“Beware of the Backseat” featuring:
Suspense: “The Back Seat Driver”
Suspense: “On a Country Road”
Original Air Dates: February 3, 1949; November 16, 1950
Performance Date: August 21, 2005
Suspense was one of the premier radio dramas from the Golden Age of Radio, airing on CBS from 1942 until 1962. The program regularly featured leading stars of the era, including Joseph Cotton, Judy Garland, Marlene Dietrich, Henry Fonda, and Lena Horne. It was sub-titled “Radio’s outstanding theater of thrills.”
For all but a few episodes, formula plot devices were used. These included having an ordinary person suddenly dropped into a threatening or bizarre situation, solutions were usually withheld until the last possible second, and evildoers were punished at the end.
The first episode presented here, “The Back Seat Driver,” is from February, 1949, and starred Marian Jordan and Jim Jordan—of “Fibber McGee & Molly” fame. The second episode, “On a Country Road,” is from 1950 and starred Cary Grant and Cathy Lewis.
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