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Title:
The Only Blood
Plot:
After refusing to pay blood money to the local mafia, an immigrant shoe-maker becomes the target of their ire. Angered by their misdeeds, the man hatches a plot for revenge. Meanwhile, the mob leader is torn between business and his daughter's love.
Episode:
0125
Air Dates:
First Run - July 31, 1974
Repeat - September 29, 1974
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13 Responses to Episode 0125


8 out of 10. Good story, like a morality play.

It was good though somewhat predictable. Even 40 years ago (as the story says) plus the forty years since this story was written I think people and police would have been conscious to that mail bomb.

One of the best of the series so far.

Amazing how he kept himself together after his family was killed by a bomb. If it were I, I wouldn't be vengeful or merciful; I'd have been too much of a basket case to have taken any action at all. Ending predictable. Crime drama, morality play, no supernatural elements.

5 stars and one of my favorites. This was an amazing act of writing by Sam Dann, who normally writes somewhat "vanilla" episodes for Mystery Theater. "The Only Blood" is definitely Dann's best episode during Mystery Theater's first year. Also, Robert Dryden's voice is so low and, for lack of better words, made for radio. He is almost too much voice; very little acting. But the script and direction were perfect. Great episode even for first time listeners.

Meh, not much emotion in the acting. No dialect to make it more "believable." Too boring and dry for such a decent script.

An interesting look at what an immigrant might think of America. Some have said it was a morality play and to an extent it was, but he was ready to kill the man at one point. The only reason why he saved his life was to show how he was different than the mobster. Although it was predictable in many parts, I still enjoyed it.

Good Episode.

One of my favorite episodes from the 1974 series

I rate this episode ★★★★★ for EXCELLENT. Just like the TWILIGHT ZONE, there are certain episodes that DEFINE an anthology series for its creativity, artistry, and imagination. And this particular episode, written by Sam Dann, is one of them! The sound effects of the tableware, hammering of the shoes, cash register, shoe shop door bell, the hoodlum’s slap, the shoemaker’s attack, 2 gunshots, body thud, footsteps at the police station, newspaper, rotary phone, unwrapping the package that exploded (SPOILER ALERT), hospital room, crickets, car running, shooting of the hunting rifle, tires screeching, sirens of the state trooper, car crash, and traffic noise were splendid to hear. The music had the right tunes for this dramatic tale. Melodramatic tracks in ACT-1, enigmatic themes in ACT-2, and vengeful tunes in ACT-3. E.G. Marshall was on a roll as Host. In his Prologue, he brings up the subject of blood and what defines it. In ACT-1, he introduces our main character and the story is set 40 years ago (and since this episode was recorded in 1974, this took place during the Great Depression of the 1930’s). Later, our main character is unaware on the qualifications of leadership, but he’s also unaware of what he got himself into. In ACT-2, he points out that the Shoe Repair shop that once stood has become a smoking wreckage. In ACT-3, our main character’s business & family life were destroyed in a single moment. CLIMAX: the main villain got his punishment. RESOLUTION: the main character and the main villain’s daughter provide comfort & guidance to each other because they both lost people that they loved. A perfect ending! And in the Epilogue, E.G. Marshall states that there have been many people for many years that used blood to change America. Short conclusion, but well done. And of course, there’s the cast: Howard Da Silva (as Anthony Boda), Ken Harvey (as Chuck & Vincent), Robert Dryden (as Sergeant Kerry & Al Karley), Bryna Raeburn (as Maria Boda & Marissa Karley), and Jack Grimes (as Louis Boda). I’d give Howard Da Silva props for playing the lead role that expressed courage, pride, loyalty, dignity, and compassion. There’s an old saying that, “Revenge is a dish best served cold.” But for this type of character on what he did at the very, very end of the story, he chose to live by another old saying, “Living well is the best revenge.” If CBSRMT had a big wall to display their greatest episodes like paintings, this Drama-Mystery story should be up there and display it right next to #0367-THE SUMMER PEOPLE, #0167-THE BLACK ROOM, #0022-TIME AND AGAIN, #0099-DRESSED TO KILL, and #0957-HICKORY, DICKORY, DOOM. Until next time…pleasant dreams. =^D

I rate this episode ★★★★★ for EXCELLENT. Just like the TWILIGHT ZONE, there are certain episodes that DEFINE an anthology series for its creativity, artistry, and imagination. And this particular episode, written by Sam Dann, is one of them! The sound effects of the tableware, hammering of the shoes, cash register, shoe shop door bell, the hoodlum’s slap, the shoemaker’s attack, 2 gunshots, body thud, footsteps at the police station, newspaper, rotary phone, unwrapping the package that exploded (SPOILER ALERT), hospital room, crickets, car running, shooting of the hunting rifle, tires screeching, sirens of the state trooper, car crash, and traffic noise were splendid to hear. The music had the right tunes for this dramatic tale. Melodramatic tracks in ACT-1, enigmatic themes in ACT-2, and vengeful tunes in ACT-3. E.G. Marshall was on a roll as Host. In his Prologue, he brings up the subject of blood and what defines it. In ACT-1, he introduces our main character and the story is set 40 years ago (and since this episode was recorded in 1974, this took place during the Great Depression of the 1930’s). Later, our main character is unaware on the qualifications of leadership, but he’s also unaware of what he got himself into. In ACT-2, he points out that the Shoe Repair shop that once stood has become a smoking wreckage. In ACT-3, our main character’s business & family life were destroyed in a single moment. CLIMAX: the main villain got his punishment. RESOLUTION: the main character and the main villain’s daughter provide comfort & guidance to each other because they both lost people that they loved. A perfect ending! And in the Epilogue, E.G. Marshall states that there have been many people for many years that used blood to change America. Short conclusion, but well done. And of course, there’s the cast: Howard Da Silva (as Anthony Boda), Ken Harvey (as Chuck & Vincent), Robert Dryden (as Sergeant Kerry & Al Karley), Bryna Raeburn (as Maria Boda & Marissa Karley), and Jack Grimes (as Louis Boda). I’d give Howard Da Silva props for playing the lead role that expressed courage, pride, loyalty, dignity, and compassion. There’s an old saying that, “Revenge is a dish best served cold.” But for this type of character on what he did at the very, very end of the story, he chose to live by another old saying, “Living well is the best revenge.” If CBSRMT had a big wall to display their greatest episodes like paintings, this Drama-Mystery story should be up there and display it right next to #0367-THE SUMMER PEOPLE, #0167-THE BLACK ROOM, #0022-TIME AND AGAIN, #0099-DRESSED TO KILL, and #0957-HICKORY, DICKORY, DOOM. Until next time…pleasant dreams. =^D

I rate this the same way, and amazingly, there was nothing (on the surface) supernatural about it. Then again, the FORGIVENESS was indeed supernatural. Five Stars from me as well. This may be one of the best RMT episodes ever. BTW, the quote I remember, about "Al Carli's" blood: "I thought it would be as base and common as sewage." Powerful writing.

Excellent episode.

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