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The Deathly White Man


A woman takes a job as caretaker to a rich woman and her husband in their remote castle. There, she and the son of the wealthy couple learn the family's darkest secret.



Air Dates

  • First Run - October 27, 1976
  • Repeat - February 3, 1977





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6 Responses to Episode 0541

When I 1st began 2 listen 2 this play, I thought of Jane Eyre with the moaning, mournful sounds such as those of Rochester's put away wife which I can compare with Ted's mother. By evalu8ing the mother's condition, she's the type of handicapped person who can say a lot without saying a word. I like 2 be able 2 read the comments posted so I can get a feel 4 the story b4 reaching the ending, but, with this story, so far, I'm the 1st 1 so far that's posted a comment. Another movie that came 2 mind is a British movie, with an actress by name of Deborah Kerr, called The Innocents where she, DK, accepts a position as a governess @ large, Gothic, country mansion called Bly. These mansions, like Bluewiggin(I think that's the correct spelling), in these Gothic tales have a name as thought they were a city or village & always seem 2 have a dark secret needing 2 be exposed, 2 the listeners if no1 else. If I keep commenting I'll, pretty much, tell the story & I don't wanna be doing that(LOL). There r no supernatural elements in this tale but it's quite suspenseful sort of along the lines of a good John Saul story. In my opinion, this story's a very good listen. Well, I gotta be moving on so until next time.....pleasant dreams(LOL).


I want to say how much I love your show . I stream it all day at work listening to the mysteries with much enthusiasm. My Father , who has passed on. First introduced me to these programs as he listened to them all day and night and I came to love and enjoy them with so much excitement with each and every episode. thank you sincerely for being on the air, and for the edge of my seat suspense, and the continued happy thoughts of the days my Father and me would sit listening to the cbsrmt with so much excitement and enthusiasm.


I just love a good heroine! Nice gothic mystery dramatized by excellent radio actors. Good recording quality. Makes for a nice night time listen. Pleasant dreams....


I rate this episode ★★★★★ for EXCELLENT. Ian Martin’s story had the right elements of a Gothic tale. One in particular, an old mysterious house. Even our main character was likable, full of determination to help and determine to solve the mystery of a family secret. The title sounds wonderful for a Gothic story, but another way to title this, would be “Private Brood.” In our Host’s Prologue, E.G. Marshall immediately jumps in with the topic of Gothic and what his favorites are. In ACT-1, meet our main character: Linda Barclay who encounters the Rensevelt Family. In ACT-2, pointing out that the house is the one element that’s never missing from Gothic tales. After many surprises within the plot points, our Host has the basic of the Gothic premise. In ACT-3, question time on how did the old housekeeper die, is the son lovable or a threat, and what is this specter that haunts our main character? In the end, it’s a good Gothic ending where everyone’s happy. Cliché, but it works. In his Epilogue, E.G. Marshall does a speedy Resolution about the older Rensevelt couple and the younger Rensevelt couple. His narrations were informative and observant. The sound effects of the train whistle, horse hooves moving the carriage, crickets, howling wind, hydraulics on the moving bridge, doors, cups and tableware clinking, footsteps echoing in the cellar, and key lock were helpful and supportive. The variety of music was suspenseful, disturbing, and haunting. They fit perfectly for this Gothic tale. And finally, our cast: Betsy Palmer (as Linda Barclay), Russell Horton (as Ted Rensevelt), Bryna Raeburn (as Mrs. Greaves and Mrs. Rensevelt), and Ian Martin (as Mr. Rensevelt and Jason Greaves). These 4 played their parts wonderfully, especially the legendary Betsy Palmer. She stole the show with her talented voice. Fans of her will not be disappointed, it’s worth checking out. SPECIAL BONUS: This episode has commercials/announcements of KIXI Radio in Seattle, CBS News on Election 1976, Bronkaid tablets, the Redbook in November, Ralph Bell talking about the 1977 Buick Sports Coupe, Sylvia Porter’s Money Book, the Foundation Fate, Pat Summerall for True Value Hardware, U.S. Department of Transportation, alarm systems, the American Heart Association, Contac capsules, 7UP soda, Preparation H, Buick Dealerships, and Dubonnet. Until next time…pleasant dreams.


Another great Russell Horton performance


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