Suspense's "August Heat" was based on the 1910 short story by British author W.F. Harvey (1885-1937). The original text is available in Great Short Stories of Detection, Mystery, and Horror, which is available online through Google Books.
As the episode opens, James Clarence Withencroft, a professional artist, is writing down the events of his remarkable day.
The strange occurences began that morning, an oppressively hot morning, when he was overcome by a desire to sketch. His hands went to work, and Withencroft became absorbed in drawing a picture of an enormously fat man...on trial. He didn't know why he sketched the picture. He just did. The only difficulty was rendering the weapon the man in the picture held in his hand. That detail wasn't clear to him.
In the late afternoon, Withencroft rose from the unfinished sketch and went for a walk. He wandered for some time and then, to escape the heat, he stopped in the yard of a monument mason. There, he discovered the same fat man he had just sketched, sweltering in the heat while inscribing a marble tombstone...
Suspense presented this story a second time on March 20, 1948, on a double bill with "Wet Saturday." This version stars Berry Kroeger and Dennis Hoey, and it is an excellent rendition of the story. "August Heat" is the second half of an hour long episode.
Sleep No More also did a version of "August Heat" on November 28, 1956, on a double bill with "Mr. Mergenthwirkers Lobblies." Nelson Olmsted reads aloud an abridged version of the story.
(Image of Ronald Colman)