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Title:
The Third Person
('Henry James story')
Plot:
A pair of spinster cousins become the proud new owners of their ancestral manor. What they don't know is that the estate is haunted by the spirit of a deceased and nationalistic relative.
Episode:
0347
Air Dates:
First Run - September 19, 1975
Repeat - February 21, 1976
Repeat - December 8, 1979
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5 Responses to Episode 0347


Is the song they are whistling in this episode "Sweet Sue"?

Two spinster cousins inherit a ancestral home with a ghost. The ghost of their long dead cousin has a most patriotic desire.

Two sisters inherit a mansion inhabited by the ghost of a long dead relative who cries for them to help clear his name from the ignominy which followed him into the grave.

The story takes place at the turn of the last century (when indoor plumbing was a luxury). The 18th-century ancestor of spinster cousins Susan & Amy, Cuthbert Frush, whistles "Yankee Doodle." ("Sweet Sue" was from "An Identical Murder.") This is the only instance I know of music playing during E.G. Marshall's remarks. (Instrumental "Yankee Doodle" after Act 1.)

I really enjoy this episode. I can so clearly see these spinster women and what they look like as they're checking out their new windfall of a home and going through the old letters they find, all tied up with "pale blue ribbon -- so sweet!" -- letters that will "provide many interesting evenings before the fireplace" I imagine the livelier one to look like the schoolteacher in "Little House on a Prairie" -- isn't that funny? But whatever she "really" looks like, she and her cousin are such delightful characters -- "delightful" being a really apt word. They're just charming, all wide-eyed and romantic, and hearing them talk evokes a sense of cosiness in me. A very gentle and fun and sweet episode, and I highly recommend it! A thought: wouldn't it be fun to get together with a nice handful of OTR fans, for all of us to be gifted artistically, to draw what we "see" when we listen to various shows -- and compare them?

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