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26Apr/150

EP1556s: That’s Rich: Income Tax

Stan Freberg

Rich (Stan Freberg) loses his glasses and accidentally throws away Cousin Howie's income tax receipts.

Original Air Date: March 1954

Dedicated to Stan Freberg (1926-2015)

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25Apr/150

EP1556: Dragnet: The Big Watch

Jack Webb
Friday and Romero search for a gang that's robbing and beating army officers.

Original Air Date: April 13, 1949

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25Apr/150

Telefilm Review: Elephants Can Remember


A few years back, I listened to the BBC Radio 4 adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Elephants Can Remember when it was first released several back. Their version was quite enjoyable as Poirot undertakes solving a twenty-year-old murder mystery so a bride to be can be married without worry and to answer the attacks of her would-be Mother-in-Law. BBC Radio 4 managed to tell a story that was emotionally engaging and involving. Still, it didn’t quite seem to be a good story for television because of its pace and the fact it involved interviewing older people about what they did in their life.

I was curious to see what ITV’s Poirot did with Elephants Can Remember. Their solution was to make the original mystery a secondary story. As a main story, we have the murder of a psychiatrist and a brand new murder created out of whole cloth.

The problems with this are two fold. First, by having Poriot be dismissive to the cold case at first, it changes his overall character. Second, the telefilm’s new main murder isn’t all that good. Nick Dear’s plot is like a bad imitation of a Christie murder, with a lot of the tropes but none of talent for details and depth of character that made Christie’s work so fantastic.

This production takes a lesser Christie novel and turns it into a lesser television episode. This is the weakest adaptation since Series 10. There’s still some decent performances and good atmosphere, but not a whole lot to recommend this as a whole.

For a good adaptation of the story, I highly recommend the BBC Radio 4 version. As for the telefilm, to borrow a quote from the book, “Elephants can remember, but we are human beings and mercifully human beings can forget.”

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0

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24Apr/150

EP1555: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Ingenuous Jeweler

Bob Bailey
Johnny is called in to investigate a case of a shady jeweler who was robbed. Johnny suspects him, but he seems to have a perfect alibi ... or does he?

Original Air Date: January 5, 1958

When making your travel plans, remember http://johnnydollarair.com

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23Apr/150

EP1554: Nick Carter: The Case of the Devil’s Left Eye

Lon Clark
Nick Carter investigates the strange death of a rich, elderly man with a nephew who owed plenty in gambling debts.

Original Air Date: January 4, 1948

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22Apr/150

EP1553: Philip Marlowe: The Fine Italian Hand

Gerald Mohr

An old man who runs a carousel hires Marlowe to  find out if his son is really loved by the woman his son is confronting a mobster over.

Original Air Date: November 5, 1949

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21Apr/150

EP1552: Police Line-up: The Anita Cameron Case

William Johnstone

A young man is picked out of a line-up leading Guthrie to reopen the case of a young man about to be executed.

Audition Date: May 27, 1950

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20Apr/150

EP1551: The Saint: Ladies Never Lie…Much

Vincent Price

A woman confesses to murdering her husband and then he's murdered on Simon's doorstep.

Original Air Date: January 7, 1951

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19Apr/150

EP1550s: WOR Mystery Theater: The Mystery Of The Perfect Throw From Left Field The Conga Dancers Aunt

A "clownpire" makes a controversial baseball call and finds himself investigating a burglary and maybe a murder.

Original Air Date: August 13, 1942

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18Apr/150

EP1550: Dragnet: The Big Book

Jack Webb

Friday and Romero investigate the distribution and sale of pornography in public schools.

Original Air Date: April 6, 1950

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