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31Jul/150

EP1639: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Wayward Trout Matter

Bob Bailey
Johnny goes to Lake Mojave for some rest and to look up on a jewel robber who claims to have reformed.

Original Air Date: April 20, 1958

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30Jul/150

EP1638: Nick Carter: The Case of the Salesman of Death

Lon Clark
Nick is a called in when the benefactor of his boy's club receives a threatening letter, Nick run into a  man who claims to be able to pray others to death.

Original Air Date: May 16, 1948

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29Jul/150

EP1637: Philip Marlowe: The Vital Statistic

Gerald Mohr
Marlowe is hired to protect a woman from a rival in a pair of slacks.

Original Air Date: March 14, 1950

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28Jul/151

EP1636: Ellery Queen: The Adventure of the Message in Red

Three seemingly unconnected women are slain by the same killer.

Original Air Date: November 7, 1945

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27Jul/150

EP1635: The Saint: The Lady Who Leaned

Vincent Price
A woman steals a revolver from Simon who then finds a dead man in the office of a man who jilted her.

Original Air Date: April 22, 1951

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25Jul/150

Audio Drama Review: The Death and the Life


The Death and the Life is another one-man play starring Roger Llewellyn and written by David Stuart Davies adapted by Big Finish Productions. The story is a mix of fact and fiction as it centers upon Arthur Conan Doyle's efforts to rid himself of his most famous creation once and for all with the writing of "The Final Problem" and failed.

The play imagines Holmes and his fellow characters reacting to Doyle's actions and scheming. Doyle's disinterest is reflected in a hilarious scene where Holmes describes a madcap adventure to a snoring Watson. The story is bolstered by the use of Doyle's own journals and letters. Another great scene is the one which Holmes learns he's a fictional character from his arch-rival who is not too pleased that he's been created by Doyle as a single-use plot device.

With its light comedy and heavy symbolism, The Life and the Death  is a story about a literary creation whose popularity transcended the writer who created him. The play is helped by another strong performance from Roger Llewellyn who manages to perfectly portray all the characters and angles of this very deep and well-written play. Overall, this is another story that's a wonderful listen for fans of Sherlock Holmes.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.0

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25Jul/150

EP1634: Dragnet: The Big Bomb

Jack Webb
Friday and Romero are in a race against time to stop a madman with a bomb who is threatening to blow up City Hall.

Original Air Date: July 13, 1950

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24Jul/150

EP1633: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Wayward Money Matter

Bob Bailey
Johnny investigates a meek man whose alleged to have ran off with $160,000.

Original Air Date: April 13, 1958

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23Jul/150

EP1632: Nick Carter: The Case of the Nameless Blonde

Lon Clark
An unknown blonde woman is found murdered in Nick's office.

Original Air Date: May 9, 1948

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22Jul/150

EP1631: Philip Marlowe: The Monkey’s Uncle

Gerald Mohr
A Scottish animal trainer calls Marlowe into a case involving a chimpanzee.

Original Air Date: March 7, 1950

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