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Favorite Story: The Bet by Anton Chekhov

One of my favorite old time radio shows is from the old time radio series, Favorite Story  which uses a theramin! "The Bet" was written by Anton Chekhov (1860-1904), a great playwright often referred to as the Russian Shakespeare . Chekhov was a master of the short story. He was a gentle soul with an unusual understanding of the heart of man and in this story you will find he proves himself  a great searcher after truth. This version has been expertly dramatized and directed by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Lee. Two friends are debating over which is better, to be executed by the state or to spend a lifetime in prison. Ivanoff says that it is not the right of the state to take away from a man that which he cannot return and that if he were offered a choice between capitol punishment and life imprisonment he would choose imprisonment for it is better than no life at all. His friend, a rich banker who has wealth beyond belief, and without it would feel like his life was t

Ronald Colman

  Ronald Colman   and   Myrna Loy   in   The Devil to Pay!   (1930)     Director Jack Conway and Ronald Colman discussing the script for   A Tale of Two Cities       Colman sketching in   The Light that Failed .       Ronald Colman in   Lost Horizon .     Her Sister from Paris (1925)   Constance Talmadge & Ronald Colman     Fredric March & Ronald Colman   Colman chillin’ with the High Lama and Frank Capra .   Ronald Colman in   Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back   Ronald Colman and Rosalind Russell in   Under Two Flags   (1936).  this movie is so funny… It definitely is!   Ronald Colman with Joan Bennett in   The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo   (1935).   Smithy: Some people came to see me at the hospital, but I…I wasn’t their son. Paula: I bet they were disappointed, were they? Smithy: Yes, I think so. I was too. I’d’ve liked to belong to them. Ronald Colma