Boston Blackie has managed to evade prosecution for 6 years, despite acting on both sides of the law at times. A woman informs Inspector Faraday (long time pursuer of justice for Boston Blackie) that she was with her grandfather when he was robbed by a man whom she recognised from a picture of Boston Blackie in a newspaper story. The Inspector tracks Blackie down to an incoming plane and captures him at the New York City airport and transfers him to a hotel room. The woman tells Boston that she made up the allegation to be able to talk to him about a diamond of hers which was stolen. Reluctant at first, Blackie agrees to find the diamond having heard about the girls awful predicament. Blackie easily escapes and sets off to find the diamond..
A serial pyromaniac is on the loose, already responsible for half a dozen fires, whom the police have nicknamed: Firebug. All the fires start in the same way – kerosene oil – and the police are utterly clueless having questioned every suspect in town. The Chief of Police and the Mayor are under pressure to solve the case and know their jobs depend on it. At home, Lamont Cranston – The Shadow – and Margot read about the latest fire in the newspaper. Lamont is determined to not only crack the case, but to ensure the police get the credit for it. His investigations lead him to a fur dealers shop and a meeting with a rather suspicious character..
Jeanie Claire works at Cain’s department store selling gentleman’s gloves. She longs to meet a soft-spoken man, a gentleman, an intelligent man who can teach her about art and good music.. she finds just the man in Keith- a gentleman who visits the store to buy some gloves. All is well between the two, until one day Jeanie reads the newspaper and discoverers to her horror that a man – described similarly to Keith – is wanted for murder. It couldn’t be Keith could it?..
I felt that the ending of the episode was a little predictable, that is until the ending threw up a second twist which made the episode much more satisfying. Quite a good episode of suspenseful radio and worth a listen to for sure.
Jimmy approaches Clark, worried for the safety of his mother Mrs Olsen. He explains that his father ran a small candy store until his death 3 years before and his mother now takes care of the store. Mrs Olsen, and the rest of the shop owners on the street, are being extorted by the racketeer Gip Dinnelli for $20 a week ‘protection money’. Clarke agrees to meet Mrs Olsen and he and Jimmy pay a visit. Clark hides behind the counter and instructs Mrs Olsen to refuse to pay, he then confronts the money collector who attacks Clark and knocks him down after Clark threatens to call the police. Of course Clark was only pretending to be injured but this looks like a job for Superman.. surely he can get to the bottom of the Dinnelli protection racket?..
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Something a bit different today..we proudly present a classic episode from the Jack Benny Program. This episode deals with the circumstances surrounding the first meeting of Jack and Fred Allen who would go on to feud for a decade – although in reality they were very close friends. Airing in January 1950, this episode has some really funny moments such as describing Mary’s sister’s looks:
Jack: “she never was exactly voted Miss America”
Mary: “No, but she came close..”
Mary: “Mr America”
And in a funny call back to the previous show when the musicians failed to perform a piece as rehearsed, Jack punishes them by closing them in a room making them perform it 500 times and checks back often to make sure they are still playing.
YOU are lost in the London fog, uncertain if the figure which pursues you is real or imaginary. Somewhere in the fog is a murderer from whom you must Escape!
You were alone when it happened. You found the murdered woman, but someone entered the house and you would surely be blamed had you been discovered. You hid in the spare room and escaped the house. But were you heard? You ran down the streets aimlessly, before stopping to compose yourself and realising you left your initialled hat in the house. A Doctor found you and offered you help which you accepted. He sensed your stress and you confided in him, you told him the story because, after all, who doesn’t trust their Doctor…?
We open on-board a ship at sea, a large explosion rocks her. Has the engine blown or…? Suddenly the crew spots a torpedo heading straight for them. They brace for impact and survive the assault. A submarine suddenly rises and machine gun opens fire on the crew, killing every one on board. This is not the first incident, 18 Ships have been sunk in the last 3 month and people are loosing confidence in the sea.
Lamont Cranston – The Shadow – reads the news of the sinking and sets out to get to the bottom of the mysteries. The Shadow pays a visit to Mr Joseph Hart – expert submarine designer – and begins to uncover a sinister plot which threatens the life’s of all who sail on the seven seas.
We open with Marshal Matt Dillon who is having Wanted posters printed. The murderer tried to rob a bank, killed the cashier and a Chinese cook “who just happened to be there”. The suspect is Clay Richards, aged 31. Dillon’s assistant Chester arrives and tells him that a little boy is locked in the cells – ran away from home. Clay Richards is found soon after and he swears he is innocent and claims he doesn’t even own a gun so couldn’t have murdered him. An autopsy concludes that he didn’t die from a gunshot but was stabbed. Is Clay Richards innocent or guilty? And what is the significance of the boy who ran away from home? You just might be surprised what happens in Dodge City..
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