Rank #1: My Friend Irma - Memoirs. 520106. (retro330).
Oct 06 2011
Rank #2: Boston Blackie - Blackies Car Kills A Woman. 450716 (retro430)
Dec 08 2013
Rank #3: Red Skelton - Swindling Rackets 1943 (retro439)
Jan 25 2014
Rank #4: CBS Radio Mystery Theater 750227 Them
A man has been acquitted for charges of manslaughter. One person monitering the well publicized trial seems to think the man was falsley acquitted. Being a retired judge, he feels it his duty to take matters into his own hands. The man is invited to a luncheon, he presumes it is to be a victory party. The old judge has other plans that sound a little more disturbing.
The worried wife talks to police, but three days later, there's still no sign of her husband. The police do notice a trend of missing persons who had just been acquitted of various crimes. There's definitley something going on, but all they need is just the right break to figure it out. They get it when the son has something to say.
Meanwhile, is there any hope for our man, and the others that are also being held captive? Some of his captives have been there for years.
Is the old judge right? Is he being fair? I suppose it's all a matter of opinion, however he is indeed breaking the law when he takes it into his own hands to apply his own breed of justice.
So will the testimony of the son help to free his missing dad? Will the old judge keep his little prison an force? With little to hope for, what hope is there for our man to escape? All the answers are revealed in act 3 of our radio play, so stay tuned, and listen in.
In the mid 1970's the CBS Radio Mystery Theater was produced. If it had hopes of bringing back the glory days of radio drama, it didn't work, although the show had a long and successful run. Hosted by EG Marshal, and using all the best voice actors both from the old days of radio, and a new breed of acting tallent.
Bonus Track: Gene Wilder and Peter Boyle. Puttin on the Ritz.
PS: The Retrobots take over as we try to kick off a series of scary Retro Originals for the Halloween season.
Oct 21 2010
Rank #5: Life Of Riley - Riley Install
Feb 29 2012
Rank #6: Casey - Murder In Black And White. ep229 , 48-03-18 (retro431)
Dec 12 2013
Rank #7: Friars Club Roast - Jack Benn
May 04 2012
Rank #8: Abbott and Costello - lucille ball's nylons 43-11-18 (RV016 retro455)
Apr 26 2014
Rank #9: Amos and Andy 431217 The Marriage Counselor (retro 235)
Apr 29 2010
Rank #10: Lone Ranger - Rancher's Son.
May 27 2012
Rank #11: Fibber McGee and Molly - Streetcar Motorman 36-04-20 (RV12 retro447)
Feb 28 2014
Rank #12: Fred Allen - The Jack Benny 1
Apr 28 2012
Rank #13: My Favorite Husband 480705 The Cugats Tenth Wedding Anniversary. (retro268)
Actually the first episode of My Favorite Husband, starring Lucille Ball and Richard Denning. The first show sets up the premise of the series. A married couple who have been happily married for 10 years, and still seem to be actually in love. The Cugat's flashback to moments of their wedding day, as they prepare for their anniversary. Liz, the well to do socialite, and George, the up and coming banker.
Liz is to have a portrait painted for the big anniversary celebration. George's friend Corey, a confirmed bachelor cass doubt on the intentions of the portrait artist. Of course Liz doesn't see anything in the artist, but manages to say all the right things to cause jealousy to grow in George. It gets so bad that George calls a doctor along with his attractive nurse. Still simmering over the artist, George see's his chance to use the situation of having the nurse to get some revenge jealousy brewing in Liz.
In the end though, George and Liz come to their senses. They see through their petty jealousies, but don't worry, the laughs won't stop even to the very end.
Bonus Track: Glenn Miller. 1938. The Cowboy from Brooklyn.
PS: Coming soon to the Retro Radio Podcast, Lucille Ball as Liz Cugat. Lucky for me, by the end of the first season, and without explaination, their last name is changed to Cooper. Fortunately for me, because I can never remember how to spell Cugat, but Cooper isn't so hard. (Isn't that so selfish of me, or what?) Watch for more additions and changes to the lineup in the coming weeks.
Sep 09 2010
Rank #14: You Bet Your Life 550114 Paper
First, a 66 year old female bowler, who has been at it for 30 years. Along with an Italian immigrant named Frank. After a sponsor break for DeSoto Plymouth, the show continues.
This time an unmarried, female airport worker is joined by an unmarried man who is seeking a vegetarian mate.
Finally a prince and princess join the show. A prince from the Belgian Congo, who tells his success story rising as a commoner, to living in America, being educated, and returning to his home country. He is even convinced by Groucho to perform a brief native dance and drum number. .
So who wins? I'm not telling. Listen to find out.
Bonus Track: Don Gibson. Sea of Heartbreak.
PS: The song is from around the mid-1950's... probably, but may be from as late as the early 1960's. Leave me a comment and set me straight.
Oct 21 2010
Rank #15: You Bet Your Life 510110 Secret Word is Heart
The actual game takes a back seat as Groucho chats it up with the contestants. Groucho is always hilarious as he talks with the regular people on the show. First up is a weather man named Aldrich, and a cashier of a drive in movie theater named Winnie. Next is a body builder from Philadelphia, and the wife of a New York policeman who say the secret word. The final couple are identical twins, Jean and Jane Luther. No matter who they are, or where they come from the conversation is always entertaining.
The game comes down to a tie, and a faceoff between the bodybuilder and the housewife, against the twins. Who wins the big prize? Listen and find out.
Bonus Track:Tony Martin and Dinah Shore. 1951. A Penny a Kiss.
Sep 07 2010
Rank #16: Archie Andrews 461019 Plumbing Woes
Jun 07 2010
Rank #17: Life of Riley 480903 Riley Meets Clem Kadiddlehopper
Riley is upset when he thinks his daughter is insane. Instead, she is just in love. (Pretty close to the same symtoms isn't it?) He and a friend eavesdrop on her when her boyfriend comes over. The boy is scared away, so Riley does his best to find her a date for the prom.
Digger O'Dells nephew is handy and turns out to be Clem Kadiddlehopper. Even Riley can't put that burden on his daughter, but now that Clem has arrived, he can't get rid of him. Fortunately, the boyfriend comes back to save face between Riley and Babs. Now he just has to get rid of Clem.
Bonus Tracks: Ray Noble. 1936. In a Little Gypsy Tea Room. AFRS. 1943. Navy Wave Training.
Sep 29 2010
Rank #18: Melon Patch Murder
May 13 2012
Rank #19: Trimming a Christmas Tree
Mar 10 2012
Rank #20: 21st Precinct - The Dollar. ep44, 54-05-12 (retro461)
May 19 2014