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The Blood Red Wine


A man wonders out of a storm into a couple's house and dies of a heart attack. He is carrying with him $250,000 stolen money. Do they keep it or give it back despite the fact that nobody knows they have it?



Air Dates

  • First Run - June 6, 1977
  • Repeat - October 18, 1977





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11 Responses to Episode 0660

We done with an interesting twist at the end.


Who played the part of the sheriff?


Robert Dryden was the Sheriff


"Joe may have a good friend out of town." That's exactly what I was thinking. Joe seemed to like being away from his wife, Myra. It is apparent that he no longer respects her and her lower ethical standards. Like so many loyal workers who give their best to the company without seeming to get just rewards, Joe suffers through his work life and puts his painting dreams on hold. Joe is resigned to being an underappreciated company man but his wife wants to enjoy the finer things of life. Myra learns what Joe and JD already knew. Namely, that you can't steal your way to prosperity. Either the law will catch you or your conscience will.


Re the plot synopsis. A man can wonder 'about' a storm, but how could he wonder 'out' of a storm?


@D.C., The word should be "wander".


This is an excellent performance from both Ralph Bell and Joan Lovejoy. Generally, Ralph Bell is in his element as the creepy villain type, but in this story he plays the good, conscientious guy, and he really plays it well. His nervous voice, as he tries to persuade his greedy wife to use common sense is perfect. Also, Joan plays her part well too. Her selfish, harsh personality, and sneering tone of voice, is ideal for the part, and she carries off convincingly. I am sorry for her poor husband, who seems to be helplessly pulled along by her dominating, controlling personality. His anguish and guilt is so well acted. He nails it again with another good performance.


Joel, an honest but unsuccessful salesman, tries to help a stranger who comes to his door in the midst of a storm, suffering from a heart attack. Joel calms the man, who identifies himself as J.B. Lucas, by loosening his clothes and giving him his wife Myra’s special boysenberry wine. But when Lucas dies, Myra convinces Joel to put his body back in his car and keep Lucas’ money ($250,000) -- even though Joel knows his guilty conscience will ultimately lead the sheriff to him.


The program is well acted and the plot easily carries you along, but the ending was sort of mild. Still, an entertaining episode.


The plot was thought-provoking. It seems silly that the couple didn't remember spilling wine on him. It was obvious to me early on that the wine would be the smoking gun.


Enjoyable. I especially enjoyed the little twist EG gave us at the end!


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