Month: July 2017

EP2265: Night Beat: Big John McMaster

Frank Lovejoy

Randy befriends an old time gangster just released from prison. He then finds the man shot and refusing to tell what happened.

Original Air Date: March 4, 1951

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AWR0027: Lux Radio Theatre: Treasure of the Sierra Madre (Summer of Bogart)

Amazing World of Radio

An old, experienced prospector (Walter Huston) joins with two young men (Humphrey Bogart and Frank Lovejoy) to hunt for gold on a mountain in Mexico.

Original Air Date: April 18, 1949

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EP2264: Dragnet: The Big Drive

Jack Webb

A man is found murdered by a piece of concrete.

Original Air Date: August 14, 1952

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Graphic Novel Review: The Saint: The Man Who Wouldn’t Die

This book is a graphic novel based on a short story from the early days of Leslie Charteris’ writing the Saint. This story is from 1931 and finds the Saint on the trail of an adrenaline junkie named Miles Hallin who has a series of near misses with death that leave him richer and someone else dead. The Saint suspects foul play and when one of his friends is killed in one of Hallin’s incidents the Saint vows to ensure the man who wouldn’t die does.even if it comes at the hands of the Saint.

This is a fairly good story for Moonstone to use. Even though, it was written in 1931 before noir really became a thing, it does look nice as a black and white noir comic and it has a great deal of atmosphere. The graphic novel is around 50 pages long and can easily be read in a single reading. Most of the plot works quite well. I did have a couple quibbles with the art. First of all, there’s one scene in the book where the Saint and Hallin fight and it’s really unclear what’s supposed to be happening. In addition, the cover with bony skeleton hands covering a woman’s eyes has nothing to do with the plot but Moonstone chose it because (I’m guessing here) it fits with some of their more supernatural styles.

Still, this is an enjoyable comic adaptation of a Saint adventure and a fun way to experience a 1930s mystery story.

Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0

EP2263: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Real Smokey Matter

Bob Bailey

Johnny refuses to believe it when Harry Branson tells him his friend Smokey was killed in an arson.

Original Air Date: September 18, 1960
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