Chris Turner, an insane radio writer, plots to murder his boss in this episode of radio's Suspense. Turner is played by the great Richard Widmark, who was born on this day in 1914. Joining Widmark in the cast are Kathy Lewis, Joseph Kearns, Charlotte Lawrence, and Jerry Hausner. The show was produced by Elliott Lawrence. The script was written by David Ellis, from a story by S. Lee Pogostin. (Ellis was a radio actor who also dabbled in scripting; interestingly, he appeared in the Raymond Burr remake of this program. "Murder on the Mike." Pogostin was a radio, television and film writer who was nominated for an Edgar for the 1969 movie Hard Contract.)
Suspense had recorded a different program called "A Murderous Revision" in January of 1951. This episode, however, happened to star Howard Duff, who was blacklisted briefly. CBS (brave little corporation that it was) shelved the entire recorded program and used the title toward the end of the year for this episode, which, in turn, was later revised as "Murder on the Mike." The Duff recording is not considered to be part of the Suspense canon and was thought lost until it turned up on an Armed Forces recording.
And, Happy Birthday, Richard Widmark!