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CBSRMT Episode Information
Title:
Death On Skis
Plot:
Every year, at similar time periods and during a full moon, blonde women are brutally murdered at a famous ski resort. When a renowned author takes his blonde wife to that dangerous slope to complete his book, she starts to suspect him.
Episode:
0217
Air Dates:
First Run - February 3, 1975
Repeat - April 19, 1975
Repeat - July 18, 1980
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15 Responses to Episode 0217


Excellant show and totally twisted ending!!

Several twists and a suspenseful ending...definitely worth a listen!

An older writer with a younger carefree wife journey together to a remote location with the purpose of having a little holiday and finishing a book. For the past two years he has gone alone, this year, he invited his wife to come along. The wife is a risk-taker and thrill-seeker, and will pretty much do whatever she is dared, or warned against. Their destination is a ski resort with a remote little cabin in which, for the past two years, beautiful blond women have been murdered. They learn more from a gentleman she befriends at the resort while her husband is in the hotel writing. You can see where this is going… This episode packs a punch at the end with some great suspense and twists.

Just catching up with this one; cool story! There is that sexism element that often enough creeps into RMT plays; not to ignore it, but I acknowledge it and move on. I really like the well-written aspect of who-is-it in this show. We're given three totally plausible possible villians and not until the very end do we get the answer; that's excellent. I remember in the old days, hearing live radio personalities who had to follow RMT with local news . . . complain that a particular RMT ending was too vague or unsatisfying. Not so with this episode, and I agree, Ms. Agatha would have approved of the tale; enough misdirection to keep everyone spinning along. Actually I'm not overly impressed by EG's comments throughout this show; to me they wander too far afield and are too disconnected from the tale itself.

RMT's writers seemed to have a problem with stiff punishments for criminals. I recall an episode in which a Nazi killer was arrested years after the war but the protagonist refrained from killing him. I suspect some writers for RMT may have thought the death penalty uncivilized.

Liked this one. George Lowther's script is "theatrical" but in a good sense (it would make a good stage play). Those stories which confine a small cast in an isolated location always have a lot of potential, as Dame Agatha would tell you. This one had me guessing all the way. Good clear sound is a plus too.

I would rate this as one of the better murder mysteries RMT produced. Norman Rose is always good. The script was well done and the story well paced. I wasn't overly fond of the ending but overall a good effort. EG Marshall is the glue that held the show together. His comments, such as the quotations that he opened this episode with, always seemed to be appropriate and effective. If RMT was ever resurrected who could replace him? Probably no one, but James Earl Jones would be my pick.

This episode is one of the first ones I recorded back in the day so it became one of my favourites. It's perfect for a cold, snowy, icy winter day. Excellent acting and atmosphere

"He's not the killer, because I am. Ski instructing pays the bills but I'm on a mission to rid the world of Helgas. But I must kill each one of you. First, the girl, because she is Helga: a hideous, selfish creature with no right live. Then the too of you, for assisting a Helga. In a way that makes you all Helgas. I'll call her Helga one, and you Helga two, and you can be Helga three. Prepare to die!" "Shoot me first" "What, a Helga wants to do a selfless deed? I don't understand. Have been mistaken about Helgas? It can't be! NOOOOOOO! I'm melting, I'm melting...aarrgghh....uuhhh." "Look there's nothing left but a puddle of water." "He was a snowman. A murdering snowman."

Don't think there's much to say after Confusacat's review!!!! (I completely missed the fact that the villian was actually a snowman!!! Hee hee hee). Never really liked this one. It's okay for its type of genre. I guess I'm just biased toward the more supernatural RMT's. I did like Norman Rose-- he's always enjoyable. This was definately the right time of year to listen to this one. If you want a suggestion for a great "winter" RMT-- try "The Ghost Driver" -- it has a ski resort (though no one gets to ski during the tale) and also stars Norman Rose. I agree James Earl Jones would make a great host if they ever brought RMT back (Oh, Please! Please! Please!) I did like Himan Brown on the NPR reissues. Did anyone else? Another great voice would be Leonard Nimoy-- ever hear him in the "Alien Voices" radio dramas? Definately worth a listen! Until next time..........................................

I hated Himan Brown on the reissues; I think his voice is totally wrong for introducing radio dramas. His voice is too weak and reedy.

George Lowther's script is "theatrical" but in a good sense (it would make a good stage play). Those stories which confine a small cast in an isolated location always have a lot of potential, as Dame Agatha would tell you. This one had me guessing all the way. Good clear sound is a plus too. This is totally an Agatha Christie special! I would agree that EG was the glue and that the ending was meh.. But a fun little show all in all. James Earl Jones...hmm .. That would be something to hear!

What a great thriller/suspense episode. This is probably the best suspense episode I have heard on CBSMT yet. Lots of twists and turns and the plot was great. I loved the he is, no he is, no I am triangle!! WOW!!

This is a good tale to listen to on a cold, snowy night. I thought the voice of Rosemary Murphy who played Kay, was older sounding than the part she was playing. She was only supposed to be in her twenties and her husband Dan was around forty. She came across as more older and matronly sounding than a young woman. It would NOT be wise to try and revive CBSRMT today. What's the point anyway- isn't the orginal CBSRMT good enough? Listen to the way people talk today-actors included- their speech is TERRIBLE! What with the endless "like's", "uh's" and "you knows"-plus, the fact that most have irritating voices, use too much foul language and can't speak in complete sentences. The only ones left would be pompous sounding 'Veddy British"actors. No Thanks! REMAKES AlWAYS STINK!!!!- Be it movies or tv shows.

This was a pleasant listen and although I didn't see the ending right away, it became apparent to me a little over half way through. It was still enjoyable and I would definitely recommend it.

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