(Old Radio Show)
Death Brings Down The Curtain
Brings Down the Curtain" is the story an elderly woman named Martha
Richards. Her health is failing, she has not left her bed in a year,
and the blinds of her room are always closed. “How long have I
got?” she asks her doctor and he tells her that she could live another
year, possibly two – if she lives a quiet life.
Martha is a very
wealthy woman, and her only living relatives are a niece and nephew,
from her husband’s side of the family. She is considering leaving
them the Richards fortune, but before she does so she wants to get to
know them a little better. Martha hasn’t seen them since they were
children, and fearing that they may be a couple of ne'er-do-wells, she
invites them to stay with her for a week.
Martha is right to
have her doubts about her perspective heirs. Gerald has already gambled
away the money that his father left him and is deep in debt. His sister
Millie is no better. She is one of Broadway’s leading actresses, and
earns $1,000 a week, but she spends twice that and is worse financial
trouble than Gerald.
After a week has passed Millie is convinced
that she has managed to pull the wool over her aunt’s eyes, but Gerald
knows better. Martha has hired a private investigator who has been
digging into their past. Now Martha has summoned her solicitor and
plans to write them both out of her will. As far as Gerald is concerned
the game is up, but Millie is not so easily defeated. She goes up to
her aunt’s room and smothers the old lady with a pillow. Not enough to
suffocate her, but more than enough to bring on a heart attack.
the time Martha’s lawyer arrives Millie has applied some make up,
assumed the identity of her aunt, and is confident that she will give
the greatest performance of her career. Aunt Martha had some secrets
that neither potential heir was aware of though, and, as if often the
way in this sort of story, things do not go exactly as planned.
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