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Is He Living or Is He Dead?


To increase the worth of their works a trio of artists plan the perfect con-- the catch is, someone has to die.



Air Dates

  • First Run - January 6, 1976
  • Repeat - November 16, 1976
  • Repeat - April 15, 1979





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4 Responses to Episode 0409

MARK TWAIN SERIES: CBS Radio Mystery Theater produced a total of eleven adaptations from Mark Twain's works for the show; nine were written by Sam Dann with Ian Martin writing only two. [0119] The Real Printer's Devil [0408] Tom Sawyer, Detective [0409] Is He Living or Is He Dead? [0410] The Belated Russian Passport [0411] A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court [0412] The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg [0413] The Stolen White Elephant [0414] The Mysterious Stranger [0937] The Dead House [0984] A Curious Experience [1002] The Goddess Caper** The show always tried to kick off each new year of their Anniversary (in early January) with a weeklong series written by the same author, and so Sam Dann wrote episodes 408 through 414 to launch the start of their third season. **1002 was based on “The Legend of the Capitoline Venus”

Mark Main

The funniest classic, "Oh Madame, he is not a goose to be fatten up for pate~" I laughed so hard at the french-accented convos.


The poor sound quality affected the enjoyment of this broadcast... This wasn't too bad of a story, but I don't remember reading the original story by Twain, so I don't know how it compares. It was certainly an interesting concept and I wonder if anyone ever did anything like it (much more difficult to do today).




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