Category Archives for "Gunsmoke"

13. The Big Gent & Other Stories

Listen to These Programs:  Dragnet:  The Big Gent   ~   The Fred Allen Show: George Jessel Guests   ~   Gunsmoke:  Jealousy

Two back-to-back episodes of Dragnet start out our Show #13.  Of course Dragnet set a trend for reality in police programs -- first on radio and later on TV.   

Detective Joe Friday and his partner Ben Romero are assigned to the robbery detail.  A hold-up has been committed in a neighboring city that resulted in a bystander being shot to death with two others wounded. The bandits are ruthless and well armed.  Friday and Romero are assigned with the task to get them.

It's always fun to hear Barton Yarborough, and here he plays a role he originated -- that of Joe Friday's partner.

This episode has also been referred to as "The Gentleman Bandit" since one of the main suspects comes from a wealthy family worth millions.  It's a great Dragnet story. 

Enjoy the outstanding sound quality on of both episodes.

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12. Chester’s Hanging & Other Stories

Listen to These Programs:  Gunsmoke: Chester's Hanging   ~  Our Miss Brooks: The Faculty Dance   ~  The Six Shooter: Sheriff Billy   ~   The Six Shooter: Thicker Than Water

On this episode of Gunsmoke, gunman Jim Cando is arrested and jailed by Matt  for both  a vicious  robbery as well as murder.  Once jailed, Cando orders his partner to get him out by any means; if he doesn't, Cando plans to implicate him in the crime too.

In the exciting climax, Chester finds himself in the middle of a jail outbreak and about to be hanged.  It's a very exciting episode.

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11. The Eager Pigeon & Other Stories

Listen to These Programs:  The Whistler: The Eager Pigeon   ~   The Halls of Ivy: The Chinese Student   ~   The Halls of Ivy: The Student Thief   ~   Gunsmoke: Reward for Matt

Jack Webb makes a starring appearance as a character quite unlike Sergeant Joe Friday. This time around he is a con-man on an episode of The Whistler titled The Eager Pigeon. It's a lot of fun.

While it wasn't the fanciest cocktail bar in town, Danny Fort couldn't afford to be choosy. Even though his luck was running cold, Danny always dressed like a winner, aware his appearance opened up opportunities.  

When he first saw her she was sitting alone looking both beautiful and out of place. Curious, Danny picked up his drink and went over --- never imagining it would lead to blackmail and murder. 

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10. The Fur Flaunting Floozy & Other Stories

Listen to These Programs:  The Lineup: Case of the Fur Flaunting Floozy   ~   The Lineup: The Wild, Wild Woman Case   ~   Tales of the Texas Rangers: Joy Ride   ~   Gunsmoke: Cow Doctor 

We have two episodes of The Lineup on Show #10.  The Lineup always had such great titles, and the two episodes tonight are a good example.  We also have an episode of Tales of the Texas Rangers with Joel McCrea as well as a fun episode of Gunsmoke featuring Doc Adams.  

The Case of the Fur Flaunting Floozy (aka as The Lorraine Oberhauser Story‚Äč) is the first offering on The Lineup. In this episode Ben and Matt investigate a murder. The victim is Lorraine Oberhauser, a woman with a less than sterling reputation. The number one suspect is her boyfriend, who happens to be married to someone else.  

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9. The Well, The Wake & Other Stories

Listen to These Programs:  Frontier Gentleman: The Well   ~   Gunsmoke: The Wake   ~   Escape!:  Judgment Day at Deer Crossing   ~   The Six Shooter: Silver Threads

Show #9 is one of the most entertaining shows you will find on this site..  Why?  Because I seriously feel it offers four of the very best episodes of four of the very best radio programs ever produced.

 Frontier Gentleman offers a story called, simply, The Well.  This is a simple story about a small homestead family of three that a cattle baron is trying to drive off their land.  Kendall happens to stop for a drink of water shortly before the assault by the rich rancher's men and sides with the homesteader against almost impossible odds. 

That is when tragedy strikes.  Their little girl, who is unable to talk, goes missing.  After looking frantically for her, all parties end up asking the same question: Could she have fallen down the new well being dug by her father?

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8. Wonder Boy & Other Stories

Listen to These Programs:  Frontier Gentleman: Wonder Boy   ~   Gunsmoke: Kite's Reward   ~   NBC University Theater: Track of the Cat

This episode of Frontier Gentleman finds Kendall in Deadwood, Dakota Territory, entering  a local tailor shop in the hope of purchasing a suit. There he meets the tailor's son, young 17 year old Dick Jackson. Dick, a humble and well mannered boy, turns out to be about the fastest, most accurate shot on the draw Kendall has ever seen.

When Dick's Father is shot by a drunk with a grudge,  Dick wants vengeance.  Can Kendall convince the boy that his whole future depends on how he hands this pivotal moment in his life and that shooting a man is different from shooting a target?

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5. The Liar From Blackhawk & Other Stories

Listen to These Programs:  Gunsmoke: The Liar From Blackhawk   ~   Dragnet: The Big Mask   ~   Fort Laramie: Boredom

Hank Shinn is a newcomer in Dodge City. He spends an awful lot of time bragging about his reputation as gunman --- and he has most of the town convinced.  Matt Dillon, however, is not so easily swayed. Matt suspects Hank may be lying.  The question is why?  This is a pretty good episode of Gunsmoke

One of my favorite radio dramas was Dragnet.  In this week's show we feature two episodes of that classic old time radio program, titled The Big Mask, parts 1 and 2.  

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4. Con-Men, Fipple Flutes & Other Stories

Listen to These Programs:  Have Gun, Will Travel:  Dad Blamed Luck   ~   Have Gun, Will Travel:  Five Days to Yuma   ~   The Halls of Ivy:  The Ivy Chamber Music & Knockwurst Society   ~   Gunsmoke:  Cheyennes

I don't know about you, but I love reading novels and watching films about a number of subjects. Even so, there are certain genres that are truly  irresistible.  At the top of that list are stories about cons and con-men.

I remember sitting in the Lakewood Drive-In Theater with my brand new wife (married less than a year) watching The Sting.  Remember how Paul Newman (as Henry Gondoff) and Robert Redford (as Johnny Hooker) took down the the kingpin Doyle Lonnegan (played by Robert Shaw)?  Sheer movie bliss.   

Our first program this week is about a prospector who persuades Paladin to help him get back a gold mine he lost in a crooked poker game. Paladin reluctantly agrees but is met with one surprise after another.

Did the old man really own the mine?  Was it actually stolen from him?  If so, who all was involved in the theft? Just when you think you have it figured out you will be hit with yet another plot twist.

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3. The British Showgirl & Other Stories

Listen to These Programs:  The Halls of Ivy: The Leslie Hoff Painting   ~   The Halls of Ivy: Traffic & Coconuts   ~   Gunsmoke: The Scared Kid   ~   Gunsmoke: Twelfth Night

Two episodes each of Gunsmoke & The Halls of Ivy --- well, gang, it just doesn't get much better than that!  And the particular episodes we are featuring are among the best of each program.

The episode of The Halls of Ivy titled The Leslie Hoff Painting was a story largely before its time. Why?  Because it addresses the subject of racial prejudice --- a subject largely avoided in 1950.  Remember, the Civil Rights Movement was still over a decade away; so when you listen to this episode, try to listen with 1950 ears.

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