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PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2015 6:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

BOX 13 “Much Too Lucky” 5/1/49 Syndicated
Alan Ladd is on the trail of a group of gamblers who are much too good at picking winners in the afternoon race meetings. This show is always fun to listen to -- hint for armchair detectives, have you seen the movie The Sting?

FAT MAN “The Nightmare Murder” 1/17/51 ABC
Runyon's client is in the alcoholics ward and swears he saw a woman shoot herself. But the lady in question claims to be very much alive. Our P.I. hero is inspired when the answer almost hits him on the head. Nice writing as usual on this series (no, not by Dashiell Hammett, who is credited as creator).

SUSPENSE “Stranger With My Face” 7/23/61 CBS
The amnesia plot ("Who are you? In fact who am I??") is an old favorite of scriptwriters, but this one succeeds better than most thanks to a tight script (Alan Sloane) and good central performance from Bernard Grant. You can't go home -- or at least you shouldn't.

MYSTERIOUS TRAVELER “The Last Survivor” 10/11/49 MBS
The story of the launching of the first spaceship to reach Mars. Unfortunately when they return home they get nearly as big a shock as Charlton Heston did in a certain movie. That sounds like John Dehner in the lead, but I don't see his name in the Gold Index. David Kogan's script certainly packs a punch.

WEIRD CIRCLE “The Returned” 11/12/44 Syndicatde
Based on "Ligeia," by Edgar Allan Poe. Has a man's first wife returned from the dead for revenge? Well presented, but I always feel that Poe (like Bradbury) is more atmospheric on the printed page than in any adaptation.

MURDER AT MIDNIGHT “The Man Who Died Yesterday” 7/5/46 Syndicated #42
Can a man who's already dead see into the future. Gripping stuff.
Script by Robert Newman, directed by that old pro Anton M. Leder. The host was Raymond Morgan, who delivered the memorable lines of introduction over Charles Paul's effective organ theme: "Midnight, the witching hour when the night is darkest, our fears the strongest, and our strength at its lowest ebb. Midnight, when the graves gape open and death strikes."

TOM CORBETT, SPACE CADET 52-03-11 "Giant of Mercury"
The Polaris is diverted to the twilight zone of Mercury when a geological expedition suddenly loses contact with base. Watch out for those giant robots! "And I would have gotten away with it too, if it weren't for you meddling kids". (Remember the days when we thought Mercury was locked to the sun, one side boiling hot and one side freezing cold?)

THEATRE ORGAN SHOWCASE 22nd May 2015
The Comedians, Op. 26, is an orchestral suite of ten numbers by Dmitry Kabalevsky. It is one of his best-known and best-loved works. In particular, the "Comedians' Galop" (No. 2) is the single most famous piece of music he ever wrote. Great to hear it on Alan Rider's show last week.
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BOB HOPE SHOW “On the Battleship South Dakota” 11/16/45 NBC
The trouble with Hope's jokes is they are so tailored to the audience of the day it's often hard to work out why everyone is laughing 70 years later. The sailors seem to enjoy the show (especially singer Frances Langford), Skinnay Ennis and Jerry Colonna give comedy support and Hope interviews a decorated Navy flier.

JACK BENNY 1/2/38 NBC
Sponsored by: Jell-O. Jack is still recovering from a blind date with Dolores Del Schmutz on New Year's Eve that was something of a disaster. Kenny Baker sings "Rolling Plains", a new one to me. Andy Devine drops in looking for his Pa. Good fun. [Tuned to Yesterday #1245]
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SUSPENSE (new series #13) "The Hounds of Tindalos"
This new series reaches back to Weird Tales magazine in 1929 for a chiller about a scientist who uses drugs to mentally travels back in time to before humanity existed. What he finds is something too horrible to comprehend. If you like H.P. Lovecraft you'll like this story by Frank Belknap Long.

LUX “One More Spring” 6/29/53 CBS
Three homeless people move into a tool shed in Central Park; Jeanne Craine stars. Pleasant "feel good" story, probably more so than the original movie. ( This was originally a 1935 Janet Gaynor film about the Depression, when the situation depicted would have been well within memory to the audience.)

TOM CORBETT, SPACE CADET "Trial in Space" part 1 & 2
"Now, as roaring rockets blast off to distant planets and far flung stars, we take you to the AGE OF THE CONQUEST OF SPACE with TOM CORBETT Space Cadet!!!" Things look grim today. Astro is on the sick list with suspected space fever, there's a fire in the engine room, a solar storm causes the ship to crash in the Martian desert, and the captain is injured. Can the cadets survive? (Wow, the writers certainly packed a lot into each episode of this show!)
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GUNSMOKE “Amy’s Good Deed” 11/27/55 CBS
It's a measure of how well written this show was that this week it's a little old lady who's out to get Matt Dillon, but the show is just as gripping and human as it ever was. Later re-used on the television series.

QUIET PLEASE “A Red and White Guidon” 2/9/48 MBS
An old soldier reminisces about his days with the Army. This is the first episode of this series that I've managed to work out where we were going before we got there, and that's only because I reconized the term "Fiddler's Green" at the beginning.

Tuned To Yesterday #1248

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THE SHADOW (1-5-41) “The Leopard Strikes” starring Bill Johnstone as Lamont Cranston, Marjorie Anderson as the lovely Margot Lane. The Shadow investigates when a policeman is killed at the zoo, apparently by a leopard though none are missing. If you've read TARZAN AND THE LEOPARD MEN you can guess where this one is going. Cast includes Kenny Delmar, Everett Sloane, Keenan Wynn. Sponsored by Blue Coal, MBS. (27 min)

THE AVENGER (1-31-46) “The Department of Death” with James Monks as Jim Brandon — The Avenger — with Helen Adamson as Fern Collyer. The night watchman at a department store is found murdered. This is actually quite a good mystery story, which hardly needs the scene where the hero changes into the invisible crime-fighter (but I guess the producers wanted to attract the Shadow audience). Syndicated. (30 min)

YOURS TRULY JOHNNY DOLLAR 09/01/57 #552 Poor Little Rich Girl (AFRS) (29:26)
A rich woman wants to insure her husband's life without his knowledge, behaving in a way that would arouse the suspicions of even the least diligent insurance agent. Johnny finds that the upper crust have even more problems than the rest of us. [Love those so upbeat public service announcements from AFRS, when the world seemed a less complicated place.]

DRAGNET 06/07/53 #207 "Big Will" (NBC) (26:08 )
There's some vintage buffoonery from Frank in the opening scene, but things soon turn serious. Out in the suburbs a businessman is dying on the floor of his kitchen, shot by an unknown assailant. And, as so often is the case, shot not by a stranger but by somebody he knew very well.

GUNSMOKE 05/27/56 #216 "Man Hunter" (CBS) (21:22)
What does a lawman do when a bounty hunter arrives with a warrant for a friend of his. If you're Matt Dillon you're likely to take a moment to think things through before acting. That doesn't guarantee there won't be deadly gunplay before the climax though.
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LIFE OF RILEY 03/20/48 "The Suggestion Contest" (Prell Shampoo) (NBC) (29:48 )
Riley decides to put his foot down and tell his wife who's boss. His best friend encourages him to put it down in black and white -- write her a letter. What could possibly go wrong??

RED RYDER 03/03/42 NBC (28:16) "Trouble at Bullion Bend"
The two fisted cowboy (and his unfortunately-named sidekick Little Beaver) are on the trail of a gang that plans to hold up the stage carrying the largest gold shipment of the year.
Some guides list this as "Trouble at Boullion Bend" but that would be a job for Souperman surely (sorry). Smile

SAM SPADE 07/25/48 "Mad Scientist Caper" (sponsor Wildroot) (CBS) (29:20)
The wisecracking sleuth has a client whose invention has been stolen. Is he telling the truth or is he crazy? Sam finds there's a fine line between being manic and being a maniac.

SHERLOCK HOLMES 1949-05-23 "Dr Winthrop's notorious carriage"
John Stanley plays the great detective, with a Nigel Bruce sound-alike introducing the story. Holmes looks into a fairly routine domestic whodunit -- did the doctor kill his mistress or is there more to the story. Not much notable here.

LUX RADIO THEATER 11/15/48 Body and Soul (CBS) (60:00)
John garfield and William Conrad reprise their screen roles as an ambitious prizefighter and his manager in this gritty drama. Jane Wyman is the nice girl, Marie Windsor is the other one. The Lux show does a good job of condensing the movie into an hour; the half hour shows that did movie adaptations often had problems in that department, but this feels like you've just watched the movie

IMAGINATION THEATER #1004 Sable Jak's "The Case of the Thirty Year Wait."
Episode 275 of "The Adventures of Harry Nile." Harry Nile takes on a missing persons case he knows from the start is a long shot.
However, before he's done he's had a history lesson about Seattle's bootlegging days, plus he may be looking at a murder.
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THE SHADOW OF FU MANCHU.#80 “Sign of the White Peacock”. The Devil Doctor's protege Karamaneh is now married to Dr Petrie, but sinister events at an archaeological dig in Egypt have them wishing that Nayland Smith was with them. Fu Manchu is dead (isn't he?) but his daughter may be plotting against them. Wonderfully over-the-top melodrama from around 1940 is actually fairly faithful to the original novels by Sax Rohmer.

For laughs we have an episode of CAN YOU TOP THIS, in which a panel of jokesters try to beat the laugh-meter score of listener-submitted jokes. First subject: “Hats” on this show from May 14, 1948. The panel is made up of Ward Wilson (pinch-hitting for Senator Ford), Harry Hershfield, Joe Laurie Jr., Peter Donald, with MC Dennis James. Mildly amusing, more for the joke-tellers than the jokes themselves.

BARRIE CRAIG, CONFIDENTIAL INVESTIGATOR. “Murder by Threes” from NBC on Oct 01, 1952. The more things change, the more they're the same. It’s a cooking contest, but one of the contestants winds up murdered! If this was on TV it would probably be titled "The Masterchef Murder". Produced by Hyman Brown, it stars William Gargan, with Barbara Weeks and Don Pardo announcing. Fast-paced sleuthing.
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WHEN THE STARS ARE RIGHT - Lovecraftian story by William Meikle. Scientists have found a new source of energy, which could transform space travel – but why do they need a priest and a medieval historian? http://lovecraftzine.com/audio/


LIFE WITH LUIGI . December 27, 1949. CBS
Remember when making an international phone call was prohibitively expensive? No Skype in those days.

TUNED TO YESTERDAY #1255, Comedy
Joan Davis Time 3/11/46 CBS,
Milton Berle Show “Salute to New York” 1/27/48 NBC

NEW ADVENTURES OF THE THIN MAN
“The Adventure of the Passionate Palooka” July 6, 1948


DIMENSION X – The Man In The Moon. ep15, 50-07-14
A clerk in the Missing Persons Bureau notices something odd about the reports of missing people. And what's with the radio room who are picking up messages from the moon??
George Lefferts wrote a lot of stuff for Dimension X, mostly adaptations but this is one of his own and it's not bad. Sure the experienced SF reader will be ahead of the script by the end, but the journey is half the fun and I enjoyed following the twists and turns in the story.
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Hey, whaddayaknow! Some actual non-'bot content!

Thanks for the lovecraft link. That looks like some interesting stuff.

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WHEN THE STARS ARE RIGHT - Lovecraftian story by William Meikle. Scientists have found a new source of energy, which could transform space travel – but why do they need a priest and a medieval historian? http://lovecraftzine.com/audio/
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SUSPENSE April 19, 1955 broadcast, "Speed Trap" will keep you on the edge of your seat for the full thirty minutes. Eddie Firestone and Larry Thor are two Highway Patrol officers after someone who's driving like a lunatic on a wet night -- and one of the officers fears the driver may be his own wife. Don't listen to this on the way home, your nerves might not stand it.

Thanks to Relic Radio podcast #417, which also featured MYSTERY HOUSE "Bury Me Not", which originally aired May 26, 1946. A man is found dead and the police are baffled -- and you probably will be too, since this is the most outlandish murder plot I've heard this year.
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I've been driving back and forth to my sister's farm, so I've heard a lot of OTR:

LUX RADIO THEATER June 15, 1953. Program #78
Unusual in that this doesn't seem to be a movie adaptation. From ARGOSY magazine "The Lady and the Tumblers" by veteran pulpster Merle Constiner, in which a professional strongman and his nephew encounter murder and avarice in the American Midwest in 1838. Fred MacMurray is the strongman, and you'll also hear the voices of John Dehner, Parley Baer and Joseph Kearns in this enjoyable Disneyesque adventure.

Houdini Seance 10/31/46 Syndicated.
Tuned To Yesterday podcast #1349
The Houdini seance is one of the most fascinating pieces of reality radio that I've ever heard.
If only Walter Gibson was still around, we'd petition him to turn this into a new Shadow movie -- it has all the ingredients!

HAWK LARABEE "The Pilgrim" 12/28/48 CBS
I thought I'd heard Elliot Lewis play every sort of character, but this is the first time I've run across him as a cowboy. Drama as someone tries to prevent a church being built in a small town out west. Some very subtle relgious imagery is worked into the plot.

HAVE GUN WILL TRAVEL "The Boss" 2/7/60 CBS.
Paladin's client is an unpleasant type ("I handle towns, women and horses the same way -- you just have to let them know who's boss!") and pays the price for his ruthless ways.

ON STAGE "An Ideal Couple" 6/18/53 CBS
A married man (Elliot Lewis) is feted on a radio programme celebrating couples who are celebrating their 25th anniversary. As he thinks back over his marriage, he realizes his wife has manipulated his every move in their lives together.

COLUMBIA WORKSHOP "He Should Have Stood in Elba" 4/12/42 CBS.
Wry comedy-drama about an old-time gangster released after eleven years in prison who finds that he can't pick up where he left off, the world is a different place. (Spider Robinson once wrote a short story on the idea that a jail cell is sort of a one-way time machine: it takes you into a future that you may not be expecting.)

HERCULE POIROT "The Deadest Man in the World" 7/19/45 MBS
Harold Huber had quite a run on the American airwaves playing Agatha Christie's sleuth, and he's quite acceptable even to an audience brought up on David Suchet. (I did frown at the line where Poirot declares himself one of the world's great chefs though.) Here he investigates the death of a man who once won the Irish Sweepstakes and broke the bank at Monte Carlo; unfortunately being lucky won't save you from murderous relatives.

MR AND MRS NORTH "Honey Jones" Early 1950's CBS.
Jerry is said to be mixed up with a taxi dancer; Pam goes undercover; Jerry has apoplexy. Not much more to this midly diverting episode but if you like the Thin Man you may like the Norths.

TOWN HALL TONIGHT with Fred Allen 6/22/38 NBC Red network
Wow a whole 60 minutes of Fred Allen. Lots of laughs and there's even an interview with a crossword puzzle editor that apparently isn't a spoof.

X MINUS ONE "The Native Problem" 7/26/57 NBC
Robert Sheckley takes a quirky swing at racism, when an Earthman living on another world is pigeonholed as a "native" by newly-arrived settlers. ("You've got to watch them, they're a sneaky bunch...") All his protests only infuriate the leaders of the new regime.

TWO THOUSAND PLUS "The Other Man" 6/7/50 Mutual
You can't be in two places at once -- or can you? Mildly interesting sci-fi that might annoy some listeners by leaving the plot up in the air at the final curtain. Lady or the Tiger, anyone?

QUIET PLEASE "One For the book" 11/21/48 ABC
I have heard several episodes of this show and each one has been unique!
In this one, guards at an air force base spot a parachute and apprehend a very surprising (and surprised) visitor. Fans may be amused by the scene where the narrator reluctantly admits he reads science fiction magazines, and his superiors immediately conclude he is either feeble-minded or a lunatic! http://www.digitaldeliftp.com/DigitalDeliToo/dd2jb-Quiet-Please.html

X MINUS ONE "Shock Troop" 11/28/57 NBC.
Written by Daniel F. Galouye (1920-1976), it originally appeared in the June 1957 issue of Galaxy magazine. H. G. Wells's Martians found out the hard way that the teeniest tiniest microbes were deadly in The War of the Worlds. In "Shock Troop" the situation is reversed, as microbial-sized alien invaders learn the hard way that they are not welcome on Earth.
http://www.tangentonline.com/old-time-radio/2111-x-minus-one-shock-troop-by-daniel-f-galouye

THE HAUNTING HOUR - possibly "The People in the House" (1945)
"No... No... stay where you are. Do not break the stillness of this moment.
For this is a time of mystery. A time when imagination is free, and
moves forward swiftly, silently.... This is -- The Haunting Hour!"
What starts as a domestic drama ends with a blast of gunfire, blackmail, escaped convicts and assorted other goodies. Not badly done, but no credits for this show.
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SUSPENSE April 19, 1955 broadcast, "Speed Trap" will keep you on the edge of your seat for the full thirty minutes. Eddie Firestone and Larry Thor are two Highway Patrol officers after someone who's driving like a lunatic on a wet night -- and one of the officers fears the driver may be his own wife. Don't listen to this on the way home, your nerves might not stand it.
Thanks to Relic Radio podcast #417, which also featured MYSTERY HOUSE "Bury Me Not", which originally aired May 26, 1946. A man is found dead and the police are baffled -- and you probably will be too, since this is the most outlandish murder plot I've heard this year.

LONE RANGER "AZTEC MYSTERY" #802 03-29-43
Part 1 of the "El Mundo" Series - a startling story in which the masked rider's adversary is a mad scientist whose lair is an underground Mayan temple between Mexico and the USA. Woo!

DRAGNET (4-27-50) Jack Webb stars as Sgt. Joe Friday, Barton Yarborough as Sgt. Ben Romero. An off-duty policeman is killed when Friday and Romero try to apprehend a fugitive. Peggy Weber is interrogated over lunch at the cafeteria. Fatima Cigarettes, NBC.

PHIL HARRIS-ALICE FAYE SHOW (9-25-49 NBC) Phil’s sponsor gives him an office; after the shock of having to be at work at 9 o'clock wears off, Phil has an idea for a unique sale. Always fun to hear Gale Gordon as the boss of Rexall and Elliott Lewis as the untrustworthy Remley.

THE ENCHANTED APRIL -- Elizabeth von Arnim's novel opens with the misery of a gloomy London, and an advertisement in The Times that promises paradise in an Italian castle on the Med. Four unrelated women share the costs of the rent, but at first find it difficult to settle in together. At the end of the month they have a new appreciation for life. This charming story is well realized by the 2015 BBC radio adaptation.
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Case Closed podcast #422 begins with THE CRIME CLUB. We heard "Death Swims At Midnight", from August 28, 1947; a very ordinary whodunit in which the crime is solved by a private detective and the police are never even mentioned! THIS IS YOUR FBI follows with "The Jolly Widow". That episode was first heard August 22, 1952, a good straightforward G-Man story in which the crime lab proves that a "hunting accident" was really a professional hit.

WILD BILL HICKOK – The Rocks of Rawhide Canyon (06-12-53)
Could that ornery old prospector who's building a dam with the rocks taken out of his mine be somehow connected to a gang of stagecoach robbers? Guy Madison and Andy Devine are on the case. I don't know why, but I love this show -- I always enjoy hearing it.

NICK CARTER December 14, 1947. Mutual net. "The Case Of The Priceless Prose". Sponsored by: Old Dutch Cleanser, Del Rich Margarine. Stolen manuscripts and a few murders thrown in. Clever twist at the end...you won't guess whodunit. Lon Clark stars. [The commercials are intact in this one -- the sponsor really got his money's worth in those days.]

NICK CARTER December 21, 1947. Mutual net. "The Case Of The Policy Makers". Sponsored by: Old Dutch Cleanser, Del Rich Margarine. Nick tackles a clever gang using dead bodies in a hit and run blackmail scheme. He and Patsy go undercover and almost become the next victims of the gang. Script by Stedman (Crime Club) Coles.

NICK CARTER December 28, 1947. Mutual net. "The Case Of The Missing Street". Sponsored by: Old Dutch Cleanser, Del Rich Margarine. Nick investigates a scam involving a street that doesn't exist at the request of a war veteran turned contractor. A talking typewriter and a recorder trip up the evil Mr. Nixon and his cosmopolis racket. Script by SF maestro Alfred Bester.
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JOHNNY DOLLAR 05/10/59 #638 The Fatal Filet Matter (CBS)
It's personal for Johnny this time - not only is the victim a friend of his, but he is sitting across the table from him when he's poisoned.

THE SHADOW (4-8-45) “The Little Man Who Wasn’t There” starring John Archer as Lamont Cranston, Judith Allen as the lovely Margot Lane. The Shadow investigates an invisible thief who steals valuables in broad daylight. Can't blame the police for suspecting The Shadow -- he's the only invisible man they know. Jack Brickhouse announces. Lin-X Products, MBS

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w #420 began with AUTHOR'S PLAYHOUSE and the story, "Cry For The Hunted" by F.J. Lipp, first heard September 22, 1944. (A British officer has had a nervous breakdown after working behind enemy lines in France -- so his shrink takes him out into the woods and abandons him to his memories. I'm glad he's not my psychiatrist.) Then, it’s "The Windy City Six" from SUSPENSE. (I haven't heard many period pieces on this show, but this story is a nicely done tale of the Roaring Twenties and a jazz band that gets mixed up with ruthless gangsters; Fred MacMurray and Red Nichols) That episode, written by E. Jack Newman and John M. Hayes aired February 8, 1951.

INNER SANCTUM May 15, 1945 "The Black Art" by Milton Lewis
Larry Haines and the alluring Simone Simon star in this spooky tale of a man on death row who's rescued by a mystery woman. Who is she? What is she? Why does he find himself in a sinister mansion outside New Orleans? This was the last story introduced by host Raymond Edward Johnson. (I wonder if it's too late to send in 25 cents for that sterling silver medallion?)
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PHILIP MARLOWE 03/07/50: The Monkey’s Uncle

JACK BENNY 01/01/50: Jack Gets Stood Up On New Year’s Eve

GUNSMOKE 10-01-55: The Barton Boy

MURDER AT MIDNIGHT 470113 House That Time Forgot
"The witching hour, when night is darkest, our fears are the strongest, our strength at its lowest ebb."

FRONTIER TOWN 1949 01 Return To Dos Rios - episode #1
Jeff Chandler is Chad Remington, a lawyer in the Wild West town of Dos Rios. Chad's sidekick, Cherokee O'Bannon, played by Wade Crosby, performed his role in a W.C. Fields accent for some reason. Good standard western fare.

HOPALONG CASSIDY "Death Comes Invited" 3/26/51 Syndicated, Six Shooter 3/7/54 NBC

MARTIN & LEWIS SHOW Guest: opera star Dorothy Kirsten" 10/14/49 NBC

FORD THEATER "The Silver Cord" 4/18/48 NBC.

SPEED GIBSON (1937) I've been listening to the first few episodes of this serial and it's certainly exciting stuff, set back in the days when the quickest way to get from America to Hong Kong was to catch the China Clipper and fly the Pacific. Written by Virginia Cooke. It was centered on the adventures of Speed Gibson, a fifteen-year-old pilot who, through his uncle Clint Barlow, becomes a member of the International Secret Police. Speed was described as “a typical American boy: interested in short wave radio, aviation and most of all - The International Secret Police." Cliffhangers galore, lots of local color and an evil super-villain named The Octopus (who strangely later appears in THE SPIRIT comic strip -- you can't keep a bad man down).

CITY HOSPITAL "Episode #25" 1950's AFRS

SUSPENSE "The man Who Couldn't Lose" 9/28/44 CBS. Gene Kelly.

MIDNIGHT IN EUROPE "At the sound of the tone it will be twelve o'clock in Central Europe." This show ran on AFN (the American Forces Network) in the 1960s and is fondly remembered by many. Sgt Bill Crawford was the host, playing soul and jazz music for the late-night set. Sinatra, Mancini, Etta Jones, etc.

WOMEN OF MYSTERY - AGATHA CHRISTIE
Why was the genteel Agatha Christie so good at writing murder stories? With Jessica Mann and biographer Janet Morgan. From BBC radio December 1982.
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The Relic Radio Show #435
OBSESSION "A Summer Evening", a story first heard January 22, 1951.
MYSTERY AWARD THEATER June 13, 1949, broadcast, "The Screwball Division".
For once I haven’t heard either of these shows before. OBSESSION was a bit of a one-note soap opera, only partially redeemed by its surprise ending. MYSTERY AWARD THEATER surprised me — not only did it dramatize a story by Anthony Boucher, but the author himself looked in to say a couple of words at the end. A noteworthy event.

THE LIGHT OF A THOUSAND SUNS (Saturday Night Theatre 1974 BBC)
A cold war techno-thriller by James Follett in the style of FAIL SAFE -- a nuclear submarine goes on red alert when it loses touch with its base. Can World War III be averted? I thought that was Michael Gough as the Strangelove-type scientist Pike, but it turned out to be Vernon Joyner. As it happens, there is a connection between this situation and radio drama
http://www.electricpig.co.uk/2012/01/02/radio-4s-nuclear-safety-secrets-you-wont-believe-whats-in-the-airwaves/

EXPLORING TOMORROW "The Mimic" 3/19/58 MBS. Based on Robert Silverberg's short story, one of eleven adapted for this show. Unforunately this one has not worn well -- since 1958 the idea that your brother might come back from a trip to outer space as an inhuman shape-changing Thing has been so over-exposed as to be a complete cliche. John W Campbell drops in to muse on the concept.

X MINUS ONE "One Thousand Dollars a Plate" 3/21/56 NBC
Based on Jack McKenty's story in GALAXY. Maddened by a local casino's fireworks that ruin their observations, astronomers decide to fight fire with fire. Set on Mars, but would hve been equally amusing if it had taken place in Las Vegas.

THE SHADOW 1941-01-12 Ghost Building
Bill Johnstone stars in the seventh season of the show. Is a new skyscraper jinxed or is it the work of a vengeance-crazed killer? Thrills galore for Lamont Cranston and his alter ego. Richard Widmark has a supporting part. (I've always wondered about the often repeated catchphrase "Crime does not pay' -- it seems more pragmatic than ethical -- if you could somehow prove that it was in fact a profitable exercise would that make it more acceptable?)

THE ALDRICH FAMILY 1940-01-01 Cross Country Race
From the first season I believe - not as convoluted as later episodes but mildly amusing.

JUNGLE JIM 1935-11-30 Vampire Bat
Action and intrigue in Africa (presumably) based on the once famous comic strip hero. A mystery woman seems to be the brains behind a ruthless cult. Notable for not including any vampire bats.
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A lot of serials, Superman, Red Ryder, Space Patrol. Whistler, Suspense,
crime stories and cop shows. And Challenge of the Yukon. Thanks Mike!
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CHALLENGE OF THE YUKON "Music Hall Murder" 1949-03-04
Unlike some of the adventures of Sgt Preston, most of this one takes place within a stone's throw of police headquarters in Dawson -- two of the characters are employed at the local music hall, owned by a shady entrepreneur. [I note that history records that in the year 1898 there wasn't a single murder in the Yukon -- probably something to do with the 288 members of the Northwest Mounted Police stationed in Dawson.]

CHALLENGE OF THE YUKON "Trail Mates" 1949-03-07
Two robbers meet up with Preston on the trail and decide to lure him into an ambush, pushing him over a cliff at a dangerous stretch of the journey. Quick, King, go for help !

HANCOCK "The Red Planet" 2015-11-30
A re-creation of a lost episode of the famous comedy series. The actors impersonating Tony Hancock, Kenneth Williams and Andree Melly are spot-on but I wasn't that taken with the ones playing Sid James and Bill Kerr. Hancock takes up astronomy and believes worlds are about to collide.
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THE SHADOW 1940-03-24 "The Plot That Failed"
I don't know what is more unbelievable, that a mad scientist would seek the aid of the Shadow in placing infernal devices around the city, or that Lamont Cranston should seriously entertain the idea. Margo gets tied up (again) and threatened with a death ray -- it's a wonder the poor girl wasn't suffering from PTSD after a couple of seasons of this show. And Shrevvy pops up for some light relief.

ANDREWS SISTER 1945-11-28
The three songbirds warble away pleasantly, and invite Abbott & Costello to perform their famous "Who's on First?" routine.

GUNSMOKE 09/02/56 #230 Old Pal (CBS) (22:00)
Matt is troubled by the disappearance of an old friend, presumed murdered for the $60,000 he was delivering for Wells Fargo. When he starts investigating, he finds his troubles are only starting.
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LONE RANGER 1941-10-13 #1361 "A New Mission"
By 1941, even before Pearl Harbor, a lot of radio heroes were battling spies and saboteurs. This wasn't possible for a western series, but the masked rider of the plains was enlisted to battle a secret organization planning to overthrow the government of the United States, the Black Arrow society.
http://archive.org/details/The_Lone_Ranger_OTR_Remasters?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+archive%2FYNbb+%28Internet+Archive+OTR+Latetest+Editions%29

OUR MISS BROOKS 01/29/50 School on Saturday (Colgate) (CBS) (29:44)
A laugh riot as Mr Conklin's autocratic but well-intentioned decree that the students should attend school this Saturday turns into an ever-more-complex fiasco. Love the concluding scene.

SUSPENSE 1944-03-24 "Sneak Preview"
There's a thematic connection to THE MASK OF DIMITRIOS here, with Joseph Cotton as a Hollywood director who looks into the case of a notorious spy who has supposedly ended up in the morgue.

PHILCO RADIO TIME 03/03/48 w/Jack Benny (Philco) (ABC) (29:56)
This one's a classic. Jack Benny shows up to demand five cents from Bing Crosby as compensation for putting a nickel in a juke-box and not getting the Crosby record. Benny and Crosby make a great team as they try to untangle the ensuing complications.
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THE RETURN FROM MARS by Charles Chilton (1981)
This one picks up some years after the third JOURNEY INTO SPACE serial, with Jet Morgan and his crew returning to Earth not realizing many years have passed since they left Mars. The following plot is something of a medley of Chilton's favorite themes (and steals a climactic scene from LOST HORIZON) but will please J.I.S. fans, of whom I am one.

COUNTERSPY 04/27/50 Case of the Murdered Confessor (Pepsi) (ABC) (27:36)
I used to find the early episodes of Counterspy too violent, but this one isn't too bad in spite of dealing with assassins and murders.

OPTIONS 07/04/78 The 4th of July w/Ed Walker (NPR) (60:00)
Quite tolerable special program celebrating "the fourth." It even has a Bing Crosby song about America I've never heard before.

DR CHRISTIAN 11-15-38 "The Accident"
Interesting idea -- two men die the same night, but the reactions of their wives to their loss shows us that what others thought of their marriages may have been completely wrong.
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SCREEN GUILD THEATER 2-15-42 "Liberty's a Lady"
Loretta Young plays the statue of liberty in this salute to the women of American history who refused to stay home and let the men tackle the important tasks. Of course this would have made uncomfortable listening after the war when that's just what many women were expected to do.

SUSPENSE 10-27-41 "Lord of the Witch Doctors"
First of second series, episode #15. John Dickson Carr story with an unusual plot - a German agent tries to sabotage British diplomacy on the island of Zanzibar around World War I !

THE WHISTLER 6-13-42 "Shrunken Head"
The plot is hardly new, but the cast present it with so much enthusiasm we forget we've often been here before.

PHILLIP MARLOWE "The Restless Day"
An inventor supposedly killed in an explosion aboard his yacht hires Marlowe to find his killer! January 8, 1949. The motive for the murder attempt is a hit hard to take seriously when we find out what it is, but I guess murder has been done for less valuable things...
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DANGEROUSLY YOURS is up first on this Relic Radio Show podcast . From it we’ll hear Victor Jory in "Bothwell Of Scotland", which first aired August 27, 1944; Mary Queen of Scots done as a soap opera. Then, MYSTERY HOUSE shares its more mundane story, "Dagger In The Dark". That episode was originally broadcast July 5, 1946.
http://www.relicradio.com/otr/2015/05/dangerously-yours-and-mystery-house/

CASE DISMISSED 1954-02-06 Legal Wills
Surprisingly interesting legal docu-drama from WMAQ Chicago.
The legal problems of making a will (or not making one)
http://boxcars711.podomatic.com/enclosure/2016-04-15T13_56_07-07_00.mp3

THE MEN FROM THE MINISTRY "I Want My Mummy" (July 1974)
Confusion reigns when Sir Gregory gives Mildred a transfer so he can replace her with his new girlfriend. Then throw an ancient Egyptian queen into the mixture. Long running sitcom that stars Deryck Guyler and Richard Murdoch.

THE CLOCK "Mabel, The Manicurist", July 14, 1947.
All right, the ending may be a bit pat but overall this is a gripping story. I don't remember hearing another radio drama narrated by a female serial killer.

ESCAPE "Plunder of the Sun" 1949
What they used to call a rattling good yarn -- murder and intrigue to do with a fabulous lost treasure in South America. Paul Frees stars. Based on a novel by David Dodge who also wrote TO CATCH A THIEF.
http://escape-suspense.typepad.com/files/escape_1949.11.08_plunder-of-the-sun.mp3

QUOTE UNQUOTE 2013-12-08 BBC
If you're of a literary bent, plenty of laugh-out-loud moments in this quiz about quotations and authors. See how many you can guess before the panel.

SCREEN DIRECTORS PLAYHOUSE "Alias Nick Beal" 1950
Ray Milland reprises his screen role as the sinister Mr Beal, who entangles an honest but ambitious politician in his coils. Milland appropriately saturnine.

THE KRAKEN WAKES 2016 BBC
Two-hour re-make of the John Wyndham story (last on radio in 1969 I believe) is gripping stuff. The updating to the present day is painless ("Your twitter feed has gone berserk") and the spirit of the novel is preserved. It was performed in front of a live audience with a full orchestra on stage -- the result is a radio play that often seems like the soundtrack of a movie that has been lost and only the audio survives.
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SCREEN GUILD THEATER
Episode 114 10-19-42 "Yankee Doodle Dandy"
James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Paula Houston, Jean Cagney
The life of George M. Cohan makes for pleasant listening. This was when SGT moved time slot from Sundays to right behind "Lux Radio Theater" on Mondays. Lady Esther takes over Sponsorship.

COLUMBIA WORKSHOP
Episode 22 6-30-46 "This Is Singing Country"
The History Of Songs Used In Various Battles. Narrated By: Barry Kroger.

ADVENTURE AHEAD
Episode 5 9-9-44 "A Tooth For Paul Revere" based on the Benet story.
John Thomas, Roger De Koven, Kermit Murdock, James Tanzy, Joseph Wiseman, Jackie Eyers, Elenor Audley, Jean Gillespie, Fred Baron, Paul Ford. These "Famous Stories for Young People" aired on NBC Saturdays 10:30 - 11:00 am Director: Joseph Mansfield

YOU ARE THERE
Episode 86 3-19-50 "Stamp Act Rebellion" November 1, 1765
Stars Bill Leonard, a New York based reporter who would eventually become an influential executive at CBS News. With Ned Calmer, Larry LeSueur and analyst Quincy Howe.
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DANGEROUS ASSIGNMENT episode 1 "Sicily" 7/9/49 NBC,

WHISTLER "Return to Riondo" 1/8/50 CBS. The Whistler out west? Yep.

(Tuned To Yesterday podcast#695, Adventure)

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