Suspense's "The Brighton Strangler" was adapted from the RKO film of the same name, which was released in 1945. The adaptation is shorter and different from the screenplay, but follows the basic story. The two stars of the film, John Loder and June Duprez, also portray their roles in this radio broadcast.
As the episode opens, it is New Year's Eve and a man and a woman are alone on a balcony. They discuss the holiday--but the situation suddenly becomes violent! Then, the curtain closes and the audience applauds.
Reginald takes his bows and returns to his dressing room backstage. He is happy because tonight is his last performance in The Brighton Strangler. His manager then tries to convince him to continue playing the lead, but to no avail. Reginald has other plans.
However, before he can get to his train at Victoria Station, the air raid sirens go off and Reginald suffers a head injury while trying to find shelter. When he regains consciousness, he is confused and assumes the role of the character that he has been performing for so long...
"The Brighton Strangler" was adapted by Robert L. Richards and produced/directed by William Spier. John Loder and June Duprez starred. Also appearing were Wally Maher, Hebert Rawlinson, and Joseph Kearns. This episode aired on December 21, 1944.
Fortunately, the RKO film The Brighton Strangler is currently available on youtube.com and it is well worth the time to watch.
(Image of John Loder)