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CBSRMT Episode Information
The Prison of Glass
In order to escape the emotional baggage in her life, a talented but troubled actress dreams of being able to seek refuge in a glass snow globe she has an unusual fixation with.
Air Dates:
First Run - September 16, 1975
Repeat - February 15, 1976
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9 Responses to Episode 0345

The tale of an actress, her dead father she loved, her overbearing mother, her manipulative husband, her concerned agent, and a glass snow globe in which she wishes to escape her life.

A young woman is pushed by the expectations of her mother and agent who are determined to capitalize on her talent and beauty. She still mourns the passing of her father and finds solace in a snow-globe paperweight imagining herself to be inside the idyllic winter setting. This episode explores the exploitive relationship between the star and the public and the effects of one\'s past on the present.

Lots of brooding and lots of Freud in this episode. The mostly low-key performances suit the story of an alienated woman who retreats further and further into herself as a response to being surrounded by manipulative and selfish (yet somehow well-intended?) people. The resolution is a bit too pat, but the effective use of music and dreamlike tone help make up for some of the story's weaknesses.

Ian Martin's writing in this CBSRMT episode reminds me of Ron Serling's writing from the TWILIGHT ZONE because they created some characters that were likable and some were spiteful. It's like the writers were one-half philanthropist and one-half misanthropist. But anyway, there was a lot of character development and the plot points improved as the story moved forward. Everything was good in every Act, however, the resolution ended too quickly. Honestly, I was expecting a twisted ending where our main character would escape from reality and live in the snow globe forever. But it did end on a happier note. The music had mystifying tunes in ACT-1, a "matter of life and death" tones in ACT-2, and a melancholy theme that switched to an amorous theme in ACT-3. A lot of music, but not a lot of sound effects. All we had were the sounds of a buzzer, a door opening, a body fall to the floor, another door that gets knocked, and the sound of the snow globe breaking. E.G. Marshall made a good contribution as the Host in this. In his Prologue, he asks if us fans ever played the "What ever happened to..." Game, which is the main focus on our main character. In ACT-1, he introduces us to our main character: Marcy Herrick. Once a body that becomes deceased in ACT-2, not only he asks if it was an accident or murder, but he tells us it's a mystery on how the average person could unleash the force within and take action on our primeval ways. In ACT-3, not much to go on except giving the result to Marcy Herricks' life. But in his Epilogue, he gives the fans a puzzling thought about the ravages on the mind and he believes that Time + Care + Equal Devotion = Hope for the Human Race. And as for our cast, SUPERLATIVE is the best word to describe the talents of Lois Nettleton (as Marcy Herrick the Actress), John Newland (as Nicholas Surgat the Producer), Hans Conried (as Dave Morgan the Agent), Peg LaCentra (as Marcy's Mother), and Berry Kroeger (as Paul Barclay the Psychiatrist). If you like Lois Nettleton, check out her performance as Norma from the 75th episode of the TWILIGHT ZONE called "The Midnight Sun". What I liked the most, other than our main actress, was Bobby Kroeger who said this quote to the actress at the 40-minute mark, "Don't you ever worry. I'll never be far from you than a whisper can carry." Good choice of words, Ian Martin. This is an episode that's worth listening

An interesting tale about how people can focus in on one thing and one time in their life and nothing else. It's sad that people do this, but it's life. This story had our lead follow this path and even had a doctor to help her figure out why she was doing it, only to leave her before she was able to. Not too bad of a story to listen to. I do agree with Matt that the resolution was a bit too pat, but it was still okay.

I loved the one where a group of people were in a snow globe, but didn't know it. Can't remember the name. I loved any episode that was 'twilight zone'ish. Didn't really go for the detective stories so much. Loved the generic sound effects. I'm sure we can all call to mind the CBSRMT car braking sound that was used in every CBSRMT car scene ever. They really need to get those brakes fixed. I listened originally when I was a teenager. Didn't like my home life so much. But every night at ten o'clock on WSOY AM in Decatur Illinois, I'd go to bed and listen to CBSRMT. What a great way to finish the day. It was pure escapism for me. I had a Hallicrafters S-38C shortwave radio that a friend gave me. When I got in trouble for listening when I was supposed to be sleeping, I ordered a 'pillow speaker' from Allied Radio. I think it was about 4 bucks. It was like sleeping with your head on a cue-ball. But worth it. Once I fell asleep on it and my ear was numb for hours. I thought E.G. Marshall was an amazing host. I resented Tammy Grimes for 'stealing' his job. I didn't know about his health issues. Later I came to appreciate Ms. Grimes for her own style.

I discovered CBSRMT when I was staying with my maternal grandmother after the death of her husband. I was 19 at the time, and I don’t know how I discovered it, maybe just tuning around the AM band one night after going to bed. I found it on WHIO in Dayton, Ohio, not too far from where Granny lived, actually. But, when I came back to Michigan and got into college, I kept listening on WFDF in Flint. FDF isn’t around anymore. But, anyway, on those nights when I couldn’t listen because of early classes the next day, I set up my old Philips reel-to-reel tape recorder and my radio – nothing all that special – to come on at 11pm and go off at midnight so I could listen the next morning while getting ready for school.

I LOVE those budweiser commercials! They're like major studio productions. Some even have good beer information

I honestly thought this must have been an Elspeth Eric episode because of the psychological issues that were dominant in the plot, as well as the dreamlike quality of everything, the narration and the background music. Everything about this episode seemed to have Elspeth Eric's "fingerprints" all over it, so I was very surprised that Ian Martin was the writer. It is totally not his usual style, in my opinion.

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