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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Suspense Sundays (164) Celebration

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.

"Celebration"
Air date: September 23, 1948
Starring Virginia Bruce and Robert Young
>>Episodes here<<

Todd is visiting his wife, who is in a nursing home as she has a brain tumor that can not be removed.  The tumor affects her memory as well as her emotions, and she doesn't realize why she's in the home, or that so much time has passed since she has lived there.  Todd takes Emily out for a quiet day together, but she gradually becomes paranoid and afraid that Todd is going to do something to her.

Since it's unclear in the beginning if Todd really loves his wife or is just pretending so she won't get upset, it was very suspenseful trying to figure out what Todd is planning.  And it's surprising too when you do find out, because what Todd plans to do, is kind of sweet (well I guess some people would think so) but also terrible, so there's a moment when I was really afraid for Emily in the story.  The story does have a happy ending though (living up to that title!) but it's a very convenient happy ending, which made me roll my eyes, even though I was glad that Emily and Todd were going to be okay.  I'd much rather have a happy ending though, even if it's a bit cheesy!

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