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12Sep/110

EP0491: Barrie Craig: The Deadly Fight

William Gargan

Barrie is paid $500 to bid on a boxer's trophy. Lieutenant Trav Rogers hires him to find out what happened to the boxer and vindicate the department's honor.

Original Air Date: January 23, 1952

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11Sep/110

Audio Drama Review: King Solomon’s Mines

 

Before there was Indiana Jones, there was Allan Quartermain. King Solomon's Mines by H. Rider Haggard introduced readers to that intrepid adventurer in 1885.

Hollywood has never quite gotten the story right, as the temptation to add a romantic subplot and change details is irresistable. However, the Colonial Radio Theatre's production of the story starring Jerry Robbins was fantastic and faithful to the original story.

The plot begins when Quartermain is approached on a boat by a Captain Good and Sir Henry Curtis to engage in a search for Sir Henry's lost brother, who was last seen years before searching for King Solomon's mine. Quartermain agrees to go provided that a stipend is guaranteed for his son should anything happen to him and a share of the treasure in the unlikely event he survives.

To follow the trail of Sir Henry's Brother, the trio must trek across treacherous terrain through unknown parts of Africa. A native African named Umbopa goes along for the journey, but it's obvious he's hiding something from the rest of the group.

Once again, Colonial Radio Theatre shows the power of radio, as you're transported back to Victorian Africa and the extremes of weather on the journey to King Solomon's Mine. CRT successfully captures the mystery, wonder, and excitement of this unforgetable story that features epic battles, legendary treasures, and political intrigue.   This is a fantastic production for fans of Men's Adventure.

Rating: 5.0 out of 5.0

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11Sep/110

Video Theater 020: The Fatal Hour

An undercover police officer investigating smuggling is killed and Mr. Wong is on the case.

Release Date: January 15, 1940

10Sep/111

Book Review: If Death Ever Slept

In If Death Ever Slept what Nero Wolfe later describes as a joint act of "mulishness" leads Wolfe to  undertake a case he would have never taken otherwise as Archie goes undercover as Alan Green, the secretary to an eccentric millionaire named Otis Jarrell who believes his daughter-in-law is "a snake" who obtained information from his in-home office and shared it with a competitor who beat him out of a business arrangement.

The client is aware of both Archie and Wolfe by reputation, and Archie quickly learns that Wolfe was only hired to gain Archie's help. Jarrell offers Archie a personal fee in addition to Wolfe's fee for finding or fabricating evidence that leads his son to divorce his daughter-in-law. Archie doesn't want any part of that arrangement, but decides to stay on to earn a fee for Wolfe by finding out how and if information was leaked from the office.

In the midst of this, a gun disappears from the client's office and the client ignores Archie's advice to report the theft to the police as required by law. When, a man is murdered with the same caliber bullet as the missing gun, Wolfe and Archie are left in a real pickle. Their goal is no longer to earn a fee, but to extricate themselves from this mess with their licenses and reputations intact.

Rex Stout outdid himself in creating the Jarrell household as fully formed and interesting characters. The women are particularly fun including the wealthy secretary, the eccentric daughter, and the flirty stepmother. In addition, Stout builds a complete family culture that is no less real than the culture of Wolfe's house on 35th street. The Jarrell home  also has a very unique and interesting character. 

A highlight were the scenes in Wolfe's office where Archie remained undercover and Orrie Cather impersonated Archie Goodwin.

The mystery is good enough. The solution is achieved in a very workmanlike fashion that involves an itenary for each suspect. The one downside of the audiobook version is that it takes about half an hour to read through the 4-day itenaries. Still, with great characters and Dol Bonner appearing to discover the vital clue, I'll give, If Death Ever Slept:

Rating: Very Satisfactory

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9Sep/111

EP0490: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Youngstown Credit Group Matter

Edmond O'Brien

A vehicle containing two men carrying cash for payroll checks is robbed and one of the owners killed. Johnny goes to Ohio to find the truth.

Original Air Date: December 8. 1951

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8Sep/110

Coming Attraction

The Lux Radio Theatre version of, "To the Ends of the Earth" will be our 500th Episode Special. I listened to the program today and it's fantastic. I look forward to bring it to you on September 24th. Below is a video clip from the movie the radio show is based upon:

8Sep/110

EP0489: Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Iron Maiden

Tom Conway

While visiting Nuremburg, the curator of a black museum asks Holmes to investigate anonymous letters attacking him. While touring the museum, a body is found in the iron maiden.

Original Air Date: July 7, 1947

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7Sep/110

EP0488: Let George Do It: Portuguese Cove

Bob Bailey

A sea captain punching a mailman leads George to look into a family tuna fishing business and the death of a mutineer.

Original Air Date: May 22, 1950

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6Sep/110

EP0487: Rogue’s Gallery: The Latin Type

Dick Powell

A woman enters Rogue's compartment and leaves her briefcase with him. A man comes to collect the briefcase.

Original Air Date: May 23, 1946

Quote of the Show: "I was in more trouble than a jitterbug at a square dance."

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5Sep/110

EP0486: Barrie Craig: Fatal Appointment

William Gargan

Barrie Craig is hired by a jealous wife to verify that her husband went to a meeting with his mistress. When Barrie arrives, he finds the mistress shot and his client confesses, but neither Barrie or the DA buy the confession.

Original Air Date: January 16, 1952

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