Month: August 2013

EP1019: Miss Pinkerton Incorporated

Joan Blondell

A young female law student inherits her uncle’s detective agency, planning to sell it but decides to take on a job guarding a priceless emerald.

Original Air Date: July 12, 1941

When travelling, remember johnnydollarair.com

Become one of our friends on Facebook… http://www.facebook.com/radiodetectives

Take the listener survey at http://survey.greatdetectives.net

Give us a call 208-991-4783

Follow us on Twitter @radiodetectives

Click here to download, click here to add this podcast to your Itunes, click here to subscribe to this podcast on Zune, click here to subscribe to this feed using any other feed reader.

 

EP1018: Mr. Moto: The Schraum Method

A woman has reported her wealthy husband who was on the trail of a smuggler disappears. But her psychiatrist suggests the whole thing is in her head.

Original Air Date: September 23, 1951

Become one of our friends on Facebook… http://www.facebook.com/radiodetectives

Take the listener survey at http://survey.greatdetectives.net

Give us a call 208-991-4783

Follow us on Twitter @radiodetectives

Click here to download, click here to add this podcast to your Itunes, click here to subscribe to this podcast on Zune, click here to subscribe to this feed using any other feed reader.

EP1017: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The McClain Matter, Parts One and Two

Bob Bailey

A woman claims to have been declared dead as part of an insurance fraud so her husband could collect the insurance money.

Original Air Date: February 6 and 7, 1956

When travelling, remember johnnydollarair.com

Become one of our friends on Facebook… http://www.facebook.com/radiodetectives

Take the listener survey at http://survey.greatdetectives.net

Give us a call 208-991-4783

Follow us on Twitter @radiodetectives

Click here to download, click here to add this podcast to your Itunes, click here to subscribe to this podcast on Zune, click here to subscribe to this feed using any other feed reader.

 

EP1016: The Line Up: The Potting Peter Case

Wlliam Johnstone

Guthrie investigates the murder of two women.

Original Air Date: February 5, 1952

Become one of our friends on Facebook….http://facebook.com/radiodetectives

Take our listener survey: http://survey.greatdetectives.net

Become one of our friends on Facebook… http://www.facebook.com/radiodetectives

Click here to download, click here to add this podcast to your Itunes, click here to subscribe.

Radio Review: Can You Top This

(image courtesy of Digital Deli FTP)

Four guys sitting on a sound stage telling jokes, seeing if anyone can top each other in getting laughs from the audience. 
 
This was the basic concept of, “Can You Top This?” which ran for 12 years. Listeners would send in their jokes, and it would be read by actor Peter Donald who would spice it up with his own mix of dialects and delivery and then Edward “Senator” Ford, Joe Laurie, Jr., and Harry Hirshfield wouldtry to top Donald’s joke with another one on the same topic. 
 
Some of the jokes were already had whiskers in the 1940s and 50s, but the timing of the clown table managed to usually make for quite an entertaining show. As mentioned before, dialects were used, but it was only on a rare occasion that a joke was told that would be truly offensive, and never dirty. The show is a great example of the best of the golden age. The program didn’t offer fabulous prizes (the most anyone could win was $25). It was a show that was about, fun, camaraderie, and talent, ledby Peter Donald and the men who made up this fantastic Clown Table.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5.0
 If you enjoyed this post, you can have new posts about Detective stories and the golden age of radio and television delivered automatically to your Kindle.