Suspense's "The Fountain Plays" was adapted from the 1933 short story by Dorothy L. Sayers. The original text can be found in Hangman's Holiday (1933) or Dorothy L. Sayers: The Complete Stories (2003). The radio adaptation added a few things to flesh out this short story for a half hour program. Nevertheless, the overall adaptation and dramatization are interesting.
As the episode opens, Mr. Archie Spiller is hosting a small party at his home. He stands in front of the new water fountain in his garden with Mr. Gooch, one of his guests. Mr. Spiller is enchanted with ornamental water, but Mr. Gooch thinks it is a waste of money. Mr. Gooch wants to discuss other things, but soon, the other guests arrive and interrupt their discussion.
As the evening progresses, Mr. Gooch drinks heavily and becomes even more disagreeable. Mr. Spiller's daughter can't understand why he puts up with being treated so badly by his own guest. No matter how unpleasant Mr. Gooch is, Mr. Spiller brushes it off.
At the end of the night, after everyone else has gone to bed, Mr. Gooch becomes even more unpleasant and demanding. This time, Mr. Spiller reacts differently, and the problem of Mr. Gooch...is suddenly gone.
He is, however, soon replaced by an entirely new problem.
"The Fountain Plays" was adapted for radio by Robert L. Richards, directed by Ted Bliss, and produced by William Spier. Edmund Gwenn starred. Also appearing were Dennis Hoey, Wendy Barrie, and Ian Wolfe. This episode aired on August 10, 1943.
Suspense presented this story a second time on November 23, 1944. Charles Laughton starred as Mr. Spiller. Dennis Hoey again played Mr. Gooch. Also appearing were Norma Varden and Ian Wolfe. William Spier produced and directed.
(Image of first edition of Hangman's Holiday from Wikipedia)