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CBSRMT Episode Information
Title:
The Reunion
Plot:
An American war veteran meets a fellow soldier in Paris, a decade after the D-day at Utah Beach during World War II. He discovers that his friend leads a Jekyll and Hide life.
Episode:
0702
Air Dates:
First Run - August 31, 1977
Repeat - January 15, 1978
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3 Responses to Episode 0702


Two old American war buddies have a pact to meet in Paris 10 years after they helped liberate the city. They made this pact the last day they saw each other at the end of the war and had not communicated with each other at all since that time. The first mystery is whether both of them will show up - and they don't stop until you reach the end. I shall tell no more as this is a fantastic program and is a great one to play for someone that you are trying to introduce to the program. Reply With Quote

I rate this episode ★★★★☆ for GOOD. I've listened to many episodes involving WWII, such as Ep. #1192-THE VOICES and Ep. #1355-ADOLPH AND EVA, and this one involves of D-Day. Percy Granger wrote an interesting Drama-Mystery where the suspense was building up in every Act, but the climax & resolution took a turn. It would've been cool to watch this if it was on an episode of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" or any anthology series. SPECIAL NOTE: E.G. Marshall and other CBSRMT websites said it was written by Percy Granger and if you read the synopsis in the CBSRMT Episode Guide Book, it says it was written by Sam Dann. TYPO! There were dramatic tunes in ACT-1, suspenseful themes in ACT-2, and tension rising in ACT-3. The peaceful melody at the very end was a nice touch. There were the sounds of the hotel reservation pages turning, music from the French cafe, water running, door being knocked, a couple of punches, the newspaper, the rotary phone (this story takes place in 1954), and the high blowing wind at the top of the Eiffel Tower. There was more dialogue & music, but less sound effects. But more importantly, our Host was intriguing and very informative. In his Prologue, E.G. Marshall quoted Philip Amour who said, "No better looking glass than old friend." Good intro because that was the topic of this CBSRMT episode: friendship. In ACT-1, he quoted Ralph Waldo Emerson who said, "I do not wish to treat friendships daintily, but with the roughest courage." Later he quoted Martin Farquhar Tupper who said, "A true friend does sometimes venture to be offensive." Like the old saying, "Friendship is a 2 way street." In ACT-2, he quoted Frank Crane who said, "you may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment if you don't trust enough." (That is 1 of my favorite quotes of all time.) In ACT-3, E.G. Marshall explains that people burden Reunions with too many expectations. That depends on what the Reunion is: a High School reunion, a Family reunion, or in this case, a war reunion. In his Epilogue, after explaining what was the outcome of our main characters' lives after Utah Beach on D-Day, he states that if we leave it entirely up to fate, we're in trouble…something to think about. And finally, our cast was excellent: Paul Hecht (as Louis Simons), William Griffis (as Inspector Malraux & French Hotel Manager), Mildred Clinton (as Janie Simons & Juliette), and Sam Gray (as Hank Murphy/Henri Jones). I give props to William Griffis & Mildred Clinton for pulling it off for playing French characters. But I give big props to Paul Hecht for playing the sincere and loyal friend and to Sam Gray for playing in a Jekyll & Hyde role. Bravo, you 2. If you're a history buff on WWII, check this episode out. Until next time…pleasant dreams. =0>

I rate this episode ★★★★☆ for GOOD. I've listened to many episodes involving WWII, such as Ep. #1192-THE VOICES and Ep. #1355-ADOLPH AND EVA, and this one involves of D-Day. Percy Granger wrote an interesting Drama-Mystery where the suspense was building up in every Act, but the climax & resolution took a turn. It would've been cool to watch this if it was on an episode of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" or any anthology series. SPECIAL NOTE: E.G. Marshall and other CBSRMT websites said it was written by Percy Granger and if you read the synopsis in the CBSRMT Episode Guide Book, it says it was written by Sam Dann. TYPO! There were dramatic tunes in ACT-1, suspenseful themes in ACT-2, and tension rising in ACT-3. The peaceful melody at the very end was a nice touch. There were the sounds of the hotel reservation pages turning, music from the French cafe, water running, door being knocked, a couple of punches, the newspaper, the rotary phone (this story takes place in 1954), and the high blowing wind at the top of the Eiffel Tower. There was more dialogue & music, but less sound effects. But more importantly, our Host was intriguing and very informative. In his Prologue, E.G. Marshall quoted Philip Amour who said, "No better looking glass than old friend." Good intro because that was the topic of this CBSRMT episode: friendship. In ACT-1, he quoted Ralph Waldo Emerson who said, "I do not wish to treat friendships daintily, but with the roughest courage." Later he quoted Martin Farquhar Tupper who said, "A true friend does sometimes venture to be offensive." Like the old saying, "Friendship is a 2 way street." In ACT-2, he quoted Frank Crane who said, "you may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment if you don't trust enough." (That is 1 of my favorite quotes of all time.) In ACT-3, E.G. Marshall explains that people burden Reunions with too many expectations. That depends on what the Reunion is: a High School reunion, a Family reunion, or in this case, a war reunion. In his Epilogue, after explaining what was the outcome of our main characters' lives after Utah Beach on D-Day, he states that if we leave it entirely up to fate, we're in trouble…something to think about. And finally, our cast was excellent: Paul Hecht (as Louis Simons), William Griffis (as Inspector Malraux & French Hotel Manager), Mildred Clinton (as Janie Simons & Juliette), and Sam Gray (as Hank Murphy/Henri Jones). I give props to William Griffis & Mildred Clinton for pulling it off for playing French characters. But I give big props to Paul Hecht for playing the sincere and loyal friend and to Sam Gray for playing in a Jekyll & Hyde role. Bravo, you 2. If you're a history buff on WWII, check this episode out. Until next time…pleasant dreams. =0>

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