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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Suspense Sundays (37)

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.  



"Wet Saturday"
Air date: June 24, 1942
Starring Charles Derwent
Unfortunately the nice curate got himself killed in front of the Princey home.  Why?  Because he didn't want to marry Millicent Princey and she got mad.  And she had a croquet mallet.  But Millicent's father, Frederick is intent on making sure Millicent gets away with it.  Only Captain Smollet overheard them talking about it, so Frederick decides to incriminate Smollet.

This story starts a little slow as the Princey family discuss what to do about the murder.  But there is a dry humor to the scene because of how matter of fact Frederick Princey approaches the rather awful reality that his daughter is a murderer.  And then Captain Smollet's ingenious way of getting out of being framed for the murder is very well done, as well as the twist ending, which was all the more surprising because it's so not fair!

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