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Title:
The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg
('Mark Twain classic')
Plot:
A small town news man tells the story of how an enigmatic stranger seduced the town's incorruptible officials with the false glitter of easy cash.
Episode:
0412
Air Dates:
First Run - January 9, 1976
Repeat - November 19, 1976
Repeat - October 14, 1979
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MARK TWAIN SERIES: CBS Radio Mystery Theater produced a total of eleven adaptations from Mark Twain's works for the show; nine were written by Sam Dann with Ian Martin writing only two. [0119] The Real Printer's Devil [0408] Tom Sawyer, Detective [0409] Is He Living or Is He Dead? [0410] The Belated Russian Passport [0411] A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court [0412] The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg [0413] The Stolen White Elephant [0414] The Mysterious Stranger [0937] The Dead House [0984] A Curious Experience [1002] The Goddess Caper** The show always tried to kick off each new year of their Anniversary (in early January) with a weeklong series written by the same author, and so Sam Dann wrote episodes 408 through 414 to launch the start of their third season. **1002 was based on “The Legend of the Capitoline Venus”

Fred Gwynne was a very good voice actor. Who knew that the guy who played Herman Munster had such a gift?

What an unexpected gem this story is. Excellent voice work by Fred Gwynne, and a really wonderful story from Mark Twain on just how human and prone to temptation we all are. Like many of Twain's works, it's seeped in a realistic view of how most often it is our transgressions that makes equals of all mankind.

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