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EP1399: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Felicity Feline Matter

Bob Bailey

Johnny is called to protect a cat who inherited $65,000.

Original Air Date: July 7, 1956

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EP1398: Nick Carter: The Case of the Make Believe Robbery

Lon Clark

A staged robbery for a film becomes a real murder.

Original Air Date: June 18, 1946

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EP1397: Philip Marlowe: The Cloak of Kamehameha

Gerald Mohr
Marlowe is sent to Hawaii to facilitate the sale of an all-feather cloak to find someone bordered his plane under Marlowe's name.

Original Air Date: April 23, 1949

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EP1396: Easy Money: The Basketball Pool Racket

Larry Haines
When a basketball player is shot, Mike Trent blames the big basketball pool cartel and has a plan to bring it down by picking up all twelve games in the pool.

Original Air Date: January 6, 1955

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EP1395: The Saint: The Case of the Unhappy Homicide

Vincent Price
The owner of a jewelry store wants the Saint to prove he murdered his partner.

Original Air Date: November 6,1949

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Video Theater 057: Philip Marlowe: The Ugly Ducking

Marlowe pays off a wealthy young woman's husband's mistress, but she doublecrosses him and turns up dead.

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Original Air Date: October 6, 1959


EP1394: Dragnet: Police Academy

Jack Webb
Friday and Romero investigate a series of robberies while a friend tries to join the Police Academy.

Original Air Date: August 25, 1949

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Book Review: The Little Sister

The Little Sister shows some features of some of the best Marlowe stories, but the fifth book in this series just doesn't stand up to its predecessors.

In The Little Sister it starts simply enough when a bored Marlowe is hired by the little sister of a man who moved to LA from Manhattan, Kansas and has stopped writing.

As is usual, Marlowe plunges into a case that gets him into the midst of a shady underworld, of Hollywood, and of course puts him on the bad side of police.

The story is worth reading once and has some classic Marlowe moments. Towards the end of the book, a couple of cops who've had to put up with Marlowe playing fast and loose with murders and bodies tell Marlowe off and it's a beautiful moment when the characters come to life.

It is a rare moment in this story. In 250 pages, I lost track of how many bodies were dropped and who killed them all. So many characters come and go, we really get no impression of them. There's no character in this book I really connected with in the same way I did with characters in, "Lady in the Lake," and "The Big Sleep."

Another thing that hurts the book is the focus. In the first four novels, Marlowe's scorn is directed at big city crime, crooked Los Angeles (and nearby communities) police forces. Marlowe's bile is justified because he knows of what he speaks. In the Little Sister, he uses a combination of a dirty mind and experience with two kids from Manhattan, Kansas as the basis for all sorts of psychological deductions about what a small town is like. It feels less like Marlowe's making street wise observations on life and more like he's expressing poorly informed prejudices.

Don't get me wrong. This isn't a bad book, but it doesn't measure up to Chandler's other works.

Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0


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EP1393: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Funny Money Matter

Bob Bailey

Johnny investigates when an insured pays off his policy with thousands of dollars in counterfeit money.

Original Air Date: June 30, 1957

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EP1392: Nick Carter: The Case of the Clumsy Forgeries

Lon Clark

Nick investigates the case of a wealthy heart patient who appears to have been murdered.

Original Air Date: June 11, 1946

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