Category Archives for "Gunsmoke"

58. Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar: “The Open Town Matter” & Other OTR Programs

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. Gunsmoke: “How To Kill A Woman” & Other OTR Programs

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. Our Miss Brooks: “The Football Game at Clay City” & Other OTR Programs

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 OTR Programs

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. The Jack Benny Show: “Jack Bets on Our Fancy” & Other OTR Programs

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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53. Lux Radio Theater: “A Blueprint for Murder” & Other OTR Programs

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. Phillip Marlowe: “The Good Neighbor Policy” & Other OTR Programs

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: Adventures of Phillip Marlowe: “The Iron Coffin” & Other OTR Programs

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. Gunsmoke: “Smoking Out the Beedles” & Other OTR Programs

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: NBC University Theater: “Huckleberry Finn” & Other OTR Programs

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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