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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Suspense Sundays (33)

Posted by Charlene // Tags: ,
"Now let's see... Suspect... Suspectant... Suspend... Ah here we are, Suspense.  The condition of mental uncertainty usually accompanied by apprehension or anxiety.  Fear of something that is about to occur, as 'Do not keep me any longer in SUSPENSE.'"

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.  



"The Black Curtain"
Air date: December 2, 1943
Starring Cary Grant
A man slips on an icy sidewalk and awakens on the street with no memory of his last three years.  Frank Townsend's only clue is his hat and cigar case with initials D. N.  He is chased by another man with a gun, and starts to put the pieces of his past together.  It leads him to a girl, named Ruth, who loves him, but begs him to leave because he's wanted for murder.

Cary Grant! Worth the listen for that alone.  It's nice that this is a great story as well.  The conundrum of  trying to solve the mystery of your past, coupled with a pretty horrible crime on your hands makes the story very compelling.  And there is the moment in the end when the listener knows who the murderer is, but Frank still hadn't figured it out, and the suspense of that moment was delicious!

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