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Title

The Other Soul

Plot

On a trip to Greece, a young doctor is given a card with something written in Greek. When he attempts to get it deciphered by showing it to others, they get to know a dirty secret about him that they cannot divulge.

Episode

0884

Air Dates

  • First Run - August 25, 1978
  • Repeat - February 27, 1979

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Rating

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12 Responses to Episode 0884

Best episode ever at least through 884 of them. IT drew me in and I was late for work, I had to hear it in it's entirety!

Jaime Gonzales

Goodness!! Another great episode that I am the first to comment on!!! Third in a row, how odd. First Silver Medal, then Flash Point, and now this, The Other Soul. This story was very intriguing, it doesn't turn out how you expect ! There are several episodes that begin on expeditions or group hikes into caves and ancient ruins, but this is much different! An early clue is easily glossed over when the doctor is questioned by the police. Really quite dark.

Melanie

Greece....Rome....they're all the same....whatever.

Don

Awesome episode! Happy Halloween wit greens! What does the card say???? Stay tuned!'n

Scooter D & wonder greens

Cbsrmt is now educational. In all my years I never knew the Catacombs of Rome were located in Greece. Thanks for the info, RMT. I learn something every day.

D.C.

The same night this was broadcast, on T.V. was the Leonard Bernstein 60th birthday celebration live from the Wolf Trap Farm Park: https://www.nytimes.com/1978/07/18/archives/new-jersey-pages-bernstein-60-to-conduct-birthday-concert-aug-25.html

Dylan

Wow!That was suspenseful,terrifying and made me think. One of the most unique/best episodes here.

Tawab

I rate this episode ★★★★☆ for GOOD. What’s great about this mystery story, written by Gerald Keane, is that it keeps you guessing every minute. The less we know, the better the mystery. I was surprised about the ending, but not intrigued. I was expecting that the main character would later translate the Latin words on his own and receive some kind of premonition, like he would be named as “The Chosen One” and would travel deeper in the Catacombs of Rome to find another soul that was meant for him. But in this particular ending, it was occult-related. Still, it took me by surprise. Other ways to title this mysterious episode would be “The Undesirable Alien” or “The Card In Red Ink.” In our Host’s Prologue, E.G. Marshall is intrigued by the unexplainable; a look into the unknown. In ACT-1, into the Roman Catacombs where our story begins. After the turn of events, E.G. Marshall commented about Julius Caesar for being superstitious. In ACT-2, questions pop up more and more and learn there’s an enemy of our main character we haven’t met yet. In ACT-3, there’s still an unknown force at work here. After the surprising finale, which to be considered unbelievable, our Host asks if we have ever felt an urge/desire difficult to control and afflicted with another soul? In His Epilogue, E.G. Marshall states it perfectly clear: What we don’t know, makes a far better story. That, I agree with. The sound effects of tourists murmuring, elevator bell ding, doors, telephone ringing, traffic noise, hospital elevator beeps, closing the shades, vital sign monitor beeping, car engine running, and bell tolls were OK. But the music was more absorbing. A series of dramatic and occult tunes that made every plot point get more suspenseful. The cast in this was excellent: Russell Horton (as Dr. Adam Clay Parks and Catacombs Tour Guide), Mandel Kramer (as Dr. Lawrence/Larry Cain), Anne Williams (as Elaine Parks and Gabriella), and Jackson Beck (as Carlo, the Hotel Manager, and Sergeant Mario). SPECIAL NOTE: Himan Brown plays the role of the Police Officer. I was impressed by Anne Williams and Jackson Beck with their accents. Russell Horton was terrific as the leading man glued with a mysterious conflict. And Mandel Kramer is good at his performances when he plays characters that are concerned and careful. Tune in to this one, for it is truly a mystery tale that keeps you guessing all the way to the very end. Until next time…pleasant dreams.

Russell

I loved watching Care 54 Where Are You! On Nick @ Nite in the 80s. He was quoted as saying: "Voice work is the kindest thing that can happen to an old actor." (Though wasn't he a judge in "My cousin Vinny", long after the last RMT episode - think it was Mr. Gwynne's final role before he passed.)

Chris

I rate this episode ★★★☆☆ for AVERAGE. I’ll review what I enjoyed the most first and then finish off what I disliked. First, I enjoyed the cast: Kevin McCarthy (as William Gillette/Sherlock Holmes), Jada Rowland (as Pamela Watson), Russell Horton (as Jim Watson), and Carol Teitel (as the Tour Guide and Mrs. Hudson). Carol Teitel was terrific in her 2 roles. Jada Rowland is my favorite actress in the CBSRMT series and having her partner up with Russell Horton again, like many episodes before, was delightful. And Kevin McCarthy was entertaining, just like his performance as Sherlock Holmes in previous episodes before this one. Next up, music and sound effects. Dozens of dramatic tunes were used, but no suspenseful or chilling tracks were used to match the feel of being trapped in a castle. Sound effects of car engine running, tires screech, footsteps, tourists murmuring, sliding doors, cat meowing, howling wind, gong, lamp breaking, doors, cane hitting clothing, gun shot, tapping of the phone, drawing the curtains, carriage rolling up, pouring of drinking glasses, and doorbell were very supportive in this tale. Next is our Host and his narrations. E.G. Marshall’s Prologue focused on castles and our story takes place at a castle in New England. In ACT-1, meet Jim & Pamela Watson where one of them is a Sherlock Holmes buff. In ACT-2, knowing so little about William Gillette’s career and we get a sense that some actors like him can go too far to create an illusion of reality. In ACT-3, after the strange turn of events, our Host’s only explanation to the Climax is to mention a quote from a playwright about the 6th sense of the Imagination. In his Epilogue, he recommends CBSRMT listeners to take a tour of the Gillette Castle itself in Connecticut. Good recommendation, but no Resolution explained on what happened to our characters afterwards. And so, it comes down to the final segment: the Script. Elizabeth Pennell has written decent drama mysteries and even did the adaptations of #0605-JANE EYRE and #0643-WUTHERING HEIGHTS. But this story was Fair. So-so, I should say. I was expecting it to be a haunting mystery about a haunted castle with the Sherlock Holmes references. But instead, this story’s turn of events created massive questions to think about. Like, how did the Jim & Pamela Watson hear about this castle? Was Mrs. Hudson going through nightmare problems? Was William Gillette really dead? Was he putting on a show for his guest just so he can play Sherlock Holmes for fun? Did these 2 tourists actually travel back in time? Was the castle actually haunted? Was it really a nightmare? Was anything resolved after Jim & Pamela Watson escaped from the castle? There are so many fill-in-the-blanks in this, the episode’s title should be changed and call it “A Bad Case Of The Jitters” or “Elementary, My Dear Guests.” Tune in to this, if you like. There are better castle stories in the CBSRMT vault. SPECIAL BONUS: This episode has commercials of AMEX travelers checks, Bob Armstrong’s Diamond Center, “The Ritual” novel, CBS-News, First Federal of Gary, Radio Advertising Bureau, Jewel’s Discount Grocery Store, CBS-Sports News in Chicago, CBS-News on Election 1980, Susan Anton for Serta Sleeper Mattresses, and Smokey Bear Program. Until next time…pleasant dreams.

Russ

I rate this episode ★★★★★ for EXCELLENT. I'd think that Robert Barr would have been pleased of the adaptation of this by James Agate, Jr. It has intricate clues, it has peculiar motives, and it has a surprising twist in the end. And above all, it has a great detective in this: Eugène Valmont. Robert Barr’s character ranks up with Jacques Futrelle’s Professor Augustus S.F.X. Van Dusen and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. Another way to title this story would be “A Case Of Interest” or even “The Parisian Detective.” In our Host’s Prologue, E.G. Marshall starts it off by comparing one of the characters as a “Scrooge.” In ACT-1, the bloodline of the James Dudley Hills on their fortunes. As the plot thickens, we realize that not all clues were divulged in the first Act alone. In ACT-2, questions pop up. More importantly, they see the evidence clearly, but not recognize it. In ACT-3, quoting Sir Francis Bacon about suspicions and our main detective plays a waiting game. In the end, after discovering where the loot was hiding all along and discovering who else was related to the family, we learned a private post-mortem joke that money would bring out the worst in those with the least character. In his Epilogue, E.G. Marshall finishes it off with the comparison of the Midas myth - great wealth does not equal great happiness. Outstanding narrations. Sound effects of bells, footsteps, background noise at the police station, phone receiving line, seals, patrons murmuring, paper note, newspapers, doors, dog wincing, phone ringing, paper bills, intercom buzzer, emergency sirens, pulling off wallpaper were terrific. As for the music, great selection of dramatic tunes that moved the story forward. And let us not forget our amazing cast: Norman Rose (as Eugène Valmont), Russell Horton (as James Dudley Hill III and Inspector Graves), and Robert Dryden (as James Dudley Hill, Jr. and Elijah Browning). These 3 worked well together. Norman Rose, performing with a French accent, was very entertaining. This is one mystery story that CBSRMT fans should not pass up on. Until next time…pleasant dreams.

Russ

I rate this episode ★★★★☆ for GOOD. I admire Murray Burnett’s work, particularly his adaptions of the Sherlock Holmes stories. But the story originally from Edith Wharton was better. The novelist’s ghost story had a Narrator without a name. In Murray Burnett’s version, we got a fashion designer that’s interested in the castle while the other male characters act persuasive and vulnerable. I was more interested in the mystery of the dogs and hope that they would play a bigger part to this tale. Other ways to title this would be “Dogs Of Kerfol” or “Strange Vendetta.” In our Host’s Prologue, that I had to find on other OTR websites, E.G. Marshall’s topic is about castles with ghosts. In ACT-1, meet our main character who’s interested in buying a castle. After digging into the story within the story, our Host points out the lifestyle differences of adultery from 2 different time periods. Our main character must’ve seen dogs or ghost dogs. After too many conflicts about pets getting killed in this story, E.G. Marshall mentions ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). Was E.G. Marshall trying to advertise this non-profit organization into the episode? In ACT-3, he understands the reaction that our main character felt when reading the history book. When the story was over, E.G. Marshall stated that when he talked about this story to a psychiatrist and what was his take on this? Was E.G. Marshall talking about his personal life on this? Or was this something that Murray Burnett wrote for him? What’s even weirder, is the Epilogue. E.G. Marshall tells the world’s shortest horror story ever. It’s a classic, but it’s irrelevant to this particular story. E.G. Marshall wasn’t off topic with his narrations, but he could’ve saved the ASPCA mentioning, the psychiatrist moment, and the shortest horror story for other episodes. The music was OK, but the tunes for the chilling moments kept on repeating in every Act. Sound effects of birds chirping, bell ring, iron gate squeaking, footsteps, car tires screech, jewelry case, door knocking, howling wind, violin music, and unbolting the door were good. And of course, the sounds of dogs barking were helpful. And finally, our cast: Mercedes McCambridge (as Paula Randall and Anne de Cornault), William Redfield (as Herve de Lanrivain and Andre de Lanrivain), Ian Martin (as Baron Yves de Cornault), and Guy Sorel (as the Judge and the Gypsy). I like this choice of cast members. In fact, this was my favorite part of the episode. All of the actors were great. But it was Mercedes McCambridge, our leading lady, who was superb. Her performance in this reminds me of her performance in Ep. #0318-CARMILLA where she played 2 roles: The Narrator and the Woman who dealt with death. Fans of her would enjoy this episode. Check this one out, but also check out Edith Wharton’s original ghost story. Until next time…pleasant dreams.

Russ


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