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Title

The Phantom House

Plot

Two young sisters spend the summer with their aunt and uncle in the Virginia countryside at the turn of the century. One sister sees the image of a house destroyed more than 50 years before and struggles against becoming part of its terrible curse.

Episode

0634

Air Dates

  • First Run - April 14, 1977
  • Repeat - August 28, 1977

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Rating

30
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3 Responses to Episode 0634

Very cheesy, overdone plot with 2 stero type southern belle sisters that encounter a lack luster mystery. Skip this one, not Martins best. Plus how can a brick house burn to he ground?

Tf

Two young sisters spend the summer with their aunt and uncle in the Virginia countryside at the turn of the century. One sister sees the image of a house destroyed more than 50 years before and struggles against becoming part of its terrible heritage.

Nomar P.

Great story. I remember hearing this one in 1977 and I enjoyed it. I had no idea Morgan Fairchild was one of the voice actors! Contrary to a comment above, I think the voice actresses did a wonderful job. I remember my grandmother in Virginia sounding very similar, so the impression of a stereotype is unfounded. There is also the fact that the story is set in 1880, so why would the dialogue of the sisters not be characteristic of the Southern belle? As for a brick house burning down, it is conceivable that the red brick appearance was due to a veneer, rather than solid construction. Although solid construction was preferred, cheaper methods of construction have always been used, especially those faced with Gentile poverty. Faux finishes have been used for centuries, but many have not survived. As for a lackluster mystery, many of the Mystery Theater episodes could fall in to that category. Take the adaptations of Shakespeare plays or paranormal themes that involve little or no mystery in themselves. Having listened to most of the shows when they were broadcasted, I received the impression that they were mostly to entertain, rather than serve the mystery enthusiast exclusively.

Robert M


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