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Dangerous Assignment: Picking up a Bomb (EP4421)


Today’s Mystery: Steve is called to Saigon when a reporter tried to blackmail him into carrying a suitcase containing a bomb.

Original Radio Broadcast Date:July 8, 1953

Originated in Hollywood

Stars: Brian Donlevy as Steve Mitchell, Herb Butterfield as the Commissioner, Jack Moyles, Jan Arvann, Hal Girard, Ted de Corsia

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Screen Guild Theater: The Devil and Ms. Jones (AWR0249)

Batman Villains of Old Time Radio

We continue our look at actors who played villains in the 1966 Batman TV series.

For this week’s episode, we’re taking a look at Van Johnson who played the role of the Musical/Electronics Genius, The Minstrel.

For our Old Time Radio program, we present the Screen Guild Theater presentation of The Devil and Ms. Jones. 

The richest man in the world, Merrick (Guy Kibbe) goes undercover in a department store he owns where employees led by a forceful charismatic young man named Joe (Johnson) burned him in effigy. Merrick hopes to use Joe’s kindly girlfriend (Donna Reed) to find out the names of those involved in the action.

Also features Howard Duff

Original Radio Broadcast Date: August 12, 1946

After the podcast, we talk about the Season 2 Batman two-parter “The Minstrel’s Shakedown” and “Barbequed Batman” from September 21 and 22, 1966

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Bulldog Drummond: Murder Visits Venus (EP4420)


Today’s Mystery:

Denny spots a woman in a crinoline dress hanging from the flagpole of an office building.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: March 19, 1945

Originating in New York:

Starring: Ned Wever as Bulldog Drummond; Luis Van Rooten as Denny

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The Falcon: The Case of the Superfluous Murder (EP4419)

Les Damon

Today’s Mystery:

A man calls The Falcon to find out who betrayed him. The Falcon arrives to find him dead with a suicide note written. However, Sergeant Corbett suspects murder.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: February 18, 1951

Originating from New York

Starring: Les Damon as the Falcon; Ken Lynch as Sergeant Corbett

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Dragnet: The Big Badge (EP4418)

Today’s Mystery:

A man impersonating a police officer is robbing and assaulting couples in parked cars. Joe Friday and Ben Romero have to catch him.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: May 4, 1950

Originating from Hollywood

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

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Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Templeton Matter (EP4417)

Bob Bailey

Today’s Mystery:

Johnny goes to Boston to investigate a burglary at the largest jewelry firm in Boston, which led to the shooting of a police officer.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: February 10, 1957

Originating from Hollywood

Starring: Bob Bailey as Johnny Dollar; John Dehner; Peter Leeds; Vic Perrin; James McCallion; Stacy Harris; Virginia Gregg; Marvin Miller

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Mr. Chameleon: The Case of the Murdered Girl’s Ears (EP4416)

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Karl Swenson

Today’s Mystery:

The wife of a store buyer is murdered. But is it really her?

Original Radio Broadcast Date: August 10, 1949

Originating from New York City

Starring: Karl Weber as Mister Chameleon

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Dangerous Assignment: Find Anthony Targu (EP4415)


Today’s Mystery:

Steve travels to Montreal to investigate the supposed death of notorious racketeer Anthony Targu and the mysterious disappearance of Dr. Franklin Dorberg, a well-known plastic surgeon.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: July 1, 1953

Originating in Hollywood

Starring: Brian Donlevy as Steve Mitchell; Herb Butterfield as the Commissioner; Paul Frees; Vivi Janiss; Ben Wright; Peter Leeds; William Conrad

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Bulldog Drummond: The Subway Murder Case (EP4414)

Today’s Mystery:

A mysterious man with amnesia asks Captain Drummond to meet him on a subway, alleges someone’s try to kill him, and is then murdered.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: July 12, 1943

Originating in New York

Starring: Ned Wever as Bulldog Drummond; Luis Van Rooten as Denny; Jackson Beck

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The Falcon: The Case of the Mighty Muscle (EP4413)

Les Damon

Today’s Mystery:

The Falcon is hired by the girlfriend of a member of a criminal syndicate who’d been extorted to doublecross his boss and then murdered right in front of her.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: February 11, 1951

Originating from New York

Starring: Les Damon as The Falcon; Ken Lynch as Sergeant Corbett; Ralph Bell; Bill Zuckert

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Dragnet: The Big Job (EP4412)

Today’s Mystery:

While the police are trying to apprehend a fugitive, a police officer is murdered. Joe Friday and Ben Romero set out to bring the fugitive to justice.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: April 27, 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 Kirbey Will Matter (EP4411)

Bob Bailey

Today’s Mystery:

Johnny goes to a Lake Mojave resort to investigate the suspicious death of a fishing guide.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: February 3, 1957

Originating from Hollywood

Starring: Bob Bailey as Johnny Dollar; Virginia Gregg; Barney Phillips; Shirley Mitchell; Stacy Harris; Carleton Young; Forrest Lewis; Frank Nelson; John Dehner

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Mr. Chameleon: The Snapshot in the Park Murder Case (EP4410)

Karl Weber

Today’s Mystery:

A man is murdered after his father-in-law receives photos of him in the park with another woman.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: August 3, 1949

Originating from New York City

Starring: Karl Weber as Mister Chameleon

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Theater Guild on the Air: At Mrs. Beam’s (AWR0247)

Batman Villains of Old Time Radio

We continue our look at actors who portrayed villains in the 1966 Batman TV series. This week we turn to Burgess Meredith, who played the Penguin and we present an episode of Theater Guild on the Air.

In this episode, we step back in time to the bustling streets of pre-war London and the peculiar happenings at Mrs. Beam’s boarding house. Paulette Goddard and Burgess Meredith star in a comedic caper that twists and turns through the lives of romantic crooks and their unwitting hosts. From high-society scandals to the threat of the infamous Bluebeard, join us for an adventure that’s as charming as it is chaotic.

Original Radio Broadcast: October 28, 1945

Cast: Burgess Meredith,Paulette Goddard, Brenda Forbes

After talking about the episode, we discuss the Batman two-parter, “Hizzonner the Penguin” and “Dizzoner the Penguin” from Season 2.

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Dangerous Assignment: Capture James C. Stoller (EP4409)


Today’s Mystery:

Steve goes to Syria to intercept and capture an America traitor and Communist propagandist.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: June 24, 1953

Originating in Hollywood

Starring: Brian Donlevy as Steve Mitchell; Herb Butterfield as the Commissioner; Jan Arvan; Vivi Janus; Paul Frees; Paul Dubov

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