In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Orson Welles , I present a collection of 8 half-hour episodes of the CBS Radio series, “SUSPENSE” in which he guest starred.
While most are familiar with Welles’ films and hail his work as a filmmaker, for me his true genius was most evident on the medium of radio. These shows are but a few examples of his extraordinary talent as a raconteur, voice artist and seller of tales. These also happen to be as entertaining and affecting today as they were when they first aired many decades ago. Enjoy!
Directors: William N. Robeson, William Spier
Music: Bernard Herrmann
The Hitchhiker by Lucille Fletcher
The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell
The Lost Special by Arthur Conan Doyle
Philomel Cottage by Agatha Christie
Lazarus Walks by Robert Richards
The Marvelous Barastro by Ben Hecht
The Dark Tower by Alexander Woollcott and George S. Kaufman
Welles’ parody of Donovan’s Brain by Curt Siodmak
(NOTE: they all play in succession or you can fast forward to the next episode. All are worthy of a listen.)