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The Ghost at the Gate


A ghostly, two-timing tale of romance where a man continues his affair with his wife and his mistress - even beyond death.



Air Dates

  • First Run - March 20, 1974
  • Repeat - June 11, 1974





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20 Responses to Episode 0060

Excellent comedic episode. I had predicted the third affair but had incorrectly guessed that it had going on as long as the other two. I would have loved this episode as a kid if I had heard it at that time. Comedy, ghost story.


Involves two middle aged women who are regularly visited by the ghost of a guy who was married to one of them and had an affair with the other. Apparently he had a pretty good deal in real life where he'd do his "affair" business in the afternoon and take care of his wife at night. And that's how he "visited'" them after his death. To keep "visiting" he needs constant assurance of their love. Without it he would fade permanently to his "other" world. When the two longtime friends move in together, that's when the widow finds out about the affair. But rather than club her girlfriend in the head, she decides that together they can stop "loving" him and make him go away.


It feels Victorian, but unfortunately it’s retched Victorian. A dud of a ghost story.


This is a light-hearted program about a woman that lives alone (save the housekeeper) in a big house following the death of her husband. He's dead, but he's still around - in ghost form, and he visits every evening. Things get whacky when he suggests to his widow that she might be happier if she asked a lifelong friend to move in and share the house with her. I must confess that this is one of the rare CBSRMT programs that I grew tired of before it was over. However, as always, I had to listen to the end to see what happened.

Rudy Pepper

Elderly Alice Emery enjoys quiet evenings at home in her mansion sipping hot chocolate with her husband Charles. There's only one problem: her husband is dead. When her husband's ghost suggests she have her friend Connie move into the old house to keep her company, she decides it's a wonderful idea...but the ghost may have ulterior motives. An amusing episode with great performances by the cast. Genre: Occult


A man continues his love affair with his wife and his mistress beyond the grave. The main character is so pathetic, you want to kill him again.

Jorge Bastins

An elderly woman is lonely after her husband passes away but finds comfort in his nightly ghostly visits. In order to combat the loneliness further, she asks a friend to move in with her. Both women find comfort in each others' company but agree still to lead separate lives apart from their dinner together… until the find an unexpected bond.

Francis R.

One of the lesser episodes. No scares. No suspense. Just three old biddies chit-chatting about this and that, with a tepid ghost occasionally dropping by. So old-fashioned. It felt like it was done in the 1940s, not 1970s. I could almost see the ghost's ascot and pencil mustache.


I agree with Victoria from above--this was a dud of a ghost story. I am normally not this harsh on MT episodes, but I have but one word to describe this one: BORING! 1 star.


Charles,Charlie,or Chuck, don't want to give away the ending, continues his love affair as a ghost, with his wife Alice and mistress Connie after he is dead. Alice his wife, enjoys evenings in her mansion drinking hot chocolate with her husband Charles. At the same time Charlie, or Charles, has been continuing his love affair with Connie, his mistress. Charles suggests to Alice that she has her friend Connie move into the old mansion to keep her company. Both agree to separate lives but Connie walks into Alice's room one night and hears Alice talking to Charles. Rather than Alice hating Connie, they both decide to just quit loving him together so he will go away. Dorthia the maid, also lives in the mansion and takes care of both of them. This is not a scary ghost episode. The ending was as I expected and hoped it would end the way it did. I liked this episode. It kept me entertained to the very end. Not boring to me like some episodes I have listened to. I gave this episode 5 stars.

Don Heiland,Jr.

I agree with Andy that I had predicted the third affair, but not the correct timing of it. It was an okay episode, but I also agree with others that the ghost was not a likable character.


A scandalous and very funny episode. Although I love the mystery and darkness of all the CBSRMT, I really enjoyed the light touch for a change.


Cute love triangle story involving two elderly women and a ghost.

Joe Mama

I rate this episode ★★★★☆ for GOOD. Elspeth Eric wrote a great romantic story involving the supernatural, part of it reminds me of THE GHOST & MRS. MUIR. Only, instead of one human talking to a ghost, there are three humans. What started out as a peculiar love triangle, but then ended with a pleasant twist. Excellent work, Elspeth Eric! And speaking of excellence, I'd give a round of applause to our cast: Beatrice Straight (as Alice Emory: the widow), Paula Trueman (as Connie Lawrence: the friend), Joan Loring (as Dorothea: the maid), and John Baragrey (as Charles Emory: the ghost). Each of these actors brought their characters to life with their chirpiness, wittiness, zaniness, and quirkiness. At the 40-minute mark when Dorothea says to the ghost, "Do you mind if I call you...'Chuck' ?", you can hear how Joan Loring's voice was so heartfelt and tender. The sound effects of the footsteps, clock dinging, birds chirping, rotary phone ringing, wine glasses clinking, bottle of wine pouring, and moving furniture were all the necessary bits for this "ghastly" tale. There were bumbling, yet comical tracks in ACT-1, amiable tunes in ACT-2, and mystique themes in ACT-3. E.G. Marshall was on point with his narrations. In his Prologue, he states that seeing isn't believing, but believing IS believing. In ACT-1, he quotes English Playwright John Dryden of 1679 by saying, "With how much ease believe we what we wish." Then he quotes Roman Emperor Julius Caesar by saying, "Men freely believe that which they desire." Both quotes: Notable. In ACT-2, he explains that this love triangle has an apex, meaning the ghost IS the apex. At the end of ACT-3, he wishes the best of luck to all of these characters, which is a fine climax, but there's no resolution. There was no Epilogue! Everything in this CBSRMT episode was terrific except for that one missing part. Other than that, this was an amusing story. If you're searching for a Fantasy-Mystery filled with affection, flirtation, and fondness, this is the one you should listen to! =0]


Hot Dogs and French Fries in "Return to Shadow lake" make me hungry


This one was only fair, and it was very difficult to listen to Dorothea. Sheesh. It wasn't remotely scary, just boring, and the husband is and was a jerk.


A lighthearted fun MT! My favorite part was when EG said they were going to have fun in their pants suits!


I love this episode. Why do people think it was boring? The show had excellent dialog, witty lines, and vivid characters. Charlie is really funny, even though he is a jerk, and he deserves what he gets in the end, lol! The ending was also a nice twist. I like how the show focused on the friendship between the two older women. I love how they banter with each other. It's like listening in to a real conversation between two people. Also, it was quite refreshing that their friendship wasn't destroyed by the love triangle.


is no one going to mention picking up on the subtle hints of a blossoming romantic relationship between 2 women


I don't think in the description of the episode that it was supposed to be scary. It wasn't an Incubus that they were having a relationship...

William Faulkner

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