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Title:
The Horse That Wasn't for Sale
Plot:
Hereditary equestrian passion notwithstanding, a woman has to put up her horses for sale after her father's death. All except one that is fabled to be the best to the dismay of her dad's rivals.
Episode:
0045
Air Dates:
First Run - February 24, 1974
Repeat - May 18, 1974
Repeat - March 17, 1979
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7 Responses to Episode 0045


Ah, the innocence of a bygone era. Although the protagonist is described as being young and beautiful, when she reveals that she has no money, the blackmailer can't think of any alternative. Thriller, no supernatural elements.

I was real excited to listen to this one when I noticed that the star was Mercedes McCambridge, who I adored in her role as Sunny in I Love A Mystery back in the 50s. She didn't disappoint as the daughter of a horse owner who, after dad dies, decides to sell off all of his horses except one: Her favorite, Stargazer. Stargazer, though, is a very temperamental horse, and has actually killed a couple of people who tried to ride him or treated him badly. But she's determined to keep him, and gets in a couple more horrendous situations before all is said and done and she's forced to do some pretty awful things on her own account. This CBS-RMT started out with a quick pace and kept it up through the entire hour, and had a curious ending. All in all, might be my favorite so far since the Jan. 6 debut.

This was a fantastic episode. This was a great story that did not sew up and blatantly express the answer in the end. It is left to the listener's intuition of the outcome. This episode involved a horse--Mystery Theater uses animals as characters magnificently. You end up siding with them. 5 stars.

A woman who inherits a horse farm refuses to sell a prize horse. The horse has a terrible disposition but a man wants to buy him and forces the situation. The situation leads to death and blackmail.

A woman is forced to sell most of her father's horses after he dies. She holds on to the best horse -- much to the consternation of her father's competitors. McCambridge does a fine job with this decent suspense thriller.

A woman and her horse are inseparable and while some people would go to any length to get the horse, the horse has ideas of its own. This was the first episode my wife listened to but didn’t make a convert of her. She mocks the line, “NOOOooooooo Dooooonnn’t Riiiiiiddeeeeee Hiiiiiiimmmmmmmmm” Listen to it and you’ll know what I mean.

This is a good episode, like others mentioned there is no supernatural element (but these are generally excellent as well). The only thing that bothered me was Mercedes' voice - something about it has always bothered me. Perhaps if I saw her acting it may be different, but until that point it will likely continue to bother me. I did appreciate the fact that she was the star of the episode and I still enjoyed it.

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