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DateNumberEpisode titleSURVIVING RECORDINGSComments,
historical items,
trivia
PeriodLocation
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Network of any kindAFRS/ AFRTSAircheck (included in network column)'70s/'80s
AFRTS
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1940-07-22AUDThe Lodger (audition)YPart of CBS Forecast series; Hitchcock listed as producer; because Hitchcock had to go to New York City, British actor Edmond Stevens imitated him at end of program; script by Harold Medford; Vanda regretted the script's open end conclusion after advertisers used it as justification against sponsoring a Suspense seriesAuditionNew York
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1942-06-171The Burning CourtYActor Ted Osborne is the only cast member of this first Suspense broadcast to appear in the final broadcast of the series on September 30, 1962Summer 1942New York
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1942-06-242Wet SaturdayY"The Life of Nellie James" originally announced for this date; this performance includes Joan Lorring who is one of three actors to appear in the inaugural summer season of Suspense and its final seasonSummer 1942New York
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1942-07-013The Life of Nellie Jamesmissingmissing single performance; Loretta Young was originally cast for this episode, but she did not appear on Suspense until 1950-03-02 Lady Killer; originally planned as first episode of the series; first script that was not an adaptation of an existing work; "Rope" originally announced for this date; this was the first of three productions based on the famous 1892 case of Lizzie Borden and the murder of her parents in Fall River, MassachusettsSummer 1942New York
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1942-07-084Ropemissingmissing single performance; based on the Leopold and Loeb murder case of 1924; Hitchcock would release his movie in 1948; originally planned for Melvyn Douglas as the 1942-07-01 broadcast; some newspapers announce "Nellie James" for this date; recreated by Sole Twin Audios in 2022Summer 1942New York
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1942-07-155Witness on the West-Bound Trainmissingmissing single performance; last program produced by Charles Vanda prior to joining war effort and assisting in development of AFRS; script adapted by Harold Medford from one of his Calling All Cars episodesSummer 1942New York
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1942-07-226Finishing Schoolmissingfrom short story "The Third Eye"; there are newspaper listings that incorrectly list "Third Eye" and "Finishing School" as separate performances; this particular performance may be missing but it was performed again on 1943-12-30Summer 1942New York
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1942-07-297Philomel Cottagept 2 onlythis particular performance may be missing but it was performed again on 1943-10-07 and 1946-12-26; "The Lodger" was originally announced for this dateSummer 1942New York
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1942-08-05LIKELY NO BROADCAST
THIS WEEK
no script or other resource material exists for this date in any archive that indicates a broadcast on this date; all Suspense logs have had one pre-empted week in the Summer 1942 run, usually 1942-07-22; based on hard copies of scripts for the other weeks and other production references, this is the skipped week by process of elimination; newspaper timetables have no pre-empted weeks and have conflicting script information for many weeks
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1942-08-128Suspicionmissingthis particular performance may be missing but it was performed again on 1944-02-10 and 1948-04-03Summer 1942New York
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1942-08-199The Cave of Ali BabaYYshow opens with WW2 Victory PSA; "One Hundred in the Dark" originally scheduled for this date; earliest circulating performance with William Spier as producer; two copies are in circulation, one full program and the other with the Victory PSA edited out; this performance includes Ian Martin who is one of three actors to appear in the inaugural summer season of Suspense and its final seasonSummer 1942New York
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1942-09-0210The Hitch-HikerYYYre-use of Lady Esther script 1941-11-14 (only a recording of the drama portion of the 1941 broadcast is available; the full program is not available); first Suspense production of a Lucille Fletcher script; possible inside joke after 18m where Welles' character is on a lonely road through a farm area with sound effect of mooing cows in the background and his character says he is "udder-ly alone"; the effect is in the 1941 performance, the October 1942 Philip Morris performance is missing, so it is not known, and the sound effect is not used in the 1946 Mercury Summer Theater performanceSummer 1942New York
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1942-09-1611The Kettler MethodYre-use of Shadow script "Nightmare at Gaelsbury" which itself was later re-used in the Shadow series as "Terror at Wolf's Head Knoll"Summer 1942New York
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1942-09-2312A Passage to BenaresYSummer 1942New York
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1942-09-3013One Hundred in the DarkYThis was planned to be the conclusion of the series, but there was significant CBS executive and listening audience support for the series to continue despite not having a sponsorSummer 1942New York
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1942-10-2714The Lord of the Witch DoctorsYJohn Dickson Carr started a special run as the main scriptwriter for Suspense. His hiring was a major boost to the program as he was a prominent and popular mystery novelist. This was an adaptation of a BBC play by Carr that was originally broadcast there on 1941-09-13NY sustainedNew York
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1942-11-0315The Devil in the Summer HouseYThe show begins with the reading of the various definitions of "suspense"; it is used again at the beginning of the ill-fated hour-long series in January 1948; this was originally a BBC "Detection Club" hour-long presentation featuring Carr's character Dr. Fell and was broadcast on 1940-10-15NY sustainedNew York
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1942-11-1016Will You Make a Bet with Death?Yscript was used in BBC Appointment with Fear series 1943-10-14NY sustainedNew York
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1942-11-1717Menace in WaxYscript was used in BBC Appointment with Fear series 1943-11-18NY sustainedNew York
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1942-11-2418The Body SnatchersYscript was used in BBC Appointment with Fear series 1943-09-30NY sustainedNew York
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1942-12-0119The Bride VanishesYScript was re-used on 1948-12-12 Cabin B13 seriesNY sustainedNew York
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1942-12-1520Till Death Do Us PartY"Hollywood guest star" policy officially begins; this title used twice in series with different storylines and authors; this is by John Dickson Carr and plot is that a British professor believes his wife has desire for a young American doctor; script was re-used on 1948-12-12 for the Cabin B13 series NY sustainedNew York
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1942-12-2221Two Sharp KnivesYNY sustainedNew York
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1943-01-0522Nothing up My SleeveYYaircheck opens with Thin Man promo which is believed to indicate that this is an aircheck and not the studio recordingNY sustainedNew York
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1943-01-1223The Pit and the PendulumYfirst time narrator refers to himself as "Man in Black"; played by Ted Osborne; script was used in BBC Appointment with Fear series 1943-09-18NY sustainedNew York
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1943-01-1924The Devil's SaintYAFRTS Radio Theater #2069 known to existscript was used in BBC Appointment with Fear series 1943-10-21; script was also re-used on the 1948-12-26 Cabin B-13 series as "The Sleep of Death"NY sustainedNew York
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1943-01-2625Death Went Along for the Ridept 2 onlythis particular performance may be missing but it was performed again on 1944-04-27NY sustainedNew York
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1943-02-0226The Doctor Prescribed DeathYspecial Hollywood broadcast; script was later used on The Whistler 1944-06-11NY sustainedHollywood
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1943-02-0927The Hangman Won't Waitpt 1 onlymissing single performance; special Hollywood broadcast; script was used in BBC Appointment with Fear series as The Clock Strikes Eight 1944-05-18NY sustainedHollywood
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1943-02-1628In Fear and TremblingYidentified as #17 in MacKenzie AFRS referenceAFRTS Radio Theater #2074 known to existspecial Hollywood broadcast; script was used earlier on The Whistler 1942-09-27 "Jealousy"NY sustainedHollywood
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1943-02-2329Will You Walk into My Parlorpt 1 onlymissing single performanceNY sustainedNew York
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1943-03-0230The Night Revealsmissingthis particular performance may be missing but it was performed again on 1943-12-09, 1946-04-16, and 1949-05-26; cast was originally announced as Henry Hull and Constance BennettNY sustainedNew York
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1943-03-0931The Phantom Archermissingmissing single performance; script was used in BBC Appointment with Fear series 1943-11-04NY sustainedNew York
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1943-03-1632Cabin B -13missingthis particular performance may be missing but it was performed again on 1943-11-09; script was used in BBC Appointment with Fear series on 1943-09-11; script adapted to movie "Dangerous Crossing" in 1953NY sustainedNew York
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1943-03-2333The Customers Like MurderY
script was used in BBC Appointment with Fear series 1943-10-07
NY sustainedNew York
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1943-03-3034The Dead Sleep LightlyYwas originally presented on the BBC in September 1941 as a Dr. Fell mysteryNY sustainedNew York
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1943-04-0635Fire Burn and Cauldron BubbleYscript was used in BBC Appointment with Fear series 1943-10-28; final New York production except for three episodes in 1947 and one in 1953 until the ultimate return in August 1959NY sustainedNew York
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1943-04-1336Fear Paints a PictureYHwood sustainedHollywood
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1943-04-2037The Moment of DarknessYHwood sustainedHollywood
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1943-04-2738The Diary of Sophronia WintersYSpier would re-use the script for 1949-04-29 Philip Morris PlayhouseHwood sustainedHollywood
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1943-05-0439Death Flies BlindYsupporting actor Montagu Love (Silas Naylor role) died two weeks after his performance; script was used in BBC Appointment with Fear series 1944-04-20Hwood sustainedHollywood
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1943-05-1140Mr Markham, Antique DealerYThe original Agatha Christie novel included detective Hercule Poirot, but this adaptation did not; this is the first Suspense script by Robert Tallman who would collaborate with Spier on Sam Spade and Spier's TV series effort, OmnibusHwood sustainedHollywood
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1943-05-1841The ABC MurdersYAFRS#9Hwood sustainedHollywood
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1943-05-2542Sorry, Wrong NumberYAFRS #8original titles "You Can Always Telephone," "I'm So Nervous," "She Overheard Death Talking," "She Overheard Death Speaking," "She Overheard Murder Speaking," "If at First You Don't Succeed"; missed cue at end muddles conclusion for listeners, helped make this episode legendary; Suspense had only one broadcast, the idea that there was a correct west coast broadcast is incorrect and has been disproven, but the rumor persists; separate east and west broadcasts did not occur until only two weekends in August 1943, and not again until the Roma Wines sponsorship beginning in December 1943Hwood sustainedHollywood
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1943-06-0143Banquo's ChairYmentions flub in SWN; original titles were "The Extra Guest" and "Extra Chair"; Spier would re-use the script for 1949-03-25 Philip Morris PlayhouseHwood sustainedHollywood
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1943-06-0844Five Canaries in the RoomYWHAS partial segmentVincent Price was originally planned as starHwood sustainedHollywood
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1943-06-1545Last NightY2 different versionsIncome tax announcement at open of one recording; the other recording has a piano solo until network feed is fixed at 2:30 of broadcast; it is believed that the "piano broadcast" is from Seattle station KIRO; the pianist is Carol Marsh, who had a musical program of piano music in the CBS schedule that usually aired weekday mornings in the early 1940s; searching for information about Marsh is difficult because there was a young British actress with the same name who was also in the news at the time; it is not known if it is a recording of Marsh that was played or if she was on call that evening to play live in case there was a broadcast interruptionHwood sustainedHollywood
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1943-06-2246The Man Without a BodyYVariety reports in its issue of this date that John Dickson Carr was recalled to the UK to assist in the war effort; he had been recalled from the UK in August 1942 to register for the US draft; the US agreed to allow Carr to go to the UK to work in the British propaganda effort. By the time this episode aired, Carr was already back in EnglandHwood sustainedHollywood
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1943-06-2947Uncle Henry's Rose BushYAFRS#4last Kearns as "Man in Black" until 1943-09-23Hwood sustainedHollywood
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1943-07-0648The White Rose MurdersYclaimed that this episode inspired Los Angeles area serial killer George Hodel; Jim Bannon, and possibly others, substituted for Kearns in this and following weeks as he recovered from a broken jaw; the actors who subbed for Kearns is poorly documented and either mis-credited or uncredited in those particular episodes; Kearns did appear on other programs such as Lights Out in August, but not SuspenseHwood sustainedHollywood
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1943-07-2049Murder Goes for a SwimYRobert Shayon directed for next three episodes as Spier recovers from first heart attack; Suspense had been cancelled the prior week because of Spier's absenceHwood sustainedHollywood
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1943-07-2750The Last Letter of Dr BronsonYWHAS part 1 onlyHwood sustainedHollywood
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1943-08-0351A Friend to AlexanderYNewspaper clippings indicate press releases had title as "A Friend of Alexander," but Thurber's original story is "to," correctly announced in broadcastHwood sustainedHollywood
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1943-08-1052The Fountain PlaysYSorry Wrong Number repeat performance originally scheduled for this date; likely held for publicity purposes for its move to Thursday nights for the new seasonHwood sustainedHollywood
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1943-08-2153Sorry, Wrong NumberE&WY (CJOR Canada)repeat of 1943-05-25; special Saturday broadcast with 7:30pm ET (4:30 PT in studio) and 8pm PT (broadcast and in studio) for first east-west broadcasts; the 8pm PT / 11pm ET broadcast was available nationally if stations desired it; west broadcast is a Vancouver BC recording at CJOR - was meant to be a private recording from network feed for an actor studying Moorehead's technique and was not broadcast over the stationHwood sustainedHollywood
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1943-08-2854The King's BirthdayE&Wspecial Saturday broadcast with 7:30pm ET (4:30 PT in studio) and 8pm PT (broadcast and in studio) for first east-west broadcasts; the 8pm PT / 11pm ET broadcast was available nationally if stations desired it; the east recording closes with tease for next week with ET and PT times; the west recording has tease only for PT time; this story was included in Suspense Magazine #2Hwood sustainedHollywood
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1943-09-0255The Singing WallsYreturn to single national performanceHwood sustainedHollywood
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1943-09-0956Marry for MurderYthis story was included in Suspense Magazine #2Hwood sustainedHollywood
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1943-09-1657The Cross-Eyed BearYAFRS #21Novelist Dorothy Hughes only received word the morning of the broadcast that the planned adaptation of "Cross-Eyed Bear Murders" was being performed that night; she later told her local Santa Fe, NM newspaper that the dramatization was a "beautiful job" of her work.Hwood sustainedHollywood
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1943-09-2358The Most Dangerous GameYAFRS #23Kearns returns as "Man in Black"; Spier returns to work in full, becoming producer-editor-directorHwood sustainedHollywood
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1943-09-3059The Lost SpecialNAFRS #24Hwood sustainedHollywood
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1943-10-0760Philomel CottageYYrepeat of 1942-07-29; begins with promo for the Moore-Durante program; Donovan's Brain (part 1) originally scheduled for this date, likely the request of Republic Pictures to delay until after their film adaptation "The Lady and the Monster" release in April 1944; Welles had used Republic's screenplay to develop radio adaptationHwood sustainedHollywood
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1943-10-1961Lazarus WalksNYbecause network recording does not exist, it is not known if the two different day broadcast plan is announced; Donovan's Brain (part 2) originally scheduled for this date; selection of this script may have been near last-minute as no newspaper clippings can be found for this script's productionHwood sustainedHollywood
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1943-10-2662The After Dinner StoryYPlan for separate day broadcasts for East & Central and Mountain & Pacific beginning 1943-12-02 is announced at end of programHwood sustainedHollywood
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1943-11-0263Statement of Employee Henry WilsonYPlan for separate day broadcasts is repeated; this story was included in Suspense Magazine #3Hwood sustainedHollywood
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1943-11-0964Cabin B-13YYYrepeat of 1943-03-16; plan for separate day broadcasts is repeatedHwood sustainedHollywood
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1943-11-1665Thieves Fall OutYPlan for separate day broadcasts is repeated; this story was included in Suspense Magazine #2Hwood sustainedHollywood
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1943-11-2366The Strange Death of Charles UmbersteinYYPlan for separate day broadcasts is repeated; first radio script of E. Jack Neuman, who would become a legendary radio writer; this story was included in Suspense Magazine #4Hwood sustainedHollywood
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1943-12-0267 ThuThe Black CurtainY (assumed)One copy of performance exists, says "next week" no specific day; repeat of 1943-12-02; first time phrases "radio's outstanding theater of thrills" and "a tale well calculated..." are used; Frank Martin is Roma announcer

East + Central had Thursday broadcasts, Mountain + West had separate Monday performances; CBS could not clear time for same-day Pacific Network broadasts because of prior advertising commitments
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1943-12-0667 MonThe Black Curtainmissing
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1943-12-0968 ThuThe Night RevealsYrepeat of 1943-03-02; title sent to newspapers was "The Night Revealed"Roma 2xHollywood
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1943-12-1368 MonThe Night Revealsmissing
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1943-12-1669 ThuWet SaturdayYAFRS #30 (west)AFRS is drawn from West (Monday) broadcast: East at 26:30 has “I told you to keep still, George, I am thinking” and AFRS at 24:00 has "I told you to keep still, George, I’m…your father’s thinking” ; repeat of 1942-06-24Roma 2xHollywood
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1943-12-2069 MonWet Saturdaymissing
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1943-12-2370 ThuBack for ChristmasYRoma 2xHollywood
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1943-12-2770 MonBack for Christmasmissing
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1943-12-3071 ThuFinishing SchoolYY (west)AFRS is from west (Monday) broadcast; AFRS 1:55 "Just as I saw them that very first time" while east is 1:45 "Just as I saw them the very first time"; also AFRS 3:36 "I'll hear about it.." and east is 3:34 "I'll, I'll hear about it..."Roma 2xHollywood
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1944-01-0371 MonFinishing Schoolmissing
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1944-01-0672 ThuOne Way Ride to NowhereYAFRS #34 (west)script adapted to become movie "Last Crooked Mile" in 1948; AFRS recording is from the West broadcast; East 20:28 "...and ask for a bellhop named, uh, Ted Martin"; AFRS 18:51 "...and ask for a bellhop named Ted Martin"; this story was included in Suspense Magazine #2Roma 2xHollywood
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1944-01-1072 MonOne Way Ride to Nowheremissing
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1944-01-1373 ThuDime a DanceYidentified as #35 in MacKenzie AFRS referenceY (east)Ball made suggestions for changes that resulted in Spier re-writing the script for the Thursday broadcast; Spier was still making changes as the show was on the air, and Ball read the last three pages cold, without rehearsal. It can be assumed that all of the changes were fully integrated for the west broadcast; AFRTS episode is same as the east network as Ball stumbles over a line and comes out with some unintelligible sounds midway through network 15:53: If he enjoyed hurting her like that [?] when she was still alive he enjoyed dancing with her after she was dead and matches 13:01 AFRTSRoma 2xHollywood
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1944-01-1773 MonDime a Dancemissing
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1944-01-2074 ThuA World of DarknessYthis story was included in Suspense Magazine #3Roma 2xHollywood
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1944-01-2474 MonA World of Darknessmissing
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1944-01-2775 ThuThe Locked RoomYAFRS #37 (west)originally titled "The Locked Door"
WC at 25:56: “After you drink it you’ll not mind what else is necessary.”
EC at 26:02: “After you drink it you'll…you’ll not mind what else is necessary.”
AFRS at 23:24: “After you drink it you’ll not mind what else is necessary.”
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1944-01-3175 MonThe Locked RoomY
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1944-02-0376 ThuThe SistersYknown to exist, #38Roma 2xHollywood
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1944-02-0776 MonThe SistersY
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1944-02-1077 ThuSuspicionYAFRS #39 (west)repeat of 1942-08-12; the AFRS version is from the west coast broadcast; the east broadcast has at 17:32 "Tomorrow or next day, when he’s quite well, mind you, I’d like to have you….have him….come down to the office…" while the AFRS has at 15:49 "Now, tomorrow or next day, when he’s quite well, mind you, I’d like to have him come to my office…"Roma 2xHollywood
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1944-02-1477 MonSuspicionmissing
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1944-02-1778 ThuLife Ends at Midnightmissingthis story was included in Suspense Magazine #4Roma 2xHollywood
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1944-02-2178 MonLife Ends at MidnightY
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1944-02-2479 ThuSorry, Wrong NumbermissingAFRS #41 (west)repeat of 1943-05-25 and 1943-08-21; AFRS recording is from the west broadcast as drama dialogue matches throughoutRoma 2xHollywood
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1944-02-2879 MonSorry, Wrong NumberY
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1944-03-0280 ThuPortrait Without a FaceYThe Defense Rests originally scheduled for these dates; this story was included in Suspense Magazine #1Roma 2xHollywood
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1944-03-0680 MonPortrait Without a FaceY
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1944-03-0981 ThuThe Defense RestsYY (west)Y (east)east 26:46 is “Yes, yes, I did it, I did it, I…I killed him…” and AFRTS is 24:58: “Yes, yes, I did it, I did it, I…I killed him…” while west is 26:43 “Yes…yes, I…I…I did it, I killed him but…” therefore the AFRTS recording is from the east broadcast; a private aircheck with station changes matches the west broadcast at 28:01; this story was included in Suspense Magazine #1Roma 2xHollywood
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1944-03-1381 MonThe Defense RestsY