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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Suspense Sundays (62) Commuter's Ticket

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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}


"Commuter's Ticket"
Air date: August 1, 1946
Starring J. Carroll Naish
>>Episodes here<<

Bert Gavin takes the same commuter train everyday and notices that no one on the train ever bothers to socialize with each other, and because of that anonymity he hatches a murder scheme.  He takes an earlier train home, kills his wife, and then takes the train back to work where he'll claim he was at work the whole time and even had to stay overnight to do some repair work.  But when he gets on that return train to work everything goes wrong, and he somehow finds many different ways to make himself memorable.  But when he's accused of a different murder, will people actually remember him on that train?

Well Mr. Gavin certainly has no luck in this episode! It's amazing and hilarious how many things went wrong on his return train - partly his fault though because he couldn't keep cool!  But the fun in this story is also in how many twists and turns there are to the narrative - I couldn't even begin to guess what was going to happen in the end!  This is another really great episode - entertaining as well as suspenseful, and of course justice is served in the end.

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