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CBSRMT Episode Information
Title:
No Hiding Place
Plot:
The would-be CEO of his father-in-law's corporation is threatened with the revelation of a dark deed in his past.
Episode:
0005
Air Dates:
First Run - January 10, 1974
Repeat - February 25, 1974
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17 Responses to Episode 0005


Reminded me of the proverb "Even the wicked get less than they deserve." No one gets a happy ending here. Crime drama, no supernatural elements.

Crime drama, and a good one. This is a standout episode.

Does paying a blackmailer ever work?

NO PLACE TO HIDE: The CBS-RMT was one of the most depressing, disheartening stories I've ever heard in a fiction show. A man who was convicted for a murder he didn't commit escapes from prison, gets some good fortune when he's declared dead, builds a new identity and is engaged to be married to a rich girl. He's about to move up in her father's firm when one of his former prison inmates comes along and blackmails him, threatening to expose him. Long story short, his fiance stands behind him and they decide that rather than spend the rest of their lives feeding the guy money he needs to be dead. Her plan to kill him in a car accident works, but not before the bad guy kills her. Ex-con gets exposed anyway (for reasons I don't think were explained), is accused of her murder, and simply says he didn't do it, and "please make it as quickly as possible for me to join her."

I agree Tony. I have listened to the first 70+ episodes and although this is one of the best, he is one of the characters I feel the worst for.

An ex-con appears in a respectable businessman's life only to squeeze some cash for his silence. The ex-con demands a lot of money but the price to get rid of him might be greater.

A great deal of the credit has to go to Larry Haines, who once again (see The Bullet) plays a victim of circumstances totally beyond his control. Although this episode was based on a standard blackmailing premise, the ending was completely unpredictable and the story kept me involved right up to E. G.'s final narration. There were some obvious similarities to the predicament Dr Richard Kimble found himself in during the run of The Fugitive. The voice of Jackson Beck topped off a great episode. Welcome to steady income Sidney!

Rather typical bad guy from the past haunts ex con who’s made good. But it’s the CBSRMT so it holds up.

A reminder that my reviews do not contain spoilers (unless I warn you first). My only intention is to give the reader enough information to pique interest in a program. Sometimes this can be done in one sentence. Other times, it takes more information to set the stage. This is one of those cases where only a few words will suffice to begin your listening experience. This is a story of blackmail. A man with a seemingly bright future in business and a pending marriage is contacted by a man who knows a secret about him. As always, blackmail is a pressure cooker and it is only so long until the pressure is not sustainable.

Charles Powell is a successful corporate-climber, engaged to the boss's daughter, and seems to have the world on a plate. That is, until a dark figure from his past returns and threatens to expose Powell for his past misdeeds. The only way out may be...murder. This is a fairly straightforward tale of a man trying to run from his past. Genre: Suspense

A man who is about to become CEO of his father-in-law's corporation is blackmailed for a horrible misdeed in his past.

A man who is about to become CEO of his father-in-law's corporation is blackmailed for a horrible misdeed in his past. Excellent suspense thriller. We get to hear Beck's crusty villian voice for the first time. Recommended

An escaped wrongly-convicted finds a new life under a new identity as a corporate executive, happily engaged to the president's daughter. A charred body found by police and mistakenly identified as him leads him to believe he is in the clear, until a stranger shows who knows his prison number. Silence comes at a cost and he and his fiance plot out how to eliminate the extortionist. Of course things don't turn out as expected and our protagonist finds himself right back where he started.

A good fast-moving episode. I thought Allison was just going to be another nondescript girlfriend character, but that was definitely not the case.

A memorable episode and, as mentioned previously, I also felt empathy for Larry Haines' character. He was wrong about only two things to do with a blackmailer though. You can pay, you can get rid of them (however that may be), or you can come clean (which he did give as an option, but didn't say there was a third option).

Sidney Sloan wrote decent episodes for CBSRMT like Ep. #0094-THE CRACK IN THE WALL and Ep. #0192-TURN ABOUT IS FOUL PLAY, but this particular one was just plain old drama. It had a skepticism feel to it, but the climax & resolution didn't cut it. E.G. Marshall could've explained the story in more detail, but instead it was a lackluster. I guess I'm being too critical on this since this was one of the first several episodes of the series and the host didn't get audiences' attention yet at the time when this was aired. A rough start, I should say. But here's what I liked. The sound effects brought tension & the music brought the suspense in all 3 Acts. Also, I enjoyed Larry Haines' acting. He always played theses roles where he becomes stressed/paranoid and he nailed this one for playing Charles Powel a.k.a. Robert Hagen-3541063. I give props to Anne Meacham for playing 2 roles: Allison McCready the fiancé & Elise the secretary. Sidney Walker (as John P McCready) and Tom Keena (as future District Attorney George Hamill) were good. But Jackson Beck (as Clint Livets) was terrific like Ralph Bell when they play the role of villains. If you like Drama-Mystery more than Fantasy-Mystery, tune in to this one. SPECIAL BONUS: Listen to the commercials. There's one with Himan Brown where he gives out the Address to CBSRMT at Box 50, Radio City Station, New York, 10019.

I also rate this one as average. I suppose 3 out f 5 stars is appropriate. Was predictable and kind of standard for this kind of story. Still enjoyed the show but was not a home run for me.

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