Are you concentrating on this? Phillip Alexander, a specialist she had come to New York to see regarding her lifelong heart troubles. Second Avenue -- the patrolman -- the bridge. Oh, why're you so stupid? The latter two films were directed by. Oh -- what's the use of talking to you! Columbia Workshop, September 1, 1940. Oh -- why doesn't Elbert come home? It is one of the few pre-1950 films that remained in the studio's library the rest are currently owned by. The main character is Mrs. Elbert Stevenson an invalid woman confined to her bed, who becomes increasingly frantic as the story progresses.
And we've got to find out what it was -- immediately. The operator explains that only the police can push through a request like that, and so begins 20 minutes of calls to the police, telephone operators, and even to the phone company's Chief Operator as Mrs. Leona stole then-drug-store-employee Henry from Sally, and married him against her father's wishes. Cotterell blames Henry for this latest episode. Still, much more could have been and has been done with this concept.
The whole thing calls for a search -- a complete and thorough search of the whole city. She learns that Henry left the office with a Mrs. In frustration, Leona hangs up but continues to worry about the unfortunate woman who is set to die. Announcer: Roma Wine toasts the world. Her parents were Matthew Emerson Fletcher, a marine draftsman for the Standard Ship Company a subsidiary of the Standard Oil Company of New Jersey , and Violet Anderson Fletcher.
Stevenson believes the clues like the nearby train on a bridge and a woman left alone at night point to her, it is difficult for the listener to take this seriously. And we've got to stop them -- we've just got to. Voice 1 Woman : Salut! Oh, may address is Fifty-three North Sutton Place. As the clock slowly winds toward 11:00 pm, she grows more and more agitated wondering what could be keeping him. He admits to having arranged her murder and tells her unless she does as he says, he will burn. At age 17 she was declared the champion student orator at the regional competition of the National Oratorical Contest on the Constitution of the United States, sponsored by at May 17, 1929. Hangs up To herself I won't pick it up.
Stevenson's annoying and over-the-top frantic reactions repel the audience, causing them to dismiss her fear as groundless paranoia. Slams phone If I could only get out of this bed for a little while. You mean to tell me I can't check this call as a private individual when there's going to be a murder, without getting tied up in all this red tape? Well, this is an emergency case and absolutely necessary. I mean, Murray Hill 4-0098 is my husband's office. Then Henry telephones from the train station in Connecticut and Leona tells him she knows everything.
Sobs Yes, this is Plaza 3-2098. To herself All this talk -- can't make anyone understand. For she's fixed it so Barbara Stanwyck, as a selfish, suspicious dame, lying alone on the top floor of a fancy town-house in Sutton Place, can glean for herself all the details, plus the background, of a complicated plan to bring about her own destruction—without once going out of the room. But he is unsuccessful in persuading Leona that they need a home of their own instead of living with Mr. My maid, Eloise -- she's a big girl -- she weighs two hundred pounds -- she's too lazy to bring up my breakfast tray -- it's her night out and my husband, Elbert -- he's crazy about me -- he just adores me -- waits on me hand and foot --scarcely left my side sick I took sick twelve years ago -- he's working at -- I don't care how many other matters you have on your desk.
She desperately tries to get back in touch with the police, but she is too late. Returning to the present time, Leona takes a call from a Mr. Though I expected the ending, it stunned me all the same. Also the fact that coincidence plays almost as big a part in the story as does Miss Stanwyck weakens its credibility. I told you to try Murray Hill 4-0098 for me -- you dialed it -- but your finger must have slipped -- and I was connected with some other number -- and I could hear them but they couldn't hear me. With Morano now in custody, Waldo stresses that Henry no longer has to raise the now-overdue sum.
And now -- my phone keeps ringing -- ringing and ringing and ringing every five seconds or so -- and when I pick it up -- there's no one there. He's working late tonight -- and his line was busy and I was trying to reach him to ask him to come home. She hastily calls the police for help, and just before they answer the phone, her terrified screams let the audience know that she has been caught by the killer. Oh -- you -- you -- you -- idiot! All right, dial Murray Hill 4-0098 -- only carelessly. Announcer: Money invested in War Bonds now helps to insure a healthy, prosperous post-war America--the kind of America we will want for our children as well as ourselves. As it is eventually realized, her paranoid fantasy is really true. So why deny yourself this taste delight? The film is shot very dark, with looming shadows and a circling camera used to maintain a high level of suspense.
The killer picks up the phone, explains that he's fine, and says that he never meant to dial the police. The suspense builds as the tale unfolds -- right up to the chilling conclusion. We want you to feel that by tuning in the Suspense program every week you can count on real radio enjoyment. Hysterically, Leona tries to get out of bed but she can't make her legs move. A police officer on the phone mirrors these doubts, explaining that the street name she overheard - 2nd Avenue - probably appears in towns all over the country.
As the story begins in the present, Barbara's character is an invalid, alone at home in bed, waiting for her husband to come home from work. What are they trying to do to me? An invalid for several years, she hates the long hours home alone. Her attacks became more and more frequent, until she finally took to her bed about a year ago. Thinking that her husband Henry would be home, she gave her nurse and the servants the night off. His office number is busy.