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30Apr/140

EP1247: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Silent Queen Matter, Parts Three and Four

Bob Bailey

Johnny looks for the preacher as he investigates the death of a silent screen star.

Original Air Date: October 31 and November 1, 1956

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29Apr/140

EP1246: Pat Novak for Hire: The Jack of Clubs

Jack Webb
A thousand dollars appears in Pat Novak's bank account and the FBI is on his trail and he doesn't know what it's about.

Original Air Date: February 20, 1949

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28Apr/140

EP1245: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Silent Queen Matter, Parts One and Two

Bob Bailey

Johnny investigates the murder of a penny arcade operator.

Original Air Dates: October 29 and 30, 1956

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26Apr/140

EP1244: Police Headquarters: Payroll Robbery and Helen Marsh Killed

A payroll is robbed right from under the noses of two police officers.

An actress is murdered backstage at a theater.

Episodes 7 and 8

Original Air Date: 1932

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26Apr/140

DVD Review: The Saint Double Feature

In 1941, George Sanders left the role Simon Templar in the Saint series and was replaced by Hugh Sinclair.

The contrasts between Sanders and Sinclair is pretty striking.  For Sanders, the Saint was an early highlight of a career that would see him earn parts in A pictures and even earn an Academy Award. For Sinclair, this was as good as it got.  Sinclair just didn't have the presence that Sanders did, and so both of his Saint films were below Sanders best stories. Though both films were better than Sanders subpar The Saint's Double Trouble.  

The Saint's Vacation (1941)  is the better of the two films and truthfully above average when compared to most 1940s B detective features. The Saint is on vacation and gets involved in international intrigue over a music box which serves as the stories Macguffin. It's not an original idea, but the execution of it in this film is pretty enjoyable. The end is somewhat frustrating and drawn out particularly since we never get to find out what exactly the hubbub was about other than that it was a Macguff.

The Saint Meets the Tiger  (1943) is based on the first Saint Novel and finds the Saint on the trail of international gold smugglers. Most of the movie is a little boring and hard to follow, so it's a bit below average. However, at the end of the movie, a madcap scene where the Saint's sidekick and girlfriend are knocking people out aboard a ship really livens things up.

So in short,  the two films are almost mere images of each other. The Saint's Vacation is an above average film that's pretty interesting in the beginning but is bogged down by a slow ending. The Saint Meets the Tiger is a below average film that's propped up by an ending that's a lot more fun than the film itself.

Overall, I'd give the DVD 3.0 out of 5.0 and recommend it only for Saint completists at its retail price.

 

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25Apr/140

EP1243: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Phantom Chase Matter, Parts Eight and Nine

Bob Bailey

Johnny has to escape a remote island and find the elusive Tom Chase.

Original Air Dates: October 25 and 26, 1956

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24Apr/140

EP1242: Nick Carter: Four Rings of Death

Lon Clark

Nick goes to Tory Island to search for missing treasure and murder follows.

Original Air Date: February 25, 1945

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23Apr/140

EP1241: Lux Radio Theatre: Murder My Sweet

Dick Powell

Philip Marlowe (Dick Powell) becomes involved in a mixed up case of stolen jade, a missing girlfriend,  blackmail, and narcotics.

Original Air Date: June 11, 1945

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22Apr/140

EP1240: Casebook of Gregory Hood: The Carnival of Death

Jackson Beck

An old girlfriend of Greg's turns to him for help when she's blackmailed over a gambling debt she acquired at a carnival.

Original Air Date: October 15, 1949

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21Apr/140

EP1239: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Phantom Chase Matter, Part Six and Seven

Bob Bailey
After nearly escaping death, Johnny tries to track down the woman who claimed to know where Tom Chase is.

Original Air Dates: October 22 and 24, 1956

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