Mickey and Spider have been holding down jobs, but are now tempted to steal the bank deposit that has been entrusted to them. Elsewhere, Dick and Patrick patrols the street in their car. Will the boys take advantage of their kindly boss? The man has trusted them, given them raises, and even taken them into his home. When the dopisit hasn’t made it to the bank yet, Dick Tracey is called on the job. What are the boys up to? Have they betrayed their boss?
Audio quality is a bit murky, but OK. As Sade talks on the telephone, Vic enters to toss in a bit of his flowery silly talk and learn about the plans for another game of 500 with the Stembottoms. As silly as Vic can be when he’s in high spirits, Sade may be a little embarrassed, but she’d rather have him silly than brooding.
Vic and Sade begin discussing Vic’s flights into quixotic moods, and the needd to keep himself calm. Of course, Vic claims that he’s in control of his moods all the time, and never flies off the handle. His high spirits are due to taking a business trip with his boss, Mr Rubish. What’s the reason Vic was invited along?
In planning his trip to Chicago, Vic gets the motherly treatment from Sade. She goes over the packing list for his suitcase to remind him of the things he’s forgetting. Sade has to Ease off her packing supervision before Vic loses control of his mood, but if it were up to Vic he’d take only his brief case and not much more. Sade thinks of all the details of taking a change of clothes, pajamas, and more. A telephone call comes in that adds closure to the show, but it’s just a wrong number. Somebody lookig for a guy named Fats.
Preparations continue for the wedding of uncle Fletcher’s landlady. He enters to bust in on Vic and Sade’s conversation about it. The intruding Fletcher announces how it isn’t his habit to intrude, and bust in on people at lunch time. That would just be intolerable, and rude.
What’s the reason that Fletcher broke in so unceremoniously today? After stumbling over his failing memory, Fletcher shares his message on inviting wedding guests. What’s his big idea to make a huge impression when the report of the wedding hits the newspapers?
Sade is less than keen on forsaking her best friends, just to hit the presses in such a way that word will carry all the way to the Missouri State Home for the Tall. Despite being a slave to social appearancews, Sade sees it as just plain silly and absurd.
Audio is excellent.
Announcer: Harlowe Wilcox. Vic Shone Orchestra.
- The Andrews Sisters sing, The South American Way.
- Kurt Massey sings, Make Believe.
- The Andrews Sisters sing the new novelty song, Her Bathing Suit Never Got
- The Nash Kelvinator green room salute goes to Eddie Duchan. He shows off his piano skill with, Stormy6y Weather.
- Eddie returns the favor by bestowing an award on the Andrews Sisters for being the top pop artists in a radio poll.
- The Andrews Sisters sing, Let It Snow.
- Kurt and Patty sing, Give Me a Little Kiss.
- The whole gang sing a new hit, It Might As Well Be Spring.
A psycho-analyst comes to Sam Spade’s office with a load of troubles about a blackmailer. Not particularly interested in the doctor’s trouble, it takes a nice price to sway him. Look out, once Sam takes the job, it doesn’t take long for the bodies to pile up.
At the scene of the murder, the cast of suspects begin to make their way before Sam. The weeping widow, a partner who only wants the patient records and take over the business. Is this a suicide, as the police claim?
The doctor was involved with an actress on the stage. What about her, or her manager? Meet the shady blackmailer, Nicholaitus. Is there a motive for him to kill his mark?
Get ready for some gun blasting moments as Sam Spade wisecracks his way through the loose ends. Have you got the mystery figured out? Who’s motive for murder was the real one? Who was the one person that could be at the right place at the right time?
PS: I love Howard Duff as he portrays the hard boiled, wise cracking detective. Though I love the work of Lurene Tuttle as Effie Perine, or any role she’s in, I really hate the character in the show. OK, I hate the way the writers wrote the character, and changed her from a smart gal who knew what she wanted, and knew how to pave the way to get it.
In the books, Effie could be vulnerable, but she was strong and multi-faceted. In the radio show, she does little more than read a few lines at the beginning and end, and is such a dumb and clueless person.
Of course, the 30 minute format of each mystery makes it hard to cram her part into the mix. It’s also one big reason I’m less keen on mysteries. It can take much longer than 30 or even a 60 minute show to develop characters, and clues. More red herrings can enter the story, and make things less cut and dried. Or more character development can make it more clear why a person acts the way they do. In the short format, you get 2 dimensional people, with stereotypical personalities.
Don’t get me wrong. I still enjoy a mystery. Especially when they’re well written and acted. Despite my criticism of Sam Spade, and Dashel Hammet was only involved in name only, the shows are action packed, with clear cut morals, and justice intact. Good guys win, bad guys lose.
Not quite a Retro Diary, just a lot of Bing Crosby. Presenting a couple of firsts… sort of… An early radio show, and the earliest I can find at the moment, plus his first show for Philco Radio.
Woodbury Show 34-09-18 (33) First Song – Love In Bloom
Features: Ken Carpenter, Bing Crosby, Boswell Sisters.
- Love In Bloom (Chorus only
- On My Way to You (Bing Crosby).
- Heebie Geebie Blues (Boswell Sisters).
- Medley of Hollywood’s Favorites. (Georgie Stoehl and his Orchestra).
- Medley of sweet band music. (Georgie Stoehl and his Orchestra).
- Just a Wearying for You (Bing Crosby).
- Why Don’t You Practice What You Preach (Connie, Jess and Martha Boswell).
- Love in Bloom (reprise)
Note: We learn that Bing has sons, and recently twins. We also learn the names of the Boswell Sisters.
Philco Radio Time 46-10-16 ep1 Bob Hope
Features: Ken Carpenter, John Scot Trotter, Stitch Henderson, Charioteers.
- Sun in the Morning and the Moon At Night.
- Moonlight Bay (Bing with Charioteers).
- Turkey in the Straw (Stitch Henderson Piano instrumental).
- Bob “Philco” Hpe welcomes Bing to the air with a new show, new sponsor, and generally dishes out the insults to his pal.
- Jokes about each others past times rule. Baseball teams, horses , and movies.
- Bing and Bob’s song, Put It There Pal, gets ad libbed lyrics to keep the theme going.
- Love on a Grayhound Bus (Lena Romei).
- Cynthia (Bing).
- Keith spends some time with how Bing’s song, Love in Bloom, relates to Jack Benny. Also a few other tidbits on Bing.
- The Retrobots get a phone call to further cut their time short.
- Be sure to check out a special podcast for some fun, and flashing back to the 1980’s. Zerbinatorland – zerbinator.wordpress.com
The young movie starlet, with the million dollar face, Sandy Dane recovers after an accident on the movie set. Weeks of hospitalization after plastic surgery has everyone hopeful, but a guarded tension hangs in the air. Her under study stands to win the part in the movie if things shouldn’t turn out well. Though the surgery has left her looking normal enough, Sandy doesn’t see her million dollar face staring back at her from the mirror.
A secret is revealed that plays into hidden jealousy, and Sandy begins to plot a murder. Janet films on location for the western, and a booby trap is set for her horse along the trail. Nothing elaborate, just enough to make it appear to be a subtle accident, that the horse has stumbled in a dangerous part on the trail.
There’s a snag that Sandy didn’t count on. Cameramen know a few tricks of their own in special affects, and in getting the shot. Will Sandy be found out? Will she be so desperate to cover up one murder with another? Murder is also an easy answer to get rid of blackmail. Stand by though, since the Whistler won’t let justice slip by unpunished.
Humphrey Bogart reprises his role as the hard boiled private investigator, Sam Spade. After his partner is murdered, Sam sets out to find out what happened. With his secretary, Effie Perine, backing him he pursues the mysterious Maltese Falcon.
Though the presentation greatly shortens the classic film, there’s still plenty of action. Right up to the final confrontation with bad guy, Sidney Greenstreet.
None to speak of, still having some technology troubles, but I’m sneaking up on getting back into the swing of things.
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A trio of gangsters get together to discuss a few of their dirty deeds. In particular a matter of bvlackmail. A twist to their scheme is that their target has been paying for incriminating letters that have been burned in a fire, and no longer have a real hold over him.
One of the gangsters is a reformed man who is now working as a private detective. To get back at his partner in crime, Miss Sheldon, he runs his own racket with Mr Ralston regarding those embarrassing letters.
Will Steve’s set up work? Details in his tightly woven plan begin to unravel on him. Has Ralston had enough, and killed Miss Sheldon, and put the blame on Steve?
Will Steve be able to use the threat of those letters to win an alibi for himself?
Get ready for a twist ending as revelations explode to the surface. Can Steve get past the evidence the cops have against him? His ace in the hole may have fell through for him.
On the outs with his best gal Hellen, and in need of cash after losing money on the horses, Richard needs a client. The hot, weeping woman who enters his office may not get him any points with Hellen, but she’s just the ticket to pay his bills. Richard is soon tracking down a mystery woman, and along his way he discovers a mink coat with a pistol inside. When a body is found, the heat is turned up but the search only gets more tedious in its dead ends. More bodies pile up, and Richard goes to learn what he can from his police detective friend, Walt.
How did the weapon owned by the dead woman, and found on her person, manage to kill the other body after she was murdered? Richard is sure there’s a double cross going on, and heads to see a sultry dame. Besides more dead ends, it only wins the hard boiled detective a thump on the head.
Will he get the message that somebody wants him to mind his own business?
Waking up to face Walt, Richard learns the key clues he needs to wrap up this case. A counterfeiting operation is exposed, but the bad guys aren’t going down without gun play. Walt plays the cop role and tends to the crime scene, while Richard leaves to take down the brains behind the outfit who just got away. Not a lot of surprises about who it is, but listen in to see how Richard puts the pieces to the mtystery together.
Note: Arthur Q Brian is Walt. Also features Sidney Sheldon.