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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Suspense Sundays (58) Drury's Bones

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Suspense was a radio series from 1942 to 1962.  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.  For Suspense Sundays I'll give a short review of an episode.   {My archive list of episodes}


"Drury's Bones"
Air date: January 25, 1945
Starring Boris Karloff
>>Episodes here<<

A man wakes up one day with no memory of who he is or what happened to him, and with only two theatre tickets to Drury Lane in his pocket.  Scotland Yard tries to help him but he really can't remember anything so what do they do with him? Why give him a job of course.  After a few years, he becomes a detective and is sent to investigate the unearthing of a skeleton in a small seaside town.  Terrence Drury as he is now called, finds some memories are coming back to him, and while he finds out that a husband and wife used to live in the house where the skeleton was found, he is afraid that he was that husband and he killed and buried his wife.

Again another wonderful premise from Suspense!  The idea of the murderer having to investigate his own crime. (Or is it? You'd have to listen to the episode to find out.)  It's very sporting of Terrence to continue with the investigation regardless of the result purely because he wants to know the truth.  While I didn't quite see the twist that came in the end of this episode, it did fulfill my expectations of where the story would go, (still trying not to give away the ending here!) and I thought this was a great performance by Boris Karloff as well - definitely not the kind of role I'm used to hearing him do.

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