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Title:
Return to Shadow Lake
Plot:
The Maxwell couple make their way through a blizzard to get to their summer cabin where someone has apparently attempted a burglary. But they encounter a mystical scene from the past over there - a scene that might not let to get back to their regular lives unscathed.
Episode:
0278
Air Dates:
First Run - May 22, 1975
Repeat - September 7, 1975
Repeat - October 24, 1980
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25 Responses to Episode 0278


I recently listened to this program and I do not recall having heard it before. I can honestly say that this is one of the best CBSRMT programs that I have ever heard. It had me hooked from the very beginning and is just the kind of program that represents what CBSRMT is to me. Speaking of beginnings, a lot of what we hear at the beginning of a program really sets the stage for the rest of the listening experience. Sometimes it is hard to understand what is happening and it can be ten minutes or more before I start to grasp who is who and what is happening. This program is crystal clear and from the beginning I was right along for the ride. I plan on compiling a "best of the best" disc of programs in the future, and this one will be on it without a doubt. If you want to hear a good program, skip my review and go listen to it right now. If you would like to read my review, I will set up the first few minutes of action. Listen to E.G. Marshall's take on the uses of a summer cabin at the beginning. It's late on Saturday night and Ken Harris and his wife Martha are spending a quiet evening in their apartment. Mr. Harris is reading and Mrs. Harris is working on needlepoint. A surprising ringing of the doorbell reveals an unexpected visit from their friend Stu Ralston. We quickly learn from the ensuing conversation that Stu's wife, Claudia, apparently jilted him a year earlier and ran off. Although no one seems sure what happened, she disappeared, has not been heard from since, and is regarded by police as a "missing person." Occasionally, Stu takes a drive to places that he and his wife spent time in a sort of search for her or for clues about what might have happened. He's just returned from one such outing - a drive to Shadow Lake where Ken and Martha Harris own a seasonal cabin. It was a place that Claudia liked to spend time. We learn that the Harris couple spend a lot of time at the cabin during the Summer - but it's Winter now, and Stu is concerned that someone has broken into the cabin because it appeared to him that lights were on inside and he thinks that he saw a shadow move across the window. Thus, the reason for his visit on this night. This greatly concerns Ken Harris but at this time of night they can do nothing. The next morning he rises early in order to drive to the lake and investigate. A snowstorm is raging outside but he is insistent on going. Mrs. Harris wants him to stay home and deal with the issue when the weather is better but he is determined to go. He wants to go alone, but she insists on accompanying him - so, they set out. This is only the beginning of this excellent program.

Martha Maxwell makes a winter trip to the couple's summer cabin after hearing someone had been in it. They nearly die in a blizzard enroute. While there, A scene from not long ago is recreated --- destroying MArtha's world.

Another creepy episode.

A friend of a couple is distraught over the disappearance of his wife some weeks ago. The couple try to console him, afterward, the friend reports that while he was up at the lake, he noticed suspicious behaviour at their cottage and suspected that their place had been burglarized. Wishing to go check it out the husband is anxious to leave at once and when a weather advisory comes up the wife urges him to stay at home and check it later. Despite her pleadings the two set out on the wind and snow-blown road to their cottage where they find…

It's interesting to see that no one was overly-impressed by this program because it had me in its grasp. It is my humble opinion that this is one of the best episodes ever. The setup is really what had me interested from the outset. E.G. Marshall's words about summer cabins at the beginning were the perfect stage-setter. Listen to them carefully if you are going to listen to this program. Then, the unexpected late night visit about someone apparently in the cabin some miles away caused the feeling of mystery and suspense for me. I really liked this program. As for the ending, was an ending necessary? The real ending occurred before the end of the program now didn't it?

I liked this program also. It as very interesting how their indiscretion was played out. It was as if the cabin walls could talk. What a chilling way to find out your husband was a murderer.

Emmmmmmmmmmmmmm well no oscars tonight and in my opinion a pretty predictable story....which never really got going.....Leaving the end open is a twist . Option A - he gets away with it or Option B - he gets caught...... Entertainment value i would give it a 2 and RMT suspense a 2 again..... Best quote of the show what when the shopkeeper mentioned he would rather be the sherrif when the sherrif got the snow shoes out of the vehicle.....I suppose I am maybe over critical but thats my view on it.........Bring em on!

you're very welcome, Draegerman! i found a resource which i could host from, though the links may expire after a period of time. as for this show, i really got into in the beginning. it gave me some good creeps and jitters as it moved along, but once the plot was revealed, i soon lost a concerned interest. i did enjoy that there were sort of two dramas at play here. one with the couple trying to just get where they were going, and then the other when they got there. it's not a bad tale, but not a terribly gripping one either. i gave it a 2.8 overall. solid performances and production, but the tale just never really peaked for me.

SPOILER ALERT* - I think he played his cards wrong. He doesn't want to go to jail or kill his wife. Leaving her to die in the snow while surviving himself would bring up questions. Since she's worried about this scenerio, he should suggest they stay there one more night (if only for another day of freedom)to try and gain her trust and hope she loves him enough after getting over the initial shock to let him get away with it. If he is truly evil and want to kill her it would be safer for him to repeat history than draw attention leaving her in the streets while driving home. Regardless, knowing what he was capable of and her vulnerability, she should have subdued her reaction to not give him a "jail or murder me" ultimatum.

I love Nat Polen's voice in this. When she asks him if he wants another hot dog, he states that he had ThrEEE. Then, he later states that they agrEEEd on something. Also, which actress played the operator? I cannot tell which Joan it was. Someone help, please.

Simpson Jr., I would love to have a copy of your best-of-the-best compilation, because I agree that this is one of the most compelling episodes of the CBSRMT. Part of it is the title: "RETURN TO SHADOW LAKE." I'm in! Then there's the enigma of the break-in at the cottage, and the journey in the snowstorm, then the unfolding of supernatural events at the cabin -- what more do you want? I like all of Fielding Farrington's episodes, in fact. An imaginative writer who knew how to keep the thread tight.

Simpson Jr, I agree with Jacob W. Count me in on a copy also. I have my list of favorites, and this is certainly one of them.

There seems to be a little bit of a split on whether this is a very good or just mediocre tale. I'm in the latter crowd as it just didn't do much for me. I thought it was mostly predictable (except for the "ghosts"). I did like the end where they left it open what was going to happen next.

One of my favorite episodes. The conclusion was open ended. What do u think became of this couple?

I really enjoyed this episode, it really scared me at one point, a rarity for me. I love the setting of the blizzard- it's really nice to listen to blizzard sounds while in a warm house drinking tea! I wish this had been a two part episode- it ended a little too prematurely. If you listen carefully you can understand how the dialogue tells you a lot. To me, the dialogue tells me a lot about the wife.

This is one of Fielden Farrington's best stories because it combines the Drama-Mystery and the Fantasy-Mystery together. Another way to title this CBSRMT episode would be "If Walls Cloud Talk" because that's exactly what they did; they showed the cabin owners what happened to the missing woman. SPOILER ALERT: the body's buried in the Utility Room. The sound effects of the doorbell, the radio, the howling wind in the blizzard, car running, keys jingling, cottage door opening, the rotary phone, and the car stuck in the snow had the right elements for this "ghastly" tale. The music in ACT-1 had suspicious tunes where the plot thickens, there were perplexing melodies in ACT-2, and devastating themes where the truth is revealed in ACT-3. Shocking, yet entertaining. E.G. Marshall, once again, gets your attention from the beginning to the very end. He introduces the supernatural in his Prologue, gives out important facts about freezing to death in ACT-1, the dark and ugly truth is about to be revealed in ACT-2, he questions the viewers on how this story should end in ACT-3, and reminds us that a reluctant murderer is exposed by the supernatural in his Epilogue. And to describe our talented cast, Robert Maxwell (as Lou Potts & Radio D.J.) was amusing, Robert Kaliban (as Stu Ralston & Al the Sheriff) was intriguing, Joan Loring (as Claudia Ralston & Mabel the Operator) was delightful, Nat Polen (as Ken Harris) was riveting, and I was spellbound by the talented voice of Joan Lovejoy (as Martha Harris); just fascinating. If CBSRMT had a "Wall of Fame" for their best episodes, this one would definitely go up on display, right next to Ep. #0167-THE BLACK ROOM, Ep. #0276-THE DIAMOND NECKLACE, and Ep. #0367-THE SUMMER PEOPLE. =0)

Russell Gregory Wilder, I agree completely. I give it 10 stars. The best part is the end when she says, "Let's go." YIKES!!! I also loved the hot dogs and beans and French fries on the open fire. It felt very cold and cozy. I felt like I were there!

Also loved this episode very much! When they were heading for the cabin in the snow storm I thought the sound effects were especially effective as I found myself getting a little irritated in that I had to pay close attention in listening to what they were saying as the wind noise was drowning out some of it a little. I was in my car listening. I suppose that was effective sound! Creepy episode and I love the open ended ending!

I really love this episode- I love snow storm effects! I wish there were more episodes like this that make you feel cozy to be indoors listening to it. The other snow storm episodes I have heard are "Death on Skis" which someone just recommended on the Home page, "White Wolf" which is really amazing, it envelopes you in darkest winter, and "who is George Williams" which is an Alaska mystery of identity. Of course, "Captain of the Polestar" is also a wintry tale, but on a ship. Can anyone else recommend a snow storm episode?

This is one of Fielden Farrington's best stories because it combines the Drama-Mystery and the Fantasy-Mystery together. Another way to title this CBSRMT episode would be "If Walls Cloud Talk" because that's exactly what they did; they showed the cabin owners what happened to the missing woman. SPOILER ALERT: the body's buried in the Utility Room. The sound effects of the doorbell, the radio, the howling wind in the blizzard, car running, keys jingling, cottage door opening, the rotary phone, and the car stuck in the snow had the right elements for this "ghastly" tale. The music in ACT-1 had suspicious tunes where the plot thickens, there were perplexing melodies in ACT-2, and devastating themes where the truth is revealed in ACT-3. Shocking, yet entertaining. E.G. Marshall, once again, gets your attention from the beginning to the very end. He introduces the supernatural in his Prologue, gives out important facts about freezing to death in ACT-1, the dark and ugly truth is about to be revealed in ACT-2, he questions the viewers on how this story should end in ACT-3, and reminds us that a reluctant murderer is exposed by the supernatural in his Epilogue. And to describe our talented cast, Robert Maxwell (as Lou Potts & Radio D.J.) was amusing, Robert Kaliban (as Stu Ralston & Al the Sheriff) was intriguing, Joan Loring (as Claudia Ralston & Mabel the Operator) was delightful, Nat Polen (as Ken Harris) was riveting, and I was spellbound by the talented voice of Joan Lovejoy (as Martha Harris); just fascinating. If CBSRMT had a "Wall of Fame" for their best episodes, this one would definitely go up on display, right next to Ep. #0167-THE BLACK ROOM, Ep. #0276-THE DIAMOND NECKLACE, and Ep. #0367-THE SUMMER PEOPLE.

I rate this episode ★★★★★ for EXCELLENT. This is one of Fielden Farrington's best stories because it combines the Drama-Mystery and the Fantasy-Mystery together. Another way to title this CBSRMT episode would be "If Walls Cloud Talk" because that's exactly what they did; they showed the cabin owners what happened to the missing woman. SPOILER ALERT: the body's buried in the Utility Room. The sound effects of the doorbell, the radio, the howling wind in the blizzard, car running, keys jingling, cottage door opening, the rotary phone, and the car stuck in the snow had the right elements for this "ghastly" tale. The music in ACT-1 had suspicious tunes where the plot thickens, there were perplexing melodies in ACT-2, and devastating themes where the truth is revealed in ACT-3. Shocking, yet entertaining. E.G. Marshall, once again, gets your attention from the beginning to the very end. He introduces the supernatural in his Prologue, gives out important facts about freezing to death in ACT-1, the dark and ugly truth is about to be revealed in ACT-2, he questions the viewers on how this story should end in ACT-3, and reminds us that a reluctant murderer is exposed by the supernatural in his Epilogue. And to describe our talented cast, Robert Maxwell (as Lou Potts & Radio D.J.) was amusing, Robert Kaliban (as Stu Ralston & Al the Sheriff) was intriguing, Joan Loring (as Claudia Ralston & Mabel the Operator) was delightful, Nat Polen (as Ken Harris) was riveting, and I was spellbound by the talented voice of Joan Lovejoy (as Martha Harris); just fascinating. If CBSRMT had a "Wall of Fame" for their best episodes.

In the Fall of 1980 my bedroom clock radio was tuned to 560 am KSFO, San Francisco, and this Mystery Theatre production aired while I was comfortably, but attentivley, relaxing on my bed. I was 14 years old back then. Prior to this theatre episode, I listened to others such as "Dig Me Deadly" and "The Beast," both which aired in 1979. While I cannot equitably rate each episode of the CBSRMT because their story lines are all unique, this one (Return to Shadow Lake) is nothing less than captivating. It held my interest from its beginning through its conclusion. My sincere thanks to all those who created and maintain this website; and may it bring to the younger generations an appreciatiion for listening to radio mystery theatre.

I didn't know where to post this, My LIST OF FAVORITE EPISODES thus far, so I figured this page, which is many people's favorite episode, is a good place to post it. I wish others would post their favorites, Please!!! I haven't listened to them all, but this far, in random order: The Graveyard, Return to Shadow Lake, Specter Bridegroom, Secret chamber, The other soul, Someday I'll find you, The clairvoyant, Confession, The devil God, White wolf, Loser takes all, Cezar curse, Long blue line, Island of the lost, The raft, Silver Medal, Hung jury, How to kill Rudy, You're going to like Rodney, Speak of the devil, The innocent face, Ranee of rajputana, Bloody legend, Who is George Williams, Age cannot wither her, Death is a woman, Shark bait, The jataka, Coffin for the devil, Magic cay, Luck sisters, Killer instinct, Man sized marble - (for Holloween!!), Sins of the father, Charnel house, Heros welcome, Coffin for the devil, Judges house, Roses are for funerals, Triptych for a witch, How do you like those apples, Diary of a madman, Dead deserve to rest, The transformation, Willy and dilly, Diana the huntress, Toy death, Don't play with matches, Fall of Gentryville, A private demon, Infernal triangle, The mortgage, Sacrifice in blood, Dreamers and killers, To whom it may concern, Romance of Mary Oates, Search for Myra, Goodbye Benjamin flack, The Acquisition, Death pays no dividend, Phantom world, Mother love, Deadly honeymoon, Million dollar murder, Heros welcome, The innocent face, Borderline case, Let George do it, Who has seen the wind, End of a memory, Dagger of Almohades, Judas Kiss, Phantom world, Sagamore cottage, Summer People, Stairway to Oblivion, Cabinet of the unsolved, Natural Sugar.

This is my UPDATED LIST OF BEST CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER EPISODES! Of all 1,399 of them, I think these are the best! They are in no particular order, except the final few are the darkest most sinister of the Series. I am posting this here because it seems to be a favorite. Please, please I wish others would comment on this list and post their BEST OF CBSRMT LIST!: The Graveyard, Return to Shadow Lake, Specter Bridegroom, Secret chamber, The other soul, Someday I'll find you, Maud Evelyn, The clairvoyant, Confession, The devil good, White wolf, Cezar curse, Natural sugar, Long blue line, Island of the lost, What a change in Hilda, The raft, Hung jury, Loser takes all, How to kill Rudy, You're going to like Rodney, Speak of the devil, The innocent face, Ranee of rajputana, Bloody legend, Stairway to oblivion, Picture on a wall, Who is George Williams, Age cannot wither her, Death is a woman, Shark bait, The jataka, Coffin for the devil, Magic cay, Luck Sisters, Killer instinct, Man sized marble - (for Holloween!!) Sins of the father, Charnel house, Heros welcome, Coffin for the devil, Judges house, Roses are for funerals, Triptych for a witch, How do you like those apples, Diary of a madman, Dead deserve to rest, The transformation, Willy and dilly, Diana the huntress, Toy death, Don't play with matches, Silver medal, A private demon, Infernal triangle, The mortgage, Sacrifice in blood, Dreamers and killers, To whom it may concern, Romance of Mary Oates, Search for Myra, Goodbye Benjamin flack, The Acquisition, Death pays no dividend, Phantom world, How do you like those apples, Mother love, Deadly honeymoon, Million dollar murder, Heros welcome, The innocent face, Borderline case, Let George do it, Who has seen the wind, End of a memory, Dagger of Almohades, Judas Kiss, Phantom world, Half a life, Thousand pound gorilla, Tomorrows murder, Carmilla, Nightmares Nest, Sagamore cottage, Summer People, Fall of Gentryville, In the fog, Dreamers and killers, Chinaman button , House by the seine, Cabinet of the unsolved, Black Widow, The Twelfth Juror. Mother Love, Hickory Dickory Doom, White Wolf (VERY DARK) Deadly Hour (VERY DARK) Star Sapphire (VERY DARK) Promise to Kill (VERY DARK)

Return To Shadow lack is my favorite and was scary one.

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