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Mystery in the Air

(Old Radio Show)

The Mask of Medusa

In this episode, written by Nelson Bond, Peter Lorre plays an exhibit in a waxwork museum owned by the self-proclaimed artist and connoisseur of crime, Aristide Zweig.

 Lorre's character is just one of forty-seven murderers on display and he is sick to the back teeth of listening to Zweig talking about him and his fellow felons. "Oh, there he goes once more," Lorre thinks. "Telling people all the bad things we did. Oh but it's terrible being nothing but figures in a wax  museum with people staring at us all day long, and not one of them—not one ever—suspects that we are still alive!"

Zweig, it seems, is not an artist at all and, although Zweig made them what they are, they are not wax and neither are they carvings. Every exhibit is a real killer and they are all still alive, but they cannot move.

In a way Zweig is a criminal himself. He does not represent the law, he just takes it into his own hands, has set himself up as judge and juror, and is handing out life sentences with the aid of—have you guessed?—the severed head of Medusa.

The exhibits find a way to get back at Zweig in the end, of course; but there is an interesting twist in this tale and if nobody lives happily ever after that is okay because none of them deserve to anyway.

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