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This August 6th marks the 104th birthday of actress, comedian, and entertainment mogul Lucille Ball.  Before there was the television classic I Love Lucy, there was its radio incarnation, My Favorite Husband.  Though her radio husband Richard Denning works in a bank, not as band leader, you can’t help but see the roots of Lucy in Ball’s character Liz and all the zany situations she stumbles into.  But Ball was more than just a comic actress.  Like so many performers during the Golden Age of radio, she worked in drama as well.  This week she and real-life husband Desi Arnaz appear inSuspense, "radio's outstanding theater of thrills," which ran for twenty years.  Here they play strangers engaged in a potentially deadly game of cat-and-mouse.  But who is the criminal and who is the victim?

 

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Episodes

 

My Favorite Husband

“Liz Sells Dresses”

May 28, 1950

4:24

 

Suspense

“The Red-Headed Woman”

November 17, 1949

36:14

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The Screen Guild Theater, which presented Hollywood films in greatly-abridged versions but often with the original stars, did a fantastic job with The Philadelphia Story.  Their adaptation of the comedy classic about a high society wedding interrupted by the presence of the bride’s ex-husband and pair of tabloid reporters features all three of the film’s stars: Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant,  and Jimmy Stewart.  Then that dashing “Robin Hood of Modern Crime,” Simon Templar, makes an appearance on The Saint.  Vincent Price stars as the sophisticated, suave (yet quick with his fists) righter of wrongs.

 

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Episodes

 

The Screen Guild Theater

“The Philadelphia Story”

March 17, 1947

4:56

 

The Saint

“The Corpse Said Ouch”

August 6, 1950

32:05

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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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Philo Vance was the star of a number of murder mystery novels and movies that were popular during the 1920s and ‘30s.  Like so many other investigators, he made the leap to radio and TV.  In this episode of The Adventures of Philo Vance, a newspaper reporter on her way to interview Vance about his career is mysteriously killed on in the back of taxi.  Whodunit and how will be up to Vance to figure out.  Then it’s another typical life in the week of Italian immigrant Luigi Basco on Life With Luigi.  Luigi may have a little trouble with English, but his affection and appreciation for his new home in America are unassailable.  This warm-hearted comedy about post-World War II émigrés is the perfect antidote for anyone feeling there’s nothing special about the United States.

Episodes

The Adventures of Philo Vance

“The Bulletin Murder Case”

October 5, 1948

3:24

 

Life With Luigi

“The Abraham Lincoln Letter”

February 7, 1950

32:50


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We return to good old Madison High for more of Eve Arden as Our Miss Brooks.  This time, the sardonic English teacher gets caught up in a protest over the school’s dress code.  Girls in slacks and guys in dresses!  What is the world coming to?  It’s a farce of the highest order.  Then return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear as, for the first time, we present The Lone Ranger.  Thrill as the Lone Ranger and Tonto help a young man and his widowed mother recover a small fortune left to them.  The secret to the location is in a very special saddle.

Episodes

Our Miss Brooks

“Dress Code Protest”

April 24, 1949

4:24

 

The Lone Ranger

“The Saddle”

June 5 1946

 

35:48


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We start off the new year with a different sort of quiz show:  Quiz Kids.  Here, the sort of tricky questions sent in by listeners that we’re familiar with from Information Please are answered by kids.  Mostly teens, but some quite young, and all with high IQs.  Then we move on to the ultimate in domestic sit-coms, Vic and Sade.  Set in a typical small town, we visit the family residing in “the small house half way up on the next block.” The comedy is very dry, focusing on the minutiae of everyday life.  In the first of these two 15-minute episodes, Vic and Sade, and their teen-aged son Rush, take part in a wartime scrap drive.  Then, as Vic and Sade wait for some friends to come over for cards and ice cream, Vic tries to decide if he should purchase an honorary title from his lodge.

 

Episodes

Quiz Kids

“A Mousetrap, a Buttonhook, and the Statue of Liberty”

November 7, 1948

 

2:27

Vic and Sade

“The Scrap Drive”

36:05

“Honorary Titles for Sale”

 

46:15


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For our second set of Christmas-themed episodes this month, we start off with The Jack Benny Program.  Jack does one of his traditional holiday-shopping episodes.  As always, he tries to go cheap, and he bumps into a lot of the show’s regulars doing their shopping as well. Then, on Have Gun – Will Travel, Christmas Eve finds Paladin interceding between an Indian chief and a White rancher who insists that the chief’s son is actually his boy, stolen many years ago.

Episodes

The Jack Benny Program

“Last Minute Christmas Shopping”

December 21, 1947

2:34

 

Have Gun - Will Travel

“The Hanging Cross”

December 21, 1958

 

32:36


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This December I’m going to run all Christmas-themed shows.  We begin with another episode of Fibber McGee and Molly.  This episode is nearly 70 years old, but we see that some things never change.  Fibber and Molly have to go to the post office to mail off some Christmas presents, and the lines were just as long and annoying then as they still are today.  Then Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson recounts another of The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.  It’s Christmas Eve and the good Doctor has agreed to dress up as Santa Claus (uh, Father Christmas) for a children’s party.  Will Holmes get to spend a quiet evening at home?  Not on your Fezziwig . . .

 

Episodes

Fibber McGee and Molly

“Mailing Christmas Packages”

December 10, 1940

3:44

 

The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

“The Night Before Christmas”

December 24, 1945

35:10

 


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For Thanksgiving, it’s two comedy episodes (because there just aren’t any good OTR dramas about Thanksgiving except dramatizations of The First Thanksgiving).  First off, meet Eve Arden in Our Miss Brooks, where she plays a refreshingly sardonic high school English teacher who’s not above occasionally offering a zinger at the expense of her students.  As Thanksgiving approaches, more and more people invite themselves to her place for dinner – where there’s nary a turkey to be found.  Then Jack Benny attends that great Los Angeles event, the annual pre-Thanksgiving football game between UCLA and USC.  Jack, Mary, and Dennis drive out to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Dennis gets lost, and Jack bumps into Frank Fontaine, doing his character of Mr. Silvoney, the inspiration for Pete Puma from the Looney Tunes cartoons.

 

Episodes

Our Miss Brooks

“Thanksgiving Weekend”

November 27, 1949

3:41

 

The Jack Benny Program

“Jack Tries to Buy Tickets to the USC – UCLA Game”

November 26, 1950

36:13

 


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We start off November with the return of The Great Gildersleeve.  This is the episode immediately following the Halloween episode from last time.  Gildy is still in the doghouse with Leila Ransom.  Meanwhile, it’s the middle of World War II, and nice cuts of meat are hard to find due to rationing.  When Gildy procures a prime pot roast, that roast’s fate on his table is far from assured.  Then Sydney Greenstreet debuts as Nero Wolfe in The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe.  As always, Wolfe is reluctant to take any case that will interferer with his orchids, his reading, and his gourmet meals.  When a woman arrives asking him to investigate a treasure map her father has bought, he dismisses her.  Then the bodies start to pile up . . .

 

Episodes

The Great Gildersleeve

“The Pot Roast”

November 7, 1943

 

3:54

 

The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe

“Stamped for Murder”

October 20, 1950

32:12

 


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For the end of October, here’s two timely episodes.  On The Great Gildersleeve, it’s Halloween.  And that means pranks and parties.  Good old fashioned fun in the small town of Summerfield.  Then, in honor of the World Series, we check in with amateur detective Ellery Queen as he investigates a ballplayer’s stolen bat.

 

 

Episodes

The Great Gildersleeve

“The Halloween Party”

October 31, 1943

3:53

 

The Adventures of Ellery Queen

“The Adventure of the World Series Crime”

October 8, 1942

 

 


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It’s October, and, in honor of the World Series, this month I’ll be bringing you a couple of baseball-themed episodes.  First up is a CBS Radio Workshop adaptation of James Thurber’s “You Could Look It Up.”  Here, a baseball team’s manager tries an extreme tactic involving the strike zone in an effort to win a crucial game.  Then, on Dragnet, Friday goes undercover to bust a drug ring.

 

Episodes

CBS Radio Workshop

“You Could Look It Up”

July 7 1957

3:27

 

Dragnet

“The Big Meet”

October 26, 1950

29:03

 

 


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This time on Presenting the Transcription Feature, George Burns and Gracie Allen start things off.  George has inherited money that must be used for his college education.  So, at the age of 50, he’s attending college and none too happy about it.  To get him to stay, Gracie asks George’s pal Jack Benny to enroll as well.  Then Rex Stout’s famously fat (and famously brilliant) private investigator Nero Wolfe gets involved with a stolen Shakespeare First Folio.  What is a copy of it doing hidden in a volume of Spinoza that a cabby bought for 25 cents?

 

Episodes

Burns and Allen “George and Jack Go to College” November 29, 1945 6:24

 

The Amazing Nero Wolfe

“The Shakespeare Folio”

December 15, 1946

39:53

 


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On the latest episode of Presenting the Transcription Feature you meet the strange being who knows many things, for he walks by night and knows many strange tales hidden in the hearts of men and women:  The Whistler.  This anthology suspense show “starred” a narrator / Greek chorus, who sometimes mocked, and sometimes encouraged, the criminals in the tales he told.  Then it’s time to see if you have the proper education to survive life in the 1940s with Information Please.  This episode of the venerable quiz show seems to have a few more political questions than usual—probably because the U.S. was just months away from going the Allied forces in World War II.

 

Episodes

The Whistler

"Seven Steps to Murder"

February 3, 1947

3:20

 

 

Information Please
April 4, 1941 34:08

 


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This time on Presenting the Transcription Feature, in memory of Groucho Marx, who died 37 years ago this August, we present a special episode of his comedy quiz show, You Bet Your Life.  The show was recorded live over the course of an hour and then cut down to 25 minutes for broadcast.  This is the hour-long, unedited audio for one show from 1955.  Along with half an hour of material that never aired, there’s a retake at the end when something goes wrong. If this podcast is as close as you’ll get to listening to Old Time Radio on the air, then this episode is as close as you’ll get to being in the audience for a show as it was recorded.

Episodes

 

You Bet Your Life

“Name”

December 14, 1955

6:32

 


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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.

Episodes

 

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.

 

 

 

Episodes

The Jack Benny Program

February 1, 1948

4:43

Dragnet

"The Big Bomb"

July 13, 1950

 

34:55


 

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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.
 

Episodes

“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.
 
 

Episodes

"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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Guest host Kevin Lauderdale (It Has Come to My Attention, Mighty Movie's Temple of Bad) brings to your attention an assortment of old time radio Christmas comedy, commercials, and songs. 

Episode Extracts, December 21, 2013

7:38 "The Jack Benny Show", Armed Forced Radio and Television Service special, December 1957

34:25  Don Wilson Jell-O ad, "The Jack Benny Show",  December 17, 1939

35:26  Rexall ad, "The Phil Harris / Alice Faye Show", December 19, 1948

36:28 "The Bob Hope Show", Armed Forced Radio and Television Service special, December 1957

51:17 Bing Crosby Chesterfield cigarettes ad, "The Bing Crosby Show", December 20, 1950

53:35 Bing Crosby war-time rationing PSA, "The Kraft Music Hall (The Bing Crosby Show)",  December 16, 1943

54:45 "The Jack Benny Show", December 20, 1953

1:01:47  Phil Harris sings "Jingle Bells", "The Phil Harris / Alice Faye Show", December 19, 1948

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    Dragnet returns to Presenting the Transcription Feature as Jack Webb once again patrols the streets of Los Angeles in a quest for law and order.  This week, Joe Friday looks into the beating of a woman who has recently joined "The Big Church".  In addition, there are episodes of The Adventures of Superman and The Avengers.

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    November 2, 2013
    0:29 - Whispers Radio Promo
    4:34 - The Adventures of Superman - "Pillar of Fire at Graves End", part 2 - August 7, 1940
    17:59 - Dragnet - "Daddy's Girl" - November 2, 1950
    49:39 - The Avengers - "The Morning After", part 2

     


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      Presenting the Transcription Feature: The Mercury Theater on the Air - The War of the Worlds

      The War of the Worlds is an episode of the American radio drama anthology series The Mercury Theatre on the Air. It was performed as a Halloween episode of the series on October 30, 1938, and aired over the Columbia Broadcasting System radio network. Directed and narrated by actor and future filmmaker Orson Welles, the episode was an adaptation of H. G. Wells's novel The War of the Worlds(1898).

      The first two thirds of the 62-minute broadcast were presented as a series of simulated news bulletins, which suggested to many listeners that an actual alien invasion by Martians was currently in progress. Compounding the issue was the fact that the Mercury Theatre on the Air was a sustaining show (it ran without commercial breaks), adding to the program's realism. Although there were sensationalist accounts in the press about a supposed panic in response to the broadcast, the precise extent of listener response has been debated.

      In the days following the adaptation, however, there was widespread outrage and panic by certain listeners, who had believed the events described in the program were real. The program's news-bulletin format was described as cruelly deceptive by some newspapers and public figures, leading to an outcry against the perpetrators of the broadcast. Despite these complaints—or perhaps in part because of them—the episode secured Welles' fame as a dramatist.

      To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the broadcast of this program, John shares the original broadcast as well as tells you about the BBC production of Independence Day UK, a tie-in audio drama to the blockbuster movie done in the style of The War of the World.  Check out Kevin Lauderdale's more detailed look at the original production on his It Has Come to My Attention.

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      October means that we dip in once again to the CBS Radio Mystery Theater.  This year, we look at the final year of EG Marshall's turn as host of the long running anthology series. Plus, we conclude the current stories for Superman and The Avengers and premiere new stories.

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      October 26, 2013
      0:29 - The Weekly Podioplex Promo
      4:35 - The Adventures of Superman - "Pillar of Fire at Graves End", part 1 - August 5, 1940
      16:25 - CBS Radio Mystery Theater - "Daddy's Girl" - October 26, 1981
      1:01:32 - The Avengers - "The Morning After", part 1



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      October means that we dip in once again to the CBS Radio Mystery Theater.  This year, we look at the final year of EG Marshall's turn as host of the long running anthology series. Plus, we conclude the current stories for Superman and The Avengers and premiere new stories.

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      October 19, 2013
      0:29 - Teenage Wasteland Podcast Promo
      4:30 - The Adventures of Superman - "Lighthouse Point Smugglers", part 6 - August 3, 1940
      15:40 - CBS Radio Mystery Theater - "The Equalizer" - October 19, 1981
      58:25 - The Avengers - "From Venus with Love", part 6


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      October means that we dip in once again to the CBS Radio Mystery Theater.  This year, we look at the final year of EG Marshall's turn as host of the long running anthology series. Plus, we conclude the current stories for Superman and The Avengers and premiere new stories.

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      October 12, 2013
      0:29 - Twisted Geeks Podcast Promo
      4:35 - The Adventures of Superman - "Lighthouse Point Smugglers", part 5 - July 31, 1940
      15:35 - CBS Radio Mystery Theater - "The 500 Carats" - October 12, 1981
      59:55 - The Avengers - "From Venus with Love", part 5



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      October means that we dip in once again to the CBS Radio Mystery Theater.  This year, we look at the final year of EG Marshall's turn as host of the long running anthology series. Plus, we conclude the current stories for Superman and The Avengers and premiere new stories.

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      October 4, 2013
      0:29 - The Regis Jack Experience Netcast Promo
      3:46 - The Adventures of Superman - "Lighthouse Point Smugglers", part 4 - July 29, 1940
      16:45 - CBS Radio Mystery Theater - "The Solid Gold Zarf" - October 4, 1981
      1:01:34 - The Avengers - "From Venus with Love", part 4

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      It had a great lead actor, an interesting take on the Western genre, and was produced when Westerns were king on television.  So why did Frontier Gentleman only last a little less than a year?  It's the featured presentation this month and that and more will be discussedPlus, we continue the current stories for Superman and The Avengers.

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      September 14, 2013
      0:29 - The Revcast Roundtable Promo
      3:50 - The Adventures of Superman - "Lighthouse Point Smugglers", part 4 - July 27, 1940
      15:55 - Frontier Gentleman - "A Horse for Kendall" - September 14, 1958
      41:03 - The Avengers - "From Venus with Love", part 4


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        It had a great lead actor, an interesting take on the Western genre, and was produced when Westerns were king on television.  So why didFrontier Gentleman only last a little less than a year?  It's the featured presentation this month and that and more will be discussedPlus, we continue the current stories for Superman andThe Avengers.

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        September 7, 2013
        0:29 - The Retroist Podcast Promo
        3:36 - The Adventures of Superman - "Lighthouse Point Smugglers", part 3 - July 25, 1940
        18:10 - Frontier Gentleman - "The Last of Belle Siddons" - September 7, 1958
        43:00 - The Avengers - "From Venus with Love", part 3


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          We're playing catchup as we never completed the episodes for August.  Stay tuned for the rest of the week as we have two more to go there before hitting our September episodes starting on Saturday.


          August 31, 2013
          0:29 - PSA for iTunes reviews
          3:48 - The Adventures of Superman - "Lighthouse Point Smugglers", part 1 - July 23, 1940
          15:33 - Theater Five - "The Scream" - August 31, 1964
          36:25 - The Avengers - "From Venus with Love", part 1

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          We're playing catchup as we never completed the episodes for August.  Stay tuned for the rest of the week as we have two more to go there before hitting our September episodes starting on Saturday.


          August 24, 2013
          0:29 - The Righteous Dude Dudecast Promo
          3:47 - The Adventures of Superman - "Happyland Amusement Park", part 6 - July 18, 1940
          15:07 - Theater Five - "Caller at Midnight" - August 24, 1964
          35:07 - The Avengers - "Too Many Oles", part 6

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          We're playing catchup as we never completed the episodes for August.  Stay tuned for the rest of the week as we have two more to go there before hitting our September episodes starting on Saturday.


          August 10, 2013
          0:29 - Epic Podcast Promo
          5:01 - The Adventures of Superman - "Happyland Amusement Park", part 5 - July 16, 1940
          16:08 - Theater Five - "The Fun Party" - August 17, 1964
          37:44 - The Avengers - "Too Many Oles", part 5

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