In Suspense's "Dark Journey" we learn that if we really want something to happen, we can will it to happen. At least that is what the main character, Ann Brody, believes. She concentrates on what she wants her boyfriend to do and then, using her power of will, she makes him do it.
The story begins as Ann and her friend Alice arrive in New York City to meet Ann's boyfriend, Clyde Dexter. Ann is clingy and "terribly in love," a situation that signals trouble. (Beware of this on radio--and in your own life.) Ann's boyfriend can't meet them at the train station, or have lunch with them that day, or see her the next day. We can't really blame him based on what we know about Ann so far.
Alice tries to make Ann realize that she has been jilted but Ann refuses to accept that. Ann feels that it is Clyde's mother who is keeping them apart and she uses her "power of will" to get her boyfriend back. When his mother is suddenly murdered, Ann does gets her man back. Alice however, finds the whole situation creepy. She stays away until she has to take a "dark journey" back to see her friend 15 years later.
"Dark Journey" was a radio-play written for two actresses by Lucille Fletcher. The script leaves you guessing at the truth right up to the end. Most women have had a friend who became a little too weird over a boyfriend and this story plays on those fears and bad memories. Ann is a pathetic mess and her friend is stuck in the middle.
This episode starred Nancy Kelly as Ann. Years later, she won a Tony Award (1955) and a nomination for an Academy Award for her role in the play and movie, The Bad Seed. Suspense regular Cathy Lewis starred as Alice. "Dark Journey" was produced, edited and directed by William Spiers. It aired once on April, 25, 1946.
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