In "Death at Live Oak," a man believes that he can solve his problems by switching identities with another man.
As the episode opens, David Sutherland meets a woman in an elevator who mistakes him for her husband. Later, he meets the woman again and she is struck by his resemblance to her husband. The two have dinner and instant love follows. He is everything that her husband is not, except that he is close to bankruptcy.
The two come up with a plan to dispose of her husband and have Sutherland take his place. That way, his debtors will think he is dead, and she won't have to go through the scandal of a divorce. Sutherland will take her husband up in his plane and parachute out before it crashes. Then, he will assume the identity of her husband, and they will live happily ever after.
Now, how could a plan like that go wrong?
"Death at Live Oak" was written by Robert E. Lee and E. Jack Neuman. William Spier produced and directed. Robert Mitchum, in the first of his two appearances on Suspense, starred as Mr. Sutherland. Also appearing were Mary Jane Croft, Jerry Hausner, William Johnstone, and Wally Maher. This episode aired on May 15, 1947.
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