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Friday, May 25, 2012

Friday's Favorite OTR

Suspense: “Too Hot To Live” 10/26/50

Richard Widmark gives a superb performance as a man accused of murder—on the run and uncertain even in his own mind whether he’s guilty. Widmark’s character, forced to go on the run while barefoot on a blisteringly hot day, grows increasingly frantic as he tries to prove his innocence—or perhaps find proof of his guilt.


I don’t think I’ve heard this specific episode before. Widmark exudes a palpable sense of fear and desperation, equaling even Vincent Price’s performance in old-time radio’s best ever single episode: Escape’s “Three Skeleton Key.”

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