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Suspense - My Dear Niece

April 12th, 2008

Here's an example of how an OTR show can sound if it's taken from an original master that luckily survives in good condition. It's also an example of an unreleased screw-up by Armed Forces Radio.

"Suspense" was a long-running CBS thriller series and this episode, "My Dear Niece", was originally broadcast on January 24, 1946. The story concerns an elderly woman that is held captive by a killer and features Dame May Whitty. You may also recognize Raymond Johnstone Brett Morrison, who was the voice of The Shadow over on Mutual radio, in the role of a police investigator.

This transfer was taken from an original rejected test pressing from AFRS, where the show was distributed as program 139 in the Suspense series. My guess is that the pressing was rejected because of the speed variance problem in the opening of the show. Circulating copies of this Suspense episode sound pretty bad; here's an opportunity to hear it in near hi-fi quality.


  • Jim Widner

    Hi. I believe on this Suspense, you meant to say Brett Morrison who was the voice of the Shadow and appears in this episode. Raymond Edward Johnson was the voice of Raymond on Inner Sanctum and Bill Johnstone was another voice of the Shadow.

    Apr 17, 2008 at 1:59 pm
  • Dennis Nyhagen

    The character of ‘Mr. Bruce’ was portrayed by Wally Maher. Interestingly, the AFRS close for AFRS 139 was voiced by Howard Duff, who’d long since become a civilian by the time this episode would have ultimately been successfully pressed by the AFRS. AFRS apparently had then SSgt Howard Duff’s standard close recorded for appending to the 100-series canon of AFRS-denatured Suspense episodes. The Adventures of Sam Spade, Detective debuted only four months after My Dear Niece’s original broadcast date. The AFRS would have denatured My Dear Niece as its AFRS 139, on average, up to six weeks after its original commercial air date. Duff’s intros and closing tags for the AFRS appear on an estimated 5,000+ individual AFRS-denatured recordings.

    Sep 25, 2010 at 5:43 pm