In "The Lie," Mickey Rooney stars as a young man who frames himself for murder in order to protect his father. This episode was adapted from the Cornell Woolrich short story of the same name, which was first published in Detective Fiction Weekly, October 9, 1937.
As the episode opens, Marty Delavan is on the train home after being kicked out of school for drinking--for the third time. He knows his father will try to cover up his son's disgrace, and that his stepmother will give him hell for wasting their money. Nevertheless, he heads for home.
When he does arrive at their house, he finds a completely different situation. His stepmother is in the bedroom with her neck broken! His father is nowhere to be found. Marty decides that if he can do nothing else for his dad, at least he can take the rap for the murder he has committed. His stepmother obviously drove him to it with her wayward behaviour! So, Marty calls the police and confesses.
Will Marty be able to succesfully take the blame for the murder of his slutty stepmother?
"The Lie" was adapted for radio by Herb Meadow and produced/directed by Anton M. Leader. Mickey Rooney starred. Also appearing were Ed Begley, William Johnstone, and Joseph Kearns. This episode aired on April 28, 1949.