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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Suspense Sundays (134) The Long Night

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.

"The Long Night"
Air date: January 10, 1960
Starring --
>>Episodes here<<

A farmer's young wife tries to get her husband to give her a little extra money to buy a coat, but he thinks it's completely unnecessary.  Meanwhile, a murderer has escaped from the asylum and is on the run.  The police warn all the people in the area, so the farmer and his wife are wary when someone knocks on the door claiming his car broke down a ways back.

A crazed killer on the loose - such a common trope - but I'm happy to say that this Suspense episode managed to turn that on it's head for a pretty unexpected twist.  It's something that kind of creeps up on you, since you're distracted by the whole murderer on the loose thing, but I think the beginning scene between the farmer and the wife is great for establishing character, as well as setting up the way this story progresses.  

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