Category Archives for "Gunsmoke"

18. Voyage of the Scarlet Queen: “The White Jade Buddha” & Other Old Time Radio Programs

Listen to These Programs:  Voyage of the Scarlet Queen: The White Jade Buddha   ~   I Love a Mystery: Thing That Cries in the Night ep 1   ~   Our Miss Brooks: Hillbilly Heifitz   ~   Gunsmoke: The Horse Deal

A great line up of programs are to be found in show #18.  We would like to tell you all about them, but I hate to go strictly from memory.  I need a little more time to come up with some definitive program descriptions.  Once they are completed, we will post them right here.  

But don't let that stop you.  Go ahead and listen!  

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17. Voyage of the Scarlet Queen: “The Shanghai Secret” & Other Old Time Radio Programs

Listen to These Programs:  Voyage of the Scarlet Queen: The Shanghai Secret   ~   Fibber McGee & Molly: Fibber the Watch Salesman   ~   Night Beat: Zero   ~  Gunsmoke:  The Mistake  

Four outstanding programs are on tap for Show #17. Voyage of the Scarlet Queen travels to Shanghai for the episode entitled "Shanghai Secret."  Fibber McGee decides he would make an outstanding watch salesman in a very funny episode.  

Frank Lovejoy stars on Night Beat in a compelling episode entitled "Zero."  And finally there is a very good Gunsmoke  episode from 1955 titled "The Mistake."

We'll have some more descriptions shortly, but in the meantime why not give a listen?  It's okay with us. 

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16. Fibber McGee and Molly: “Too Much Energy” & Other Old Time Radio Programs

Listen to These Programs:  Fibber McGee & Molly: Too Much Energy   ~   Tales of the Texas Rangers: Sweet Revenge   ~   Fort Laramie: The Sergeant's Baby   ~   Gunsmoke: The Trial

Fort Laramie describes the struggles of starting a family while living an isolated lifestyle at an army Fort in the 1870s in the episode titled: "The Sergeant's Baby."  Fibber McGee is driving everyone crazy because he has "Too Much Energy."

Matt Dillon observes some legal irregularities in an episode of Gunsmoke called "The Trial." And finally there is a story of "Sweet Revenge" on Tales of the Texas Rangers.  

We'll write more about these programs soon. But in the meantime, feel free to give a listen! 

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15. Ozzie & Harriet: “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” & Other Old Time Radio Programs

Listen to These Programs:  Ozzie & Harriet: Take Me Out to the Ballgame   ~   Gunsmoke: The Crack Up   ~   Have Gun, Will Travel: Treasure Hunt   ~   Life with Luigi:  Mario Lanza Visits

Four great programs comprise our Show #15. Featured are a Gunsmoke episode from 1955 titled: "Crack Up."  Paladin goes on a "Treasure Hunt" in Have Gun, Will Travel. 

Luigi is excited beyond description for the chance to meet the tenor Mario Lanza in a fun episode of Life with Luigi.  Finally Ozzie is determined to take the family out to the first baseball game of the season on The Ozzie & Harriet Show.  

More information about these shows will be forthcoming.  But why wait around?  You can listen to them right now!  

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14. Hollywood Star Theater: “The Six Shooter” & Other Old Time Radio Programs

Listen to These Programs:  Hollywood Star Theater: The Six Shooter   ~   Gunsmoke: Poor Pearl   ~   Hollywood Star Theater:  Calculated Risk   ~   Ozzie & Harriet: Too Much Change

The Six Shooter was created by Frank Burt, who also penned many of the scripts. While the series only lasted only one season, it was was one of Old Time Radio's last, valiant efforts to keep folks interested in radio dramas.  It did this by featuring a major Hollywood star in the lead role: Jimmy Stewart.

Stewart played Britt Ponset, a cowboy drifter who lived during the final days of the Old West.  Each week Ponset would drift into another town where he would be faced with another new adventure. Many episodes were deadly serious while others were whimsical and humorous.

The Six Shooter was first introduced on an episode of Hollywood Star Theater,  which you will listen to in here.  NBC introduced the weekly series the following year.

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13. Dragnet: “The Big Gent” & Other Old Time Radio Programs

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. Gunsmoke: “Chester’s Hanging” & Other Old Time Radio Programs

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 Whistler: “The Eager Pigeon” & Other Old Time Radio Programs

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 Line Up: “The Fur Flaunting Floozy” & Other Old Time Radio Programs

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. Frontier Gentleman: “The Well” & Other Old Time Radio Programs

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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