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EP3377: Man Called X: The Girl Who Couldn’t Remember

Herbert Marshall
A young woman with amnesia is key to the Man Called X locating a stolen collection of paintings that’s needed to provide a good future to Italian war orphans.
Original Air Date: August 15, 1948

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EP3370: The Fat Man: Murder Makes a Statue (AU)

A young woman comes to Brad for urgent help, faints, and then wake ups with amnesia.
Original Air Date: December 16, 1954
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EP3361 Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Alonzo Chapman Matter

Edmond O'Brien
Johnny goes to Los Angeles to investigate the murder of a womanizer who was shot while leaving a bar with a young woman.

Original Air Date: July 5, 1951
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Streaming Review: The Inner Circle


The Inner Circle is a 1946 film inspired by the 1944 radio series Results Incorporated. Private Investigator Johnny Strange (Warren Doughlas) is on the phone placing an ad for a new secretary when a young woman named Gerry (Adele Mera) who seems perfect for the job walks in and practically hires herself. Johnny agrees as she seems to be perfect for the job. The scene is almost verbatim what happened in the first radio episode. But that’s where the plot diverges.

Before she can properly settle in, Gerri takes a call and tells Johnny it was from a woman wanting to hire him. Johnny goes to meet the woman who turns out to be a mysterious woman in a dark veil, speaking with an exotic accent. Johnny and the woman stumble on a dead body. The woman knocks Johnny out and then we learn she’s actually Gerry. Gerry than pretends to have followed Johnny and tells the police a false story that exonerates Johnny, but Johnny is determined to find the truth before the police figure out the self-defense story Gerri told was false.

There was a lot like about this film. The B-movie detecitve stories could follow into the trap of being formulaic. The twist on this story makes it a nice break for that. Throughout I was really intrigued by what Gerri’s role in the murder, and there’s some great tension as she is trying to throw Johnny off her trail. The lead actors and supporting players all performed well, even though there was only one actor that is recognizable to a significant number of viewers-William Frawley (aka Fred Mertz from I Love Lucy who played Johnny’s police foil. Although big fans of 1930s films might appreciate the appearance of Ricardo Cortez.

The one thing I didn’t like was the denoument scene where Johnny arranges with a police Lieutenant to expose the murderer on the air. While I appreciate the nod to the age of radio drama. The scene was convulted, awkward, and lacked logic, even by B-movie detective standards. Still, that scene doesn’t spoil a really intriguing film that moves at a nice pace and tells a good story.

Rating: 4.0 out of 5

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EP3249: Box Thirteen: Speed to Burn

A young woman asks Dan to help rescue her ex-con brother from a car theft ring.

Original Air Date: 1948

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