In "A Terribly Strange Bed," Peter Lawford stars as a young man who finds himself in a pressing situation after winning too much in a disreputable Parisian gambling house. This episode was adapted from "The Traveler's Story of a Terribly Strange Bed" (1852) by Wilkie Collins. The original work is available online at Wikisource.
The episode opens in Paris as two young Englishmen, Henry and Gerald, are searching for night life that will entertain them. Henry is looking for an establishment with genuine character and no false pretenses. Gerald just wants to continue drinking.
Soon, they come across a place that intrigues them, a gambling house with an almost tragic air to it. Henry plays roulette and then begins a winning streak that breaks the bank.
Afterward, Henry and Gerald have a celebratory toast of champagne with an old soldier named Fabian. Gerald gets drunk but Henry demands coffee. The proprietress, Millie Prudhomme, then brings him some very special hot, black coffee.
Henry knows something is wrong, but he becomes too woozy to leave. It isn't safe to be out late at night with such a large amount of money, so he and Gerald decide they must stay at Millie's rooming house until morning.
Will Gerald, Henry and the money survive the night in their peculiar surroundings?
"A Terribly Strange Bed" was adapted for radio by Morton Fine and David Friedkin. Elliott Lewis produced and directed. Peter Lawford starred. Also appearing were Joseph Kearns, Victor Perrin, Paula Winslowe, and Ben Wright. This episode aired on June 7, 1954.
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