Suspense (1949)

Suspense is an American television anthology series that ran on CBS Television from 1949 to 1954. It was adapted from the radio program of the same name which ran from 1942 to 1962. Like many early television programs, the show was broadcast live from New York City. It was sponsored by the Auto-Lite corporation, and each episode was introduced by host Rex Marshall, who promoted Auto-Lite spark plugs, car batteries, headlights, and other car parts. Some of the early scripts were adapted from Suspense radio scripts, while others were original for television. Like the radio program, many scripts were adaptations of literary classics by well-known authors. Classic authors such as Edgar Allan Poe, Agatha Christie, and Charles Dickens all had stories adapted for the series, while contemporary authors such as Roald Dahl and Gore Vidal also contributed. Many notable actors appeared on the program, including Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Franchot Tone, Robert Emhardt, Leslie Nielsen, Lloyd Bridges, and many more. The program was a live television series, but most episodes were recorded on kinescope. However, only about 90 of the 260 episodes survive today.

Release Date: 1949-01-06
Seasons: 1 2 3 4 5 6
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  • Country: US
  • Language: En
  • Runtime: 25
Walter Matthau
Walter Mattha...
Charlton Heston
Charlton Hest...
Jackie Cooper
Jackie Cooper
Paul Newman
Paul Newman
Paul Frees
Paul Frees
Anne Bancroft
Anne Bancroft
Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
Richard Boone
Richard Boone
Joseph Wiseman
Joseph Wisema...
William Prince
William Princ...
Janis Carter
Janis Carter
Lenka Peterson
Lenka Peterso...
Nina Foch
Nina Foch
Mark Roberts
Mark Roberts
Paul Ford
Paul Ford
John Carradine
John Carradin...
Anthony Ross
Anthony Ross
Rod Steiger
Rod Steiger
Lee Marvin
Lee Marvin
Stephen Elliott
Stephen Ellio...
George Mathews
George Mathew...
Cedric Hardwicke
Cedric Hardwi...
Henry Brandon
Henry Brandon
Paul Stewart
Paul Stewart
Royal Dano
Royal Dano
Hurd Hatfield
Hurd Hatfield
John Archer
John Archer
Martha Scott
Martha Scott
John Emery
John Emery
Dorothy Peterson
Dorothy Peter...
Otto Kruger
Otto Kruger
Robert Sterling
Robert Sterli...
Margaret Hayes
Margaret Haye...
Fay Bainter
Fay Bainter
Dennis O'Keefe
Dennis O'Keef...
Bela Lugosi
Bela Lugosi
Helmut Dantine
Helmut Dantin...
Jerome Cowan
Jerome Cowan
Jean Parker
Jean Parker
Peter Mark Richman
Peter Mark Ri...
Dorothy Hart
Dorothy Hart
Paul Langton
Paul Langton
Marjorie Gateson
Marjorie Gate...
Alan Baxter
Alan Baxter
Joan Blondell
Joan Blondell
Franchot Tone
Franchot Tone
Boris Karloff
Boris Karloff
Constance Bennett
Constance Ben...
Eddie Albert
Eddie Albert
Basil Rathbone
Basil Rathbon...
Anne Francis
Anne Francis
John Kerr
John Kerr
Thomas Mitchell
Thomas Mitche...
Ward Bond
Ward Bond
Brian Keith
Brian Keith
Eva Marie Saint
Eva Marie Sai...
Rebecca Welles
Rebecca Welle...
George Reeves
George Reeves
Viveca Lindfors
Viveca Lindfo...
Romney Brent
Romney Brent
Una O'Connor
Una O'Connor
Berry Kroeger
Berry Kroeger
Sally Forrest
Sally Forrest
Warren Stevens
Warren Steven...
Eileen Heckart
Eileen Heckar...
Cloris Leachman
Cloris Leachm...
Lilli Palmer
Lilli Palmer
Jack Palance
Jack Palance
Joan Lorring
Joan Lorring
Geraldine Fitzgerald
Geraldine Fit...
Lilia Skala
Lilia Skala
Nigel Green
Nigel Green
Christopher Plummer
Christopher P...
E.G. Marshall
E.G. Marshall
Murray Hamilton
Murray Hamilt...
Pat Hingle
Pat Hingle
Robert Middleton
Robert Middle...
Peter Capell
Peter Capell
Walter Slezak
Walter Slezak
Signe Hasso
Signe Hasso
Hume Cronyn
Hume Cronyn
Phyllis Kirk
Phyllis Kirk
Darren McGavin
Darren McGavi...
Peter Lorre
Peter Lorre
Edmon Ryan
Edmon Ryan
Annabella
Annabella
Skip Homeier
Skip Homeier
Jeff Chandler
Jeff Chandler
Kim Hunter
Kim Hunter
James Daly
James Daly
Edie Adams
Edie Adams
Peter Hobbs
Peter Hobbs
Francis L. Sullivan
Francis L. Su...
Sidney Blackmer
Sidney Blackm...
Alan Webb
Alan Webb
Beatrice Straight
Beatrice Stra...
James Gregory
James Gregory
Constance Ford
Constance For...
Red Buttons
Red Buttons
Frank Marth
Frank Marth
Denholm Elliott
Denholm Ellio...
Abe Vigoda
Abe Vigoda
Dick Haymes
Dick Haymes
Jo Van Fleet
Jo Van Fleet
John Forsythe
John Forsythe
Ann Rutherford
Ann Rutherfor...
Nita Talbot
Nita Talbot
Ruth Ford
Ruth Ford
Dick Foran
Dick Foran
Tom Drake
Tom Drake
Jeffrey Lynn
Jeffrey Lynn
Ben Cooper
Ben Cooper
Bruce Gordon
Bruce Gordon
Edith Atwater
Edith Atwater
Art Carney
Art Carney
Mike Wallace
Mike Wallace
Richard Coogan
Richard Cooga...
Pat Crowley
Pat Crowley
Gerald S. O'Loughlin
Gerald S. O'L...
Conrad Janis
Conrad Janis
Ruth McDevitt
Ruth McDevitt
Steven Hill
Steven Hill
Neva Patterson
Neva Patterso...
John Howard
John Howard
Richard Webb
Richard Webb
O.Z. Whitehead
O.Z. Whitehea...
Chester Morris
Chester Morri...
Martin E. Brooks
Martin E. Bro...
Robert Webber
Robert Webber
Claude Dauphin
Claude Dauphi...
Virginia Gilmore
Virginia Gilm...
Joan Chandler
Joan Chandler
Martin Kosleck
Martin Koslec...
Russell Collins
Russell Colli...
Richard Fraser
Richard Frase...
Betty Garde
Betty Garde
Ernest Truex
Ernest Truex
Eva Gabor
Eva Gabor
Arlene Francis
Arlene Franci...
Everett Sloane
Everett Sloan...
Olive Deering
Olive Deering
Otto Preminger
Otto Preminge...
Jayne Meadows
Jayne Meadows
Ross Martin
Ross Martin
Henry Hull
Henry Hull
Isobel Elsom
Isobel Elsom
Grace Kelly
Grace Kelly
Gene Barry
Gene Barry
Jack Lord
Jack Lord
Richard Kiley
Richard Kiley
Mary Sinclair
Mary Sinclair
Estelle Winwood
Estelle Winwo...
Wesley Addy
Wesley Addy
Nancy Kelly
Nancy Kelly
Henry Jones
Henry Jones
James Broderick
James Broderi...
Edward Binns
Edward Binns
Kay Medford
Kay Medford
Robert H. Harris
Robert H. Har...
Simon Oakland
Simon Oakland
Michael Strong
Michael Stron...
Peter Fernandez
Peter Fernand...
Harry Bellaver
Harry Bellave...
Dana Wynter
Dana Wynter
Charles Korvin
Charles Korvi...
Frankie Thomas
Frankie Thoma...
Anne Sargent
Anne Sargent
Paul Hartman
Paul Hartman
Wally Cox
Wally Cox
Steve Holland
Steve Holland
Susan Douglas Rubes
Susan Douglas...
Herbert Berghof
Herbert Bergh...
Parker Fennelly
Parker Fennel...
Rusty Lane
Rusty Lane
John Dall
John Dall
Margo
Margo
Stella Adler
Stella Adler
Jacqueline Susann
Jacqueline Su...
John Sylvester White
John Sylveste...
Patricia Breslin
Patricia Bres...
Luise Rainer
Luise Rainer
Scott McKay
Scott McKay
Patrick McVey
Patrick McVey
Will Hare
Will Hare
Judith Evelyn
Judith Evelyn
Joan Copeland
Joan Copeland
Patty Jenkins
Patty Jenkins
Carlos Montalbán
Carlos Montal...
Mario Gallo
Mario Gallo
Logan Ramsey
Logan Ramsey
Bernard Kates
Bernard Kates
Jack Livesey
Jack Livesey
John Conte
John Conte
Joshua Shelley
Joshua Shelle...
Rita Lynn
Rita Lynn
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