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The Silver Mirror


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle purchases a magic mirror that allows only him to look into the past. With it, he witnesses the events that took place in the life of Mary, Queen of Scots.



Air Dates

  • First Run - December 28, 1981
  • Repeat - March 2, 1982





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2 Responses to Episode 1271

Not the best audio quality but a good story about the classic detective and an antique mirror. "How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?"


I rate this episode ★★★★★ for EXCELLENT. Let’s begin on what was splendid. First up, the cast: Gordon Gould (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle), Marian Seldes (as Louise Doyle and Mary: Queen of Scots), Earl Hammond (as Dr. George Sinclair and Henry Stuart: Lord Darnley), and Ray Owens (as Peter Matson and David Riccio). SPECIAL NOTE: Himan Brown plays the Mirror Salesman. Kudos to our actors, including the leading lady for performing roles in British accents and Scottish accents. As for Gordon Gould, wonderful performance just like his performances in #1238-THE MUSGRAVE RITUAL, #1310-THE NAVAL TREATY, and #1396-THE REIGATE MYSTERY when he played Sherlock Holmes. Next up, the music and sound effects. Suspenseful music at the beginning, intense feel in the middle, and hair-raising tunes in the final Act as the dark mystery unfolded. Sound effects of the doorbell clinging, footsteps, cups clinking, horse carriage, murmurs at the marketplace, lighting of the match, clock chiming at 8, seagulls, ocean waves, telephone ringing, and the lamp switch were very supportive in this tale. And then there’s our terrific Host where E.G. Marshall brings up Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in his Prologue. In ACT-1, we get the brief facts and quotations of the man. In ACT-2, learn what we know about his visions and dreams. In ACT-3, the famous writer detects his observations of the silver mirror, thus reviving Sherlock Holmes into the 3rd novel “The Hound Of The Baskervilles.” In his Epilogue, E.G. Marshall informs the fans of CBSRMT that the Baker Street Irregulars are fans of this show. And finally, the Script. This was an entertaining story written by James Agate, Jr. and it has a satisfactory ending. ANOTHER SPECIAL NOTE: Many of the Sherlock Holmes stories took place in many areas of England such as London, Camford, Dartmoor, and Sussex. The story of “The Final Problem” in “The Memoirs Of Sherlock Homes” took place at Reichenbach Falls in Switzerland. It would’ve been awesome if CBSRMT did an episode of that story where Sherlock Holmes fought Professor James Moriarty. Anyway, fans of CBSRMT should listen to this mystery tale. Even though the audio quality is lame, you still got to tune in and discover what goes on within the silver mirror (HINT: a murder takes place in 1566 A.D.). Until next time…pleasant dreams. =^D


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