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The Deadliest Favor
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.
Air Dates:
First Run - August 26, 1974
Repeat - October 22, 1974
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12 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.

I agree with Mike and James that Bell's performance is good, but that the story is in not believable and very sexist. If it weren't for Bell it wouldn't be worth listening to.

With all the actors available , why couldn't they use actors whose age matched their role .Here Ralph Bell is old enough to be the other actors' grandfather and he sounds like it .

This episode , The Deadliest Favor, was interesting- about a favor, a fugitive and a woman. But after you listen to it, go and listen to The Woman Who Wanted To Live, also about a fugitive and a woman, you'll get a lot of bang for your buck, a good double feature. But listen to this one first to get the most out of them.

Ralph Bell was at his best, fantastic performance.

Once again, Ralph Bell's performance turns a rather bland story into a five-star episode. He always makes a jerk character very interesting and entertaining. Also, he is so creepy that one wants to slap his face, yet at the same time he is so charming and confident that one can see why the wife fell for him. That's what's so great about Ralph Bell. He makes his roles three-dimensional, colorful and realistic. The other actors were also pretty good as well.

What's with all the comments about sexism? Good grief! Men and women are different, and no amount of time is going to change that! I'm sick of all you meely-mouthed, pantywaist, pencilneck "men" who've replaced your scroti with murses! Oh, great episode bytheway!

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