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Title

Time and Again

Plot

A clockmaker comes across a mysterious clock that can give him an additional hour every day. All it needs is a little blood in return.

Episode

0022

Air Dates

  • First Run - January 27, 1974
  • Repeat - March 30, 1974
  • Repeat - September 9, 1978

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Rating

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87 Responses to Episode 0022

The idea of a clock that freezes time for everyone except the user is an old one and certainly did not originate on \"The CBS Radio Mystery Theater.\" However, this specific instance of this idea is very similar to the much later episode of \"Friday the 13th: The Series\" entitled \"13 O\'Clock:\" both clocks need blood to run and time freezes for an hour. The \"Friday the 13th.\" clock has the 13 in place of the 1 rather than the 12, however. What was interesting with \"Time And Again\" is that the protagonist can\'t think of anything to do with that frozen hour than enjoy a bit of solitude. Normally, you would use the time to commit incredible crimes while enjoying an airtight alibi. Supernatural thriller.

Andy

Excellent and probably my favorite episode of all. I must disagree with the previous post on one point. Ethan Vigil did have something very important to do during that "2 special hours" every 24 hours; he worked on his lifelong goal of a purpetual motion device. He also benefitted by losing weight, looking and feeling younger, stronger, and healthier. The key to this protaganist is he was not evil and had no bad intentions. This is an excellent episode. BTW Friday the 13th the Series was an excellent show, I call it the precourser to the X files, and that being said, The Night Stalker would be the precourser to Friday the 13 the Series.

James

This episode is also known as The Hourglass Clock which in my opinion is a more befitting title.

James

What an interesting episode! My favorite, by far, since I started at the beginning on Jan. 6. You can really feel for the clockmaker. Talk about up against it! And a clock that bites the hand that reaches inside of it? Priceless! I was waiting for this genuinely nice guy to step out of character and do something evil or dirty during his "free" hours, but it never happened. I wonder how many of us would be the same way? Still, with the lack of action, it was far from boring. Reasonable ending, too.

Tony

Because the clock maker is not to blame for any of the deaths (he doesn't know the blood that he uses to keep the clock "alive" actually results in the people dying), this is actually a story without a villain, and he is an empathetic main character. His suicide in the end is a way of also redeeming himself and ending the clock's evil. The sister-in-law in this episode is a real piece of work--from beginning to end--and we are glad that she finally gets her comeuppance. Lots of great sound effects in this episode (hundreds of clocks ticking and chiming) and a beating heart (which gives it a Poe-esque "Tell Tale Heart" feel).

Thomas

John Beal starred in several episodes of CBSRMT, and has always been one of my favorites. His voice translates tragedy and woe in a way that few can equal. This episode is yet another example of Beal's fine performances that added so much to the CBSRMT.

chewiesshop

Great episode, really atmospheric and fine acting all round.

Boaby

Am I the only one who was reminded of the 1960 movie "The Little Shop of Horrors". There it was a plant, and the shop owner eventually knew what he was doing, killing people to get blood to keep the plant growing, thereby increasing his fame, and get closer to his girlfriend. But still...clock / plant, blood, close enough for me.

Don Malzahn

A man comes upon a clock with a 13th hour. The clock provides it's owner with a small gift of time every 12 hours but at a great price. An excellent listen.

Fred Zaccharias

Great atmosphere, characters and an evil “thing”. A favorite.

Dino from the Mountains

Ethan Vigil, a clockmaker who owns and operates a shop (with little help from his hypochondriac wife and her complaining sister), buys a strange clock that has a number 13 where the 12 should. Ethan soon discovers that the clock has an amazing ability to stop time for two hours a day...but to keep the clock running, Ethan must pay a terrible price. This is cool episode with great performances and an interesting Twilight Zone-ish plot. Genre: FANTASY

Leslie Margaux

A clock repairman finds a clock that grants its owner an extra hour in a day. The price is just a small amount of blood. . .

H. Tanner

One of the very best! Martin's finest work. Highly Recommended.

Job Matthews

A clock maker / repairman buys a strange looking clock that will not run and becomes obsessed with getting it to work. When his hypochondriac, nagging wife tries to examine it she pricks her finger inside of it, saying ("something BIT me.") The clock starts up, and its beat is the sound of a human heart. It also has a mysterious 13th number on it, and when the clock's strange chime rings on that number, everything freezes except for the clock maker. He becomes addicted to the 13th hour of extra time he's given and is finally crestfallen when the clock stops. (He doesn't put two and two together that the clock stopped at the very second his wife died.) Remembering how the clock started before, he sneaks into his doctor friends office, steals a vial of blood and pours it into the top of the clock (the "brain or whatever it was" he calls it), and the clock restarts. There's just one problem...people whose blood he uses mysterious die eventually... (As I said, this episode is really an interesting study in addiction when you listen to it...)

Lamis Manzanero

A clockmaker acquires a strange clock that gives to the owner an extra two hours per day. But nothing comes for free. I can’t say any more without spoiling the story. This is a fantastic episode with an amazing premise. Brilliant script Written at a time when Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is called “Chronic Inadequate” hehe

A. Clooney

To me, this Ian Martin play was always a study and of and allegory to addiction. Although someone else paid a higher price, look how Beal's character had to steal to support his peculiar, deadly "habit" much like someone addicted to drugs, and how he reached a point where he couldn't live with what he was doing. Two sections of this play that are the RMT at its finest: A) when he's describing the clock's workings and appearance, talking about "wooden pinions, wooden gears" with that eerie soundtrack behind him, and; B) Beal's voice, (and the soundtrack behind it) as he starts the clock up again saying "It's heart was beating!". Brilliance in dramatic, albeit fatalistic, radio production.

KJW

I was 13 or 14 when I stumbled across the CBSRMT late at night, in bed, with my transistor radio and one of those stupid, chintzy, white earpieces they used to have. This was the first episode I ever heard and I was enthralled. I'm so excited that this web site exists and I will definatly make a donation to keep it up and running.

D Peterson

IMO, one of my favorite, FAVORITE all-time RMT shows. And it is, indeed, beneath the eerie clock stuff, a well-done chronicle of the affects of addiction.

Mr. Weller

Is it only a coincidence that I'm bidding on an old clock on Ebay this week? Not to even attempt a deconstruction, but here we have a plot device that is often used on RMT. What starts as a smaller crime or sin excalates into larger and larger ones. As an addict needs more and more of his/her drug to achieve the same high. It's the Dr. Jekyl-Mr. Hyde progression. CBSRMT does something similar setting forth the moral of the story in its demon-haunted tales. A blackmailer slowly increases the payments demanded on the victim, and in this story, the clock demands more blood at more frequent intervals. To put it in hypothetical terms, say that one week I break into an old-time radio theatre fan's house and steal all his/her money. The next week I might feel the need to break into 3 or 4 houses owned by radio mystery theatre fans. This escalation continues, the violence increases, perhaps by logrithetic proportions, and all too soon nukes are raining down around the planet. As I've said before, I hate it when that happens.

John Byron C.

I think Bryna is the "Lego" of CBSRMT. They just hand her a script and whatever story it is, weird, scary, stupid or good like this one, she just take's in to stride and performs great.

A. Nolasc

I enjoyed the weird idea behind this one- a vampire clock- cool!

Kiel

A classic episode. One of my true favs of the mystery theater. I remember listening to this one at work and I just loved the ending. "Once around is enough for all of us".

Leslie

The main character in the story was well crafted; he seemed amiable enough but turned out to be something of a villain. A top notch RMT.

Larry Peeps

I'll quote a previous post because the experience was so like my own--with edits: "I was 10 or 11 when I stumbled across the CBSRMT late at night, in bed, with my transistor radio and one of those stupid, chintzy, white earpieces they used to have...I was enthralled. I'm so excited that this web site exists and I will definatly make a donation to keep it up and running."

Mike

Gang, This is probably the last time I'll request a "double header". However, these are two of my all time favorite shows on the RMT, and when I listened to them again I had to request these two because: - They're both written by Ian Martin. - He plays, in both episodes, a kindly but slightly befuddled doctor. - There are vampires in both, but they're not the "Count Dracula" stereotype. - In fact, one could say the concept of "applied vampirism" is in play. Someone is either intentionally or untentionally getting something of benefit besides just staying alive. - The "protagonist" has bad things happen to his family. - In both episodes, the one we come to view as the protagonist decides he has to...well, I'll let you listen. Two notes: - John Beal, the "Time and again" lead, was once thought to be the next Jimmy Stewart. I've yet to hear him turn in a bad performance on the RMT, even when he's saddled with a not ideal script. - I always compliment the RMT music. Listen to the music sequence immediately after his wife has died, when he's getting ready to leave his doctor's office. That segment there (to E.G.'s outro of the segment) was, IMO, an example of the RMT at its finest.

Sharon

It must have been early hits like this one, along with "The Chinaman Button", "Lost Dog", and "Out of Sight" (Next week's selection) that attracted an early fan base. I love the haunted timepiece stories. I always wondered if the clock in this one might have been made by the same clockmaker as the clock in "Hickory, Dickory, Doom". The music is great in this one. I should more carefully analyze music in my reviews since it does a great deal to establish mood. An excellent selection. I really enjoyed hearing this one again.

Nate Panambers

Looks like we have two shows of the week... this morning listened to both and the subject is Vampyres. This one would be a clock that kills via what I would call blood proxy. Changing blood to water or something else either way sucking the life out of the blood from a distance eventually killing the donor. Of course what would one do with that extra thirteenth hour alone, I think we all strive for that extra hour in the day to do an almost forgotten project or I guess alone time is good. I give this one a strong 3. I am always a sucker for a good clock story, dang where did I put my copy of A Clockwork Orange.

Chuck

The show was good but not one of my favorites. I guess I had a hard time with this story because of the protagonists relationships. The protagonists clearly has a bad relationship with his mother-in-law as demonstrated by their outward hatred of one another. He also doesn't seem to have much of a relationship with his wife who is emotionally distant at best. When his wife dies under mysterious circumstances he doesn't seem very distraught. In fact he is so obsessed with the clock that the passing of his wife doesn't seem very important at all. Yet when his mother-in-law succumbs and he finds out about the other victims, he comes to the conclusion that the clock must be silenced. Given his obsession with the clock and his lack of feeling toward the victims (particularly his wife and mother-in-law) I had a hard time identifying with his decision at the end. I think this story could have been made a lot stronger if the mother-in-law had been "bitten" by the clock first. An escalation of his concern over what was happening would also have made the ending more plausible. Finally, if he had a strong loving relationship with his wife we might have better understood his decision at the end and would have felt more compassion for his predicament. Having said that, I always enjoy the special effects and found them to be very compelling in this episode. On to the second episode...

Frankie

I reviewed this in my listening log and gave it a perfect score - one of my favourite episodes. What I found compelling about this episode was the exploration of ones own moral limits. What would you do to be able to have those extra hours every day? Very similar notion to The Chinaman Button (Episode 15, January 20, 1974) which aired exactly a week earlier - would you cause the death of an unknown person to achieve your own goals? How will we be affected once we have made that decision. good pick!

Miles

Took me a while but I have caught on to the double-show... In this one the clock-maker Ethan actually refers to "the mechanical vampire." Didn't entirely grasp the significance of the "perpetual motion machine" he keeps referring to, but it does fit into the overall concept. Of the two shows this week I preferred this one slightly over the other. At the beginning the idea of finding the testament at a curio shop reminded me of Hickory Dickory Doom. I haven't heard too many of the really early shows, they definitely have a different "look" to them (more polished maybe, and the music tends to be more prominent, not just as emphasis). And EG Marshall sounds more like Raymond (the "horror host" of Inner Sanctum in the 40's from which his narrator was derived, along with the squeaking door) than in later seasons, especially the way he says "pleasant ... dreams?". I will definitely check out some more of the 1974 shows.

Johann

This is one of those episodes that I can listen to over and over. I like the use of the narration to tell the story and to give us a sense of how the main character is reacting internally to all that is going on. The one thing in the episode I find a little lame is the idea that the main character is obsessed with developing a perpetual motion machine and so he loves having an extra hour a day to work on it. WHY he is so set on developing such a thing is never explained. It just seems like a weird plot detail that never goes anywhere (other than it fits with the "time" theme of the episode.) I like the sound effect that is used when the clock is activated. It's perfect. This episode has always reminded me of "Little Shop of Horrors" since it too tells a story of a shopkeeper who keeps around a seemingly harmless object (a plant) that feeds on the blood of others and in return gives the shopkeeper what he has always dreamed of.

Alex

The clock in this episode is certainly sinister and our main character sure seems to enjoy the extra time he gains each day. Everything comes at a price and the clock exacts a rather hefty fee.

Wences

i enjoyed this one and was glued to it til the end. i've seen several shows lately where the main character tells his story in a confession. i don't think i'd be tempted by the extra 2 hours a day even if nobody had to die for them. the clock maker had no redeeming qualities. he was selfish. at first i thought his mother-in-law was the bad guy ,even the doctor didn't like her. later i realized the guy was a jerk. the twilight zone version of this was funnier but this show was anything but funny. i gave it a 5.

Grace

Only behind "The Hand" as the best I've heard so far. Creepy. Suspenseful....and a nice tough of revenge on the sister.

Patti

I guess I never understood why at the end he didn't take an axe to the clock or set it on fire to get rid of it for sure. Just because it's at the bottom of a river or lake doesn't mean that it's destroyed. In addition, he could've tried it right after his sister-in-law got "caught" by it since he felt so bad about all the other people.

Alec

I listen to these stories when I go to bed. This one gave me the creeps! I had nightmares last night after falling asleep to this story. I'm 50 so it proves that you're never too old for a scary story to get to you!

John

I was one of those many children who stayed awake at might listening to Radio Mystery Theater on an AM radio hidden under my pillow. Listening to a broadcast out of Reading PA in 850 WEEU, I couldn't wait to get to bed by 9pm and catch the next episode. They were all so exciting and frightening. When this episode was broadcast in early 1974 I was 6, about to turn 7 years old. For some reason this episode, Time and Again, stands out in my mind as especially interesting and exciting. One of my all-time favorites! Thank you Radio Mystery Theater for providing these online for all to enjoy again!

Ralph Hassel

Perhaps someone reading this can help me! the Mystery Theater came on AM radio when I was in high school. I seem to remember one episode, of which so far I cannot find any info about. I was about a very intelligent man named something like "Johnny Clock?" You must remember, I was 13=14 years old at the time. All I remember from the opening is someone wanted to see Johnny, and a group of men came in, one being dressed in a suit and the other as a janitor. The man thought the guy in the suit was Johnny Clock, but it was the janitor--They did this for the safety of this highly intelligent man! I could have the character names wrong, but I do remember that plot. I have been wondering for years if this was a story on the CBS Mystery Theater or not! My email is below, email anytime if anyone can help! Thank You--Mike Antonaccio

Mike Antonaccio

I loved this episode. I am finding that I really like episodes with John Beal in them. He is very good in this episode! Russell does such a good job of reviews! He has covered the mechanics of the episode very well. The episode was predictable on some levels but there was enough mystery that I was not disappointed at the ending!

Chris

For Halloween listening for young schoolkids, "Time and Again" has little gore, but plenty of creepiness

Art

A mechanical device that takes blood and stops time, now that is a great concept for a story. The Title, however, doesn't sound mysterious for the CBSRMT series. It should've been called "13 O'Clock," "Golden Hours," "Mechanical Vampire," or better yet "The Vampire Clock." In ACT-1, a man brings the clock to the Clock Maker's business and says it came into his possession when its owner died. The big mystery here, is to wonder who really was the previous owner. But the best part was at the 41-minute 15-second mark in ACT-3 where we get to hear the horrifying surprise in the plot. As for E.G. Marshall for being the host, I liked his Prologue where he mentioned William Shakespeare's HAMLET as he quotes about time itself. Plus, he narrates for every action there's a reaction and discusses MAN VS. TIME at the end. Well done, E.G. Marshall. The cast is terrific. John Beal (as Ethan Vigil the clock maker), Grace Matthews (as Henrietta; John's wife), Bryna Raeburn (as Harriet; Ethan's sister in law), and Ian Martin (as Dr. Jacob Royce). Half of the characters were likable, half were detestable, but they created tension in every Act. The sound effects of the variety of clocks ticking, door tapping, footsteps, the Heartbeat of the clock, the clock chiming in echo, the clocks striking on the hour, the rotary phone, and the creepy stealthy footsteps were perfect to build up the suspense. It was a nice touch to use music from the 51st episode of the TWILIGHT ZONE called "The Invaders," however, it felt like it needed more in ACT-2 and ACT-3. But at the 47-minute mark when the clock's heart stops beating, there's that split second of dead silence. A chilling resolution. If you love fantasy-myteries & radio commercials, tune in for this one because it has commercials of Budweiser, Suburban Savings, Kellogg's Special K, Shop Right, Himan Brown's announcement of the CBSRMT's address: Box 5152 Radio City Station New York 10019, Joe Franklin's Memory Lane Radio Show, The Creeping Claw Radio Show with Gene Shepherd, Patricia McCann on the McCann Program, and Jon Winget of Winget News Digest.

Russell

A mechanical device that takes blood and stops time, now that is a great concept for a story. The Title, however, doesn't sound mysterious for the CBSRMT series. It should've been called "13 O'Clock," "Golden Hours," "Mechanical Vampire," or better yet "The Vampire Clock." In ACT-1, a man brings the clock to the Clock Maker's business and says it came into his possession when its owner died. The big mystery here, is to wonder who really was the previous owner. But the best part was at the 41-minute 15-second mark in ACT-3 where we get to hear the horrifying surprise in the plot. As for E.G. Marshall for being the host, I liked his Prologue where he mentioned William Shakespeare's HAMLET as he quotes about time itself. Plus, he narrates for every action there's a reaction and discusses MAN VS. TIME at the end. Well done, E.G. Marshall. The cast is terrific. John Beal (as Ethan Vigil the clock maker), Grace Matthews (as Henrietta; John's wife), Bryna Raeburn (as Harriet; Ethan's sister in law), and Ian Martin (as Dr. Jacob Royce). Half of the characters were likable, half were detestable, but they created tension in every Act. The sound effects of the variety of clocks ticking, door tapping, footsteps, the Heartbeat of the clock, the clock chiming in echo, the clocks striking on the hour, the rotary phone, and the creepy stealthy footsteps were perfect to build up the suspense. It was a nice touch to use music from the 51st episode of the TWILIGHT ZONE called "The Invaders," however, it felt like it needed more in ACT-2 and ACT-3. But at the 47-minute mark when the clock's heart stops beating, there's that split second of dead silence. A chilling resolution. If you love fantasy-myteries & radio commercials, tune in for this one because it has commercials of Budweiser, Suburban Savings, Kellogg's Special K, Shop Right, Himan Brown's announcement of the CBSRMT's address: Box 5152 Radio City Station New York 10019, Joe Franklin's Memory Lane Radio Show, The Creeping Claw Radio Show with Gene Shepherd, Patricia McCann on the McCann Program, and Jon Winget of Winget News Digest.

Russell

I loved this episode. I am finding that I really like episodes with John Beal in them. He is very good in this episode! Russell does such a good job of reviews! He has covered the mechanics of the episode very well. The episode was predictable on some levels but there was enough mystery that I was not disappointed at the ending! Check this one out and comment you all!

Chris

Does anyone remember the episode that had in it a man who committed a crime (murder i believe), then had to travel in his car, was on the verge of getting away with it, when he pulled through a toll plaza and was stopped for having been the 1,000,000th car. Presumably blowing his alibi?

Tihmotheus

@Mike The "Johnny Clock" episode is "One Girl in a Million."

Karen

ne of my favorite commercial ads are from Ep. #0022-TIME AND AGAIN. There were commercials for Budweiser, Suburban Savings, Kellogg's Special K, Shop Right, Himan Brown's announcement of the CBSRMT's address: Box 5152 Radio City Station New York 10019, Joe Franklin's Memory Lane Radio Show, The Creeping Claw Radio Show with Gene Shepherd, Patricia McCann on the McCann Program, and Jon Winget of Winget News Digest.

Russell

One commercial which stands out was for a diet product named "AYDS", pronounced "aids". I'm sure lots of CBSRMT fans on here have heard the adverts during the show. What a sad trick of fate that the makers chose that name prior to the acronym "AIDS" being given to the syndrome caused by HIV. Now those ads have a creepiness they never could have foreseen; one of the catch phrases was "AYDS can make you shed weight fast".

Joseph

I absolutely LOVE the episodes with the old commercials! They bring back such fond memories..

Kristen

the episodes remind me of a time before TV, when one had to use the imagination and life was not so complicated. Good job CBS

William Mosley Sr

I realize a lot of people seem to love this episode, but it isn't one of my personal favorites. None of the characters are that likable to me, and the premise, (a clock that needs blood), is just too creepy for me.

Amy

@Tihmotheus, I think the episode you are trying to remember might be "The Man Who Asked for Yesterday." At the end, he escapes with a fortune of jewels, but he is caught. There were other shows that are similar. You could also be remembering "It's Simply Murder" about a hen-pecked husband who dreams he murders his wife, and just before he wakes up, he is trying to escape in a car, etc. Both of those episodes happen to be two of my favorites, so I recommend them, even if they aren't what you're trying to remember.

Amy

I actually think the episode Tihmotheus was trying to remember was something else, and I almost can remember the episode, but I am not sure which one it was. Another more involved comment on this episode. To make a long rant short, it's a really lame story, lol! It's definitely not my favorite episode. Why would anyone go to so much trouble just to gain one, measly hour? An hour is hardly anything to get all worked up and obsessed over. I could understand it better if the clock had given him many hours and days of extra time, or if he had the power to stop time any time he felt like it, but it doesn't make much sense why he would be ready to kill, steal blood from a hospital, abuse, and all the other things he did, (or almost did), just to keep the clock going for the extra hour he got. It hardly seems worth it to me and it seems very unrealistic that anyone, (except maybe the President, who has so little time to accomplish anything, lol), would go to so much trouble for just one, measly hour. Also, the constant ticking sound effects in the background is enough to drive me crazy! They are much too loud. The best part about this epsiode was the use of the mood music. The score was well done.

Amy

I may be able to help narrow it down (re: the unknown episode about the driver awarded for being a toll plaza "millionth" patron) I recall listening to the episode on an RCA 'Golden Throat' table radio. I was given my Grandfather's radio while visiting out of town for his funeral. He died in April 1974. I was 17 at the time. Our family moved out of state in the early summer 1976. My little radio shack only existed during that period of months. I don't know why exactly what is special about the episode. I enjoyed many in my little attic closet. Illuminated only by the dial light and the glow of vacuum tubes. But, as many attest herewith. . . the escape and theater of the mind was addictive.

Tihmotheus

@Tihmotheus: "The Garrison of the Dead," episode 0250.

WZ

*episode

Amy

Loved this episode! Halloween scary and creepy. The ads were great as well of the days when things were affordable! LOL. All around a really good radio mystery with just right amount of hair standing on end twists.

Nancy

I loved watching Care 54 Where Are You! On Nick @ Nite in the 80s. He was quoted as saying: "Voice work is the kindest thing that can happen to an old actor." (Though wasn't he a judge in "My cousin Vinny", long after the last RMT episode - think it was Mr. Gwynne's final role before he passed.)

Chris

Her thoughtful, often psychological themes can be profoundly moving for me.(I recognize that she is not everyone’s “cup of tea”. I have heard other listeners complain that it is not the standard fare of radio mystery theater. So be it..) “The Train Stops” is an exemplar. It explores the difficulty of a single father, a physician, raising a daughter who’s mother died in childbirth. It weaves into the story an empathetic station master, and the 5:16 train. (It doesn’t hurt that I have a deep nostalgia for when the USA had decent passenger service.) It is a poignant, if frustrating love story of the daughter. I often imagine that Elspeth Eric, one of my favorite authors of radio dramas, is often revealing some of her inner personal thoughts and struggles. My heart is still struggling with the themes presented.

David

I agree.. Her episodes remind me of some of the best Twilight Zones, very intelligent and thought provoking..

Ed

With appearances in over 70 films and television programs, Felicia Farr became well known as a staple of westerns, including the movies, Jubal, the Last Wagon and 3:10 to Yuma, and the television shows, Wagon Train and Bonanza. Incidentally, she was married to the well known actor Jack Lemmon from 1962 until his death in 2001.

Charlie

Lon Clark appeared in two Broadway productions and a small handful of films and television programs but it was radio that constituted the majority of his acting career. He appeared on dozens of different radio programs over a 30 year period included Lights Out and the Mysterious Traveler but he is best remembered for his portrayal of Nick Carter, Master Detective on the Mutual Network from 1943 through 1955.

Charlie

Len Cariou has appeared in 19 Broadway productions and is best remembered for his performances in Sweeney Todd. He has appeared in over 100 films and television shows and is currently seen in Blue Bloods, in which he has appeared in over 200 episodes.

Charlie

Just about to turn the age of 65. Seems like just yesterday that I was in my 20's and started my collection of the series on cassettes from our local radio station. It was new at the time. I listened to the show for hours. I then uploaded the whole series onto my laptop and now they are on my phone and tablet for portability. I especially listen to them in the evening. I can't get over how the series stands up to the test of time. I can listen to each show repeatedly. I also enjoy old radio shows that my parents used to listen to

Joyce

This show, more than any other, had a lot of shows about the occult and ESP. But, remembering the 70s, those were big themes. Those shows feel dated to me, but I still enjoy them all

Ruth

Joe Silver was best known for his deep, rich baritone voice, which was highly sought after for narration, voice over and radio work. He had a 40+ year career on radio, stage and screen with regular performances in numerous Broadway productions and appearances in over 80 films and television shows, including his work on the daytime soap operas, The Edge of Night and Ryan's Hope.

Charlie

James McCallion had a 40+ year career as an actor in radio. He had a number of appearances on Broadway and had over 100 appearances in film and television. In radio, he appeared in dozens of radio shows including the Cavalcade of America, the Mysterious Traveler, Broadway is My Beat and Yours Truly Johnny Dollar. His television appearances include Alfred Hitchcock presents, the Twilight Zone, the Outer Limits, the Invaders and Night Gallery. His film appearances include PT 109, Coogan's Bluff and the Alfred Hitchcock classic, North by Northwest.

Charlie

Tonight’s episode was “Ninety Lives” starring Fred Gwynne. He plays a short order cook in a greasy Spoon diner and ironically, his character’s name is...Muldoon. I didn’t notice any character in it named Tooty.

Ted

I loved watching Care 54 Where Are You! On Nick @ Nite in the 80s

Chris

I think Fred Gwynne was in 82 episodes. He was quoted as saying: "Voice work is the kindest thing that can happen to an old actor." (Though wasn't he a judge in "My cousin Vinny", long after the last RMT episode - think it was Mr. Gwynne's final role before he passed.)

Greg

Richard Mulligan had a 40+ year acting career, appearing in a number of Broadway productions and over 100 appearances in film and television. He is best remembered for his work in the TV sitcoms, Soap and Empty Nest. He also did voice acting work in a number of animated films and TV shows including Hey Arnold! and the Angry Beavers. His awards include 2 Emmys and a Golden Globe.

Charlie

I always liked him. I had no idea he was in some episodes!

Greg

One funny dude. I so loved him on SOAP when he would snap his fingers and wave his arms and pretend like he was invisible. My mom loved him too. She damn near peed her pants every time he did that.

Claud

Todd Davis had a 30+ year acting career and is best remembered for his work on the daytime soap operas, One Life to Live and General Hospital.

Charlie

Mary Orr wrote a number of published stories and plays, including the short story, The Wisdom of Eve which was the basis for the Academy Award winning film All About Eve. She acted in a dozen Broadway productions and produced plays with her husband, director-playwright Reginald Denham. She is remembered for her television appearances in Lights Out, Suspense and Alfred Hitchcock Presents.

Charlie

I rate this episode ★★★★☆ for GOOD. Another strange, yet fascinating tale by Ian Martin. In 1972, he wrote episode #0022-TIME AND AGAIN that involved a clock that needed blood. In this story, it’s a plant that needs blood. This was entertaining, but it felt like it was cut short because it all had to be wrapped up in a 1-hour episode. It would’ve been nice if there was a 4th Act so we get to know more about the vampire plant or hear the women in this story do their narrations on how they felt about their situations. This story would be great for a low-budget horror movie. The title is an eye-catcher. Another way to title this would be “Blood Red Blossoms” or “Night Of The Blood Seeker.” In our Host’s Prologue, E.G. Marshall begins with the classic expression of the Worm that turned. Meaning, this is a story about a meek character that gets pushed too far and eventually retaliates. In ACT-1, meet our main character Hubbart “Hubby” Quint: A Mama’s Boy. In ACT-2, his mother is out of the picture and he is free to be with the woman he loves, but he’s puzzled if his girlfriend’s mysterious plant was involved. Also, what do we know about his lover and was this part of her plan? In ACT-3, E.G. Marshall’s train of thought on plants that are named differently. In the end, where everything goes “up in smoke,” our Host knows that we think this story’s unbelievable. In his Epilogue, a satisfying Resolution, followed by the Latin phrase: “De mortise nil nice bonum” (Of the dead, say nothing but good). The sound effects of body tuckered in bed, typewriter, phone ringing, lamp switch, piano music in the background, ferry whistle, slow ballroom music, doorbell, coffee pouring, car engine, cups clinking, footsteps, tires screech, keys, doors, and massive explosion were supportive. Great selection of dramatic tunes, but too much of it being played in the final Act. More importantly, our cast: Robert Dryden (as Hubbart Quint), Joan Shay (as Birdie Quint and Ms. Bradley), Teri Keane (as Dolores Masterson), and Ian Martin (as Dr. Ezekiel Harwich and Mr. Bell). These 4 worked tremendously. I adored Teri Keane’s performance because she sounded kind-hearted and then sly to those that her character loved, whether human or plant. And Robert Dryden was excellent in his leading role. Anyone that’s interested in vampire tales, even if the vampires have no speaking roles, you should check this episode out and of course #0022-TIME AND AGAIN. Other vampire stories I recommend are #0301-NIGHTMARE’S NEST and #0081-SUNSET TO SUNRISE. Until next time…pleasant dreams. =0)

Russell

LOVED this progam, and yes, it did remind me of another Ian Martin joint, the excellent "Time and again", with John Beal in the role Robert Dryden does here. What made this episode was the music bed (if you can call it that) that I remember being used only in one other RMT episode: "The long, long sleep". I don't know how to rightfully describe this piece (used often when the plant is "doing its thing") except it seems like ghoulish little cries and echoes over a semi-percussive sound bed that evokes unseen tendrils reaching out and touching whatever they can find. When we had our gift store in Georgia (early 2000s) one work day in spring (after having discovered that episodes of the RMT were downloadable on platforms like Napster) I downloaded this show to one of our work computers and was playing it around 8:00 AM on a very sunny, pleasant morning. As of yet I was the only one in the office. When that music bed started my skin started crawling uncontrollably. I'll never forget that feeling.

Kurt

I rate this episode ★★★★☆ for GOOD. Nancy Moore’s story was predictable, but still enjoyable. Predictable because the hand of a killer, transplanted to another person, was going to create havoc again. Enjoyable because it’s interesting to see where this story is going to go and figure out how to solve the problem of a cursed hand. The episode’s title is suitable, but a better way to title this would be “The Hand Of Murder” or a funny pun like, “You Are Under A Wrist.” In our Host’s Prologue, E.G. Marshall focused on tales beyond logic, especially the supernatural. In ACT-1, the story is set at a University Hospital where a madman has killed 5 blonde nurses and one of our main characters tells the story. After suspicions occur, our Host does question if the antagonist still exists in a hand? In ACT-2, the killer’s hate spreads through the doctor’s body and the victim of this story must take drastic actions. In ACT-3, questioning more on the supernatural. More importantly, in the end, it all worked out. In his Epilogue, E.G. Marshall’s optimism on microsurgery techniques that could lead to future miracles. Our Host did a wonderful job in his narrations. The sound effects of doors, siren alarm whistle, footsteps, key lock, gun shots, bandage snips, car engine running, tires screech, the slap on the face, boat horn, and delicate music playing in the background at the dining room scene were helpful in this story. As for the music, good choice selection of dramatic tunes and suspenseful tunes, however, there was too much of it in the 3rd Act. The romantic track in the final scene was a nice touch, though. And finally, our cast: Russell Horton (as Dr. Daniel Crane and Jed Grant), Diana Kirkwood (as Nurse Laurel Blair and Zarina), and Mandel Kramer (as Dr. Stewart Courtney and the Waiter). Each of them got to play 2 roles in this and they worked perfectly together. I would say that this is a decent episode to check out. Also, if anyone is looking for more mystery episodes involving Hands, I recommend Ep. #0080-THE HAND (based on the story by Guy de Maupassant). Until next time…pleasant dreams. =0)

Russell

I rate this episode ★★★★★ for EXCELLENT. What’s great about this story, written by Ralph Goodman, is that it keeps you guessing if it’s supernatural or not. Even the ending was a big surprise. This kind of mystery would’ve been perfect if it was shown on THE NIGHT GALLERY. The episode’s title fits for this story. Another way to title this would be “Entering The 3rd Floor” or “The Locket.” In our Host’s Prologue, E.G. Marshall’s topic focuses on psychiatrists and a brief history of it in 1793. In ACT-1, meet our main character at the main location: Briarwood Sanitarium. As the story progresses with a mysterious voice, our Host questions to see if it’s making nightly visits to one particular patient. In ACT-2, an important reference to “The Malleus Maleficarum” (a.k.a. “The Hammer Of Withes”) that described the extermination of witches and demons. After a few turn of events in the story, including the murder of a patient, the doctor is convinced that his patient is not a murderer. In ACT-3, comparing the madness in this story with the madness from “Alice In Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll. After the burning finale, our Host explained what happened from the Police Report. Truly, a surprising clue that no one saw coming. In his Epilogue, E.G. Marshall finishes it off by questioning on Sanity and a quote by Carl Menger on his definition of “patient.” Excellent narrations from beginning to end. Sound effects of the thunderstorm, door latch, tableware clinking, tape recorder, door knocks, file folders, bell toll, footsteps, low howling wind, newspaper clippings, phone ringing, key lock, locket, car engine running, tires screech, police and fire sirens, and massive fire were helpful for this story. A lot of dramatic tunes were played in this tale and they worked well. Now onto our cast: Paul Hecht (as Doctor Paul Thurman), Marian Seldes (as Nurse Margaret Palmer), Joan Lovejoy (as Agatha Milford), and Ian Martin (as Detective Charles Connelly). Both of the actors were terrific. And both of the actresses were awesome! Joan Lovejoy, alone, was amazing in her role for playing a lonely patient and playing the mysterious voice that keeps that patient company. It’s one of Joan Lovejoy’s best performances on CBSRMT. Tune in to this if you enjoy mystery stories inside Sanitariums. SPECIAL BONUS: This episode has commercials/announcements of CBS Radio News, Greyhound services, Barbara Hale on the music from “The Bicentennial Album,” music from KIXI radio in Seattle, Budweiser, Wet Ones Hand Wipes, Mother Teresa on the Catholic Relief Services, Coffee Rich Creamer, US Dept. of Labor, Pat Summerall on True Value Hardware, the Mental Health Association, the 1976 Buick Century, the Leukemia Association, Aperitif Wine, Tunaverse, Howard Da Silva as Ben Franklin on Eyes, and Insurance Companies in phone books. Until next time…pleasant dreams.

Russell

I rate this episode ★★★★☆ for GOOD. Sam Dann wrote an intriguing mystery involving revenge and superstition. However, it felt cliché: a main character ignores the rules from the natives and her comrades, so she ends up being cursed to eat raw meat. Cliché to be some kind of She-wolf in horror films. It would be awesome if the Beast Goddess came to life and came across the woman for wearing one of her possessions and have a terrific battle in the final act-Mortal Vs. Goddess. The title is catchy, but another way to title this tale would be “The Agitated Curse” or “Raw Meat.” In our Host’s Prologue, E.G. Marshall mentions the names of certain women that created catastrophic things, which leads to our main character: Milly. In ACT-1, question to see if there’s a difference between man and beast and does the beast still exist within us? In ACT-2, after many conflicts in the jungle, our Host points out that knowledge abdicates in the face of the unknown terror of the jungle. In ACT-3, comparing this situation with a line from William Shakespeare’s HAMLET (from Act 1, Scene 5). After the happy ending, our Host reminds us that it’s best to have another course of action in reserve. And was Milly cured by superstition or medicine? In his Epilogue, E.G. Marshall states that the sign of the beast can happen at anytime and it appears much too often in today’s world. That maybe true, however, he forgot to mention a Resolution in this story. The happy ending was the Climax, but nothing to follow afterwards. Did Milly leave the jungle right away? Did her husband and her uncle continue to look for more artifacts? Did the natives continue to worship the Beast Goddess? A mystery we may never solve. Anyway, the cast in this was decent: Lois Smith (as Milly), Paul McGrath (as Larry and Dr. Bert Jorgenson), Tom Keene (as Kevin), and Dan Ocko (as Aymara). The actors played their parts well. Our leading actress was good, but I think she over did it when she hollered out her lines of raw meat. And if Lois Smith’s character was craving for meat, perhaps she could’ve growled and snarled to make it sound like she was becoming a beast. But Lois Smith did get better overtime in her roles in #0041-BLIZZARD OF TERROR and #0201-THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH. But my favorite parts in this episode, were the sound effects and the music. Sounds of the helicopter hovering, jungle noises, footsteps on the ground, gun shots, silverware clinking, tribal music, archaeological tools scraping, sizzling meat, and jungle leaves ruffling were super helpful and supportive. And the music had great suspenseful tracks that fit for a jungle story. Tune in to this one if you enjoy mysteries on jungles and curses. SPECIAL BONUS: This episode has commercials/announcements of CBS Radio News, Sine-Off tablets, the Heroin Addiction Hotline, letters to KIXI AM/FM in Seattle, Budweiser, Kellogg’s Special K cereal, the American Heart Association, and the song of “I’ll Be There.” Until next time…pleasant dreams.

Russell

I rate this episode ★★★★★ for EXCELLENT. This is, hands down, one the greatest Revenge stories in the CBSRMT series! Percy Granger’s Western tale had pure drama, clever tactics of retaliation, and it keeps you guessing on who the 3rd and Final person is that wronged our main character. The discovery is an eye-opener, but very compelling to understand why. The episode’s 1-word title is satisfactory. Other ways to title this would be “Hardness Of The Heart” or “The 3rd Victim” or even “The Oriental Principle.” In our Host’s Prologue, E.G. Marshall’s topic is about secrets to be kept when it comes to money. In ACT-1, the story takes place in Denver in the 1880’s and we get to meet the 1st antagonist. Once he’s gone at the end of the Act, E.G. Marshall mentions a part in the Bible where it’s compared to this event. In ACT-2, questioning on crime and punishment as we meet our 2nd antagonist. More importantly, save the best for last on who is the 3rd person. In ACT-3, note that the the best laid plans of men can go astray. After the realization of who the 3rd person was, our Host reminds us that life’s most precious possessions aren't materialism. It was love, trust, and salvation. In his Epilogue, E.G. Marshall leaves with a pondering thought on why a man acts against his better judgment? The answer is a mystery. Great detailed narrations, such as these, shouldn’t be forgotten. Sound effects of background noise at the Saloon, doors, doorbell dings, footsteps, howling wind, dog barking, birds cawing, playing cards, patrons murmuring, paper receipt, animal howling, paper money, gun shots, drinking glasses, and body thuds were very supportive in this. As for the music, great list of dramatic tracks. Not too suspenseful, not too old western-like, just perfect tunes that were fitting for a tale on revenge. Now for the grand finale, our outstanding cast: Gordon Heath (as Ben Thompson), Robert Dryden (as Jade Wanamaker and Herbert Beall), Leon Janney (as The Sheriff and Maxie), Bryna Raeburn (as Cabin Mary and Esther Wanamaker), and Gilbert Mack (as Clem McFarland). Leon Janney, Bryan Raeburn, and Gilbert Mack were great in their supporting roles. But Robert Dryden, playing 2 villains, was fantastic. As for Gordon Heath, he stole the show! His performance in this was dynamic as his performance in #0921-THE GREY SLAPPER. I highly recommend this episode to all that enjoy tales about revenge, especially when it takes place in the Old West. SPECIAL NOTE: If you listen to the next episode’s preview, it’s a scene from #0676-BOOMERANG. Until next time…pleasant dreams.

Russell

I rate this episode ★★★★☆ for GOOD. The variety of characters that James Agate, Jr. created were unique and splendid. The story, however, was slow and it got more interesting in the second half. The plot itself was eye-catching, felt like it was going to be a “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned” tale. And when the leading lady in this story got her revenge on her husband, there’s no shocking twist at the end. Nor a mind-blowing surprise where someone ends up dead. It would make more sense if the character, Henrietta, narrated the story on how she got her revenge, since the title is catchy. Another way to title this episode would be “Plot, Plan, And Punish.” In our Host’s Prologue, E.G. Marshall’s topic is about Revenge. In ACT-1, we’ll meet 2 of our main characters; one successful lady and the other is a man who's a born loser. In ACT-2, after noticing the dilemmas of love and money, the question remains: how far Henrietta will put up with her husband? In ACT-3, E.G. Marshall quotes a Shakespeare line from Silvius from AS YOU LIKE IT about stupidity within love. In the end, our antagonist gets caught. In his Epilogue, E.G. Marshall finishes it off with 2 quotes from William Congreve that relate to the heroine and the villain. His narrations were good. All that was missing was the Resolution. We know that the Climax is that our main antagonist will be punished, but what happens to our leading lady? Does she get an annulment? Does she get her money back? Do the other characters get married? Is there a promotion for them? Does our leading lady find someone knew to marry? So many questions and we may never know what the outcome will be for the remaining characters. Sound effects of the roulette table, casino players murmuring, doors, bouquet of flowers, telephones, typewriter, seagulls, ice cubes, fog horn, crystal glasses clinking and breaking, the slap (at the 30-minute 30-second mark), footsteps, and the background noise at the airport, were great. What’s even greater, was the variety of music. A variety of tunes that were sentimental, chilling, delicate, suspenseful, and even adding tracks from THE TWILIGHT ZONE series were terrific. And finally, our cast: Patricia Elliott (as Henrietta Tufts), Joyce Gordon (as Jill Kramer), Robert Kaliban (as Fritz and Tom Hayward), and Mandel Kramer (as Sergio Varese and Carl Eaton). SPECIAL NOTE: Himan Brown was the voice of the Cruise Ship P.A. system and the voice of Captain Connolly. Both Mandel Kramer and Robert Kaliban did wonderful on their roles. As for Patricia Elliott and Joyce Gordon, these 2 were amazing for playing characters that were classy, sharp-witted, and proficient in their line of work. A decent Drama-Mystery. ANOTHER SPECIAL NOTE: If you listen to the next episode’s preview, it’s a scene from #1245-THE JUDGE’S HOUSE. Until next time…pleasant dreams.

Russell

I rate this episode ★★★★☆ for GOOD. James Agate, Jr. wrote intriguing adaptions for CBSRMT, such as #0958-SHADOWS FROM THE GRAVE from Wilkie Collins and #1107-THE MYSTERIOUS HANGING OF SQUIRE HUGGINS from Nathaniel Hawthorne. But this story, from T.L. Neuger, is a mystery of its own. Hardly any information on who T.L. Neuger was or when this story was originally published. All that we know, is that “Romany” is the Gypsy language. As for the crime solver in this tale, Detective Dwight Mason was OK, but not as momentous like Professor Augustus S.F.X. Van Dusen, Hercule Poirot, or Sherlock Holmes. A suitable whodunnit story, but another way to title this would be “The Hunch” or even “Enmity Of The Gypsy.” In our Host’s Prologue, E.G. Marshall’s topic is about Gypsies and how they live by their own code. In ACT-1, enmity comes into play and people can solve crimes without being a professional detective. In ACT-2, quoting a Roman Dramatist on how a fortune can make men do evil acts. Later, questions come about on who’s the real culprit. In ACT-3, learn more about Gypsies on their ethical code. After the case has been solved, E.G. Marshall quotes the Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes on Gypsies. In his Epilogue, it ends on the topic of Revenge. From Gypsies, to Enmity, to quotations, to revenge, our Host’s narrations were very informative. Sound effects of boat horns, howling wind, doors, doorbells, traffic city noise, car engines, telephones, elevator lift humming, body thud, beeps at the Hospital, background noise at the Airport, footsteps, pushing the skylight, and gypsy dance music were accommodating. Dramatic music tunes played in all 3 Acts were supportive to the story’s tone. Now for our wonderful cast: Court Benson (as Detective Dwight Mason), Earl Hammond (as William Harrow, Luis Ortega, and Jose Silva/Raoul), and Bryna Raeburn (as Madame Magda and Beatrice Harrow). SPECIAL NOTE: Himan Brown played the role of Dr. Grace. Bryna Reburn, playing the talkative Gypsy, was splendid. Earl Hammond pulled it off with his multiple roles. And Court Benson played a decent detective. Great cast, terrific sounds, informative narrations, but the story needed a good punch; a bigger drive to captivate the CBSRMT listeners. Other than that, it’s a good Drama-Mystery. Until next time…pleasant dreams.

Russell

I rate this episode ★★★★☆ for GOOD. G. Frederick Lewis’ adaptation of Guy de Maupassant’s 1883 short story of “A Piece Of String” was simple to follow. A Drama-Mystery where the main character was accused of a crime that he did not commit and died in the end with a damaged heart. However, this episode took place in the 20th Century. And Guy de Maupassant’s original story took place in the 19th Century of Goderville, France. But the ironic twist was in the story, though. Episode’s title is good, but another way to title it would be “Too Honest To Be A Criminal” or “The Art Of Retaliation.” In our Host’s Prologue, E.G. Marshall starts right off with mentioning Guy De Maupassant’s name. In ACT-1, story begins with 2 characters: Peter and Harry at San Francisco’s Embarcadero Pier 24. After listening to his back story of a missing possession, it’s a battle between guiltiness and innocence. Inner Voice VS. Outer Truth. In ACT-2, our Host quotes a line from Iago in William Shakespeare’s OTHELLO about robbing someone of their good name. Later, evidence against our main character was overwhelming and disobedience in court could send him behind bars. In ACT-3, pointing out that Anger & Bitterness make an ugly brew. More than that, a quote from Shylock from THE MERCHANT OF VENICE about villainy. In the end, the irony is that our main character died before he got to live. In his Epilogue, E.G. Marshall concludes on how revenge was indeed sweet just for Harry the fisherman. These narrations he gave us were informative and compelling to the story. Sound effects of buoys, boat horns, water waves, howling wind, background noise at the Health Club, footsteps, passkeys, lockers, doors, bell tolls, dialing of rotary phone, murmurs in the court room, gavel bang, store bell ring, and newspaper pages were significant and critical to this story. A variety of dramatic music tracks were played as they helped during the storyline. And finally, our cast: Mandel Kramer (as Peter), Lloyd Battista (as Bill Roberts and Oscar), Robert Dryden (as Harry and Leo Mantell), and William Griffis (as Charlie Clairborne and Milton’s Nephew). SPECIAL NOTE: Himan Brown played the role of Milton: The Pawn Broker. The actors were tremendous on their parts, particularly William Griffis for playing a villain that everyone would love to hate and Mandel Kramer who is terrific for playing characters that act clever and anxious throughout the episodes. I do recommend this episode for everyone to check out. And check out the original story by Guy de Maupassant. SPECIAL BONUS: The episode features a commercial of Golden State Warrior Rick Barry talking about Cancer Chemotherapy. Until next time…pleasant dreams.

Russell

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.

Russell

I rate this episode ★★★☆☆ for AVERAGE. I’ll review what I enjoyed the most first and then finish off what I disliked. First, I enjoyed the cast: Kevin McCarthy (as William Gillette/Sherlock Holmes), Jada Rowland (as Pamela Watson), Russell Horton (as Jim Watson), and Carol Teitel (as the Tour Guide and Mrs. Hudson). Carol Teitel was terrific in her 2 roles. Jada Rowland is my favorite actress in the CBSRMT series and having her partner up with Russell Horton again, like many episodes before, was delightful. And Kevin McCarthy was entertaining, just like his performance as Sherlock Holmes in previous episodes before this one. Next up, music and sound effects. Dozens of dramatic tunes were used, but no suspenseful or chilling tracks were used to match the feel of being trapped in a castle. Sound effects of car engine running, tires screech, footsteps, tourists murmuring, sliding doors, cat meowing, howling wind, gong, lamp breaking, doors, cane hitting clothing, gun shot, tapping of the phone, drawing the curtains, carriage rolling up, pouring of drinking glasses, and doorbell were very supportive in this tale. Next is our Host and his narrations. E.G. Marshall’s Prologue focused on castles and our story takes place at a castle in New England. In ACT-1, meet Jim & Pamela Watson where one of them is a Sherlock Holmes buff. In ACT-2, knowing so little about William Gillette’s career and we get a sense that some actors like him can go too far to create an illusion of reality. In ACT-3, after the strange turn of events, our Host’s only explanation to the Climax is to mention a quote from a playwright about the 6th sense of the Imagination. In his Epilogue, he recommends CBSRMT listeners to take a tour of the Gillette Castle itself in Connecticut. Good recommendation, but no Resolution explained on what happened to our characters afterwards. And so, it comes down to the final segment: the Script. Elizabeth Pennell has written decent drama mysteries and even did the adaptations of #0605-JANE EYRE and #0643-WUTHERING HEIGHTS. But this story was Fair. So-so, I should say. I was expecting it to be a haunting mystery about a haunted castle with the Sherlock Holmes references. But instead, this story’s turn of events created massive questions to think about. Like, how did the Jim & Pamela Watson hear about this castle? Was Mrs. Hudson going through nightmare problems? Was William Gillette really dead? Was he putting on a show for his guest just so he can play Sherlock Holmes for fun? Did these 2 tourists actually travel back in time? Was the castle actually haunted? Was it really a nightmare? Was anything resolved after Jim & Pamela Watson escaped from the castle? There are so many fill-in-the-blanks in this, the episode’s title should be changed and call it “A Bad Case Of The Jitters” or “Elementary, My Dear Guests.” Tune in to this, if you like. There are better castle stories in the CBSRMT vault. SPECIAL BONUS: This episode has commercials of AMEX travelers checks, Bob Armstrong’s Diamond Center, “The Ritual” novel, CBS-News, First Federal of Gary, Radio Advertising Bureau, Jewel’s Discount Grocery Store, CBS-Sports News in Chicago, CBS-News on Election 1980, Susan Anton for Serta Sleeper Mattresses, and Smokey Bear Program. Until next time…pleasant dreams.

Russ

I rate this episode ★★★★★ for EXCELLENT. I'd think that Robert Barr would have been pleased of the adaptation of this by James Agate, Jr. It has intricate clues, it has peculiar motives, and it has a surprising twist in the end. And above all, it has a great detective in this: Eugène Valmont. Robert Barr’s character ranks up with Jacques Futrelle’s Professor Augustus S.F.X. Van Dusen and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. Another way to title this story would be “A Case Of Interest” or even “The Parisian Detective.” In our Host’s Prologue, E.G. Marshall starts it off by comparing one of the characters as a “Scrooge.” In ACT-1, the bloodline of the James Dudley Hills on their fortunes. As the plot thickens, we realize that not all clues were divulged in the first Act alone. In ACT-2, questions pop up. More importantly, they see the evidence clearly, but not recognize it. In ACT-3, quoting Sir Francis Bacon about suspicions and our main detective plays a waiting game. In the end, after discovering where the loot was hiding all along and discovering who else was related to the family, we learned a private post-mortem joke that money would bring out the worst in those with the least character. In his Epilogue, E.G. Marshall finishes it off with the comparison of the Midas myth - great wealth does not equal great happiness. Outstanding narrations. Sound effects of bells, footsteps, background noise at the police station, phone receiving line, seals, patrons murmuring, paper note, newspapers, doors, dog wincing, phone ringing, paper bills, intercom buzzer, emergency sirens, pulling off wallpaper were terrific. As for the music, great selection of dramatic tunes that moved the story forward. And let us not forget our amazing cast: Norman Rose (as Eugène Valmont), Russell Horton (as James Dudley Hill III and Inspector Graves), and Robert Dryden (as James Dudley Hill, Jr. and Elijah Browning). These 3 worked well together. Norman Rose, performing with a French accent, was very entertaining. This is one mystery story that CBSRMT fans should not pass up on. Until next time…pleasant dreams.

Russ

I rate this episode ★★★★☆ for GOOD. I admire Murray Burnett’s work, particularly his adaptions of the Sherlock Holmes stories. But the story originally from Edith Wharton was better. The novelist’s ghost story had a Narrator without a name. In Murray Burnett’s version, we got a fashion designer that’s interested in the castle while the other male characters act persuasive and vulnerable. I was more interested in the mystery of the dogs and hope that they would play a bigger part to this tale. Other ways to title this would be “Dogs Of Kerfol” or “Strange Vendetta.” In our Host’s Prologue, that I had to find on other OTR websites, E.G. Marshall’s topic is about castles with ghosts. In ACT-1, meet our main character who’s interested in buying a castle. After digging into the story within the story, our Host points out the lifestyle differences of adultery from 2 different time periods. Our main character must’ve seen dogs or ghost dogs. After too many conflicts about pets getting killed in this story, E.G. Marshall mentions ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). Was E.G. Marshall trying to advertise this non-profit organization into the episode? In ACT-3, he understands the reaction that our main character felt when reading the history book. When the story was over, E.G. Marshall stated that when he talked about this story to a psychiatrist and what was his take on this? Was E.G. Marshall talking about his personal life on this? Or was this something that Murray Burnett wrote for him? What’s even weirder, is the Epilogue. E.G. Marshall tells the world’s shortest horror story ever. It’s a classic, but it’s irrelevant to this particular story. E.G. Marshall wasn’t off topic with his narrations, but he could’ve saved the ASPCA mentioning, the psychiatrist moment, and the shortest horror story for other episodes. The music was OK, but the tunes for the chilling moments kept on repeating in every Act. Sound effects of birds chirping, bell ring, iron gate squeaking, footsteps, car tires screech, jewelry case, door knocking, howling wind, violin music, and unbolting the door were good. And of course, the sounds of dogs barking were helpful. And finally, our cast: Mercedes McCambridge (as Paula Randall and Anne de Cornault), William Redfield (as Herve de Lanrivain and Andre de Lanrivain), Ian Martin (as Baron Yves de Cornault), and Guy Sorel (as the Judge and the Gypsy). I like this choice of cast members. In fact, this was my favorite part of the episode. All of the actors were great. But it was Mercedes McCambridge, our leading lady, who was superb. Her performance in this reminds me of her performance in Ep. #0318-CARMILLA where she played 2 roles: The Narrator and the Woman who dealt with death. Fans of her would enjoy this episode. Check this one out, but also check out Edith Wharton’s original ghost story. Until next time…pleasant dreams.

Russ


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