Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 152 – Suspicion

Sam Jaffe

Sam Jaffe

This week, a return to mystery writer, Dorothy L. Sayers. Sayers is best known for her detective character Lord Peter Wimsey, but this British writer also wrote many short stories in which there was no specific professional detective. In this week’s episode, you’ll hear Suspicion, an episode from the Suspense radio series based on the short story, Mr. Mummery’s Suspicion, a much more descriptive title. The episode stars noted theater, film and television character actor, Sam Jaffe, who was constantly on television in the fifties and sixties.  His best known film role was either Ben-Hur or The Day the Earth Stood Still.

Suspicion is an excellent example of a common man as detective and follows The Detection Club’s commandments for good mystery writing.

3 Responses to Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 152 – Suspicion

  1. Tom says:

    It always bothers me a bit when the wrap up/confession comes quite this abruptly in any mystery but that’s a small complaint for this well written episode of Suspense. Sam Jaffe is a favorite of mine and the entire cast does a great job.

  2. jwidner says:

    This was always a problem, I have felt with many of the mystery/suspense episodes on many anthology series. It’s almost like the writer is getting into a good groove of writing and suddenly discovers, he has to wrap it up. But then I have even seen this on many of the British Crime series I have watched on American television. You notice that time is nearly up and you still have no real clue as to who the criminal is, when suddenly it is wrapped up in five minutes!

  3. Tom says:

    Yes, it’s a formula that is still in use today, many an episode of CSI, Bones etc use the hurried last minute wrap-up. generally I’m inclined to let it ride as long as it doesn’t come out of left field 🙂

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