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We start off this installment of Presenting the Transcription Feature with The Abbott and Costello Show.  It’s time for Lou to pay his income taxes, and he finds himself up to his ears in financial advice.  When he learns that he won’t have to pay anything if he doesn’t earn any more income for a week,  he’s suddenly awash in unwanted money. Then, on Have Gun -- Will Travel, the tables get turned when Paladin is hauled in by a bounty hunter.

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The Abbot and Costello Show

“Income Tax Troubles”
March 6, 1947
5:40

 

Have Gun Will Travel
“Bounty Hunter"
August 21 1960
36:35


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The latest episode of Presenting the Transcription Feature brings you the one, the only . . . Groucho Marx. Groucho’s finest turn in the world of radio was as the host of You Bet Your Life. Ostensibly a quiz show, the quiz portion was almost an afterthought.  The real fun was in Groucho doing the pre-quiz interviews, during which, if the contestants said the secret word, they could win a little extra cash. Groucho’s whip-smart wit could take the blandest of comments and spin comedy gold from it. Secondly, on Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar, actor Vincent Price guest-stars as himself.  In an episode that plays on his public persona as an art aficionado, Price hires freelance insurance investigator Johnny Dollar to track down a painting that’s been stolen from his collection.  Price then insists on joining Dollar each step of the way.

 

 

 

Episodes

You Bet Your Life

"Secret Word: Ink"

November 9, 1949

4:25

 

Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
"The Price of Fame Matter"
February 2, 1958
34:55


 

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This time on Presenting the Transcription Feature, we revisit two old favorites.  On The Jack Benny Program, Jack and Mary attend a special showing of suave British actor Ronald Colman's latest movie, A Double Life.  Colman and his wife Benita Hume play themselves in this episode.  They were frequent guests on Jack’s show.  So much so that many people thought they were actually his next door neighbors.  On Dragnet, Friday and Romero are up against a criminal armed with a bomb who’s threatening to blow up City Hall unless his convict brother is released.

 

 

 

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The Jack Benny Program

February 1, 1948

4:43

Dragnet

"The Big Bomb"

July 13, 1950

 

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This time on Presenting the Transcription Feature, it’s a mixture of comedy and drama. The Great Gildersleevewas a spin-off of Fibber McGee and Molly.  Life in the cozy, small town of Summerfield still manages to provide plenty of challenge for Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve. Will Gildy be able to maintain his position as president of the Jolly Boys Social Club, or is he doomed by a combination of his own good intentions and pomposity?  Then it’s our first western.  On Have Gun Will Travel, mysterious gunslinger-for-hire Paladin, gets more than he bargained for when he agrees to transport a prisoner for the Texas Rangers.

 

 

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The Great Gildersleeve

“Jolly Boys Election”

October 3, 1951

5:27

 

Have Gun Will Travel

“Fair Fugitive”

November 22, 1959

38:40


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This time on Presenting the Transcription Feature, Kevin Lauderdale starts off in the middle of World War II. The classic sit-com Fibber McGee and Molly paints a portrait of life on the Home Front when its stars decide to go to the movies. Between rationing and price controls, just getting inside the theater proves quite the challenge. Then we return to the world of quiz shows with another episode of Information Please, with guests newspaper columnist Franklin P. Adams; sportswriter John Kieran; and pianist, comedian, actor, and raconteur Oscar Levant.
 

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“Fibber McGee and Molly” September 28, 1943 5:28

“Information Please” April 11, 1941 36:51


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"Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar" starred Bob Bailey as "the man with the action-packed expense account."  A freelance insurance investigator, Dollar was called in to investigate burglaries and suspicious deaths. If he could recover the item or solve a murder, the insurance company might not have to pay off.  In exchange, Dollar got a commission, and, of course, his expenses reimbursed.  The show shifted from a weekly half-hour to 15 minutes five days a week.  This time host Kevin Lauderdale presents all five episodes of one of Dollar's most unusual cases.
 
 

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"The Plantagent  Matter" March 5-9, 1956  3:13


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This time on Presenting the Transcription Feature, Kevin Lauderdale tickles your funny bone and your little grey cells. The cast of The Jack Benny Program take part in the annual Easter Parade stroll down Los Angeles' Wilshire Blvd. On quiz show Information Please, the guests are sportswriter John Kieran, newspaper columnist Franklin P. Adams, lexicographer Wilfred Funk, and mystery novelist Rex Stout.
 
 
 
 

 

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03:49 The Jack Benny Program, "Easter Parade" April 17, 1949

33:08 Information Please, August 29, 1939


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This time on Presenting the Transcription Feature, KevinLauderdale brings you all crime, all the time.  The cast of The Jack Benny Program put on a melodramatic mystery, "Murder at Romanoff's."  This episode features the famous "Drear Pooson" flub which resulted in on of the longest laughs in the show's history.  Then we get down to just the facts with Dragnet.  "The 16 Jewel Thefts" mean a lot of unglamorous legwork for Joe Friday during a hot summer.
 
 
 

 

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07:03 The Jack Benny Program, "Murder at Romanoff's / Drear Pooson," January 8, 1950

39:20 Dragnet, "The 16 Jewel Thefts," August 18, 1949


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Kevin Lauderdale takes over the hosting duties for Presenting the Transcription Feature. Twice a month he’ll bring you the best of Old Time Radio comedy, drama, and quiz shows. This time out, it’s a double-shot of the BBC with two British programs. The Men from the Ministry has fun with incompetent British civil servants, and in The Lives of Harry Lime, Orson Welles reprises his role as the criminal mastermind from the classic film thriller The Third Man.

 

 

 

 

Episodes

05:49 The Men from the Ministry, "The Big Rocket," November 6, 1962

37:42 The Lives of Harry Lime, "The Bohemian Star," September 7, 1951

 

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It's been some time since the last episode of Presenting the Transciption Feature and sadly this episode brings John's stint as host to an end.  But fear not, the show is not over.  Listen in as John tells you who is taking over the show and what it will be like.  In order to prepare for the change in hosts, John presents the final part of the last Adventures of Superman and the final episodes of The Avengers serials he ran before his long break.  Thanks to all for listening and stay tuned.

 

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