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The Rat
Enraged by the faithlessness of his wife, a genius scientist creates a highly-evolved rodent and sends it to attack his wife's lover.
Air Dates:
First Run - June 12, 1974
Repeat - August 30, 1974
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11 Responses to Episode 0104

This one is intense! The creepy sound effects are somehow balanced well with the dialog - well produced.

Another predictable one. Of course, rats aren't nearly as aggressive or as vicious in real life as they are in fiction. Mild science fiction (hyperintelligent rats).

A scientist develops a super-intelligent rat and sics it on the man who is having an affair with his wife. Rip off of the movie "Willard".

The classic tale of a cursed family living in a cursed home and how that curse is passed from generation to generation. Impossible to do this classic tale justice in just 43 minutes.

Another "scientist in a weird experiment awaiting a divorce" story again. However, this one involves a researcher on rattus norvegicus and their intelligence, who's having an affair with the wife of another researcher who's cunning and sadistic (played by Ralph Bell). The two scientists are in competition for the directorship of a laboratory...the good guy wins. Later, the man who made the decision is attacked and killed by a large rat named "Attila". (Remember the movie "Willard"?) Bell's character is upset, not only because he lost out to the other researcher for the directorship, but because he's about to lose his wife to the good guy. (Though it's a bit disturbing because even given the circumstances I'd not heard another RMT that painted divorce in a positive light.) Someone let the rat out who killed the director. Or did the rat let itself out...? ( Where's that CBS RMT cat when you really need him...?)

Rival scientists compete over the directorship of their lab and the affections of ones' wife. In their lab are 150 highly intelligent rats that are being experimented upon, and, one believes, manipulated to do evil! moral of the story: don't mess around with the wife of a scientist who breeds highly intelligent, and hungry rats. Protracted scenes of suspense, perhaps a little too protracted, but a good episode.

5 star episode with its own distinction. The excitement built by story's end was one of the best I've heard. Also, it painted divorce in a positive light; this seemed rather contemporary for 1974 when marriage was far more treasured than it is today. The sound effects of the rats was way too loud and took away from the dialogue. But still, a great episode which made me feel kreepy. I am not a fan of rats.

Although the conclusion was easily identifiable early on, it was still an entertaining tale. I don't know why the wife just didn't ask for protection from her husband as she was brave enough to show her attraction to the other professor and continued to do so even after being found out. Even back then she could've gotten some sort of protection. That said, I don't like rats at all, especially the larger ones (ROUSs from The Princess Bride anyone?).

The voice of the mad doctor is so sonorous and resonating, almost like a trombone. I like film of course but there is value in a radio play...you can completely concentrate on the voice textures with no image to distract you. The actor can take his time stretching out a word like "no" when he says he has decided not to divorce his wife. That voice juxtaposed with the rat squeaks helped make this a great episode.

Great acting and voices esp Joan Loring. Good sound effects with the rats. Came out a couple of years after a book and movie and song about killer rats. I think Michael Jackson sang the song "Ben" This RMT episode portrayed unfaithfulness in a positive light. Orher than that,an excellent episode.

I am petrified of rats, but I will give this one a listen.

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