I MARRIED a Marxist is a great radio play, set during the height of the anti-Communist witch-hunts in 1950s America. The drama unfolds against the real story of the execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.
The Rosenbergs were Communist sympathisers executed for being Russian spies on the testimony of others desperate to save their own skins. The Rosenbergs were sacrificed to the right wing hysteria stoked by the US establishment.
In this climate, a bored young wife becomes convinced that her own husband Dwight is a Communist spy, especially when she meets the exciting Chet. After all, she did once see him talking to a guy in a Russkie-style fur hat and he is in a union.
The play shows political paranoia colliding with greed and ambition. I Married a Marxist is a classic film noir, but on the radio.
Radio 4, Saturday 1 November, 2.30pm