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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Suspense Sundays (166) Suspicion

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.

"Suspicion"
Air date: April 3,, 1948
Starring Sam Jaffe
>>Episodes here<<

There is a poisoner loose in London, who seeks out positions as a cook, and has poisoned her employers in the past.  Mr. Mummery and his delicate wife, have just hired a wonderful cook, but Mr. Mummery hasn't been feeling too well lately.  As he considers his illness, the weakness of his wife, and the still at large cook murderess, he begins to have suspicions about the woman he hired.

This is an hour long adaptation of a Dorothy L. Sayers short story.  It was previously adapted as a regular half-hour story, but they brought it back for a longer format, which honestly, I don't think was necessary.  This story would probably have been better in half an hour.  (I haven't listened to the shorter version.)  The premise is simple, and for most of the hour, we just get to hear circumstantial evidence against the Mummery's cook.

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