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Title

The Pharoah's Curse

Plot

A treasure hunt in an Egyptian tomb becomes a nightmare as an archaeologist and a singer become the victim of an ancient curse.

Episode

0067

Air Dates

  • First Run - April 2, 1974
  • Repeat - June 23, 1974

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Rating

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7 Responses to Episode 0067

Egyptian artifacts with ancient curses are nothing new; a long-time staple of fantasy fiction. Is the curse real or just a legend. Crime drama; questioned supernatural elements.

Andy

This is a re-incarnation themed episode that was just so-so. 3 stars.

DAVY JOE

An okay episode, but not very memorable. I thought the main protagonist was pushed too hard to be a strong character but had scenes where she was very weak. I also think that old cliché about choosing to go along with something or be left for dead is silly - how do they know the other person won't just say something to get out of the situation and then get back at them later (or get away)?

Alec

Kim Hunter is best known for her role as 'Zira' in the original 'Planet of the Apes' films.

Chuck Hankinson

I am enjoying the website. I listened to the show in '70s when I was a boy. Loved old time radio. Where were the episodes recorded? Chelsea Studio or at WCBS?

Rick

Hoping for some good luck, Sir Geoffrey, head of an archeological expedition, persuades singer Diane Elliot, a dead ringer for a dead princess, to accompany the team about to enter a tomb and recover a fortune in jewels. The 4,000-year-old curse on the tomb seems to be more effective than the party bargained for, and Diane wonders if she will have to share a catafalque with the look-alike princess and a ruthless fortune hunter.

Adam

I rate this episode ★★★★☆ for GOOD. What I enjoyed the most was the Cast: Kim Hunter (as Diane Elliott), George Petrie (as John Irving), Arnold Moss (as Sir Geoffrey), Dan Ocko (as Inspector Hasid), and Ian Martin (as Sargon). The 4 actors were excellent in their roles with believable dialect and accents, but the leading actress stole the show. Kim Hunter was outstanding, one of her best roles on CBSRMT. Sound effects of audience clapping, people murmuring, doors, footsteps, jeep engine, birds, howling wind, luggage, dynamite explosions, stones crumble, cups clinking, tent flaps, moving debris, cocking the gun, stepping stone, tomb door shut, sliding of the Sarcophagus, and opening the Catafalque box were highly supportive in this. Dramatic music playing in every Act was essential to every scene. In our Host’s Prologue, E.G. Marshall begins with his classic line: “…to the fear you can hear.” More importantly, the topic of discussion is the Pharaohs of Egypt involving 1 particular mummy. In ACT-1, story begins in 1924 where we meet the singer Diane Elliott in Cairo. In ACT-2, fates conspire to keep the characters at the archeological site and question who will be the one that will get the curse. In ACT-3, after the suitable climax, the Egyptian princess is reborn thanks to our leading lady. In his Epilogue, E.G. Marshall finishes the story off by quoting 19th century novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne: “A grave, wherever found, preaches a short and pithy sermon to the soul.” Perfect quote to go with this story. Now the reason why I rated this 4 out of 5 stars, is because of the Script. Ian Martin wrote an interesting plot, there was good interaction between characters, a surprising twist to discover who the real main antagonist was, and a terrific setting: Egypt in the 1920’s. But the action doesn’t begin until the 2nd half of the episode. Going inside the dark tomb was exciting, but it should’ve started in the 2nd Act. Ian Martin could’ve had fun with this Drama-Mystery, such as adding more traps in the tomb, characters discovering more about ancient artifacts, maybe even bringing the Egyptian Princess Hasiba back to life where she encounters Diane Elliott. The mummified Princess meets the living Singer. The episode title is catchy, but another to title this would be “Grave Consequences” or “A Grave Concern.” Anyway, this episode has drama & adventure combined. And fans of Kim Hunter would enjoy this tale. Until next time…pleasant dreams. =0)

Russell


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