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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Suspense Sundays (41)

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 Cave of Ali Baba"
Air date: August 19, 1942
Starring Romney Brent
Based on a Dorothy Sayers short story, Lord Peter Wimsey finds himself caught by a very organized group of criminals, and has to use his wits to get out of being killed as a spy.  And his plans involve a double locked safe that may or may not have some very important information.

Although this story starts off slow, with framing device that involves a friend of Peter's which I thought was unnecessary, when it came to whether or not Peter could get out of his predicament, the story became much more interesting.  It was so suspenseful because it was so hard to tell whether Peter was telling the truth, and I was sure there was something he was hiding because he really seemed to forthright.  The ending is pretty satisfying and this episode was overall very enjoyable.

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