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Wanted, a Husband


A suspicious postal investigator pokes his nose into the business of two local swindlers believed to be running an elaborate mail order scam.



Air Dates

  • First Run - May 7, 1980
  • Repeat - August 28, 1980





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7 Responses to Episode 1083

Humorous tale of two enterprising men in the 1920s using a newspaper ad of a woman seeking a husband to generate interest from marriage-minded men -- and their $4 "application fee" to be considered. Gwynne's folksy character is entertaining. Some great transitional music that moves the scenes -- it reminds me of the old Rankin-Bass animation productions. (Wonder where we could find them on the internet?) Some vintage ads as well, especially the last eight minutes. "Agree Conditioner -- Gets rid of the greasies!"


With Fred Gwynne.

Dwight Lamit

Fred Gwynne + O.Henry = Entertainment! Fred Gwynne does a fantastic job for playing Jeff Peters with a southern accent. The music in ACT 1 makes this episode sound charming, adventurous & witty. In ACT 2 at the 25-minute 36-second mark, the music is unlike anything you've ever heard before; like Time itself stood still for a moment. In ACT 3, listen to Fred Gwynne chuckle at the 41-minute 10-second mark; it's interestingly weird. The actress Bryna Raeburn did a good job for playing Wilhemina TrotterIf, but I think Mercedes McCambridge would've been great for it. If you're looking for CBSRMT episodes that are NOT in the Genre of Horror, this is one of them. It's worth listening to.


Fred Gwynne as usual did not disappoint. was a fun episode with many cleaver parts to it. I was anticipating some twists and turns that did not develop but I suppose that is part of the anticipation. I liked the episode!


Great Episode - good acting & pleasing story - take the time to listen.


Here is some great CBS RMT Trivia - Himan Brown helped to create many of the commercials on the series and worked directly with the Radio Advertising Bureau to do so. Radio commercials were relatively inexpensive to create and often the actors small RMT salaries paid them to do these commercials without extra pay. Actors like Terri Keene (Better Business Bureau), Norman Rose, and William Redfield (Agree Shampoo - the Greasies heard in this episode) and William Redfield often wrote his own humorous radio commercials. Listen for the news at the last seven minutes of this episode and many others. Often the problems of the 70s and 80s are still prevalent to the news today but completely step you back in time to a specific moment like Patty Hearst , interruptions from major sporting events of the day or the Iran Contra hearings and Watergate news updates. I am so very grateful to Himan Brown for creating and maintaining this brilliant series - casting it with so many wonderful performers and writers, choosing E.G. Marshal and Tammy Grimes to host, and for those who helped record and maintain and bring you the series here. Bravo to all!

Paul Liberti

Not the kind of ending I wanted, but a fun episode nonetheless. Can't go wrong with Fred Gwynne.


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