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Suspense's "The Sin Eater" is a creepy episode about city people and hillbillies. The story is centered upon the Welsh custom of sin-eating, but it takes place in an unspecified, remote part of the Appalachian Region. Sin-eating involves ritual drinking... Continue »
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"Bells" is the story of a young couple and their hope of finding the perfect place to live. The wife, Lucy, believes that through the help of her guardian angel she has been guided to an advertisement for a country... Continue »
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Suspense's "Return Trip" is a vivid tale of three nervous passengers on a bus trip down a mountain road in a blizzard. The bus has just left an isolated mental asylum in the mountains and has to travel fifty miles... Continue »
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Suspense's "Too Hot to Live" is the story of a stranger in a small prairie town who tries to run from a murder. As the episode opens, we meet Jefferson, a former soldier turned drifter. After he is ousted from... Continue »
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"On a Country Road" is regarded as one of the classic tales of Suspense because it embodies all of the things at which the radio program excelled. So now, ignore the traffic, the rain, the nearly empty gas tank, as... Continue »
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Don't let the dull title fool you. "The Pasteboard Box" is one of the best! This is a story about an evil twin and if you have ever watched Days of Our Lives you know that having an evil twin... Continue »
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As I watched the Grammy Awards show this past weekend my mind drifted to the Suspense episode "Never Follow a Banjo Act." The star of this episode is Ethel Merman, and even if you aren't a big Ethel fan, you... Continue »
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The Suspense episode "The Hitchhiker" is well known because the radio play was transformed into a television episode, and it has since lived on in reruns. In this story, a supernatural hitchhiker follows the main character on a trip across... Continue »
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Listen to this episode with the lights off. In this story about a stunt that goes wrong, radio personality Smiley Smith and paranormal investigator, Dr. Reed tour a haunted house in Malibu, California. Their experiences are recorded for playback on... Continue »
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Betty Grable, famous for her "million dollar legs", is the star of Suspense's radio noir "The Copper Tea Strainer." Her legs aren't visible on radio, of course, but we hear her running around in high heels. Grable is convincing and... Continue »
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While Escape's attempts at presenting heroic stories about poets fell flat, (see El Guitarrero and Evening Primrose), Suspense produced 2462, a superb episode about an American poet who rebels against the system. In this story, a man is put in... Continue »
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"Rave Notice" was written for Suspense by James Poe, a scriptwriter who not only wrote intriguing original stories but also successfully adapted other author's works for radio and film. He wrote the radio-plays for a number of notable episodes of... Continue »
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In Suspense's "Dark Journey" we learn that if we really want something to happen, we can will it to happen. At least that is what the main character, Ann Brody, believes. She concentrates on what she wants her boyfriend to... Continue »
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In "Affair at Mandrake," an army officer must decide whether or not his childhood friend is a German spy. The story is set in wartime in 1940, and a British colonel named Guy Baker is convinced that one of the... Continue »
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"Poison" is a short story by Roald Dahl that was first published in Collier's Weekly (June 3, 1950). The story, about a terrified man trapped in his bed by a deadly snake, is set in India during the period of... Continue »
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In "The Ring of Thoth," an Egyptologist visits the Louvre and accidentally witnesses a strange event. Based on the short story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Escape's adaptation is an interesting one with an unexpected ending. "The Ring of Thoth"... Continue »
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Last week I posted an episode about a doll with "a gadget" where all goes horribly wrong. This week's episode of Escape is about an island resort with "a gimmick" where all goes horribly wrong. More than that, it is... Continue »
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"The Vanishing Lady" is an old urban legend about an international conspiracy at a World's Fair. It is also known as "The Vanishing Hotel Room." The setting is the 1889 Exposition Universelle in Paris. In this urban legend, an Englishwoman... Continue »
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Escape loved stories that involved deadly snakes, and "A Shipment of Mute Fate" was one of their favorites. This radioplay was broadcast four times, each with a different cast. In this story, a South American Bushmaster is accidentally let loose... Continue »
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"The Invader" is a simple science fiction tale from 1953, but it still holds up as one of Escape's best episodes. There are some similarities to The Twilight Zone's 1961 episode "The Invaders" and to an X Minus One episode... Continue »