Charlie and #1 son are helping to plan for the annual police Christmas party. Carols are sung at the piano. The party takes a less than festive turn when a man in a santa suit is found dead. Charlie gets busy with checking on clues, and is soon on the trail of his suspects. A dark colored van is a major clue, but it seems to have vanished. As Charlie and #1 son move in, a man with a sinister voice fills them in on motives for the killing. With some decisive action from Charlie, the bad guy is taken down, and the party can resume.
An old car crosses paths with Simon Templar, and it causes him to cross path with gun toting gangsters. Intimidation doesn’t work well when used on the Saint. Always on the alert, he turns the tables, and makes easy work of his would be captors.
Interest in the old car grows, and means gunplay, and the body count begins to rise. A tale of stolen cash leads to Mr Ritchie. Where will his trail of following the money lead Simon? To more danger, but first it leads to a dame. With yet another corpse on his hands, the Saint has one more reason to want to find the secret behind the car.
The loose ends to the story are being tied up. Simon finds himself back in the company of Turner, the thug he left with a lump on his head to get to the root of the story, and who knew about it. Though the end is in site, there’s danger for Simon, right up to the greedy end.
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Simon Templar is offered cash to leave town, but he has a score to settle. How can he manage getting his vengeance, when he doesn’t know the name of the big shot who few people have even seen? It takes getting rough with gun toting thugs, and pushing around a dame who might get him a step closer to Mr Important. Guns blaze, the rain of bullets finds Rose dead, and the Saint in the company of the District Attorney.
Working in his own way, and not necessarily within the law, Simon puts the pressure on the DA. With enemies on all sides, the Saint may be leaving town soon, even if it means being carried out in a box. Danger kicks into high gear as the Saint fights for justice.
Wisecracks and boasts put Simon in the clutches of the heavies who want to kill him, but who has who in position to rake over the coals? In the face of the thugs, Simon knows he’s on the right trail, and close to reaching Mr Important.
In New York, Johnny investigates the matter of a bond agent. His high profile gangster client, Jack Madigan, has caused two key witnesses to fly the coup. Making the rounds, Johnny talks with the relatives of the missing witnesses. A sultry dame in a low cut dress isn’t who she claims to be, and Johnny isn’t buying it. His meeting with Jack Madigan is equally not impressive to Johnny.
Where are the missing witnesses, and what size concrete shoes are they wearing?
What about the second witness? Johnny’s investigation is a little too close for Madigan, and guns soon start blazing.
Back to the office of the bond agent, Mr Struel, and time to cut through the lies. Johnny starts his rounds over again, and is back to confront the dame. Will she come clean with what she knows about Madigan?
Bodies pile up. Will the remaining witness be located? When a scuffle breaks out, who will need protection from who?
How does an insurance investigator turn into a bodyguard? A dame has a fiancee who is getting out of prison, and she doesn’t want to continue the relationship. Will her gangster boyfriend feel the same way? Janice Browning has a life insurance policy that the company would like to protect, and keep from paying out. Johnny thinks Janice ought to flee to a larger town, where she can hide.
A snooping neighbor, Betty, uncovers some details that Johnny could use in his protection. Just then gunshots blast through the air. Who’s body will be found? Who is the homacidal maniac bent on getting even with Janice? Secrets are exposed, lies are uncovered, but will Johnny just walk off the job? Of course not. It’s time to take this game to the other guys side of the court.
The body count rises, the plot thickens, and the tale grows more twisted. Blackmail lays at the root of the threats on Janice’s life. What move will the killer make next? Can Johnny intercept him, and save the day?
Ann williams is in the Blue Note to talk to Casey and Ethylbert about the latest case that she’s working on. A matter of theft soon emerges. when the cops get involved, a busboy is found to be suspected of stealing a valuable ring.
Harold explains his innocence and some inside facts about a gangster who is sitting on the missing stash of jewels. Louie is Harolds cousin, so he manages to take the cops, and Ann wwilliams to his apartment without much trouble. Finding the stash of stolen goods will prove the story Harold tells, but when our gang returns to the scene, it’s all gone. Does Loui suspect something?
The bad guys soon recognize Casey, and the cops for who they are, and the smoke screen of lies comes out to try to place blame elsewhere. Still, there’s enough clues to get suspicions arouse.
Though the cops still think that Harold did it, Casey has a trick or two up his sleeve to prove what really happened to the jewels, and clear Harold from taking the blame. Listen in and see if you have it figured as well.
Ed Lawery, star reporter for the Daily Sentinel, gets a hot tip and goes to interview the lovely Mrs Donald. What does her husband know? It’s enough to get her hubby beaten half to death, and enough persuasion to keep his mouth shut. Soon, the seal of the Green Hornet is found, and strikes fear in the hearts of the gangsters who did the deed.
Brit Reed is out to find the connection between gangster, Randal, and the beaten man. Lawery hits the streets with the cops to get the scoop, while both think the Green Hornet has a hand in the shady doings. Randal has a construction company, and is a sure shot to win the bid for the next city project, especially since he’s convincing his rivals to back down the hard way.
Brit Reed lays a trap to pretend to b a rival contractor who wants to bid on the project. It’s just the bait to lure the crooked racketeer into a trap. Randal takes the bait, and suspects it is backed by the Green Hornet. Is this his chance to fend off a rival, and capture the Hornet? The bait is more than enough to send the gangster right into the hands of the Green Hornet. A thrilling show down puts an end to the corruption.
In the airportMarlowe joins the cops to stop his man before his plane takes off. In flashback, Philip recounts how he was hired by an old man who lay dieing in a hospital. His son, Jack Schiller had been blinded by the promise of fast money the gangsters offered. It’s up to Marlowe to find him, and reunite the son to the father.
Chasing down the slim leads at hand, Marlowe finds a thump on the head as he begins to get too close for comfort.
Moving through a high class of nightclubs, bars, fancy buildings, and glittery, sparkly women, Marlowe spots Jack. The dame he’s with though, is the known girlfriend of notorious gangster, Martini. How can the club manager, Holland, help Philip? The propositions get dangerous as they have Marlowe playing on both sides of the fence.
The stakes are driven up when George Martini is found dead in his penthouse apartment. Can Marlowe get the killer, and deliver him up to the cops on a silver platter? Has Jack just been the fall guy? The truth explodes, the chase is on, and we find ourselves where we came in, at the airport.
Will Jack see his proud father again? Will Philip keep his promise to deliver the bad guy? Somethings in life don’t always work out the way we expect, but in radio dramas, justice manages to find its way.
Phil is getting ready to set out for a three week trip of one night musical gigs. Will Alice be able to trust him with a womanizing, and drinking band of swing musicians? With Frankie as chaperone, Alice lays down her expectations for the road trip. Alice sings, You’re Much Older Than I.
Needing some extra luggage, and since Frankie knows a guy, he and Phil head out on the streets to pick up a trunk. It’s slightly used, and was formerly owned by a gangster, and it’s not exactly empty. It’s actually got a dummy inside, but imagine the fun when Phil discovers it and thinks it’s a body. What nasty things might Phil try to put onto Julius? The situation comes to a head when Sidney Sheldon, the gangster who owns the trunk arrives.
A couple of thugs check out the railroad yard. Old Boomer, the king of the bums, believes in the motto, “Live and let live.” He tells of a ghost train, and the mournful sounds of far off train whistles.
Tom is curious, but his partner thinks it’s all baloney.
The Heaven Express approaches, and Boomer learns too late of their plan to wreck the tracks. Should they heed the warnings about killing a train as they kill the old tramp?
After the wreck goes down, Joe and Tom split their ill gotten gains, but Tom begins to worry over the death and damage. Is the train that seems to pursue them real, or is it a ghost train? A ghost train can’t wreck a car, or kill them… can it? Tom is soon on the run, and having close brushes with death on the ghost train’s rails. Is there any escaping it?
Keith discusses the concept of the format of this classic spooky anthology series.
Betty Hutton 1947 Papa Don’t Preach to Me