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The Mysterious Stranger


When you meet an angel named Satan who promises to grant your every desire, you learn that it's not always good to get everything you wish for.



Air Dates

  • First Run - January 11, 1976
  • Repeat - November 21, 1976
  • Repeat - April 1, 1979





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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

Based on a story written by Mark Twain.. the story goes old uncle Peter finds a purse in the road filled with 1100 gold ducats then is accused by the town astrologer of theft.. His nephew happens to have met Satan whom he then asks for help. A LUCKY CAT COMES TO BE THE HELP Satan gives to the house keeper of his girlfriend and Uncle peter and so the story goes something to do with the moral sense humans have over the likes of Satan and animals.......


Not the greatest episode, but I always enjoy it when Joe Silver shows up.


Great source material ably well-adapted by Himan Brown and his crew. Once again, amazement at the stellar casts CBSRMT gathered for this sorely neglected dramatic format. Tony Roberts was well on his way as a fixture in Woody Allen pictures by this time, I believe, andMarian Seldes was already a Grande Dame of New York theatre, while the stellar presence of Joe Silver-- a radio drama voice if ever there was one-- had only just been eaten alive by monster parasites in David Cronenberg's 1975 THEY CAME FROM WITHIN. Wonderful, a fond memory of my youth, and heartfelt congrats on keeping this dramatic gem alive.


Agree!! Love RMT.


Another good story from Mark Twain and as far as I know a good adaptation (I never read the original). SPOILER - I liked during the trial how the astrologer (not known by any other name) does not have to prove that he had the coins previously, his word alone is allegedly good enough proof.


I liked this story a lot. Of course, coming from Mark Twain, it's bound to be good.


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