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CBSRMT Episode Information
Title:
The Return of the Moresbys
Plot:
A husband kills his wife for donating all their money. Now, he is certain that she has been reincarnated in the form of a cat to wreak revenge on him.
Episode:
0002
Air Dates:
First Run - January 7, 1974
Repeat - February 20, 1974
Repeat - November 11, 1978
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23 Responses to Episode 0002


I'm glad I'm not this guy's wife!!

Interesting view of reincarnation that involves a soul (and presumably memories) being transplanted upon death to an adult animal, rather than one in the process of being born or conceived. Crime drama with questioned supernatural happenings.

This was a really fun listen, kind of a black comedy of sorts about a guy whose wife is into the concept of reincarnation as an animal. She decides to draw up a will giving almost all of her wealth to the leader of a sect that preaches such beliefs. That, of course, send hubby into a tizzy, and he does what most husbands in such a predicament on a horror/mystery show would do. But he doesn't figure on the consequences. Plus, there's a six-minute Jan. 7, 1974 newcast, complete with sports. If you can find it online (and it's there), I'm pretty sure you wouldn't be disappointed.

I listened to these shows when I was in junior high and high school with a radio under the covers pressed to my ears. Loved these shows and it is great to beable to hear them again. Thanks!

This one starts out a little slow, but the ending is definitely worth sticking around for!

This is classic CBS Mystery Theater. For 1974, the story is grizzly. The murder seeps with carnal anger and hatred. Fantastic ending. I noticed that Himan Brown, CBSMT creator, commented that this was one of his favorite episodes. It was a classic!

I, too, as a teenager in the 70's, spent many night anticipating and enjoying the Mystery Theatre dramas. A great way to let your imagination unfurl.

Me too. AM transistor radio under my pillow against my ear listening to these shows. I love the commercials as much as the shows. Seems like the 70's required everything be sung to be sold. Funniest one is how to drink your Budweiser. Wow times have changed. I do find one common thread in many of these programs. There sure were a lot of wife killer stories in the 70's. sheesh rough decade for rich gals - at least when it comes to radio mysteries. :-))

You know, Mystery Theater, like the other old time radio mystery shows, have a common theme with classic movies. Unlike today's movies, classic movies and radio mysteries made you use your imagination to visualize things and figure out plots. Unfortunately, today, everything is " dumbed down ".

This is one of my favorite RMT memories. The show involved some rich guy (with "eyes so blue they were almost silver") with a wife named "Oona", whom he hatched a plot to kill. Problem (apart from being a murderer) for him was...after he killed her he found out she believed in reincarnation. He spent the rest of his program running for his life from all sorts of creatures whom he suspected were his wife coming to seek revenge. At the end of the program, he died somehow. Later on, one of his friends, or house servants, saw a cat catching a mouse to eat and remarked in horror, "Did you see that mouse? It's eyes were so blue that they were almost...silver."

Another Henry Slesar penned mystery, The Return of the Moresbys which I would characterize as a little weak coming out of the box with your second episode, trying to capture new listeners. The plot was rather unoriginal, but believable; however I thought the acting was magnificent. The only unconvincing job was the voice of Dr Singh who moved in and out of his Indian accent. I really liked the first person narration of Richard Moresby, reminiscent of the detective serials of years earlier. This episode had you wondering what it would be like if you had a rather weak sense of moral duty and resposibility.....how low would you go. Great line near the end of the show when Moresby comments, "I tried to be one with the universe. And when that didn't work, I tried being one with a bottle of scotch." There was an edge of your seat climactic ending and a rather ironic twist in the final seconds that more than salvaged this second episode.

Justice prevails over greed. A fun story with revenge and supernatural lines. Ok recording.

A man's rich wife gets involved in a religious cult that believes in reincarnation - that souls are reincarnated into small animals to be exact. She decides to leave her $10 million fortune to the cult and none of it to her husband. As you would expect, this presents a few problems for her husband. Interestingly, (since this is the 2nd CBSRMT program) at the end, E.G. Marshall mentions that you are listening to the "reincarnation of radio drama" and "we hope you'll keep us alive."

A man kills his wife after he finds out she gave all their money away. He is sure she has come back to life as cat to torment him.

A man kills his wife after he finds out she gave all their money away. He is sure she has come back to life as cat to torment him. This episode embodies much of what CBSRMT would encompass in the coming year. Our introduction to CBSRMT mainstays MArian Seldes and Leon Janny who both shine. Recommended

Story of a wife who believes in reincarnation in animal form, married to a man more interested in her money than her mortal soul. While he wins the first round in ‘our’ world, the wife has the last laugh. Quote of the episode: I went home and tried being one with the universe, and when that didn’t work, I tried being one with a bottle of scotch. - Richard Morseby

We've recently discussed this episode in a previous post and I wrote how I really enjoyed it. I think the entire third act is just a fun, roller-coaster ride of thrills. I also think the music "beds" of the third act are extremely effective. (especially when the snake slithers from one phone cord to another (remember those?)). And, as I mentioned before, this exchange is quite entertaining. "AHHHHHHHHH!!!!" (Scream from the kitchen) "What was that?" (Richard Moresby) "I would suppose... it was Cook, Sir." (Parker) The whole idea of the snake eavesdropping was quite creepy. This was RMT's first venture into the supernatural and I think one of their most effective. Until Next Time...............

I think the entire third act is just a fun, roller-coaster ride of thrills. I also think the music "beds" of the third act are extremely effective. (especially when the snake slithers from one phone cord to another (remember those?)). And, as I mentioned before, this exchange is quite entertaining. "AHHHHHHHHH!!!!" (Scream from the kitchen) "What was that?" (Richard Moresby) "I would suppose... it was Cook, Sir." (Parker) The whole idea of the snake eavesdropping was quite creepy. This was RMT's first venture into the supernatural and I think one of their most effective. Until Next Time...............

This one's a stinker!!! It is predictable and Patrick O'neal always sounds like he is half asleep or drunk in his roles. The wife is a dippy doofus!!

Listened to this one again and while it isn't one of my favorites; I would rate it a little better than I orginally did. Why a rich woman like Oona wouldn't know right off the bat that the guy she met on the beach was a fortune hunter-especially when she mentioned her chauffeur(sp?)!! I still find Patrick O'Neal's voice grating(I always have) and that's probably why I rated it so badly at first. The sitar music was a little overdone at times. Oona would have been better off if she had married Dr. Singh. Then again.... It should have been a rat not a mouse at the end. Don't you think? It would better represent Mr. Moresby as he was in life.

I was 10 years old when this first aired. I still remember laying in bed listening to it. The plot is a bit predictable, but it brings back great memories nonetheless. As an aside, Himan Brown died in 2010.

This is one of my favorite episodes!

I agree with Andy's comment near the top - amazing how reincarnation can happen with memories into the body of an adult animal. I also agree that Patrick O'Neal always sounded like he was slightly inebriated. Still, it was just a story and a fun one to listen to.

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