Bob Bailey & Virginia Gregg in front of an old Microphone

Bob Bailey & Virginia Gregg

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Audio Drama Review: The Collected Bowdrie Dramatizations, Volume 3

The final collection of dramatizations of stories featuring Louie L’Amour’s tough and smart Texas Ranger, Chick Bowdrie (Reathel Bean) offers six more adventures as he hunts down and solves mysteries as he roams the state of Texas serving justice as he goes.

The first four stories in the set have a strong mystery element and he makes a good detective. The mysteries aren’t top tier, but they’re engaging enough.

The last two stories, “Down Sonora Way” and “Strange Pursuit” are different as each is about Bowdrie chasing outlaws. “Down Sonora Way” finds the ranger in a stalemate with an outlaw when they both observe a settler family butting heads with indigenous peoples and they decide to call a truce to rescue the family from harm’s way. In “Strange Pursuit,” Bowdrie is on the trail of a quick-witted outlaw whose exploits included hanging a sheriff who was trying to hang him and riding off with the sheriff’s horse. Bowdrie spent weeks on the man’s trail and spends much of the story making little progress and picking up new tales of his exploits.

Overall, these are at the same level as the previous two collections. While most of L’Amour’s characters aren’t complex, they do have some interesting wrinkles. His level of research and knowledge of the old west is profound. In fact, one of these stories includes a bonus addition of L’Amour talking about sign tracking. The stories are thoroughly entertaining. Bean is superb at Bowdrie and all the other actors are on-point.

The Bowdrie collections would be enjoyed by anyone who loves tales of the Old West, or even if you’re not big into Westerns, if you like well-made audio dramas, this is definitely worth a listen.

Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0

 

EP3421: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Tolhurst Theft Matter

Edmond O'Brien
Johnny takes a tip on a robbery case on the condition he not tell the police.

Original Air Date: October 27, 1951

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EP3420: Mystery is My Hobby: Estelle Wainwright Murdered


The wife of an infamous playboy dies of an apparent suicide. Barton Drake suspects murder.

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EP3419: The Man Called X: Custom Cigarettes

Herbert Marshall
A woman dies on a train after handing Mr. X a box of custom cigarettes, sending Mister X to Ankara on the trail of a killer and atomic secrets.
Original Air Date: October 13, 1950

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EP3418: The Fat Man: Murder Makes a King Coffin (AU)


A woman call Brad and hires him to find out whose been watching her house. Brad arrives to find the house burned down and his client in the hospital.
Original Air Date: March 10, 1955

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EP3417: Casey, Crime Photographer: Acquitted

Stats Cotsworth

A criminal is acquitted and he accuses a police officer of coercing his confession.
Original Air Date: July 3, 1947

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AWR0158: Music and the Muse: Day of Resurrection

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A half hour Easter program of poems read by Janet Logan mixed with classical music.
Original Air Date: April 17, 1949

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