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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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3 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.

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