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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Suspense Sundays (96) Script by Mark Brady

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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.

"Script by Mark Brady"
Air date: March 22, 1959
Starring Victor Perrin and Marie Windsor
>>Episodes here<<

Script writer Mark Brady is preparing is final and best (?) script - a story about his wife cheating on him with his best friend.  While at first it's kinda innocent that his wife spends time with best friend Jason when Mark is busy writing, when Mark finds out that his wife is visiting Jason in the evenings and lying about it, he decides to do something about it.  Mark knows Jason carries an unloaded gun, so this time Mark will greet Jason with a loaded one.

The story seems pretty straightforward until you get into the power of perspective.  After Mark leaves his last chapter, his wife picks up writing it and then Jason.  And it was so interesting to get those three perspectives.  Though it never changed my first opinion that the wife was the most at fault here - she was playing with fire and listening to her perspective only confirmed how wrong she was to rationalize her actions.  Each section that is narrated by a different character is punctuated by a twist, which was really great writing as well. I really enjoyed this one!

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