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The Guillotine
('Washington Irving classic')
A young medical student meets the love of his life as while waiting out the war. His naive ideals take a beating as he witnesses the brutality of the French Revolution first-hand.
Air Dates:
First Run - September 17, 1979
Repeat - December 28, 1979
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I'm ready for Halloween and this CBSRMT helps set the mood in the evenings by a fall fire.

I like to start off by saying "Cheers" to Elspeth Eric for writing a terrific adaptation by Washington Irving. The original title of this is called "The Adventure of the German Student." Everything your hear from this CBSRMT episode is close to the short story. Don Scardino as Karl was nicely done. But Paul Hect is flawless as Gottfried Wolfgang, a lonely bachelor who travels to France for a change of scenery/a change of company. Love the dialogue at the 20-minute 10-second mark when he says, "The Library. Those catacombs of departed authors." This lone wolf goes to the libraries and reads Past tales to separate himself from the events of the French Revolution. But then at the 33-minute mark, his talks about the Girl of his dreams in great detail. He's a victim of his own imagination by falling in love with an imaginary girlfriend. And when he actually meets her (played by Bryna Raeburn), there's compassion & companionship at its finest between the 44-minute mark & the 50-mintute mark. 6 minutes of deep affection! Listen to Paul Hect's scream at the 53-minute 19-second mark. It will turn "heads." The music is great for this twisted tale because there's epic music at the 19-minute 30-second mark, there's intense music at the 25-minute 9-second mark, and mystifying music at the 43-minute mark. If you enjoyed this gothic tale, check out E.G. Marhsall's epilogue where he talks about other horror writers: Horace Walpole from England, Honore de Balzac from France, and Washington Irvi

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