Suspense's "Blind Date," pairs Charles Laughton and June Havoc in a cautionary tale about dating a stranger.
As the episode opens, Gloria LaFey, an acrobatic dancer in a vaudeville act, is preparing to leave the theatre for the evening. She is expecting the arrival of her blind date, but the call-boy tries to convince her to go out with him instead. She then dismisses the overly fresh call-boy and invites her date into her dressing room.
Gloria's date, Vincent Hawthorne, enters in a flourish of poetry and chablis. Gloria explains to Vincent that she doesn't normally go out on blind dates, but as a vaudevillian, it is hard to meet people. Vincent understands. The world is full of lonely people! He leads a lonely life, too. Vincent then takes out a big knife to open the bottle of chablis, and Gloria gets her first clue that there may be something wrong with her gentleman caller.
"Blind Date" was written by E. Jack Neuman. William Spier produced and Norman MacDonnell directed. Charles Laughton starred along with June Havoc, who really was a well-known vaudevillian in her childhood. This episode aired on September 29, 1949.
(Image of June Havoc)