"Rave Notice" was written for Suspense by James Poe, a scriptwriter who not only wrote intriguing original stories but also successfully adapted other author's works for radio and film. He wrote the radio-plays for a number of notable episodes of Escape including their most famous episode, "Three Skeleton Key," an adaptation from the short story by George Toudouze. Among the episodes he wrote for Suspense, "Never Follow a Banjo Act" and "Rave Notice" stand out as two of the best radio-plays Suspense ever presented. In 1956 he won an Academy Award for his work on the script for Around the World in 80 Days and he was nominated three other times for his work on Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Lillies of the Field, and They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
"Rave Notice" is the story of a struggling Broadway actor named Sam who commits murder after his director replaces him in a play. In order to avoid getting the electric chair, he uses the Stanislavsky Method to act as if he were insane. The glitch is that the doctors who come to examine him turn out to be the better actors.
This story was presented three times on Suspense and all three presentations are excellent. Variations in the tone of the story come from the three different actors who played the lead. The first broadcast was on October 12, 1950, and Milton Berle starred in the role of Sam. Berle's maniacal laughter is particularly good and he could be considered the best match to this role.
The second time it was presented was on October 21, 1954, and Hans Conried starred as Sam.
The third time was on June 1, 1958, and Vincent Price starred as Sam.