The Chase - Easy Riches Sudden Death (06-01-52)


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Easy Riches Sudden Death (Aired June 1, 1952)
NBC first envisioned The Chase as a new Television feature. This was not uncommon during the later 1940s and early 1950s. Several Radio features straddled both media, with varying success. Developed as a psychological drama, the premise was that many life situations place their subjects in a 'chase' of one type or another. A chase for fame. A chase from peril. A chase to beat the clock. A chase to escape death. The added twist was the question of who is the hunter or the hunted in these situations. The scripts were faced paced, starred quality east coast talent and were well written. The series' plots and themes focused primarily on predominantly fear inducing pursuits of one form or another. Thus most of the scripts were fraught with tension of one type or another. Whether mental tension, physical peril or a mix of both, the abiding theme throughout the series was the the contrasts between the 'hunter' and the 'hunted' in such Life situations. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group and The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: June 1, 1952. NBC network. "Easy Riches, Sudden Death". Sustaining. A well-acted story about three rogues who set out for, and find $40 million in gold bars, salvaged from a sunken ship. This is a network version. George Matthews, Joe DeSantis, Kermit Murdock, Lawrence Klee (creator, writer), Walter McGraw (director, transcriber). 29:32. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.
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