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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Suspense Sundays (25)

Posted by Charlene // Tags: ,
"Now let's see... Suspect... Suspectant... Suspend... Ah here we are, Suspense.  The condition of mental uncertainty usually accompanied by apprehension or anxiety.  Fear of something that is about to occur, as 'Do not keep me any longer in SUSPENSE.'"

Suspense was a radio series from 1942 to 1962, claiming to be "radio's outstanding theater of thrills."  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.  I love the old-fashion story-telling and I thought it would be fun to give a short review of an episode every Sunday.  

"Menace in Wax"
Air date: November 17, 1942
Starring Joseph Julian
The episode starts off talking about Madame Tussaud’s origins in the French Revolution and then today with her wax museum during another war - WWII. A reporter - Mr. Rogers - visits the museum to look at the chamber of horrors because he got a tip about “something funny going on.” His discovery there leads him to a top secret military base in the countryside which is in danger of being attacked by the Nazis.

Okay.  The story and opening scenes in the wax museum are very misleading! I thought this would be some creepy wax monster story or dastardly murderer story who seals his victims in wax (oh wait, isn't that a movie?). But no, after such an interesting setting, the story moves on to a war-based suspense tale of spy intrigue. It’s ‘Meh’ really - not very exciting, but I suppose very relatable to the listeners at that time.

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