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7Jun/140

Radio Show Review: Incredible…But True

This week, I'm going to take a look at the 1950s radio series Incredible But True.

While there was a fifteen minute version of the series Incredible But True that aired in the early 1950s, the version which survives today is the three minute syndicate program.

The eighty existing programs focus on “true” stories of the strange, the unusual, and the unexplained, and there are some interesting ones with church organs playing without explanation, an Ambassador disappearing in the 19th in a public place with no explanation as to what happened, and weird phenomena and apparitions that couldn’t be explained by science. It’s all interesting stuff, but somewhat flawed.

Oftentimes, the show will press for some bizarre explanation with no proof there’s anything to explain. In one case, a woman disappeared in New York City and on the same day a swan appeared in a place where swans weren’t normally seen. The suggested link: Perhaps, the woman was turned into a swan.

And even those stories that don’t suffer from such gargantuan leaps in reason suffer from the limit of a 3 minute story. We’re often given a somewhat complex story and only one solution. Good programs on unexplained phenomena allow for multiple explanations, which really fuels listeners or viewer imagination.

In the end, Incredible but True isn’t bad if you’re looking for three quick minutes of entertainment with some unusual stories, but the limits of the format often leave a less than satisfying result.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0

7Jun/140

EP1280: Police Headquarters: Andy Green Killing and Mrs. North Robbery

A young man is the only witness to the murder of a police officer in The Andy Green Killing. 

A woman is robbed and her husband

Episodes: 21 and 23

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6Jun/141

EP1279: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Squared Circle Matter

Bob Bailey
Johnny suspects that an insured punch drunk boxer is being set up to die by his manager who hopes to cash in on the insurance policy.

Original Air Date: December 30, 1956

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5Jun/140

EP1278: Nick Carter: The Vanishing Lady

Lon Clark

Nick investigates the disappearance of a pregnant woman at a hospital.

Original Air Date: May 6, 1945

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3Jun/140

EP1276: Pat Novak: Joe Condano

Jack Webb

After being hired to pay off a beautiful woman's brother's gambling debt, Novak finds himself next to a dead body with Inspector Hellman on the way up.

Original Air Date: March 27, 1949

Quote of the show: I should have got out of there right then but I used my brain like a bottle of medicine: a small dose every three hours.

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2Jun/140

EP1275: Pursuit: Three for All

Ted de Corsia

Inspector Black investigates a serial killer who is notifying the police of his murders.

Original Air Date: November 10, 1949

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31May/140

EP1274: Police Headquarters: KO’D and Infiltrating the Mob

A boxer died after the fight of an apparent heart attack in KO'D. 

The police try to recover $100,000 in stolen jewelry in Infiltrating the Mob.

Episodes 18 and 20

Original Air Date: 1932

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30May/140

EP1273: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Rasmussen Matter

Bob Bailey

Johnny searches for the wife of a murdered man to give her her insurance check.

Original Air Date: December 16, 1956

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29May/140

EP1272: Nick Carter: The Witch of Dondenberg Mountain

Lon Clark
Nick is hired by an archaeologist who believes a witch killed his assistant.

Original Air Date: April 22, 1945

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28May/140

EP1271: Lux Radio Theater: The Lady in the Lake

Robert Montgomery
Philip Marlowe looks for a missing wife  at the behest of the missing woman's husband's secretary who wants to break up the marriage to marry her boss.

Original Air Date: February 9, 1948

 

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