Rocky Fortune: Boarding House Doublecross

Frank Sinatra

Rocky stays at a flophouse, but a small man insists that he and his wife had rented the room, but there’s no sign of his wife and the landlords claim not to know him.

Original Air Date: March 30, 1954

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EP2481: Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons: The Case of the Boy Who Used Big Words

A boy comes to Mr. Keen concerned about his uncle’s strange behavior. Mr. Keen doesn’t take the case and the boy’s uncle is murdered and the boy disappears.

Original Air Date: February 10, 1944

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Video Theater 0129: Dragnet: The Big Boys

Friday and Smith get a lead on four young robbers from San Francisco.

Season 3, Episode 21

Original Air Date: January 21, 1954

Audio Drama Review: The Maltese Falcon

The Hollywood Theater of the Ear released its own adaptation of the classic Dashiell Hammett novel The Maltese Falcon in 2008. The production sticks closely to the book and contains moments not included in the 1941 movie. The Maltese Falcon tells the story of Sam Spade (Michael Masden), a private detective whose partner is murdered and who finds himself caught in a web of intrigue involving a mystery woman (Sandra Oh) and a group of dangerous men seeking the priceless Maltese Falcon.

The acting is superb with Masden doing a good job portraying all the facets of Sam Spade. Edward Hermann’s take on Casper Gutman was also nearly as good as Sidney Greenstreet’s. I also liked the idea of portraying Joel Cairo as an Egyptian. That gives a reasonable explanation for the character’s name.

The one off-putting part of the production was it’s decision to include all of the third-person narration in the story and have the actors read the narration about their characters’ actions. It was odd, as if the production was trying to straddle the line between being an audio drama and being an audiobook. Either using a third person narrator or showing narration through sound effects would have made a better listening experience.

Still, this was a fun listen that captures the heart of a classic detective story.

 

Rating: 4 out of 5

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EP2480: Dragnet: The Big Rip

Jack Webb

Friday and Smith get a tip on the identity of safe burglars from a suspect in a previous case.

Original Air Date: April 19, 1952

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