Friday, April 16, 2010

Friday's Favorite OTR

Crime Classics: “The General’s Daughter, the Czar’s Lieutenant, and the Linen Closet: A Russian Tragedy” 4/7/1954

Crime Classics is at its best when it manages to smoothly meld tragedy and the worst of human nature together with a wry sense of humor. This episode—-so soaked in tragedy and irony that it couldn’t have been set anywhere but Russia--manages to do this perfectly

The story is about a young army lieutenant who falls in love with the general’s daughter. When the general refuses to agree to their marriage, they continue to see each other on the sly. But when a servant spills some soup on the young lady’s dress one night, it sets off a chain of events that leads to at least three deaths.

There’s a bizarre plot twist about halfway through the episode that I, at least, did not see coming.

Great production values and Lou Merrill’s usual superb job of narration help make this one of Crime Classics’ best episodes.

Click HERE to listen or download this episode.

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