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