From January 17, 1948, host Robert Montgomery presents a radio adaptation of James M. Cain's 1942 novel Love's Lovely Counterfeit. This would be the second time Suspense presented this tale; the first being on March 8, 1945, starring Humphrey Bogart. This time the starring role is played by James Cagney, with support from Cathy Lewis and Wally Maher. At the end of the show, Montgomery and Cagney talk with James M. Cain about this performance and about Cain's writing.
The novel was adapted by Robert L. Richards and "Jason James" (a pseudonym for screenwriter Jo Eisinger because of his contract with Columbia Pictures; Eisinger would go on win an Edgar Award for his script for the television series Philip Marlowe, Private Eye, "The Pencil"). William Spier produced and directed this episode..
It's time to sit back and relax and enjoy the story of Ben Grace, a gangster who rises to the top on the coat-tails of a reform politician.