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17Jun/140

EP1288: Pat Novak: Shirt Mix Up at the Laundry

Jack Webb

When Pat Novak gets the wrong bundle at the laundry, he tries to switch with the man who was given his shirts. Novak is knocked out and wakes up next to a dead body. Par for the course, Hellman suspects him of murder.
Original Air Date: April 9, 1949

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16Jun/140

EP1287: Pursuit: The Pursuit on Lundy Island

Ted De Corsia
While on vacation, Inspector Black is called to investigate a murder on a boat.

Original Air Date: February 7, 1950

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14Jun/140

EP1286: Police Headquarters: Mrs. Smallwood Killed and Dr. Thonton’s Wife Missing

The police investigate a murder and search for a motive in Mrs. Smallwood Killed. 

A doctor report his wife missing in Dr. Thornton's Wife Missing. 

Episodes 24 and 25 (1932)

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13Jun/140

EP1285: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Ellen Dear Matter

Bob Bailey

Johnny is hired to protect jewels purchased a wealthy businessman in Mexico but finds the jewels were lost at sea...or were they?

Original  Air Date: January 6, 1957

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12Jun/140

EP1284: Nick Carter: The Mystery of Hangman’s Wood

Lon Clark
Nick Carter investigates the legend of an apparition at  Hangman's wood.

Original Air Date: May 20, 1945

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11Jun/140

EP1283: Philip Marlowe: Persian Slippers


Gerald Mohr

The only clue Marlowe has to the disappearance of a wealthy woman is the name of a skid row fortune teller.

Original Air Date: October 3, 1948

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10Jun/140

EP1282: Pat Novak for Hire: Father Lahey

Jack Webb
A priest hires Pat Novak to intercept an escaping convict. However, when Novak allows the convict to make an unplanned stop, trouble of the lethal kind ensues.

 

Original Air Date: April 2, 1949

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9Jun/140

EP1281: Pursuit: Pursuit of the Tall Man

Ted de Corsia

The police searched for a tall man believed to be behind a series of robberies.

Original Air Date: January 6, 1950

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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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