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Title:
Island of the Lost
Plot:
A middle-aged man travels to an isolated island to surprise his young beloved. But he is afflicted by uncertainty in their relationship and starts doubting himself.
Episode:
0151
Air Dates:
First Run - September 23, 1974
Repeat - November 13, 1974
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18 Responses to Episode 0151


This was the most frustrating story in the series yet! There wasn't enough "reality" too make it enjoyable. There was no way to figure things of the mystery out because after every scene it was like they said "just kidding."

Though Seldes sounds like the middle-aged woman she is rather than the protagonist's 30 year-old bride in this production, it benefits from imaginative sound effects and increasingly surreal (and dangerous) encounters as the narrator tries to unravel what he suspects to be an elaborate con.

This episode was just too convoluted to get a high rating. It was all over the place. Two issues of frustration with the casting of the characters were blazingly evident. One--Robert Kaliban's voice sounded way to young for a 60+ year old man, and Two--Marion Saldes's voice was way too old sounding for a woman in her thirties. Marion Saldes's voice sounds like the great grandmother of Robert Kaliban. 3 stars. I will say this, though twisty, I had no idea what the ending of this episode was going to bring forth; that was a plus.

I found this to be a fantastic stream of consciousness tale constructed in a way that the listener can share in the distress and confusion of the main character. The ending was a shocker, but places all of the surrealistic elements into a new perspective. Wish there could be more episodes like this.

An older man travels to a remote resort island to surprise his much younger girlfriend. He is plagued with doubt in their relationship and eventually doubts his own sanity.

An older gentleman married to a significantly younger woman is about to surprise his betrothed by joining her on a Caribbean island for a vacation soon after his doctor’s appointment. He speaks with his doctor about some uneasiness with his spouse and feelings that she may be betraying him. As he departs the doctor’s office, the doctor pens a letter to the man’s wife warning her of his coming and to take precautions. When the man arrives in the middle of the night at the hotel, he is greeted by the maitre d who says the woman is expecting him and leads him to her room. Surprised, he sits in the living room without disturbing his wife. As he sits, in the room, a local man comes in apparently to visit with the woman… this is just the start of a series of deceptions.

I really enjoyed this one. The twists were fun. The birds were definately creepy.

This show was excellent: - Ian Martin and Norman Rose were gems. - Robert Kaliban, the opthamalogist and would-be young paramour of Rose's wife, was always enjoyable, too. He later did voices for childrens' programs. - I love the Indian (?) chants/panpipes one heard while Martin's character was ostensibly doing incantations around the campfire. Those same chants were used in the EXCELLENT RMT show "The house on Chimney Pot Lane". - The birds were unnerving. So was that shrill whining inside Rose's head. - Like so many of the RMT's characters but even more so, Rose was a humanized villain. I'm not even sure you could call him a villain...he really seemed to love his wife. The only thing against him (if you say it that way) was the age discrepancy between them. He really couldn't help his condition (and actually it was worse that he was never informed of it until too late, but that was before cell phones, e-mail, text messaging, etc.). Great choice.

I love these types of RMT's. You're never really sure what's going on 'til the very end. Creepy image at the end-- his wife stuffed in the closet, strangled with the pearl necklace. Norman Rose is one of the best. He always draws you into one of his stories--making it very easy for you to sympathize with his characters ( even when he's the villain). He can really sound insane when it's called for--great example when he calls down to his (He thinks) dead wife, noting how uncomfortable the rocks she's landed on must be. I also love the dialog with the old man, asking when the man that was being mourned had died and the answer being that it may not have happened yet-- an eerie premonition of things to come. And Arnold Moss, not just a great performer, but an excellent writer. Many of his scripts made very entertaining thrillers. One of my favorites!

Quote: And Arnold Moss, not just a great performer, but an excellent writer. Many of his scripts made very entertaining thrillers. I didn't think much of Arnold Moss when I saw him play a goateed professor in a 1965 episode of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. , but The CBS Radio Mystery Theater is the only other place I've heard his name. It sort of revived Moss' career in his old age.

I love Norman Rose. At what point did he kill his wife? Good story, I liked how the letter ended up describing the main character's shaky mental state, when at first it seemed as if it might have been referring to an infidelity on the part of the wife.

Arnold Moss also played "Kodus the Executioner" in the original Star Trek series episode "The Conscience of the King". One of the better one's -- dealing with madness, murder and betrayal. I've never had a chance to see any "Man from U.N.C.L.E." episodes. That's interesting to know. Some of Moss' more entertaining performances on RMT (I think) include: The Fall of the House of Usher The Canterville Ghost The Damned Thing A Pair of Green Eyes Ocean of Emptiness (Mainly for his writing--he really only has a Cameo) The Long,Long Sleep (Entirely for his writing) The Ice Palace And, of course, this episode which he wrote.

Quote: Arnold Moss also played "Kodus the Executioner" in the original Star Trek series episode "The Conscience of the King". One of the better one's -- dealing with madness, murder and betrayal. I saw that years ago, but I don't remember it because with Star Trek when I used to watch them...it was just once each. Quote: I've never had a chance to see any "Man from U.N.C.L.E." episodes. That's interesting to know. Moss was also in a Girl from U.N.C.L.E. episode too, but he played a different character.

Yeah, I knew the title was familiar! Haven't heard this one in years. Pretty good episode. I am guessing he killed his wife while she was in the bed, with the string of pearls. Definitely a bit different and kinda creepy - especially adding the birds in there.

Very creepy, indeed. Not bad.

This reminded me a lot of an episode on The Alfred Hitchcock Hour. Delusions.

Very interesting reading the reviews of this episode. Definitely a love/hate relationship going on here. I think those who didn't like it were expecting the story to make sense, when the fact that it _doesn't_ make sense was actually a supremely effective way of illustrating the confusion the protagonist was experiencing. Until the very end, we weren't sure what the "reality" really was, just like the man was confused, trying to reconcile his perceptions. This approach really drew me in, and I honestly loved it.

I enjoyed the story, but the could have made an effort to make sure that the Spanish was correct - it sounded more like French mixed with Italian than Spanish!

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