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CBSRMT Episode Information
Title:
The Dream Woman
('Wilkie Collins classic')
Plot:
Convinced that a woman he met at the local bar is his soul mate, a man abandons his faithful and loyal wife in order to pursue her. He is soon plagued by visions of his death at his new lover's hands.
Episode:
0120
Air Dates:
First Run - July 18, 1974
Repeat - September 22, 1974
Repeat - March 28, 1980
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7 Responses to Episode 0120


The CBS Radio Mystery Theater promised more adult situations than were found in the Golden Age of Radio. This episode featured prostitution (although the words "prostitute," "whore," or anything equally explicit were left unsaid) and marital infidelity from an (almost) sympathetic character. Thriller, prophetic dreams.

A man inexplicably leaves his loving wife to pursue a trampish barfly who he is sure is his dream woman. He dreams that he will love her and she will kill him. A lot of story masterfully crammed into 44 minutes. Highly recommended

A man has a dream of a beautiful woman with whom he immediately falls in love, until the dream woman pulls out a knife and makes for him with fairly obvious intentions. Upon waking, his wife is concerned with the dream, and the man seeks professional advice from a psychiatrist. Upon leaving from his first session he encounters a woman in the lobby waiting her own appointment who matches exactly the woman in his dreams.  

George Lowthar presses the envelope again. "The Dream Woman" is a fantastic listen. Full of romance, infidelity, deception, and murder. A true recipe for a fantastic story. 4 stars.

It's best to listen to this CBSRMT episode twice because the quality of this recording isn't too good. This story reminds me of a TWILIGHT ZONE episode called "Perchance To Dream" where a man who has been awake for a long time tells his psychiatrist that he will die if he goes to sleep, because a Vixen is trying to kill him. In this Wilkie Collins tale, written by George Lowthar, Norman Meredith (played by Kevin McCarthy) doesn't know which is the personification of Death. Is it the blonde-haired hazel-eyed actress Sandra Lawrence (played by Teri Keane) that he fell in love with? Or is it the long-bladed razor-sharp carving knife? Perhaps the knife is Death's scythe. The sound effects of the knife stabbings weren't chilling enough and this tale needed more music, both in reality and in the dream sequences. Music as chilling as Episode #1245-THE JUDGE'S HOUSE. What I enjoyed the most in this episode was E.G. Marshall's beneficial narration in all 3 Acts, like he's Rod Serling, discussing about dreams & their origins. If you like Wilkie Collins' stories, you're going to like this twisted ending.

Does this episode remind anyone of Bates Motel?

Interesting obsession of a man who dreams of a woman who will kill him, and pursues her even though he's happily married. I think the description above isn't quite correct when it states he dreams of her killing him AFTER he abandons his wife.

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