Suspense was a radio series from 1942 to 1962, claiming to be "radio's outstanding theater of thrills." I have a fondness for "Old Time Radio" as we call it now, and Suspense is my favorite show. It sets up weird, dark, scary, or intriguing stories with a plot twist in the end, and all in half an hour. I love the old-fashion story-telling and I thought it would be fun to give a short review of an episode every Sunday.
"The Singing Walls"
Air date: September 2, 1943
>>Episodes here<<It starts with a man with a "frog" voice talking to our unknown hero who seems to be out of it (drunk?). The man is leading our hero around, convincing him to keep this key, and not mind the body with blood on it. When our hero wakes up in the morning, he realizes he was drugged last night, but he can remember a body, a closet, and "singing walls". He calls his detective friend who tries to solve this murder mystery (?) before it is discovered and he is framed for the job.
The way this episode began - with an unknown person obviously leading and manipulating the main character sets up the perfect amount of suspense and tension that makes you want to hear more. Unfortunately the interest didn't carry all the way through for me. The "singing walls" turns out to be the major clue - not a huge revelation though - it's pretty obvious. This was just an okay story for me - a very interesting concept, but pretty limp in execution.