63. The Captain’s Widow & Other Stories

The Captain's Widow - Fort Laramie

Listen to These Programs:  Fort Laramie  2/5/56  The Captain’s Widow  ~ I Love A Mystery  12/14/49  The Million Dollar Curse #3  ~  Gunsmoke  12/25/54  Kitty Lost

The widow of Captain Philip Wintner arrives at Fort Laramie four years after his death. It is her intent to retrieve her husband's body and give him a proper burial back home.

Major Daggart, however, refuses her request.  The reason? The Captain fought and died in an Indian battle. Because his body rests on Indian land, its removal would risk the lives of both the widow and those accompanying her.

Mrs. Wintner, however, does not accept the answer "no" easily and has other plans of her own.

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62. The Bone Hunters & Other Stories

Gunsmoke Old Time Radio - The Bone Hunters

Listen to These Programs:  Fort Laramie:  The Capture  ~ I Love A Mystery: The Million Dollar Curse, Ep 2 ~ Gunsmoke:  Bone Hunters

We haven't been able to complete the description of these shows quite yet, but didn't want that to stop you from enjoying them.  

I am working on this project and hope to add descriptions of the programs in two or three of my shows each week.  Keep checking back.  In the meantime, give a listen and enjoy the show!

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61. The Beasley Girls & Other Stories

The Beasley Girls - Fort Laramie OTR Program

Listen to These Programs:  Fort Laramie: The Beasley Girls  ~   I Love A Mystery: The Million Dollar Curse  Episode #1   ~   Gunsmoke: Cholera

On this episode of Fort Laramie, entitled  The Beasley Girls, Captain Quince and his men arrive at the scene of an Indian massacre. The victims are members of a Wagon Train heading West through Sioux territory.  As the cavalrymen are burying the dead, they run across one survivor- a man who lives long enough to tell Quince the Indian took the Beasley Girls captive. 

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60. Judgment Day at Cripple Deer Crossing & Other Stories

Judgment at Cripple Deer Crossing - Escape! Radio Show

Listen to These Programs:  Escape! Judgment Day at Cripple Deer Crossing  ~  Gunsmoke  The Stage Hold Up

I haven't been able to complete the descriptions of the stories found in our Show #60 quite yet --- but I didn't want that to stop you from the enjoyment of listening to them.  

I am working diligently on getting all the program descriptions for all of our shows completed and hope to have them all up soon.  My goal is to complete this information for two to three of my shows each week --- so keep checking back.  

In the meantime, give a listen and enjoy this show!

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59. The Wake for Orson Boggs & Other Stories to Die For

Gunsmoke on Radio:

Listen to These Programs:  Gunsmoke: The Wake   ~   Frontier Gentleman:  The Well   ~   Our Miss Brooks: Student Government Day   ~   Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar: The Open Town Matter Episodes 4 & 5

This week's Gunsmoke offering is aptly named The Wake --- and it is one the truly iconic episodes to be featured on this adult Western.  

Gus Mathers has come to Dodge City to bury his friend and partner, Orson Boggs.  He says that it was Orson's last request to have a proper wake.  And Gus throws a real hum-dinger with free drinks for everyone.

Along the way, however, Matt and Chester begin to question how Orson died.  Their investigation takes leads them to Orson Boggs' widow and a few very unique twists and turns.  Soon Matt begins to realize there is much more to the puzzle than meets the eye.

This story is warm, funny, touching and filled with surprises all along the way.  No wonder The Wake is one of my favorite episodes of Gunsmoke.  Enjoy!

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58. The Open Town Matter & Other Stories

Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar - The Open Town Matter

Listen to These Programs:  Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar:  The Open Town Matter Ep #3   ~  Frontier Gentleman: The Actress   ~   Our Miss Brooks:  The Wrong Mrs Boynton  ~   Gunsmoke: Cooter

In this episode of Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar Ralph Kerns, administrator with Great Plains Guaranty, is eager to reach Johnny Dollar. The subject is one Edgar Blake, Chief of Police in Greensport, Missouri --- a town Kerns says is best described as "wide open."

Kern's problem is that Blake has been murdered.  Furthermore, the main suspect is the chief's very young and vivacious widow --- who is demanding to be paid the death benefit on a fairly recent $50,000 life insurance policy issued by Great Plains.  So Johnny is off to Missouri where he uncovers a web crime, deception and intrigue.

This is part 3 of a 5-part serial.  The four additional episodes are played respectively in other shows.

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57. How To Kill A Woman & Other Stories

Gunsmoke on Radio - How to Kill A Woman

Listen to These Programs:  Gunsmoke: How to Kill A Woman   ~   Frontier Gentleman: Advice to the Lovelorn   ~   Our Miss Brooks:  The Clay City English Teacher   ~   Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar:  The Open Town Matter, Ep #2

In this intriguing episode of Gunsmoke  Matt tries to determine who the gunman is that harassing station master Jesse Daggett by killing his passengers in cold blood.  And why is he doing it?

Things really heat up when a female passenger is shot and killed. As you listen to this episode (in outstanding sound quality, by the way) you will be guessing whodunit right up to the exciting final climax!  

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56. The Football Game at Clay City & Other Stories

Our Miss Brooks - Football Game at Clay City

Listen to These Programs:  Our Miss Brooks - Football Game at Clay City;  Frontier Gentleman - Nasty Family;  Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar - The Open Town Matter; Gunsmoke - The Wrong Man

Many of the nations high school’s football teams were invited to played in post-season junior bowl games last week. Madison High School, where our Miss Brooks teaches English, also received a bowl bid -- to the Cereal Bowl!

Because Mister Boynton will be attending the game, Connie is desperate to find a way to go. The only way she can attend, however, is if Mr. Conklin assigns her to be a chaperone on one of the team busses.  He's promised to give the assignment to either Miss Brooks or Miss Enright --- Connie's rival for the affections of the handsome Biology teacher.

Only one of the teachers will get the plum assignment --- and with it the chance to be with Mr. Boynton at the dance after the game.

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55. The Story of Gunsmoke & Other Radio Tales

The Story of Gunsmoke on the Radio

Listen to These Programs:  The Story of Gunsmoke:  Part 5   ~   Adventures of Philip Marlowe:  The Fox's Tail   ~   The Jack Benny Show:  Jack Goes to the Dentist

The Story of Gunsmoke was broadcast over WAMU-FM, Washington D.C. on April 25, 1976. It was written, produced and directed by Jim Hickman with the assistance of Norman MacDonnell and the original Gunsmoke radio staff.

Hickman flew to California, personally paying many of his travel expenses, in order to tape interviews with the people responsible for the radio show many describe as the best ever produced.  Hickman knew cast and crew were aging and so wanted to have these historical interviews to be enjoyed by future generations -- so they might understand the magic of radio in the 1950s.

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54. Jack Bets on Our Fancy & Other Stories

Jack Bets on Fancy Pants

Listen to These Programs:  Adventures of Philip Marlowe:  The Final Payment   ~   The Jack Benny Show:  Jack Bets on Our Fancy   ~   The Story of Gunsmoke:  Part 4

Our Show #54 features a very funny episode of The Jack Benny Show.  Jack is off to Santa Anita with Mary.  While there, they run into William S Paley, the Chief Executive of CBS. Paley is about to place a bet on a horse he has studied, but Jack tries to convince him to bet on the horse he favors. The results are hilarious.

By the way, this episode has a couple of classic Benny bits.  One, Jack makes a trip to his vault --- which was not nearly as common as many people think.  Also, he meets up with Sheldon Leonard for one of uproarious dialogues.  This time Leonard is a horse handicapper who tries to give Jack a tip. When you hear him say:  Pssst.  Hey you, come here --- you know the fun is about to begin.

The final scene is one of the funniest in the history of the Jack Benny Show.  Enjoy it!      

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