CTVA US Anthology - "Suspense" (CBS) Season 1 (Early 1949)

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 Season 1 (CBS) (Early 1949)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:  Rina Fox [Updated May 2019]
references:
TV Guide / Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com)
UCLA Film and Television Archive /  matineeclassics.com


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CBS Tuesdays 9:30-10:00pm Eastern - *Note began 1/2 season

 

 [00] Suspense: GOODBYE NEW YORK  [Pilot]
08Nov1948
Produced & directed by Robert Stevens
Story by Cornell Woolrich
Sets by Samuel Leve
Narrator Rex Marshall
starring
Meg Mundy .............. Mary Gardner
Gage Clarke ............. Mystery Man
Philip Coolidge ........ Mr. Mason
Ray Walston ............. Ticket Seller
Synopsis:
Ray Gardner is in debt and can't find work because of his ex-boss.
Desperate and angry, he kills his ex-boss and steals money.
Ray and his wife Mary plan to flee New York on the train, but
he feels he is filled with paranoia.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tB7Whg5YpbY


[01] Suspense: REVENGE
01Mar1949 CBS Tue
Produced & Directed by Robert Stevens
Based on the short story "The Black Path of Fear" by Cornell Woolrich
Music by Hank Sylvern
Narrator Rex Marshall
starring
Eddie Albert
Margo
Synopsis:
A woman tries to escape her gangster husband by running away
to Cuba with her new love Bill.

[02]Suspense: SUSPICION
15Mar1949 CBS Tue
Produced & Directed by Robert Stevens
Adapted by Sylvia Berger / from the short story by Dorothy L. Sayers
Music by Hank Sylvern
Narrator Rex Marshall
starring
Ernest Truex ...... George Thomas
Sylvia Field .......... Ethel Thomas
Viola Roache ...... Mrs. Sutton
Ruth McDevitt ...... Liz
Dorothy Sands ........ Clara
Robert Clark ........... Bob Dean
Lea Penman ............. Mrs. Dean
Donald Foster .......... Dr. Brill
Synopsis:
A man becomes suspicious of the ulterior motives of his sister's beau.

[03]Suspense: CABIN B-13
29Mar1949 CBS Tue
Produced & Directed by Robert Stevens
Story by John Dickson Carr
Music by Hank Sylvern
Narrator Rex Marshall
starring
Charles Korvin
Eleanor Lynn
Synopsis:
Shortly after a newlywed couple board a luxury liner for their honeymoon cruise, the man vanishes along with the fortune
his wife game him as a wedding present. She reports his disappearance to the captain and is told that there is no record of
either herself or her husband as passengers and that what she claims to have been their cabin doesn't exist.

[04]Suspense: THE MAN UPSTAIRS
05Apr1949 CBS Tue
Produced & Directed by Robert Stevens
Teleplay by Mary Orr and Reginald Denham / From a short story by William Irish (aka Cornell Woolrich)
Music by Hank Sylvern
Narrator Rex Marshall
starring
Mildred Natwick
Anthony Ross
Synopsis:
A woman complains about the man upstairs but no one has ever seen him.

[05]Suspense: AFTER DINNER STORY
12Apr1949 CBS Tue
Produced & Directed by Robert Stevens
Short Story by Cornell Woolrich
Music by Hank Sylvern
Narrator Rex Marshall
starring
Otto Kruger .... Mr. Hardecker
Synopsis:
A man tries to find out who murdered his son after his death was deemed a suicide.

[06]Suspense: THE CREEPER
19Apr1949 CBS Tue
Produced & Directed by Robert Stevens
Teleplay by Frank Gabrielson / Story by Joseph Ruscoll
Music by Hank Sylvern
Narrator Rex Marshall
starring
Nina Foch
Anthony Ross
Edgar Stehli
Synopsis:
A woman who works the nightshift begs her husband to quit her job because she fits the description of a manaical killer's type of victim.

[07] Suspense: A NIGHT AT THE INN
26Apr1949 CBS Tue
Produced & Directed by Robert Stevens
Adapted for television by Halsted Welles /From a play by Lord Dunsany
Music by Hank Sylvern
Narrator Rex Marshall
starring
Boris Karloff ..... Toff
Joan Stanley ...... Innkeeper
Jack Manning ...... Bill
Anthony Ross ...... Albert
Barry Macollum .... Snickers
Synopsis:
Three crooks seek refuge at an Inn after stealing a ruby.
Synopsis 2:
Three merchant sailors, along with their mysterious leader, are on the run after stealing a ruby from the head of an idol while working the port of India.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2zFmu82Fh8


[08] Suspense: DEAD ERNEST
03May1949 CBS Tue
Produced & Directed by Robert Stevens
Adapted for television by Reginald Denham & Mary Orr
From the original radio script by Merwin Gerard & Seelag Lester (spellt Seelog on film)
Music by Hank Sylvern
Narrator Rex Marshall
starring
Margaret Phillips . Fran Prince (Margaret Prince on film but name of character was Fran, Margaret Bowers was Ernest's wife's name).
Tod Andrews ....... Henry Prince
Joshua Shelley .... Tony
Fred Stewart ...... Al
Barry Macollum .... Jerry Murdock
Will Hare ......... Ernest Bowers
Patricia Jenkins .. Margaret Bowers
Mac McLeod ........ Police Officer
Harry Davis ....... Driver
Synopsis:
A man prone to panic attacks is apparently killed when a taxi almost collides with him on a city street.
But the man is a cataleptic, meaning his panic attacks lead to a trance or seizure state mimicking death.
Synopsis:
After being hit by a car a man suffering from catalepsy is thought to be dead.
*Trivia:Tony the morgue employee was listening to a baseball game on the radio, Jackie Robinson hits a home run.

[09] Suspense: POST MORTEM
10May1949 CBS Tue
Produced & Directed by Robert Stevens
Teleplay by Frank Gabrielson / Story by Cornell Woolrich
Music by Hank Sylvern
Narrator Rex Marshall
starring
Sidney Blackmer ... Dr. Steven Archer
Peggy Conklin ..... Josie Archer
Richard Coogan ..... Investigator Westcott
Julian Noa ........ Elderly Investigator
Darren Dublin
Harry Laskos
Synopsis:
After her first husband's death, Josie remarries. An insurance investigation
reopens the case of Meade, whose death is suspicious since his wife
remarried quickly after his death to the doctor in charge of his autopsy.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xW0gmBiGWRM


[10] Suspense: THE MONKEY'S PAW
17May1949 CBS Tue
Produced & Directed by Robert Stevens
Teleplay by Frank Gabrielson / Story by W.W. Jacobs
Music by Hank Sylvern
Narrator Rex Marshall
starring
Boris Karloff
Mildred Natwick
Synopsis:
A talisman of great power can grant three wishes to its owner.
*Note: Restaged on 03Oct1950.

[11] Suspense: MURDER THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
24May1949 CBS Tue
Produced & Directed by Robert Stevens
Teleplay by Mary Orr & Reginald Denham / Story by Craig Rice
Music by Hank Sylvern
Narrator Rex Marshall
starring
William Prince
Ruth Madison
Peter von Zerneck
Synopsis:
A man awakens on a train with no memory of recent events,
to make matters worse, a newspaper reveals he is wanted for murder.

[12] Suspense: THE DOORS ON THE THIRTEENTH FLOOR
31May1949 CBS Tue
Produced & Directed by Robert Stevens
Teleplay by Edward Mabley / Story by Marie F. Rodell
Music by Hank Sylvern
Narrator Rex Marshall
starring
Louisa Horton ...... Sally Turner
Anthony Ross ...... Andy Barnes
Russell Collins .... Mr. Crane
Nell Harrison ....... Agatha Leighton
Douglass Watson ..... George
Synopsis:
An elderly woman returns from a trip to find her apartment robbed.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qiygv3EfMHw


[13] Suspense: THE YELLOW SCARF
07Jun1949 CBS Tue
Produced & Directed by Robert Stevens
Teleplay by Halsted Welles / Original Story by Thomas Burke
Music by Hank Sylvern
Narrator Rex Marshall
starring
Boris Karloff ............. Bronson
Felicia Montealegre .. Hettie
Douglass Watson ....... Tom Weatherby
Russell Collins .......... Tilson
Synopsis:
A mysterious man provides boarding to a young woman from the streets.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfWLB42cFW8


[14] Suspense: HELP WANTED
14Jun1949 CBS Tue
Produced & Directed by Robert Stevens
Adapted for television by Mary Orr & Reginald Denham / From an original story by Stanley Ellin
Music by Hank Sylvern
Narrator Rex Marshall
starring
Otto Kruger ................. Chester Crabtree
Douglas Clark-Smith ... Mr. X
Peggy French ............... Mrs. X
George Mathews ......... Detective
Ruth McDevitt ............. Mrs. Griffin
Synopsis:
An old man is displaced from his boarding house because he can`t pay his rent. All his funds go toward the expense of keeping his
daughter in a sanitarium. When he is offered a job that seems too good to be true, he leaps at the chance to get out of debt.
Synopsis:
An old man needing employment to keep his daughter Ann, in an institution can't pay his rent and receives a job from Mr. X.
He is to kill Mr. X's wife's first husband who is blackmailing him.

[15] Suspense: STOLEN EMPIRE
21Jun1949 CBS Tue
Produced & Directed by Robert Stevens
Teleplay by Halsted Welles / Story by James Sheehan
Music by Hank Sylvern
Narrator Rex Marshall
starring
Audrey Christie
Kenneth Lynch
Carol Goodner
Synopsis:

[16] Suspense: THE HANDS OF MR. OTTERMOLE
28Jun1949 CBS Tue
Produced & Directed by Robert Stevens
Teleplay by Frank Gabrielson / Story by Thomas Burke
Music by Hank Sylvern
Narrator Rex Marshall
starring
Ralph Bell
Synopsis:
London is being plagued by a strangler who baffles police. Sgt. Ottermole investigates but has a difficult time when an
obnoxious reporter constantly gets in his way.
*Note: This episode was redone with a different cast 28Nov1950.

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