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Title:
Picture on a Wall
Plot:
After transferring into a new flat with a picturesque yard, a fledgling actress becomes obsessed with a certain 'inhabitant' of the garden. This greatly disturbs not just her lover, but her landlord as well.
Episode:
0161
Air Dates:
First Run - October 15, 1974
Repeat - November 30, 1974
Repeat - June 27, 1980
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5 Responses to Episode 0161


Though it has the usual trappings of ghostly romance, the story is an interesting variation on the theme with some unexpected twists. Baker, as the aspiring actress, is a particular standout amid some very solid performances.

I have noted that some of the challenges of radio dramas is creating an interesting story with details that challenge the listener to stay focused. In "Picture on a Wall" the story was written with enough details to (1)make every line spoken integral to the story, and (2)be interesting without dulling the script with too many details. It was the first time that I heard Diane Baker act--she does a great job. 4 stars.

A young woman takes an apartment with a courtyard and a fountain that apparently stopped working after a man committed suicide near it many years ago. While looking at the courtyard, a man approaches her and they have a pleasant conversation. When she returns to her apartment she finds a painting of the man that was completed many decades earlier. Is it the same man?

A good episode. It was well written and the pace was smooth. A good story told - save one issue: the death of the other two women. I found the strangled women a foolish addition. A selfless act was needed. I suppose the other two woment didn't "put out" so to speak. So they were strangled?!? This takes away from the ending. It's too weird. Of course, after knowing that I was going to be strangled to death, I'd say I'd "keep the promise." Wouldn't you? It makes the ending a lie and that ruins the ending. 3.5 stars at best.

A ghostly romance

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