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Title:
The Onyx Eye
Plot:
After purchasing a strange curio at an antique store, a man and his wife are immediately blessed with good fortune. However, when their child perishes soon after, the woman begins to suspect that a great evil surrounds the supposed lucky charm.
Episode:
0319
Air Dates:
First Run - August 1, 1975
Repeat - December 13, 1975
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27 Responses to Episode 0319


I heard this one as a 13-year-old boy, in my bed after dark. It was one of those ones that really unnerved me. Loved it then. Love it now. For 35 years, I have not been able to look at decreative egg shaped things in rock shops without thinking of this episode. I played it for the family the other day. They loved it too!

The Onyx Eye was good and bad luck. Every tome something good happened then something bad would happen. The suspense was if Jack was going to be able to get rid of it. I give this episode 4 stars.

I agree with J. Wald; this one is definitely unnerving and definitely sticks with you. You know what is coming, but cannot help but hope it turns out differently.

A man who is down on his luck and looking for work enters an old curio shop to buy an inexpensive present for his wife's birthday. THe mysterious shopowner sells him a small piece of onyx that looks like a human eye, telling him it will bring him good luck. It does, but for every piece of good luck it brings...it also brings horrible consequences. This is a classic tale in the tradition of the old story "The Monkey's Paw." This episode is an example of what CBSRMT does best--a great story executed well with excellent actors (including the fantastic Frances Sternhagen who plays the man's wife and the only one in the episode who realizes that the onyx eye is not a thing to fool around with. Sternhagen has been in everything from a regular spot on "ER" to a voice on the "Simpsons.") Genre: Occult

A man purchases a good luck charm in a quaint curio shop. Early on, he and his wife have good luck, getting a good job and winning the lottery. but after their baby dies, the wife is convinced the charm is the source of great evil.

Story of a young couple who come into posession of a curious stone which brings good fortune at the price of greater ill fortune. Probably the best thing about the episode is the reaction of one character who is touched by the ill fortune but perceives it as positive.

The Monkey’s Paw with a twist… A man convinces a shop owner to sell him, against his better judgment and advise, an onyx eye purported to bring unlimited good luck to the possessor, but, of course, with consequences. The twist is the ongoing nature of the charm, and the owner’s inability to rid himself of it.

This episode reminded me of "The Thing Inside". Whereas that show did not involve the supernatural, "The Onyx Eye" did. I preferred the latter but they are both fun episodes that deal with the popular theme of objects that seem to grant wishes for the owner with unpredictable consequences.

I also really enjoy shows where our subject is granted a wish but the outcome is something other than what was anticipated, and usually the person ends up regretting their wish.

I am not a big fan of these type of supernatural shows.

Quote: This episode reminded me of "The Thing Inside". Whereas that show did not involve the supernatural, "The Onyx Eye" did. I preferred the latter but they are both fun episodes that deal with the popular theme of objects that seem to grant wishes for the owner with unpredictable consequences. I would agree that this is very simular to "the thing inside". This one worked better for me. the jury is still out for me regarding the "supernatural" aspect of shows. I think it depends how the story is written.

Anyone know how many Genie shows RMT produced? I can think of a couple. This show was not, strictly speaking, a Genie show but it utilized the same concept. I seem to recall a show in which a Genie impregnated a woman and the husband ran his car off the road in an effort to kill both his wife and himself. Or I am crazy.

That sounds a lot like the episode "The Ghostly Rival" from 1975. A genie enables a young "beach bum" to take over the body of a rich rival in order to marry the woman of his dreams-- only when she becomes pregnant-- does he realize he's made a pact with the devil and tries to kill his wife, unborn child and himself in a car crash. Antoher couple of "Genie" tales that come to mind are-- the "Imp in the Bottle" and (in it's own way) "The Dice of Doom". Until next time.

That sounds exactly like the episode I am referring to. If memory serves, it was good show. Thanks for the recommendations. The more TV I watch, the more I want to listen to radio shows.

I wonder how the reporter's luck fared.

Aug 1, 1975 The Onyx Eye Starring Frances Sternhagen A man who is down on his luck and looking for work enters an old curio shop to buy an inexpensive present for his wife's birthday. THe mysterious shopowner sells him a small piece of onyx that looks like a human eye, telling him it will bring him good luck. It does, but for every piece of good luck it brings...it also bring horrible consequences. This is a classic tale in the tradition of the old story "The Monkey's Paw." This episode is an example of what CBSRMT does best--a great story executed well with excellent actors (including the fantastic Frances Sternhagen who plays the man's wife and the only one in the episode who realizes that the onyx eye is not a thing to fool around with. Sternhagen has been in everything from a regular spot on "ER" to a voice on the "Simpsons.")

I reviewed this one earlier in my listening log. A couple months ago, I gave it a 7.5. After another listen, I've not changed my mind. I enjoyed this episode both times. It is a standard morality tale, and even if the story is not "A" material (and this was probably "B"), Mr. Marshall usually delivers a stand up performance that rescues the show. I gave it a 4, but a lower 4. While there are certainly a number of better episodes out there, this one did not disappoint. Thanks for a good selection.

Ok, so perhaps I was overly gracious in my praise of this episode. Just for some reason it's one of those I've always enjoyed listening to. It has fun elements: strange little owner of a strange little shop, cryptic warnings, mystical object of mysterious origin, a "is something supernatural really happening" plot, and characters who slowly come to realize that having everything you ever wanted isn't always the best thing in life. As a side note, it's always interesting to see how differently we all react to various episodes--just goes to show what an eclectic web community we are.

I enjoyed this episode and give it a six. I agree that it was a bit predictable at times but itdid not lose my interest. I am an antique hunter and have seen many strange objects in the shops. You never know what you might find.

I liked this episode, it was an interesting story, Simialar theme to the Imp In The Bottle. I give this a 4 because this is one of those typical CBSRMT episodes that would have kept me on the edge of the radio speaker as a kid. I try to reflect back when I originally listened to these episodes and how I felt, not so much as an adult. I will leave the adult listening to my wife (I know that sounded bad for me). She never heard these as a kid being a few years younger than me. My father in-law loves these shows I make him normal audio CD's of them. This will be included in the next batch of shows he gets.

I am new to this website, but I am looking forward to listening to these shows and reading what others think about the programs. I remember hearing this story when it was on the radio in 1998. I liked it then and liked it again this time.

I do remember listening to it a couple of years ago, and I enjoy it for what it is- not great, but a pretty good engaging listen with some nastiness tossed in. Not bad.

To be honest, I didn't enjoy this episode as much as some of the others. I guess it was a little too predictable. The acting was high quality of course, but I couldn't buy the reporter deciding at the end that he had to have the Eye. But then that is the beauty of the series ... no matter the individual preference as to shows, they were always excellent in the presentation. Having said that, I will enjoy reading the subsequent posts, to get other opinions on this show.

Somewhat predictable since it's the formula of the evil talisman being passed from person to person. I did wonder why he was apparently sold on it by a ghost, as opposed to a previous owner desperate to be rid of it. What's the history of the thing and why did it seemingly appear out of nowhere along with the ghostly curio shop proprietor? That question was kind of hanging over the story for me but I still thought it a good story. You knew bad things were going to happen but not what exactly.

fun episode - as already pointed out, it's another in a series of Monkey's Paw clones. What made this one unique was the inability to be rid of the totem, the randomness of the luck, and the unrelatedness of the consequences. Those qualities made the object more incidious. good pick cheers

A good story with engaging performances. Why do all the husbands on CBSRMT always buy such lousy gifts? Not the best sound quality.

Harlan, I am guessing that the curio shop owner died owning the item and its hold on him continued in the after life. Good story. Nice twist ending.

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