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Comedians in Suspense (Scared Silly Jokesters)

An OTRCAT original compilation: Hear your favorite comedians including Lucille Ball, Desi Arnez, Ozzie & Harriet, Jack Benny, Bob Hope and more in ways that you would never expect!

65 old time radio show recordings
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"Red Headed Woman (Lucy Ball and Desi Arnez)"



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Fibber McGee & Molly
Arguably one of the best anthologies on radio, Suspense! writing is terrific, and the acting and directing are more than memorable. Cary Grant spoke for many Hollywood Actors when he said "If ever I do any more radio work, I want to do it on Suspense, where I get a good chance to act!"

Screaming LucyPerhaps that is what drew so many comic actors to the program, the chance to work outside their comfort zone. Unlike most other programs when a guest star appeared on Suspense! the stories weren't rewritten to suit their specialty. Well known quivering quipsters include:

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These panicked hams weren't given a chance to resort to their comfortable habit of going for laughs. Instead the producers and writers had the clowns work at the program's specialty: keeping the audience in Suspense!

Jack BennyThis can be a little disconcerting to an audience who tunes in expecting Fibber McGee and Molly make them laugh on Suspense!, but they soon find out that the writers and directors have managed to get marvelously suspenseful performances from our favorite comedians. When Fibber McGee and Molly are on there way home from the movies in "Back Seat Driver", the audience keeps looking for the punch line, but it never comes. But as they drive further and further with the Murderer in the back seat, the audience gets more and more sucked in. Will anything be able to keep him from killing this sweet couple and their children, when every possibility of rescue seems to melt away from their fingers?

Then there's Dennis Day, the "Wet behind the Ears" singer from The Jack Benny Program. After hearing his squeaky-clean image on Jack's show for so long, it is hard to imagine him desperate enough to consider robbing a sweet old couple of their life savings--especially at Christmas time. Even Jack Benny himself makes a few Suspense appearances. Science Fiction is a pretty rare theme for Suspense, but Jack Benny makes a very convincing "average" Martian in "Plan X".

Every one's comedienne of all time, Lucille Ball, was a favorite of Suspense! producers as well. And again listeners who are looking for the great comedy she is so famous for are treated to some great dramatic performances. Bob HopeIn June 1944's "The Ten Grand" Lucy plays an unemployed dancer who receives a very large and unexpected wind-fall, but it comes with some Suspense-ful complications. Lucy doesn't get to crack any big jokes, but there are some very amusing War-time references. In 1949 Lucy gets a chance to appear with her husband, Desi Arnaz in "The Red Headed Woman". Lucy finds herself on the run from the law when she hears a radio report of a murderous bank robber who fits the description of Desi Arnaz. And who does she see along the side of the road? Spoiler Alert: The Red Headed Woman in the title is NOT Lucy!

Suspense! did find a bit of a clown of its own from Comic Radio. On Oct 7, 1948, the pitchman from Johnson Wax Program/ Fibber McGee and Molly, Harlow Wilcox became the Commercial Spokesman for Auto-Lite Auto Parts. One of the amusing elements of Fibber McGee and Molly were the advertisements which Wilcox made part of the action. This approach didn't completely work with Suspense!, but the Auto-Lite pitch was every bit as over the top as "Waxy" Wilcox's work in Wistful Vista!

For more spooky laughs, see also: Boogeymen in Comedy (Screamstars Playing for Laughs) featuring Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre, and Vincent Price in comedy roles. See also: Best of Suspense and Christmas in Suspense.

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These classic recordings are available in the following formats:
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    65 recordings on 2 MP3 CDs for just $10.00
    total playtime 31 hours, 16 min
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    Volume 1 - 33 shows - total playtime 16 hours 43 minutes
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    1. Suspense 420617 001 Burning Court.mp3
    2. Suspense 421222 022 Two Sharp Knives.mp3
    3. Suspense 440113 074 Dime a Dance.mp3
    4. Suspense 440210 078 Suspicion AFRS.mp3
    5. Suspense 440420 088 Palmer Method.mp3
    6. Suspense 440511 091 Visitor.mp3
    7. Suspense 440622 097 Ten Grand.mp3
    8. Suspense 441116 118 Dead of the Night.mp3
    9. Suspense 450201 128 Most Dangerous Game.mp3
    10. Suspense 450419 Pearls Are a Nuisance.mp3
    11. Suspense 450712 149 Footfalls.mp3
    12. Suspense 451025 164 A Shroud For Sara.mp3
    13. Suspense 451227 173 Pink Camellias.mp3
    14. Suspense 460801 204 Commuter's Ticket.mp3
    15. Suspense 461107 218 Easy Money.mp3
    16. Suspense 470227 234 Three Faces At Midnight.mp3
    17. Suspense 470306 235 Elwood.mp3
    18. Suspense 471016 267 Self Defense.mp3
    19. Suspense 471023 268 X-Ray Camera.mp3
    20. Suspense 471106 270 Dream Song.mp3
    21. Suspense 471205 274 Clock and the Rope.mp3
    22. Suspense 471226 277 Too Little to Live On.mp3
    23. Suspense 480313 288 Nightmare.mp3
    24. Suspense 480812 302 Beware the Quiet Man.mp3
    25. Suspense 481014 311 A Little Piece Of Rope.mp3
    26. Suspense 481230 321 Break-Up.mp3
    27. Suspense 490113 323 Too Perfect Alibi.mp3
    28. Suspense 490203 326 Backseat Driver.mp3
    29. Suspense 490428 338 Lie.mp3
    30. Suspense 490505 339 Death Has a Shadow.mp3
    31. Suspense 491103 357 Search for Isabell.mp3
    32. Suspense 491117 359 Red Headed Woman Lucy And Desi Arnez.mp3
    33. Suspense 491208 362 For Love or Murder.mp3
    Volume 2 - 32 shows - total playtime 14 hours 32 minutes
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    1. Suspense 491222 364 Double Entry.mp3
    2. Suspense 500105 366 I Never Met the Dead Man.mp3
    3. Suspense 500126 369 Mr Diogenes AFRS.mp3
    4. Suspense 500420 381 Pearls Are a Nuisance.mp3
    5. Suspense 500525 386 Very Much Like a Nightmare.mp3
    6. Suspense 500622 390 One Millionth Joe.mp3
    7. Suspense 501012 398 Rave Notice.mp3
    8. Suspense 501123 404 Going, Going, Gone.mp3
    9. Suspense 501207 406 After the Movies.mp3
    10. Suspense 501221 408 Christmas for Carole.mp3
    11. Suspense 510104 410 Alibi Me.mp3
    12. Suspense 510118 412 Well-Dressed Corpse.mp3
    13. Suspense 510222 417 Backseat Driver AFRS.mp3
    14. Suspense 510301 418 Gift of Jumbo Brannigan.mp3
    15. Suspense 510329 422 Death Pitch.mp3
    16. Suspense 510405 423 Murder in G Flat.mp3
    17. Suspense 510412 424 Early to Death.mp3
    18. Suspense 510510 428 Death on My Hands.mp3
    19. Suspense 511022 444 Log of the Marne.mp3
    20. Suspense 520204 459 Treasure Chest of Don Jose.mp3
    21. Suspense 520519 474 Flight of the Bumblebee.mp3
    22. Suspense 520602 476 A Good and Faithful Servant.mp3
    23. Suspense 530202 498 Plan X.mp3
    24. Suspense 540118 535 Face Is Familiar.mp3
    25. Suspense 571006 719 Misfire AFRTS.mp3
    26. Suspense 580504 749 Sundown AFRTS.mp3
    27. Suspense 590111 785 Night on Red Mountain.mp3
    28. Suspense 590222 791 Star over Hong Kong.mp3
    29. Suspense 590419 798 See How He Runs.mp3
    30. Suspense 590628 808 Analytical Hour.mp3
    31. Suspense 590726 812 Night Man.mp3
    32. Suspense 590816 815 Like Man, Somebody Dig Me.mp3
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    65 recordings on 2 MP3 Collection Downloads for just $10.00
    total playtime 31 hours, 16 min
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    Volume 1 - 33 shows - total playtime 16 hours 43 minutes
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    1. Suspense 420617 001 Burning Court.mp3
    2. Suspense 421222 022 Two Sharp Knives.mp3
    3. Suspense 440113 074 Dime a Dance.mp3
    4. Suspense 440210 078 Suspicion AFRS.mp3
    5. Suspense 440420 088 Palmer Method.mp3
    6. Suspense 440511 091 Visitor.mp3
    7. Suspense 440622 097 Ten Grand.mp3
    8. Suspense 441116 118 Dead of the Night.mp3
    9. Suspense 450201 128 Most Dangerous Game.mp3
    10. Suspense 450419 Pearls Are a Nuisance.mp3
    11. Suspense 450712 149 Footfalls.mp3
    12. Suspense 451025 164 A Shroud For Sara.mp3
    13. Suspense 451227 173 Pink Camellias.mp3
    14. Suspense 460801 204 Commuter's Ticket.mp3
    15. Suspense 461107 218 Easy Money.mp3
    16. Suspense 470227 234 Three Faces At Midnight.mp3
    17. Suspense 470306 235 Elwood.mp3
    18. Suspense 471016 267 Self Defense.mp3
    19. Suspense 471023 268 X-Ray Camera.mp3
    20. Suspense 471106 270 Dream Song.mp3
    21. Suspense 471205 274 Clock and the Rope.mp3
    22. Suspense 471226 277 Too Little to Live On.mp3
    23. Suspense 480313 288 Nightmare.mp3
    24. Suspense 480812 302 Beware the Quiet Man.mp3
    25. Suspense 481014 311 A Little Piece Of Rope.mp3
    26. Suspense 481230 321 Break-Up.mp3
    27. Suspense 490113 323 Too Perfect Alibi.mp3
    28. Suspense 490203 326 Backseat Driver.mp3
    29. Suspense 490428 338 Lie.mp3
    30. Suspense 490505 339 Death Has a Shadow.mp3
    31. Suspense 491103 357 Search for Isabell.mp3
    32. Suspense 491117 359 Red Headed Woman Lucy And Desi Arnez.mp3
    33. Suspense 491208 362 For Love or Murder.mp3
    Volume 2 - 32 shows - total playtime 14 hours 32 minutes
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    1. Suspense 491222 364 Double Entry.mp3
    2. Suspense 500105 366 I Never Met the Dead Man.mp3
    3. Suspense 500126 369 Mr Diogenes AFRS.mp3
    4. Suspense 500420 381 Pearls Are a Nuisance.mp3
    5. Suspense 500525 386 Very Much Like a Nightmare.mp3
    6. Suspense 500622 390 One Millionth Joe.mp3
    7. Suspense 501012 398 Rave Notice.mp3
    8. Suspense 501123 404 Going, Going, Gone.mp3
    9. Suspense 501207 406 After the Movies.mp3
    10. Suspense 501221 408 Christmas for Carole.mp3
    11. Suspense 510104 410 Alibi Me.mp3
    12. Suspense 510118 412 Well-Dressed Corpse.mp3
    13. Suspense 510222 417 Backseat Driver AFRS.mp3
    14. Suspense 510301 418 Gift of Jumbo Brannigan.mp3
    15. Suspense 510329 422 Death Pitch.mp3
    16. Suspense 510405 423 Murder in G Flat.mp3
    17. Suspense 510412 424 Early to Death.mp3
    18. Suspense 510510 428 Death on My Hands.mp3
    19. Suspense 511022 444 Log of the Marne.mp3
    20. Suspense 520204 459 Treasure Chest of Don Jose.mp3
    21. Suspense 520519 474 Flight of the Bumblebee.mp3
    22. Suspense 520602 476 A Good and Faithful Servant.mp3
    23. Suspense 530202 498 Plan X.mp3
    24. Suspense 540118 535 Face Is Familiar.mp3
    25. Suspense 571006 719 Misfire AFRTS.mp3
    26. Suspense 580504 749 Sundown AFRTS.mp3
    27. Suspense 590111 785 Night on Red Mountain.mp3
    28. Suspense 590222 791 Star over Hong Kong.mp3
    29. Suspense 590419 798 See How He Runs.mp3
    30. Suspense 590628 808 Analytical Hour.mp3
    31. Suspense 590726 812 Night Man.mp3
    32. Suspense 590816 815 Like Man, Somebody Dig Me.mp3
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    65 recordings on 32 Audio CDs
    total playtime 31 hours, 16 min

    Disc A001

    1. Suspense 420617 001 Burning Court
    2. Suspense 421222 022 Two Sharp Knives

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    Disc A002

    1. Suspense 440113 074 Dime a Dance
    2. Suspense 440210 078 Suspicion AFRS

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    Disc A003

    1. Suspense 440420 088 Palmer Method
    2. Suspense 440511 091 Visitor

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    Disc A004

    1. Suspense 440622 097 Ten Grand
    2. Suspense 441116 118 Dead of the Night

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    Disc A005

    1. Suspense 450201 128 Most Dangerous Game
    2. Suspense 450419 Pearls Are a Nuisance

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    Disc A006

    1. Suspense 450712 149 Footfalls
    2. Suspense 451025 164 A Shroud For Sara

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    Disc A007

    1. Suspense 451227 173 Pink Camellias
    2. Suspense 460801 204 Commuter's Ticket

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    Disc A008

    1. Suspense 461107 218 Easy Money
    2. Suspense 470227 234 Three Faces At Midnight

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    Disc A009

    1. Suspense 470306 235 Elwood
    2. Suspense 471016 267 Self Defense

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    Disc A010

    1. Suspense 471023 268 X-Ray Camera
    2. Suspense 471106 270 Dream Song

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    Disc A011

    1. Suspense 471205 274 Clock and the Rope
    2. Suspense 471226 277 Too Little to Live On

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    Disc A012

    1. Suspense 480313 288 Nightmare

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    Disc A013

    1. Suspense 480812 302 Beware the Quiet Man
    2. Suspense 481014 311 A Little Piece Of Rope

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    Disc A014

    1. Suspense 481230 321 Break-Up
    2. Suspense 490113 323 Too Perfect Alibi

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    Disc A015

    1. Suspense 490203 326 Backseat Driver
    2. Suspense 490428 338 Lie

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    Disc A016

    1. Suspense 490505 339 Death Has a Shadow
    2. Suspense 491103 357 Search for Isabell

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    Disc A017

    1. Suspense 491117 359 Red Headed Woman Lucy And Desi Arnez
    2. Suspense 491208 362 For Love or Murder

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    Disc A018

    1. Suspense 491222 364 Double Entry
    2. Suspense 500105 366 I Never Met the Dead Man

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    Disc A019

    1. Suspense 500126 369 Mr Diogenes AFRS
    2. Suspense 500420 381 Pearls Are a Nuisance

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    Disc A020

    1. Suspense 500525 386 Very Much Like a Nightmare
    2. Suspense 500622 390 One Millionth Joe

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    Disc A021

    1. Suspense 501012 398 Rave Notice
    2. Suspense 501123 404 Going, Going, Gone

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    Disc A022

    1. Suspense 501207 406 After the Movies
    2. Suspense 501221 408 Christmas for Carole

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    Disc A023

    1. Suspense 510104 410 Alibi Me
    2. Suspense 510118 412 Well-Dressed Corpse

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    Disc A024

    1. Suspense 510222 417 Backseat Driver AFRS
    2. Suspense 510301 418 Gift of Jumbo Brannigan

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    Disc A025

    1. Suspense 510329 422 Death Pitch
    2. Suspense 510405 423 Murder in G Flat

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    Disc A026

    1. Suspense 510412 424 Early to Death
    2. Suspense 510510 428 Death on My Hands

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    Disc A027

    1. Suspense 511022 444 Log of the Marne
    2. Suspense 520204 459 Treasure Chest of Don Jose

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    Disc A028

    1. Suspense 520519 474 Flight of the Bumblebee
    2. Suspense 520602 476 A Good and Faithful Servant

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    Disc A029

    1. Suspense 530202 498 Plan X
    2. Suspense 540118 535 Face Is Familiar

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    Disc A030

    1. Suspense 571006 719 Misfire AFRTS
    2. Suspense 580504 749 Sundown AFRTS

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    Disc A031

    1. Suspense 590111 785 Night on Red Mountain
    2. Suspense 590222 791 Star over Hong Kong
    3. Suspense 590419 798 See How He Runs

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    Disc A032

    1. Suspense 590628 808 Analytical Hour
    2. Suspense 590726 812 Night Man
    3. Suspense 590816 815 Like Man, Somebody Dig Me

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