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Thrillers which are radio plays

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I can't seem to find any threads here about radio plays, so I'll start one about radio play thrillers. Here are some favourites of mine which I have heard a number of times (and again recently):

From Suspense: Till Death Do Us Part by John Dickson Carr, starring Peter Lorre. Here, an evil math prof explains to his wife what exactly he has in store for her.

From Suspense: The Devil's Saint by John Dickson Carr, starring Peter Lorre. A young man wants to marry a woman he's just met, but first he has to "get past" her eccentric and creepy uncle by following certain instructions which he has for the young man.

From Suspense: Will You Make a Bet With Death? by John Dickson Carr. A man is on a slow boat ride at a carnival with a woman, and he is explaining to her a bet which he made with his nasty stepfather...a bet about death.

From Suspense: Want Ad, starring Robert Cummings. Brilliant inverted whodunit about a crook who gets exactly what's coming to him. Of all the inverted whodunits I've seen, or read, or heard on radio, this one I think has the best ending. Highly recommended.

From Suspense: The Doctor Prescribed Death, starring Bela Lugosi. A doctor has an unusual psychological theory: someone who is suicidal can be convinced to murder someone else, and he decides to find someone suicidal to "convert", so to speak.

From Suspense: The Fountain Plays, by Dorothy Sayers, starring Edmund Gwenn. A terrific story about blackmail and skeletons in the closet of a rich British homeowner. One of her best, for sure.

From Campbell's Playhouse: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, by Agatha Christie. Orson Welles plays both Poirot and Doctor Sheppard. Edna May Oliver plays the doctor's sister. I really like Orson Welles' introduction: he has some kind words to say about murder mysteries!

From The Weird Circle: A Terrible Night. Here's an example of what can happen to those who get lost in the Canadian wilderness... haha. Be aware!

From Inner Sanctum: The Voice on the Wire. A widow on an island is being terrorized by mysterious phone calls where the same person keeps telling her that she only has a few hours to live.

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When I first saw this topic, I immediately thought of "Sorry, Wrong Number".  It was quite a famous radio play with Agnes Moorehead.  Of course, they expanded the plot a lot when it was filmed.  And it gave Barbara Stanwyck one of her four Oscar nominations.

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Oh yes, I like that radio play, too.

After the movie Sorry Wrong Number was released, the movie script was shortened and adapted for radio. Barbara Stanwyck and Burt Lancaster star in the radio play as well. I think it's part of Lux Radio. (I can't remember.)

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Anyone here familiar with the Ellery Queen radio plays...in particular, the Ellery Queen minute mysteries? Those are the radio plays which I've been enjoying lately.

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I just listened to the Suspense radio play "In a Lonely Place," starring Robert Montgomery as Dix Steele. It was originally broadcast March 6, 1948 -- seventy years ago. It was amazing. Robert Montgomery's performance was especially noteworthy.

I read the book of the same name by Dorothy Hughes. It was fascinating to see how the radio play adapted the book's plot. Even with cuts from the plot, the radio play remained truer to the book than the film starring Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame, which is also fantastic.

All three are amazing.

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Thanks for the heads up on this play! I've seen the film so many times but I didn't realize that there was a radio play. Next time I choose a radio play from the Suspense series, it's going to be In a Lonely Place, for sure!

I should track down the book, too. Mystery novels and short stories are fun to read.

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Suspense, The Whistler, The Inner Sanctum, Lights-out, Murder By Experts, and The Molle Mystery Theater from the post-war '40's are my favorite classic radio shows. I love to listen to them on my vintage radios with the lights low. These particular shows are so loaded with what I call "Radio Noir" that it's impossible to pick particular episodes. I should add the "Lux Radio Theater" too because they presented many, many classic noir movies rewritten for radio with all or most of the original cast. It's absolutely true that using your imagination as you listen to these shows is a unique experience and in some ways even better than seeing it on the screen. 

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I'll need to check out some of those series. For example, I've never heard of Murder by Experts.

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19 hours ago, kjrwe said:

I'll need to check out some of those series. For example, I've never heard of Murder by Experts.

I actually just came across that one and found every episode to be riveting. I've used this site for years now. It has an amazing archive of radio shows: https://archive.org/details/oldtimeradio

Here is Murder By Experts : https://archive.org/details/OTRR_Murder_By_Experts_Singles

It's true "radio noir"! Enjoy.

 

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