Escape's "Letter from Jason" tells the story of an unusual bargain between an uncle and his nephew.
Jason has lost everything in life that has meaning. He left his wife and baby because he was no longer able to provide for them. He squandered his inheritance and now he is in debt. He has sunk lower than ever before because he can not stop drinking.
Alone in his cheap rooming house in a San Francisco slum, he tries to commit suicide, but fails at that, too. Shortly afterwards, his Uncle Jeff comes to visit him. His uncle offers him a deal that will pay off his debts and provide for his wife and child. What does he have to do? Travel to a South Seas island to perform a murderous act of revenge on his uncle's old enemy, Jake Finch.
"Letter from Jason" was adapted for radio by Seelig Lester, Merwin Gerard, and William N. Robson from the 1926 short story "Sunk" by George F. Worts. Frank Lovejoy appeared as Jason, Will Geer as Jeff, and Kay Brinker as Ellen. William N. Robson produced and directed. This episode aired on November 29, 1949.
* At the end of this episode, there is a short comedic sketch where Gracie Allen explains to Paul Frees why George Burns should appear on Escape.
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