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The Monk and the Hangman's Daughter
('Ambrose Bierce story')
Two monks from the order of St. Francis, Friars Ambrosius and Romanus are sent to the monastery in Berchtesgaden, high in the Bavarian Alps. In the cold of the village, Ambrosius meets the beautiful and pitiful Benedicta, who is scorned by all for being the hangman's daughter. He soon earns the ire of the villagers, along with the hatred of the son of the town's most powerful man who desires Benedicta in his bed.
Air Dates:
First Run - March 4, 1976
Repeat - July 23, 1976
Repeat - October 20, 1979
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3 Responses to Episode 0442

this is a beautifully haunting story,and one which was acted very well. It deserves more than 3 stars

It's no surprise that episodes of the show are generally stronger when they're drawing on strong source material, and Ambrose Bierce is one of America's great authors. If there's a weak point, it's one that's common to many episodes of the show: casting a much older woman in the role of a young lady. Russell Horton plays to his strength here, as a passionate but good-hearted young monk, and the story benefits from atmosphere and intensity as it rushes toward an unexpected and haunting conclusion.

A fairly good (supernatural?) story about a young monk and his morals vs. the morals of the day. I wonder at the ending that E.G. reads and if it was something they added onto the story or if it was part of the original. If it was part of the original story it definitely gives more gravitas to it. I have yet to read any of Bierce's tales (which I usually enjoy the radio adaptations) and each one I hear makes me want to read them. One of these days I'm sure I will.

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