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Title:
The Deadliest Favor
Plot:
A guy is running away from the police and takes shelter in a friend's house. The friend is a novelist and lives with his wife. But from the moment the fugitive appears, problems creep up between the couple.
Episode:
0139
Air Dates:
First Run - August 26, 1974
Repeat - October 22, 1974
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6 Responses to Episode 0139


It's always Carlotta. That name means nothing but trouble :)

A novelist and his wife take in an old college buddy who's on the lamb from the law. The old "buddy" starts trouble between them almost upon his arrival. Story is not real believable and entirely sexist. Bell's performance is outstanding.

A policeman turns up at the isolated home of a writer and his wife telling them an infamous gangster has escaped custody and may be heading their way. They are told particularly because of the relationship the writer had with the criminal in college. We learn that the writer was only able to finish college and become who he was because the criminal robbed a bank for the money he needed for tuition. He accepted the money, and with it, an indebtedness that must, at some time, be repaid.

This was a typical nice girl, nice life, nice husband, falling for a scoundrel. It was a terribly predictable ending. Still, the story flowed and was a nice fit in the allotted time. A good listen. 4-stars.

This is not the first time on Mystery Theater that a decent man has lost his wife to a villain because he's not manly enough. I did like the Mayberry-esque atmosphere of the episode, including a sheriff pulling over a car--with a siren--because he owed the driver $10!

Worth a listen if only for Bell's performance.

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