AWR0066: Cavalcade of America: The Plot to Kidnap General Washington

The story of a tailor who served as a spy to George Washington and became privy to a fantastic plot.

Original Air Date: February 22, 1943

EP2751: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Parakoff Policy

Johnny goes to Ohio to see if he can find evidence to prevent an insured man from being executed.

Original Air Date: February 18, 1949

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EP2750s: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Alvin Summers Matter Omnibus

Johnny goes to Mexico in search of a man who embezzled $75,000.

Original Air Dates: October 24-28, 1955

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EP2750: Dragnet: The Big Lift

Jack Webb

Friday and Smith investigate a series of high-priced shop-lifting incidents.

Original Air Date: April 27, 1954

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Audio Drama Review: Wizard of Oz

Big Finish’s adaptation of the Wizard of Oz harkens goes back to L. Frank Baum’s original novel. Dorothy (Ally Doman) is thrown into Oz along with her dog Toto where she kills the Wicked Witch of the East when her house lands on the witch.

The adaptation is faithful to the novel and its darker tone rather than the more universally known 1939 film version. People who have only seen the film will be surprised by Dorothy getting the Wicked Witch of the East’s Silver Slippers, and even more shocked by the grisly tale of how the tin woodsman was changed from a normal woodsman to his tin form.

That’s not to say that the story is oppressively dark or over-accentuates these elements. It only does enough to convey what was in the original. The story moves at a good pace from one fantastical scene and setting to another, and the characters develop throughout. The score is nice, doing a good job setting the tone without overwhelming the story.

While Big Finish is a British company, the accents were very good for the most part. Canadian Actor Stuart Milligan was good as the Wizard and the narrator throughout the rest of the story. They did decide to make the lead flying monkey a British “Jobsworth” character, but I actually enjoyed it.
Overall, this an enjoyable take on a classic story.

Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0

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