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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr
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Cliffhangers! Episode 6

Chapter XI
"THRESHOLD OF ETERNITY"
Written by Craig Buck
Directed by Sutton Roley

Didja Notice?

Mary is impressed with Dracula's repertoire on the piano, citing Scott Joplin and Chopin. Scott Joplin was an African-American composer of ragtime music in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Frederic Chopin was a virtuoso pianist and composer from 1832-1849.

While talking with Dracula in the bar, Mary says she feels like Faust making a deal with the devil. Faust is a character from a classic German legend (dating back at least to the 16th century) who sold his soul to the devil in order to gain more knowledge and earthly pleasures.

While looking at the stars with Mary, Dracula mentions Kepler. Johannes Kepler was the 16th century scientist who is best known for his laws of planetary motion. Dracula's comments about Kepler's obsession with deciphering the secret of Mars' orbit in the solar system are essentially true.

Dracula bites Mary for the second time. Once more and she will become his.

Antoinette D'Anjou's note on stationary paper shows her address as 420 1/2 Genessee Lane, San Francisco, CA. There is no such address in San Francisco. The handwritten note itself begins, "I'm sorry for being so (unreadable) last night..."

This week's cliffhanger: Under the thrall of her second bite from Dracula, Mary is about to bite Kurt!

Don't miss Chapter XII: WHERE ANGELS FEAR TO TREAD

Memorable Dialog

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what I have seen, who I have known.wav


Chapter 8
"SIZZLING THREAT"
Written by Jeri Taylor
Directed by Tony LoBianco

Didja Notice?

There's nothing much to comment on in this chapter.

This week's cliffhanger: Donner is locked in a jail cell while a bundle of dynamite is about to ignite and destroy the building!

Don't miss Chapter : MANDIBLES OF DEATH
 
Memorable Dialog
 
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I know who's stealing that gold.wav
no place for ladies.wav
you think that's going to scare me.wav

   
Chapter Seven
"CAULDRON OF FIRE"
Written by Thomas Szollosi and Richard Christian Matheson
Directed by Sigmund Neufeld, Jr.
Didja Know?

This episode was directed by Sigmund Neufeld, Jr., son of Hollywood producer Sigmund Neufeld. The previous chapter of Stop Susan Williams is listed as directed by Sigmund Neufeld. However, Junior was known to occasionally go by his father's name in the credits of television episodes, so it was probably Junior who directed the previous episode as well, not his father (who is only known to have directed one movie, The Wild Dakotas, in 1956).

Didja Notice?

Bob and the Dispatch's publisher attend a gala for the International Society for Peace at the U.N. Building. The International Society for Peace is a fictional organization.

The scene at 39:32 in the episode opens with the famous Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The image of the statue is frequently used in Hollywood productions as a shorthand method of informing the audience that the scene is set in Rio.

This week's cliffhanger: Susan is knocked into a foundry cauldron with molten lead about to pour down on her!

Don't miss Chapter Eight: RIVER OF BLOOD

Memorable Dialog
 
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a tripod and a turkey sandwich.wav


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