(Old Radio Show)
You Only Die Once
many of the old radio show episodes of the 1940s "You Only Die
Once" is a story of hidden agendas and people who are not what or who
they appear to be.
The story begins at the beautiful Winthrop
mansion, on the Hudson River. It is the home of the wealthy financier
John Winthrop and his new wife Vivian. The couple have only been
married for three months, and John has never met his brother-in-law
Jerry, but all that is about to change because they have just received
a telegram from him, telling them to expect him later that evening.
he arrives Jerry tells his sister that he has given up his job and
hopes to find an executive position in New York. John is keen to help.
He has a heart condition and has been under so much stress at work that
his doctor has advised him to take on an assistant. He offers the job
to Jerry and he accepts straight away. He also invites Jerry to move
into the mansion; then he goes to bed and leaves Vivian and her brother
to play catch-up.
The two have not seen each other for six
months, so there is a lot of catching up to do, but they are not
brother and sister at all; they are man and wife and plan to get every
penny out of John that they can before Vivian divorces him and sues for
a big cash settlement.
Over the next few months John lavishes
expensive gifts on Vivian and pays Jerry a handsome salary, but the
truth about them comes out when John discovers some newspaper clippings
that reveal them to be convicted jewel thieves Mr and Mrs Philip
John informs the scheming pair that he plans to see
his attorney in the morning, but he never gets the chance. The Gordons
cannot face going to prison again so they murder John in his sleep,
dispose of his body in the lake, and then make it appear as if he went
to Chicago for a business meeting. It is a cunning scheme, and they
almost pull it off, but justice sometimes has a strange way of working
itself out and, one way or another, the guilty pair do not go
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