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CBSRMT Episode Information
Title:
The Dominant Personality
Plot:
After their wedding, a city waitress moves to the wilderness to live with her loner husband. A series of murders take place on the nearby property and all clues point to her man.
Episode:
0950
Air Dates:
First Run - January 26, 1979
Repeat - July 26, 1979
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4 Responses to Episode 0950


What a great episode The Dominate Personality I really enjoyed this one, but so few time have i heard himan brown's voice speak. Was not quite the same without EG marshal narrating but a good show never the less.

This Episode is 8 out of 10. The actors are all first rate The Plot moves quickly as we see the husband as killer, but with a clever twist as to who's actually responsible for the killings. The great Himan brown (lived to 99 years young), creator of CBSMT, the Creaking door and everything else, is awesome as always.

What's interesting about Percy Granger's writing is that his work was histrionic. Episode #0778-DR. HEIDEGGER'S EXPERIMENT is a perfect example. But as for this CBSRMT episode, it's a Who-Done-It-Histrionic-Mystery. You've read the plot, now here's the rest. SPOILER ALERT: Rod Talbert the recluse (played by Ralph Bell) hypnotizes his wife Olivia (played by Roberta Maxwell) in her sleep to commit murder. Turns out, Professor Leo Hertel (played by Gordon Heath) hypnotized Rod to hypnotize Olivia to commit those crimes. Rod was the Middleman, Olivia was the killer, and the Professor was "The Dominant Personality". There was a climax, but no resolution. There were characters with idiosyncrasies, but not enough character development. Don't get me wrong; the talented acting of Roberta Maxwell, Ralph Bell, Gordon Heath, and Charles Irving were terrific, just not for this type of story. Himan Brown was the Host and his voice is suitable for episodes that are comical, eccentric, perplexing, etc. But this one should've gone to E.G. Marshall. What I enjoyed the most was sound effects of the howling wind, the dog barking, the burning fire, the automobiles screeching, and the gun shots. Also, there was the music that makes you feel like you're there in the rural woods. The cryptic melody at the 26-minute 14-second mark, the heartless tunes at the 27-minute 28-second mark, the chills at the 29-minute 25-second mark, and the iciness tune at the 41-minute 21-second mark. SPECIAL NOTE: There's a loud BEEP noise that interrupts the episode at the 18-minute 6-second mark. The story & host were adequate, but the acting & music were splendid

The acting I thought was top notch! The reminiscent story of "The Manchurian Candidate" but much less complicated on presentation. In listening to this on the website that I posted it was absent of EG marshall which is usually a negative and I think it was here.

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