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Postage Due


40 years later, a letter mailed in 1941 is discovered and a local postman is tasked to deliver it. The man becomes entangled in a ghostly affair.



Air Dates

  • First Run - July 29, 1981
  • Repeat - October 27, 1981





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11 Responses to Episode 1227

I really like this episode - maybe one of my favorites. What happens to (and a result of) a 40 year old letter that never got delivered?


This is one of my favorites. When he calls in the middle of the night, my heart still drops! Talk about a creepy, ghost spook. YIKES!!!


Very cool premise ... This episode I give 4 out of 5 for very good. I enjoyed this very much! I think the acting was excellent and the main character held my attention very well the whole episode! I love the premise of the story and how it was done here in this episode!


Bravo to Douglas Dempsey for writing a Drama-Mystery & the Fantasy-Mystery into one. I really loved E.G. Marshall's prologue on optimistic sayings. And his epilogue at the 41-minute 27-second mark is truly spellbinding on whether or not the main character was in a fantasy or reality since he was in every scene from start to finish. The music & sound effects go with the story like peanut butter & jelly. The sound effects of birds chirping, door bell ringing, dog barking, dial tone of a rotary phone, clock ringing, engine running, howling wind, the sounds of the letter opening, and the echoes of the spirit's voice were very supportive to this tale. The music is mystifying in ACT-1, momentous in ACT-2, and phantasmic in ACT-3. But the best part of all, was the cast: Ralph Bell (as George MacCreedy), Teri Keane (as Martha MacCreedy), Robert Kaliban (as Elroy and Leon Winters), and Ian Martin (as the Postmaster and Adolf the Gardner). I loved Ralph Bell's acting as a mailman who sticks to the postman's creed. Teri Keane's role as a housewife was amusing because her character has this feeling for a sense of destiny while her husband has a sense of duty. Robert Kaliban's acting as Elroy Winters was good, but his role as the other brother, Leon, was great because it felt like he used ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) in his voice to give your brain a tingling sensation. And Ian Martin's acting is superb just like his writing for the CBSRMT series. Check this episode out for it is a mystery story at its finest!


Haven't heard this one in years but will give it another listen; very cool premise!


This episode I give 4 out fo 5 for very good. I enjoyed this very much! I think the acting was excellent and the emain chatracter held my attention very well the whole episode! I love the presmise of the story and how it was done here in this episode! Check this one out!


yes it was a good presmise

Billy Boy

Excellent from start to finish.


Interesting episode for the story itself, but also it is proof whether E.G. Marshall was in the studio while the actors were performing. Have you seen the picture that several web sites on the RMT show with E.G. Marshall pictured in the studio at the microphone with about 3 RMT actors recording an episode. That picture I presume was taken during the Christmas Scrooge episode that E.G. actually acted in. Here in this story it makes it quite plain that the letter was posted Aug 1, 1941 and the postman Ralph Bell several times mentions that the letter is 40 years overdue. Not surprising since the first broadcast is July 29, 1981. However there is a slight mystery. E.G. Marshall in the introduction to Act 2 says the letter is 38 years overdue. Very strange if E.G. is live there during the recording where the other actors said the letter is 40 years overdue! Only answer (besides the host not paying much attention) is that E.G. taped the introduction 2 years earlier! and that CBS for one reason or another delayed the taping for 2 years.

D.C. Klinkensmit

I enjoyed the story. Is it really true that if the recipient of a letter is deceased, it is to be returned to the sender. But, what I really enjoyed was hearing the new at around 55:00. The Reagan Tax cuts were just passed - and the dire predictions of that. With the wisdom of history, we can look back at how things occured and how they were predicted. I find that even more fascinating than the stories.

jim shane

Russ, I love how you describe the sound effects in each story.

Gemini lady Jackson

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