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The Secret of Crow's Nest


A man takes a return journey back to a mountain dwelling that has a horrible surprise for him.



Air Dates

  • First Run - September 15, 1978
  • Repeat - March 20, 1979





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2 Responses to Episode 0893

Interesting story with a surprise ending! Well worth a listen!


I rate this episode ★★★★☆ for GOOD. Gerald Keane’s mystery story had an interesting plot, however, the ending wasn’t startling. I figured there would be a shocking twist; like a mysterious person was hiding inside the house, or the main character had an alter ego, or the victim died of a freak accident. The title is good and another way to title this, would be “Where Death Took Place.” The music had the right kind of suspenseful tunes in every scene. The sound effects of the howling wind, cabin doors, footsteps, mountain storm, rain, car engine sputtering, jail lock, beeps at the Hospital, drinking glasses clinking, and the gun blast were exceptional. But for a mystery tale that takes place up in a cabin, it needed more effects of nature/animals to make it sound like we’re in the woodland area of Northern California. In his Prologue, E.G. Marshall begins with the description of the house of Crow’s Nest. In ACT-1, established more details on the house, but figure out how & why the victim was killed. In ACT-2, he connects this story to a quote by English Playwright Christopher Marlowe: “To suffer at the hands of fate, to suffer punishment unjustly, oh to live that memory, those spent tears, those unhealed wounds and turn back time to the innocence of a happier day.” Later, he questions on who’s telling the truth, who has the most to lose, and who has the most to gain by lying? In ACT-3, after knowing what happened to our main characters, E.G. Marshall informs the CBSRMT fans that no one really knows the whole story. In his Epilogue, he quoted Christopher Marlowe again: “It lies not in our power to love or hate, for will in us is overruled by fate,” but also quoted William Shakespeare’s line from his JULIUS CAESAR play: “The fault lies not in our stars, but in ourselves.” E.G. Marshall concluded this examination by saying: “Somewhere between ourselves and our fates, probably lies the truth.” (3 interesting quotes to ponder over). And finally, our cast: Mandel Kramer (as James Burns and Sheriff Clark), Carol Teitel (as Ms. Mantel/Martha Burns), and Ian Martin (as Jeff Conroy and Slade Brown). All 3 of them deserve a round of applause for playing double roles. Mandel Kramer’s acting in this was just as good as his performance in #0026-THE MAN WHO ASKED FOR YESTERDAY. If you’re a fan of any of these 3 cast members, tune in to this one. SPECIAL BONUS: This episode has a pause at the 03:10 mark from Chicago’s WBBM News Radio 780AM reporting about Muhammad Ali that he regained his world championship boxing crown. Until next time…pleasant dreams. =0)


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