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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Suspense Sundays (146) Two Horse Parley

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.

"Two Horse Parley"
Air date: April 10, 1960
Starring Lyle Sudrow and Helen McCrae
>>Episodes here<<

Johnny has been living it up in New York City and owes quite a bit of money for his gambling.  He has to come up with the money so he calls his Aunt to convince her to send him more money for his "piano training" which is why he was in NYC in the first place.  His Aunt wants him to come home though because she's lonely, and after investing so much money in Johnny's training she wants to hear him play.  Johnny's only recourse is to get his girlfriend to come with him and play in his stead since she's a much better player and his Aunt won't be able to tell the difference.  Because she's blind.

Well this story went in a direction I was completely not expecting.  It was clear that the whole plan Johnny came up with to get away with tricking his Aunt would not work, but just how the plan was foiled was the suspenseful part.  I don't want to reveal it of course, but there is a nice ironic twist to the whole thing, as well as a surprising aspect to why Johnny's Aunt wanted him back home with her.  This was a very good episode!

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