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The Other Life


A neglected housewife finds herself deep in debt when she turns to racehorse gambling to stave off her loneliness. At the same time, her husband manages to further his political career at the expense of his wife's happiness.



Air Dates

  • First Run - September 8, 1975
  • Repeat - February 4, 1976





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11 Responses to Episode 0340

Very entertaining episode; Ralph Bell is always one of my favorites. Well told tale of the perils of gambling addiction. It works out in the end, with a believable and uplifting finish.


I enjoyed this episode. I also enjoyed the old commercials with the prices at the grocery store and the Squibb commercial at the beginning.

Don Heiland,Jr.

A woman's husband has political ambitions and ceases to pay attention to her. She tries to spark some romance between them but nothing happens and he focuses on his work. One day her next-door-neighbor comes over to make a phone call. The call she makes is to a bookie to place a small bet on a horse race. She suggests that perhaps her friend should also make a bet - something that she has never done. This opens the door into a world of misery for everyone involved.

Don Henlin

A neglected housewife finds refuge in betting on horses. As her debt mounts, her life spirals out of control. Meanwhile, her husband's political aspirations grow.

Gringo H.

A woman tries desperately to rekindle the romance in her marriage but her husband is too wrapped up in his work and coming political career to bother. Visiting with a friend, she is introduced to horse racing and with her first $5 wager she wins a respectable sum. Finding this new hobby, she reads more, gambles more, and wins more… but luck can only last so long. Her bookie’s interest in her account goes beyond her pocket book and he seeks closer and more intimate contact with her. A slippery slope.


What did the loud scream mean at the very end---after the closing credits? Was it Mike? Eerie!


A fairly good story about gambling addiction. My mother had it to a certain extent, but not as bad as the main character in this story. I've tried it once or twice at a nearby casino but I'm not attracted by it. I have known people with addiction issues and it's never easy for them to deal with, no matter what happens to them or others. I think the main character might have learned her lesson by the end of the story with help from someone in her life.


I rate this episode ★★★★☆ for GOOD. This Drama-Mystery, written by Sam Dann, was very likable. It’s not the most intense mystery tale, but entertaining that CBSRMT fans can tune in and have sympathy for our main character who only needed 2 things in her life: Excitement & Affection. The title, “The Other Life” is suitable, but another way to title this would be “The Urge To Be Free” because that’s what our main character wanted to do and not be labeled as the “Sensible One.” In our Host’s Prologue, E.G. Marshall starts the show off by describing Hell and how people design it in their own way. That kind of intro would be good for a Fantasy-Mystery involving devils, witches, warlocks, or demons. In ACT-1, he mentions the Quiet People and 1 in particular: our main character. In ACT-2, he points out that a neglected wife would eventually see someone else. At the end of the Act, he mentions that a compulsive gambler breaks all 10 commandments. But our main character only broke 3. In ACT-3, he mentions the story of Dante’s Inferno where there are illusions of delirious hopes, which sort of makes sense to connect with this kind of story. After the climax, our Host asks did our leading characters really learn their lessons? It’s a Resolution we will never know. In his Epilogue, E.G. Marshall mentions a cat’s 9 lives, but asks how many lives are we leading? But what was great about this story was the music & sound effects. The sounds of the Airport Cab Stand, traffic noise, soft delicate music playing, doors, footsteps, rotary phone, wine bottle, wine glasses, piano playing at the fancy restaurant, sports car engine running, glassware, and the roulette ball at the casino were very supportive in this. As for the music, a whole lot of dramatic tunes in each Act. Plus, those melancholy tracks you hear every time our main character would narrate her situations. And the greatest part of all in this CBSRMT episode, was the cast: Mercedes McCambridge (as Della McKellar), Ralph Bell (as Bernard Winestein and Mike), Bryna Raeburn (as Edith and the Female Reporter), and Elliott Reid (as Frederick T. McKellar and Carl Leon). Good performances by Ralph Bell, Bryna Raeburn, and Elliott Reid for each playing 2 roles. But the most excellent performance was done by Mercedes McCambridge. One minute she plays the part with a downhearted tone, the next minute she plays the part with ambition. Mercedes McCambridge was destined to be part of CBSRMT! Tune in to this mystery tale if you’re a fan of Mercedes McCambridge’s acting. Plus, it has commercials of Sine Off Sinus Tablets, a music jingle for Shop Right, and Phlogam Tablets. Until next time…pleasant dreams. =0)


Great CBSRMT episode! I enjoyed it very much!!!

Eric Templeton

My name is Rick I’m 59 years old I really love CBS radio mystery theater I listen to you all the time back in the 70s. And 80s before you went off the air I tried finding you guys for the longest time never good I really love the episodes all of them thank you very much I love the shows

Richard Thacker

Della should never have started horsing around.


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