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EP3445: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Youngstown Credit Matter

Edmond O'Brien

Johnny investigates a $48,000 payroll robbery that’s left one guard dead and another hospitalized.

Original Air Date: December 8, 1951

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EP3444: Mystery is My Hobby: The Case of 65 Women

Drake and Danot investigate the poisoning of multiple women.

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EP3443: The Man Called X: Rendezvouz with Death

Herbert Marshall

Ken travels to Burma when a telegraph operator is shot in Rangoon to prevent him from sending a message.

Original AIr Date: November 11, 1950

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EP3442: The Fat Man: Murder Makes Music (AU)

A man asks Brad to confront his wife with her music teacher lover. They arrive to find the music teacher murdered.’

Original Air Date: April 21, 1955

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EP3441: Casey, Crime Photographer: Bright New Star

Stats Cotsworth

A rising theater starlet is threatened by her mobster ex-boyfriend and then found murdered in her hotel room.

Original Air Date: July 31, 1947

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Audio Drama Review: The Trial of Sherlock Holmes

The Trial of Sherlock Holmes finds Sherlock Holmes whisked away to a secret courtroom and forced to answer to charges of being a public menace and is forced to relive three little known cases.

This is a more comedic take on Holmes and Watson. Essentially in less than an hour, we’re given three remembered mysteries and the framing story about the trial which is itself a mystery and we’ve got a lot of comedy mixed in.

The acting is broad but decent. The five-member cast play their ensemble roles well and make all of their characters quite distinct. The writing is fine. While I knew from the start, there was something wrong with the judge, I didn’t figure out until 2/3 of the way through what he might be up to. The story explores the idea that Holmes’ rivals (aka detectives who sprang up soon after him) emerged during the time he was presumed dead after “The Final Problem.”

The story and its comedy veers towards the silly, and has its hits and misses. So the stories are mostly off-beat.

That said, doing a Sherlock Holmes comedy is hard. I’ve heard some awful attempts and by comparison, this isn’t half-bad. It’s unremarkable but it’s relatively short, occasionally funny, and a relatively pain-free listen. If you’d like to hear a silly Sherlock Holmes comedy that isn’t truly horrible, this might be worth trying.

Rating: 2.75 out of 5

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EP3440: The Silent Men: Souvenirs of War

An ATF agent tries to investigate a ring that’s illegally selling confiscated German guns.

Original Air Date: December 23, 1951

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