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EP3583: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Madison Matter

John Lund

A woman shows up in Hartford claiming to be the wife on a Doctor in Los Angeles who reported her dead to collect the insurance.

Original Air Date: April 14, 1953

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EP3582: Philo Vance: The Eagle Murder Case


A man is put into an ambulance with minor injuries after a car accident and when he’s pulled out, he’s dead of a knife wound in his side.

Original AIr Date: September 26, 1946

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EP3581: Man Called X: Race Against Death

Herbert Marshall

Ken fears that the murder of a crusading reporter is tied to a terrorist Puerto Rican nationalist party.

Original Air Date: April 21, 1951

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EP3580: Jeff Regan: Five Hundred Santas from Mexico

A green-eyed dancer hires Regan to find her husband (who works as a department-store Santa) and prove he’s dead so she can collect the insurance.

Original Air Date: November 30, 1949

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EP3579: Casey, Crime Photographer: The Miracle

Stats Cotsworth

A woman begins to doubt that her father really miraculously recovered after being treated by a shady doctor and tells Casey and Ann that she think her father was replaced by someone.

Original Air Date: January 15, 1948

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Audio Drama Review: Black Jack Justice, Season Ten

The Tenth Season of Black Jack Justice saw Jack Justice (Christopher Mott) and Trixie Dixon, Girl Detective (Andrea Lyons) engage in six more episodes set in the 1950s and featuring the regular cast of characters as they navigate a world of mobsters, lying clients, and even a disappearing mummy.

At this point in the series, Black Jack Justice had settled into its reliable mix of hard-boiled narration, philosophical musings on well-worn adages, caustic banter, and occasional gunplay. If you’ve listened to and loved the first nine seasons, there’d be nothing to make you say, “Stop this ride, I want to get off!” It continues to be excellent at what it does.

The fifth episode of the season did push up against the limits of the series. “The One that Got Away,” was about a murder attempt on a man Trixie had toyed with earlier in the series, an operative for the Brakewait insurance agency who’s getting married. The episode is a fun one as Trixie is at the office working late and one by one, Jack and other male supporting characters show up with the man following an attempt on his life after the party. The story has fun twists and crazy dialogue. Yet, it also strives to be more focused on Trixie dealing with someone she’d dated getting married. There, it doesn’t quite work. Trixie as she’s been played for ten seasons is completely self-assured and self-contained with no interest and perhaps no ability to form long-term relationship and no inkling of any further depth. The episode doesn’t do much to push the boundaries of her character as there’s not much further it can be pushed after ten seasons. She works as a superb homage to the dime novel detective but that’s about it.

Overall, the tenth season works, particularly when it sticks to what it does and knows best. If you enjoy noir stories, with witty dialogue and a dose of comedy, Black Jack Justice continues to be a worthy listen.

The Tenth Season of Black Jack Justice is available for free on the Decoder Ring Theatre website.

Rate: 4 out of 5

EP3578: Tales of the Texas Rangers: Apache Peak

Jace Pearson investigates the killing of a New York driver by a hitchhiker.

Original Air Date: July 22, 1950

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