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The Smile of Deceit


A woman finds herself living with a strange tribe after marrying a rich and eccentric college professor. She is forced to participate in a bizarre ritual to appease the natives when she is accused of an extra-marital indiscretion.



Air Dates

  • First Run - June 16, 1975
  • Repeat - October 12, 1975





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7 Responses to Episode 0292

A young woman graduating from college marries a much older man (a professor) because he is rich. After their marriage they move to South America so he can conduct research. One of the customs of the tribe that they live with is that they make those accused of wrongdoing drink from a spring that will apparently prove whether or not they are guilty. If you're innocent you are supposed to be fine and if not, you die. The water is known to be clean but they witness an accused woman die when she is forced to drink it. The real trouble starts when the tribe's chief accuses the professor's wife of being unfaithful to her husband and asks her to drink the water.

Dottie D.

A woman marries an independently wealthy college professor. They move in with an isolated tribe of natives. She is accused of adultery and must undergo a strange ritual to prove her innocence.

Winjo Riviera

A young woman marries a significantly older man despite the objection of her dear aunt; her objections are heightened when she finds her niece is marrying solely for money. Her husband, an anthropologist, is off on field research and the young bride does not expect the old man to live more than 5 years. After as many years living with a South American tribe with very strict notions of morality and a system of justice that relies on divine intervention that is either liberating or fatal, the wife grows tired and seeks to escape.

J. Webber

An interesting listen. It begs one to ask whose belief is the strongest? Apparently they had the same (or similar) cultural morals.


I really enjoyed this episode. The name of the young Femme Fatale was Velma, an ode to the classic film Mildred Pierce starring Joan Crawford, whose young spoiled daughter in the film was named Velma. Although here, instead of a kind enabler mother, we have a kindly enabler aunt, whose best line is "Bless you my children", with italics on "children".


Wow! This is my own radio tape recording from the 80s. I recognized the intro and from kmpc am los angeles radio station and the outro music cool to be part of the collection great episode too.

Jose Preciado

Arnold Moss is always great.

Brian Collins

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