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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Suspense Sundays (47) A Friend to Alexander

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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.   {My archive list of episodes}

"A Friend to Alexander"
Air date: August 3, 1943
Starring Robert Young and Geraldine Fitzgerald
Harry Andrews has been having recurring dreams about Aaron Burr.  And Aaron is real annoying to him in these dreams - taunting and insulting and about to kill Harry's friend Alexander Hamilton.  In the dream, Harry equates Alexander to his dead brother who died killed by a drunk in a cemetery.  Eventually these dreams take over Harry and even his wife can't help him.  Harry decides to take on Aaron Burr in his dream with deadly results.

A haunting dream is a great premise for a suspense story, and when I started listening to this episode I thought for sure this dream was haunting Harry because he felt guilty over something - maybe he killed his brother.  But no, there is absolutely no pay off for why Harry's brother's death is included or even why he was in the cemetery.  At least there was no link that I was aware of.  Which was disappointing because then this whole story seemed rather too bizarre and pointless.  Why was any of it happening?  And why Aaron Burr, the traitor?  Well unless it was a veiled story that dealt with the war, the whole episode was very interesting to listen to, but disappointingly no answers are given in the end.

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