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12May/150

EP1570: The Line-Up: The Aching Arthritic’s Anxious Antic

William Johnstone
A parolee is fingered for being behind a bank robbery.

Original Air Date: June 3, 1952

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11May/150

EP1569: The Saint: The Carnival Murder

Vincent Price
A Carnival performer whose act is being buried alive pleads for help and Simon sets out to help her, but will have to work around several characters in the Carnival.

Original Air Date: February 4, 1951

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9May/150

EP1568: Dragnet: The Big Job

Jack Webb
Joe Friday and Ben Romero searches for a fugitive who has killed a police officer.

Original Air Date: April 27, 1950

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9May/151

Telefilm Review: Curtain


Curtain is a story many don’t want to read and don’t want to see. It’s Poirot’s last tale, the story in which Poirot meets his final end.

Poirot returns to Styles, where he solved his first great English case decades before. This is a different Poirot as far as we can tell, an invalid with a new valet whose days are numbered. Yet, he’s got one more case to solve and he turns (with reluctance) to his oldest and dearest friend, Captain Hastings.

David Suchet turns in a superb performance as this much older, ailing, and far less sunny Poirot. He’s more grumpy and snaps at Captain Hastings, who he has no choice but to depend on. Despite his inability to observe as he once did, it’s clear the little gray cells are still working.

Hugh Frasier delivers a great performance as Captain Hastings, no longer the dim-witted sidekick, he's charged with grief over the death of his wife, with concern for Poirot, and with his daughter’s coldness and involvement with an amoral man. Hasting is driven to his limit and Frasier plays this beautifully, taking advantage of a script that makes Hastings a far juicier part than the typical comic sidekick.

The mystery itself is unusual. It’s hard to follow or to even figure out if there’s a pattern to what’s going on until we get the solution. Then the nature of the evil Poirot faces is exposed, and we’re brought face to face with the shocking choice to make at the end of his days.

Poirot’s final scene is beautifully done, as he’s a man dying hoping only for forgiveness. It’s only later that we learn what for.

Curtain is a solid production, and probably the best of the season.

I’ve enjoyed the entire series, and mystery fans own a large debt of gratitude to David Suchet, who didn’t come to Poirot of remaking him, rather Suchet has said that he understood his job as an actor was to serve the writer (and in the case of the Poirot stories, his creator) by bringing the character to life as they intended it. His job was to truly to be Agatha Christie’s Poirot. While there are quite a few adaptations (particularly in Series 9 and 10) where the story was often very different from Christie’s vision, in all of these tales, Suchet remained superb and succeeded in being Agatha Christie’s Poirot.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.0

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8May/150

EP1567: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Eleven O’Clock Matter

 

Bob Bailey

Johnny is called to protect a wealthy elderly businessman who fears he'll be killed.

Original Air Date: January 19, 1958

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7May/150

EP1566: Nick Carter: The Case of the Graveyard Gunman

Lon Clark
Nick is on the trail of missing jewels, but quickly the case involves an escaped con Nick captured, and a dead body in Nick's office.

Original Air Date: January 11, 1948

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6May/151

EP1565: Philip Marlowe: Kid on the Corner

Gerald Mohr

A teenage newsboy asks Marlowe to find his uncle and Marlowe stumbles into the middle of a case of murder and suicide.

Original Air Date: December 3, 1949

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5May/152

Considering Patreon

Every year, we do two listener support campaigns for three weeks each.  I've been toying with the idea of introducing Patreon as a replacement.

Patreon allows listeners to give regular to support a podcast or Internet show in exchange for certain rewards. A couple examples of how Patreon works for other artists and podcasters can be found here and here.

Both sites combined individual rewards as well as overall promised improvements and changes to the site.

Potential individual rewards might be:

  • Early access to the raw or early access to the commentary.
  • The ability to record a bumper and have that used in rotation. (Hello, this is Dave Winslow and you're listening to the Great Detectives of Old Time Radio.)
  • Recording an after-show ad for your business or service.
  • Getting a vote on specials or future show ideas.
  • Getting to request a single episode of any series (detective or not) be played as a special.
  • Ebooks or Audiobooks.
  • Signed Paperback Books.

Potential goal based rewards might include:

  • A larger server for the show. (we occasionally run into slowness as our audience grows and a better server could solve lag problems)
  • Improved Equipment/Software.
  • Moving ads to "After the Show."
  • Replacement of Listener Support Campaign with Listener Support Specials.
  • Creating an additional old time radio podcast (subject to be voted on by select listeners.)
  • Licensing Copyrighted Series for a Limited Time Podcast (for example: Licensing a series of Harry Nile but with each episode available only for a limited time.)

These are just a few quick ideas. I think there's a lot to commend the idea of doing a Patreon campaign. I'd love to hear if listeners would like the option of monthly giving to support the show and what type of "rewards" they'd feel would be appropriate.

 

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5May/150

EP1564: The Line Up: The Big Boy’s Brutish Back-Bending Case

William Johnstone
A witness sees a body being dumped, starting a police investigation.

Original Air Date: April 29, 1952

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4May/150

EP1563: The Saint: Tuba or Not Tuba, That is the Question

Vincent Price

A friend who is a bad tuba player is hired in a night club, but when Simon arrives, he finds his friend missing.

Original Air Date: January 21, 1951

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