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Title

Catch a Falling Star

Plot

Out of charity, residents of a small town bring their needlework requirements to a crazed seamstress. Chaos and hilarity ensues when she insists on creating the gown of a young bride-to-be.

Episode

1000

Air Dates

  • First Run - July 25, 1979
  • Repeat - November 27, 1979

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Rating

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15 Responses to Episode 1000

One thousand. That's a lot of episodes. I started listening about Thanksgiving. Its not really 1,000 though, there were a few episodes I just couldn't hear good enough to make out the whole plot. Maybe with a good equalizer I could hear it better. Here's a partial list of hard to hear ones:508,532,545,664,811,892,894,936,995,999,and episode 869 only went through act two. Still ya gotta love it.I think the work put into this was a gargantuan task. Also, I now have a bottle of brandy in the house, seems to work for any occasion.

Randy McLeod

brought a tear to my eye! a beautiful ending. Randy, I have a bottle of baileys!

cdnbelle

Creeeeepy.

Zeezee1

Wonderful episode of a family's true compassion - well acted and scripted. A top ten for me

Peter Kapelke

RANDY MCLEOD: Congrats on your 1,000 episode Listen! Very Few can say they have heard 1,000! So, Now Please Share your CBS Radio Mystery Theater Favorites Episodes List!!! My Favorite Episodes List is on the Comments Section of my fave Episode "Return to Shadow Lake". I have updated my list there several times, and others have shared theirs there. Please Post your Favorite List there!!!! Look forward to hearing your Favorites!

Melanie

I rate this episode ★★★★☆ for GOOD. Nancy Moore’s Drama-Mystery was spellbinding, but also predictable. It was predictable that Miss Mamie, the amateur seamstress filled with delusional happiness, would botch up a wedding dress and make it just for herself to live out her fantasy. On the other hand, it was spellbinding on how sympathetic the Browning Family was to her and a soothing ending it was. The title works, but another way to this would be “Fugitive From The Real World” or “Miss Mamie: The Wilted Flower.” In our Host’s Prologue, E.G. Marshall asks how many of us live a fantasy life (Hinting we’re about to embark on a story where Realty & Fantasy will be interweaving). In ACT-1, know our main character: Miss Mamie: the seamstress in her late 70’s. But also point out that dreams transform into nightmares and a confused mind transforms into a possessed mind. In ACT-2, knowing that the fantasy is intertwining with reality, Miss Mamie’s got stardust in her eyes. In ACT-3, quoting the British Poet John Donne’s song: “Go and catch a falling star.” In his Epilogue, E.G. Marshall summarizes the Resolution on the Wedding and the aftermath of Miss Mamie. Our Host’s narrations were obliging. The sound effects of birds chirping, doorbell, footsteps, and town bell ringing were good, but many were repeated in every Act. The music was delightful and thought-provoking, especially the tunes during Grace Browning’s narrations. And this cast was also delightful: Carol Teitel (as Miss Mamie), Ralph Bell (as David Browning), Teri Keane (as Grace Browning), and Kathleen Quinlan (as Hallie Browning). Carol Teitel’s performance was marvelous as her performance in #0921-THE GREY SLAPPER. Both Ralph Bell and Teri Keane are top-notch terrific in their roles. The way Teri Keane pauses in mid-sentence and scoffs at the 33:16 mark was good, like the actress felt exactly what the characters were going through. Kathleen Quinlan was splendid in her role as the daughter. It’s too bad that she only did 2 episodes for CBSRMT. This one and #0971-RING OF EVIL. All in all, it’s still an entertaining mystery that everyone should check out. Until next time…pleasant dreams. =0)

Russell

I liked it. Sad in a way but happy too.

Laura

A very sweet and sad story that was extremely well done ! The voice actors were excellent, along with the music and the commentary by E.G. Marshall. Well worth your time to listen.

Cori

Sad but nice ending.

Cincinnatus

I have been listening, sometimes several episodes a day, for a year now... I was surprised how touching & sweet this episode was.

Cindy Caldwell

Such a heartfelt story. Well worth listening to again.

PZ

I loved watching Care 54 Where Are You! On Nick @ Nite in the 80s. He was quoted as saying: "Voice work is the kindest thing that can happen to an old actor." (Though wasn't he a judge in "My cousin Vinny", long after the last RMT episode - think it was Mr. Gwynne's final role before he passed.)

Chris

I rate this episode ★★★☆☆ for AVERAGE. I’ll review what I enjoyed the most first and then finish off what I disliked. First, I enjoyed the cast: Kevin McCarthy (as William Gillette/Sherlock Holmes), Jada Rowland (as Pamela Watson), Russell Horton (as Jim Watson), and Carol Teitel (as the Tour Guide and Mrs. Hudson). Carol Teitel was terrific in her 2 roles. Jada Rowland is my favorite actress in the CBSRMT series and having her partner up with Russell Horton again, like many episodes before, was delightful. And Kevin McCarthy was entertaining, just like his performance as Sherlock Holmes in previous episodes before this one. Next up, music and sound effects. Dozens of dramatic tunes were used, but no suspenseful or chilling tracks were used to match the feel of being trapped in a castle. Sound effects of car engine running, tires screech, footsteps, tourists murmuring, sliding doors, cat meowing, howling wind, gong, lamp breaking, doors, cane hitting clothing, gun shot, tapping of the phone, drawing the curtains, carriage rolling up, pouring of drinking glasses, and doorbell were very supportive in this tale. Next is our Host and his narrations. E.G. Marshall’s Prologue focused on castles and our story takes place at a castle in New England. In ACT-1, meet Jim & Pamela Watson where one of them is a Sherlock Holmes buff. In ACT-2, knowing so little about William Gillette’s career and we get a sense that some actors like him can go too far to create an illusion of reality. In ACT-3, after the strange turn of events, our Host’s only explanation to the Climax is to mention a quote from a playwright about the 6th sense of the Imagination. In his Epilogue, he recommends CBSRMT listeners to take a tour of the Gillette Castle itself in Connecticut. Good recommendation, but no Resolution explained on what happened to our characters afterwards. And so, it comes down to the final segment: the Script. Elizabeth Pennell has written decent drama mysteries and even did the adaptations of #0605-JANE EYRE and #0643-WUTHERING HEIGHTS. But this story was Fair. So-so, I should say. I was expecting it to be a haunting mystery about a haunted castle with the Sherlock Holmes references. But instead, this story’s turn of events created massive questions to think about. Like, how did the Jim & Pamela Watson hear about this castle? Was Mrs. Hudson going through nightmare problems? Was William Gillette really dead? Was he putting on a show for his guest just so he can play Sherlock Holmes for fun? Did these 2 tourists actually travel back in time? Was the castle actually haunted? Was it really a nightmare? Was anything resolved after Jim & Pamela Watson escaped from the castle? There are so many fill-in-the-blanks in this, the episode’s title should be changed and call it “A Bad Case Of The Jitters” or “Elementary, My Dear Guests.” Tune in to this, if you like. There are better castle stories in the CBSRMT vault. SPECIAL BONUS: This episode has commercials of AMEX travelers checks, Bob Armstrong’s Diamond Center, “The Ritual” novel, CBS-News, First Federal of Gary, Radio Advertising Bureau, Jewel’s Discount Grocery Store, CBS-Sports News in Chicago, CBS-News on Election 1980, Susan Anton for Serta Sleeper Mattresses, and Smokey Bear Program. Until next time…pleasant dreams.

Russ

I rate this episode ★★★★★ for EXCELLENT. I'd think that Robert Barr would have been pleased of the adaptation of this by James Agate, Jr. It has intricate clues, it has peculiar motives, and it has a surprising twist in the end. And above all, it has a great detective in this: Eugène Valmont. Robert Barr’s character ranks up with Jacques Futrelle’s Professor Augustus S.F.X. Van Dusen and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. Another way to title this story would be “A Case Of Interest” or even “The Parisian Detective.” In our Host’s Prologue, E.G. Marshall starts it off by comparing one of the characters as a “Scrooge.” In ACT-1, the bloodline of the James Dudley Hills on their fortunes. As the plot thickens, we realize that not all clues were divulged in the first Act alone. In ACT-2, questions pop up. More importantly, they see the evidence clearly, but not recognize it. In ACT-3, quoting Sir Francis Bacon about suspicions and our main detective plays a waiting game. In the end, after discovering where the loot was hiding all along and discovering who else was related to the family, we learned a private post-mortem joke that money would bring out the worst in those with the least character. In his Epilogue, E.G. Marshall finishes it off with the comparison of the Midas myth - great wealth does not equal great happiness. Outstanding narrations. Sound effects of bells, footsteps, background noise at the police station, phone receiving line, seals, patrons murmuring, paper note, newspapers, doors, dog wincing, phone ringing, paper bills, intercom buzzer, emergency sirens, pulling off wallpaper were terrific. As for the music, great selection of dramatic tunes that moved the story forward. And let us not forget our amazing cast: Norman Rose (as Eugène Valmont), Russell Horton (as James Dudley Hill III and Inspector Graves), and Robert Dryden (as James Dudley Hill, Jr. and Elijah Browning). These 3 worked well together. Norman Rose, performing with a French accent, was very entertaining. This is one mystery story that CBSRMT fans should not pass up on. Until next time…pleasant dreams.

Russ

I rate this episode ★★★★☆ for GOOD. I admire Murray Burnett’s work, particularly his adaptions of the Sherlock Holmes stories. But the story originally from Edith Wharton was better. The novelist’s ghost story had a Narrator without a name. In Murray Burnett’s version, we got a fashion designer that’s interested in the castle while the other male characters act persuasive and vulnerable. I was more interested in the mystery of the dogs and hope that they would play a bigger part to this tale. Other ways to title this would be “Dogs Of Kerfol” or “Strange Vendetta.” In our Host’s Prologue, that I had to find on other OTR websites, E.G. Marshall’s topic is about castles with ghosts. In ACT-1, meet our main character who’s interested in buying a castle. After digging into the story within the story, our Host points out the lifestyle differences of adultery from 2 different time periods. Our main character must’ve seen dogs or ghost dogs. After too many conflicts about pets getting killed in this story, E.G. Marshall mentions ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). Was E.G. Marshall trying to advertise this non-profit organization into the episode? In ACT-3, he understands the reaction that our main character felt when reading the history book. When the story was over, E.G. Marshall stated that when he talked about this story to a psychiatrist and what was his take on this? Was E.G. Marshall talking about his personal life on this? Or was this something that Murray Burnett wrote for him? What’s even weirder, is the Epilogue. E.G. Marshall tells the world’s shortest horror story ever. It’s a classic, but it’s irrelevant to this particular story. E.G. Marshall wasn’t off topic with his narrations, but he could’ve saved the ASPCA mentioning, the psychiatrist moment, and the shortest horror story for other episodes. The music was OK, but the tunes for the chilling moments kept on repeating in every Act. Sound effects of birds chirping, bell ring, iron gate squeaking, footsteps, car tires screech, jewelry case, door knocking, howling wind, violin music, and unbolting the door were good. And of course, the sounds of dogs barking were helpful. And finally, our cast: Mercedes McCambridge (as Paula Randall and Anne de Cornault), William Redfield (as Herve de Lanrivain and Andre de Lanrivain), Ian Martin (as Baron Yves de Cornault), and Guy Sorel (as the Judge and the Gypsy). I like this choice of cast members. In fact, this was my favorite part of the episode. All of the actors were great. But it was Mercedes McCambridge, our leading lady, who was superb. Her performance in this reminds me of her performance in Ep. #0318-CARMILLA where she played 2 roles: The Narrator and the Woman who dealt with death. Fans of her would enjoy this episode. Check this one out, but also check out Edith Wharton’s original ghost story. Until next time…pleasant dreams.

Russ


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