Suspense - The Defense Rests - Starring Alan Ladd (03-09-44)


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The Defense Rests - Starring Alan Ladd (Aired March 9, 1944)
Suspense was actually spawned from another series called Forecast. The 1940 horror show was entitled Suspense and it was based on the Marie Belloc Lowndes' short Jack-the-Ripper novella, The Lodger. It was directed by Alfred Hitchcock, who had made a 1926 silent film based on the same story (Grams, 1997, 3). Its subtle ending generated a large volume of mail which convinced CBS executives that they had a strong market. Two years later, Suspense was aired. It became one of radio's longest lasting shows, surviving twenty years of consistent success. It had numerous announcers during those two decades, ranging from the early Berry Kroeger to the veteran announcers, Paul Frees and George Walsh. But it was Joseph Kearns who evolved into "The Man in Black" host in 1943. THIS EPISODE: March 9, 1944. CBS network. "The Defense Rests". Sponsored by: Roma Wines. A story about an ex-con, framed for murder, who gets an excellent defense attorney. The story has a surprise ending. The script was subsequently produced on "Suspense" on October 6, 1949. Alan Ladd, Hans Conried, John McIntire, Robert L. Richards (writer), Roland Brown (writer), Will Wright, William Spier (producer, director, editor), Joseph Kearns ("The Man In Black"), Frank Martin (commercial spokesman), Lucien Moraweck (composer), Lud Gluskin (conductor). 34:28. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.
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