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Title:
A Portrait of Death
Plot:
A man suddenly achieves the power to become a great painter. But all his subjects seem to meet their ends quite as suddenly. His step brother starts to worry as the man plans to paint his wife in his next session.
Episode:
0077
Air Dates:
First Run - April 18, 1974
Repeat - July 10, 1974
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5 Responses to Episode 0077


This is a very interesting variant on the theme in that this guy UNKNOWINGLY sells his soul to the Devil, the result of an off-hand figure of speech. Very enjoyable episode. Demon summoning. This is one of the episodes whose recording include the contemporary news report. I always listen to these to get updates on Watergate, and so forth. This one had a blurb about local athlete Bruce Jenner. Jenner, of course, will become very famous in two years when he wins the gold medal in the Olympic Decathlon.

If I were Otis, I would be really worried about just what I inadvertantly did with my soul. Sheesh!

The art may be draining but the intrigue is sustaining.

A painter sells his soul to become a master and it appears his wish has come true, except that all the people for whom he has painted portraits all die. When his love interest's brother, a policeman, starts looking in to his past, he worries for his sibling.

Great story. A man who can kill those whom he paints. If this were a modern day, Hollywood production, the United States would have kidnapped this painter and forced him to paint portraits of enemies of America. Subsequently, those enemies would die. I am rambling--my point is that radio shows of the seventies were unique in their simplicity. Otis gave up painting for the love of his wife and others. 4 stars. Also, you gotta love the beginning of this episode where the news brief details the Watergate scandal, the Patty Hearst case, Kansas City school teachers' salary disputes and a short about a little known local boy named Bruce Jenner who at one point in time was the world's greatest athlete and not some schlep married to mama-Kardashien.

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