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Presenting the biggest legends of Hollywood starring in "Suspense," radio's outstanding theater of thrills! Each week, we'll hear two chillers from this old time radio classic featuring one of the all-time great stars of stage and screen.

Stars on Suspense (Old Time Radio‪)‬ Mean Streets Podcasts

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    • 4.6 • 326 Ratings

Presenting the biggest legends of Hollywood starring in "Suspense," radio's outstanding theater of thrills! Each week, we'll hear two chillers from this old time radio classic featuring one of the all-time great stars of stage and screen.

    BONUS - Best of Edward G. Robinson

    BONUS - Best of Edward G. Robinson

    In this bonus episode, I'm sharing my favorite Suspense shows starring the great Edward G. Robinson. Best known for his tough guy turns in movies like Little Caesar and Key Largo, Robinson played against type to great effect on "radio's outstanding theater of thrills." We'll hear him as a man accused of his imaginary wife's murder in "My Wife, Geraldine" (originally aired on CBS on March 1, 1945). Then he plays both himself and a very starstruck fan in "The Man Who Wanted to Be Edward G. Robinson" (originally aired on CBS on September 30, 1948). Finally, Robinson is a man coerced into an insurance fraud in "You Can't Die Twice" (originally aired on CBS on March 31, 1949).

    • 1 hr 35 min
    Robert Montgomery (Part 3)

    Robert Montgomery (Part 3)

    Before Humphrey Bogart played tortured writer Dix Steele on the big screen in In a Lonely Place, Robert Montgomery played the man with a deadly secret in an adaptation of the novel on Suspense. The actor and director of Lady in the Lake and Ride the Pink Horse is star, producer, and host of this sixty-minute version of Dorothy B. Hughes' novel (originally aired on CBS on March 6, 1948).

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Lurene Tuttle

    Lurene Tuttle

    Lurene Tuttle was the "first lady of radio" and one of the most-heard women in America during the 1940s and 50s. No matter where you turned your dial, you'd probably hear her on the air. She was Sam Spade's secretary, the Great Gildersleeve's niece, and the mom of Red Skelton's "mean widdle kid" Junior, just to mention a few. We'll hear her in a pair of radio thrillers - first as a woman held hostage by a gunman waiting to kill her husband in "The Tip" (originally aired on CBS on July 6, 1954). Then, she co-stars with Rosalind Russell in "The Sisters," a dark tale of sibling rivalry (originally aired on CBS on December 9, 1948).

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Agnes Moorehead (Part 9)

    Agnes Moorehead (Part 9)

    Agnes Moorehead contends with a shipwreck and armed robbers in two more old time radio thrillers starring "the first lady of Suspense." First, she stars in a tale pulled from the history books as a sea captain's wife who is marooned along with her husband and his crew in "The Wreck of the Maid of Athens" (originally aired on CBS on November 30, 1952). Then, she's trapped in a closed grocery store with a pair of gun-toting thieves who want to rob the safe and eliminate any witnesses in "Weekend Special - Death" (originally aired on CBS on May 24, 1954). 

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Frank Lovejoy (Part 4)

    Frank Lovejoy (Part 4)

    We kick off 2023 with Frank Lovejoy, star of radio (Night Beat), screen (I Was a Communist for the FBI, In a Lonely Place), and television (Meet McGraw). He co-stars with his wife Joan Banks as a married pair of entertainers caught in the path of a hurricane in "The Storm" (originally aired on CBS on March 2, 1953). Then, he's trapped in a carnival fun house with a dead body in "The Giant of Thermopalye" (originally aired on CBS on May 3, 1954). Plus we'll hear Lovejoy in "The Hangtree Affair" from The Whistler (originally aired on CBS on December 19, 1948).

    • 1 hr 37 min
    BONUS - Silver Bells, Silver Screen 2022

    BONUS - Silver Bells, Silver Screen 2022

    In our annual holiday bonus episode, we'll hear the film's original cast reunite for a radio recreation of It Happened on 5th Avenue. Charles Ruggles, Victor Moore, Gale Storm, and Don DeFore reprise their roles in this Christmas comedy about a hobo who makes his winter home in the New York mansion of the second richest man in the world, the evicted ex-GI who moves in, and the wealthy man's daughter who falls in with these friendly trespassers. This is an Armed Forces Radio Service rebroadcast of a show that originally aired on CBS on May 19, 1947.

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
326 Ratings

326 Ratings

SM Vito ,

Host adds so much!

Really missing the intros—hope your voice recovers soon!

Michael Paul Smith ,

Perfect

The episodes are lovingly curated, set up well (listen to the intros for context!), and then left alone, commercials and all. I wouldn’t change a thing.

SueJ1961 ,

Love how this podcast is organized

My favorite aspect of OTR is imagining my favorite movie stars on the radio, in roles they played on screen or roles I *wish* they’d played. I was listening to Suspense eps on free apps one after the other. So the way this podcast is set up with 2 shows featuring one star is perfect for me! Dates are included and the host’s intros are fun and informative. And the sound quality is excellent! Thanks so much!

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