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Age Cannot Wither Her


An elderly man returns to shore alone after taking his young wife on a sailing trip. He spins a fantastic tale about a fountain of youth when the local sheriff questions his wife's disappearance.



Air Dates

  • First Run - August 11, 1975
  • Repeat - December 27, 1975





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13 Responses to Episode 0324

Always liked this one. It is one of the few that I could remember vividly from my childhood. Even remembered her birth year!

Jonathan Wald

A man of 70 years old and his wife, who appears to be no older than her late teens, settle into a lake house in the Adirondacks. The apparent difference in their ages raises eyebrows with the neighbors. When the young lady disappears, a murder investigation ensues.

J. Jonah Jr.

A man is questioned by police when his wife turns up missing after a sailing excursion. Accused of her murder the man offers up an incredible alibi: his wife cannot be dead because she is immortal. His story of marrying a woman who has lived for over 400 years and is impervious to death is too amazing to believe, but it just might be true. This is an intriguing episode with good performances by the leads, raising the question of whether or not it would really be so wonderful to live forever. Genre: Occult

Geoffrey Z.

An old man goes out sailing with his very young wife. He returns alone. When the sheriff inquires about her whereabouts, the man tells him an incredible tale of eternal life.

Llewelyn G.

An elderly man is seen taking a young beautiful woman out in a boat. When he returns alone there is an investigation. There is consensus amongst those asked that the woman was his wife, despite the enormous apparent age difference. When questioned, the man insists that his wife, is 19, and will always be 19, and has been 19 since the French revolution when her alchemist father fed her a potion that promised immortality.


I remember hearing this story when it was aired in 1975! I can't believe I found it. What an interesting story. I am so happy I discovered the CBS Mystery Radio site.


A melancholy tale - a little mysticism, a little romance, even a little Dr. Kevorkian. And a mystery - was the tale really true?

Mike in Grand Rapids

I used to listen to this show as a child. This was my favorite one. Couldn't remember the name but finally found it. This is my all time number one fave! Love you CBS Radio Mysteries!! Xoxo

Gina Schackel

Thank you Gina for your recommendation of this episode. I also loved it- it's whimsical, romantic, mysterious, supernatural, or is it supernatural? You decide!


An enjoyable tale, I especially liked his comment about the Elixir of Death at the end. I do find it odd that they only had one picture and no other history behind the wife.


It is clear to me that several original episodes of CBS Mystery Theater served as 'inspiration' for other authors of novels, movies and TV scripts, I say inspiration to be fair and not say outright that they copied some of the ideas, because there is no way to know for sure. But did this episode "Age Cannot Wither Her" almost assuredly inspire the idea of new movie THE AGE OF ADELINE?? Did "Sacrifice in Blood" inspire the movie THE OMEN? Did "No Way Out" inspire certain aspects of the TV Show LOST? Did "Life Blood" inspire the new movie EX MACHINA?? Did "Charnel House" inspire certain settings and mood of SHELTER ISLAND? Hmmmm, we can only guess at these coincidences...


What I want to know is, why couldn't the immortal girl wait for her husband(s) to die before running off to find a new husband/lover? After all, what's time to her, lol? She could wait for them to die and then find someone else. It's an interesting episode nonetheless.


This is a very good episode! Highley recommend! Today, January 6th, 2016 is the 42nd Anniversary of CBSRMT! Started listening back in 1974 on WIBW, 580 on the AM dial in Topeka, Kansas!

Don Heiland, Jr.

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