Ernest Bowers suffers an attack of catalepsy while crossing the street, lapsing into a coma that resembles death. Believing he was killed by a passing car, his body is sent to the city ... See full summary »

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Margaret Prince
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Jerry Murdoch
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Ernest Bowers suffers an attack of catalepsy while crossing the street, lapsing into a coma that resembles death. Believing he was killed by a passing car, his body is sent to the city morgue. His coat, with a note in the pocket describing his medical condition, is swiped by a owner of a second-hand clothing store and quickly sold. The couple who purchase the jacket finds the note and begins a race to save Ernest from a premature embalming. Written by Jay Phelps <jaynashvil@aol.com>

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"Dead Ernest" was previously performed three times on the Suspense radio program on August 8, 1946, May 8, 1947 & March 24, 1949. See more »

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I wish they all were this good!
10 February 2017 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I have watched a few episodes of the old time television show "Suspense" and up until now I was unimpressed. However, "Dead Ernest" is a winner--an exciting and well executed show that stands up well over time. Like many of the TV shows of the time, the music is crappy organ music (a carryover from radio) and you can't really hold this against the show.

When the story begins, a man drops his wife off at the theater and he's on the way to a ballgame. However, his wife nags him--asking him if he's wearing his medic alert ID bracelet and with a letter inside his coat pocket. It seems he suffers from catalepsy--and he might appear dead when he's very much alive. It's a real but rare disorder. Unfortunately, he's then hit by a car and appears to be dead...and two very unfortunate things happen that make him lose his letter and his ID bracelet! How he's some John Doe in the morgue and they might just start an autopsy on the poor guy...even though he's very much alive. Fortunately, after a jerk stole the coat, a young couple bought it and found the letter explaining the man's condition. Now they have to work fast to try to track the man down before it's too late!

This is a great idea and the acting is quite nice. In fact, I am pretty sure it inspired an episode of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" just a few years later. In "Breakdown" a man (Joseph Cotten) has had an accident and is paralyzed...and folks assume he's dead and he cannot get them to notice! Both are great programs and this definitely encourages me to try a few more episodes of "Suspense".


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