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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ADVENTURES BY MORSE: DEAD MEN PROWL part 2 "The Prowler at Work"
There have been three deaths in one night in the small village where Captain Friday has his holiday home. But they won't stay dead. Intriguing 1944 story.

SUPERMAN "The Kingdom Under the Sea" part 15
Well, at last we reach the distant hide-out for the world's bad guys, and Superman makes short work of them. But there's a lead-in to a new story that may require the help of Batman!

THE HARDY FAMILY Mickey Rooney reprises his role of Andy Hardy in this 1949 sitcom with moderately amusing results. In this one he wants to enter the hot-rod competition. Not for nothing is he known as "No Brakes Hardy".

Thanks to Max Schmid and his "Golden Age of Radio" broadcast.
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X MINUS ONE "Sea Legs" May 1, 1956
Frank Quattrocchi story (adapted by George Lefferts)
This one tells us more about the 20th century than about the 25th century. A spaceman comes back to his ancestral home Earth and doesn't like what he finds. A bit of SF gimmickry at the end, but you could re-write most of the story as a man returning from Europe to the mid-Fifties conformity of America. Tolerable production of so-so story.
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Jack Paar Show 6/22/47 (NBC) Summer replacement for Jack Benny; some mildly amusing material, including a skit about celebrity interviews and one about 18th century disc jockeys. The latter sounds like one of Stan Freberg's ideas but it would have been tauter and funnier if he'd done it.

Henry Morgan Show 12/3/47 (ABC) This is the first Morgan show I've heard and it is funny, in spite of quite a few topical gags that went straight over my head -- I did recognize the impersonation of Harry Truman but that was about all. The featured piece in this episode was a playlet in which some children lobby to have Christmas every day! Would like to hear more from Mr Morgan.

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PostPosted: Sat May 03, 2014 6:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Weather too forbidding to contemplate playing croquet. Did the weekend shopping, then had dinner while listening to a podcast of an Agatha Christie classic: Campbell Playhouse “Murder of Roger Ackroyd” 11/12/39 CBS with Orson Welles playing both the detective and the doctor (and plainly having way too much fun in the process!). Edna Mae Oliver from the Hildegarde Withers films is the guest star.
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Duffy's Tavern 1946.05.03_Archie_Takes_Up_Reading

An unusually serious episode of this light-hearted show. Archie the manager leads his fellow barflies in a discussion of the famine that is ravaging Europe and India following World War II. Sobering listening.


Screen Guild Theater
October 5, 1950 • Episode: 476 "Champagne for Caesar"
Ronald Colman • Vincent Price • Audrey Totter • Barbara Britton • Art Linkletter

A very funny radio show based on a motion picture satirising television quiz shows (!). For me the funniest line was when Vincent Price tells Ronald Colman he despises him because he's an intellectual. If you know anything about Price, that should make you chuckle.
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Murder At Midnight
- Murder Is A Lonely Business (09-21-46) episode #14

When Fred's rich uncle plans to change his will, Grace and Fred kill the old man, but Uncle Edward gets the last laugh! Helen Shields, Carl Emory, Anton M. Leader (director); well-produced but predictable story.
[According to Billboard magazine, production costs for Murder At Midnight averaged about $5000 per program, one of the higher costs of syndicated programming of the era.]

SUSPENSE. April 26, 1951. CBS "The Thirteenth Sound". Sponsored by: Auto-Lite.
Neat psychological thriller. A woman who murders her husband in cold blood is plagued by panic attacks caused by a high pitched sound (e.g. chalk squeaking on a blackboard). Has the small-town sheriff noticed? Anne Baxter, Joseph Kearns and Howard McNear. Good script by Cathy & Elliot Lewis.

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PostPosted: Sat May 17, 2014 6:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Tonight's listening: three episodes of "The Archers" plus
"Cisco Kid" #603 'The Scavengers' - Cisco is nearly drowned when a wagon train's crossing of a river is sabotaged by two no-goods after a treasure map hidden on one of the wagons. But first a word about Butternut Bread ... (Mel Blanc stands in for Pancho again).
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Gunsmoke “Saddle-Sore Sal” 3/24/57 CBS,

Something of a lighter tone for this week -- name another Gunsmoke episode where nobody dies! Sal is a feisty teenage gal who is out for revenge on the man who swindled her family. Marshall Dillon has to decide how to get justice for her while obeying the letter of the law.

Have Gun, Will Travel
“The Killer’s Widow” 2/8/59 CBS

Paladin reluctantly makes a return visit to a small town where he killed a man. Not a warm welcome. As usual, strong characterization is one of the show's strengths. (This story was also produced on the TV show I believe.)
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The FBI in Peace and War - The Jessup sisters have a proud tradition to uphold—in the bunco business. Imagine if the Baldwin sisters in "The Waltons" were confidence tricksters! Can our G-men track them down? Find out in " Ladies in Lace ." Originally aired 1954.

The Fat Man. May 23, 1951. "Order For Murder". J. Scott Smart, Vicki Vola. A car breakdown outside Washington DC results in Brad Runyon PI catching a lift with an embittered war veteran. By the end of the episode he's chasing gunmen through the woods at night and jumping into open graves. Dashiell Hammett may be listed as creator but apparently didn't have much to do with the show; nevertheless it's quite smartly scripted.

Voyages of The Scarlet Queen - In this atmospheric episode, the ship reluctantly takes on four passengers: a minister, a doctor, and a married couple. What could go wrong? Is anyone who they seem? Find out in " The Tattooed Beaver & Baby Food for Pare Pare ." Originally aired 10/09/47.

The Adventures Of Philip Marlowe. June 14, 1950 "The Face To Forget". Sponsored by: Spearmint Gum. Gerald Mohr as Marlowe is shadowing a man on a train to San Francisco; a corpse comes along for the ride, and the ride ends when Marlowe is forced at gunpoint to jump from the train. Good PI fare.

Thanks to WPR's weekend OTR show for the above.
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More from Columbia Workshop today, with a radio dramatization of the play that brought the world the word ‘robot’. It’s Karel Capek’s 1920 play R.U.R. This first aired April 18, 1937, but heard today it's unsettlingly closer to real life than Capek's allegory would have seemed almost a century ago. Many of the plot ingredient are now taken for granted in our brave new world of Century 21.

Philip Marlowe. September 15, 1951, CBS . "The Sound and The Unsound". The last show of the series but an involving plot by Kathleen Hite. A strange tapping noise in a cottage leads to a shooting. Who did it? What is everyone looking for? Good cast - Gerald Mohr, Olan Soule, Ted Osborne, Frank Gerstle, Arthur Q. Bryan.

The Shadow. October 16, 1938, Mutual. "Night Without End". William Johnstone, Agnes Moorehead. Manhattan is in chaos after the sun refuses to shine for three days. Jack Bauer of 24 fame would be right at home in this caper. In a nice reversal, Margo actually rescues Cranston in the final scene! (This might be a later repeat - I notice all the music has been replaced with stock library music familiar to any OTR fan.)

Rocky Jordan October 31, 1948, CBS. "The Bartered Bridegroom". (Nothing to do with Smetana!) The first show of the series. A 6' 4" blonde walks into the Cafe Tambourine and offers Rocky $5000 to marry her; a fat man offers Rocky $10,000 not to marry her! Then, the shooting starts. Jack Moyles has a nice line in the Everybody-goes-to-Rick's type hero.

Crime Classics "The Ballad of Billy Bonney, Blood-Letter" If you have any romantic ideas about the Old West, this profile of Billy the Kid will disillusion you swiftly. And yes, that's the unmistakable voice of William Conrad as Sheriff Pat Garrett.

Paul Temple and the Vandyke Affair (BBC 1959) episode one. A cryptic telephone message is the only clue to the disappearance of an eighteen-month-old girl and her babysitter. Send for Paul Temple!
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NERO WOLFE 1982-01-23 "Before I Die"

When the top guy in the black market needs a detective, he naturally goes to the top guy in that field - Nero Wolfe of course. To Archie's , Wolfe is tempted to take the case because there's a shortage of meat! Smart adaptation of Rex Stout's novella from the CBC with Mavor Moore as Wolfe and Don Francis as Archie Goodwin.

ROMANCE - 'Strip Teaser And The Space Warp'
Original Broadcast Date: 1956.03.24

Well, how can you resist a title like that? And it is exactly what it promises: a showgirl's new dance routine somehow opens a fourth-dimensional portal. The story is supposedly set in the 25th century, but the ambience is more like Damon Runyon than Buck Rogers. Only mildly amusing.

TOPPER June 5 or maybe July 12, 1945

Based on the Thorne Smith novel; a summer replacement series for DINAH SHORE. Roland Young who starred in the series of Topper films reprises his role. Here, Topper confides in his wife about his ghost pals George and Marion, so she calls a shrink. Meanwhile Topper calls the phone company to deal with interference by squirrels, and confusion reigns! Cute script, shame about the dreadful sound quality.

ESCAPE October 8, 1950 CBS. "Roulette"

A young Englishman abroad gets mixed up in foreign intrigue when he's persuaded to assist an adventuress flee Monte Carlo for Ankara. Imagine Bertie Wooster on the Orient Express and you wouldn't be far wrong. Plenty of familiar radio names in the cast.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2014 10:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today I listened to:

The Great Gildersleeves (Marjorie's Cake)- Marjorie bakes a cake to impress her fiance's family who are coming to dinner that night, but Gildersleeves & Leroy eat it--and they have to come up with another cake to serve at the dinner before Marjorie & Birdie find out.

Dragnet (The Big Girl)- Friday & Romero solve the case of a mysterious blonde hitchhiker who holds up, beats up & shoots a series of drivers.

The Couple Next Door (Your Slip is Showing)- During a lunchtime walk in the park, the wife is embarrassed when her slip falls down. Husband stands in front of her to give her some privacy as she removes the slip. He stuffs it in his pocket and returns to work. His boss takes his coat by mistake and gets in trouble with his wife for having another woman's slip in his pocket.
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BING CROSBY April 23 1947

This episode of Philco Radio Time was apparently the first wholly-recorded show heard on ABC network radio in America. And what a line-up! Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee, Burl Ives and Les Paul are on hand to sing and strum. ("You don't play the guitar?" queries Burl of Bing, "What do you do with your hands while you sing?") Les accompanies Bing on a version of "Time After Time" filled with asides and interjections. Thirty minutes of pure gold!

BLONDIE 1939-10-30 episode 1

I grew up on the comic strip but this is the first episode of the radio version I've listened to ... and it's actually quite funny. The sequence where Dagwood tries to buy a new suit and is consistently dazzled by the patter of the salesmen had me chuckling out loud.


CISCO KID episode 17 "The Fighting Editor"

In the Old West it was a lot easier to manage the press -- you just shot the editor and broke up his printing press. Here the Cisco Kid vows to uphold freedom of the press and puts the finger on the Mr Big behind the trouble.

LUX 1937-10-11 episode 145 "Stella Dallas" with Barbara Stanwyck and John Boles

For Lux's third birthday, the quintessential Hollywood weepie.


THIRTY MINUTES WORTH Episode 3

Harry Worth used to be a well known comedian in England on radio and the early days o television, but you don't hear much about him now. I suppose this sort of gentle and rather predictable humor is out of fashion today. Written by Vince Powell for BBC Manchester.
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PHILIP MARLOWE 8/6/1949 "The August Lion"
Raymond Chandler once said “When in doubt, have a man come through the door with a gun in his hand.” This series, though not written by him, certainly honors this maxim. For instance the opening scene has Marlowe ready for an early night when an old friend unexpectedly turns up at his front door with a dead body.

KRAFT MUSIC HALL 1944-07-06 Bing Crosby - Guests The Dorsey Brothers

The first tune is, "Snoqualmie Jo Jo"! Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey make their first appearance together since their re-union. Bing and Marilyn Maxwell go back in song to 1928.

SPACE PATROL 1952-10-25 "The Hole in Empty Space"

Before Black Hole was an expression we'd heard, here's a very similar menace that threatens the planet Mars. A non-melodramatic treatment of a big concept plot. The magnetic ring experiment could have been an episode of its own, for example. An early episode, maybe the fourth in the series.

THE SAINT "It’s Snow Use", an episode from October 29, 1950.

Simon Templar is reluctantly a guest at a ski lodge, where one of the other occupants ends up murdered. Is the fact he's wearing odd socks a clue? After a slow start, ends up being a lot of fun, with Vincent Price equally adept at repartee and roughhousing.
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