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Title:
The Golem
Plot:
A man tries to aid an elderly Jew and his granddaughter evade the Nazis tailing them. The old man begins to resurrect a mythical being from old Hebrew legend to save them.
Episode:
0193
Air Dates:
First Run - December 30, 1974
Repeat - February 22, 1975
Repeat - June 3, 1979
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12 Responses to Episode 0193


One of the best episodes ever! I love the way they show the struggle between helping the oppressed and the fear of risking ones life (in this case, under Hitler's dictatorship). The characters are very real and three-dimensional, not flat and *good-vs.-evil*. When the wife betrays the Jewish people her husband is trying to help, she is so realistic and I like the way they didn't make her (as the betrayer) *evil* but portrayed her as a human being, giving in to her fears about her husband's life.

I agree with Amy's review. This episode is worthy of the Golem legend. it has the feel of a parable, a message applicable to any time. Compared to the rest of cbs rmt, this episode certainly stands out.

This was an insanely powerful episode that is just too-classic. 35 years after its original airing, The Golem is one of my favorites.

When I was 15 I remember listening to this episode on 580 WIBW in Topeka between 10 and 11 p.m. I fell asleep between act 2 and 3 during the commercials and was frustrated the next morning I did not hear the ending. That would happen during several episodes. Very frustrating back then unless I heard the repeat episode. I just heard the ending after 36 years. Great episode.

I cannot imagine falling asleep to Mystery Theater. I would have nightmares

Set in WWII as a country woodsman finds himself in a dilemma as he as chooses to help a Jewish women and her grandfather as the Nazis chase them. The grandfather is imbued with a mystical power that he claims can bring a champion to defend them. Good moral, not too cheesy. Solid performances

This play is set in World War II and concentrates on a older man and a younger woman who are running as fugitives from the Nazis. A young German man and his wife are faced with the horrible issue of questioning and stopping the treatment of the fugitives at the risk of calling attention to themselves. After some soulsearching, the young man decides to offer assistance and learns the power of the Golem.

This is a modern "sequel' to the folk tale of the Golem. Traditionally the Golem was made by Rabbi Loew (Loeb) of Prague in the 16th century... I suppose the preferred version has the Golem created to protect the Jews from the Christian majority but there's more than one version and a lot of different details. Certainly the Golem was a human-like figure of clay, animated by magic, which proved to be a great danger even to it's creators. This story is set somewhere in eastern europe under the nazi occupation. There is an interesting but undeveloped idea that the Golem might be a metaphor for atomic weapons... The old man fleeing the nazis is said to have been a chemist in Prague working on a formula which would "release explosive forces many times more powerful than dynamite" Mixed in with the ethical drama about a forester who endangers himself and his family to assist the old man and his grand-daughter there is a genuine supernatural element. A decent episode with an imperfect ending - which leaves a lot unresolved.

Taking place in wartime Europe during the holocaust, a man encounters a girl and an old man seeking help from their persecution from the Germans. He turns away from them three times, then, reminding himself of Peter’s betrayal of Christ in the Bible, seeks them out to offer his help, despite the dangers, and the pleadings from his wife not to put their own lives at risk.

Ah, the Golem. This is the real boogeyman in my opinion. A magical force that is created and hard to control. He is truly the representation of the power of the written word. There were two different themes in this episode. Peter's betrayal of Christ mixed in with a Golem story. A bit forced. I could have gone without the references to the betrayal. Aside from that twist, it was still a good story.

Amusing and worth listening to. Not only did E.G. Marshall explain this story in depth in all 3 Acts, but the performances of the cast were terrific; especially Ralph Bell (as the Nazi Lt. Mueller who became a Hebrew Hunter). The music was fitting to the story because it expressed compassion & agony. If they played the music from the 3rd Act of Episode #1245-THE JUDGE'S HOUSE when Lt. Mueller's in the scenes, that would be the perfect music for the villain or any villain. As for the Golem, the creature that was made from clay, gets mentioned until ACT-2 and finally comes alive near the end of ACT-3. The Golem should've been the MAIN character, not a MINOR character. But still, this is one of Sam Dann's best writings.

Not sure who the gorgeous woman in the photo is, but that's not a photo of Mildred Clinton. For one thing, Mildred Clinton wasn't Asian.

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