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“Radio Classics” featuring:

Suspense: “The Dark Tower”

Pat Novak For Hire: “Agnes Bolton”

Original Air Dates: May 4, 1944; June 4, 1949

Performance Date: April, 2003

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 episode presented here, “The Dark Tower,” is from May, 1944 and featured Orsen Welles. it was based on a little known play by George Kaufman and Alexander Woolcott

Pat Novak for Hire was a popular 1940s detective radio program that was known by its fans for its faced paced dialogue and witty one-liners. It featured Jack Webb as Pat Novak and was set in San Francisco.

Pat Novak is considered to be one of the great detectives from the Golden Age of Radio.

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