"The Kettler Method" is one of Suspense's classic early episodes. So classic, that it borders on parody.
The story begins in an isolated sanitarium located in upstate New York. It is night, and there is a dramatic rainstorm outside. All of the patients are restless but one, named Kettler, seems particularly upset. Dr. Kettler, once a famous brain surgeon, had to be institutionalized after performing an unsuccessful operation. He is convinced that the patient he operated on is still alive and that, in truth, the operation was a success. It is his reasoning that the other doctors locked him away because of their jealousy of his innovative technique, the "Kettler Method."
The radioplay was written for Suspense by Peter Barry. Roger DeKoven starred as Dr. Kettler and John Gibson as Leslie Winton. Actress and painter Gloria Stuart, who is best known for her role in the 1997 movie Titanic, played Claire Winton. Also appearing were Guy Repp, Martha Falkner, Winifield Hoeny, and Ralph Smiley. The episode was produced by William Spier and directed by John Dietz. The music was composed and conducted by Bernard Herrmann. Berry Kroeger was the announcer. This episode aired September 16, 1942.
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