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Title

The Island on Silver Tree Lake

Plot

A lady is forced to catch a boat ride to an island resort after an accident with her car. The island has a strange name and she ends up as an unwilling participant in a mystery.

Episode

0726

Air Dates

  • First Run - October 19, 1977
  • Repeat - March 12, 1978

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Rating

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6 Responses to Episode 0726

LOVE the CBS Radio Mystery Theater!! Loved it as a kid growing up in the late 70's / early 80's, I listened to each episode from my single ear phone connected to my bought out of my own allowance portable AM radio and pretended to listen to this in bed before I slept so my parents wouldn't realize it and get in trouble. (they never found out, hehe!) Loved the drama that old radio gave... that you just can't get today. Keep the shows coming!!

Todd

We used to listen to them when in the car, driving home from dinner at my grandparents' house. I have very fond memories of them.

Denise

This episode is not one of my favorites because of it's focus on what I feel are stupid, mundane details. It's true that I don't know anything about the afterlife, but I seriously doubt they use money or ask for fees. That's why I find myself getting annoyed that she has to pay 50 cents in the afterlife to ride the journey boat. Also, why do they need to eat, and other mundane stuff? This is supposed to be the afterlife, lol!

Amy

Just a brief follow up. It's also ridiculous to me that the managers of the "hotel" refuse to tell her what's going on and give her the run around about leaving. Why don't they just tell her she is dead? Why does it have to be Orville who is the one to tell her? Also, why was Cerberus changed into a wimpy German shepherd? (At least he's wimpy in comparison to the legendary beast that guards the gates of Hades.) The whole story comes across as silly and it just doesn't make sense to me.

Amy

I completely disagree with Amy on this episode. I found the story and the characters were well-written, developed, and believable. Is it such a strange situation that those "higher ups" in the afterlife do not want to tell us that we are, in fact, deceased? I think the "50 cents" given to the ferryman was to show how, perhaps, each of us is given the 50 cents to get onto a "resort" such as this, but no one has the money to get off. Also, in order to make it a more modern, believable tale of a woman who essentially wandered onto this island, a current breed of dog would make it more credible instead of having the mythical "demon dog." I do not find that the plot has "stupid, mundane details." In fact, if this man is supposed to be the host of a resort, it adds credibility to his character. The suspense and uncertainty of this story of a modern-day Hades expand into an intriguing and significant story of the afterlife and if near-death experiences can real, dreams, or we can escape fate--at least temporarily.

Dan from S. Jersey

Amy, this episode seems to be based on the Greek Myths of the Afterlife, and the Greeks DID have to put copper pennies on the eyes of the deceased to pay for the ferryman to ferry them across the river Styx.

D.C. Klinkensmit


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