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Title:
The Diamond Necklace
('Guy de Maupassant story')
Plot:
Ostentation has tragic consequences for a couple with modest means as they borrow a diamond necklace to show off at a party. They end up losing it and the husband is forced to take a huge loan from an evil financier. But a mere debt is not their salvation as murder, death by accident and suicide soon follow in its wake.
Episode:
0276
Air Dates:
First Run - May 19, 1975
Repeat - September 3, 1975
Repeat - June 23, 1979
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16 Responses to Episode 0276


Depressing!

Leon Janney always plays a great bad guy -- the loanshark or the contemptuous owner -- his croaky voice perfect for radio. Enjoyable story. Moral, don't act richer than you are.

This was my favorite episode of all the episodes I listened to from 1974 to 1982.

Yes, it was also one of my favorites. I remember listening to this particular episode as Chuck Shaden replayed them from 780 WBBM in Chicago sometime in the 1980s.

I agree with Wilhelm and Don. This episode was one of my favorite episodes as well.

This episode is my favorite. Five stars.

A couple invited to a party wish to make an impression; It's hosted by the husband's boss. In making themsleves even more stylish and acceptable for it, the wife borrows a necklace from a well-to-do friend of hers. Attending the party, they discover the invitation was a mistake. Humliated, they return home to find that the necklace is gone. To pay off some debts, people are willing to do anything.

A modest couple borrows a diamond necklace from a rich friend to wear to a dinner party. They lose it and the husband borrows $6500 from a loan shark. As they say, paybacks are a . . .

The crew of a flight departing from a troubled Central American country, receive notice that there may be a terrorist on board who is intent on killing the president and taking the entire plane down in a suicide mission. The head stewardess and pilot go through the flight manifest crossing out passengers they know and trust, and create a list of possible suspects. Three of the individuals on board refused to part with their bags when they boarded and the stewardess must now find out what is in each of the bags without raising suspicion.

A couple invited to a party wish to make an impression; It's hosted by the husband's boss. In making themsleves even more stylish and acceptable for it, the wife borrows a necklace from a well-to-do friend of hers. Attending the party, they discover the invitation was a mistake. Humliated, they return home to find that the necklace is gone. To pay off some debts, people are willing to do anything. Review: My life seems to mirror this show, at this the latter part of it that I now live. When I was a child I always thought there would never be a "No" to counteract the "Yes". The minute you hit 25 it starts to hit you on what the real deal of life is. Money is and will always be the key in the happiness of a person of society, especially American society. I wonder what would happen if a person was black and had the same situation happen to them. The ending is very fitting to the inner emotions of the husband, who sounds very much like that's what he wanted to do BEFORE he lost the necklace.

It was a heart-rending twist at the end, but it's one of my favorites by Guy De Maupassant. Hard Work + Dire Financial Straits + Murder = HELL for Henry & Matilda Smith (played by Mandel Kramer and Marian Seldes). All the music that was played in ACT 3 should be titled "Commiserations". It's interesting how much drama, chaos, and misery that humans can go through just for an accessory item of fashion.

The necklace was more trouble than it was worth....literally. If only Matilda had known from the beginning...

This was such a heartbreaking episode.

One of my favorites, I enjoyed the twist at the end...made the story all the more dramatically ironic...

I like this episode, but it is only losely based on the original story. In de Maupassant's original, the wife is a social climber married to a simple bureaucrat whom she views as beneath her. She pushes her husband to get an invitation to a fancy ball and then imposes on a friend to barrow what she believes is a diamond necklace to wear to the ball because she believes that she is too good to wear flowers or costume jewelry as her husband suggests. As in the radio version, she and her husband do spend years paying off their loan for the necklace, they obtain that loan from a bank; neither the husband nor wife go crazy or die in any manner during the course of the story. In the end, it is the wife who finally confesses to her friend that she lost the necklace after the debt has been paid at a huge sacrife to her and her husband, only to learn that the necklace was paste and that she and her husband have sacrificed the best years of their lives to keep up appearances to the wife's wealthy friend. The original is about the sin and consequences of false pride. The wife is not a sympathetic character. While I enjoyed this story, it lacks the irony and sense of poetic justice that made de Maupassant's story a classic.

Heartbreaking and depressing. It's a great story but don't end or begin your day on this episode. It will put you off the remaining of the day.

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