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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Suspense Sundays (177) Post Mortem

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.

"Post Mortem"
Air date: April 4, 1946
Starring Agnes Moorehead
>>Episodes here<<

Mrs. Josie Archer is happily married to her new husband Steven.  Josie is recently widowed - her husband died suddenly, and not long after Josie married his best friend - Steven.  One morning, reporters descend on Mrs. Archer née Mead because she has just won a major sweepstakes.  She was unaware that a ticket was bought, so it must have been by her husband in her name.  But she has no idea where the ticket is because she hasn't come across it and she went through all his things.  Oh hold on, she has an idea - it must have been in his new blue suit.  Which he was buried in.

The story is an interesting blend of dark humor and suspense - since Josie's first husband is dug up, and Josie is not as upset about it as she should have been.  There's a lot of rationalization that her dead husband would have wanted her to have that money.  But the suspense comes in when he is dug up and there is a surprise she didn't expect.  This was a great episode - Agnes Moorehead in particular is very memorable as Josie.

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