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Title:
Blizzard of Terror
Plot:
A bitter couple gets caught up in a deadly storm and seek shelter in a remote cabin. But there is someone already there. And that someone might just be a homicidal maniac.
Episode:
0041
Air Dates:
First Run - February 18, 1974
Repeat - May 10, 1974
Repeat - February 25, 1979
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27 Responses to Episode 0041


I liked this one alot. The twist at the end was a good one.

Very entertaining albeit dated episode. This is a morality play dressed up as a thriller promoting the view that women should be women and men should be men. I remember 1974, indeed I do, and the overly simplistic point of view presented in this episode rang shallow then, too. Sadly, popular fiction has shifted a bit since those days from saying that women are to blame for the "war of the sexes" to saying that men are to blame without really scratching the surface. Of course, my wife hyphenates her name, and we both work outside the home. This being said, George Lowthar tends to write the episodes that turn out to be my favorites, and the above should not be taken as a criticism, but merely as an observation of the times. Morality thriller, no supernatural elements.

A good episode. At times hard to listen to because of the evil threats being made toward the woman. I did not care for the ending; I think it would have worked better if it really was the killer, and the couple had found their love for each other in defeating him.

CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER, “Blizzard of Terror,” starring Lois Smith and Larry Haines, with E.G. Marshall, host. A snowbound couple seeks shelter in a lonely mountain cabin occupied by an obviously dangerous man -- maybe a murderer. Driving home from a skiing weekend, Jim and Helen Crane are caught in a blizzard and hear on their car radio that police are looking for the axe-murderer of an entire family. They manage to make it to a cabin, the kitchen of which is splattered with blood, and soon become convinced its owner, Jake Moran, is the man the police are looking for.

"Blizzard of Terror" was a well acted episode that by in large I liked. An interesting story that makes you very aware that the people you love the most may be treated the very worst. The end "twist" was completely implausable even for 1974, but it was germain to the story which made it interesting.

Another one of my favorites. This is a tricky murder mystery...or IS IT? Very cool and involving story.

A bit far fetched that a man would risk his life to save the marriage of a couple of strangers... he could have been killed... enjoyable episode but I rolled my eyes at the end

An interesting tale of a couple with marital problems who are trapped in a blizzard. They learn of a horrible murder before stumbling into a small cabin where they plan to ride out the storm.

Super acting in an eventually less than believable conclusion turn a 9 into an 8.

A couple is driving home from a Winter getaway and as they pass over a mountain they become stranded in a blizzard. They stop at a cabin they come to on the road. The first problem is that there is a killer on the loose - the police are searching for a man who just killed a local family.

Okay, here's the lowdown: Married couple that's having relational problems with eachother are driving in the middle of a terrible blizzard. They're worried if they'll even be able to survive. Apparently, by chance, they happen upon a cabin and out of sheer instinct to survive, they pull in and make their way into the cabin. Seemingly, nobody's home, and there's an apparent murder scene awaiting them. While inside, the man who appears to be the murderer returns.

my very favorite episode.......LOVED IT

This is a sexist episode - simplistic and immature view of relationships - but as a story line it\'s one of the better ones. It does remind me that 1974 was still pretty backward - and makes me more grateful for the world I live in today!

@JLM remember that just 4 years earlier the Mary Tyler Moore Show was considered a little weird because the main character was (oh, no) a 30-year-old woman who was unmarried. Also less than a decade before that MTM caused a scandal on the Dick Van Dyke Show because she (for shame) wore pants. The episode itself though a bit sexist had a great twist ending.

I loved it. Sure, dated, but what old time radio drama isn't now? I was wondering early on, geez, could it be...(don't want to give away the ending). because of that, I paid particular attention to every word the guy in the cabin spoke to see if he ever went too far with them. Listen again, he did not. Couple un-believable points, but overall, it really held my attention. Was I the only one who wanted the girl to get whacked? 8*)

A couple with marital difficulties are forced to seek refuge from a blizzard in a remote cabin. they find it inhabited by a man who might be a serial killer.

Top notch script and Janny's performance steals the show. Highly recommended.

A bickering couple is trapped on a mountain during a blizzard and take refuge in an isolated cabin where they find a grizzly sight, and... the murderer? The couple endure a night of terror, violence, sexual agression, and emotional torment. Where was the American Psychological Association when this was written?! The psychiatrist in this episode should be imprisoned for malpractice!! Still, a good ending, if not a disappointing ending.

I live in North Dakota. It gets cold up here in the winter; 40 below (not counting wind chill) happens regularly . . . that's the temperature when mercury turns to a solid and the street lights don't come on. And I, like other native NoDaks, have been stranded in more than one blizzard. Usually I'd do what our couple do in this story; knock on the door, call out loudy and try to find a way to keep warm in a strange house. Unlike the folks in this tale, if/when the owner shows up, I ask for an ID. If the owner is a psychology professor, I off him or her right away. Why take a chance? We all know, we NoDaks anyway, that psych professors in an isolated cabin in a blizzard are pure trouble. You're money ahead in the game if you just grab the axe right away and get to work. Sociology professors are no better; I recommend the chainsaw that's usually in the woodshed out back. Political Science professors are bearable, but not if the blizzard lasts more than a day; use your own discretion. Anyway that's how we do things up here. I teach theatre, so I'm delightful company to the stranded wayward travellers who bang on my door. We sometimes say, "40 below keeps the riff-raff out." And we'd like to keep it that way.

You are very funny fellow Morton Miller, but I am clever one. So darned clever that I had this one figured out early. Not that I didn't enjoy the ride, but why would a man who killed an entire family want to cover up a single murder in a stranger's kitchen? My biggest question throughout was what kind of animal it would be that spilled so much blood. Of all the wild animals that sneak into kitchens and therefore must be hacked to death I would expect a racoon first, and then maybe a deer. Actually bears seem to do this sort of thing quite a bit -at least the tv news makes it seem so- but then we would would not expect a bear to lose to a psychology professor -unless the bear was only a Jungian dream archetype- and so undermine the credibility of the story.

I'll have to listen again, but wasn't it a bobcat?

I liked this episode heard it upon it's original airing, it was a Monday evening on the West Coast and I remember this because my father was receiving an award that evening and my brother and I had a babysitter so we were able to stay up late on a school night. Oh and my birthday was the following Friday and I was looking around in the closets for my presents between commercials lol.

Leon Janney's character should have been sued for the way he manipulated Helen and Jim! What if one of them had had a heart condition? Or were already unbalanced to begin with? On the other hand, this tale would have been really dull if he'd identified himself up front and then the next 2 acts dealt with a conventional marriage counseling session. Still, great sound effects, you really felt a storm was raging outside and could appreciate the "cabin fever" (to an unusual extreme) our main characters must have been experiencing. On an entirely different note, I liked Greg's reminiscences of what he was doing the first time he heard this. It's fun to think back to what we were all doing when we first experienced these tales. And, it's amazing how vivid our memories of the circumstances that were occuring--when these first aired--are. Fun tale with an "interesting" twist!

This is the episode where a couple stumble onto an abandoned cabin and find blood all over the kitchen ... and an axe. CREEPY! Another episode, "Return to Shadow Lake", where a couple get caught in a snowstorm driving out to their summer cabin is scary too. They make it to the cabin but scary stuff starts happening once they get there.

Just what the Dr. ordered.

Definitely an interesting story, but the twist at the end was a little bit hard to swallow for me. I still enjoyed the story, but they had the "howling wind" too loud in the story - I live in Minnesota and unless you're living in a shack or the wind is over 40 mph it's unlikely you'd hear it all the time (in my opinion).

This one has become a favourite of mine. So very clever.

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