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The Doppelganger


A young lady chooses a gangster boyfriend over her fiance even though her beloved forces her to abort her child. Along comes a perfect chance at revenge for the rejected man.



Air Dates

  • First Run - March 20, 1975
  • Repeat - June 15, 1975





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10 Responses to Episode 0242

This is one of the best episodes!


Wow!! You’re not kidding! Wow!! One of their best stories yet!


An aging university psych professor (and dabbler in parapsychology) vows to take revenge on the college student who both gets his daughter pregnant and then forces her to get an abortion. He conjures the forces of the supernatural to call forth the man's doppleganger (double) to haunt him to death. I enjoyed this episode but it took a long time to get past the melodrama to the supernatural elements. Good performances by the entire cast. Genre: Occult

Malcolm Hughes

When a professor of psychology, who dabbles in the paranormal, discovers his daughter has broken off her engagement to a favoured gentleman, in favour of callous and heartless man, he grows concerned. With the assistance of the gentleman, he talks with the daughter about her plans further learning that the cad forced her to have an abortion, yet she still feels her life will end if she cannot be with him. The father, calling on his knowledge of the occult, conjures a doppelganger to exact revenge on the cad.

Fred Dukes

Great 1970's talk: "What's with all this love jive... aint nobody gonna step on my style..."


I always enjoy Howard Da Silva's voice and I think it works well in this episode. This was a good listen for me and I enjoyed the moral question Howard faced (and didn't choose wisely) as well as Rosemary Rice's character's choice (which wasn't good) as that's how most people actually do things. Hopefully we learn from our bad decisions/actions and those of others.


Great episode. The jive talk is funny to hear.

John L.

I rate this episode ★★★★★ for EXCELLENT. What’s great about Ian Martin’s story, is that it combines the melodramatic elements and the supernatural elements together. One of the best “Drama meets Fantasy” episodes on CBSRMT. In our Host’s Prologue, E.G. Marshall brings up Frank Richard Stockton’s classic short story of “The Lady Or The Tiger?” In ACT-1, he points out that this mystery tale isn’t the same as Stockton’s story, but what these stories have in common, is that the main characters deal with a matter of choice. In ACT-2, quoting a line from Gilbert & Sullivan’s “The Mikado.” In ACT-3, knowing that there’s a doppelganger revealed and knowing the antagonist’s demise at the Climax, the Resolution on the protagonist’s daughter is a pleasant one. In his Epilogue, E.G. Marshall concludes that this was a story of retribution. His contribution for narrating was splendid! The sound effects of the car engine, tire screech, car crash, police sirens, howling wind, doors, subway train, traffic noise, phone ringing, water fountain on campus, and the metronome were very supportive in this. The music was more than supportive, it was superb to play melancholy tunes during the main character’s narrations and play other suspenseful tracks for every scene. Now onto our cast: Howard Da Silva (as Dr. Felix Brandt and the Doppelganger), Rosemary Rice (as Fran Brandt), Tony Roberts (as Hugh Prentiss), and Russell Horton (as Hank Randolph and Dr. Jim). Both Russell Horton and Tony Roberts were great in their performances and Rosemary Rice deserves big props for her role. As for Howard Da Silva, he was superb. His role was memorable as his performance in #0125-THE ONLY BLOOD. Anyone who is a fan of Howard Da Silva’s acting must tune in to this wonderful mystery tale. Until next time…pleasant dreams. =^D


Interesting.... I have the same view on abortion because of my mother's promiscuity. Slutty women who screw around and get pregnant do their kid a favor by having an abortion. They only think of themselves. (I'm thinking more of Hugh's mother than Fran). When kids can't respect their parents, it colors how they see humanity.

Johanna Oznowicz

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