Category Archives for "Gunsmoke"

53. A Blueprint for Murder & Other Stories

Listen to These Programs:  Lux Radio Theater: A Blueprint for Murder   ~   The Story of Gunsmoke: Part 3

Lux Radio Theater presents a very good radio adaptation of the 1953 film: A Blueprint for Murder. This production features Dan Dailey as Whitney Cameron, a troubled man who suspects that his sister-in-law (Dorothy McGuire) has poisoned both his brother and niece. The problem is he has no proof --- and without proof how can he now stop her from murdering his nephew?

This is a gripping story and the copy we have has outstanding sound quality.  ​

Frontier Gentleman, I Love A Mystery, Amos ‘n’ Andy, Gunsmoke
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52. The Good Neighbor Policy & Other Stories

Listen to These Programs:  Adventures of Philip Marlowe:  Good Neighbor Policy   ~   Jack Benny Show:  Fred Allen Wants Jack to Guest Star on His Show   ~  The Story of Gunsmoke: Part 2

On this episode of The Adventures of Philip MarlowePhil's phone line is somehow mixed up with one of the neighbors in his apartment building.  When Marlowe receives a call from a frantic woman meant for his neighbor, it becomes clear the guy is up to something shady and dishonest. Naturally Phil has to get involved.  

This is a lighthearted episode that includes a very funny bit with Jane Morgan as an xylophone playing next door neighbor who is about to drive Phil nuts!    

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51: The Iron Coffin & Other Stories

Listen to These Programs:  The Adventures of Philip Marlowe:  The Iron Coffin   ~   The Jack Benny Show: Jack is Sick in Bed with a Cold  ~  The Story of Gunsmoke:  Part 1

In this episode of The Adventures of Philip Marlowe, a woman hires Phil because she is afraid that her daughter’s fiance  is dangerous -- both to her daughter and to  himself. When Phil begins to investigate he soon finds himself drawn into mysterious circumstances in a creepy old medieval castle that has been moved from Spain.  This one gets a bit weird. 

For the Comedy Corner this time we have a funny episode of The Jack Benny Show Jack is down with a cold, and he is not the best patient.  Not only is he irritable and cranky with everyone who visits, he also has some pretty strange dreams.  Great sound on this classic episode. 

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50. Smoking Out the Beedles & Other Stories

Listen to These Programs:  Gunsmoke: Smoking Out the Beedles  ~  The Six Shooter: The Capture of Stacy Gault ~ Lux Radio Theater: Key Largo 

Gunsmoke - Smoking Out the Beedles

Smoking Out the Beedles is an iconic episode of Gunsmoke that was written by John Meston.  When Pat Clay produces a court order to remove Jim Beedle and his family off his land, it becomes Matt's job to serve the papers and move the squatters.  To hear Jim Beedle tell it, however, he bought the land fair and square -- even if he can't produce the deed. 

It is up to Matt to figure it all out and you will love his ingenious plan to get the Beedles out of their home.  In fact Matt's plan makes for one of the best, most exciting (and most fun!) scenes in any of the episodes written for this classic Western series.  

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49: Huckleberry Finn & Other Stories

Listen to These Programs:  NBC University Theater: Huckleberry Finn  ~  The Six Shooter: Gabe Starbuck  ~  Gunsmoke: The Patsy

Huckleberry Finn?  The Huckleberry Finn?  Yep! That's the one!  NBC University Theater did regular radio adaptations of great literary works.  This time around it presented the story of the "orphaned" boy from Hannibal, Missouri --- Huckleberry Finn.  It's a faithful adaptation and lots of fun!

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48. The Egg And I & Other Stories

Listen to These Programs:  Lux Radio Theater:  The Egg and I  ~ The Six Shooter: Anna Nordquist  ~  Gunsmoke: Ma Tennis

Lux Radio Theater presents The Egg & I, based on the best seller by Betty MacDonald, which was also turned into a hit motion picture. This is the book that first introduced us to Ma & Pa Kettle. The story centers on a young newlywed wife whose husband announces he bought a chicken farm and they are moving to the country.

What follows is a hilarious story about coping in a home in constant need of repair with no running water, no electricity, working from four in the morning to nine at night --- and dealing with their new neighbors, the Kettles.

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47: The 39 Steps & Other Stories

Listen to These Programs:  Studio One: The 39 Steps  ~  The Six Shooter:  Cora Plummer Quincy  ~  Gunsmoke:  Kitty Caught

Studio One makes a rare appearance on The Old Time Radio Show with a radio adaptation of the Alfred Hitchcock film, "The 39 Steps."   The story involves a normal British citizen who becomes caught up in a plot to stop a spy ring from stealing British military secrets.  After being accused of murder, our everyday citizen finds himself and his beautiful partner on the run to Scotland. There he must try to stop the spy ring, referred to as the 39 Steps, and also clear his name.

In a dramatic episode of The Six Shooter a widow named Cora Plummer (played by Virginia Gregg) has recently married a rich rancher by the name of Oliver Quincy. While Cora is happy,  the people of the town do not believe Quincy is what he claims to be. Fortunately Britt Ponsett is around to get to the bottom of the matter and discover the truth. 

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46: For The Love Of A Good Woman & Other Stories

Listen to These Programs:  Gunsmoke: The Love of a Good Woman  ~  Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar: Virtuous Mobster Matter  ~  I Love a Mystery: Bury Your Dead, Arizona episodes 14 & 15  ~  Our Miss Brooks: Bye Bye Boynton

When a nurse who worked with Doc in the East arrives in Dodge City, the two begin to rekindle old feelings for one another.  When a mysterious gunslinger rides into town around the same time, however, we begin to question the real motive of the mysterious nurse. This early episode of Gunsmoke first aired in 1954.

Johnny heads South when he learns an old friend named Joe sold policies to a number of gangsters who own and operate a plantation in the town of Virtue. When an ex-mobster comes on the scene, Joe goes missing and Johnny fears the worse.  Good episode with memorable characters and lots of twists and turns typical of Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar

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45. The Missing Mouse Matter & Other Stories

Listen to These Programs:  Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar: The Missing Mouse Matter  ~  I Love A Mystery: Bury Your Dead, Arizona ep 13  ~  Our Miss Brooks: Marriage Madness  ~  Gunsmoke: Matt Gets It

Right before Christmas, Johnny agrees to meet with an eccentric millionaire who has a problem only the best investigator can solve.  When Johnny arrives on the scene, however, he is surprised to learn he has been summoned to find a missing mouse!   

In Our Miss Brooks Connie solicits the help of Mister Boynton to help her break up a romance  Mrs. Davis is having with a man Connie suspects is a con artist.

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44. The Mysterious Lady In White & Other Stories

Listen to These Programs:  I Love a Mystery: Bury Your Dead, Arizona Ep 12 (The Mysterious Lady in White)   ~   Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Big Scoop Matter   ~    Our Miss Brooks: Woman Driver   ~   Gunsmoke: Helping Hand

How is it that Walter Denton ends up giving Mr. Conklin a traffic ticket?  Is it possible that Matt Dillon will live to regret giving a promising young man a second chance?

Why is an insurance company trying to hire Johnny Dollar as a bodyguard for a newspaper reporter? And who is the mysterious lady in white that has Jack, Doc and Reggie so upset?  

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