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Till Death Do Us Join


Set in old Prussia, this is a truly Gothic tale of romance between an art student and his professor's niece. Fate intervenes when her hand is sold off in marriage with a local wealthy man. But one life isn't enough for eternal lovers, is it?



Air Dates

  • First Run - April 25, 1975
  • Repeat - August 3, 1975





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8 Responses to Episode 0263

In old Prussia, a young art student falls in love with his teacher's niece. Unfortunately, he sells her hand in marriage to a local financier. The deal is deadly for the living and lively for the dead.

Nick Joaquin

An apprentice painter is deeply in love with his master’s niece, (he is caring for after her family was killed), but the two keep it secret until he is able to provide in a satisfactory manner. When a mysterious man appears at the studio lurking in the shadows, face hidden by the brim of a large hat, and offers the master a fortune in gold along with the promise of a secure and more than comfortable future for his. Wanting on ly the best for his young charge, he agrees and signs a marriage contract which the young apprentice reluctantly signs as a witness. It is not until later the next day when the girl meets her bridegroom and they see his looks more like an animated corpse than anything else. What is in store for the young girl and how will the young apprentice handle his love for his art and for the girl?


"Based on a Gothic tale by the Irish novelist Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu considered by many an equal to Poe, Stevenson, or de Maupassant"

Schenectady Gazette, Aug 3, 1975

This may be my favorite episode. It's creepy as hell and has unusually good sound effects. It has the character of a classic Hammer horror film. Thundering coaches, spectral figures and great gothic atmosphere.

Horace Cordier

Nice and creepy. I love this story!


It is a good story in the vein of Hammer. I miss old Prussia!

Scooter D and the Deuce Greens

A good listen! Don't you miss the old days when you sold your dead brother's daughters off to the first person who gave you the most money? Then, of course, we started paying people to take the daughters (dowries), and now we pay for their weddings (a pseudo-dowry?). I have three girls myself, but hopefully they'll help pay for their weddings when the time comes. Even so, I wouldn't marry them off for money.


As E. G. Marshall tells us , this story is based on a tale by J. S. Le Fanu which is called " Schalken The Painter " and it is very true to the original . Le Fanu wrote great , old-time ghost stories and you can find his work easily online . One of his most famous stories is " Carmilla " , a vampire story which greatly influenced Bram Stoker when he wrote " Dracula " .


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