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Title:
The Venus d'Ile
('Proster M')
Plot:
Venus has always been a tricky, tempestuous goddess for those who are aware of mythology. An unlucky gambler consents to a marriage for wealth and carelessly places the wedding ring on a Venus statuette. The situation turns tricky when the goddess comes to life and asks for his heart or his life.
Episode:
0083
Air Dates:
First Run - April 30, 1974
Repeat - July 19, 1974
Repeat - September 9, 1979
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8 Responses to Episode 0083


This episode just seemed silly! 82 with the woman talking to plants seems more reasonable than this odd Venus guy trap! lol

Representative of nothing, I suppose, but the original story is spelled "Venus d'Ille," with two "l"'s. I liked it, though it was predictable. Not just The CBS Radio Mystery Theater, but pretty much in comtemporary fiction, if a man marries a woman for money, he must therefore die. Psychological thriller; questioned supernatural elements.

I'm easy to please. I like all the episodes just because they bring me such fond memories of my transistor radio crammed under my pillow and me crammed under my covers to scared to fall asleep. LOL! Plus the commercials are a hoot! I listened to CBS Radio Mystery on WDAF Kansas City. I love when there are news clips on the shows. Nixon is still president. Watergate is unfolding. So interesting to listen to this history. Thanks for putting all these episodes online. :-))

A down on his luck gambler marries for money. However, when he carelessly places the ring on a statue, he finds himself betrothed to a goddess. Difficult to follow at times, but a good story with rich characters.

The usually smooth and superb Norman Rose (ya'll will get a double dip of him next weekend) doesn't really disappoint here as a womanizing, financially ne'er-do-well frenchman who's overextended himself at a local gambling parlor. When informed that his credit is revoked and that he owes the parlor (which recently became the property of organized crime) a big debt, he scoffs...informing the manager that he's just about to be betrothed to a well known local and very rich woman. Later at her estate, playing tennis while a thunderstorm is approaching in the distance, Rose's character admires a large statue of Venus on the mansion grounds. The lady has a male friend also there who remarks that the statue was the "Venus d'Ile" and was once worshiped by the people in the area. Rose, meanwhile, is having trouble with his swing...he says his ring is to blame, and decides that a great place to put it would be the Venus statue's hand until he finishes his game. Bad idea. The male friend admonishes him, saying that if he puts a ring on the thing's finger she will interpret that to mean he wants to marry her. Whoops...the game's finished, rain is starting to pour down and now Rose's character can't get the ring off of the statue...

A gambling addict is fortunate to be the object of affection of a wealthy heiress. He convinces his creditors to extend his credit on the promise that he will marry her and have access to her money. While playing tennis with his girlfriend, he stores a ring on the finger of a bronze statue of Venus (this one has arms!) against the advise of the woman’s butler who claims that it will be tantamount to proposing marriage to the statue of the Goddess of Love. He balks and does it anyway and afterward begins to hear the voice of the Goddess appealing for his affection as her new fiancé. He struggles between his choice of the statue of the Goddess of Love, and the real life Goddes of Wealth . Very cool episode

This episode just seemed to implausible. Claude was a scoundrel full of vanity. With gambling debts looming over his head, he would have married the wealthy Rose instead of holding out and eventually falling for the statue of Venus. Not tangible, but a good listen. 3 stars.

The story seemed unlikely in several ways but was an okay listen. I thought it interesting that one of the rich woman's suitors was a first cousin of hers. I found the Watergate news clip much more interesting.

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