Month: June 2013

EP0981: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Forbes Matter, Parts One and Two

Bob Bailey

Johnny catches an embezzler who refuses to reveal where he spent the money.

Original Air Date: December 26  and 27, 1955

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Our Ten Most Exciting Episodes

As we approach our 1000th regular episode, we’ll be taking a look back at some of the best episodes we’ve brought you over the last 3 1/2 years. I decided it’d be best to do this by category beginning with the most exciting. Next week we’ll discuss the most humorous.

10) Let George Do It: High Card

In this episode, four men have been implicated in the murder of a beautiful woman and there’s not proof on any of them. So, they come up with a desperate gambit. They decide to draw and the person who gets high card will write a confession and commit suicide. George arrives and discovers the game and finds out the draw was rigged. Now, George has to prevent the suicide and reveal the guilty party.

9) Sherlock Holmes: The Elusive Agent, Parts One, Two, and Three

While the John Stanley Sherlock  Holmes series wasn’t among my favorites, this three part spy serial was definitely a highlight of the show’s run with plenty of twists and turns in search of missing submarine plans.

8)  Studio One: The Thirty-Nine Steps

This radio retelling of the Alfred Hitchcok movie version of the Graham Greene classic finds Glenn Ford playing a Canadian caught in a web of intrigue and espionage in the Scottish countryside.  So suspenseful and fun.

7) Nero Wolfe: The Case of the Calculated Risk:

The radio incarnation of Wolfe was notorious for its deviation from portrayals of Wolfe in the corpus. This worked to some advantage in this episode which begins with a man who claims to have been framed for murder and involves a crooked card game. It ends with one of the most exciting gambits between Wolfe, Goodwin (Mohr), and the murderer.

6) Box 13: Find Me, Find Death:

Dan Holiday got plenty of crazy letters, but this one took the cake. The letter writer informed Holiday that he would kill him in 4 days and that if he went to the police, he’d kill Holiday sooner.  Holiday’s challenge is to find the madman–without finding deat

5) Let George Do It: The Hearst Was Painted Pink:

George is  told to court the girlfriend  of a dangerous mobster by another dangerous mobster who threatens his life and that of Miss Brooks. He quickly finds himself int he crossfire.

4) Sherlock Holmes: The Paradol Chamber

Has a female scientist in the 19th century discovered the secret to teleportation?  When Watson and Holmes investigate in this Rathbone-Bruce episodes, they find themselves up against a most deadly foe.

3) Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Yankee Pride Matter

Johnny Dollar (Edmund O’Brien) goes to Singapore to investigate some constantly delayed cargo. It builds up to a challenge that requires Dollar to get tougher than he’s ever gotten before.

2)  Box 13: Hare and Hounds

This is a very tense and suspenseful story as Holiday finds himself framed for murder, with the local police hunting for him, along with the real killer. His job is to stay alive. It’s one of Holiday’s cleverest adventures.

1) Lux Radio Theater: To the Ends of the Earth:

The Lux Radio Theater of this underrated Dick Powell classic was our 500th episode special was a stunner.  Powell reprises his screen role as Narcotics Commissioner Michael Barrows who witnesses a Japanese sea captain throwing 100 slaves overboard to cover up a narcotics ring. Barrows is determined to get justice and sets out on a globe trotting adventure to break the ring and capture the murderous captain.

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EP0980: The Line Up: The Nicely Nixed Nixon Case

William Johnstone
Guthrie investigates a series of loan company robberies that has left one clerk dead.

Original Air Date: October 18, 1951

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Radio Show Review: Can You Imagine That?

Can You Imagine That? was one of several golden age programs dedicated to weird and unusual facts. It was produced in 1940 as a syndicated program. Can You Imagine That? focused on strange cases such as the 92 year-old man that started teething and interesting facts about Paul Revere’s ride, and two famous women fighting a duel with fingernails. These radio dramatizations of the weird, the strange, and amusing were hardly alone with other programs such as Strange as it Seems and Ripley’s doing just as competent a job.

What makes Can You Imagine That stand out is its music history segment which tell the histories of great songs of the era such as, “I”ll Take You Home Again, Kathleen” and “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary.” These stories great songs, that have sometimes even been forgotten with the years come to life.

Can You Imagine This is  a wonderful for those who love fun facts and music history with great acting, great writing, and wonderful music.

Rating: 5.0 out of 5.0

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EP0979: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Lansing Fraud Matter, Part Five and the Widow is Willing

Bob Bailey

Johnny confronts Hillary Franks in a deserted area o Tuscon.

Original Air Date: December 16, 1955

In a house full of murder suspects, the reading of the will provides plenty of motives for more murders.

Original Air Date: 1958 or 1959

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EP0978: Sherlock Holmes: The Final Problem

John Gielgud
Sherlock Holmes battles his archenemy Professor Moriarty in one of his most perilous adventure.

Original Air Date: April 10, 1955

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EP0977: Mr. Moto: Smokescreen

Mr. Moto tries to break up a Communist plot to addict America’s young people to drugs.

Original Air Date: June 3, 1951

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