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26Aug/140

EP1348: Pat Novak: Little Jake Siegel

Jack Webb
An altar boy is shot and killed in a church saving Novak's life. Novak's goal: get the killer.

Original Air Date: June 26, 1949

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25Aug/140

EP1347: Pursuit: Pursuit of the Woman in Grey

Ben Wright

Inspector Black goes undercover as a social worker to investigate violence in a women's prison.

Original Air Date: February 26, 1952

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24Aug/140

EP1346s: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The McCormack Matter Omnibus Edition

Bob Bailey

A dying prisoner sends Johnny searching for $100,000 in stolen jewels that were never recovered and murder follows.

Original Air Dates: October 3-7, 1955

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23Aug/140

Audio Review: BBC Crimes: The Saint Overboard & The Saint Plays with Fire

In late Summer 1995, the BBC brough the Saint back to radio in a series of three radio plays starring Paul Rhys as Simon Templar: The Saint.

The first two of these plays are collected in a single audio release, “The Saint Overboard” and “The Saint Plays With Fire.”

“The Saint Overboard” has the Saint teaming up with a female insurance investigator who is trying to catch the culprit behind the looting of sunken vessels. She has a suspect but has to find out where he’s hidden the loot.

“The Saint Plays with Fire” on the surface level is about an arson and murder investigation but it has strong political overtones in a story that was originally written right before the outbreak of World War II.

Of the two, “The Saint Overboard” is the weaker story. It’s not a bad tale, but it does drag a bit in the middle and some of the side characters were a little tedious. The Saint also plays much more of an anti-hero in the story.

“The Saint Plays With a Fire” is a much more solid play. It’s a good mystery and the pre-war setting is pretty intriguing.

Overall, Paul Rhys is decent as the Saint. He’s definitely not going to make anyone forget George Sanders, Roger Moore, or Vincent Price, but he does a good job. He’s certainly not Val Kilmer and he’s a cut above Hugh Sinclair who replaced Sanders as the on-screen Saint in the 1940s.

The rest of the cast turns in exactly the type of solid performance you’d expect from the BBC. While it’s not a must-hear for fans of Leslie Charteris’ most famous creation, it’s still a well-done adaptation.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.0

This production is available from audible.com.

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23Aug/140

EP1346: Dragnet: Production #4 Homicide (aka: Quick Trigger Gun Men)

Jack Webb

Friday and Romero are on the trailer of three robbers who murdered a police officer.

Original Air Date: June 24, 1949

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22Aug/140

EP1345: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Melancholy Memory Matter

Bob Bailey

Johnny searches for a pitcher who disappeared during Spring Training and whose sister is accusing his new bride of murdering him.

Original Air Date: April 28, 1957

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21Aug/140

EP1344: Nick Carter: Shakespeare’s Ghost

Lon Clark

A grifter cons a collector out of a copy of the Shakespeare folio that's rumored to be haunted by Shakespeare's ghost and is founded beheaded with an Elizabethan sword.

Original Air Date: December 30, 1945

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20Aug/140

EP1343: Philip Marlowe: The Long Rope

Gerald Mohr

Marlowe is hired by an elderly man to transport a string of pearls to Chicago but arrives to find the man who hired him dead and the pearls missing.

Original Air Date: February 5, 1949

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19Aug/140

EP1342: Pat Novak: Joe Dineen

Jack Webb
Two men kidnap Pat Novak from a wrestling match and demand he take them to a man Novak doesn't know by the name of Joe Dineen.

Original Air Date: June 19, 1949

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18Aug/140

EP1341: Pursuit: Pursuit of the Thames Pirates

Ben Wright

Peter Black joins the pursuit of thieves down the Thames River.

Original Air Date: February 12, 1952

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