In "Blood Sacrifice," Joseph Cotten stars as a playwright who may, or may not, have murdered the promoter of his play. This episode was based on the short story of the same name by Dorothy L. Sayers, which can be found in her book In the Teeth of Evidence (1939).
As the episode opens, Garrick Drury congratulates playwright John Scales on their successful meeting with representatives of a motion picture company. Drury's charm and negotiating skill have once again proven a success in the promotion of Scales' play.
Drury then escorts Scales outside the theatre to get a taxi, when suddenly, they are struck by a car!
Scales recovers from the blow, but Drury is in danger of bleeding to death. They carry him back to his dressing room, and when the doctor arrives, they are informed that the patient needs an immediate blood transfusion! The doctor quickly tests those in attendance to find a potential donor. He tests Scales and finds that he is an acceptable match...or is he? With all of the commotion, Scales isn't exactly sure that the doctor's test is accurate...
"Blood Sacrifice" was adapted for radio by Malcolm Beechum. William Spier produced and Norman MacDonnell directed. Joseph Cotten starred. Also appearing were Hans Conried, John McIntire, and Joseph Kearns. This episode aired on March 30, 1950.
(Image of Joseph Cotten)