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The Thing in the Cave


Every uncharted cavern has its own pasts and mysterious. Two couples get trapped in one with an infamous inhabitant.



Air Dates

  • First Run - March 11, 1974
  • Repeat - June 2, 1974





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18 Responses to Episode 0054

It's kind of tricky at some points to figure out who's who, but it's not really two couples; it's a bridal party. Bride, groom, best man, maid of honor. David and Eve are about to be married. Hank and Barbara aren't dating. It isn't so much a supernatural story as an action/adventure story, and not a bad one for radio where you can't actually see the whirlpools and the death-defying gymnastics. The ending is very satisfying. Action/adventure, questioned supernatural elements.


Four young spelunkers explore a cave which, when they were kids, had a legend attached to it about a "thing" that lurked inside. While they're in it, a collapse causes the opening to be blocked. Their efforts to find their way out, and the yo-yo of emotions from having hope to feeling hopeless, makes for some pretty good drama. The ending wasn't very creative, but oh, well.


Thx for the validation that it wasn't just me!


I rate this episode ā˜…ā˜…ā˜… for AVERAGE. In ACT 1, it felt like it was going to be a horror story that there's a "thing" that's going to terrorize our 4 characters. In ACT 2, they do what they can to survive. In ACT 3, there happens to be a "thing" that exist in the cave, but not what you would expect. Check this episode out. =0]


I would concur with your average rating Russell. I would rate this as a2.5 stars out of 5. I got lost sometimes in who was who in the mix of characters but ironic enough it really did not matter as to the story all that much. I thought it ended kind of weak.


An interesting tale centered on four spelunkers who are trapped in a cave. Legend has it that a "Thing" resides in the cave which adds significantly to the tension.


What is found in the cave? Fear and determination.


Two couples are trapped in a cave with its notorious resident. A foolish script and over acting add up to a poor rating.

Jack Lynns

We follow 4 people into a cave frequented in their childhood, and feared the legend of The Thing that dwelt within. After a landslide, they are trapped and must find their way out. Rather lame ending, and beginning, and middle for that matter.

Xylene Ambers

Marian Seldes is annoying with her Carol Lynley/ Poseidon Adventure character; whining, terrified of everything, and a nerve wracking, theatrical voice. I, however, did enjoy the story.


I was ready to rate it a "4" until the cop-out of an ending.


I agree with the others that it was difficult to keep track of the characters. I can imagine that it wouldn't be as easy as they made it sound in the show either. I guess that I agree with the others that it was an average show as well.


I thought this was one of the BEST yet!! Reminds me of the old Mysterious Traveler episode. Is it called Out Of The Past? They get stuck in a cave and an old life form they discover. VERY spooky! This was a GREAT episode@ 5 STARS!


I enjoyed this tale of four speleologists trapped in a subterranean world alleged to be inhabited by a strange creature!!


I tried listening three times and fell asleep three times. I think Hi read Demon Haunted World: A Candle in the Dark and thought, "hey I can make this for radio. In a cave." OTOH Hi Brown and CBSRMT played an important part in my love of vintage radio and it was so successful that Hi created a children's version called General Mills Radio Adventure Theater that ran twice a week then played in reverse order so that those who couldn't listen on Saturdays could listen in the second run. It's possibly the first radio show taking Jewish restrictions into consideration. These shows weren't the cheesy crap like Space patrol, they treated kids with respect. I've only heard a couple, but was quite impressed. Sadly I was too young to have heard them at the time, that would've been heaven!


Love EG Marshall. And he's in one of my favorite movies of all time 'National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation."


Moral of the story, always let others know where your going and when you'll contact them. Avoids the problem of being lost! A good story and happy ending, nice change. Gotta love the music, but miss the commercials and news.


Great episode and stellar sound effects! Iā€™m claustrophobic so it was kind a white knuckler for this OTR fan. 7 out of 10.


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