Friday, January 14, 2011

Friday's Favorite OTR

Escape: "Figure a Dame" from December 20, 1949.

If I had to pick a favorite OTR show, it'd be Escape. An anthology show concentrating on adventure stories, it had great writing and acting and sound effects. It was (with only a few exceptions) a consistently wonderful listening experience.

Most of the time, stories on Escape were based on short stories. This episode was taken from a story by a writer named Richard Sales.

"Figure a Dame" starred Frank Lovejoy as a P.I. working for an insurance company. The plot is of the hard-boiled/film noir school, with Lovejoy escorting a rich woman to India, where she is buying a priceless emerald.

But during a train trip after the lady buys the jewel, Lovejoy falls in with a beautiful woman he quickly pegs as a thief. From that point, the story seems to go along the traditional line of a femme fatale leading the guy astray. But there's a pretty good twist at the end that gives the story as a whole some additional dramatic backbone. This, in addition to Lovejoy's spot-on performance as a tough guy in the process of going bad, makes the episode another fine entry from Escape.

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