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CBSRMT Episode Information
Title:
The Golden Cauldron
Plot:
Three friends, a haunted manor and a ghastly crime is the perfect recipe for a murder mystery in this "House on Haunted Hill' meets 'Clue' thriller set in the heart of an ancient castle overlooking the ruins of Stonehenge.
Episode:
0300
Air Dates:
First Run - June 30, 1975
Repeat - November 4, 1975
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9 Responses to Episode 0300


This is a good one. Great ending. I started about a week before Thanksgiving 2011, and have been listening ,starting at #1,ever since. Just like audio books only short stories. I'm retired so I have almost all the time in the world. Did I mention I am married? I can remember but a few, it's the format and the content keep me listening. Brings back old times. Thanks guys, great site!!!!

"House on Haunted Hill" meets "Clue" in this haunted castle whodunit. Three guests spend the night in a castle overlooking Stonehenge. The castle is supposedly haunted by the spirits of the ancient druids. But the weapon used in the crime in this one is of our time.

A cocky Sherlock Holmes type character is irritatingly accurate with tracking down what happened to whom, when, and where. The Golden Cauldron is only peripherally connected to the larger plot of the story. A couple of friends go to an old castle to visit and encounter other individuals who may or may not be involved with some strange occurrences at the castle. Hosted by Himan Brown

The show succeeded in creating a spooky atmosphere; I particularly liked the thunder. It is always fun to have a group of people which contains a murderer. But I think the content of this show was too thin for 3 Acts.

"The Golden Cauldron" took me by surprise. I hate to admit that I ever have low expectations for CBSRMT, but when an episode is not one I've ever noticed anyone discussing, one that was not written by any major contributor to the series, and one that was not adapted from a well-known classic, well... But this episode is completely charming and held me from beginning to end. In its "old dark house" setting as well as its lighthearted dialogue the story reminded me of films like THE CAT AND THE CANARY and THE OLD DARK HOUSE, as well as the Agatha Christie classic novel and film AND THEN THERE WERE NONE. Characters in these sorts of stories always seem strangely happy to have bullets whizzing past their heads, scary things popping up out of nowhere, etc. (I've often thought that the movie AND THEN THERE WERE NONE makes it look positively fun to be under constant threat of violent murder!) "The Golden Cauldron" really strives to throw in absolutely everything common to this genre, and it pretty much succeeds. Obviously we have the old dark house---in this case a castle---with the obligatory middle-of-the-night thunderstorm. But we also have ominous warnings (delivered by the required guy-with-a-weird-accent, Mr. Lockridge); murder, both recent and ancient; references to Stonehenge, Druids, and human sacrifice; and a fun little whodunit to wrap it all together. Overall, this was one of the most purely entertaining CBSRMTs I've heard. And by the way, kudos to the writer, Ralph Goodman, for integrating E.G. Marshall into the beginning of the story in a really creative manner. Goodman seems to have penned only a handful of RMTs, but on the basis of this one, I'll certainly listen to the others. According to my guidebook, they are: "Them!" (2/27/75) "Brain Drain" (3/24/76) "Free the Beast" (6/10/76) "The Gloria Scott" (Sherlock Holmes adaptation---11/14/77) Anyway, thanks for a great choice.

I enjoyed the creepiness of the castle, complete with a thunderstorm, spooky servants, and a sinister statue. But while listening to the program, I couldn't help but think of the Thin Man series. The casual and charming mystery-solving style Brad generates, and his flirting interaction with Julie, reminded me of the relationship Nick and Nora Charles share. Sherlock Holmes would have never behaved so badly Even with the comical dialogue, the story still manages to create a sense of drama and foreboding. I agree with ApplCinamn, I could almost see this one playing out in my head.

i absolutely enjoyed this program. it was a great choice and kept my interest from start to finish. it's what i would call the epitome of Mystery Theater. i kept thinking how this was created to be almost a mock of Sherlock Holmes, complete with his own Watson, when funny enough, they make reference to "Sherlock" in the story.  great show and i'm really happy we all got to hear this one!

I really liked this one. Loved the banter between the characters and enjoyed the clever main character.

Definitely a takeoff on Sherlock Holmes and (a not as courageous) Watson. An enjoyable episode to listen to. I don't think the thunder needs to be playing continuously throughout, but at least it wasn't so loud you couldn't hear the actors (as happened in a very early show).

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