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CBSRMT Episode Information
Title:
Love Me, Don't Leave Me
Plot:
Still head-over-heels in love even after forty-five years of marriage, an old couple vow to stay together forever. Their love is tested when his wife's terrible secret threatens to surface.
Episode:
1165
Air Dates:
First Run - February 27, 1981
Repeat - April 16, 1981
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6 Responses to Episode 1165


Lovely episode

Wednesday was a John Beal listening party for me...I read somewhere on the web that Beal was once thought to be the next Jimmy Stewart. I could believe it...don't know why his career never took off on the silver screen, but I'm so glad that he did so much on the RMT. Right here he's paired with another RMT great one, Teri Keane. They play an elderly, WWII generation couple who've had a storybook marriage and have vowed to stay together forever. Beal's character seems to think they're just beginning even though they're apparently in their 60s. Keane's character is wiser and sadder...she knows she's quite ill yet hasn't told her husband. She seems to have conversations with an angel who tells her that her time is near. They have one child (played by Evie Juster) whose husband is played by Ian Martin. Beal and Keane's characters hitch a ride in a taxi after a dance, and the taxi's broad sided by a truck. Beal is knocked out but will be OK. Keane's less seriously injured but medical tests on her...well, you've got a clue what they show. Keane (and her kids) hide her true condition from Beal...Keane also gets her husband to promise he'll find a girl for him after she's gone, which Beal doesn't want to think about. Some might say this play's a bit maudlin, but it's still nice due to its strong characters, and has an RMT twist at play's end. E.G. himself says this is a straight out love story. Right before hearing this I'd listened to a play (I'll have to find the name) where Beal and Keane also played elderly married people, and BEAL had an illness (or demon possession of some sort...I honestly thought he was just going senile). Right after "Love me don't leave me" I listened to Beal give his best performance since "Time and again" in the great RMT play you recently reviewed: "Miracle in Sharon City". GREAT way to spend some listening hours.

Ed & Mary married in 1946, which is 35 years—not 45.

I rate this episode ????? for GOOD. I'd like to start off by saying bravo to this great cast! John Beal (as Ed Harvey), Teri Keane (as Mary Harvey), Evie Juster (as Angie Harvey Gorman & Gloria Harmony), and Ian Martin (as Tom Gorman & the Doctor). At one point, there's a character named Claude Frisby and I think it was Himan Brown who played that part. John Beal & Teri Keane were outstanding as Mr. & Mrs. Harvey because their voices made their characters believable. So much affection, so much sensitivity, so much compassion to each other as if John Beal & Teri Keane weren't acting any more and began to have feelings for each other. The sound effects of the jazz music in the background, the clapping from the other dancers, dancers murmuring, salsa music playing in the background, busy streets during traffic, the car screeching followed by the crashing with the truck, hospital waiting room, birds chirping while the water's streaming in the park, the waltz music in the background, paper bag for the chinese food, door knob, and the phone ringing were all appealing for this tale. But the music, flawless! Other than the tunes of jazz, salsa, and the waltz, there were a variety of tunes that brought the feel of tenderness, agony, and ecstasy. In other words, sensual tunes in ACT-1, horrid tunes in ACT-2, and blissfulness tunes in ACT-3. Earth, Inferno, then Paradise. Now, for E.G. Marshall. Our host discussed in the old days where we had Taxi Dance Halls, a place where a guy could dance with a girl during a song for only ten cents. Now, that's Nostalgic! Then he explains how Death is an ally & adversary. After that, he talks about Doctors & Nurses that help the human body, but what about the human spirit? Then in the final Act, he explained that this wasn't just a Drama-Mystery or a Fantasy Mystery. It was a Romantic-Mystery where love transcend death. What concerns me, is his Epilogue where he said that he believed that love conquers all, which is very odd to say since E.G. Marshall was married 3 times: Helen Wolf (divorced her in 1953), Emy de Haze Winkelman (nobody knows how long they were married), and Judith Coy (married to her until he died on August 24th, 1998). And as for Ian Martin's script, a few puzzling elements. For starters, the 2 main characters said (at the 10-minute 6-second mark) that they've been together for 45 years and they've known each other since 1946. And this CBSRMT episode took place in 1981 when it aired. 1981 MINUS 45 years EQUALS 1936! So, Ian Martin screwed up on the dates. Second, the characters said this address: 625 West 69th Street. I wonder how many CBSRMT fans have checked out that part of New York City because it lies between Central Park & the Hudson River. And thirdly, I find the ending too predictable. Usually, we get shocking twists or something ironic happening in the final Act. But this is one of those stories where it all worked out like a happy Hollywood ending. Ian Martin's writing of the characters and plot points were good. But the resolution needed more suspense to it. It is an amusing love story though, just as good as Ep. #1115-LEAVE WELL ENOUGH ALONE and Ep. #1035-THE SPECTER BRIDEGROOM. Enjoy!

I thought this was a great cast as well! The story I liked very much until the end... really did not feel right. It was like they abridged the story all of a sudden. None the less I liked the episode overall.

Just heard CBSRMT music on a Perry Mason episode. Stumped me for a moment. Familiar music in the wrong place. Its also been use in episodes of rod serlings the twilight zone and lots of other cbs tv series from the 1950s and 1960s It was also used in an episode or 3 of The Fugitive, which was an ABC show. It's "library music."

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