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Picture on a Wall
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.
Air Dates:
First Run - October 15, 1974
Repeat - November 30, 1974
Repeat - June 27, 1980
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7 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

I agree with Nicole about the strangulation of the previous tenants - it seems to put the ending off. Additionally, to me (at least) it didn't sound convincing at the end when she said she'd leave everything to help him out because she'd promised she'd help. Up until that point there was no indication that she always kept her promises like that (see her fiancé for example).

Another "chick flick" obviously written to please a female demographic. I liked the strangulation part, it gave this episode a dark twist that showed the "ghost" was an evil lunatic. Plus, it made the landlady more sympathetic because she left him because she was afraid of him and not because she was a gold digger or a user. What I couldn't understand is why the landlord was a landlord. Didn't she fall in love with a rich man? Why would she need to work at her age? Also, why be in the same house where her old lover committed suicide AND keep the painting? A normal person would just move on and forget everything. These issues were not addressed while huge amounts of time were wasted on metaphysical, 70's nonsense. The best part about this download is the funky, soulful Budweiser commercial - never heard that one before.

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