In Suspense's "The Phones Die First," Harry Bartell stars as a death row inmate experiencing the remaining hours before his execution.
The guard goes over to death row to get Bruener, who is in the process of giving away his possessions. He informs Bruener that he has a visitor and then tells him to say goodbye to the other prisoners...because he won't be coming back.
Bruener says his goodbyes and then visits with his sister. He spends the remaining fourteen hours of his life with the chaplain, but all the while he wonders if he this is his end...or if a call from the governer will come in time.
"The Phones Die First" was written by Jules Maitland, and produced/directed by Antony Ellis. Harry Bartell starred. Also appearing were Barney Phillips, William Justine, Tom McKey, Jack Kruschen, Herb Ellis, Richard Crenna, and Eleanor Tanin. This episode aired on May 8, 1956.