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CBSRMT Episode Information
Title:
Having a Horrible Time
Plot:
Amy Hastings is a brave woman. She testified against one of New York's most infamous drug lords. But his goons pursue her to a secluded resort where Amy and her friend are holidaying.
Episode:
0137
Air Dates:
First Run - August 21, 1974
Repeat - June 18, 1981
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17 Responses to Episode 0137


This one really fooled me! I thought I knew the detective was the killer when he wanted to take her away!

When a shy young woman fears for her life after testifying against a vengeful drug kingpin, she does what anyone would: heads for the "swinging singles" scene of the 70s-era Pocono Mountains with a friend. Cheesy thrills ensue as it becomes more difficult to tell friend from foe. But while the ladies enjoy ping pong and croquet, a killer may be closing in.

Whoa! This one had some real surprises. Had me fooled. Very well-crafted story! The "moral" wasn't too uplifting, though. As Oscar Wilde allegedly said, "No good deed goes unpunished."

A woman has turned in a gangster to the police and received a small reward. The gangster wants her dead so a person is hired to exact his revenge.

Courageous Amy Hasting has just given testimony that brought down Archer Hamlin, New York's most notorious drug kingpen. Now his agents are pursuing her at a remote resort where she and a friend are vacationing.

A fun script that smacks of the 1970s in the most delightful way. A woman receives well-publicized accolades for ‘fingering’ a well known mob boss. Her reward: cash from the newspaper, and death threats from the mob. She and a friend take off for a week’s holiday at a ‘swinging singles’ retreat (hahaha! Why don’t they still exist!?) where she encounters both friend and foe in the most unpredictable places. The episode has several twists and shifts to keep the listener guessing.

This is one of the most authentic ones they ever did. I truly felt I was at a lodge in the Pocono Mountains. Brilliant writing and acting made this one a personal favorite of mine.

I loved the surprise and believable ending. I and my 12-year-old son (yes, he's hooked now) were guessing wrong the whole time.

Another one I managed to guess the ending of; there are plenty of clues in the episode. Of course, it's in the mob's interest to kill her BEFORE she testifies, not after the conviction! I wonder why she wasn't in witness protection; her testimony made her a celebrity. And as the epilogue points out, her story isn't over yet; she's only survived Chapter One. Mystery, no supernatural elements.

Great episode. Once again, classic radio sound effects--like the galloping horse. A fresh twist was the fact that the story was not really complete at episode's end. I also like the casting of Lyn Loring--she sounded like the young woman she was portraying. 4 stars.

Great episode. Once again, classic radio sound effects--like the galloping horse. A fresh twist was the fact that the story was not really complete at episode's end. I also like the casting of Lyn Loring--she sounded like the young woman she was portraying. 4 stars.

Great episode. Once again, classic radio sound effects--like the galloping horse. A fresh twist was the fact that the story was not really complete at episode's end. I also like the casting of Lyn Loring--she sounded like the young woman she was portraying. 4 stars.

Definitely one of the best. Think I know every line of this one now. Have probably played it while falling asleep 150 times in the past few years. Amy Hastings, Ralph Cook, George Smith, Fred Russell, Lois Wilson: the names try a bit too hard to seem 'typical', but they only add to the coolness after a while. Favorite lines are when Lois Wilson tries to fire an arrow and misses wildly, almost hitting Amy Hastings, and then remarks: "I think I'd have been better off without...help" And, George Smith senses the accusation and replies: "What are you trying to say, Lois?" "Nothing, I'm just glad that Amy's alright" Cracks me up every time. "Let's dance, it'll seem more natural"...Suave, damn, Ralph Cook is one suave f__k! There is like a short list of 10-15 CBS Radio Mystery Theatre episodes that really stand above the others. IMHO, this is one of them.

Great episode with great classic radio sound effects

I have to agree 100% with Jody Schmidt. I have listened to this one over and over for man years. I had it on cassette tape. I kept making copies, because I knew the ape would eventually break. This story starts off terrifically with the car driving to the mountains, Lois and Amy chit chatting, then the lodge; cozy and fun. This was all recorded in a studio. It is amazing the effect it has on some of us.

Another really great CBSRMT! Ralph Bell does such a great job as the bad guy in so many of these programs, it's gotten to the point where I always suspect him first. He is one of my favorite actors.

Probably one of the best so far in the series. I really didn't know who it was until the reveal at the end. However, that being said I did wonder why the police would've allowed her testimony to be sensationalized about her as well as not putting her into a witness protection program. They could keep a police watch on her, but the witness protection plan is probably the better (and cheaper) one.

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