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Lost Dog


A husband cannot appreciate his wife's phobia of dogs. Once he gets one home, his wife sets it against him.



Air Dates

  • First Run - January 9, 1974
  • Repeat - February 11, 1974
  • Repeat - December 30, 1978





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67 Responses to Episode 0004

This has always made me afraid of dogs!

Caesar Millan

This lady's husband is pretty jerky. He beats her, yells at her, beats up her best piano student, and then brings home a scary dog to get her over her fear of dogs. After a very amusing hypnosis session where she regresses into childhood, she remembers a dog from her past that helped her do something unthinkable.


Contains a throwaway homophobic comment (by an unsympathetic character); I would not have gotten it as a kid. Always have a hard time sympathizing with revenge as a motive, so heroine was unlikeable to me. Not how hypnosis really works, but good example of how it has always been portrayed. Crime drama, no supernatural elements.


The Lost Dog was a pretty interesting story about a woman whose physically abusive husband, a real salami head (sounds and acts like Archie Bunker, only 100 percent nasty, with no warm side whatsoever), insists on getting a dog even though she's phobically terrified of them. There's also a side story of a 20-year-old piano student of the woman who has a crush on her and gets on the husband's bad side. Anyway, she goes to a hypnotist to find out what caused her inane fear of dogs, and it gets really interesting after that. Probably my second favorite of the first four episodes, behind the Moresbys.


I think they went over the top in making him this big of a monster. He probably would have been in jail for his assault or spousal abuse long before the story ended (even in the mind your own business 70's)


I knew Patinkin had done an episode and that he was on "Criminal Minds", but not much else. I was most surprised to realize it was him in "The Princess Bride". I love that movie and also loved that line. His line and "as you wish" are probably the most memorable from the movie. I really enjoy finding information about actors/actresses from CBSRMT. Does anyone know if Evelyn Juster was ever on TV in character roles? Her picture looks familiar to me, but there is no information that I can find that she was ever on television. I keep thinking that she looks like she may have been a guest on "Bewitched" at least once.


I have enjoyed almost every single one of them, though there was one that was slightly disturbing. "Lost Dog" (01-09-74), in which a woman is repeatedly physically abused by her alcoholic husband. Now the plot in general was quite inventive and unique...however, as someone stated previously, the abuse made me cringe. I am not exactly sure why it was so disturbing, but that was one episode that I probably won't be listening to again.


A woman and her abusive husband live a stormy relationship. The husband wants a dog but the wife is terrified of even the smallest of dogs. Eventually, the man gets his way....or does he?


A very nasty husband and a decent heroine equal great characters in a good story.


Ronnie the piano student sounded like a novice actor. I thought the married couple of George and Julia was not very believable. I couldn't imagine George being able to keep his selfish, evil personality in check long enough for Julia to fall in love and marry him. Although he played the alcoholic bully rather well, no effort was made to understand how he became the antithesis of 'Husband of the Year'. The end was a bit anti-climactic, as it was fairly easy to see what Julia was planning since he planned the same scenario years earlier. I'm not looking forward to the next Slesar story. We'll see.

Amanda Hearings

A petty thug torments his wife --- who is afraid of dogs --- by buying a doberman and trying to make her live with it. She has different ideas. Truly a classic and an episode most fans can readily identify. Highly recommended.

Joyce Saure

I loved this episode. The wife of an abusive and violent husband seeks help to get over her fear of dogs so that her husband can have one of his own. Through hypnosis a repressed memory reveals that in her youth she had trained her own dog to attack a neighbourhood bully. Now cured of her fear, she spends time with their new dog reliving her youth... so to spea. Campy characters, but a memorable script.

Tony Canolo

Story: Julia Smallet is a local piano teacher whose husband, George, has a nasty habit of beating her. Julia's student, 20 year old Ronny Hughes, notices Julia is a bit discolored at times. Julia explains the beatings are the result of her not letting George own a dog due to her neurosis. George sends Julia to a shrink and then buys a Doberman (Atilla) while Julia is at the doctor. After another beating, Ronny takes it upon himself to confront George. George 1 - Ronny 0 During a regression-hypnosis session we learn that when Julia was a young girl, she had a dog that she used to attack another kid. After her third session, Julia appears to have kicked her problem... but old habits are hard to lose. Will Julia play the Atilla card? Favorite Quote: "Nothing will ever take the smell of George out of anything." Comment: The story is a mix of "Burning Bed" meets "They Kill their Masters" and "The Graduate". When I was a kid, my piano teachers were about my grandmother's age, so the relationship b/t Ronny and Julia started to "gross me out." But, Ronny may have merely been ahead of his was another 20 years before Anna Nicole perfected the neo natal-grandparent relationship. Anyway, the focus on domestic abuse was truly ahead of the curve. Kudos to writer Henry Slesser for beating the visual media to the punch on the domestic abuse issue, as I don't think "Burning Bed" came out for at least another five years. I have to say that George's fight with Ronny, while not justified, did give me a vicarious thrill - Ronny seemed like a couple of snot-nosed, silver spooners I knew in college. Ahh, if only I wasn't a pacifist at the time (I really wasn't, but hey, it got chicks). The story's ending is merely a suggestion of things to come. I don't think today's audience would be satisfied by the lack of "closure", but I found it unique in a retro-refreshing kind of way...kind of like the spinning question mark at the end of "The Thing." Parting shot - The latest version would substitute two feuding magicians for Julia and George and a white tiger in place of the Dobie - nah, nobody would believe it......


OOOOOH . . . that sneaaaaaky woman!


This was the second RMT I ever heard, and unfortunately this was in 1979 before the 'net and all that, so I had no idea what all had happened in the story when I picked it up (somewhere around when his butler said there was a raccoon trying to get in the back door. I remember the line when the main character said: "Good (!)...could one of them have been...UUUUUUNAAAAAAAH?????" My Mom was teaching high school drama at Springfield, MO, Central High at the time and, visiting her backstage during a play rehearsal I repeated that line. Some of the kids (I'd graduated from high school the previous year) picked up on it and "Could one of them have been....UUUUUUNAAAAAAAH?" soon became a standard greeting on my next few visits. - Yet another compliment on the RMT's music. There was a lot of great "uneasy/scary" music in their repertoire (and some of those made it to this one). But there was also some wonderful jazzy scores. I think my favorite of the latter is in this when in the first act Richard is describing Una the first time he met her. He says something like "See what I mean" and this wonderful bass-clarinet driven score plays behind it. The sitar was a great touch in this as well. - Did rich people actually call their cooks "Cook"? (Not that I'm saying that's a bad thing - I was just curious.) - Dan Okko was a flat-out wonderful RMT personality. I love it when he talks to his reporter about taking his story to "Weirdo Digest". -...and there were some amusing lines in this one. What was it Richard said: "So I tried to become one with the universe...and when that didn't work I tried becoming one with a bottle of scotch." I'm not a fan of alcoholic beverages but this was one of the funnier lines I ever heard in the entire RMT. - Marian Seldes was an RMT treasure.


Bart, I think your rating is for the episode before. This one was about Lost Dog.

Scott H

George Smolett (wonderfully portrayed by George Mathews) may be one of the vilest villians in RMT history. He\'s all the more horrific, because this type of character exist (unfortunately) all too often in the real world. I\'ve never wanted to see the bad guy get his comeuppance more in an RMT play. This is one episode where I would have enjoyed one more additional scene tacked on to the end. Then, again, the final scene is very well done and allows the listener ample grist for their imagination to paint their own vivid ending to this tale. The closing music is especially chilling and appropriate. Kim Hunter is also wonderfully cast and creates a character we immediately sympathize with and root for. Mandy Potamkin is woefully inadequate and I\'m rather glad this is his only apperance in RMT. Going back to George Mathews, I wish he had been cast in more episodes of the series. He\'s a great villian in this one and in his only other apperance in \"Sea Fever\" (episode 46) as the demented Captain Adams. A rather simple, but chillingly effective story and one of the better \"non-supernatural\" tales of the CBS Radio Mystery Theater......................


I think you are refering to "The Return of the Moresbys". It's the only episode that I can recall with a woman named Una, a racoon and the mention of "Weirdo Digest". It's a great episode in its own right. It does have some really amusing lines. My favorite is this exchange: "Ahhhhhhhhhh!!!" "What was that?" "I would guess-- it was Cook, Sir." This is only RMT's 2nd episode and its very first venture into the Supernatural and it's quite effective. The whole final act is a creepy roller-coaster ride of chills and thrills, as one animal after another keeps popping up, gnawing at our protagonist's conscience and imagination. I love the ending as the two reporters spot the mouse with the "silver eyes"...........


This show has one of the best endings in RMT history, love the female lead.


What an embarrassment...thanks for catching my error. (Next thing I'll be confusing "The hand" with "Appointment in Uganda".) ">) - I love, love, LOVE the music bed during the hypnosis segments. Classic RMT. - George Matthews, who plays "George", always seemed to be cast as a...not nice guy. He was as scary (and ripe for punishment) in "Sea Fever" as this. - Was this Mandy Patinkin's only RMT episode? (He sounded like his wisdom tooth had been pulled and he was trying to talk through a swollen jaw with gauze over the wound.) - Trucking company owner, piano teacher, young adult male piano student, hypnotist. CLASSIC storywriting.


I've always wondered about this. In my Handy-Dandy Episode Guide and Handbook, it refers to a Mandy Potamkin and when you listen to E.G. giving the cast list at the end --it sounds like that. Is it the same actor we're all familiar with? It does sound faintly like him, he had gauze stuffed in his mouth. According to Google-- Mandy Patinkin was born in 1952-- so he would have been 22 when they recorded this episode. It certainly could be the same actor. Just curious...... Oh, and also according to my Guide this was (Mandy or Mandy's) only apperance on RMT. Until I confuse "Dracula" with "How Eberhard Won His Wings" Keep on Listening...........

Patrick Garman

George Matthews who plays the brutish, lout of a husband was usually cast as a big, dumb henchman, worker,side-kick, etc. in his roles. He was in a classic "The Honeymooners" episode where his much smaller and meek looking friend is holding a pool table while he was somewhere else and Ralph and ED Norton come in and take the pool table and the meek guy starts saying that his friend."Harvey", I think was the name of the character George Matthews was playing got the table before they did and he was going to start trouble with Ralph if he didn't let them have the pool table. Well, Ralph thought the friend was a small wimpy guy like him and starting mocking him and "Harvey". Of course , when Harvey shows up and Ralph is shocked to see the big tough Harvey he starts "ahummanah, a-humminaing" and Ed Norton makes things worse by challenging Ralph to beat up Harvey in a fight at the local gym. I guess with a face and voice like George Matthews had he was pretty much typecast in those types of roles. I also agree with the comments about the wimpy piano student. It wasn't very believable that he could fight his way out of a paper bag, much less the husband.


Revenge is a dish best served by a Doberman? Seems like she was fairly young to be able to teach a dog that trick.


My dog and I enjoyed this one...oh yes we did. The husband is really a jerk and the wife gets revenge at the end.


The abusive husband was horrible to his wife, but I thought Julia was very cruel to the dog at the end of the story and she turned out to be even more vicious and abusive than her husband. The way she reveled in both her mistreatment of the dog, as well as what she was about to do to her husband, was truly frightening. This shows she had a very sadistic streak in her, which makes her a character that is not very likeable. Having said this, the actress was fantastic and played the role very well. It was a well-acted episode, even though it was disturbing.


Lots of Psychology in this one. You wonder why this sweet woman would marry an abusive alcoholic- but there are millions of divorced women who marry yet another abusive alcoholic. Not a pleasant episode but a good psychological one.


Kim Hunter was really good in "Lost Dog", and she was very creepy at the end!


I loved this one.


I rate this episode ★★★★★ for EXCELLENT. The 4th episode of the CBSRMT series is an outstanding Drama-Mystery. Henry Slesar’s story leaves a good impression on what CBSRMT is about. Likable protagonist, despicable antagonist, suspenseful mystery that gets solved, and a crafty climax. There are many ways to title this, such as “Julia’s Cynophobia” (the fear of dogs), “Topper: The Lost Dog,” “Attila: The Doberman,” or “Every Dog Has Its Day.” The sound effects of the piano keys, footsteps, doors, tableware, dialing of the rotary phone, pages of the piano sheets, classical music, punches, cars, howling wind, and or course, the sounds of the dog were supportive in this tale. The music also, with its suspenseful tracks that brought the levels of tension and fear up. “Welcome to the world of mystery. The world of terrifying imagination” is a classic intro coming from E.G. Marshall. In ACT-1, he brings us into the story where it begins at a Suburban house on Elm Street (no relations to Freddy Krueger). Afterwards, he asks who is the real terror: the dog or the husband? In ACT-2, he points out that men who love dogs aren’t loveable themselves. In ACT-3, after hearing our stunning climax, our Host points out that a dog could also be a Woman’s best friend. In his Epilogue, E.G. Marshall does a terrific impression of a dog howling. And speaking of terrific, our cast: Kim Hunter (as Julia Smolett), George Matthews (as George Smolett), Robert Dryden (as Dr. Frolich), Gilbert Mack (as Dr. McCann), and Mandy Patinkin (as Ronnie Hughes). Kudos to Robert Dryden & Gilbert Mack for playing the roles of doctors. George Matthews’ performance as the villain was nicely done. Mandy Patinkin did wonderfully. It’s shame that this was the only CBSRMT he ever did (SPECIAL NOTE: he played Inigo Montoya from the 1987 film THE PRINCESS BRIDE). Big props go to Kim Hunter who stole the show. Her performance in this is memorable as her roles in #1193-GARDEN OF THE MOON and #0178-THE SIGHTING. Tune in to this if you’re a fan of Kim Hunter. And if you enjoy mystery stories involving Dogs, check out #0417-THE RED FRISBEE and #0609-THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES. Until next time…pleasant dreams. =^D


Liked this one and remember hearing it many years ago. HAs the unexpected twist to it and leaves it to your imaginations what happens later. Great one! Check it out!


This episode sacred me. The actor who played the husband was so realistic, his lines, so true to life, it scared the hell out of me. What made it so frightening was that there were thousands of people exactly like that character, in real life. The in not being able to get away from them. I couldn't go right to sleep afterward and had to put on the Red Sox. lol :)


This one took a totally different direction than I thought it would take. The path of the hypnosis was really intriguing if not really believable, and I don't think I'd ever let someone hypnotize me. Too creepy even if it is a a doctor doing it.

Scott H

People who are using current social norms to evaluate to understand this story are missing the point. It's a literally ripping yarn about revenge.


I have listened to all 1,399 episodes and now am listening to them again and reviewing them. This is not one of my favorites and I think it is because the main character is so cruel to his wife. I am not using social norms of today, he is just not a good person. You have to tell an exceptional story to make a evil person bearable, and this does not come close. I wish it did. Alas.


Was disturbing to hear the cruelty of the husband, which alas happens more than we like to think about. But for the storyline of revenge, a good yarn. Justice is delivered in the end, especially since he apparently just keep the dog tied up outside. Cruelty again from a person who was cruel, but reaped his reward.


Let sleeping dogs lie. If her husband would have done so (and had been nicer not only to her but others around him: dog boarder, her piano student, her doctor, probably his employees too), he would not be in line for his "soon-to-be-comeuppance".


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.)


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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.)


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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)


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.


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)


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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