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Post by greybelt on 5/3/2018, 7:32 am

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Post by artatoldotr on 5/3/2018, 9:30 am

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Post by mstevens90 on 5/3/2018, 5:20 pm

Jerry H. noted otr dealer has just post a new suspense on facebook

Suspense 570915 716 Night On Red Mountain


just thought you should know.

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Post by greybelt on 5/3/2018, 9:35 pm

The link to that missing episode is at
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These are abridged notes I posted on that FB thread:

This script was done FOUR times on Suspense. First it was "Nobody Ever Quits" on 1955-03-08. Then it got the "Red Mountain" title for this performance broadcast on 1957-09-15. This one has Crenna and Anne Diamond. It was done again with Crenna and Doris Singleton broadcast on 1959-01-11. There are many old compilations of the Suspense series on reel and low encode mp3 that have this 1959 broadcast in the spot of the 1957 one. This is the real thing. Then it was done again in New York with Mandel Kramer and broadcast on 1960-11-20. There were many old Suspense sets that even had this episode in the 1957 spot! But here's what Jerry's referring to -- there's ANOTHER copy of this 1957 episode that is around that was a later release by AFRTS that has different "commercials"! So in the span of about ten days TWO copies of this missing program came to light. This one has the first AFRTS announcement about counterfeiting. The later one, probably released by AFRTS in the 1960s has "Communism" as its first announcement topic. Being a Suspense "completist" I'm THRILLED to have both! The AFRTS audience loved Suspense from the years of its initial run and through the 1980s. Surveys of listeners always had it at the top of their list of favorites. Many service personnel were deployed in regions that did not have television in the 1970s and 1980s, so service personnel and their families got a taste of radio's golden age with Suspense as its own program or as "Adventure Theater" or other titles. Suspense fit the bill very well for what AFRTS needed because of its anthology format that gave the stories a longer broadcast life while other entertainment formats could sound dated rather soon. Because it was so well-liked, the many AFRTS releases over the years ensured that much of the late 1950s era shows would not otherwise exist for us today.
Let's give Mr H a special round of applause for sharing this missing episode, but let's not forget it was through his efforts that another missing episode, "This Was a Hero," was made available. That episode was performed only once, so finding that was extraordinarily special! If you missed it, look for it at [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] on the Sept 17, 2017 broadcast.

This is a link to that second version of the AFRTS release; I think it has cleaner sound. The AFRTS number is probably somewhere in the 940s or 950s, but there is no label image available to verify that.
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But I am happy to share both as I'm the Cobaltian Completist!
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Post by artatoldotr on 5/4/2018, 8:02 am

Thanks for all the info & links greybelt

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Post by greybelt on 5/4/2018, 4:42 pm

Suspense_1960-09-18_StatementOfFact_wRitaLloyd UPGRADE STILL LQ.mp3
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Post by Harlow Wilcox on 5/4/2018, 5:20 pm

Wow! Nice! thank you greybelt!
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Post by greybelt on 5/5/2018, 6:30 am

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Post by artatoldotr on 5/5/2018, 8:23 am

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Post by Tom-In-Ohio on 5/5/2018, 9:54 am

Thank you very much for the link to this episode of Suspense. I don't have a FB account. - Tom

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Post by greybelt on 5/6/2018, 7:37 am

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Post by artatoldotr on 5/6/2018, 8:52 am

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Post by Harlow Wilcox on 5/6/2018, 10:08 am

Thank you greybelt!
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Post by greybelt on 5/7/2018, 3:34 am

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Post by artatoldotr on 5/7/2018, 10:22 am

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Post by greybelt on 5/8/2018, 6:25 am

(Please note that a couple of posts back I have added a second newspaper clip for Inferno.)

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Post by artatoldotr on 5/8/2018, 8:11 am

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Post by greybelt on 5/9/2018, 6:07 am

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No newspaper entries could be found.
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Post by artatoldotr on 5/9/2018, 8:05 am

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Post by greybelt on 5/10/2018, 7:32 am

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The clip of the end of Johnny Dollar that appears at the beginning of some of the episodes of Suspense have been helpful to John Abbott as he recently finished an update to the three-volume (marvelous) work on the series. It will be released soon, with lots of updates to the episode summaries, various tweaks here and there that improve the original. The Dollar series did not get much newspaper coverage, usually because editors of the TV-radio pages dismissed it as formulaic. Suspense could be different every week, and highlighting it became a higher editorial priority.

It's funny how some Suspense episodes in this era get zero mention in the papers, and for some reason this one was picked up more often.

1961-07-15 Indianapolis News


1961-07-16 Los Angeles Times


1961-07-16 Lubbock TX Avalanche-Journal


1961-07-16 Rochester NY Democrat & Chronicle


1961-07-23 Arizona Republic
I have no clue why this one appeared a week late!

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Post by artatoldotr on 5/10/2018, 8:22 am

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Post by Harlow Wilcox on 5/10/2018, 11:39 am

Thank you greybelt!
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Post by greybelt on 5/11/2018, 1:56 am

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1961-07-29 Indianapolis News


Evie Juster and Larry Haines were at the first radio convention I ever went to, the 1976 OTR convention in Meriden, Connecticut. This was the first convention after the previous SAVE conventions "collapsed" (Society of American Vintage radio Enthusiasts). This 1976 one was the first in two years, if I'm remembering correctly. It was twice in Meriden before moving to Bridgeport in 1978 until 1981 or 1982. It was initially a one-day event in '76. It wasn’t even “Friends of Old Time Radio” yet.

But among those early guests was Evie Juster. One of the things Evie's specialties at that time for commercials and even some TV shows: she could imitate the sound of a baby crying better and more predictably than babies on stage or on the set, or even recordings!
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Post by artatoldotr on 5/11/2018, 9:06 am

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Post by greybelt on 5/11/2018, 5:10 pm

I won't be able to post for the next few days because of a happy family occasion. So here's a few shows to fill in for my absence.

Suspense_1961-08-06_Bells_wBillLipton&RosemaryRice OPENING IS 'AndNowATale' UPGRADE-3.mp3
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There are a couple of versions of this episode with slightly different openings. The other one starts with "And now, another tale..." I'm not sure why. One reason could be that Suspense continued to be fed to stations for the year or so when the original productions went off the air, and perhaps those were re-edited for reasons unknown. There are a few in the collection that are this way.

1961-08-06 Miami FL News


Rosemary Rice became an OTR fan favorite at the Cincinnati and FOTR conventions.

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Suspense_1961-08-20_MurderIsAMatterOfOpinion_wPMeader UPGRADE-3 CBS NEWS AT END.mp3
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Suspense_1961-08-20_MurderIsAMatterOfOpinion_wPMeader UPGRADE-4 NO NEWS.mp3
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There were no newspaper highlights located for this episode.

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Suspense_1961-08-27_SoldToSatan_wKermitMurdock UPGRADE-3.mp3
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I love this first description which could fit nearly all Suspense stories and practically every drama ever written: "An unexpected development brings the story to a dramatic conclusion." HA! That's as good as one I saw many years ago in a newspaper listing for a Hogan's Heroes repeat episode: "Hogan tricks Klink." !!


1961-08-26 Elmira NY Star-Gazette


1961-08-27 Miami FL News


1961-08-27 Tampa Bay FL Times

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Suspense_1961-09-03_JuvenileRebellion_wJimseySummers UPGRADE-2.mp3
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There is a typo in the file name that I need to change. It should be "Jimsey Somers." She was a child actor on Broadway in the 1940s, and appeared on radio now and then. She was active in 1950s television. The last entry for her in IMDB is 1961, when she was 24, so this program appears to be in the final year of her professional career. I found a publicity shot of her here [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] when she appeared on TV's Peter Gunn. At her age, her casting for this episode makes sense. The last credit of any kind I can find for her in newspaper searches happens to be for radio, and is for 1965 in the Theater Five episode "A Little Knowledge."

1961-09-03 Los Angeles Times


1961-09-03 Tampa Bay FL Times
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this highlight gets the spelling of her name wrong in a different way)
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