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The Left Hand of God


When a tale's character comes strangely alive and refuses to accept his fate, Sam Clemens is called in to assist a fellow writer whip his story into shape.



Air Dates

  • First Run - August 21, 1981
  • Repeat - November 17, 1981





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4 Responses to Episode 1235

Strangely fun little tale with equal doses of comedy and philosophy. It gives one pause to think perhaps they are just a character in some cosmic plot being manipulated by an unseen writer. The interaction between Norman Rose and Robert Dryden is very well done. Both actors are at the top of their game. Lot of great lines in this one-- e.g. Tom:"Why can't I get (a repreive) right now?" Dudley:"Because I owe my editor another 500 words!" and this exchange-- Tom (On what a "wonderful" time he will have in Heaven: "Doing what? Playing a harp?" Clemens: "Well, would you rather go to the other place ?" The whole rewriting of the story was entertaining. I thought the sound of the type writer in the background was perfect as the characters would act out the new scenes. Great Choice! Until next time.......................


I loved the character sketch of Clemens - the whole show felt like a previously unknown chapter of Mark Twain's "Roughing It". It was very funny - a real-live spectral presence shows up, and all the two writers care about is whether they meet the deadline or not. Clemens's ongoing critique of Dudley's writing style is funny, as well. Killing Tom, in principle, is fine, but to kill him with a poor turn of phrase is just unforgivable. I enjoyed it very much - thanks.

Harvey Mario

Very, quirky funny tale, in true Mark Twain fashion about an encounter with a fellow writer crafting a tale to satisfy the story character that refuses to be written to death. it is a good listen, although he title could have been better. "The Writers Blocked" or "The Hanged Man's Hang Up" would have been more apropos.


I rate this episode ★★★★☆ for GOOD. “Amusing” would be the word to describe Sam Dann’s mystery story featuring Samuel Clemens a.k.a. Mark Twain. This is the kind of story that would be suitable for a TWILIGHT ZONE episode with funny elements of the writer’s block process. As much as I wanted to rate this 5 stars for EXCELLENT, the story was kind of far-fetched. A writer being obsessed with his character ’s life is one thing. But seeing his character come to reality and being obsessed with his creator on how he wants to live, is another. Also, the title doesn’t make sense since the characters in this story actually wrote it with just a typewriter, instead of handwritten on paper. The title should be called “Be Good To Everyone You Write.” In our Host’s Prologue, E.G. Marshall begins with a philosophical point that life is a journey. In ACT-1, understand what writers talk about. Once our main character meets the fictional character that refuses to die, our Host quotes a line from HAMLET (Act 1, Scene 5) that matches this dilemma. In ACT-2, quoting Joyce Kilmer. As the story progresses with a different approach, further developments will come shortly. In ACT-3, the difference between an architect and a writer when they create their art on paper. After the finale, our Host talks about Limbo and how many are in it. In his Epilogue, E.G. Marshall questions if the writer’s characters rise up to overwhelm them. But also, understand that some writers have difficulties when controlling their fancies. The narrations that he gave us were philosophical and unforgettable. The sound effects of the sheet of paper, typewriter, phone ringing, chair leg scraping, background music at the saloon, doors, crickets, footsteps, Ragtime music, dancers murmuring, short applause, gun shots, body thud, and character crowd murmuring were all splendid. The dramatic music was a nice touch. Not suspenseful, nor frightening. But a variety of good tunes that fit the characters’ emotions. Now onto our cast: Norman Rose (as Samuel Clemens a.k.a. Mark Twain), Robert Dryden (as Dudley Everett and Harry Barnes), Evie Juster (as Martha Loomis and Martha’s Mother), and Kristoffer Tabori (as Tom Ditson and The Prosecutor). SPECIAL NOTE: Himan Brown plays the role of Martha’s Uncle. Our cast was great, particularly Norman Rose and Robert Dryden. My favorite part of Norman Rose’s performance was in the 3rd Act when he amplifies the word, “Reprieve” with a different tone. It was eccentric, yet funny. This episode is enjoyable and worth listening to. Until next time…pleasant dreams.


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