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.
"They Call Me Patrice"
Air date: December 12, 1946
Starring Susan Peters and Joseph Kearns
>>Episodes here<<Helen Georgesson is heading home on the train, in the middle of a divorce with her husband. She meets a newlywed couple and while talking to the wife, Patrice, the train crashes. When she awakes in the hospital she realizes she has been identified as the wife Patrice, and although the husband died, his family is very rich. So she goes along with it. And Helen's unfortunately not yet divorced husband, Steve finds out and blackmails her.
The premise of the story is a great suspenseful tale! Although Helen/Patrice is definitely doing something wrong, Steve is so slimy, you really hope she will get through it okay. And Helen's guilt over what she is doing is pretty obvious towards the end of the episode. It's pretty obvious what has to happen, although the twist near the end is both ironic and unexpected. This was a great episode to listen to!