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The Strange Voyage of the Lady Dee


While on a boat trip, a young couple and their daughter become lost in the dense fog. The spirit of a woman lures them to a strange island whose sole inhabitant proves to have questionable motives.



Air Dates

  • First Run - November 18, 1974
  • Repeat - January 4, 1975





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11 Responses to Episode 0175

"The Strange Voyage of the Lady Dee" was a fantastic listen. It contained references to Black Beard, Calico Jack, and other nefarious sea characters. This would actually be a fun episode for children to listen to. Not often you could say that in episodes on Mystery Theater. 4 stars.

Davy Joe

The appearance of Anne Bonny and pipe with ghostly voice makes this one of my favourites of all time. Whether she is benign or malevolent is for you to decide.

Tim Bradbury

Inventive, imaginative twist on the "ghost ship" theme that might provide a dubious history lesson, but makes for a very clever episode that keeps turning cliches into surprises at a rapid pace. A couple and their young daughter wind up taking an unplanned journey across the old Spanish Main, and run afoul of pirates in two centuries at once. The CBSRMT practice of using adults to provide the voices of children is a bit jarring, as ever, but the episode still works well as a fun and suspenseful yarn with a refreshingly unusual premise.

Matt Sandwich

A family purchases a boat in the Caribbean and sail it back to their home on the mainland. When a thick fog rolls in they become disoriented but after smelling tobacco, they hear a voice that gives them directions. Following them, moments later they are run aground. Meeting a local on the tiny island they find themselves upon, they seek his assistance. He agrees to take the father to another island where they can find a work boat but mother and daughter must stay along.


Another good episode to listen to and likely fine for young children to listen to as well. I don't think adults doing the voices of children works out very well in most of these plays, but luckily she didn't have a very large role. I didn't foresee the conclusion of the episode and was led down a different thought as most probably were, so that was fun to hear a different end than I thought was coming.


One of my favorite CBSRMT episodes! All of the actors are great, even the little girl. (Often on CBSRMT, the children are strange and they are often played by adults, but little Susie is good.) I love the Anne Bonny character and whoever plays her does a great job. (Which of the listed actresses played her?) I also like the fact that there was so soap opera drama, (like trouble between the husband and wife, and no armchair psychology, like the kind of things Elspeth Eric often wrote, lol). This episode is just fascinating, interesting, historical, and full of mystery and excitement. The music is great and very fitting too!


Follow up. I was really sorry for Anne Bonny when the mother said she couldn't help her because Anne didn't exist and she was just "nothing." I didn't think that was a very nice thing to say, (and it was almost a fatal mistake, lol)


Sailing home from a vacation in the Caribbean, a New Jersey couple and their 7-year-old daughter Susie become fog-bound, becalmed and lost in the waters once infested by pirates. The plaintive voice of Ann Bonney, who according to island folklore is the apparition of a pirate, lures them onto a sandbar. As is the way of pirates, Ann wants to seize the sailboat. It seems, during a storm, she might be successful when she — or something — lures Susie back on board alone, and the boat sets out to sea with Susie at the helm.


I am totally a fan of this episode.


Not my favorite episode. Would be good for kids to listen to due to its non-frightening nature. Could not see why On a strange island a mother would not stay with her daughter, but this is fiction. Liked the references to the pirates of old. The child's voice was a bit nerve wracking to listen to. Missed the commercials, They would have made listening easier.


The adults playing children are absolutely intolerable. Did they not have child actors in the 1970s? (They did have child actors in the 1970s.) Of course the show ran at night, but it wasn't live radio. I would vote for A., no children characters or B., children characters played by children or C., skip to the next episode. I think I'd rather listen to someone scratching a 1970s chalkboard than that cloying adult-playing-child performance. *AND* the white American actor doing the West Indian patois. Oof. Even if the story were good (the story is not good), this would be unlistenable. Even the other voices were bad on this one. The actor playing the father gave a deeply patronizing reading. The actress playing the ghost overacted the "I'm a deep-voiced woman because I smoke a pipe" single note to her performance.


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