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The Romany Revenge


A local detective's suspicions arise when heirs to a $2 million fortune in diamonds disappear one after the other. Only the gypsies residing in the area can provide him with the answers he seeks.



Air Dates

  • First Run - November 29, 1978
  • Repeat - June 8, 1979





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5 Responses to Episode 0924

Not a bad mystery. Worth the listening time. Love CBS Mystery theater. Too bad, we have past the era of using our imagination. Now everything must be visual


Once again, the RMT writers prove their ignorance of the law. The Will leaves the estate to Four Heirs, adding that if any of them are dead, then the estate be divided among the surviving Heirs. In the story, AFTER the Testator dies, one Heir starts killing the others so he'll be the sole beneficiary. BUT the law does NOT work that way. Such clauses refer only to how the estate is divided if an Heir dies BEFORE the Testator. AFTER the Testator dies, all Four Heirs get their 25% share. THEN if any of these Four Heirs dies, THEIR heirs receive their 25%, and NOT one of the original Heirs. That's how Wills are interpreted by law. So once the Testator is dead, it makes no sense to kill the other heirs. There is nothing to be gained.


Thomas- If an heir has no heirs to pass his estate to then it is split between siblings (inTexas). But honestly I agree with Dons comments. It’s a story for fun!


@Thomad: As an attorney all I can say is, who cares? It's a story. Relax.


I rate this episode ★★★★☆ for GOOD. James Agate, Jr. wrote intriguing adaptions for CBSRMT, such as #0958-SHADOWS FROM THE GRAVE from Wilkie Collins and #1107-THE MYSTERIOUS HANGING OF SQUIRE HUGGINS from Nathaniel Hawthorne. But this story, from T.L. Neuger, is a mystery of its own. Hardly any information on who T.L. Neuger was or when this story was originally published. All that we know, is that “Romany” is the Gypsy language. As for the crime solver in this tale, Detective Dwight Mason was OK, but not as momentous like Professor Augustus S.F.X. Van Dusen, Hercule Poirot, or Sherlock Holmes. A suitable whodunnit story, but another way to title this would be “The Hunch” or even “Enmity Of The Gypsy.” In our Host’s Prologue, E.G. Marshall’s topic is about Gypsies and how they live by their own code. In ACT-1, enmity comes into play and people can solve crimes without being a professional detective. In ACT-2, quoting a Roman Dramatist on how a fortune can make men do evil acts. Later, questions come about on who’s the real culprit. In ACT-3, learn more about Gypsies on their ethical code. After the case has been solved, E.G. Marshall quotes the Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes on Gypsies. In his Epilogue, it ends on the topic of Revenge. From Gypsies, to Enmity, to quotations, to revenge, our Host’s narrations were very informative. Sound effects of boat horns, howling wind, doors, doorbells, traffic city noise, car engines, telephones, elevator lift humming, body thud, beeps at the Hospital, background noise at the Airport, footsteps, pushing the skylight, and gypsy dance music were accommodating. Dramatic music tunes played in all 3 Acts were supportive to the story’s tone. Now for our wonderful cast: Court Benson (as Detective Dwight Mason), Earl Hammond (as William Harrow, Luis Ortega, and Jose Silva/Raoul), and Bryna Raeburn (as Madame Magda and Beatrice Harrow). SPECIAL NOTE: Himan Brown played the role of Dr. Grace. Bryna Reburn, playing the talkative Gypsy, was splendid. Earl Hammond pulled it off with his multiple roles. And Court Benson played a decent detective. Great cast, terrific sounds, informative narrations, but the story needed a good punch; a bigger drive to captivate the CBSRMT listeners. Other than that, it’s a good Drama-Mystery. Until next time…pleasant dreams.


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