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Title:
The Thing Inside
Plot:
A couple buy a curious paper weight made from glass in a curio store. The artist husband soon gets obsessed with it and the wife suspects his involvement in the death of an avaricious developer. She also thinks he is being controlled by an evil spirit.
Episode:
0069
Air Dates:
First Run - April 4, 1974
Repeat - December 8, 1974
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10 Responses to Episode 0069


SPOILER: I didn't think he was going to turn out to be the murderer after all. Paul knew about the murders before the police did, evidently, and I thought the glass ball was going to end up being a red herring. Murder mystery, explained apparent supernatural phenomena.

When the glass ball is destroyed what is deep inside is let loose. The result is murder.

An artist and his wife acquire a glass paperweight at an antique shop. The artist develops a fixation on it -- and when a greedy developer dies, the woman suspects that her husband has been taken over by an evil spirit. A real thriller with a wonderful climax. One of Bell's finest performances. Highly recommended.

A struggling artist purchases an odd glass ball with a black object in the middle. Some think it is a paperweight, others a witch ball. Whatever it is, the painter is taken with the object and spends considerable time looking at it. When he hears a voice telling him if he releases the black object he will receive his wishes, he tries to break the seemingly unbreakable object.

Many RMT's leave the listener to draw his or her own conclusion regarding whether or not the supernatural explains events. In this show, however, it seems to be apparent that no other worldly elements were involved. I was convinced there was a supernatural component to the story, until near the ending. My favorite scene depicted the main character opening the glass ball. At that point, I expected a witch, demon or genie to spring out. The ending seemed too abrupt and not too well thought out. I liked this cast a lot. Good actors can add depth and texture to the story.

Seems like antique shops are a major supplier of material for horror stories. The psychological twist reminded me a little of the "The Shining." That movie had ghosts, but the main character was also an artist with a lot of mental detioration adding to the mayhem. As always, Ralph Bell was excellent .

well as a man who hates those kind of shops.....now i know why i prefer computer shows and electronic toy stores. oh.....and i go grocery shopping once in a while. but i never ever buy any glass paper weights or genie pots. guess i'll never get my 3 wishes.

This is one of my favorite episodes. I love Ralph Bell--he often plays characters who are arrogant and/or nasty, and the malice he so excellently conveys is never better than in this episode. I also love the idea: that a seemingly ordinary object that the character comes across by chance exerts a strange and powerful hold over him, and he becomes fascinated by and obsessed with it. A wonderful episode I can listen to again and again!

I agree with Mr. Downey--the ending was way to half-hazard and fast. The story and characters led up to an ending that the listener can complete in their imagination. This is an episode which could have been epic. 3 stars.

I agree with Andy in that it seemed to point to Paul as being the murderer. Even at the end when Ralph Bell was talking to Paul it almost seemed like Paul was trying to manipulate Ralph's character. It was still a good listen.

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