In "Murder by the Book," silent film star Gloria Swanson plays a mystery writer who is asked to investigate a high profile murder in a small town.
Emily Carlisle is the most famous female mystery writer in America. When she is asked to investigate the death of her own doctor, she is hesitant. She feels that she is too closely involved, not only because she was the man's patient, but also because her stepdaughter was one of his employees.
Nevertheless, Emily accepts the assignment. She begins her investigation with Lieutenant Hahn, the local officer assigned to work with her. He tells Emily that one woman has already confessed to the crime, but that he doesn't believe she is the real killer. Emily agrees, and that means that a murderess is still on the loose.
"Murder by the Book" was written by Robert L. Richards and produced/directed by William Spier. This episode was one of three that were broadcast from New York City. Gloria Swanson, in her only appearance on Suspense, starred as Emily Carlisle. Also appearing were Berry Kroeger, Joseph Kearns, Lurene Tuttle, and June Havoc. This episode aired on July 10, 1947.
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