In Suspense's "Four Hours to Kill," Robert Taylor plays a newspaper man who falls in love while hunting down the woman who can put him away for murder.
As the episode opens, Ted Pomeroy explains about the competition between himself and his successful younger brother, Walter. Then he describes what happened the night he went to Walter in the hopes of obtaining a business loan.
Walter was drunk and as nasty and competitive as ever. Not only did he refuse to help, but he berated Ted for being a failure and started a fight. Ted took a swing at Walter for being a jerk...but when Walter didn't get up, Ted discovered that he had accidentally killed his brother.
Ted's other realization was that his arrival had interrupted a phone call. Walter had put down the phone to answer the door, and the woman on the other end of the line heard everything...but she doesn't realize that Walter is dead yet. Ted needs to find her before she discovers the truth and tells the police what she knows. Then, he plans to kill her to protect himself.
Can he track her down with only the few clues that he has?
"Four Hours to Kill" was directed by Norman MacDonnell and produced by William Spier. Robert Taylor starred. Joseph Kearns played Walter. The name of the female actress is not given. This episode aired on January 12, 1950.
This story was originally written by Harold Swanton for Philip Morris Playhouse, which broadcast this episode the previous year on May 13, 1949. The presentation is essentially the same, but there are minor differences, mostly in dialogue. Nevertheless, the PMP version seems the better one of the two. William Spier was the producer for that version as well. Howard Duff starred but also appearing were Wally Maher and Cathy Lewis.
(Image of Robert Taylor from Wikimedia)