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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Suspense Sundays (154) Out the Window

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.

"Out the Window"
Air date: May 22, 1960
Starring Santos Ortega
>>Episodes here<<

Commissioner Walcheck wants to quit being a corrupt politician and is given a choice by two henchman.  Continue or go 'out the window' to his death.  He goes with option three - pushes one henchman out the window and shoots the other.  Now he's on the run, but curiously he sees the faces of the people who are dead in some of the people around him.

While initially I was sympathetic to the Commissioner for wanting to go straight, it soon becomes clear he's not as good of a person as he might seem (or as he might be trying to be.)  I was really applauding though when he turned the tables on those henchmen!  It's so refreshing when bullies gets their own back.  The suspense in this episode was in finding out what the twist was going to be since this seemed like a pretty straightforward story.  The Commissioner seemed to have a fool-proof plan - what could go wrong?

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