To None A Deadly Drug (Aired October 25, 1955)
Suspense was actually spawned from another series called Forecast. The 1940 horror show was entitled Suspense and it was based on the Marie Belloc Lowndes' short Jack-the-Ripper novella, The Lodger. It was directed by Alfred Hitchcock, who had made a 1926 silent film based on the same story (Grams, 1997, 3). Its subtle ending generated a large volume of mail which convinced CBS executives that they had a strong market. Two years later, Suspense was aired. It became one of radio's longest lasting shows, surviving twenty years of consistent success. Some of the same stories would later be adapted to TV and performed on Alfred Hitchcock Presents. Hitchcock was, after all, billed as "the Master of Suspense." And there was a certain amount of poetic justice in him borrowing from the radio series, since he was so instrumental in creating it. Examples of stories he recycled include "Banquo's Chair" and "Dead Ernest".
October 25, 1955. CBS network. "To None A Deadly Drug"
. Sustaining. A druggist gives a small boy the wrong medicine and tries to find the youngster before he kills himself with it. This is a network version. The system cue is added live. Virginia Eiler, John Stevenson, Jack Kruschen, Sammy Ogg, Henry Searles (writer), Rene Garriguenc (composer), Wilbur Hatch (conductor), Hy Averback, Larry Thor (announcer), Harry Bartell, Charlotte Lawrence, Barbara Eiler, Eve McVeagh, Antony Ellis (producer, transcriber). 29:55. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.