A wily old hermit in the Ozarks, feared by the locals for his affinity with snakes, incurs the murderous enmity of a backwoods hunter who thinks his wife is having an affair with the ‘snake doctor’.
–As found on Plotspot.com.
Why that snake in the weeds! That snake in the weeds!
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.
News alert from the past: The deteriorating political situation in South Korea has troops standing by to move in at a moments notice.
LynnRussel is an old flame who needs Phil’s protection from a killer. Rushing to her beauty shop, there’s nothing to learn, but a thump on the head waits for him back at his office. Heading to her bungalow, Marlowe discovers Palmer Sloane. What connection does he have with Lynn, or the killer?
The search leads to a small time bandleader, and Maxine. How will the dame tie into Marlowe’s next target, Ward Erling? The rising body count won’t shake our hardboiled hero.
Which of our shady characters is going to be Marlowe’s man? The water front is the next stop in untangling the mess, and revengful motives. Stand by, the head thumping action isn’t over yet. Good thing Marlowe has a skull like a helmet.
His options are running slim, and in a scene with the remaining characters present, justice finds its own way to solve the mystery.
PS: Guest voist of note today is Arthur Q Brian.
Sade tries to share the latest news from her day, but she notices Vic making faces. What’s the story behind his odd behavior? A classic show that has inspired me to become poetic.
Sonnet to Vic’s Peircing Blue Eyes.
O Victor Gook, with piercing eyes so blue;
in a mirror you look upon your face.
Sade is now asking, “What is it you do?”
O those eyes are the highlight of your face.
You can’ help it, you persist and rejoice,
Lo, Sade’s amused, but it is not her whish
To pronounce your words in a deeper voice.
Is she impressed? No, she only says, “Ish!”
How far will you go with this newfound thing?
Though she’s amused Sade wants you to quit it,
But you can’t stop ’cause the phone’s a ringing,
and it’s all avout what ice cream to get.
The world soon learns of a new lease on life
Despite the embarrassment of your wife.
PS: This poor attempt at poetry is dedicated to @oldzora.
Sent to a fashion show, Archie explains in voiceover it’s his first, and he’s a little embarrassed to be there. The show organizer is worried about her brother, a dress maker. In Nero’s office, she tells her story about a woman who has her claws in him. Her troubles will have to get worse than that, or Nero will reject the case of romantic entanglements. Humoring Miss Gallante, Nero phones the shrew of a woman just in time to hear a murder being committed.
Taking the case, with full transcript of the evening and phone call to Inspector Kraemer, the police detective hashes out the details and timeline of the crime. The pieces don’t all seem to fit. Was the sounds of the murder faked to skew the timeline? After a good night’s rest, Nero and Archie get busy on the investigation. What will Archie learn from Mr Gallante and the others involved at the fashion show? Any motives for jealousy, or reasons for foul play?
The trip to fish for information finds the big question among the suspects is: Who hired Nero Wolfe? Archie shares his jackpot with his boss, and is amazed to learn that Nero already knows details about the fake murder, and the phone number that was actually called.
Tempers flare when Kraemer finds out Nero has been poking around, but he may be in the right place at the right time. All the suspects have shown up on Nero’s door step to grumble about his questioning. While the police detective stands by, Nero calls his suspects onto his carpet for a full confrontation, and a big reveal.
Despite being his secretary, Effie is jealous over seeing Sam out with another woman. He soon returns to the office to deliver the report on his latest case. The weather had been bad, and the same for business. Donald O Stryker comes from an old English family, and wants to hire Sam. A dieing man warns him to beware of a siren, and gives him a picture. Is it just a wacko, or is there real concern?
Checking on leads,Sam finds an out of tune boarding house matron, singing to an also out of tune piano. Sam isn’t in time to stop a murder, but he lets the cops handle the matter. His next step is to track down the siren in the picture. Murder seems to be a step ahead of Sam, as his trail grows closer to the red headed dame in the picture.
Visiting the morgue, Sam discovers more clues about the murders connected to the dame. Though he tries to warn Dundee, the cop can’t do much about crimes that haven’t happened yet. Sam is sure the dame isn’t the killer, but that she’s working with someone. What’s the motive behind it all?
Tailing a contact, Sam is led to the dame, and a connection to a plan that was hatched from prison, and is now playing out. Will he ever catch up to the evasive dame? Will he Figure out a trap to catch his bad guys? You know he will, and the truth will be exposed.
Vic is on cloud nine after being lavishly complimented from a co-worker. He is so thrilled, that he shares a little more than he needed to, and Sade is suspicious. Especially when she figures the complements came from one of the female workers at the plant.
Suddenly Vic back pedals, knowing the person behind the compliments will get Sades hackles up. Too late. The trap is sprung, and the more Vic tries to avoid the answers that Sade wants, the more guilty he looks. Part of the flattery involves suggesting that Vic write a series of articles. Sade lets Vic wax poetic on the matter, sharing with Russel on the article content, but you can bet Sade is only biding her time to sink the claws in and mark her territory.
–Trivia provided by Jimbo, as found at the Crazy World of vic and Sade.
Another rehearsal, and though the musical score may be missing, the drama is all in tact. The job begins in the blue light district, and sends Johnny on his way to Borneo to find the missing Able Tackett. He has been gone for five years, and though Mrs Tackett is hopeful, Johnny doubts that he’ll find him alive.
Why would Johnny go to such a distant, foreign land? Able turns out to be a manly man, well known by the travellers that Johnny encounters. As Johnny braves the sultry jungles of the South Seas, he offers voiceover to paint the picture for us, but he still doesn’t know where Tackett might be, or why he came to this tropic land. Was he driven by treasures, fame, the exotic lands, pure adventure, or something else?
An unlikely guide claims to know where to find Able Tackett. A big break for Johnny? Maybe not.
As deadly as the dangers of the jungle are, Johnny finds the troubles are compounded by murderous intent, not only from head hunters in the jungle, but from one guide who wants to kill the man and another who is in love with him. As he travels, the drama is unfolded by Inez, and through Johnny’s own voiceover. Join in to experience the dangers and intrigue of jungle insects, oppressive heat, pouring rain, and curious natives.
What other pitfalls await Johnny Dollar? Will Able Tackett be found alive? You’ll have to listen in to hear this exotic jungle adventure for yourself.
The tourist favorite, Fisherman’s Wharf, is at the center of Sam’s latest caper. Rosalie and Louie were to be married next week, but Louie has turned up missing. Dominic tries to tell his story, but is frequently cut short by the loud and emotional outcries of the Italian family. What really happened on the crab boat? Though Dominick’s story should acquit him, the family is showing no mercy in believing he’s guilty.
Sam is observant enough to know that Rosalie is upset, but not over the loss of Louie. The trouble is that Sam only has theory, and no evidence, motive, or other hard evidence. What’s an overworked detective to do? Go home and go to bed. A phone caller claims to be Louie. Will Sam drop the case if he can prove it? The meeting in the foggy night along the bay could go badly for Sam.
Warming up and drying out after a swim in the bay, Sam breaks the news that Louie may still be alive. How will the family be shaken up after hearing the news? Stories reveal new clues, and a possible motive behind the shady doings. A witness would clench the deal for Sam. A trap puts the pressure on that makes a killer crack.
A weekend of trouble, and a blood covered bullet in a snowball begins the report that Sam Spade shares with his secretary. His ski trip took a deadly turn from the moment he checked in, and learned of the characters at the picturesque lodge, each one with abnormal psychological profiles. A sleigh ride with a cute dame helps brighten the picture for Sam. Meeting Mr McCloud, Sam learns why he was hired.
The high strung people may have their volatile moments, but for now they’re civilized. With an initial jolly time being had, Sam steps out to witness an accidental shooting at skiers on the slopes, where none were supposed to be. The claws and tempers emerge as jealousies burst into the picture. Cora, the estranged wife of McCloud is at the center of the male friends on the slopes. Bodies soon appear as Sam investigates.
Playing his cards close to the vest, Sam returns to the lodge, where people wonder over what happened to the missing Paul. Rita sneaks into Sam’s room to share what she knows about missing guns, and whereabouts of the lodgers. Danger and gunplay loom in Sam’s future. It’s up to Sam to cut through the lies, and trap a killer.