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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Suspense Sundays (74) Shooting Star

Posted by Charlene // Tags: ,
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}


"Shooting Star"
Air date: November 25, 1954
Starring Virginia Christine
>>Episodes here<<

Gay Lansing, a typecasted song and dance girl has just discovered her contract is not going to be renewed by the studio and in an audacious move she gets a gun and forces her agent to set up a new contract.  The agent foolishly says he can just cancel it later, but Gay informs him he won't get that chance as she's going to kill him.  She just has to wait for the right moment to make sure she gets away with it.

Of course it's sad that Gay is in this position - supposedly washed-up - but she's overreacting a little in this!  There are moments when people walk in to where the agent lives, and while he's tied up in the back, Gay assumes different characters to explain her why she's there - highlighting her acting abilities and why she shouldn't be let go which was rather ingenious and also kind of the point.  The twist in this story should be obvious - unfortunately the second ironic twist isn't but it kind of makes sense when you think of what Gay put that agent through.

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