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Suspense - Pgm 365 - The Rescue

November 22nd, 2008

Since Thanksgiving is coming up, I was trying to think of a way to connect this week's shows with a holiday theme.  I suppose the only way this one might fit is that it makes you thankful you're not on the window ledge of a high-rise building with a mad doctor trying to kill you.

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In this post, "Suspense", originally broadcast April 19, 1951 on CBS and presented as program 365 in the "Suspense" series on Armed Forces Radio.  Jimmy Stewart plays a businessman who is drawn into helping a young woman who says she is being pursued by a doctor that's trying to kill her.

The circulating copies of this show are missing the last ten minutes.  (This would lead me to believe that they're dubbed from a network copy of the show that was given to one of the staff or performers or done as an aircheck on 12" 78 rpm discs and that one of the discs is missing.)  This version of the show is complete - a real treat since this particular episode of "Suspense" has an ending that relies on sound effects and great acting to create a tense climax to the story.

The show was dubbed directly from an AFRS vinyl disc.  There's a couple of sections with pops in the disc, but the sound is quite good otherwise.


  • Joe Webb

    THANKS FOR MAKING THIS AVAILABLE — what a great find to what is probably one of the 10 best Suspense shows, even when the last 10 minutes was missing. You’re the best, Mr. Riddle…. all of OTR basks in your generosity :)

    Nov 22, 2008 at 11:11 pm
  • Night Listener

    Thanks so much for finding this and for sharing it. The whole OTR collecting community owes you.

    Nov 23, 2008 at 9:32 am
  • Thanks for the Rescue

    Thank you for posting this complete version of The Rescue. Its so nice when generous people such as yourself find these little gems and share them.

    Nov 23, 2008 at 2:05 pm
  • Chloe

    THINGS I’M THANKFUL FOR: Randy’s kind heart and generous nature!

    All kidding aside, thanks for sharing this with us, Randy!

    Nov 23, 2008 at 6:57 pm
  • Jim Blackson

    Thanks again.

    Nov 24, 2008 at 11:40 am
  • Radar

    Thank you for restoring this show.

    My hopes for a complete set of Suspense shows is just that much closer!

    Nov 25, 2008 at 1:42 pm
  • Bluesmouse

    Thanks ever so much Randy, it is much appreciated.

    Nov 25, 2008 at 6:28 pm
  • Al

    Because this is a special and very popular find, would it be possible to release a copy with a higher resolution? The 32 kbps does not do this justice!

    Perhaps you can upload it to the Internet Archive.

    At any rate, thanks for these wonderful broadcasts!!

    Nov 26, 2008 at 5:57 pm
  • randsesotericotr

    The Old Time Radio Researchers group is releasing a Certified set of “Suspense” very soon - they’re in the final stage of checking everything - and this episode in high quality form will be part of the distribution. It will appear soon at the Internet Archive.

    I work with OTRR to give them high-quality encodes of all my discs for wider dissemination to the OTR community.

    Nov 27, 2008 at 9:08 am
  • Mark Mcdonald

    From me too, thanks Randy for your generosity in sharing this with us. It’s very kind of you.

    Nov 27, 2008 at 2:32 pm
  • purkasz

    MAGNIFICENT GIFT!!! This like waiting ten years or more for the other shoe to drop. I have played this file over and over many time and tried to write my own ending…now at last the story can be told. Thanks Randy.

    Nov 30, 2008 at 3:19 pm
  • purkasz

    Can we dream? Is it possible? Will ‘THE THIRTEENTH SOUND’ w Anne Baxter be next? The opening has always been missing in my collection. perhaps it has already been found but I do not have it. Oddly it was the show preceding the newly discovered ‘THE RESCUE.’ I will continue to hold positigve thoughts for this last missing link.

    Nov 30, 2008 at 3:40 pm
  • R.bruce

    Thanks so much for making this show avalible being as big a fan of Jimmy Stewart aswell it’s so nice to be able to hear the end of the show. Thanks a bunch Randy!

    Feb 7, 2010 at 6:21 pm