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Title

The Birthmark

Plot

A scientist believes that a hand-shaped birthmark on his wife's cheek is the only thing standing between her and perfect beauty. He develops a means of removing it and his wife is willing. What price will they pay for their vanity?

Episode

0668

Air Dates

  • First Run - June 20, 1977
  • Repeat - November 5, 1977
  • Repeat - November 18, 1979

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Rating

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1 Responses to Episode 0668

Elspeth Eric has done it again for writing a fantastic adaptation from a Nathaniel Hawthorne classic. It's a good title. Another way to title it, would be "The Departure" because not only it involves of the departure of the birthmark, but also the departure of the love that these characters had. It's a Romantic-Drama-Mystery. Out Host, E.G. Marshall, made a great contribution to this CBSRMT episode. From his Prologue about Nathaniel Hawthorne, to ACT-1 about the love of science VS the love of a woman (plus quoting a Shakespeare sonnet), to ACT-2 on the world of science & its logical deductions, to ACT-3 on learning that science is a servant instead of a master, to his Epilogue about other writers that admired Nathaniel Hawthorne's work. Writers like Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Herman Melville, and Edgar Allan Poe. And speaking of Poe, go read his short story "The Oval Portrait" because it's similar to this story. The sound effects of the lab equipment boiling were decent, but more importantly, was the music. Hypnotic tunes, including the TWILIGHT ZONE track from Ep. 51 "The Invaders", that created the themes of despair, misery, and also bereavement. Listening to those themes while hearing our characters speak will make you feel like you're in the scenes with them and you could feel their emotional torment. And if there is one word to describe our cast starring Tony Roberts (as Alymer: the Scientist), Gordon Heath (as Aminadab: the lab assistant), and Marian Seldes (as Georgianna: Alymer's wife), the word would be: COMPELLING! These 3 played their parts to a T! You got Alymer acting like he's a cross between Pygmalion & Dr. Frankenstein who strives for perfection. To summarize, he uses his scientific skills to create a "Heavenly" experiment to help his "Earthly" angel on removing the birthmark, but all 3 of them ended up in a "Hellish" conclusion. These were the roles that they were destined to play.

Russ


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