Audio dramas from the era of classic radio. Chills, thrills, Suspense, ghost stories, and dark fantasy. Get your fix for creepy tales just like your grand parents used to do. Turn out the light and listen in the dark, if you dare.
Quiet Please – Cornelia. ep5, 470720
Audio is fairly clear. Maybe even good.
Ernest Chapel goes into flashback, and tells about a special girl. Cornelia held a special place for Ernest. Then there’s Barbara, a romance from his old school days. Cornelia was quite the looker, and could have had any boy at school she wanted. Problems begin at the soda fountain, with a rivalry for the same boy. What’s a boy to do, but fall for the spell of love over him?
Swayed to marry Cornelia, they begin a comfortable household, but Barbara is still around to cause problems. Will old fashioned virtues hold up? Secrets are soon made plain, and Cornelia admits she only married for money. What would happen if the money was lost… in the stock market crash, for example? Love turns into relentless, and unforgiving nagging.
Will Ernest be patient enough to bide his time, and wait for Cornelia to die? If Cornelia dies, will she keep her promise to come back, and never let him go? Of course, she dies, and he marries Barbara, but will they be happy? Will Cornelia still get her revenge?
The Whistler – The Blind Bet. ep213, 460624
Tom Braiden lurks in the bushes, watching the luminous dial of his wristwatch. Is he trying to get back at his partner, John Warren, and keep all their gambling profits to himself? A foolproof crime is staged as the gas is turned on in the room of the drunken, sleeping John.
Tom also has a problem of collecting on a note from Hazel, who is in bad health, and a fellow gambler. How will the two react when word of John and his accident with the gas valve arrives to them? Hazel decides to get out of her dangerous game, but with a ruthless player like Tom, it could be too late. Her doctor friend knows what hazel intends, but Tom watches their actions from a distance, and with skeptical eyes. She’s going to tear up his debt and be free of him, but as Tom sees the circumstances, it appears to be the opposite.
He sees no other way out of what he thinks is Hazel wanting to claim payment on her note for a half million dollars, and he sneaks into her room and kils her. Willhe Tom find that note? Can Tom cover his tracks in the murder? The Whistler as a final word on the outcome, which is also a last word from hazel.
CBS Radio Mystery Theater – Look Who’s Coming. 790611
A long time married couple bicker over their tastes in television shows. Harry prefers science fiction shows for their escapist style, and detachment from reality. Florence prefers serials and soap operas, for their real life, human drama. She tries to explain why she likes them so much. It’s almost like real people you know, and you can stay in touch with the tragedy and good times in their lives. Going to his friend Mark, who is also a psychiatrist, Harry shares that he knows things aren’t quite right, but he’s not sure what to do to change. At least it’s a step in the right direction.
Wierd things begin to happen when what appears to be a science fiction show preempts Florence’s favorite soap opera. Is this a crossed signal at the TV station? Is her friends seeing this as well? Her friend, Grace, is Mark’s wife, but what answers might she be able to offer? When Florence brings up her thought that space aliens might be trying to contact her, Grace, Mark, and Harry are all ready to send her off to the mental hospital.
Is Florence becoming delusional, or are the space aliens real? Is this all a part of hidden emotions that Mark, the psychiatrist could help with? Listen in to see just how real the aliens are, and their true motive for contact. Learn what Harry can do for his wife, if anything. The peace and survival of the universe depends on it.
PS: For the sake of the episode, the aliens seem real enough. At the least, I think that this married couple could use a good dose of marital counselling. Nothing that a little communication, and understanding might not cure. Doing more to serve the needs of the spouce can go a long way in having your personal needs met. Don’t be afraid to be the one to act first.
Just my personal marital tip of the day.
CBS Radio Mystery Theater – The Pardon. 790606
Some people just seem to never get a break, and have nothing but bad luck. Jack is a middle aged man who has been forced to leave his coal mining job due to an injury on the job. On top of that his in laws live with him, and though his mother in law claims to have money stashed away, she doesn’t contribute to the household. Jack has the chance to buy his own business, if only mom will kick in with a little cash to back him.
After an argument, mom is found dead. Jack let’s his insensitive side take over, and he ransacks the old woman’s trunk, ignoring the concerns of his wife and father in law. The frustrated Jack doesn’t find any money, but is blamed for killing his mother in law. What do his wife, and her dad think of the events? As Jack is taken to jail he threatens revenge when he is released. Is it an empty threat, or a promise to worry about?
Jack’s wife has been feeling guilty that she didn’t do more for his defense, and fears what her husband might do is he gets out. Her fear is compounded when she learns Jack could be out early for good behavior. Is it just her conscience, or is there a real danger? Jack is released, but who is the one in danger? Has he changed? Is he still angry? There’s still one more death before the show is over, and it might surprise you to discover who it will be.
Suspense – Sorry Wrong Number (East Coast). ep43, 430525
Features Agnes Moorehead. A story of a woman who overheard a telephone conversation when lines get crossed. She hears plans for a murder. What should she do?
The phone operators are no help. She tries to report what she heard to the police. Details unfold. We learn that this woman is an invalid who is confined to bed, she lives in an area of town that fits the description that matches what she heard of the murder plans. The cops try to assure her, but she grows more frantic. If only she could get through to her husband, but his line is always busy. Her emotions are driven to a peak when her phone begins ringing, but nobody is there when she answers.
The roller coaster ride of nerves and emotion is renewed when the woman learns that her husband was called out of town on business. As the time for murder draws near, paranoia runs high. Listen in and live through the suspense of this story. Are the killers after her? Is she just paranoid?
Trivia Alert: The designation, East Coast, in the show title indicates that this the version of the show that aired in the East. Due to time zones, it was a common thing to transcribe the show to air at a more convenient time for other time zones. Sometimes a different recording was done to fix flubbed lines, or to change jokes for comedy programs.
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Suspense – The ABC Murders (Charles Laughton). ep42, 430518
Features Charles Laughton. A mild-mannered man and the initials ABC are the center of an organized set of murders. A story by Agatha Christie.
A traveling salesman who has had a few too many failed sales deals. He begins to become forgetful, and suffers from headaches. Victims die in alphabetical order. Is it all just part a big medical disorder? Or has it all been planned?
Scotland Yard manages to track down the fingerprints, and the typewriter used, and connect it all to stop the killer. It looks like the end for our forgetful salesman… or is it?
As an avid OTR listener, it’s hard to choose from the thousands of shows. The shows that come out from time to time here has shows I hadn’t thought of hearing.