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.
Listening to old time radio is like spying on your grandparents when they were your age, or younger.
Philip is humming the blues, seemingly left over from the end of his previous excitement. Fending off phony blind beggars, he prepares to fly off to Chicago to play body guard to a golden trinket. Ross Winkham shares the details of the exotic middle eastern types who would like to get their hands on the cobra statue. Will they take the bait, and follow the decoy suitcase? A red headed dame may not be so gullible.
The chase is on, and there’s a thump on the head waiting for someone in a hilltop mansion. The red headed dame is singing a new song when Marlowe has her on the spot.
Excitement turns deadly when the golden cobra has become a real live snake.
Marlowe needs a plan to escape the sudden an silent death, but the cobra isn’t the only killer in the joint.
Stand by for more fist fighting, head thumping action before the truth comes out. Murderous masterminds haven’t counted on an ambush from the cobra, but Marlowe still needs to get himself clear of danger as well.
Note: Guest voices today include Howard McNear and William Conrad in a couple different roles.
In this undated episode, In the precinct office, Captain Canelli sends the new shift of police patrolmen on their way to protect and to serve. A distraught mother enters to get help finding her teen age son. Canelli isn’t too concerned. Teen age boys are independent enough to take care of themselves. They don’t need mommy’s apron strings around them.
Slowly, mom discloses more concern. She was afraid of the snake that her son brought home from camp. It’s poisonous… right? I mean, all snakes are poisonous… aren’t they? Canelli ibecomes more concerned about a potentially poisonous snake being let loose in the city than the 14 year old boy, and detectives are called in.
Does any of the boy’s friends know what kind of snake it is? Is there any need for concern over public safety? As the mom keeps dishing out details slowly to the authorities, it makes me wonder whether she’s really that clueless, or she’s trying to minimize her ineptness in understanding the situation. In the end, matters have a way of working out, and probably would have with, or without a worried mom dragging the police into the mix.
Still… it’s just another routine day down at the precinct, and in the life of a uniformed policeman in the big city.
Keith shares some background, limited as it is, on the program itself, and a brief bio on Everet Sloan, the actor who plays Captain Canelli. An actor who had a diverse career in all manner of entertainment media from stage screen, radio, and cartoons, and his demise in the mid 1960’s that ended his life and work.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not – About a ballet dancer.
The old Retrobots do a good job at introducing this episode.
Connie laughs in the face of Friday the 13th. At least until she rolls us into a flashback, and Mrs Davis bringing home 2 black kittens. Mr Michaels, the superintendant, is to visit, and the stress has given Mr Conklin a case of hiccups. Will the remedy that Mrs Davis created be the cure he needs? On the way to school, Connie learns of a prank that Walter Denton has planned for Mr Conklin. His secret is safe with her.
Elsewhere, we learn that the prank is getting traction. Literature has been sent to the superintendant to imply that Conklin of having a drinking habit that he’s trying to break. The set up for an interesting has begun.
Popping into Boyntons biology lab, Connie checks on the kittens that didn’t quite make it to the pet shop. Stretch Snodgras arrives to add to the animal loving fun. Kittens, mice, snakes, frogs, and the task of cleaning Conklins office. Even without the hiccups, I feel a major mix up in the works.
All Conklin cares about is his clean office, but get ready for some slow burning fun when… It’s a cat! Just wait until the other critters show up. How much worse can Conklin’s day get? A bump on the head to give him double vision, and make him a little dizzy. Now its time for a visit from the visiting dignitaries to witness a hiccuping, dizzy, double visioned, animal seeing mess of a man. He’s not a drunk at all… is he.
Will Connie stay loyal, and keep her secret about Walter’s prank? Stay tuned for a closing word from Miss Brooks to tell how the day worked out.
A pair of smartly dressed women might appear as they would in any city in America, but the two we look in on in this tropical diner discuss the matter of how to poison a victim. How is the right way to go about it, and make it look like an accident? What if an irrational fear can be used to cause the same kind of death? Can the power of suggestion do that?
Just mentioning the possibility of a snake in the house is enough to drive her husband up a wall. Will she actually need to go through with acquiring the venomous snake from the woman in the village? Why would she even want to kill her husband? We learn that she was a mail order bride for the man in his distant jungle paradise. Now she is tired of being under his thumb, and little more than a trophy to him.
As the fake sightings of snakes increase, and work for maximum affect in his jumpiness, her chance has come. Now it’s time to plant the real viper, and let nature do it’s work. Will her set up work? has she thought of everything? The snake could be a viper, or it might be a harmless one that just looks like one. Will the power of suggestion cause a death without actually involving poison, or venomous snake bites?
Lighthearted moments on a phone call with his gal Hellen are interupted when a client needs help from Dick Diamond to investigate a murder. Joyce Wallace is a wealthy woman who convinces Richard to check out the crime scene. He does, but takes the matter to the cops.
Things get complicated when Joyce has a close call with a deadly snake. How did it get in there? Who is trying to kill her? How does it fit with the gunshot that was taken at her earlier? A boyfriend, and a husband are located, but does either have any motive to kill her?
The goofy case isn’t without twists, and Richard is up for unraveling the mystery. Not only does he solve the attempts at murder, but he plays matchmaker to reconcile Joyce and her husband. Later with Hellen to croon to, Richard sings, If I Knew You WereComing I’d Have Baked a Cake.
Casey and Ann go to interview a pair of explorers who have hit it bbig in the jungles of South America. In trying to clear up tales of snakes, a missing third man, and their fear of drums, it only raises more questions for Casey and Ann. What kind of cover up is going on?
At the Blue Note, they share the details with Ethylbert, and word arrives that Johansen has been murdered by what appears to be a huge snake. Going back to Sykes, Casey gets the real story, and so do we when Sykes goes into flashback mode to relive his time in the jungle. He and his partner Johansen stumble on a temple, and swipe emeralds from a snake idol. A statue of a snake with a woman’s face. There had been three explorers, but when jungle drums are heard, a scream soon follows, and the fearful survivors run for their lives.
Is that all there is? Casey talks with his friends in the Blue Note, but there’s more wierd twists to emerge before the tale is told, and the last of the explorers is found dead. Supernatural creepy stuff? Or can Casey explain the mystery in more scientific terms?
Dan gets an extra special telegram that arrives in box 13, one that’s sure to mean extra special trouble.
A snake expert warns Dan that a dangerous snake is loose somewhere in the hotel. Dan thinks it’s just a joke, but the snake expert is way too nervous for that. Why didn’t he just go to the cops? The hotel doesn’t want the bad press of being evacuated. There’s only one point that Dan thinks is fishy, that the snake accidentally got loose. Who could have done such a thing as setting it free, and why?
Dan allows himself an hour to go on a snake hunt, but in the end the cops are called, and Dan returns to his office. He can’t shake the thought that he’s missing something, then the police phone about unusual happenings regarding poison, and a dead man, but it happened blocks away from the hotel.
With facts flooding in, suddenly Dan has a pretty good idea what happened, but there are still some dots to connect.
As Dan continues to investigate, he gains the trust of those that he can, and springs his own trap to capture the missing King Cobra, and nab the sneaky snake of a killer. Danger and intrigue await those who are brave enough to tune in and listen. See if you can spot the clues that tipped Dan off to solve this mystery.
Mr Keen – The King Cobra Murder Case. 500504.
The scene opens on an ocean liner as it returns to New York harbor, when a woman in a cabin is bitten. Her silent cabin mate just watches her die from the venom. Later in Mr Keen’s office, the sister of the dead woman tells all she knows.
The dead woman, her sister, was breaking it off with a boyfriend who took it badly and began stalking her. To get away, she took the cruise to Europe. The sister went to meet the dead woman in England, and cruise back with her. While in England, she also met up with her new boyfriend, and all took the cruise home together.
Though her stalking boyfriend was on his best behavior on ship, there was an altercation near the end. Evidence seems to indicate thatthe boyfriend knew about snakes, and how to handle them. The sister is forthcoming with a ton of evidence, almost too much if you ask me.
Mr Keen agrees to investigate, and try to find the missing boyfriend. Mike Clancey and Mr Keen are at least smart enough to know that it just as well could be a jealous sister as a jealous boyfriend. Mr Keen and Mike go to talk to the distraught current boyfriend, when suddenly the former boyfriend, Frank, enters in a rage and kills the new boyfriend. Or at least tries to if not for Mike Clancey interfering.
Frank isn’t painting a nice pictre of himself, but when Mr Keen suggests that he turn himself in, I think he may already be forming doubts. A news paper is delivered to announce that a homocidal maniac who killed two people in London is being sought after. Audio keeps cutting in and out through these middle parts, and to the end.
Mr Keen learns more about the character of Frank, and goes to see what he can find out about that aledged maniac. Frank agrees to sit behind bars, but Mr Keen plays his hunch and keeps investigating. He stumbles on some information and orchestrates a trap to force the real killers temper to flare up.
When the drama reaches it’s highest, Mr Keen springs from his hiding place in the closet, and exposes all the details as he puts the finger on the killer.
Tired of the everyday routine? Ever dream of romantic adventure? Escape beyond the four walls of your normal life to a grim voyage of death.
A man tells how his adventure started as he returned to his ship with a mysterious box, and the feeling that beady eyes are watching his every move. In flashback sequence, we learn what the box is all about.
After surviving exotic ports of call, wild jungles and dangers, the man has found an oddity that intrigues him. It’s the poisonous bushmaster snake. It’s just the thing he has come looking for, and refuses to listen to reason about taking the captured snake.
The seagoing man is fascinated by his snake, it never seems to sleep, or change it’s mood. It just watches, and waits. When a freak wave hits the cruise ship, the box is found overturned, and empty. Uh-Oh. Here snakie snakie. Come out and play with the nice sailor.
The captain begins to panic at the thought of the deadly thing loose and endangering passengers and crew. The crew begin a low key, but systematic search. After a few days and nights, the terror begins to grow, and grate on the passengers and crew. Finally, the snake makes it’s appearance. Just when the sailor is unarmed, and as far from outside help as possible,
the snake moves in. It creeps up onto him, and begins to tighten it’s coils around him… when suddenly help comes from an unexpected source. Tense moments of fright are changed into a rapid fire account of color commentary as a fight ensues. What was that help? How did the dangerous snake meet it’s doom? When the pride and most fervent efforts of men failed, a most humble, and basic of animal needs wins the day.
PS: This ranks among one of the top productions of the Escape radio show. Often requested by listeners, and ran several times. Personally I have to feel more sorry for the snake, and the other passengers on the ship. The snake got killed before it could bite the sailor who took him out of his nice jungle home. I hope that captain did something about it once the danger was over. Time to find another crewman.