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19Sep/140

Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Loss of Memory Matter

Bob Bailey
Johnny suffers a bout of amnesia in a car crash and a scheming relative for a man he's delivering merchandise for tries to take advantage.

Original Air Date: June 2, 1957

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18Sep/140

EP1368: Nick Carter: The Case of the Little Old Ladies

Lon Clark

When searching for a witness, Waldo is held at gunpoint and tied up by two little old ladies. Carter finds out what's behind their behavior.

Original Air Date: April 23, 1946

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17Sep/140

EP1367: Philip Marlowe: The Dancing Hands

Gerald Mohr

Philip Marlowe is hired by a twin sister in a piano sister act to investigate a man.

Original Air Date: March 19, 1949

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16Sep/140

EP1366: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Emily Braddock Matter

John Lund
Johnny searches for a charming woman who is writing thousands in bad checks to ensured hotels.

Original Air Date: May 19, 1953

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15Sep/140

EP1365: The Saint: The Miracle Tea Party

When the Saint discovers that there were several thousand dollar bill in a box of tea purchased by Inspector Fernack.

Audition Date: December 1944

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13Sep/140

EP1364: Dragnet: Production 7: Attempted City Hall Bombing

Jack Webb

A mad man threatens to blow up city hall if the police don’t release his brother. Friday and Romero have to get the bomb away before it is too late.

Original Air Date: July 21, 1949

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13Sep/140

Telefilm Review: Three Act Tragedy

In Three Act Tragedy, Poirot attends a dinner party at the home of Sir Charles Cartwright where a harmless clergy men collapses and dies after cocktails. It’s thought just to be a natural death until a Doctor friend of Sir Charles dies in the same manner. Poirot and Sir Charles then team up to find out what’s the truth behind the deaths.

Overall, this is a beautiful production. It’s stocked with great characters, chief of which is Cartwright, who really plays a big role in the investigation. It doesn’t hurt that this is a simply marvelous story and the creative team were mostly faithful to it.

Comparing to the 1986 telefilm with Peter Ustinov and Tony Curtis, “Murder in Three Acts”, this one works better for being a faithful adaptation in the original time and setting of the book. However, I still have a warm place in my heart for the Ustinov version and what achieved in a modern setting and really taking advantage of lucious California landscapes. While Martin Shaw turns a good performance at Cartwright, it’s not near as strong as Curtis.

Overall 2010 telefilm is a great adaptation of one of Christie’s most interesting tales.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.0

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12Sep/140

EP1363: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Wayward Truck Matter

Bob Bailey

Johnny Investigates the disappearance of $10,000 of cargo and the truck that hauled it.

Original Air Date: May 26, 1957

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11Sep/141

EP1362: Nick Carter: Eight Records of Death

Lon Clark
A man who bought ten records that chronicled a murder contacts Nick to find out who was killed and who committed the murder.

Original Air Date: April 2, 1946

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10Sep/140

EP1361: Philip Marlowe: The Grim Hunters

Gerald Mohr
Marlowe is lured to a party as a human item in a scavenger hunt. Things take a serious turn when he finds the woman who called him was murdered.

Original Air Date: March 12, 1949

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