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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Suspense Sundays (75) Always Room at the Top

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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}

"Always Room at the Top"
Air date: February 20, 1947
Starring Anne Baxter
>>Episodes here<<

Helen is determined to become the new art director of the William J Farrell agency and just after she gets turned down for a job in the company, the current art director falls to her death.  An accident.  But Helen doesn't let the opportunity pass, and immediate applies for the newly vacant position and gets it.  She is great at the job and her boss is falling in love with her, but mementos and reminders of the previous art director keeps getting into Helen's office.  And it seems like her boss and the old art director were a couple...

This episode does a great job of obscuring what's really happening.  Who's guilty, why is there a mystery around the girl who fell to her death, and why do her things keep popping up in Helen's office?  I couldn't quite figure this one out, so I think this was a success.  Helen is an interesting character too, because she's so driven and determined to do whatever it takes.  It's the thing that's her undoing in the end though which is sort of sad because I thought she should have succeeded.  

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