Suspense: Season 4, Episode 19

The Red Signal (22 Jan. 1952)

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A supposedly fake medium is hired to a conduct a séance so Sir Alington, a psychiatrist, can observe a patient under stress. She warns the doctor, Clair and her husband Jack to avoid their ... See full summary »

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Dermot West
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Claire Trent
Peter Cookson ...
Jack Trent
Noel Leslie ...
Sir Alington West
Isobel Elsom ...
Mrs. Cattermole
Ian Martin ...
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A supposedly fake medium is hired to a conduct a séance so Sir Alington, a psychiatrist, can observe a patient under stress. She warns the doctor, Clair and her husband Jack to avoid their homes because they are in danger. Her premonition turns out to be true because of insanity, murder, and secret loves. Written by Jay Phelps <jaynashvil@aol.com>

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Excellent entry in Suspense series
11 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Red Signal was aired on January 22, 1952 and was part of the Suspense anthology series that ran on CBS TV from 1949-54. Based on Agatha Christie's short story of the same name, it is very faithful to the original and packs quite a lot of excitement into the 30 minutes it runs.

The story opens at a seance conducted by Mrs. Cattermole who while in a trance issues warnings to both Jack Trent and Sir Alington West. Dermot West, nephew of Sir Alington, is also at the seance. Later at his uncle's home he is told that Claire Trent invited Sir Alington in his professional capacity as a psychiatrist to observe one of the six others at the seance to determine whether he or she is insane. After a murder and false suspicion, the homicidal lunatic is unmasked.

Suspense was a very popular series with both early TV audiences and the critics, and this is a fine example. The series, filmed in New York-the then US capital of television, showcased the talents of some very good actors early in their careers-many of whom went on to much bigger things. In this episode the ensemble cast is uniformly excellent, especially Tom Helmore as Dermot West


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