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Title

The Bittersweet Honeymoon

Plot

A couple out on honeymoon think they have landed an amazing stroke of luck when a cruise-line mess-up ends up accommodating them in a super luxury suite on the ship. But their gladness soon disappears when a man with nine fingers breaks into their suite.

Episode

0842

Air Dates

  • First Run - May 30, 1978
  • Repeat - November 16, 1978

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Rating

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3 Responses to Episode 0842

A newly-wed couple thinks themselves lucky when a cruise line screw-up puts them a luxury suite aboard a ship. But when their cabin is broken into by a nine-fingered man, they change their minds.

Geron L.

A newly-wed couple thinks themselves lucky when a cruise line screw-up puts them a luxury suite aboard a ship. But when their cabin is broken into by a nine-fingered man, they change their minds.

Geron L.

I rate this episode ★★★★☆ for GOOD. This Drama-Mystery, written by Ian Martin, was suitable and fitted to be made for TV shows like ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS. The ending was a big surprise, however, the suspense in the beginning and the middle were building up slowly. The episode's title speaks for itself on what the story's about. And another way to title this, would be "The 9-Fingered Man." In our Host's Prologue, E.G. Marshall brings the topic up right in: a trip by sea with a cruise ship. In ACT-1, the details on the beginning of a sea voyage. After the first plot point, the mystery question comes up: Was there a prowler, an enemy of a character's past, or an assassin? In ACT-2, after going through a few ups & downs during this particular honeymoon story, our Host asks would this vacation be statements & investigation rather than relaxation & enjoyment? In ACT-3, the newlyweds deal with an uncomfortable decision on what to do next. After the surprising finale of who was the real antagonist was, E.G. Marshall speaks about a sort of message underneath. Problem is, the narration he gave was confusing to understand and should've focused on narrating a moral lesson for newlyweds that plan on taking a vacation on a cruise ship. In his Epilogue, the outcome of all the characters' lives. SPOILER ALERT: The Antagonist got sentenced, the Investigator got promoted, and the newlyweds had twins. Most of E.G. Marshall's narrations were helpful to explain the story, it's just the narration at the end of the 3rd Act made it obscured. The sound effects of the ship horn, dog growling and barking, walking cane tapping, doors, light switch, dialing of the rotary phone, the kiss (at the 21:35 mark), howling wind, music playing at the Dining Saloon, gun shot, and body thud were supportive. A variety of dramatic tunes were used in this episode and each of them were helpful. I saved the best for last and that would be the cast: Jada Rowland (as Mary Jane Shelton), Russell Horton (as Jim Shelton and Sergeant Gino Mathura), Ian Martin (as Cyril Braithwaite), and Gordon Heath (as Enzio a.k.a. Henry Bruce) Ian Martin was excellent as the Chief Purser (and hidden villain). Gordon Heath was awesome as an undercover agent. Both Russell Horton & Jada Rowland were outstanding for playing the newlyweds. These 2 worked together on many CBSRMT episodes like #1154-THE MAN WHO SAW MARTIANS and #1102-NIGHTMARE IN GILLETTE CASTLE and this episode was one of their best, Tune in to this episode if you're into mystery tales involving ships and/or newlyweds. Until next time…pleasant dreams.

Russell


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