Suspense: Will You Make a Bet with Death / Menace in Wax / The Body Snatchers
There were several variations of program introductions. A typical early opening is this from April 27, 1943:
(MUSIC … BERNARD HERRMANN’S SUSPENSE THEME … CONTINUES IN BG)
THE MAN IN BLACK: Suspense!
This is The Man in Black, here again to introduce Columbia’s program, Suspense.
Our stars tonight are Miss Agnes Moorehead and Mr. Ray Collins. You’ve seen these two expert and resourceful players in “Citizen Kane” – “The Magnificent Ambersons” in which Miss Moorehead’s performance won her the 1942 Film Critics’ Award. Mr. Collins will soon be seen in the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Technicolor film, “Salute to the Marines.”
Miss Moorehead and Mr. Collins return this evening to their first love, the CBS microphone, to appear in a study in terror by Lucille Fletcher called “The Diary of Sophronia Winters.”
The story told by this diary is tonight’s tale of… suspense. If you’ve been with us on these Tuesday nights, you will know that Suspense is compounded of mystery and suspicion and dangerous adventure. In this series are tales calculated to intrigue you, to stir your nerves, to offer you a precarious situation and then withhold the solution… until the last possible moment. And so it is with “The Diary of Sophronia Winters” and the performances of Agnes Moorehead and Ray Collins, we again hope to keep you in…
(MUSIC: … UP, DRAMATICALLY)
THE MAN IN BLACK: … Suspense!