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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Suspense Sundays! (6)

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Suspense Sundays

Suspense was a radio series from 1942 to 1962, claiming to be "radio's outstanding theater of thrills."  I have a fondness for "Old Time Radio" as we call it now, and Suspense is my favorite show.  It sets up weird, dark, scary, or intriguing stories with a plot twist in the end, and all in half an hour.  And many of them had very famous stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood.  I love the old-fashion story-telling and I thought it would be fun to give a short review of an episode every Sunday.  I'll have some fun with it too, since the stories can be silly and over-the-top to modern audiences, but I hope you, dear Reader, will give it a listen sometime if the story seems interesting.






"The Devil's Saint"
Air date: January 19, 1943
Starring Peter Lorre

A young Lord (Ned) falls in love with the bewitching niece (by the name Elona?) of a Hungarian Count (Courtship to Proposal time: 4 days!) but Elona professes that her Uncle would never let her marry.  But Ned asks permission from her Uncle anyways, and instead of saying no, he asks him to spend some time at his chateau and if he would still like to marry his niece he would give them his blessings.  And Ned can stay in the .... Tapestry Room.  By the way, everyone who sleeps in the Tapestry room is found dead the next morning.  No, marks on the body, no sign of a struggle.  Just some incense burning and an empty jar of ointment.  There's talk of an ancestor who was part of the old religion - a cult of witches and she was tortured to death in that room... but Ned is quite willing to try the room anyways.

Okay, it's all about the twist in this one.  It's a really creepy and atmospheric set-up, and I thought the nature of the twist would be in discovering how people are killed in the room when apparently there are no obvious signs and no poisons in the body.  But that's not the twist and the person who might obviously be orchestrating the murders is predictably not the one doing them.  This was another really fun episode!

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