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Sleep Is for Children

Suspense

Sleep Is for Children

Mar 06 1960





CAST:


The CBS Team:

LOCAL ANNCR

VOICE OF SUSPENSE, deep

ANNOUNCER


The Commercial Team:

BURGESS MEREDITH, Mako Hearing Glasses

SINGERS, Fritos Corn Chips

1ST ANNOUNCER

2ND ANNOUNCER

STUART ERWIN, 4-Way Cold Tablets

3RD ANNOUNCER, Fitch Shampoo

CHARLIE, Pepsi-Cola

KAY, a sexy singer

4TH ANNOUNCER, Kellogg's All-Bran


Dramatis Personae:

MRS. WORTH

ABEL BECKLER, the egg man; rural accent

NEWSCASTER, on the radio

ELLEN GORDON, the wife

ROSA, the housekeeper; rural accent

WALTER GORDON, the husband

STEPHANIE, the Gordons' little daughter

JOE, at the office

POLICE OFFICER






LOCAL ANNCR: WROW, Albany, where you get a new, exciting morning glow with "The Bob Kennedy Show," six to ten on Radio Fifty-Nine.


VOICE: And now -- another tale well-calculated to keep you in--


MUSIC: CHORD


VOICE: --SUSPENSE! 


ANNOUNCER: In just one minute, "Sleep Is for Children" by Ralph Bell and Eugene Francis.


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MUSIC: OMINOUS INTRODUCTION


SOUND: WINDOW GLASS SMASHED ... WINDOW SLIDES UP ... BECKLER CLIMBS THROUGH WINDOW INTO HOUSE BEHIND--


MRS. WORTH: (STARTLED, AFRAID) Who's there?! Is somebody there?!


SOUND: BECKLER'S STEPS TOWARD MRS. WORTH DURING FOLLOWING--


MRS. WORTH: Who is it? Answer me. Whoever it is, you'd better get out. I'm going to call the police.


SOUND: RECEIVER UP ... MRS. WORTH DIALS THE OPERATOR


BECKLER: Put the phone back, please.


MRS. WORTH: (STARTLED GASP)


BECKLER: Do as I say.


SOUND: RECEIVER DOWN


MRS. WORTH: Mr. Beckler--? What are you doing here this time of night?


BECKLER: Well, I'm not here to deliver your eggs.


MRS. WORTH: Get out of here. Get out of my house this instant or I'm going to call the police.


BECKLER: (CHUCKLES) I'm afraid you won't get the chance.


MRS. WORTH: What are you going to do?


BECKLER: What I did to the others.


MRS. WORTH: Others? (BEAT, REALIZES) You killed them.


BECKLER: That's right.


MRS. WORTH: But why? Why me?


BECKLER: Because you're all alone tonight, like they were.


SOUND: RECEIVER UP ... MRS. WORTH DIALS THE OPERATOR


BECKLER: No, you don't. 


SOUND: BECKLER FORCES THE RECEIVER DOWN AND GRABS MRS. WORTH


MRS. WORTH: (AS SHE IS STRANGLED) No! Please don't-- Please--


MUSIC: BRIDGE


NEWSCASTER: (FILTER) And for the fourth time last night the suburban town of Woodlake was the scene of a brutal and meaningless murder. The latest victim was Mrs. Leland Worth, thirty-four years old, who was found strangled in her living room by police late last night. All four victims have been homeowners in some of Woodlake's recently completed housing developments. Local authorities admitted today that they were still in the dark as to the identity of the vicious marauder. 


ELLEN: (OVERLAPS WITH ABOVE) Oh, shut that radio off, will you, Rosa?


NEWSCASTER: (FILTER) However, the search is--


SOUND: CLICK! AS RADIO IS SWITCHED OFF


ELLEN: "Local authorities still in the dark." It's just terrible. When are the police gonna do something?


ROSA: Well, they only got eight men on the force. Woodlake ain't like the big city.


ELLEN: I'm beginning to wish we were back in the big city. At least I felt safe in my apartment at night.


ROSA: Ah, now, city's no place to bring up a little girl like your Stephanie. Mr. Gordon workin' late again tonight?


ELLEN: Yes, it's income tax time. Busiest part of the year for an auditor.


ROSA: Well, sooner or later, they're gonna catch up with whoever's doin' these killin's and then everybody can relax. Oh, uh, should I fix Stephanie some breakfast?


ELLEN: You'd better let me see if I can coax her into opening the bathroom door first.


ROSA: Oh, that's a real cute trick -- lockin' herself in the bathroom every time she gets mad at you.


ELLEN: (IRONIC) Cute! (CALLS) Stephanie?!


SOUND: ELLEN'S STEPS TO THE STAIRS


ELLEN: (CALLS) Do you hear me up there?!


ROSA: What that child needs is to get her bottom blistered a few times. She'd stop her foolishness.


ELLEN: (CALLS) Stephanie?! Unlock that door and come down this minute! Do you hear me?


SOUND: DURING ABOVE, ELLEN'S STEPS TO PHONE ... RECEIVER UP ... ELLEN DIALS A NUMBER


ELLEN: (CALLS) All right, young lady, I'm calling your father!


SOUND: PHONE RINGS ONCE AND IS ANSWERED (CALLER'S PERSPECTIVE)


WALTER: (FILTER) Hello?


ELLEN: It's me, Walter. How do you feel?


WALTER: (FILTER) Exhausted, honey. I couldn't get back to sleep after those police sirens woke me last night. Then the bump on my head kept throbbing.


ELLEN: I'm sorry, dear. I bawled Stephanie out about leaving her roller skates in the hall like that. So you can just guess where she is now.


WALTER: (FILTER) Mm hm. The bathroom.


ELLEN: Yeah.


WALTER: (FILTER) I guess I'll have to take the lock off the door. Any news about the murder?


ELLEN: No. (EXHALES) Walter, I'm frightened about staying here alone tonight.


WALTER: (FILTER) Look, Ellen, there's nothing to worry about. I phoned the Woodlake police and the chief promised to have a special man patrol the entire project all night. Anyway, why don't you ask Rosa to stay over? Or at least until I get home.


STEPHANIE: Can I speak to daddy?


ELLEN: (MEASURED) Well, at last. (INTO PHONE) Walter, your daughter's finally come out. She wants to speak to you.


WALTER: (FILTER, CHUCKLES) Okay. Put her on.


ELLEN: Here, Stephanie. Now, don't talk too long. Daddy's awfully busy. And be sure to put the phone back when you're finished. I'll be in the kitchen.


SOUND: ELLEN'S STEPS AWAY


STEPHANIE: Hello, daddy!


WALTER: (FILTER) Hello, sweetie. How's my love?


STEPHANIE: I'm fine, daddy.


WALTER: (FILTER) Well, that's good. Stephanie, take it easy on your mother. Locking yourself in the bathroom is not a nice thing to do.


STEPHANIE: She yelled at me this morning.


WALTER: (FILTER) Well, you deserved it, honey. Daddy nearly broke his neck last night stepping on your roller skates.


STEPHANIE: You bent the skate.


WALTER: (FILTER) Yeah. Well, I'm sorry, but--


SOUND: DOORBELL RINGS


STEPHANIE: Oh, daddy, somebody's at the door. Goodbye!


SOUND: THUMP! OF RECEIVER PLACED ON TABLE 


WALTER: (FILTER) Oh, goodbye, Stephanie. 


SOUND: STEPHANIE'S HURRIED STEPS TO DOOR


WALTER: (FILTER) Stephanie? Hang up the phone, darling.


SOUND: DOORBELL RINGS AGAIN


WALTER: (FILTER) Stephanie?! Stephanie?!


STEPHANIE: (CALLS) I'll open it, mommy!


SOUND: FRONT DOOR OPENS


STEPHANIE: Oh, hello, Mr. Beckler.


BECKLER: Your mama home?


STEPHANIE: Uh huh.


BECKLER: Well, tell her I've brought her eggs.


STEPHANIE: (CALLS) Mommy! The egg man's here!


SOUND: ELLEN'S STEPS APPROACH


ELLEN: Well, good morning, Mr. Beckler.


BECKLER: Sorry I'm late, Miz Gordon, but I've been workin' with the police all morning on that Worth murder.


ELLEN: Oh, I didn't know you were on the police force.


BECKLER: Well, I ain't really. Some of us ol' residents have been deputized temporarily since these things started 'round here.


ELLEN: Do you have time for a cup of coffee?


BECKLER: (CHUCKLES) Never say no to coffee, Miz Gordon.


SOUND: FRONT DOOR CLOSES ... THEIR STEPS INTO KITCHEN


ELLEN: Pour a cup of coffee for Mr. Beckler, Rosa.


ROSA: (OFF) Sure.


ELLEN: (TO BECKLER) Have they any idea who did it?


BECKLER: Well, not yet. They're lookin' for a feller I told them about. I've seen him hangin' 'round these parts.


ROSA: Probably some delinquent from one of these new families.


BECKLER: Could be, Rosa. Could be.


ROSA: Well, you know, you was born on that chicken farm o' yours, Abel. You ever remember havin' trouble like this before all this here buildin' started and those city folks moved out here?


BECKLER: Can't remember nothin' more violent than a man beatin' his wife. Or vice versa.


ELLEN: (CHUCKLES)


ROSA: Oh, I tell you, some of these new people -- mighty peculiar.


BECKLER: Now, Rosa, that ain't true of everybody. You couldn't ask fer anybody nicer'n Miz Gordon here.


ELLEN: Well, thank you, Mr. Beckler. I just hope you catch that man soon before I'm a nervous wreck.


BECKLER: Oh, he ain't likely to try to break in where there's menfolks around. Them last three houses, the women were all alone.


ELLEN: Well, that's just it. My husband's working late these nights. He hardly ever gets home 'til after midnight.


BECKLER: (BEAT) I see. Well, uh, how 'bout Rosa here keepin' ya company?


ELLEN: Well, as a matter of fact, Rosa, Mr. Gordon just suggested the same thing.


ROSA: Oh, now, I'm sorry, Mrs. Gordon. I already promised Miz McCloskey 'cross the road to stay with her. Her husband's out of town.


ELLEN: Oh, dear.


BECKLER: Well, there's no need to fret, Miz Gordon. The chief just assigned me to patrol this area tonight. I'll be handy should ya need me.


MUSIC: CURTAIN


VOICE: In just a moment, we will return for the second act of--


MUSIC: CHORD


VOICE: --SUSPENSE! 


MUSIC: FOR COMMERCIAL JINGLE, IN BG--


SINGERS: Munch! Munch! Munch a bunch of Fritos 

Corn Chips!

It's not polite to smack your lips,

But you can't help it with Fritos Corn Chips!

Munch! Munch! Munch a bunch of Fritos 

Corn Chips!


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SINGERS: Munch! Munch! Munch a bunch of Fritos 

Corn Chips!


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SINGERS: Munch! Munch! Munch a bunch of Fritos 

Corn Chips!


MUSIC: COMMERCIAL JINGLE OUT ... THEN SECOND ACT INTRO ... FADES OUT DURING FOLLOWING--


SOUND: WALTER RATTLES THE CRADLE OF HIS PHONE


WALTER: Hello? Hello, Stephanie? Ellen? Somebody come to the phone!


JOE: Phone still tied up, Walter?


WALTER: Yeah, doggone it.


ELLEN: (FILTER, TO BECKLER) Well, how much do I owe you for the eggs?


WALTER: (TO JOE) Wait, I hear some voices. They must be in the hall near the phone.


BECKLER: (FILTER, TO ELLEN) That's a dollar thirty. Sixty-five cents this week.


WALTER: Hello? 


BECKLER: (FILTER) Thank you, Miz Gordon. And don't worry about tonight. I'll be keeping an eye on--


WALTER: Hello, hello?! 


SOUND: WALTER RATTLES THE CRADLE OF HIS PHONE


WALTER: Somebody come to the phone!


BECKLER: (FILTER, TO ELLEN) Goodbye. Thanks for the coffee.


WALTER: Hello? 


ELLEN: (FILTER, ANNOYED) Oh, that child! Stephanie, you did it again! You left the phone off the hook!


WALTER: Hello, Ellen? Hello? 


ELLEN: (FILTER, SURPRISED TO HEAR HIS VOICE) Hello? Walter, is that you? What are you doing?


WALTER: What am I doing? I'm trying to get my phone untied. Stephanie didn't hang up.


ELLEN: (FILTER) Well, why didn't you hang up?


WALTER: I did, five minutes ago. But that doesn't disconnect us.


ELLEN: (FILTER) It doesn't? I don't see why not.


WALTER: It's very simple, honey. The person who makes the call has to hang up. Otherwise the phones remain connected. I could even hear you talking to someone.


ELLEN: (FILTER) Oh, that was Mr. Beckler who delivers the eggs. He was telling me about the murder. Mrs. Worth was all alone in the house. All the people who've been killed were alone. I wish you'd come home early tonight, Walter. Rosa can't stay with me.


WALTER: Ellen, I promise ya, I'll rush. I'll get there soon as I can.


ELLEN: (FILTER) Will you keep in touch with me?


WALTER: Sure, honey, I'll phone every hour, okay?


ELLEN: (FILTER) All right, dear. Bye.


MUSIC: BRIDGE


SOUND: PHONE RINGS ... RECEIVER UP


ELLEN: Hello?


WALTER: (FILTER) Hello, darling. Everything all right?


ELLEN: Uh, yeah, I guess so.


WALTER: (FILTER) Aren't you sure?


ELLEN: Well, I keep hearing strange noises outside, but I guess that's just my imagination. I'll be glad when this night's over.


WALTER: (FILTER) Stephanie asleep?


ELLEN: Not quite. She's given me quite a day. I'm exhausted. Will you be much longer?


WALTER: (FILTER) Oh, just a couple of hours.


ELLEN: Well, call me again then, will you, dear?


WALTER: (FILTER) Sure, honey. Meanwhile, why don't you go to bed, get some rest?


ELLEN: All right, I'll try. I'll lie down with Stephanie. Maybe she'll go to sleep faster that way.


MUSIC: BRIDGE ... OUT ABRUPTLY WITH--


SOUND: CRASH! OF WINDOW GLASS SMASHED


STEPHANIE: (EXCITED WHISPER) Mommy?! You asleep?


ELLEN: (HALF ASLEEP) Mm hm.


STEPHANIE: Mommy?


ELLEN: What?


STEPHANIE: I hear noises.


ELLEN: What noises?


STEPHANIE: I heard glass breaking.


ELLEN: Oh, go to sleep, darling -- please.


STEPHANIE: I heard somebody walking outside.


ELLEN: All right, now. Daddy will be home soon.


SOUND: DOORBELL RINGS


STEPHANIE: See?!


ELLEN: (MOANS) Who can that be?


SOUND: ELLEN STRUGGLES TO HER FEET ... AND WALKS DOWN STAIRS TO THE DOOR ... DOORBELL RINGS AGAIN


ELLEN: (CALLS) Yes, I'm coming! 


SOUND: ELLEN'S STEPS STOP AT THE DOOR


ELLEN: Who is it?!


ROSA: (BEHIND DOOR) It's me, Mrs. Gordon. Rosa.


ELLEN: Oh.


SOUND: DOOR UNLOCKS AND OPENS


ELLEN: Rosa, come in. What are you doing here?


SOUND: ROSA'S STEPS IN ... DOOR CLOSES


ROSA: Well, Mrs. McCloskey's husband come home so I thought I'd come over to see if ya still want me to stay with ya.


ELLEN: Oh, yes, I'd appreciate it very much.


SOUND: SLIGHT RATTLE OF ROLLER SKATES IN ROSA'S HAND


ROSA: I, uh, found Stephanie's skates out on the porch. I figured I better bring 'em in before Mr. Gordon falls over 'em again.


ELLEN: (CHUCKLES) Thank you. Honestly, when will she ever learn?


ROSA: Kids are all the same, I guess. I'll put 'em some place out of the way. Oh, you mind if I fix some coffee?


ELLEN: No, no, go right ahead. By the way, Rosa, you didn't see anybody near the house?


ROSA: No. Why?


ELLEN: Well, Stephanie thought she heard something outside.


ROSA: Oh, might have been me comin' up the driveway.


ELLEN: Yeah.


ROSA: She still awake?


ELLEN: I've never seen anyone resist sleep so.


ROSA: (CHUCKLES)


ELLEN: I better go up to her.


ROSA: Well, now, just you relax. I'm here, so there's nothin' to worry about.


ELLEN: Ah, thank you, Rosa.


SOUND: ELLEN'S STEPS UP STAIRS


STEPHANIE: Mommy?!


ELLEN: Stephanie, I want you to get back into your bed this instant!


STEPHANIE: Was that Rosa?


ELLEN: Yes. Now, come on, climb in.


STEPHANIE: (GRUNTS WITH EFFORT BEHIND--)


SOUND: STEPHANIE CLIMBS INTO BED


ELLEN: Cover up.


STEPHANIE: Will you tuck me?


ELLEN: (RELUCTANT) All right.


SOUND: ELLEN TUCKS HER IN


ELLEN: There. Now, good night.


STEPHANIE: Good night. (BEAT) Mommy?!


ELLEN: What?


STEPHANIE: I'm hungry!


ELLEN: Well, that's just too bad.


STEPHANIE: Aw, could I just have a glass of milk and a cookie?


ELLEN: No, it's too late.


STEPHANIE: But I'm hungry!


ELLEN: You won't starve. Now go to sleep.


ROSA: (FROM OFF, STRANGLED GROAN)


ELLEN: (TENSE, CALLS) Rosa?! You all right?!


ROSA: (FROM OFF, MORE GROANS)


STEPHANIE: (FRIGHTENED) Mommy?!


ELLEN: Hush! (CALLS) Rosa?! Is anything wrong?! (NO ANSWER) Stephanie, you stay here. I'll be right back.


MUSIC: STARTS DURING ABOVE AND BUILDS TO CURTAIN


VOICE: In a moment, we will return for the third act of--


MUSIC: CHORD


VOICE: --SUSPENSE! 


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MUSIC: THIRD ACT INTRO


SOUND: ELLEN'S FOOTSTEPS BEHIND--


ELLEN: Rosa? Rosa, where are--?


SOUND: ELLEN STUMBLES OVER ROLLER SKATES


ELLEN: (IRRITATED, TO HERSELF) What are the skates doing on the floor again?


ROSA: (OFF, GROANS)


ELLEN: Rosa, you in the kitchen?


SOUND: ELLEN TAKES A STEP TOWARD KITCHEN


ELLEN: (SEES ROSA, HORRIFIED) Rosa!


SOUND: ELLEN'S HURRIED STEPS TO ROSA


ROSA: (GROANS)


ELLEN: Rosa, what happened?


ROSA: (WEAKLY) Don't - stay here. He's in the house.


ELLEN: I'll get help, Rosa.


STEPHANIE: (OFF) Mommy?! Mommy, where are you?


ELLEN: Stephanie, don't come in here!


SOUND: STEPHANIE TRIPS ON ROLLER SKATE AND FALLS DOWN


STEPHANIE: (WAILS IN PAIN)


ELLEN: Stephanie?! 


STEPHANIE: (IN PAIN) Mommy! (WAILS IN BG)


ELLEN: Stephanie, what is it? What happened?


SOUND: ELLEN'S STEPS TO STEPHANIE


STEPHANIE: The roller skate! I came down after you and I tripped on the roller skate! 


ELLEN: (QUICKLY) Hush now. Hush now. Hush, hush. Come on. Come on, get up.


STEPHANIE: Oh, but it hurts.


SOUND: ELLEN FORCES STEPHANIE TO HER FEET ... THEY SCUFFLE DURING FOLLOWING--


ELLEN: Please, Stephanie. Stand up. We've got to get out of here.


STEPHANIE: No!


ELLEN: Do as I say.


STEPHANIE: No! Now, you let go of me!


ELLEN: Stephanie, be quiet.


SOUND: ELLEN HITS STEPHANIE


STEPHANIE: (IN PAIN) Ow! (AMAZED) You hit me.


ELLEN: Well, I'm sorry. Where are you going? Come back here.


STEPHANIE: (MOVING OFF, UPSET) I'm gonna lock myself in the bathroom and I'm never coming out!


ELLEN: Stephanie, come back!


BECKLER: Don't go after her, Miz Gordon.


ELLEN: (STARTLED EXCLAMATION, THEN WITH RELIEF) Mr. Beckler. (INHALES) Oh, Mr. Beckler, thank goodness-- (STOPS SHORT, PUZZLED) How did you get in here?


BECKLER: Through the window.


ELLEN: (STIFLED CRY OF HORROR AS SHE REALIZES) It's you? You--?


BECKLER: No sense tryin' to run, Miz Gordon. I'll just have to take it out on your little girl.


ELLEN: Oh, you wouldn't.


SOUND: PHONE RINGS ... CONTINUES IN BG


BECKLER: Don't answer it. Keep away from that phone.


ELLEN: That's probably my husband, Mr. Beckler. You better let me answer it.


BECKLER: (RELUCTANT) Oh, all right. All right, you talk to him. But just remember -- you let on anything's wrong and your little girl pays for it.


SOUND: RECEIVER UP


ELLEN: Hello?


WALTER: (FILTER) Hello, dear. Just calling again, as I promised. Everything all right?


ELLEN: (STIFFLY) Yes, Walter.


WALTER: (FILTER) Good. I'm almost through here. I--


JOE: (FILTER) I can't find that voucher, Walter.


WALTER: (FILTER) Well, isn't it in the file?


JOE: (FILTER) No, sir.


WALTER: (FILTER, TO ELLEN) Uh, honey, hold on a minute, I'll be right back.


BECKLER: (BEAT) Hang up.


ELLEN: But he--


BECKLER: Hang up.


SOUND: RECEIVER DOWN BEHIND--


ELLEN: He didn't finish talking. He'll only call back.


BECKLER: Yeah? Well, I'll just take the phone off the hook and then he'll get nothin' but a busy signal.


SOUND: RECEIVER UP ... AND PLACED ON TABLE BY PHONE


ELLEN: (EVENLY) Why, Mr. Beckler? Why are you doing this? What harm have I done you?


BECKLER: (STARTS TO RANT) Harm? You're crowdin' me. All of you newcomers. Hedgin' me in. Bulldozin' the trees down. Spoilin' the land with your fancy new cigar-box houses. Bankruptin' us all with your taxes for schools and roads and such. (HAS SLOWLY CHANGED TO PHONE FILTER, FOR WALTER'S PERSPECTIVE) My taxes have gone up double since you city people started floodin' in here! That's the kind of harm you done me!


WALTER: Joe, finish that; we'll call it a night. (INTO PHONE) Hello, Ellen. I'm sorry-- Hello? 


BECKLER: (FILTER) Well, maybe when people like you find it ain't safe here--


WALTER: Hello?


BECKLER: (FILTER) --you'll go back where you came from.


WALTER: Ellen?


BECKLER: (FILTER) That's why I killed Mrs. Worth and the others. And I'll keep on killin' 'til you're all gone.


WALTER: Good lord. Ellen!


SOUND: WALTER RATTLES THE CRADLE OF HIS PHONE


WALTER: Hello? Hello, operator?! For heaven's sake, operator. Hello?!


MUSIC: STARTS DURING ABOVE AND BUILDS TO CURTAIN


VOICE: In just a moment, we will return for the concluding act of--


MUSIC: CHORD


VOICE: --SUSPENSE! 


CHARLIE: Thirsty people everywhere prefer ice cold Pepsi-Cola. And because it's light, it refreshes without filling.


KAY: Charlie, be sociable.


CHARLIE: I am, Kay. Pepsi is a favorite of thirsty people from Maine to Hawaii, from Alaska to Florida.


KAY: (TRIES TO INTERRUPT) Charlie--


CHARLIE: It's perfect for parties or picnics, so serve Pepsi to your guests.


KAY: That's helpful, but--


CHARLIE: This is the sociable part. Keep plenty of Pepsi ice cold and ready. Remember, it goes fast because everybody likes Pepsi.


KAY: Singing still sounds more inviting. May I? 


MUSIC: FOR COMMERCIAL JINGLE BEHIND--


KAY: (SINGS) Be sociable!

Look smart!

Keep up to date

With Pepsi!

Drink light, refreshing Pepsi!

Stay young and fair and debonair!

Be sociable!

Have a Pepsi!


MUSIC: COMMERCIAL JINGLE OUT


CHARLIE: But singing doesn't say, "Pick up an extra carton of Pepsi today!" Better yet, get a case.


KAY: You do that.


MUSIC: CONCLUDING ACT INTRO


ELLEN: Why Rosa, Mr. Beckler? She was born here in Woodlake, like yourself. Why kill her?


BECKLER: I didn't expect to find her here. She saw me and she'd 'a' told.


SOUND: ELLEN TAKES A FEW STEPS BACKWARD


BECKLER: Now, there's no use your backin' away. Where ya gonna run?


ELLEN: Please, Mr. Beckler, I--


SOUND: ELLEN NEARLY TRIPS ON ROLLER SKATE


BECKLER: See? Ya nearly tripped over that skate.


ELLEN: I'll just put it out on the porch where it belongs.


BECKLER: Sure, and start hollerin' for help. Come here!


SOUND: BECKLER GRABS ELLEN


ELLEN: Let go. Let go!


SOUND: ELLEN HITS BECKLER IN FACE WITH SKATE ... BECKLER FALLS TO FLOOR


BECKLER: (GROANS)


ELLEN: Mr. Beckler? 


BECKLER: (GROANS)


ELLEN: (TO HERSELF) Got to get away from here. (WORRIED) Stephanie?


SOUND: ELLEN DROPS SKATE ON FLOOR ... THEN WALKS THROUGH HOUSE TO BATHROOM


ELLEN: Stephanie, where are you? Answer me, where are you?! Oh, Stephanie, come out of the bathroom, quickly!


SOUND: ELLEN RATTLES THE BATHROOM DOOR KNOB


ELLEN: Stephanie, unlock the door! Hurry!


STEPHANIE: (BEHIND DOOR) No!


ELLEN: Please!


STEPHANIE: (BEHIND DOOR, PETULANT) You slapped me.


ELLEN: Stephanie, there is no time to explain. Now, open the door before it's too late!


STEPHANIE: (BEHIND DOOR) No, I'm gonna stay in here all night!


ELLEN: Please, Stephanie, please!


STEPHANIE: (BEHIND DOOR) I didn't do anything and you hit me.


ELLEN: Stephanie, I'm sorry and I'll never punish you again, darling. Just unlock the door.


STEPHANIE: (BEHIND DOOR) You promise?


ELLEN: Yes, I promise! Now, hurry, we've got to get away from here!


BECKLER: (IN CLOSE) You ain't goin' nowhere!


SOUND: SLIGHT RATTLE OF BATHROOM DOOR KNOB


ELLEN: Stephanie, don't turn the lock! Don't come out! Stay in there!


BECKLER: It won't do her no good. I'll--


SOUND: DOORBELL RINGS ... KNOCKING AT DOOR


BECKLER: (STARTLED) Who the devil--?


OFFICER: (BEHIND DOOR) Mrs. Gordon?! Police!


BECKLER: (TO HIMSELF) Police?! I'm gettin' out o' here.


SOUND: BECKLER'S HURRIED FOOTSTEPS TO WINDOW ... SMASH! OF GLASS AS BECKLER APPARENTLY LEAPS THROUGH THE WINDOW


OFFICER: Hey, there he goes! Through that window! (CALLS, TO BECKLER) Stop where you are! Halt!


SOUND: THREE GUNSHOTS! ... BEAT ... THEN BECKLER APPARENTLY SLUMPS INTO SOME METAL TRASH CANS ... OFFICER'S FOOTSTEPS TO ELLEN IN AGREEMENT WITH FOLLOWING--


OFFICER: Mrs. Gordon? Mrs. Gordon?


ELLEN: I'm up here!


OFFICER: Oh. You all right, Mrs. Gordon?


ELLEN: Yes, yes, officer.


OFFICER: Your husband called us and we got here as soon as we could. He heard you and Beckler over the phone.


ELLEN: (CONFUSED) But he took the phone off, so there'd be a busy signal.


OFFICER: Ah, that's where Beckler made a mistake. The connection isn't broken  until the calling party hangs up.


SOUND: RATTLE OF BATHROOM DOOR KNOB


STEPHANIE: (BEHIND DOOR) Mommy?! Mommy?!


OFFICER: Oh, your little girl all right?


ELLEN: Yes, officer. 


STEPHANIE: (BEHIND DOOR) Mommy!


ELLEN: (CALLS) It's all right, dear, you can come out now!


STEPHANIE: (BEHIND DOOR) I can't! I can't! I can't turn the lock! It's stuck! I'm locked in!


ELLEN: Oh, no. (STARTS LAUGHING HYSTERICALLY IN SPITE OF HERSELF) Oh, no. (KEEPS RIGHT ON LAUGHING HYSTERICALLY)


MUSIC: STARTS DURING ABOVE AND BUILDS TO CURTAIN


VOICE: SUSPENSE!


MUSIC: CHORD


ANNOUNCER: You've been listening to "Sleep Is for Children," a story written for SUSPENSE by Ralph Bell and Eugene Francis. In a moment, the names of our players and a word about next week's story of -- SUSPENSE.


MUSIC: SQUEAKY OUT-OF-TUNE VIOLIN PLAYS A MELODY


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MUSIC: LOVELY IN-TUNE STRING ARRANGEMENT OF SAME MELODY


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MUSIC: SUSPENSE THEME ... THEN BEHIND ANNOUNCER--


ANNOUNCER: Heard in tonight's story were Elspeth Eric as Ellen Gordon, Ralph Bell as Walter Gordon, Bill Adams as Mr. Beckler, and Betty Garde as Rosa. Others in our cast were Ruth Tobin and Sarah Fussell.


Listen again next week when we return with "The Revolution" by Peter Fernandez, another tale well-calculated to keep you in--


MUSIC: CHORD


VOICE: --SUSPENSE! 


ANNOUNCER: Be sure to tune in next week, and every week, to SUSPENSE on CBS Radio.

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