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Title:
A Ring of Roses
Plot:
A trip to the country to visit a friend turns nightmarish as a couple comes across a small girl being whipped by a man. It's only the beginning of a journey back into an old family curse and a murder - all wrapped up in a ring.
Episode:
0013
Air Dates:
First Run - January 18, 1974
Repeat - December 3, 1974
Repeat - January 4, 1980
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18 Responses to Episode 0013


Holland Taylor was the boss on "Bosom Buddies." Interesting that the characters attempted to explain the supernatural occurrences as being a perfectly natural result of photosynthesis! (The characters were lying.) Supernatural thriller with ghosts and cursed objects.

This episode suffers from some idiosyncrasies, like too much exposition, markedly anachronistic gender roles, improbable reactions from the characters, and, ultimately, too much going on. Still, the underlying mystery is interesting enough to keep you engaged, the pseudo-scientific babble presented as an "explanation" to early events is priceless, and the male lead has a terrific radio voice for the calming, manly presence he's written as. Heavy on the supernatural. Not bad, but not great.

A guy and his fiancee go to visit her friend and her friend's mother. On their way they come to a surreal scene on the side of the road in which a historical-looking figure is whipping his daughter as she's jumping rope to the "Ring around the rosary" song. She eventually stabs her father to death. When they get to her friend's house, the friend's mother explains that it was just an illusion they had seen before. Remarkably, the guy and girl buy into it, and a pathos-filled plot involving a cursed ring that mom and daughter try to foist on the girl plays itself out. I was really stunned to find out that Glynnis O'Connor, who I thought was a pretty decent actress, was absolutely atrocious in her role as the guy's fiancee.

I enjoyed the story, but I would have kept the ring and tossed the fiancee out the car window.

I agree with the other reviews here; it's an interesting story marred by Glynnis O'Connor's voice acting. It's amateurish.

A woman and her fiance are traveling to see a friend when they come upon sounds of "Ring a Ring of Roses". The investigate only to witness a horrible scene. Soon, such scenes hit closer to home.

A strange story that ends up muddled, wet and droopy.

A young couple stumble across a ghostly scene of a man trying to whip a little girl. They find themselves wrapped up in a family curse and an old murder.

Great story brought down by some silly science and uneven performances.

A couple on their way to visit a friend in the country witness the murder of a man who was tormenting a young woman to the point where she took an axe and killed him. The friends put it down to photoleafsensory projection (hahaha) A fun attempt at a scientific explanation of the paranormal. The friend's mother tries to pass on a ring to the young woman that contains a curse claiming it will only affect her own family, and that by taking it, she would be saving the family from a certain fate. The couple flee from the house anxiously wanting to get away from the strangeness. On their way, the daughter appears on the road and convinces them to take the ring. ... which can only lead to bad things. Events are a little too loosely strung together for my liking.

A fun, goofy story. If only all the episodes had such perfect audio quality!

The word "ring" must be mentioned 500 times in this episode. Truthfully, there must be something wrong with me, because despite the repetition of that "ring," I actually liked this episode. I did think that the young Glynnis O'Connor did a very good job. Her fiance was annoying. The drive home was spooky. The ending was spooky, but Ms Eric's voice cracks at just the right ghostly moment, which ruined the whole effect. Yikes.

unfortunatly 40 years too late to recast...Glynnis O'Connor is horrible

Definitely a strange story, but I was wondering about the end of it - SPOILERS - why was it that this woman was dealing with a great-great....-granddaughter rather than her own daughter? I figured out that since the girl was the last to hold the name (unless she gets married) that is why. Still, what happened to her real mother and why would she stick around her grandmother if she's so crazy? Perhaps it's just me...

This episode(and a lot of others) sounds like it could have easily been inspired by EC Comics.

It started out well enough but... Pity Glynnis's character sounds more like George's daughter daughter than his fiancée. Very bad casting on this one. And how did Helena get AHEAD of them in a car? Very unbelievable.

Although I do like Glynnis O' Connor in this episode, I have to agree with Pamela. Glynnis does sound like her fiancé's giggly, teenaged daughter.

There is an intriguingly anachronistic quality to this series - they seem to have been written by radio-play writers who hadn't updated their styles since the 40s. I enjoy them very much, but clearly they were a cash-cow for CBS Radio put together by Hi Brown. Cheaply written and cheaply produced. Often the actors are better than the scripts (Mercedes McCambridge is outstanding) but the actor pool is far too small. I have never heared so many different characters with the same Yiddish accent! Animal sounds and children's voices are also often done (most unconvincingly) by adult voice-actors. Ingteresting articles for "CBS Mystery Theatre" and "Hi Brown". Also for Ms. McCambridge, whose life took a horribly tragic turn.

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