I really do seem to fall off the world during these long weekends, don't I?The Daily Diamond
Rick: Diamond Detective Agency. Mary had a little lamb, she hit it with a stick. She could've gotten twenty years; instead she came to Rick.
I listened to a fair amount of Suspense
yesterday. Most were, alas, rather dull or tedious. What's it with these dames? Whining, whimpering, or screaming, and they never quit saying useful things like "I'm scared! I'm scared!" GRRR
But there were a few gems.Suspense, August 30, 1945, "Nobody Loves Me," with Peter Lorre.
This is the least foreign-sounding I've ever heard him.Suspense, September 20, 1945, "Library Book," with Myrna Loy.
This is the first radio show besides Lux I've heard her in. She's just perfect.Suspense, October 11, 1945, "Beyond Good and Evil," with Joseph Cotten.
I was going to upload thing one for roses_for_ann
anyway, but DANG it's good. Wow.Suspense, October 25, 1945, "A Shroud for Sara," with Lucille Ball.
I was going to upload this one for sakka
, but it's another keeper in its own right. Lucille Ball's performances in Suspense
are going a long, long way to redeeming her "Lucy" image in my mind. Queen of the B Movies she may have been, but she's a good
actress. Very, very few of the Suspense
actresses have been able to really draw me in, but she's done it in all three of her episodes to date. *two thumbs up*Suspense, November 1, 1945, "The Dunwich Horror," with Ronald Colman.
This is one of the best OTR Hallowe'en episodes I've ever heard.
Both "A Shroud for Sara" and "The Dunwich Horror" include an uncredited Elliott Lewis. He's best known for the famous left-handed guitar player Frankie Remley on the Jack Benny and Phil Harris shows. His voice is very distinctive and he's incredibly versatile. Besides the madcap Remley, he plays the thoroughly admirable Phil Carney in The Voyage of the Scarlet Queen
and did a lot of really good producing/directing. In the first Suspense
episode he grabs the audience's sympathy for a two-time felon who's about to be betrayed; all this is in five minutes, since the story's not too much about him. In the second, he plays a half-human, half-- Well, remember what I said about versatility?
I'm up to Book Eight in Edgar Rice Burroughs's John Carter of Mars series. Books 1-3 were terrific. Books 4-5 were getting a little "eh" - I really prefer male protagonists, thank you, and female ones who are both reckless and not too wise rather irritate me. Books 6-7 (and 8, so far) are really
good. Burroughs's writing and ability to tell a story just keeps getting better.