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31Mar/100

EP0113: Let George Do It: The Perfect Specimen

A doctor gets a note advising him of when he'll die and how. He hires George to stop it. But despite the threat on the doctor's life, George feels the doctor's trying to hide something

Original Air Date: August 9, 1948

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30Mar/100

EP0112: Jeff Regan: The Lady With the Golden Hair

A rich make-up artist hires International to protect him from someone who's trying to kill him.

Original Air Date: July 31, 1948

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29Mar/100

EP0111: Box 13: Three to Die

Dan goes undercover as a sandhog to find out who's been sabotaging the construction of a tunnel.
Original Air Date: June 2, 1948
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26Mar/100

RIP Robert Culp

Robert Culp has passed away. As with other older actors whose work I shouldn't be familiar with, I'm a big fan of Culp's and Bill Cosby's I Spy. I have it on my Netflix Instant watch queue. It was truly cool and showed forth wonderfulness. Even 40 years later it stands up pretty darn well. And Culp will definitely be missed

Bill Cosby paid tribute to his friend :

"The first-born in every family is always dreaming for an imaginary older brother or sister who will look out for them," Cosby said. "Bob was the answer to my dreams."

If you haven't seen I Spy, I'll give you a fair chance to avail yourself if you've got 51 minutes to spare. (yes, in the 1960s, you actually could get 51 minutes of show in an hour.) And if you've got another fifty minutes check out Greatest American Hero, a 1980s show featuring Culp.

26Mar/101

EP0110: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Melanie Carter Matter

An 82-year old woman hires Johnny Dollar to protect her from her relatives who she fears will murder her for her money.

This episode is also known as "The Un-Nice Niece"

Original Air Date: November 12, 1949

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25Mar/100

EP0109: Sherlock Holmes: The Paradol Chamber

A female scientists wants Dr. Watson and his wife to invest in her invention, a metal which facilitates human teleportation.

Original Air Date: May 21, 1945

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24Mar/100

EP0108: Let George Do It: The Money Maker

George is called in to investigate when paper used to print foreign currency is stolen.

Original Air Date: August 2, 1948

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23Mar/100

EP0107: Jeff Regan: The Lonesome Lady

Jeff Regan investigates a fishy insurance policy.

Original Air Date: July 24, 1948

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22Mar/100

EP0106: Box 13: The Dowager and Dan Holiday

A society matron asks Dan Holiday to masquerade as her intended in order to flesh out whether the woman her grandson is going to marry is a gold digger.
Original Air Date:  May 26, 1948
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20Mar/101

Cartoons that Loved the Classics

Outside of watching a lot of old movies growing up, thanks to my dad, if I were to attribute my love of classic films and radio to anything modern, I'd have to say that the Steven Speilberg cartoons of the early-to-mid 1990s would be a strong candidate.

Steven Speilberg produced not one, but three seperate cartoon series, which stand out from most modern series in that, to one extent or another, they each payed homage to the classics that came before. The goal was to produce shows that parents could watch with their children and both have a good time.

Tiny Toons Adventures brought back some of the classic cartoon characters as professors at Acme Looniversity. One episode in particular involved one of the young cartoon characters trying to bing a long forgotten 1930s cartoon.

Animaniacs billed itself as a real throwback to the 1930s, with its premise that the three stars had starred in old style cartoons and then been locked in a water tower for over sixty years until "they escaped." The comic stylings of Yacko Warner were very reminsicent of Groucho Marx.

But perhaps the most nostalgic of the three shows was Pinky and the Brain. The show's plot centered around two lab mice with designs on World domination. One was a frantic manic scatterbrain, while the other was a high IQ mouse that dreamed of world domination.

The show was perhaps the most intelligent cartoon show of its time. Its plots borrowed heavily from classics of television, film, and literature, as well as its satire of modern popular culture. Pinky and the Brain offered their takes on Around the World in 80 Days,  The Third Man, and one plot even involved the Brain's plan to take over the world through the power of radio with a parody of The Shadow. The Brain also plots to take over the World using Orson Welles famous War of the Worlds broadcast as a basis for his plot.

The Brain was consciously modeled in many ways after Orson Welles, and his entire character is somewhat reminiscent of Orson Welle's Harry Lime. His goal of world domination should make us hate the Brain, but the audience can't help but like him, and even pity him as he goes through his many trials.

Maurice LaMarche who did the voice of the Brain is a big Orson Welles afficianado. One of the more interesting Pinky and the Brain shorts had LaMarche recreating Orson Welle's famous pea soup commercial in a G-rated version.

While many of the episodes have become dated by references to politicians like Clinton and Gingrich, the most timeless ones were those that took a look back to some of the best of the past.  For more on the links between Brain and Orson Welles, read here.

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