Saturday, October 23, 2010

Radio review – BP#2 – “On Borrowed Time” (1946) ***

I was resistant to this at first but eventually gave in because it’s got such a great central premise – what would you do if you could keep death at bay? That’s what Grandpa does here – death gets stuck up an apple tree while coming to get gramps. He doesn’t want his orphaned grandson going over to his snobby relative. It’s a rich theme, not really developed here – the main arguments are against Grandpa's power ("you are stopping people from getting release") with not that many in favour (eg what about a child dying of cancer). At it's heart this is quite pro-euthanasia. Still, it gives you something to think about. Written by Paul Osborne and co-starring Mildred Natwick.

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