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Title

Mother Love

Plot

An unusual favor and $6000 are all a fortune teller needs to grant the wish of a desperate woman to conceive

Episode

0025

Air Dates

  • First Run - January 30, 1974
  • Repeat - March 31, 1974
  • Repeat - October 14, 1978

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Rating

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31 Responses to Episode 0025

Very creepy episode, but it wasn't too difficult to guess the ending. Didn't she read the story of Rumpelstiltskin? Never ever agree to some sort of blank check favor to a witch! Supernatural thriller.

Andy

Weird and creepy. I found it almost difficult to listen to. You just know that it is not going to end well, but the young woman is too desperate for a baby to see it herself.

Ron

I heard this when I was a kid and never forgot it..scared the C--- out of me! so great they left the commercials in...one of the best RMT's I remember..enjoy!!

PIZ

I LOVE this one, I too heard many of these growing up as a young boy, and this was my fav. Weird, creepy, and strange like they are supposed to be, I dont understand just the 2.5 rating. My father was crazy about these, and had a large # he taped himself on cassettes. We listened to them traveling on vacation,and at night, out in the country, that intro was OMG SO scary, those were some of my fav memories growing up in the 70's. Thanks DAD,(r.i.p.) for introducing me, and thanks to this website for keeping them alive!!

Vincent R. Hickey

I don't remember hearing this particular episode as a child, but I too was a childhood fan of this series and cassette recorded them to enjoy in various contexts . . . I am so grateful for this site. Thank you so much!

Pandora

I love the Mother Love character in this episode, she has a very creepy voice. I love when the commercials are left in, it really helps take you back to when the episode aired. Great website, thanks!

Wes

You could see the ending of this one a mile away! The actress, Vinette Carroll, played a Jamaician or West Indian doctor a couple of times on "All in the Family" when Archie had to have an operation and had to have a blood transfusion. She provided the blood.

Kristin

Wow Kristen! Thanks so much for the fun fact about Vinette Carroll. My Father loved All in The Family, and I remember that episode well. Yes the story was predictable, but I loved the scary, weird, nature of the Mother Love character. Reminds me of the Stygian Witches from the original, "Clash of the Titans". Thanks again Kristen!

vince hickey

Truly amazing episode in my opinion... terrifyingly sad. The woman's heartbreaking desperation combined with the creepy Mother Love (and her strange deep voice) make for an episode that stuck with me for days after hearing it.

reyx77

Even though I knew what the ending was going to be, I neglected to say I couldn't stop listening to this episode,"Mother Love". I agree with the others that it is sad, terrifying and creepy. Vinette Carroll is terrific in this role. She doesn't ham it up like another actress might have. Mother Love knows that she will get what she's after and is almost terrifying calm and patient. I loved the original "Clash of the Titans" too!! 5 Stars

Kristin

A woman is unable to conceive a child so she turns to alternate means. Unfortunately, the seer she seeks counsel from has a sinister agenda.

Bonnie

So creepy and with an ineluctable conclusion that is real horror.

Marcie

Thanks for the comment Marcie, I have never, EVER seen the word ineluctable, spoken written, anywhere!! Thank you, and I am so glad you enjoyed the episode.It really takes me back to great times with my Father, thanks also to everyone who commented as well! :)

vince Hickey

A young woman, unable to conceive, seeks out a fortune teller who says she can help her have a baby for $6000 and a strange favor.

L. Annover

Creepy with an ending reminiscent of "Rosemary's Baby"

Marven M.

Ooooh, this one creeped me out!!! :shock: A barren woman seeks help in order to conceive a child from a fortune teller/herbologist named Mother Love. Now you KNOW that's just asking for trouble in the CBSRMT world!! And hasn't homeopathy gained much more respect and acceptance in the world since then.

Kadison

This one is definately creepy. Especially, the ending. Had a "Rosemary's Baby" feel to it, don't you think? (Actually "Rosemary's Baby" which is a rather fun little horror movie, would have made a good RMT episode when you think of it). I've often thought about how much better certain movies would have been had they been done as radio dramas. Imagine "The Shining" or "The Excorcist" as radio features (Mercedes McCambridge provided the voice of the demon in "The Excorcist", afterall). One's imagination can always create a more fearful "world" than any amount of special effects can provide. That's why, I've always enjoyed the first "Blair Witch Project". You're right about this episode being reminiscent of "BlacK Widow". This one has more chilling overtures ,though, I think. The voice of the child calling from the back room to his mother (And then, especially at the end) and the mental image conjured up by the crow's cawking. Can you imagine sleeping with that in your bedroom? Invokes a little Edgar Allan Poe ( "And the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door"). e mental image conjured up by the crow's cawking. Can you imagine sleeping with that in your bedroom? Invokes a little Edgar Allan Poe ( "And the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door").

George

This episode was one of the creepier RMT's. I particularly liked the actress who portrayed Mother Love. She had a spooky delivery of her lines. Do you think she ML let the other woman raise the child? Or for that matter, would the mother have wanted to raise that....thing.

Ruth Claire A.

Yeah, good one. Nice and scary.

Jeremy Bushong

I've gotta chime in as NOT a fan of this episode in parts. Run me out of town on a rail, but the Mother Love character (voiced flatly by Vinette Carroll) kept grating on my nerves. Her voice didn't seem mysterious, it sounded colorless. Her tone, her pauses/timing, it was all just "off"--it sounded like it was recorded with her reading the script for the first time. I'm listening to all of the episodes straight through, and this is the worst voice acting I've heard to this point. She should have stuck with directing stage plays. The episode itself has a fine story with good writing. But part of enjoying a drama--movie, play, radio, whatever the medium--is suspending disbelief enough to be drawn into the story. Mother Love's voice, along with EVERYone in the play mispronouncing "herb," kept startling me out of the story and I just had to tolerate the rest. That's not saying everyone else reviewing this is "wrong;" it's just interesting how widely different opinions can arise from the same experience.

Mike

When Joan Hackett says, "Let's get out of here." One can hear the terror in her voice! I am with you, "Let's get out of here."

Robert RJMGREEN@AOL.COM

Literally such a great episode. This is by far one of thee best! It had me thinking about it the rest of the day and the next^_^

Tyler G

Very strange ending - the son was able to telepathically speak? If so, why did he still sound the same if he was in a "fixed" body? It does make you wonder why the lady wouldn't just take the baby away from Mother Love and never come back. Kristin - thanks for pointing out the All in the Family episode, that is one that I remember quite clearly and I was likely around 8 when I saw it.

Alec

This is a good one. Very well done by all. Mother love is superb with her solid steely voice. These shows bring back bittersweet memories growing up as youngster in the '70's. When I listen to each story I get a little sad because sometimes they remind me of the loved ones who are no longer here- and sadly that list is getting larger. :(

Poocee

I really liked this one, but I thought "Mother" was a a man (named "Mother"). I thought this was a take-off on Psycho and since old radio plays usually portray homosexuals as psychopaths, that "Mother" was one of those. I'd better listen more carefully! George, she was probably reading the script for the second time. These were produced in a day at CBS New York. The Wiki article on CBS Mystery Theatre is enlightening.

Bill King

This episode is truly macabre, to quote EG Marshall! The "visitor" was truly creepy. Thank you, Hyman Brown for your vision of amazing radio, and thank you to this Website for allowing us to enjoy Mystery Theater today on our IPads, when we used to listen on our old radio with knobs that couldn't quite get the exact frequency! I can't imagine my childhood without my radio and Mystery Theater.

Melanie

Its One of my all time favorite.

Denise

I just don't understand the appeal of this episode at all. It's very creepy and the eerie atmosphere is well created, but it's predictable. Vinette Carroll was very talented, but simply did not have a voice for radio. It's quite off-putting, to say the least. The only good thing about this episode is Joan Hackett, who left us far too soon. I HATE the ear-splitting bird noises! I almost had to bail the first time I ever heard this one. I've only listened to it again for Ms. Hackett.

Zeezee1

I have a question. There is, at least to my knowledge, only one way physiologically for a woman to become pregnant by her husband (CBSRMT aired in the days before artificial insemination). So why didn't George notice the amulet around his wife's waist? He noticed the bird just fine, but the weirdo amulet he just ignores? Does that make a lick of sense to anybody?

Lee

Yes, the ending was predictable but I thought Vinette Carroll's reading was great. She was so creepy!

Barb

I love CBSRMT and as long as the recording is clean/clear and it's not truncated, I'm happy. Yes, this story was fairly predictable; reminded me of Rapunzel a bit. That said, I did NOT like the voicing by Vinnette Carrol. She may have been great in other aspects of her career, but she sounded like a man to me, and had this been TV, that might have been ok, but when it's a radio show where your imagination fills in the visual, it was a fail in my book.

Joseph


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