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Title:
The Twelfth Juror
Plot:
After murdering her married lover in a fit of jealous rage, a wealthy woman blackmails one of her employees into becoming her scapegoat. Her plans of getting away scot-free hit a snag when one of the jurors on the bench refuses to be bribed.
Episode:
1392
Air Dates:
First Run - November 11, 1982
(No Repeat) - January 1, 1970
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7 Responses to Episode 1392


"The 12th Juror" was heavy with one on one dialogue which was not particularly intreaguing. It was interesting to see Eve come to grips with the fact that she was truly evil. Very predictable; 3 stars.

I thought this show was ok, but nothing noteworthy. I liked the fact that the pin played a key role. I think the content justifed 2 acts but not three. The villain was evil but would've been more interesting if she had shown some remorse; as it is, she comes out one dimensional.

A fun story, WadenJulie! Fantastic and bizarre enough to keep one listening all the way through. And I always like that touch of ancient history to lend veracity to the plot; to help take us out of the everyday, workaday world. I'm pretty much a dog person. And a bachelor. This tale explains both of these facts; it lays out the reasonableness and logic of someone who chooses my kind of lifestyle. Unless, of course, you're someone who likes losing their eyes to rabinous psychotic felines; someone who longs to be slowly sliced and diced to death by a thousand lethal cuts; a cat lover in other words. Now some cats are totally loveable and not murderous at all, my friend says. This same friend assures me that the cat is the most affectionate and caring of animal companions. They will purr and lick you, even if you're not actively bleeding from multiple wounds . . . so he says. He told me these things after he returned from his last vacation, with Elvis, on a UFO, via teleportation, on the 10th planet, where they love cats. And he's the sanest man I know.

A couple of thoughts on this one: 1. Nice choice. 2. It's always fun to hear Himan Brown in an episode. (Someone once said it was annoying to hear the late, talented Mercedes McCambridge with her sixty-something, Marlboro-scoured vocal cords play a young lady which she was frequently called upon to do and, IMO, did well to the best of her abilities. It's interesting hearing Hi Brown play a college kid, too, as he briefly did in an episode.) Hated that he had to play a lecherous would-be rapist who loses an eye in a cat attack in this one, but that's the way the RMT goes. 3. Speaking of "voices", Russel Horton and Robert Kaliban had two very (IMO) similar sounding ones, yet they were paired (usually with good results) in the RMT more than once. Another RMT play with these two guys that's interesting, albeit based on real-life Soviet policy than supernatural tales, is "If I can't have you" - not based around the eponymous Yvonne Elliman song but rather has the two of them playing highly-esteemed, high-strung Soviet musicians who cuckold each others' spouses/significant others, who in turn eventually all "rat each other out" to the authorities out of jealousy which finally leads to them all getting sent to the same Gulag-style prison.

This was one of the first RMT's I ever heard. It's a fun little, supernatural tale. Has some good "creepy" moments, especially when Holly is transformed into a feline assassin herself. The end has a nice poetic twist to it, where Kitty meets her downfall at the "paws" of a canine. Unlike Mr. Miller though, I'm a cat lover, but sometimes you do have to wonder if there's more to them than meets the eye (assuming they haven't been scratched out yet!). A good double feature is to listen to "The Tenth Life" with this episode! It's another creepy "Cat Lady" tale with supernatural overtones. Kurt brought up an interesting point about actors with similar voices preforming in the same episode. I thought Bob Kaliban and Russell Horton sounded different enough in this episode that it worked just fine, but in the aforementioned "If I Can't Have You"-- I had real problems following the story the first time through, 'cause Kaliban and Horton (playing contemporaries) were very difficult to differentiate. Another episode with the same problem, that really drove me nuts was "Ghost at High Noon" with Celeste Holm and Frances Sternhagen. I gave up trying to figure out who was speaking to whom. Both episodes I enjoyed, but this situation was distracting. Speaking of voices, I also enjoy the "cameos" by Himan Brown. It's fun to listen for them-- sort of like looking for Alfred Hitchcock in his movies. Growing up I always wondered who this uncredited actor was, who occasionally popped up in RMT-- It wasn't 'til years later, during the NPR revival-- I finally put 2 and 2 together!

A few extra thoughts after hearing this episode again for the first time in a few years: - Teri Keane's "Kitty" gets pretty steamed recalling to the detective how mummified cats were shipped from Egypt to England to use as fertilizer. I "googled" that and, sho' 'nuff, in 1888 at Beni Hasan, Egypt... - Speaking of that sequence, I noticed a few times here that whoever was handling the music was a bit quick on the draw...it would start a bit before the end of a key sentence, normally the time when the music "sounders" would be played. - Great use of music in this one nonetheless. I don't have the time stamps right now, but there was a kalimba/electronic keyboard sounding interlude played at each time when either the detective or the professor saw the "cat shrine" in the girls' apartment. This is the same unnerving music bed used in perhaps the all-time most disturbing RMT, "Star Sapphire", whenever Fred Gwynne's character was hypnotizing his adopted daughter with his sapphire ring. - Now, not much was made of how Kitty's sister knew the attacker (and may have spent some, er, "intimate" time with him) whom she gouged the eye of. What was up with that? Was Kitty controlling her or was that lil' sis' own doing? - Another thing...not saying it's never happened, but it's not every day, I'm guessing, that a girl at the local strip club is the daughter of an apparently respected professor of Egyptian studies as Miss Methune was. Nothing inexcusable, just an unusual element on this one. - Going back to Horton and Kaliban and their similar voices - it seemed on second listening that for the most part the director of this show made a careful effort to have one, the other or both in a "character" voice whenever they were in the same scene. The one time they both talked normally (as the two detectives who were friends and partners on the police force) I found myself having to concentrate on determining who was who. - Of all the RMTs I've listened to Kaliban probably had better, or at least more, vocal "characters" than Horton (loved listening to them both - Kaliban after the RMT had a career doing voices on secular children's programming - he was with former RMT player Robert Morse in the musical "How to succeed in business without really trying" so I'm guessing he had some good musical talents as well). With that in mind, I got a kick out of his audio Al Jolson impersonation as the porter at show's end. - Speaking on a personal note with that final train scene in mind. We had our schnoodle dog before we adopted both our cats. Indeed, both cats were very suspicious of the dog at first, constantly hissing at him with our male cat (or kitten, as he was then) Mordecai raising all the hair on his back whenever our dog Shadow came in sight. Now, though, Mordecai and Shadow are like brothers. When I take Shadow for a walk if he's outside Mordecai always follows us to our destination and back. So does Nicolette, the female "kitty", whom Shadow seems to look out for as an older brother. If a cat menaces her I unleash him from his collar, he chases away the culprit, and sister walks away next to brother. (Sometimes she likes to sprint right in front of him like "Hey, don't forget me", like a kid sister will do, I'm guessing.) Amazing what animals put in a family can be like. Now, I wouldn't dare try to adopt a hamster with this crew, but that's a different story.

"Kitty" had all the elements I like in a good RMT story. The villain was evil but interesting in that her character was somewhat ambiguous. Sure she killed people, but in the beginning she committed murders to protect her "sister", which indicates at least some affection and loyalty. On the other hand, Kitty was willing to sacrifice her sister later in the episode, in a failed attempt to kill the detective who was hounding her. I was also curious about the attack launched by the "good" sister who injured the man's eye. Was she under the influence of her evil sister? I did not forsee the ending and found it enjoyable and appropriate. Marshall's comments were interesting too. A well rounded show, creepy in parts and a lot of fun, with no padding. I would rank it in my RMT top 20.

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