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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Suspense Sundays (186) Heart's Desire

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.

"Heart's Desire"
Air date: March 22, 1945
Starring Lloyd Nolan
>>Episodes here<<

The episode starts with Henry Doyle wandering at night by the water and accosted by a woman of the night.  He ends up telling her his sad story which goes something like this - Henry has always dreamed of doing many things, and when he was 19, he got a job at a bank as a messenger, intending to move up and become the president some day.  Twenty years later, he's still a messenger for the bank - a trusted one, but not what he wanted his life to be.  He decides to throw away all his years of exemplary service, to keep the $50,000 he was entrusted to deliver, and go to jail for a few years so he can then spend that money when he gets out.  Of course, things don't go according to plan.

I thought this was a great episode!  At first I thought Henry would do something drastic and stupid to get his "heart's desire", but when 20 years go by, there's a little bit of sadness to the moment when he realizes he's let his childhood dreams go for so long, and he's middle aged now, without getting anything of what he wanted.  It made me feel for him, so that his stealing the money wasn't as awful to me.  And then the suspense of whether or not he will get that money back made this a great listen.


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