We are down to seven episodes. I've been putting off posting "Golden Snake" for a long time because I've never been too confident that I understand it completely.
The episode opens in Merida, Mexico. Dr. Conrad, archaeologist, wants to visit an ancient Mayan temple hidden in the Yucatan jungle, so he hires a helicopter pilot named Steve to fly him there. Dr. Conrad's real purpose is to violate their most sacred shrine and steal an object precious to the Mayan people.
In the dark of night, an ancient Mayan appears in Steve's room. He warns Steve not to visit the temple, and makes it clear that the "plumed serpent of gold" must lie hidden for 5000 years--and the time is not yet. To alter the time is to die!"
Dr. Conrad has a similar visit and dies from fright. Are the Mayan legends that surround the temple true? Steven and Dr. Conrad's sexy assistant, Gail, discuss going to the temple on their own. They want to get the artifact and sell it on their own for about two million.
Steve then delivers this epic bit of dialogue:
"Look, Honey, look...I've got a helicopter out there at the edge of town. Within 200 miles there is fortune for the taking. Baby, I've been broke too much of my life to back down for a few pipe dreams and heart attack. How about it, Baby, huh?"
Gail agrees and they hop in the helicopter and fly out to the temple...and I can't explain the rest of what happens.
"Golden Snake" was produced/directed by William N. Robson. Les Crutchfield adapted for radio from an original story by Paul Pierce. Featured in the cast were Tony Barrett as Steve Lane, Jeannette Nolan as Gail Barry and John Hoyt as Dr. Conrad. Also appearing were Rick Valen, Harry Bartell and Paul Frees. This episode aired on April 14, 1950.
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