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CBSRMT Episode Information
Title:
The Golden Blood of the Sun
Plot:
After migrating to Florida, a timeshare salesman runs into a series of mishaps. Believing him to be cursed, his boss sends him to Mexico City where he subsequently discovers that he is the incarnation of an ancient Aztec prince.
Episode:
0156
Air Dates:
First Run - October 3, 1974
Repeat - November 22, 1974
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14 Responses to Episode 0156


I love this mystery stories about Aztecs!

I have fond memories of driving home with my parents late at night listening to CBS Radio Mystery Theatre on the car radio. The station we were listening to would fuzz in and out, but that just added to the experience. My brothers and I would be perched on the edge of the back seat, hanging over the front seat (this was before seatbelt laws), listening intently.

Having been laid up at home with back and neck problems, CBSRMT has helped me pass the time because I can download it right onto my Blackberry, and it brings back fond memories of listening to it with my dad when I was a kid!! I am soooo happy to have discovered it!!!!

As a teen in the 70's, used to listen to CBSRMT from our home near Toronto. Signal came in from CBS affiliate in Buffalo, NY and was very weak. Would have to position the radio and antenna just right and listen with a single earplug, straining to hear while pretending to be asleep as the show came on after 11 p.m.

I got an a.m. radio for Christmas when I was 6 and RMT is the only thing I can remember listening to. It came on right after Minnesota Twins games.

Roger, I think that I was 5 when my parents got me my first radio. Same history growing up--I lived in a little town outside of the Twin Cities. We probably listened to the same station. Small world. Were you ever a fan of the Minnesota Kicks? I liked the Twins and the Vikings, but was obsessed with Minnesota's soccer team in the mid-70s. Let me know please.

Davy, I grew up in Bloomington a couple blocks south of 494 and Nicollet. Being about a mile west of the met (now the mall of america) I heard the fireworks after all the Kicks games. Actually graduated at the Met Center Kennedy class of '86 and was classmates with Kent Hrbek's sister! BTW - I had a Kicks tote bagin 6th grade! lol

An immigrant shoe repairer refuses to pay protection to the mob, so they hit him. He vows revenge in the form of murder. Meanwhile, the head of the mob must reconcile his chosen profession with the love of his daughter.

(or: "Blake Carrington goes back to the future") John (Carrington from the old "Dynasty" TV show) Forsythe plays Peter Barlow, a resort sales manager who's had an eight week run of poor sales. He claims the problem has been the weather...it's always raining in the supposed-to-be-sunny resort area in some valley he's been attempting to sell units in. His manager essentially relieves him of that duty but wants him to stay with the company. He sends Barlow to Mexico City to investigate some property near that city the company's interested in buying, owned by one Sr. Mendoza (played convincingly and nicely accented by the always-up-to-the-task Arnold Moss). On the way there we suddenly hear some indian chant and tom-tom, and two people talking, then we hear Barlow mumbling something. Sr. Mendoza is a charming host (as is his daughter, who takes a liking to Barlow) but seems to be fascinated by Barlow's interest (or rather, inexplicable knowledge of) of ancient Aztec and Mayan culture from the area. Mendoza is fascinated by an Aztec sun god "Hezcatlipoca(sic?)", who used to demand ritual sacrifices of the heart and blood of a selected unfortunate individual. This being would make the weather unpleasant until a sacrifice was made. In the meantime, Barlow's boss calls and says...guess what?...there's not a cloud in sight now at the resort Barlow'd been unsuccessfully toiling at - Only a brilliant sun in a deep blue sky...

A vacation salesman is plagued with bad weather whever he goes. The company makes the connection and tries to verify their hypothesis by sending him to Mexico to check out a possible investment property, and to see if it stops raining when he leaves. In Mexico, the daughter of the land owner seems to know him from somewhere, or some other time. They both begin recalling episodes from a previous lifeā€¦

Magnificent. IMO, absolutely magnificent work from Sam Dann, Howard DaSilva, Robert Dryden, Brynna Raeburn and company. DaSilva plays a God-fearing, hard-working, immigrant owner of a small shoe repair store who learns that his son is paying an exhorbitant (for those times) sum of $10.00 per week protection money to a collector who's working for a bigger mob boss, played by Dryden. DaSilva's character doesn't stand for it very long, beating up the collector on his next visit (the collector had tried to intimidate the store owner by force first) and depositing him at a local police station. The police sergeant (also played by the late Mr. Dryden) warns DaSilva he doesn't know what he's up against. The big boss visits DaSilva at his store in admiration of the owners strength and brains, and invites him to work for real money. (The store owner declines, saying if he got into the boss' business the profession wouldn't be big enough for both of them.) The boss warns DaSilva that for turning down the offer the latter is a "chump" and that he'll "never know what hit him". As the boss, Dryden also has an interesting side plot with his young, innocent (blissfully ignorant of her father's work) and optimistic daughter, who wants to open up a learning center for poor children. The newspapers have gotten hold of DaSilva's story and how he stood up to the organized crime. Then his wife brings a package to the store where DaSilva and his son (played by Jack Grimes) are working. DaSilva opens it...it's a time bomb, which goes off in seconds with all three of them there. Again, IMO, this one's worth a listen tonight if you've not yet heard it.

Regina, your comment is good and I agree, that episode was good, but it is not 156, but rather, I think, 125. THis one, 156, I did not like, I thought it was confusingly structured and I found the musical instrument (oboe?) annoying. I would have loved a native American indian wood flute instead.

Regina, Your comment is well done, and I agree, I loved that one too. But it is supposed to be for episode #0125, "Only Blood (The)." By the way, I did not care for this one, 156, the Golden Blood of the sun. I found it confusingly structured and the annoying oboe or whatever it was was irritating. Wasn't there a similar one to this one before, earlier in the series?

John Forsythe was also Charlie on Charlie's Angels. But since people are commenting on their CBSRMT experience: WHAM-AM 1180 kHz, Monroe Co, NY. 10:07 P.M. seven days a week. I usually couldn't stay awake, but I had my own radio and was allowed to listen to it whenever I wanted. We had one TV in the house and I had to deal with people when I watched TV, but I could listen to the radio in the privacy of my bedroom. This wasn't one of my favorites, either. Some poor schlub through no fault of his own has to pay the consequences of a former life. Reincarnation, ancient deities.

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