In Suspense's "Murder in Black and White," Edmund Gwenn stars as a man who murders his business partner and then waits to hear the news so that he can react publicly...but the news never comes.
As the episode opens, Rice Archer, according to the meticulous plan he has crafted, murders his friend and business partner Tom Hannigan. Following every detail in his notebook, Rice shoots Tom and then carries out the planned post-murder procedures to cover-up the crime. Everything goes just as he anticipated. He leaves Tom's home and returns to his own apartment.
Later that night, Rice takes the train into the city on his weekly business trip. In the morning, he checks into a hotel and visits with clients, and all the while, he waits for news of his partner's death. However, there is no news.
After two days, Rice goes back to the factory, but Tom doesn't appear to be dead at all. From what everyone tells him, Tom has been quite busy while Rice has been gone.
So, where did Rice go wrong?
"Murder in Black and White" was written by adapted by Eli David from a story written by Ann Wormser and Jess Oppenheimer (who later became the head writer of I Love Lucy.) Anton M. Leader produced and directed. Edmund Gwenn starred. Also appearing were Conrad Binyon, Lurene Tuttle, and Verna Felton. This episode aired on April 14, 1949.
(Image of Edmund Gwenn from Wikimedia)