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Sunday, December 27, 2015

Suspense Sundays (179) The Night Before Christmas

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.

"The Night Before Christmas"
Air date: December 21, 1953
Starring Greer Garson
>>Episodes here<<

Young Cathy is eager for her parents to come home from their trip abroad.  On the day they are supposed to return, the housekeeper, who is caring for Cathy, tries to distract her with other things.  It seems her parents aren't home yet. Time goes by, but Cathy is still waiting for her parents.  The plane that her parents were on, went missing in a storm.

This is a Christmas Suspense story, so the question of whether or not the parents are dead, is not even an issue, since of course Suspense wouldn't put out such a depressing episode on Christmas! It was just a matter of time til the parents showed up.  So while this is a sweet story, I feel like there is very little substance to it - it's just a little sad for the girl waiting.  There is a nice reading of the "The Night Before Christmas" in the story though, to get one properly in the holiday mood!

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