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Suspense! The Old Time Radio Show!

"Suspense! This is the program that brings you the full impact of the theater of the mind.
It's also a program devised to free you fromthe four walls of today for a half-hour of high adventure…" 

Get ready for chills, thrills, and plenty of suspense! "Suspense" was a popular radio anthology series that kept listeners on the edge of their seats with its thrilling stories of crime, horror, and mystery.

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Ten Fun Facts about Suspense

1.) "Suspense" debuted on CBS Radio on June 17, 1942, and it ran for 20 years until 1962.

2.) The show was known for its anthology format, featuring a different story and cast of actors each week.

3.) Some of the most famous actors of the time appeared on "Suspense," including Orson Welles, Cary Grant, and Bette Davis.

4.) The show's opening theme, known as "The Wailing Theme," was composed by Bernard Herrmann, who would later collaborate with director Alfred Hitchcock on several films.

5.) The show's episodes covered a wide range of genres, including crime, horror, and science fiction.

6.) The show was originally sponsored by Roma Wines, and it was often referred to as "Roma Wines Presents: Suspense."

7.) The show's most famous episode is arguably "Sorry, Wrong Number," which starred Agnes Moorehead as a bedridden woman who overhears a murder plot over the phone.

8.) The show was so popular that it inspired a television series of the same name, which ran from 1949 to 1954.

9.) "Suspense" was one of the first radio shows to use sound effects and music to enhance the dramatic tension of the story.

10.) In addition to its entertainment value, "Suspense" also had a significant impact on popular culture, and it helped to popularize the anthology format in both radio and television.

Comedians in Suspense (Scared Silly Jokesters)
Hear your favorite comedians including Lucille Ball,
Desi Arnez, Ozzie & Harriet, Jack Benny, Bob Hope
and more in ways that you would never expect!

Billed as "Radio's Outstanding Theater of Thrills",
Suspense offers the best of Old Time Radio. The
series is the premier mystery-horror radio show
with top name talent!

Autolite Spark Plugs, sponsor of Suspense!Best of Suspense
With more than 900 available episodes there
is a lot of "Suspense" to get through,
we have selected just over 100 of
our favorite "Suspense" episodes.

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What's your favorite Suspense Show?


My favorite Suspense show, if I have to narrow it down, would be Never Steal A Butcher's Wife starring William Conrad. The first time I heard it was around 1 AM on a radio station who played OTR lat at night. It scared the heck out of me. I was surprised it didn't make the top 100, but then again there are so many great Suspense shows. I started collecting OTR when I was 15, and I'm now 66. My 2 Sons also love Otr.

Bill Scherer

Without a doubt it's The House In Cypress Canyon. Great music and effects(that scream especially).It took the place of The Hitchhiker after I heard it for the first time!!

Anthony Leone

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