[AUDIO – OTR] “The Kettler Method” — An old time radio drama far too similar to “Shutter Island”


A chilling, exciting story about inmates taking over an asylum for the insane and “operating” on a visitor to cure her headache.

Suspense – The Kettler Method

Roger De Koven, John Gibson, Martha Falkner, Guy Repp, Gloria Stuart, Peter Barry (writer), Berry Kroeger (announcer), Bernard Herrmann (composer, conductor), William Spier (producer), John Dietz (director), Winfield Honie, Ralph Smiley.

Columbia Broadcasting System

Suspense was a radio drama series broadcast on CBS from 1942 through 1962.

One of the premier drama programs of the Golden Age of Radio, was subtitled “radio’s outstanding theater of thrills,” and focused on suspense thriller-type scripts, usually featuring leading Hollywood actors of the era. Approximately 945 episodes were broadcast during its long run, and more than 900 are extant.

Suspense went through several major phases, characterized by different hosts, sponsors and director/producers. Formula plot devices were followed for all but a handful of episodes: the protagonist was usually a normal person suddenly dropped into a threatening or bizarre situation; solutions were “withheld until the last possible second”; and evildoers were punished in the end.

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