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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Suspense Sundays (119) Death and the Escort

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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.

"Death and the Escort"
Air date: September 1, 1959
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A young couple, Ed and Jan are having breakfast, and Ed, notices a picture of a racketeer on trial for murder in the newspaper and realizes that he's seen the man before and can place him at the scene of the crime thereby ensuring the man's conviction.  Ed decides to come forward, even though his wife is scared that the racketeer's men will come after him for testifying.  Ed is foolishly dismissive of her fears.

Because of course they are coming after him.  What's surprising to me is how unconcerned most of the people are about this in the beginning!  The police do nothing to keep Ed's identity secret - I mean, Ed's name gets into the paper and no one seems concerned that his name and address is out there.  Until they get the threatening phone calls.  Of course the wife is wrong in not wanting Ed to go to the police, but the police aren't very good at protecting Ed!  Especially when someone tries to impersonate a policeman.  It's just luck that it all turns out right in the end.  And the lesson here seems to be don't completely trust the police! 

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