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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Suspense Sundays (81) Thou Shalt Not Commit

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.   {My archive list of episodes}

"Thou Shalt Not Commit"
Air date: April 14, 1957
Starring Victor Jory and Ellen Morgan
>>Episodes here<<

On a remote island, a wife feels her husband, who is a Doctor, is not paying enough attention to her and she regrets the move to that isolated place.  The Doctor makes more of an effort to spend time with his wife, but when the very attractive Captain of a ship lands on the island, the wife falls for him and they both make plans to run away.  However there is a typhoon heading towards the island, and the Doctor, who discovers their affair, drops another surprise - he has appendicitis and unless the Captain performs the surgery on him, he will die.

The wife is very unsympathetic in this - especially after her husband makes such an effort to spend time with her and repair their marriage.  It's kind of sad how even the morally loose Captain comes off better in this - as the suspense comes in whether or not the Captain will take the opportunity to get rid of his rival on the surgery table.  It's a bit predictable how it all ends, and the resolution is a little too cute for me.  But the story builds very well and the Doctor is the most interesting character in the story.  He's got a very interesting sarcastic edge to him!

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