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Title

The Dark Closet

Plot

A young girl who is a severely claustrophobic insomniac is locked up as the primary suspect in a robbery. When her father disinherits her, a government psychologist grows interested in her case.

Episode

0237

Air Dates

  • First Run - March 12, 1975
  • Repeat - June 3, 1975

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Rating

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7 Responses to Episode 0237

A young girls with an overly protective father takes her first timid steps at rebellion. She goes out with a local hoodlum and winds up custody after he holds up a liquor store and gets shot. Her father, livid with her behaviour believes that leaving her in prison will teach her a lesson. The psychiatrist looking after her learns that she is terribly claustrophobic and the show explores the source of this fear, and the family dynamics that led to it.

Rainier

I'm such a fan of Fred Gwynne. I'm always looking for more work that included him and I am glad he was featured in several CBSMT episdodes. This is more of a psychological thriller. Gwynne plays the angry father very well. Good episode.

1nicolem

A bit dated in the way that the epilogue of Psycho is dated (psychology has changed pretty dramatically in the intervening decades), this still feels like a daring episode that takes a surprisingly sensitive approach to dealing with people's emotional traumas at a time when there was still great social stigma even in the notion of counseling. The performances are generally excellent (though CBSRMT's "hoods" always seem to sound like Dead End Kids), which is especially fortunate in an episode that centers so much on the process of getting people to look at themselves through another person's eyes.

skytwo

A good listen. Fred Gwynne is great as always and the story is pretty good. You don't have to be a small child to be afraid of things.

Alec

It kinda makes me think that FG's character was gonna start going "DARN, DARN, DARN" @ any 2nd during the radio play.LOL

Tweety

I usually don't like the father-daughter, daddy issue stories, but this one is so well acted. Both Fred Gwynne and Jada Rowland play their parts perfectly, imo. The father is appropriately stubborn and unaware until a kind doctor makes him see how his daughter needs him. Even though the father is a grumpy grouch, you still feel sorry for him because of how lonely he is, and how he just doesn't realize how much his daughter truly loves him. Jada does an excellent job portraying the confused emotions (and the voice) of a young girl. Julie is a very sympathetic character and she had me crying at the end. Fortunately, this episode wasn't written by Elspeth Eric. I think if she had written the story, it would have been too weird to get into, lol! Maybe some of you might think it's unfair of me to take a jab at Elspeth Eric when she didn't write this episode, but since daddy issues seemed to be a favorite theme of hers, I can't help but think of her and the way she would have handled a story like this. Instead, the way Ian Martin wrote the story and the dialogue was very well done. All of this is made even better by the stellar performances from all the actors.

Amy

I just wanted to add that the abusive tactics of the parents when Julie was a child caused trauma to the girl, so if this was a modern episode, the child abuse factor would have come into play more.

Amy


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