EP2793: The Abbotts: The White Hot Flame (Host’s Choice/Wild Card)

A doctor dies in a plane crash over England, but Pat suspects foul play and pretends to be injured to investigate a hospital.

Original Air Date: March 13, 1955

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Video Theater 153: Dragnet: The Big Fraud

Friday and Smith search for men who extort visiting businessmen by pretending to be police officers.

Season 4, Episode 2

Original Air Date: September 2, 1954

EP2792: Dragnet: The Big Student

Jack Webb
Friday and Smith investigate a bank robbery.

Original Air Date: June 8, 1954

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Audio Drama Review: Unguarded Moment

Unguarded Moment is different than other Louie L’Amour audio dramas I’ve listened to because this one is not a Western but rather a noir story.

Arthur Fordyce is a man with a rising corporate career who goes to the track with a client. The client drops his wallet with a substantial amount of money. Arthur takes the cash instead of returning it. Unfortunately for him, he’s spotted by a small time crook who is determined to use his knowledge of Fordyce’s unguarded moment to make a big score.

This is your typical Noir tale of a regular person who gives into temptation and finds themselves in a downward spiral. In some ways, the plot calls to mind an episode of the radio series, The Whistler. While it was a polished modern production, the acting and mood captured the feel of another era.

The story is decently written and well-acted, but felt predictable throughout most of it. Until the last ten minutes, I could have called this story beat-for-beat, when the story took an unexpected turn and went somewhere else. While the twist was believable, it would have been nice if it had been foreshadowed a bit more.

Still, if you like old noir films or episodes of the Whistler, I think you’ll enjoy this audio noir story from one of America’s most beloved authors.

Rating: 3.75 out of 5

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EP2791: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Lorelai Matter

Mandel Kramer
Johnny is called by an insured and asked to protect him. When Johnny arrives, he finds the insured dead.

Original Air Date: August 19, 1962

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