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Title:
A Dream of Death
Plot:
Reincarnation beliefs of a college professor are accompanied by the dread of having broken an ancient agreement
Episode:
0036
Air Dates:
First Run - February 12, 1974
Repeat - April 28, 1974
Repeat - March 11, 1979
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11 Responses to Episode 0036


Did it really happen or is he just nuts? Kind of hard to hate him: he proposed to his fiancee because his shrink advised him to, even though he didn't love her. And he clearly killed her in self-defense. Surely his attorney could get an acquittal on either self-defense or insanity. Questioned supernatural happenings involving reincarnation.

A college professor is being held on charges that he murdered his fiancee. He plans to plead not guilty, claiming self-defense. He said she was about to kill him to make good on a vow she took after he jilted her 200 years earlier. Fairly interesting story about reincarnation that could have used a better ending.

A professor thinks he's the reincarnation of a soldier from 200 years earlier that jilted his fiancee, and now is engaged to a woman who has taken on her persona and is determined to kill him. Interesting that you should bring the subject of "love gone wrong" up. I'm thinkin' that in old-time radio history, that might have found its way into more plots than any other subject.

The supernatural element has been done and completely warn out. Reincarnation was a popular theme to many television shows of the seventies and eighties. "The jilted lover comes back to avenge a death from centuries before" was done, redone, and completely warn out. This episode may be more original in 2012 than it was in 1974. For me though, it was predictable and boring. This was not one of my favorite episodes.

I have been listening to these order from episode 1 and this has been my least favorite thus far. Just a little too muddled I think.

A college history professor comes to the realization that he has been reincarnated. In his past life, he had jilted his fiance for another woman. How does he come to this realization? How does he intend to deal with this? Does he know what deja-vu means? I enjoyed this episode, despite it being predictable. Basically the entire story and ending is given away at the beginning and the episode shows how it all unfolded. There aren't many surprises in it, but it's a nice little story. Not spectacular, but not horrible. What I really enjoyed were the lightning crackles throughout the show. It was raining here in Winnipeg today, as it must have been when it was recorded, it was easy to sit in my big papasan chair after work, watch the rain, and listen to this episode. Perhaps my rating is 50% program, and 50% atmosphere. Was a great way to unwind after a day with 14 year old kids.

Robert and Davey Joe, funny how each episode affects each person differently. I guess I never saw many reincarnation related shows in the 70's and 80's. This was one of my favorites, so much so, that I had to tell it to my wife. Like most radio drama's, one always fines areas which could be improved upon, but they really cranked these things out, and I can't fail them for minor infractions. I would like to see a retelling of some of these though, perhaps as a movie, ala "Creepshow", with, BTW, E.G. Marshall in a wicked role. Creepshow was a movie written by Stephen King, directed by George Romero ("Night of the Living Dead") which was inspired by E.C Comics of the 50's but struck me as a throw back to radio dramas of the 30's and 40's.

4 Stars.. Was a little better than I thought it was going to be... Has commercials.

Who is to say reincarnation is not possible? It is an excellent tale for the imagination. The music, sound effects and actors made story most entertaining

Umm..who repaired the gun? A simple investigation into that would have cleared him..the ending sucked!

I agree with Bryan that a simple investigation of the cleaning of the gun would give much more information. There was already her roommate who said she left college and it was likely known that was his gun. It was also a long time to deliberate on the verdict, but I guess with the crazy information given it may have taken some time.

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