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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Suspense Sundays (77) On a Country Road

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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}

"On a Country Road"
Air date: November 16, 1950
Starring Cary Grant
>>Episodes here<<

David and his wife, Dorothy are taking a road trip and because of the terrible traffic, David decides to take a shortcut on a back road.  Even though there is a crazed murderer on the loose according to the radio.   OF COURSE, they run out of gas, and while Dorothy is in a panic that the murderer is nearby, David is practical and wants to go out and find some help but he stays with his wife.  Who soon sees a woman running for their car and is convinced she is the escaped murderer.

This episode is a study in paranoia and hysteria.  And unfortunately women are pretty prone to it in this episode!  I mean it's pretty scary to be isolated with a murderer on the loose, but panicking won't help!  Still, this is such a great episode for suspense, because it's so unclear whether the woman that happens upon them is the murderer or not.  Also it helps that Cary Grant stars in this episode and brings his charm as the beleaguered husband.  This is one of the classic episodes of Suspense, and a great one to listen to!

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