Tag Archives: Lucille Fletcher

Suspense’s right number: Old-time radio listening, 25 May

Suspense: Sorry, Wrong Number (CBS, 1943)

Agnes Moorehead giving one of seven live Suspense performances of Lucille Fletcher's "Sorry, Wrong Number." (Photo: CBS.)

Agnes Moorehead giving one of seven live Suspense performances of Lucille Fletcher’s “Sorry, Wrong Number.” (Photo: CBS.)

Bernard Herrmann, already composing so much of the music that helps make Suspense a bellwether among old-time radio dramas, probably had no idea that an illness in his own life would help produce perhaps the best-remembered among numerous high-profile Suspense offerings.

Posted in classic radio, comedy, crime drama, drama/dramatic anthology, mystery/thriller | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Comments

A movement for murder: Old-time radio listening, 13 September

Quiet, Please: Symphony in D Minor (Mutual, 1948)

Cesar Franck, as depicted in Jeanne Rongier’s 1885 painting, “César Franck at the console of the organ at St. Clotilde Basilica, Paris.”

In its final episode on Mutual, Quiet, Please‘s creative supermen elect to pay tribute to the symphony whose second movement has yielded the show’s arresting musical theme . . . by deploying it as a murder tool. Which may or may not be more benign, in its macabre manner, than the backstory animating the symphony itself.

Posted in classic radio | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment