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CBSRMT Episode Information
Title:
Les Miserables (1 of 5) - The Thief and the Bishop
('Victor Hugo story')
Plot:
In order to feed his family, Jean Valjean steals a loaf of bread and serves a 19-year prison sentence for his crime. After gaining his freedom, he falls into despair once he realizes that no one will have anything to do a convict like him. His fate changes when he encounters a Bishop who guides him on the right path.
Episode:
1275
Air Dates:
First Run - January 11, 1982
Repeat - June 7, 1982
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4 Responses to Episode 1275


I thought this episode was OK but it wasn't one of my favorites. I haven't read the book so I don't know how it compares but there wasn't much subtlety in the plot or performances. Too much of the episode was over-the-top

I loved the mystery theater as a kid. I do not remember hearing this episode back when it was originally aired. I liked this episode a great deal. I recently saw Les Miserables, the musical. This version painted a vivid picture of what the protagonist was undergoing and the compassion of the bishop.

I enjoyed the narration from 3 separate characters in all 3 Acts; the struggling Jean Valjean (played by Alexander Scourby) from ACT 1, the heartless Inspector Javert (played by Bernard Grant) from ACT 2, and the sympathetic Bishop (played by Mandel Kramer) in ACT 3. And the music makes the characters more compassionate, brutish, and/or amicable. I would've rate this CBSRMT episode 5 out of 5, if they picked someone other than Joan Shay to play Madame Magloire. Her voice as a french character sounded tedious to me. They should've picked Carol Teitel (from Ep.0931-THE SEARCH FOR MYRA) or Jada Rowland (from Ep. 0790-A MESSAGE FROM SPACE) because their voices sound tenderhearted. But anyway, this is 1 of the best adaptations I ever heard.

There was nothing particularly distinct about this episode. I feal like I am the only human on the planet that hasn't read or at least seen the movie version of Les Miserables. This episode definitely gives me the impression that Veljean is only growing stronger with every challenge life throws at him. Good beginning to a 5 part classic.

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