lent his powerful presence to the radio role of …

Episode 58 - Monster Mash

October 26th, 2017


For Halloween, “Stars On Suspense” presents two of the biggest names in horror cinema – Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff starring in “radio’s …

Episode 57 - Fredric March

October 19th, 2017


Fredric March was one of the most celebrated stars of stage and screen, a man whose performances earned him a pair of Oscars and two Tony Awards. Equally at home in comedy and drama, March brought to life characters …

Episode 56 - Rita Hayworth

October 12th, 2017


With scintillating performances in Gilda and more, Rita Hayworth was a box office draw and a pin-up idol of the 1940s and 1950s. But there was more …

Episode 55 - Peter Lorre (Part 3)

October 5th, 2017


We bid adieu to Peter Lorre as the star of Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, and M makes his final appearances on “radio’s outstanding theater of thrills.” First, he’s a mysterious count who makes a dangerous offer to his …

Episode 54 - William Bendix

September 28th, 2017


When William Bendix visited Suspense, it was anything but a “revoltin’ development.” Best known as bumbling sitcom patriarch Chester A. Riley in The …

Episode 53 - Angela Lansbury

September 21st, 2017


Angela Lansbury is a three-time Oscar nominee and a five-time Tony winner, and she’s still going strong. The legend of the stage and screen is known …

Episode 52 - Glenn Ford

September 14th, 2017


In a career that spanned five decades, Glenn Ford brought to tough, masculine characters on screen. Ford was one of the biggest stars in Hollywood in …

Episode 51 - Kirk Douglas

September 7th, 2017


Kirk Douglas played heroes, villains, and morally ambiguous characters in between in a career that spanned six decades. He earned three Oscar nominations and turned in intense and memorable performances in Spartacus,

Episode 50 - Orson Welles (Part 3)

August 31st, 2017


In an extra-large edition for our 50th podcast episode, we welcome Orson Welles back to the show for three of his visits to Suspense. In the fall of 1943, Welles starred in several episodes of “radio’s outstanding …

Episode 49 - Jerry Lewis

August 25th, 2017


In a special bonus episode of Stars On Suspense, we salute the late, great Jerry Lewis. Though he never made any visits to “radio’s outstanding …

Episode 48 - Fred MacMurray

August 24th, 2017


Fred MacMurray may be best known to generations of movie and TV fans for his family-friendly roles in classic Disney films and the long-running …

Episode 47 - James Mason

August 17th, 2017


After making a name for himself in the United Kingdom, James Mason came across the pond to Hollywood. With his silvery voice and leading man looks, …

Episode 46 - Laird Cregar

August 10th, 2017


Despite a tragically short career, Laird Cregar made his mark with several memorable big screen performances in films like This Gun for Hire and The Lodger. With his massive frame, Cregar was a natural fit as “heavies,” …

Episode 45 - Joan Fontaine

August 3rd, 2017


Joan Fontaine earned acclaim for her performances in classic films like Rebecca and Suspicion, and she appeared on the stage and the big and small screens for nearly sixty years. Like her sister, fellow actress, and …

Episode 44 - Joseph Cotten (Part 2)

July 27th, 2017


Perennial Suspense favorite Joseph Cotten is back in two more "tales well calculated." The popular star of Shadow of a Doubt appears first as a man …

Episode 43 - Ray Milland

July 20th, 2017


Ray Milland's screen career stretched from the 1930s to the 1970s, earning him an Oscar and leaving a series of memorable performances in The Lost WeekendDial 'M' for Murder, and more. A talented director as well as …

Episode 42 - Herbert Marshall

July 13th, 2017


A real-life hero in Hollywood, Herbert Marshall lost a leg in World War I before he went on to a long career on the stage and screen. The handsome, …

Episode 41 - Olivia de Havilland

July 6th, 2017


Olivia de Havilland won two Oscars during her six decade screen career, and she's still making news today. The star of Gone With the Wind and The …

Episode 40 - Suspenseful Singers

June 29th, 2017


Some of the twentieth century's best singers made visits to "radio's outstanding theater of thrills" during the twenty year run of Suspense. This …

Episode 39 - Ronald Colman

June 22nd, 2017


With his leading man looks and his mellifluous voice, Ronald Colman was a star of both the silent and talking eras of Hollywood. His appearances on …

Episode 38 - Ida Lupino

June 15th, 2017


A star in front of and behind the camera, Ida Lupino was one of Hollywood’s first female directors and producers. She turned in memorable …

Episode 37 - Cary Grant (Part 2)

June 8th, 2017


Cary Grant returns to the podcast for one last “tale well calculated to keep you in Suspense.” We’ll hear the legendary leading man in “The Black …

Episode 36 - Gene Kelly

June 1st, 2017


Gene Kelly dances his way to “radio’s outstanding theatre of thrills” in two shows that are miles away from his screen persona. The star of An American in Paris and Singin’ in the Rain leaves his dazzling footwork at …

Episode 35 - Gregory Peck (Part 2)

May 25th, 2017


Gregory Peck returns to “Stars On Suspense” in two old time radio thrillers – a pair of tales about the dangers that can lurk on the highway. First, …

Episode 34 - Lana Turner

May 18th, 2017


Glamorous leading lady Lana Turner had a career that spanned five decades from her discovery at a Hollywood café all the way up to her final …

Episode 33 - Edward G. Robinson

May 11th, 2017


One of the great gangster stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood, Edward G. Robinson excelled at playing all types of characters over his fifty year …

Episode 32 - Claire Trevor

May 4th, 2017


Known as "the queen of film noir," Claire Trevor was amazing on screen as tough dames and gun molls (including Murder, My Sweet and her Oscar-winning …

Episode 31 - Lucille Ball (Part 2)

April 27th, 2017


Before she was a TV star, and even before she kept audiences smiling with her radio comedy series, Lucille Ball delivered tough noir performances in episodes of Suspense. She was as talented in the world of drama and …

Episode 30 - Comedians and Cut-ups

April 20th, 2017


Two comedy legends trade jokes and laughs for thrills and chills when they visit “radio’s outstanding theater of thrills.” First, Bob Hope plays a man who has an appointment with a murderer in “Death Has a Shadow” …

Episode 29 - James Cagney

April 13th, 2017


Whether he was singing and dancing, breaking the law, or wielding a grapefruit, James Cagney never failed to deliver energetic, compelling performances on the big screen. The Oscar-winner gave audiences a series of …

Episode 28 - Bette Davis

April 6th, 2017


Bette Davis made only one appearance on Suspense, but it was a doozy. The two-time Oscar winner and ten-time nominee stands as one of the biggest …

Episode 27 - Jack Benny (Part 2)

March 30th, 2017


Jack Benny sets down his violin and climbs out of his Maxwell for his final appearances on Suspense. Radio’s most popular comedian returns to …

Episode 26 - Ozzie and Harriet

March 23rd, 2017


Ozzie Nelson and Harriet Hilliard were the stars of their own long-running radio and television sitcoms, but before they took their adventures to TV they made a pair of memorable appearances on Suspense. Playing …

Episode 25 - Robert Young

March 16th, 2017


Long before he wore the white coat of Marcus Welby, MD and even before Father Knows Best, Robert Young was a big screen star making visits to Suspense. Those only familiar with him from those kindly, classic TV …

Episode 24 - Danny Kaye

March 9th, 2017


In two appearances on Suspense, Danny Kaye traded singing, dancing, and his trademark silliness for thrills and chills. The star of White Christmas and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty plays very effectively against type …

Episode 23 - Anne Baxter

March 2nd, 2017


Academy Award-winning actress Anne Baxter was a mainstay on stage and the big and small screens over her long career- from her first films at age 17 to her Oscar win for The Razor's Edge and her nomination for the title …

Episode 22 - Vincent Price (Part 2)

February 23rd, 2017


Vincent Price returns to “Stars On Suspense” for two more installments from “radio’s outstanding theater of thrills.” The big screen master of horror lends his voice to these chilling mysteries that deliver surprising …

Episode 21 - Mickey Rooney

February 16th, 2017


Though his performances could be overshadowed by his turbulent personal life, Mickey Rooney was one of Hollywood’s most celebrated and enduring …

Episode 20 - Husbands and Wives

February 9th, 2017


“Stars On Suspense” celebrates Valentine’s Day with two radio thrillers starring real-life spouses. First, we’ll hear Jim and Marian Jordan – better …

Episode 19 - Charles Laughton

February 2nd, 2017


On the big screen, Charles Laughton earned acclaim and awards for playing larger than life characters – figures like the tyrannical Captain Bligh, King Henry VIII, and the cagey legal eagle Sir Wilfrid Robarts. He …

Episode 18 - Agnes Moorehead (Part 2)

January 26th, 2017


The “first lady of Suspense” returns as Agnes Moorehead stars in two more well-calculated tales. First, we’ll hear her in a production of the most …

Episode 17 - Richard Widmark

January 19th, 2017


Before he was an Academy Award nominated actor, Richard Widmark was a busy radio performer. Even after his big screen career took off, he remained active in radio and he made over a dozen appearances on Suspense. With …

Episode 16 - Rosalind Russell

January 12th, 2017


In her appearances on Suspense, Rosalind Russell traded the fast-paced banter of His Girl Friday for tense psychological drama. The five-time Golden …

Episode 15 - Alan Ladd

January 5th, 2017


Best known as the titular gunfighter in Shane, Alan Ladd broke into stardom with his turn as a cold-blooded killer in the film noir classic This Gun …

Episode 14 - Peter Lorre (Part 2)

December 22nd, 2016


Peter Lorre returns in two more “tales well calculated to keep you in Suspense.” First, Lorre plays a down-on-his-luck boxing manager who concocts a …

Episode 13 - Burt Lancaster

December 15th, 2016


Burt Lancaster – the circus acrobat turned Oscar-winning actor – played a variety of complex characters in a screen career that spanned five decades. After early work in action and adventure films, he expanded into …

Episode 12 - Joan Crawford

December 8th, 2016


Oscar-winner Joan Crawford was one of Hollywood’s all-time greatest stars, from her early days in the silent era to her award-winning turn in Mildred …

Episode 11 - Jimmy Stewart

December 2nd, 2016


Tall, lanky, and with that unmistakable drawl, Jimmy Stewart made memorable impressions in classic films from It’s a Wonderful Life to Mr. Smith Goes …

Episode 10 - Orson Welles (Part 2)

November 23rd, 2016


The man himself – Orson Welles – is back at the microphone in two “tales well calculated to keep you in Suspense.” First, he’s the dastardly General …

Episode 9 - Joseph Cotten

November 17th, 2016


One of Hollywood’s top stars of the 1940s, Joseph Cotten was practically a member of the family on Suspense, making 18 appearances between 1944 and …

Episode 8 - Gregory Peck

November 11th, 2016


Before he was Atticus Finch, Oscar-winner Gregory Peck made five trips to Suspense. On “radio’s outstanding theater of thrills,” Peck was frequently cast as an everyman in over his head in dangerous situations, trying …

Episode 7 - Lucille Ball

November 4th, 2016


Before I Love Lucy, Lucille Ball delighted audiences on radio in comedies and dramas, including six appearances on Suspense. The red-headed comedienne took a break from her radio sitcom My Favorite Husband to visit …

Episode 6 - Cary Grant

October 27th, 2016


Cary Grant once said "If I ever do any more radio work, I want to do it on Suspense." The legendary leading man made five appearances on "radio's …

Episode 5 - Jack Benny

October 20th, 2016


Radio’s stingiest would-be violin virtuoso Jack Benny traded puns for peril when he visited Suspense. Benny was the star of one of radio’s most …

Episode 4 - Vincent Price

October 13th, 2016


Before he was a big screen horror icon, Vincent Price was a busy actor in Hollywood – both on screen and on the air. In his 13 appearances on …

Episode 3 - Agnes Moorehead

October 6th, 2016


Hailed as “the first lady of Suspense,” Agnes Moorehead appeared on radio’s outstanding theater of thrills more than any other star. She is most famous for her performance in “Sorry, Wrong Number,” but this Emmy and …

Episode 2 - Peter Lorre

September 29th, 2016


An actor who could play both mysterious heroes and dastardly villains, Peter Lorre was able to employ the full range of his talents when he appeared …

Episode 1 - Orson Welles

September 22nd, 2016


We launch our show with the one and only Orson Welles. The legendary actor, writer, and director made nine appearances on Suspense, beginning with “The Hitch-Hiker.” We’ll hear that tale of terror on the highway …

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