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Title

Legend of Phoenix Hill

Plot

When an archeologist takes his adopted son on an expedition to China, the expedition is besieged by setbacks. A 2000 year old Chinese legend seems to hold the explanation. The young man dreams of the reincarnation of an ancient Chinese princess and feels an irresistable urge to uncover her.

Episode

0607

Air Dates

  • First Run - February 25, 1977
  • Repeat - June 26, 1977

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Rating

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4 Responses to Episode 0607

An archeologist takes his adopted son on an expedition to China. The young man dreams of the reincarnation of an ancient Chinese princess and feels an irresistable urge to "uncover" her.

Agnes Jones

There's another episode just like this one. About an archeologist whose adopted son is the reincarnation of some ancient Mexican prince. Here the archeologist's adopted son is the reincarnation of some ancient Chinese prince. I guess when you produce so many episodes, you'll have many similar stories.

Thomas

The bit about the irresistible urge to uncover her cracked me up, so now I must listen.

Nance

I rate this episode ★★★☆☆ stars for AVERAGE. Ian Martin's mystery story was good up until the 3rd Act. Things were coming along, but when you get to the finale, it ended too quickly. There was a Climax, but barely a Resolution. A better way to title this mystery, would be "The Girl In The Magic Mirror." In our Host's Prologue, E.G. Marshall's main topic was about reincarnation and the particular time period of the first decade of the 20th Century. In ACT-1, our 2 main characters are introduced, followed by discussing Academia and abortion. In ACT-2, discussing 2 kinds of travel during that time period: Railroads & Steamships. Plus, ponder whether or not to let the dead past bury its dead. In ACT-3, he states that this is a curious tale that can be scoffed at, a story of archaeology. In his Epilogue, he quoted George Santayana: "Happiness is the only sanction of life; where happiness fails, existence remains a mad and lamentable experiment." Only his Prologue & Epilogue were the best. I felt his other narrations were prosaic. The music was very well done. They even played beautiful Oriental music at the 26:35 mark and the 38:40 mark. As for sound effects, such as doors, howling wind, gongs, music at the fairgrounds, train whistle blow, train wreck, steamboat whistle, epic Typhoon, very awesome! But in the 3rd Act, all we get to hear are door taps and gun shots. Plenty of sound effects in ACT-1 and ACT-2, but not enough in the last Act. Now onto our cast: Howard Da Silva (as Dr. Samuel Arnold), Robert Kaliban (as Lee Arnold and Sir Reginald), Evie Juster (as Jessie Arnold and the Chinese Princess), and Ian Martin (as Dr. Herbert Stern and Wong Du Chang). They were splendid, except for Evie Juster. Don't get me wrong; she's played the part of Jessie Arnold terrifically. But my issue is her portrayal as the Chinese Princess. The way she portrayed this young girl and even saying the lines: "Find me…find me…find me…," that sounded cliché and tacky. CBSRMT should've hired Kim Hunter, Morgan Fairchild, Jennifer Marlowe, or Jada Rowland to play that role. But as I said before, this is an average mystery story; it's so-so that it will let listeners wonder about the idea of reincarnation or do research on the Chinese province of Hunan. Until next time…pleasant dreams. =0]

Russell


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