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. I love the old-fashion story-telling and I thought it would be fun to give a short review of an episode every Sunday.
"Menace in Wax"
Air date: November 17, 1942
Starring Joseph Julian
>>Episodes here<<The episode starts off talking about Madame Tussaud’s origins in the French Revolution and then today with her wax museum during another war - WWII. A reporter - Mr. Rogers - visits the museum to look at the chamber of horrors because he got a tip about “something funny going on.” His discovery there leads him to a top secret military base in the countryside which is in danger of being attacked by the Nazis.
Okay. The story and opening scenes in the wax museum are very misleading! I thought this would be some creepy wax monster story or dastardly murderer story who seals his victims in wax (oh wait, isn't that a movie?). But no, after such an interesting setting, the story moves on to a war-based suspense tale of spy intrigue. It’s ‘Meh’ really - not very exciting, but I suppose very relatable to the listeners at that time.