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The Man Who Ran Away


Devastated by the discovery of his wife's infidelity, a man seeks refuge in a nearby town. He comes across a seemingly run-down estate and intends to drown his sorrows in solitude. However, he is surprised to find that the house occupied by a lady just as lonely as he is.



Air Dates

  • First Run - October 2, 1975
  • Repeat - February 28, 1976





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9 Responses to Episode 0357

A man discovers that his wife is having an affair and finding it more than he can bear, he simply gets into his car and drives away. He travels about 200 miles and runs out of gas in front of an old house. Looking for help, he approaches the house and is eventually taken in by the older lady that lives there. Meanwhile, his wife gets a telephone call from a concerned person who sees the car broken down on the highway. This is an suspenseful program to listen to.

Lucy F.

A man finds out his wife is having an affair, so he flees the house in his car. He drives to a nearby town and finds a house that he believes is abandoned. However, there is a resident, and she is lonely.

Herbie Kempf

Not one of my favorite episodes. A man runs away from his wife for having an affair, only for he himself to have something of an affair (and leave it open to continue at the end of the story). It seems to play as a love story/drama, but he is really quite duplicitous in my view.


I am working my way through the CBSRMT episodes in order, and in this episode Mercedes McCambridge's character is jarring how she is so cold, not sympathetic or consoling or comforting at all. Very striking in the factual approach her character uses to deal with infidelity. The lack of warmth actually suits her voice.


What? Did you even listen to it? She cared so much as to go as far as to sleep with him!

Trina Johnson

I really enjoyed this episode. I know that sometimes Elspeth Eric has hit-miss episodes, and even then, people can have varied opinions of them, but I felt that this one had it all: drama, romance, infidelity, a morality lesson (forgiveness), as well as the supernatural element. Mercedes McCambridge was perfectly cast in this drama, and Bob Dryden played a great role as the betrayed husband. Touching, suspenseful, great acting all around, and a great story. ***** 5 stars.

Dan in South Jersey

"You didn't think it was only the religious who made retreats?...Many people make retreats, though they don't always call it that. Alcohol is a retreat; alcoholism is a permanent retreat. Drugs are a retreat; addiction is a permanent retreat. A breakdown is a retreat; insanity is a permanent retreat. And of course, the last, the drastic, the really permanent retreat--is suicide."


I just canโ€™t believe one of the things offered to her guest is cocaine ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜‚


Very good episode. Did you know Mercedes McCambridge was the voice of the devil in the Excorcist!? She was and she drank and smoked to get the voice horribly raspy! I was wondering if anyone knew who did the Ragetty Ann song in the commercial?

Trina Johnson.

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