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The Whimpering Pond


While visiting old friends at remote country manor, a novelist chances upon a mysterious figure within the mists shrouding an old pond. He later learns of the strange disappearance of woman and realizes that her restless spirit is haunting the area.



Air Dates

  • First Run - April 23, 1982
  • Repeat - July 30, 1982





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17 Responses to Episode 1319

What a beautiful and resonate voice Mandel Kramer has. Amazing!


Tammy has a very different style than E.G. Marshall, much less ominous yet still mysterious behind the veil. I enjoyed the show - the acting was excellent as usual, although the setting was more contemporary than most CBSRMT plots.

Romy Jones

Your description of Tammy vs. E.G. is right on and I agree. I listened to her nightly in 1982 and really came to appreciate her voice and her style. She certainly isn't better than E.G., just different, but in a mysterious way. The plots in many of the later shows were more contemporary than the earlier ones. I guess just showing the changing times since the shows were largely written by the same writers through the whole series, i.e. Sam Dann, Roy Windsor, Elspeth Eric, Bob Juhren, G.F. Lewis, James Agate Jr. For this particular episode, if I should critique, it was too predictable. Too much was given away in the intro so you knew what was going to happen. The acting and sound effects, though, really paint a vivid picture in my mind. My relatives have a cabin in the Rocky mountains of Northern New Mexico and as a youth we visited frequently. There is a lake or pond visible from the front porch and at night it was sometimes ominous (and very cold) outside. So this episode reminds me very much of our trips to NM in the late 1970s and early 1980s, right at the time I was listening to Mystery Theatre every night.

K. Bagalacsa

Yeah, that was a good one. I too heard a lot of the TG RMTs. Goo dstuff.

Mr. Strothers

This was as good an episode as there is. 5 stars. If you enjoy classic who-done-its with a strong cast, "The Whimpering Pond" is just perfect.


A very old-fashioned ghostly mystery. It doesn't bring anything fresh or particularly interesting to the table, but Mandel Kramer gives a strong central performance, and the atmosphere is terrific. Funny that the old author should give a speech on how difficult it is to write an interesting plot...


The Whimpering Pond is more of a mystery, but it is so so scary. Give that one a try.


The Whimpering Pond is my favorite


Yes, I will tell you nothing about The Whimpering Pond, but it is a good mystery, a little scary too.


I would bet that she used her real voice in The Whimpering Pond. She played a young wife with a secret.


I think her real voice was the first woman they introduce in the play; the college friend from way back.


Did Evie Jester play both of the women? Diana's voice was grating, nasally and fake sounding. Other than that, a good story.


Interesting story. Two faults that I noticed. In the third act Emmett while talking to Meg about the game being up when Sam dives into the pond, Emmett calls Meg "No Evie, he would just find a skeleton." So proof we know the actress who played Meg. Second fault was the over acted accent of the actress who played Diana. She sounded like she just came back from the dentist receiving a root canal, and she spoke with a strange slurred speech like if her mouth was still frozen with Novocaine. Listen to her again. She sounded so funny it distracted me from following the plot. Kind of reminded me of the funny speech of the actress who played on the TV show The Nanny.

D.C. Klinkensmit

I never want to hear the wife's voice in this episode ever again...

Scott Ferguson

Seriously, who names an estate Pondview? It's a little bland!

Melanie C

Another mistake...Ralph Bell says Fuller a few times instead of Fowler

Christina Angelopoulos

This is a good story. I love ghost stories


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