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CBSRMT Episode Information
Title:
Mad Monkton
('Wilkie Collins short story')
Plot:
A Gothic family tradition of insanity can be ended by the last heir Stephen Monkton - if he can just find his unce's corpse in Naples and bury it in their family vault.
Episode:
0266
Air Dates:
First Run - May 1, 1975
Repeat - August 10, 1975
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8 Responses to Episode 0266


Insanity and madness are a Monkton family tradition. Now, Stephen Monkton, the last of the Monkton line, can end the curse by finding his uncle's body in Naples and returning it to the family vault in the States.

A woman is enamoured with a man whose family is rumoured to have a hereditary madness. Despite her brother’s urgings, she stands by her love as he struggles with his own monomania (an obsession with a single thing). There is a legend surrounding the mad man’s family involving burial of their dead, and a prophesy of the end of their lineage. It appears that this young man’s obsession is over the continuation of his family line… something he takes very seriously. But there are strange things he must do to belay the prophesy and ensure the family future.

GREAT use of music on this one. This is the RMT I know and appreciate!

This was a very enjoyable episode for me. Had all the aspects within the story that I really love - drama, mystery, and a dash of the supernatural. Great ending too. There were a couple of twists and turns, but not many, and the story was pretty easy to follow. The audio was excellent as well. There's nothing worse than trying to listen to a good story only to have the audio fade in and out - which thankfully wasn't the case.

apparently they shared the CBS stock music library. I've read about one or two of the composers...I think you can google and find out more. (Who'm I kidding? You can "google" and find out more about just about anything nowadays.) I enjoyed this one. At first, I wondered how Seldes' character was going to suffer from saying "We'll marry over father's dead body" (cue CBS music) but that was resolved in a better way that I figured was going to happen. I have to say it was amusing considering the "ghosts of the departed monks" (who really didn't play much if any of a role themselves) wandering around the abbey...I'd think said ghosts (like any) would end up in one of two places. All in all, great episode

I agree, the musical score added a lot to the effectiveness of the episode. Was this show's music also from "The Twilight Zone" soundtrack library? I believe I've read that the Mystery Theater theme was. Quick aside, I just saw Marian Seldes as the cranky neighbor in "Home Alone 3". Scary, but not CBSRMT scary.

This was a delightful story! I enjoyed listening to it with my bad habits, and aim to "Monkton" out mine!

This was an enjoyable listen for me. I thought the use of the monks was a little silly, but I would prefer some extra silliness over a slowed down EG Marshall any day.

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