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Sunday, May 4, 2014

Suspense Sundays (95) Death in Box 234

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.

"Death in Box 234"
Air date: March 15, 1959
Starring Frank Lovejoy
>>Episodes here<<

Harry, a respectable bank employee, gets the idea of staging a very smart bank robbery when miserly pet shop owner Mr. Jenson comes in to finally put his money in a safe deposit box.  Mr. Jenson is very nervous about putting his money in a bank but Harry assures him it will be safe.  Mr. Jenson checks on his box regularly, but Harry goes about his plans by taking another safe deposit box and setting up someone else to take out the money from Mr. Jenson's box and transfer it into Harry's.  It's a good plan, but can Harry really get away with it?

The idea of this episode is really ingenious - from the methodical and careful way in which Harry goes about his plans to the ultimate reason for his downfall - I think this is a great episode overall.  I also feel like it is familiar - maybe it was adapted for TV sometime?  The ending is really satisfying as well, because of course the listener doesn't want Harry to get away with the robbery.  It is interesting that the episode includes that Harry is getting fond of Mr. Jenson and almost feels sorry about what he's planning, but he goes through with it anyway.  

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