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The Specter Bridegroom


The spirit of a bridegroom pays regular visits to his widowed bride after he perishes on their wedding night.



Air Dates

  • First Run - December 3, 1979
  • Repeat - March 25, 1980





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5 Responses to Episode 1035

Kudos to Elspeth Eric for writing another terrific adaptation of Washington Irving's Gothic tale of Horror & Romance. And kudos to Paul Hecht for playing the role of Hendrik: the Specter Bridegroom. What I enjoyed the most, other than the ending twist, it was the music at the 10-minute 7-second mark where the chemistry between Hendrik & the bride named Herta (played by Patsy Bruder) goes from "amiable" to "pleasant delight." Robert Dryden (as Baron Van Landshort) and Grace Matthews (as Aunt Matilda) are terrific as you hear them in this CBSRMT episode. And E.G. Marshall talks about horror writers at the very end: Horace Walpole, Honore de Balzac, Washington Irving, and Edgar All Poe. He said all of this before in Episode #1013-THE GUILLOTINE. But still, his contribution as host of this series is always entertaining. If you enjoy Washington Irving's tales like "Rip Van Winkle" and "Legend of Sleepy Hollow", then you'll enjoy this one!


I also enjoyed it! I felt like the twist et me down some! But it was a good test as far as something I did not expect..


"Spectral Bridegroom" -This is a really good episode, it is Gothic and mysterious and pleasant to listen to. The tale starts from the perspective of an engaged young lady, her father and her aunt, and in the last act we hear from the Spectral ghostly Bridegroom himself! Hmmmmm! A really enjoyable episode!


A not-too-distracting hiss throughout. No annoying, fake animal sounds or recurring screaming. Accents not too distracting. No commercials.


This is one of the best CBS Radio Mystery Theater episodes that I have ever listened to! It is a hauntingly beautiful and romantic Gothic tale. The voice actors did an absolutely superb job! Thankyou very much Mr. Washington Irving.

Eric Templeton

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