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For the Fourth of July, we present two unabashedly patriotic episodes from the Golden Age of Radio.  First, the show that captured the immigrant experience with warm-hearted comedy, Life With Luigi.  This time Luigi and his night school class are to march in an Independence Day parade.  Trouble arises when Luigi decides to add firecrackers to the parade.  Then CBS’s You Are There, the program that takes listeners to important moments in history, takes us to – where else – Philadelphia in July of 1776 for the debate over the Declaration of Independence.

 

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Episodes

Life With Luigi

“The Fourth of July Parade”

July 3, 1949

4:16

 

You Are There

“Philadelphia, July 4, 1776”

March 21, 1948

37:05

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Dashiell Hammett’s Nick and Nora Charles, the supposedly-retired PI and his socialite wife, heroes of his mystery novel The Thin Man, appeared on film, television, and, of course, radio.  The New Adventures of The Thin Man was a radio incarnation that emphasized the duo’s trademark witty repartee and underplayed the criminal violence.  This episode is about a missing dog, but still manages to work in boxing and gambling.  Then Old Time Radio’s premier science fiction anthology series, X Minus One, adapts a classic tale by Robert Heinlein, “The Roads Must Roll.” In a future where the highways became so crowded that we gave up cars in exchange for high-speed conveyor belt roads as our preferred mode of transport, one man stands alone against radicals seeking to take down the system.

Episodes

The New Adventures of the Thin Man

“The Adventure of the Passionate Palooka”

July 6, 1948

3:03

 

X Minus One

“The Roads Must Roll”

January 4, 1956

34:42


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We take two trips to England for this installment of Presenting the Transcription Feature.  First, history comes alive in an episode of CBS Is There (later known as You Are There).  This June marks the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, one of founding documents of the rule of law.  CBS’ newsmen and sound effects crews work overtime to show us what it would have been like had they (and we listeners) been there for a news broadcast from the fields of Runnymede as King John faced off with 25 of his barons in their effort to limit his powers. Then it's time to meet the lazy civil servants who make up The Men From the Ministry.  This 1960s BBC comedy pokes fun at bureaucracy, office politics, and avoiding work.

Episodes

CBS Is There

“The Signing of the Magna Carta”

January 18, 1948

4:23

 

The Screen Guild Theater

“The War With the Isle of Wight”

November 27, 1962

34:41


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Bob Hope starred in every form of Twentieth Century entertainment – from vaudeville to radio to movies to television.  In this episode of The Bob Hope Show (for Pepsodent) we get a visit from baseball great Dizzy Dean and a performance of the kooky novelty tune “Alexander is a Swoose.”  Then the Screen Guild Theater presents an adaptation of Ramona – the 1936 film, which was based on the famed pageant, which is, in turn, based on the 1884 novel by Helen Hunt Jackson.  One of the founding myths of Old California, it tells the romantic but ultimately tragic tale of a half-Native American girl who gives up life on the rancho to marry a fellow Indian.

Episodes

The Pepsodent Show Staring Bob Hope

“Guest:  Dizzy Dean”

March 11, 1941

5:03

 

The Screen Guild Theater

“Ramona”

April 30, 1945

38:35


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In honor of May and Mother’s Day, we start off with an episode of The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show. Phil began his radio career as the bandleader on The Jack Benny Show, but his personality could not be contained.  His show with his wife, actress Alice Faye, was just as big a hit.  In this episode, Phil goes searching for a Mother’s Day gift for Alice.  His quest to do this on the cheap lands him and his pal Frankie Remley in the usual pots of hot water.  Then Dr. Watson returns to fill us in on The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.  Starring Nigel Bruce and Basil Rathbone, this adventure involves Boer War spies and carrier pigeons.

Episodes

The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show

“Mother’s Day Present”

May 8, 1949

4:43

 

The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

“The Telltale Pigeon Feathers”

January 21, 1946

36:21


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It’s April, and that’s the start of the baseball season, so here’s two baseball episodes. We’re starting off with The Abbot and Costello Show and their classic “Who’s On First.” This episode is much more than just that classic routine. There’s jokes about contemporary baseball players Bob Feller and Enos Slaughter, and singer Marilyn Maxwell introduces the hit song “Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans.” Then we visit the 1870s Old West of Dodge City, Kansas for an episode of Gunsmoke. A visiting baseball team is in town and that means gambling. Can William Conrad as Marshall Matt Dillon route out the bad guys. More importantantly, which set of the not-yet-codified rules of the game will the teams use: the one that lets you walk on eight balls or nine?

 

Episodes

The Abbott and Costello Show

“Who’s On First”

April 17, 1947

 

5:20

Gunsmoke

“Ball Nine, Take Your Base”

August 2, 1959

 

37:14


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We present a classic one-hour radio drama this time -   one of Orson Welles’ Mercury Theater on the Air adaptations.  Alexandre Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo first appeared in 1844 and was an immediate success.  Welles portrays Edmond Dantès, a young man unjustly imprisoned for many years who uses an immense fortune to wreck revenge against his enemies.  This broadcast begins with a news bulletin about the Czechoslovakian Crisis of 1938, which ultimately drew England into World War II.

 

Episodes

The Mercury Theater on the Air

“The Count of Monte Cristo”

August 29, 1938

 

5:16


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And the fight for dominance at the box office continues as Insurgent takes the top spot.  But could the April offerings present a clear and steady winner?  Michael Falkner has a preview for next month's movie releases on a new Weekly Podioplex.

Comment on the episode or write weeklypodioplex@gmail.com.



Weekly Podioplex Notes for March 24, 2015

 

Introduction

Opening Clip: Home


Box Office Report

Top Ten

#1 – The Divergent Series: Insurgent
#2 – Cinderella [-1]

#3 – Run All Night [-1]

#4 – The Gunman
#5 – Kingsman: The Secret Service [-2]
#6 – Do You Believe?

#7 – The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel [-1]

#8 – Focus [-4]


#9 – Chappie [-4]

#10 – The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water [-3]

 

(New Release) [Change]

 

Tops From the Past

2010 – How to Train Your Dragon

2005 – Guess Who

1995 – Outbreak

1985 – Friday the 13th: A New Beginning

1975 – Tommy


Box Office Premieres for the week of March 27th, 2015

 

The box office premieres for January 23rd range from cuddly and comedic to thrilling drama

Wide

Home – [PG]

Get Hard – [R]

 

Limited

While We’re Young – [R]

Serena – [R]

The Salt of the Earth – [PG-13]

The Riot Club – [R]

White God – [R]

Man from Reno – [NR]

 

Cupcakes – [NR]

 

 

Home Entertainment for the week of March 24th, 2015

 

New Releases on DVD and Blu-Ray

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – [PG-13]

Into the Woods – [PG]

Unbroken – [PG-13]

 

TV on DVD and Blu-Ray

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXXII (1988-1999)

The Donna Reed Show: Season Two (1959)

Mr. Bean: The Whole Bean (1990-1995)

 

Blu-Rays From the Past

The Beyond (1981) – [X]

The Thin Blue Line (1988) – [NR]

 

 

Podcast Promos

 

 

 

Talking Apes TV

 

Every episode of TALKING APES TV will delve into one episode of the PLANET OF THE APES TV Series, with plenty of quotes, audio and social commentary pulled from each show.

 

 

Quick Flicks

  • April 2015 in Cinema

 

Links

 

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We celebrate March by honoring the Girl Scouts and the Irish.  First up on The Burns and Allen Show, George Burns experiences more than the usual amount of befuddlement when wife Gracie Allen signs up to be a Girl Scout troop leader.  This March marks the 103rd anniversary of the founding of the Girl Scouts by Juliette Gordon Lowe.  Then on Quiz Kids, there’s a lot of blarney thrown around in preparation of St. Patrick’s Day as the young prodigies field questions about Irish history and other famous guys named Patrick.

 

Episodes

The Burns and Allen Show

“Gracie, the Girl Scout Leader”

March 10, 1949

3:27

 

Quiz Kids

“St. Patrick’s Day Diamond”

March 11, 1951

30:15


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We lead off with Dragnet.  Jack Webb and Barton Yarborough star as Sergeants Joe Friday and Ben Romero, definitely two of L.A.’s finest.  This time they’re investigating a gang of con artists who prey on the relatives of the recently deceased.  Truly, there is no honor among thieves.  Then it’s a return to the gentle domestic comedy of Fibber McGee and Molly.  Fibber gets a lot more than he bargained for as he grows impatient for the latest issue of his favorite magazine to be delivered to 79 Wistful Vista.  The show had recently switched from a weekly program to daily, and we present this two-part tale back to back.

Episodes

 

Dragnet

“The Big .38”

October 5, 1950

1:48

 

Fibber McGee and Molly

“40,000 Copies of Partly True”

“Unloading 40,000 Magazines”

April 22 & 23, 1954

34:46


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