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Stitch in Time
Despite being estranged for over nine years, a billionaire welcomes his 19-year old niece into his home. His secretary is wary of the girl and her suspicions are soon proven right.
Air Dates:
First Run - December 9, 1975
Repeat - May 18, 1976
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6 Responses to Episode 0393

A billionaire welcomes into his home his niece whom he has not seen in 9 years. His secretary suspects the worst of the 19 year old girl. She is right.

A wealthy man is estranged from his dead brother’s widow but has maintained a close relationship with his niece despite the fact that they live in South America. His trusty and long-serving secretary, normally stolid and predictable, begins having dreams suggesting his niece is in danger.

This was a riveting episode. I usually listen to CBSRMT at bedtime and fall asleep halfway thru, finishing an episode in two nights. This one kept me awake!

An okay story, but there were several things that I didn't like about it: 1) How an older woman all of the sudden is clairvoyant, 2) How this older woman puts up with her boss telling her that she loves him (whether or not its true), 3) How the boss thinks he knows everything, believes his secretary's clairvoyance about some things, but not all things, and 4) How the boss reacts at the end. I still enjoyed the story, but those things bugged me about it.

For a few minutes I was skeptical about ‘A Stitch in Time’ because of the initially stilted dialogue between “Big Bill” Rolandson (played by Leon Janney), head of a secret weapons company, and his secretary of 20 years, Emilia Fitzroy (Bryna Raeburn). However as the actors settled in to their roles, the episode became quite interesting and dramatic, especially with the introduction of Big Bill’s niece, played by the mesmerizing Rosemary Rice; one of the sweetest voices in the Mystery Theater ensemble (listen to “Overnight to Freedom” for an absolutely captive performance by nymph-like Rice, interestingly, here again playing the young relative of a defense contractor). Sam Dann’s play does take a significant degree of license with the powers of ESP as well as a number of other ‘conveniences,’ but as happens so often E.G. Marshall’s silk-smooth sell is there to guide us towards believability. We are happy to buy in. Listeners who temporarily fall astray from the story’s path will find themselves led back to it through a slight degree of repetition. ‘A Stitch in Time’ is an enjoyable “yarn” (pun intended) and definitely worth a listen. I give the episode a solid three stars – JUROR #4.

The lady had the bosses back. Always loved the cbsmt. Me and my brother listened to it nightly..

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