Escape's "The Running Man" is a tale about a Caribbean plantation owner named Owen who likes to gamble and live fast. He is indebted to the local casino owner through gambling losses but wants to keep playing. He is involved with Selena, the local voodoo priestess, although everyone has warned him to stay away.
The story is set in the port of Tela, Honduras. Owen's friend, Mr. Loomis, works for the fruit company that ships bananas from the local plantations. He lends Owen money and tries to convince him to change, but Owen doesn't listen.
When Mr. Loomis introduces Owen to a new arrival named Betty, he falls for her in a snap. Owen agrees to stop gambling when Betty asks him to, but his circumstances soon change. At home he finds Selena in his living room hovering over seven candles, three ripped-up chickens and a lots of blood. She has bestowed upon him the "Curse of Fortune" and now he can't lose.
As it turns out, Selena's curse isn't as damaging as his own greed.
The radio-play was written by Herb Purdham and stars Vic Perrin. Also appearing are Michael Ann Barrett, Jeanne Bates, Ralph Moody, Don Diamond, Barney Philips, and Byron Kane. This episode aired on November 2, 1952.
The fictional "American Fruit Company" appears to be based on the monopolistic United Fruit Company. Its subsidiary, the Tela Railroad Company, built the railroads to the port and controlled the banana plantations for many years.
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