Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 150 – The ABC Murders

Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie

This time I present an example of taking an excellent fictional story and trying to squeeze it into a one half-hour suspense play. Agatha Christie’s story The ABC Murders is a fine Hercule Poirot mystery, but when handled by a normally excellent scriptwriter turning it into a radio drama, something has to give. The radio play as pure radio drama is not bad, but if you compare it to the book or expect good things in a half-hour, think again. This version is from a 1943 Suspense radio episode starring Charles Laughton and Elsa Lanchester.

Music under is My Suppressed Desire by the Coon-Sanders Nighthawks.

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