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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Suspense Sundays (106) Analytical Hour

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.

"Analytical Hour"
Air date: June 28, 1959
Starring Jack Carson
>>Episodes here<<

Mr. Nelson visits his psychiatrist a little unexpectedly one evening.  He's not there for an average visit, as he begins by talking about his wife who he is unhappy with, and then calmly tells his analyst that he has killed her.  The analyst, at first shocked, is also just as calmly assured that his wife is not dead.  As it turns out the psychiatrist and Mrs. Nelson have been having an affair, and Mr. Nelson is there to finally address the issue.

These two have been having an affair for a year, and deliberately set up Mr. Nelson with the psychiatrist to try and get him to reveal that he doesn't love his wife anymore so they could get a divorce.  That's pretty cold-blooded, so it's no wonder that Mr. Nelson has a plan up his sleeve.  I almost think they deserve it, except of course murder is never the right thing to do.  It's pretty predictable how this story develops, the slight twist in the end is also a bit weak, but this was an interesting two person radio play.  They dynamics of the characters really comes through.

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