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A Bride for Death


An unlucky poet finds love and affection in the form of his melancholic neighbor awaiting her fiance's return from war. Now the intriguing question is - which war?



Air Dates

  • First Run - December 4, 1974
  • Repeat - January 29, 1975





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15 Responses to Episode 0182

Hauntingly beautiful - for those who wish for the good ol days. Very well written & acted.


This was a fantastic episode. If you want something bad enough, can you imagine it into reality? Eric did, but only to a point. 4 stars. Great story.

Davy Joe

A young poet longs for the good old days and the colleagues who now rest in their graves, but whose books and work line his shelves. While visiting family, he goes for a walk and comes across a little museum, authentic to the finest detail, and the curator is a lovely woman who is both charming and captivating, and engaged to a soldier on assignment. It emerges that the woman is from the past, 1920’s, while the poet is from the 1970s. How is it that their worlds have collided? Is it possible for him to stay?


Very nice episode. I loved the ending. Nice and creepy. Rather surreal all around. Good, solid acting.


the only victim was sad for her...a sad, sad ending.


All of these episodes are wonderful! Yet, A Bride for Death stands out as the highlight of the premier seasin!

Mishka Allport-Fortaleza, Brasil

In the early 70's I would be put to bed around 8pm, so bored and wide awake I would take my radio shack transistor radio, wire the antennae to the electrical line I had hanging out my 2nd floor window and start tuning thru AM channels listening to whatever stations I could pull in from afar. One night I came across RMT and the creaking door intro and I was hooked!! I grew up outside Louisville, Ky. And listened to WHAS. I love the episodes with commercials and news of the day, as I can reminisce of days of my childhood.


A romantic episode and a good listen. I'm not much of a romantic, but this was a great episode and acted very well. I just wonder if the character showed his sister the poem at the end and saw that it was his handwriting.


A nice time slip episode probably inspired by the two twentieth century women who strolled on the Palace of Versailles grounds and seen Marie Antoinette alive in her time. But there is one major plot flaw, (besides time travel). Just when Julia declares that Jamie is dead and won't be coming back - Jaime comes back! He says "You know all those long months I was lying in the hospital bed dreaming of you Julia." (Three years, since it was 1921, and the war ended in 1918.) Why didn't Jamie telephone her or even write a letter telling Julia he was alive? Maybe he was in a coma for the first few years, but he couldn't have woken up from a coma just a week ago and then be well enough to travel hundreds of miles back home. He could have written just a month ago - but then that would wreck the plot of Eric and Julia becoming engaged.


Because he didnt know who he was. nobody knew he was. he lost his memory. great episode.


Poet Eric Miller, while horseback riding, comes upon a well-kept Victorian house in which young Julia Sandford, wearing clothes of the 1920s, lives. She invites him in, hoping he has news of her fiancé, missing in action in World War I. Eric’s relatives think he is dreaming because the house, now badly run-down, has been lived in for the past 50 years by a recluse who’s “lost her marbles.” Nevertheless, Eric continues seeing Julia until her fiancé returns and acts like a spurned lover.


I gave this a thumbs down because I couldn’t get past the bad southern accent.


This was an exceptionally beautiful and very haunting episode! I am so glad that I chose to listen to it. Great story and the voice acting was excellent. I applaud Mr. Sam Dann. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Eric Templeton

I rate this episode ★★★★☆ for GOOD. Sam Dann’s mystery tale was amusing, romantic, and predictable. Amusing, because it’s a Time Slip story that would be perfect for a TWILIGHT ZONE episode. Romantic, because the main character, a poet that’s down on his luck, finds a woman to love that lives in the 1920’s. And predictable, because it was bound to happen for the main character to travel back to his time and see what his lover ended up as, plus their connection from a poem. The title is catchy, but another way to title this would be “Lover's Time Slip” or “Behind Closed Doors Of The Sanford House.” In our Host’s Prologue, E.G. Marshall begins with an ancient poet’s quote about forgetfulness, but no info on who said it. Then, he switched the topic over to Amnesia. In ACT-1, he chatters on about uplifting issues, but none of it is relevant to what our story is about. In ACT-2, questioning on what is the Past? Afterwards, after a stunning turn of events, a new note of discord. In ACT-3, our main character has a bigger dilemma to deal with. After the finale, our Host finishes the story off with a line from the Spanish playwright Pedro Calderón de la Barca: “Life is a Dream.” In his Epilogue, E.G. Marshall finishes with a line from William Shakespeare’s AS YOU LIKE IT. The first half of his narrations were a little off course, but he got back on track on the second half of this episode. Sound effects of pan scraping, cups clinking, birds chirping, horse hooves, horse neighing, footsteps, doorbell, newspaper, crickets, the Phonograph, train whistle, telephone, lemonade cups clinking, car engine running, paper & pencil, door pounding, pistol fire, and body thud were marvelous to hear. Playing music from the Phonograph was nostalgic! The music tracks they used during scene changes sounded passionate and mystifying. Perfect collection of tunes to go with this story. The cast in this was great: Tony Roberts (as Eric Mills and Jamie Parsons), Bryan Raeburn (as Martha), Marian Seldes (as Julia Sanford), and Earl Hammond (as Jerry Caraway). Both Bryna Raeburn and Earl Hammond were excellent as the older couple, but Marian Seldes and Tony Roberts were terrific together as the young couple in love. For those that are fans of time-slip-tales, you should check this one out. Until next time…pleasant dreams. =^D


Truly a romantic tale of time crossed lovers! A good listen on a warm summer's night. The acting was good. I've actually heard people in southern states with that accent. The sound effects really added to the plot. The commercials and news really take you back to slower times which is nice in this crazy tech world today!


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