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Dangerous Assignment: The Hired Assassin (EP4403)


Today’s Mystery:

In Havana, Steve hunts for an international assassin whose latest victim is an American agent who had clues to the assassin’s whereabouts.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: May 27, 1953

Originating in Hollywood

Starring: Brian Donlevy as Steve Mitchell; Herb Butterfield as the Commissioner; Paul Dubov; Betty Lou Gerson; Tony Barrett; Herb Ellis; Julie Bennett

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Lux Radio Theatre: Great Expectations (AWR0246)

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We begin a series looking at radio performances by actors who played villains in the 1960s Batman TV series. This week, we focus on Barbara Rush, who was the guest villain in the Season 3 episode “Nora Clavicle and the Ladies’ Crime Club”.

For this week’s old time radio program, we bring you the Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of Great Expectations, in which Barbara Rush plays a featured role.

An eccentric and twisted elderly woman takes an interest in an orphaned boy. When he grows up, he receives an unexpected inheritance.

Starring: Rock Hudson as Pip; Barbara Rush as Estella; William Conrad; Jeanette Nolan; Alan Reed; Peter Votrian; Susan Seaforth; Christopher Cook; Parley Baer, Vivi Janis; James McCallion; Lillian Buyeff; Norman Field; Howard McNear; Leo Britt; Edward Marr

Original Radio Broadcast Date: October 12, 1954

We then discuss the controversial “Nora Clavicle and the Ladies’ Crime Club”.

Discussed: Podcast episode: To the Batpoles: Tying Ourselves in Knots.

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Bulldog Drummond: Blind Man’s Bluff (EP4402)

Santos Ortega

Today’s Mystery:

Bulldog Drummond investigates a series of murders of blind men situated outside government buildings.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: September 14, 1942

Originating in New York

Starring: Santos Ortega as Bulldog Drummond; Luis van Rooten as Denny

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The Falcon: The Case of the Bellicose Boxer (EP4401)

Les Damon

Today’s Mystery:

A boxer, who won the championship after doublecrossing multiple people, is murdered.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: January 28, 1951

Originating from New York

Starring: Les Damon as the Falcon; Ken Paxton as Sergeant Corbett; Larry Haines; Ralph Bell

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Lux Radio Theater: Thunder on the Hill (EP4400s)

Claudette Colbert
Today’s Mystery:

A nun becomes convinced that a condemned woman stranded at her Norfolk convent in the midst of torrential rains is innocent. Can the nun save her before her looming execution?

Original Radio Broadcast Date: November 9, 1953

Originating in Hollywood

Starring: Claudette Colbert as Sister Mary; Barbara Rush as Valerie Carns; Norma Varden; Paul Frees; Mary Flynn; Herb Butterfield; Ottola Nesmith; Dan O’Herlihy; Joseph Kearns; Leo Britt; Jeanne Wood; Lois Corbett; Yvonne Peattie

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Dragnet: The Big Watch (EP4400)

Today’s Mystery:

Sergeant Joe Friday and his partner Ben Romero are on the trail of a vicious gang of robbers targeting military officers.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: April 13, 1950

Originating from Hollywood

Starring: Jack Webb as Sergeant Joe Friday; Barton Yarborough as Sergeant Ben Romero; Herb Butterfield

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Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Blooming Blossom Matter (EP4399)

Bob Bailey

Today’s Mystery:

When a precious emerald known as the Green Eye of Calcutta vanishes, along with its owner Albert W. Winkler, Johnny is plunged into the bizarre home of Wilbert Kenworthy Blossom. As he navigates through the cluttered abode filled with treasures and trash, can Johnny recover the priceless gem and bring a killer to justice?

Original Radio Broadcast Date: January 20, 1957

Originating from Hollywood

Starring: Bob Bailey as Johnny Dollar; Howard McNear; Herb Ellis; Herb Vigran; Junius Matthews; Herb Butterfield; Frank Gerstle; Johnny Jacobs

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Mr. Chameleon: The Bought and Paid For Murder Case (EP4398)

Karl Swenson

Today’s Mystery: A wealthy fifty-nine year-old woman, married to a man twenty-five years her junior, is poisoned.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: July 20, 1949

Originating from New York City

Starring: Karl Swenson as Mister Chameleon

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Dangerous Assignment: Stolen Computer Blueprints (EP4397)


Today’s Mystery: From the bustling streets of Oslo to the shadowy corners of Hamburg, Mitchell races against time to intercept a stolen set of top-secret blueprints before they fall into the wrong hands.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: May 20, 1953

Originated in Hollywood

Stars: Brian Donlevy as Steve Mitchell, Herb Butterfield as the Commissioner, Brian Donlevy, Dan Riss, GeGe Pearson, Herb Butterfield, Jan Arvan, Paul Frees, Tom Holland

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Bulldog Drummond: Hijackers (EP4396)

Today’s Mystery:

Bulldog Drummond takes on a gang of hijackers who are robbing trucks.

Audition Date: September 28, 1941

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Originating in New York

Starring: George Colouris as Bulldog Drummond; Everett Sloan as Denny

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The Falcon: The Case of the Substitute Target (EP4395)

Les Damon

Today’s Mystery:

To protect the girlfriend of a man murdered by the mob, the Falcon sets himself up as a target.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: January 21, 1951

Originating from New York

Starring: Les Damon as the Falcon; Ken Paxton at Sergeant Corbett

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DVD Review: Thunder on the Hill

Thunder on the Hill is a 1951 Douglas Sirk film starring Claudette Colbert and Ann Blyth.

Torrential rains hit Norfolk, England, leading to a convergence of local residents taking refuge in a convent where Sister Mary (Colbert) is in charge of the hospital ward. It also leads to a condemned woman, Valerie Carns (Blyth) being brought to the convent. Carns had been convicted of murdering her invalid brother, and due to the storm, all the witnesses are there also. Sister Mary becomes convinced that the young woman is innocent and sets out to prove it.

The film’s center is Colbert’s performance and her character of Sister Mary, who becomes an amateur sleuth. Like many other sleuths, she barrels ahead with her investigation despite no official authority and in contravention of the police who have custody of Valerie. She gets Valerie’s hopes up and gets Valerie’s boyfriend into the convent to see her with the aid of a boat. Yet is what she’s doing good? Is her own instinctive sense that she’s right going to make things better or lead to a tragedy? Sister Mary goes on a character journey in this story that’s informed by her faith. Many films, even during Hollywood’s Golden Age, had only a superficial grasp of religion, and therefore their use of religion in the story is superficial at best. Here though, it works well, and informs her character’s journey.

The film is based on the play Bonaventure and has some very broad melodramatic performances that work within the confines of the story and are well-performed by the supporting cast. The climatic scene also deserves special praise. It’s easily the best-directed scene in the film.

The DVD itself is as bare-bones as you can get. It’s play-only with no trailers, and not even any scene selection. What you get is the chance to view a rarely-replayed film from one of the most iconic actresses of Hollywood’s Golden Age.

If you enjoy a character-driven noir film with a unique setting, this is definitely worth watching.

Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0

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Dragnet: The Big Book (EP4394)

Today’s Mystery:

Friday and Romero investigate the flood of filthy books into Los Angeles high schools.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: April 6, 1950

Originating from Hollywood

Starring: Jack Webb as Sergeant Joe Friday; Barton Yarborough as Sergeant Ben Romero; Herb Butterfield; Stacy Harris; Harry Morgan

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Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Desalles Matter (EP4393)

Bob Bailey

Today’s Mystery:

Johnny goes out west when an insurance agent is suspicious of a $100,000 death claim that another investigator was assigned to look into.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: Original Air Date: January 13, 1957

Originating from Hollywood

Starring: Bob Bailey as Johnny Dollar; Virginia Gregg; Harry Bartell; John Stephenson; Will Wright; James McCallion; Ben Wright

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Mr. Chameleon: The Hasty Marriage Murder Case (EP4392)

Karl Swenson

Today’s Mystery:

A young wealthy man who just married a woman after a two-week romance is murdered.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: July 13, 1949

Originating from New York City

Starring: Karl Swenson as Mister Chameleon

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