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CBSRMT Episode Information
Title:
Three Times Dead
Plot:
A store-keeper shows his gratitude to the police officer that saves them by giving his wife a magical figurine able to grant three boons.
Episode:
0106
Air Dates:
First Run - June 17, 1974
Repeat - September 1, 1974
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10 Responses to Episode 0106


Another be-careful-what-you-wish-for story. This one works better than the previous one (#94, The Crack in the Wall)

A pretty terrifying spin on the old "Monkey's Paw" story. Most disturbing element of early CBSRMT's is that good people can have tragic ends. Suzanne Grossman's acting is especially effective here, especially when she finds out how she got 15 grand via a wish. Chilling stuff.

As stated above, this is a modernized version of "The Monkey's Paw" albeit with a much creepier second wish. I don't wish to spoil, especially to those who have not read "The Monkey's Paw," but this episode should be gripping for both people familiar and unfamiliar with the source material. Supernatural wishes.

A retelling of "The Monkey's Paw" involving an antique dealer, a cop, and a small statue that grants wishes. Lame retelling of a great story.

Another "Monkey's Paw" rip off... and not a very good one at that. Arbitrary ending.

This one was not one of my favorites. The Monkey's paw retold for the 50th time. While good setup and dialogue, kind of devolved into "Pet Sematary" by the end.

Yes, this might be a Monkey's Paw ripoff, but it is done well. Also, it seems to be more of a performance that will be memorable. Well done--4 stars.

I'd have to agree that this is a so-so remake of "The Monkey's Paw", though stories about a talisman that grants three wishes, and the moral "Be careful what you wish for - it may just happen" go back long before that story. I'd give this 3 stars - it kept me entertained, but it's not one of Sam Dann's best. For a very good radio version of the story "The Monkey's Paw" that's faithful to the original, look for the CBC version on "Nightfall", first aired July 11, 1980. It's online for free and it's really creepy - lots of atmosphere. ;)

THREE TIMES DEAD was a choppy uninteresting take on the "three wishes" theme. The occasional flash of brilliant dialogue in Sam Dann's tale was overshadowed by a discontinuous story and a nonsensical ending. For a better take on the granted wishes genre, take a listen to the far superior 'Imp in the Bottle.' If I had three wishes, I would've used all three to wish 'Three Times Dead' ended three times sooner. I give the drama 1 star out of 5. JUROR #4

Another variation of the "Monkey's Paw" story (which I remember as a good read). I wonder what would happen if someone were to melt the statue down and make several items out of them. Is it the shape of metal that's allegedly imbued with the property or is it the metal itself? It would be interesting for someone to write that story (which, of course, would be difficult to do with a monkey's paw).

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