The program's heyday was in the early 1950s, when radio actor, producer and director Elliott Lewis took over (still during the Wilcox/Autolite run). Here the material reached new levels of sophistication. The writing was taut, and the casting, which had always been a strong point of the series (featuring such film stars as Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Henry Fonda, Humphrey Bogart, Judy Garland, Ronald Colman, Marlene Dietrich, Eve McVeagh, Lena Horne, and Cary Grant), took an unexpected turn when Lewis expanded the repertory to include many of radio's famous drama and comedy stars — often playing against type — such as Jack Benny. Jim and Marian Jordan of Fibber McGee and Molly were heard in the episode, "Backseat Driver," which originally aired February 3, 1949.
The highest production values enhanced Suspense, and many of the shows retain their power to grip and entertain. At the time he took over Suspense, Lewis was familiar to radio fans for playing Frankie Remley, the wastrel guitar-playing sidekick to Phil Harris in The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show. On the May 10, 1951 Suspense, Lewis reversed the roles with "Death on My Hands": A bandleader (Harris) is horrified when an autograph-seeking fan accidentally shoots herself and dies in his hotel room, and a vocalist (Faye) tries to help him as the townfolk call for vigilante justice against him.
With the rise of television and the departures of Lewis and Autolite, subsequent producers (Antony Ellis, William N. Robson and others) struggled to maintain the series despite shrinking budgets, the availability of fewer name actors, and listenership decline. To save money, the program frequently used scripts first broadcast by another noteworthy CBS anthology, Escape. In addition to these tales of exotic adventure, Suspense expanded its repertoire to include more science fiction and supernatural content. By the end of its run, the series was remaking scripts from the long-canceled program The Mysterious Traveler. A time travel tale like Robert Arthur's "The Man Who Went Back to Save Lincoln" or a thriller about a death ray-wielding mad scientist would alternate with more run-of-the-mill crime dramas.
The comedy actors and actresses were always great in Suspense. I've heard Lucille Ball die in two different episodes, Danny Kaye commit the perfect murder, Ossie and Harriet plot a poisoning, Bob Hope hire a killer.
Add On Features.
Options for Your Pool.
480 Rt. 196 Tobyhanna, PA 18466.
Popular Pool Options.
Add a hot tub to your in-ground pool to complete the perfect back yard paradise. Sit, relax and soothe those muscles in your poolside spa while watching the kids splash around in the pool, or better yet just the two of you in a quite night at home pool side in the tub.
THE CLEAR DECK.
No more unsightly cover reel and blanket on your pool deck Simple one person operation Retracts and Extends in less than a minute Eliminates tripping hazards Saves money on your heating bills and chemical costs.
A simple and classic look to surround your pool. Colored and stamped concrete.
multiple colors and stamp patterns are available Concrete cantilever edge.
Add a beautiful finished concrete edge around your pool Rubber safety surfacing.
A gorgeous slip resistant safety surface for your pool area or patio Barkman pavers.
Create atmosphere with pool lights and controls on your pool. From a simple white light to multiple-multi color LED lights to create a light show in your back yard, we have a pool lighting system to elevate your pool after dark.
The walk in pool stair is a must for any in ground pool. Whether you want a simple white walk in stair or a jetted lagoon stair, the stair is not only for the ease of access into the pool but a gathering place in your pool for friends and family.