~ CBS Radio Mystery Theater, The Lady Was a Tiger, Act 2, Scenes 4-5 — The Rattler’s Warning ~
A femme fatale double agent frames an unemployed reporter for homicide in Paris.
The Rattler’s Warning:
Larry is thankful to be out of prison, but he’s still a murder suspect. He goes to the American Consul for help, but he’s met with disbelief, and they recommend he get out of France.
Carol has to work fast. She reveals more to gain Larry’s trust. She tells him who she’s working for. Not really trusting her, Larry tries to go over her head. He heads out the door to find Carol’s director.
That’s when a big Russian agent, Egor, forces him back inside the hotel room. Although Carol tells Larry, “I warned you,” Larry feels misled. Carol had given him about as much warning as a rattlesnake gives its victim. Calling Carol a rattler really shows that Larry doesn’t trust her.
Larry’s Trump Card:
So, what do you do when there’s no one you can trust? You hang onto your trump card, the card that will always win no matter what card the other player puts down. For Larry, the slip of paper from Professor Teal is the trump card. As long as no one can find it, no one will kill him.
The Art of Persuasion:
Carol tried feminine persuasion. Egor uses bullying tactics. When neither works to make Larry cooperate, they call in a third agent… Dr. Rozanski.
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Everybody wants to make a deal with Larry — Carol levels with Larry about who she is in hopes of gaining his trust. Egor has a much pushier approach. But when that doesn’t work, they call in Rozanski. Most likely, his methods are the most drastic. What’s your guess? What do you think Rozanski will do to get the information about the paper’s whereabouts out of Larry?
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