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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Suspense Sundays (83) Memory of a Murder

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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}


"Memory of a Murder"
Air date: March 25, 1962
Starring Philip Sterling 
>>Episodes here<<

Harry sees a man being buried in a graveyard which then cuts to him taking that man's old job working at a theatre where a magician called Constantine performs.  When Harry falls for Constantine's beautiful assistant Marietta, he discovers that Constantine is extremely jealous and may have been the one to kill the man who used to have Harry's job.  Constantine is so jealous that he is planning to kill Marietta during the show so that no one can have her.  And Harry decides to get to Constantine first.

This episode has a great plot line - with the love triangle and a mysterious vision of a man being buried.  But this is a strange story in execution.  Harry is telling his story to the police in this, and at the end, there's this twist that this happened years in the past.  So somehow Harry time traveled?  Okay. It's kind of a random twist. And with the reveal of what is truly going on with Marietta and Constantine, Marietta's motives was unclear for me.  I liked the idea of the episode, but I found it all a bit of a mess.

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