Category Archives for "Gunsmoke"

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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