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Title

The Search for Myra

Plot

A wealthy industrialist seeks psychiatric counseling when he begins calling his wife, as well as his secretary by a strange name. Together, they delve deep into his conscience to discover who this "Myra" person really is.

Episode

0931

Air Dates

  • First Run - December 15, 1978
  • Repeat - June 26, 1979

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Rating

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13 Responses to Episode 0931

My 10th birthday! I remember my dad saying" your a double digit now" I feel very blessed that he is still around :)

Tokyo

Mandel Kramer plays a businessman who married a woman (played by Marian Seldes) just for her money, but has been a devoted husband and has built a prosperous business. Mysteriously, he starts calling his secretary "Myra". He starts to call his wife (whom he apparently hasn't cheated on - he's neither looking to do so nor divorce her) the same name. She's frustrated because she wants a husband who loves her, and leaves him. He's been in therapy, and his psychologist (played by Cort Benson) runs him through remembering the name every woman he's ever known from nursery school age on - Alice, Bertha, etc. No "Myra". The psychologist says he's doing a good job acting...then Kramer's character finally confesses who "Myra" is. She and he were an item in college, and deeply loved each other. He, however, wanted to get rich, and apparently ended up marrying someone else. How did that "apparently" happen? Kramer's character starts to search, and goes back to where Myra's house is. (His character is around 50 years old.) He finds her house, her pleasant old Momma there, then finds Myra...looking exactly as the last time he saw her in college. She's elated that he's come back to her. They fall in love again and go off to the lake for a boat ride. Meanwhile, the sheriff pays a visit to her mother, who says all that's happened in the last paragraph. The sheriff is quite uneasy...he nervously reminds the Mom that her hair is white because it turned that way shortly after the news he gave her 30 years ago - that her daughter was dead. Strangely, this one has an element of the original "Friday the thirteenth" movie, without the gore...

Randy Kendall

I really liked this one. It seemed more like an Elspeth Eric or Ian Martin episode than one by Sam Dann. It kind of leaves it to your imagination wether we are dealing with a ghost or the product of a tormented mind, and that makes it all the more effective. Still, they could have used a little more subtlety about Myra being dead or alive; it is much too easy to guess from some of the comments we hear, especially those of the police officer.

Joe G.

I agree about the subtlety of those comments and insinuations. I understand how they wanted to lead you along with a little information about what had happened, but if they had been gentler, subtler, more mysterious, it could have been used to even greater effect at the end. Appreciate your comments!

Erwin P.

I would agree 100% with both your coments. It was exactly how I felt about this one. I too understand why they wanted us to know some information, but it did take some of the mystery out of it.

V. Torzar

Heh heh, he "found" Myra. Wealth vs. Love. Stories for the ages.

Gercon

I agree with the above comments. The show worked and I like the ambiguity of the ending. The most surprising aspect of the show was the claim, made by the sheriff, that the main character killed the woman. Perhaps I am dense, but I never suspected before the Sheriff made that comment, that the man in question was a killer. But that better explains the woman exacting revenge.

Geoff Torralba

George Hastings (played by Mandel Kramer) chose a life of $ instead of ♥. He does find Myra (played by Carol Teitel) who was his childhood sweetheart. The 3rd ACT, like many CBSRMT episodes, has a nice twist. The sound effects & Sam Dann's writing of the dialogue at the lake were peaceful and...the best way I can describe it...was ghostly tender. Check this episode out, everyone.

Russ

I have put love behind me, I am free of that mistake. You will seek and never find me, I have no heart for you to break. Freeking awesome storyline!

Mark Cortino

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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