Frank and Mildred Partridge are struggling with their finances. Frank has just landed a new job, but it won't start for another month. As they try to make light of their situation, Frank gets an idea. He persuades his wife to disappear for seven years, so that she can be declared legally dead in order to collect on their life insurance policy. She reluctantly agrees, and moves away under an assumed name. They plan to meet each other regularly, but an insurance investigator becomes suspicious of her absence, and thinks that Frank has killed her. Left almost entirely on her own, Mildred comes to prefer her new way of life.
Did You Know?
Frank ( Sidney Blackmer
) talks about the future, when, after six or seven years, he'll be sixty years old; but the actor himself actually saw his sixtieth birthday several months before this was made. See more
Himself - Host
Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, and especially the gentlemen. All of you have, at one time or another, speculated on how it would be to be separated from your wife for a week or a weekend. Ah, but have you ever thought about being away from the little woman for seven years? Oh, you have? Oh, well, in that case, you will be even more interested in tonight's play, called "Don't Come Back Alive." It's a homey little story of intrigue, jealousy, avarice, and fraud. It will follow ...
It Came Upon The Midnight Clear
Music by Richard Storrs Willis
Lyrics by Edmund Hamilton Sears
Sung by carolers outside Vallardi's Restaurant See more