Rank #1: Amos and Andy - Andy The Body Guard. 520315. (retro313).
The cast members all sit around to complain about Andy's latest failed attempt at marriage. No steady job, no prospects, always chasing after several girls at once. Later in the lodge hall, Andy talks with Kingfish about his failed attempt at getting married. Particularly with his relationship with Madam Queen. What ever happened to old Madam Queen anyway? Andy doesn't care much, his main concern is getting a job as he reads the classifieds with Kingfish.
Elsewhere, a well to do man talks with his woman about leaving town, and the need to hire a driver for her while he's gone. Guess who? It's Madam Queen with her new man. I have a feeling that some paths are about to recross.
The man stops in to talk to Andy, but Kingfish is on hand to help handle the business management of his friend. What is needed is a man who is going to be unappealing, and keep Madam Queen from having a roving ye. After seeing Andy, the man is satisfied.
Later, Andy drives up in the fancy new Cadillac. Andy begins to get a feeling of deja vu when he recognizes a hint of perfume in the car. Kingfish finds a wallet, and the two go through it and learn that Andy's charge is to be Madam Queen. Can he get out of the deal? When Madam Queen sees Andy, she isn't any more pleased to see him either. The boyfriend, Rocky, still has doubts, and to keep watch, he phones a friend to keep an eye on Andy.
Kingfish is approached by a friend, Calhoun, who is worried, and upset. He claims that Andy is going to be killed. He learned at the pool hall about the man who is to watch Andy, to make sure Andy doesn't get too close to Madam Queen. Elsewhere, Andy drives Madam Queen and the two talk about old time. Good times, bad times, but Andy behaves and sticks to his driving. Although, he notices that they're being followed. Still, there was enough compromising behavior that a bad report ha reached Rocky.
Rocky believes the report, and though Andy goes into hiding, he tracks him down. What will happen when the two meet again? What will the jealous Rocky do?
Spike Jones. 1948. In the Mood for Love.
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Rank #2: Life Of Riley - Riley Install
Rank #3: 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.
Rank #4: Friars Club Roast - Jack Benn
Rank #5: Life with Luigi 450529 The Wedding. (retro284)
Luigi writes his mama to tell her about brand names of products. As confusing as life can be, he's just happy to be living here.
Pasquali fast talks Luigi and before he knows it he's trapped into marrying Pasquali's fat daughter Rosa. To hasten the deal, and without Luigi's knowledge, Pasquali sent out invitations.
Luigi's friends in his English as a Second Language class feel sorry for him and filibuster the wedding. All the speeches are intended to wear everybody down.
It begins to work. With guests, and justice of the peace gone, Pasquali calls off the wedding.
Bonus Track: Connie Haines. 1944. Why Couldn't It Happen to Us?
Rank #6: Boston Blackie - Blackies Car Kills A Woman. 450716 (retro430)
Rank #7: Amos and Andy 431217 The Marriage Counselor (retro 235)
Rank #8: The Shadow - Death Shows the Way ep176, 39-12-03
Rank #9: Lone Ranger - Rancher's Son.
Rank #10: Burns ad Allen - Pretending To Be Single 42-10-06 (retro467)
Rank #11: Abbott and Costello - lucille ball's nylons 43-11-18 (RV016 retro455)
Rank #12: X Minus One - Childs Play. 55
Rank #13: 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.
Rank #14: Red Skelton - Impressing Others ep34, 2-05-26 (retro462)
Rank #15: Bergen and McCarthy - Marilyn Monroe. (retro289)
Charlie talks it up about getting ready to marry tonights guest, Marilyn Monroe. Band leader Ray Noble is jealous. Edgar faces the future without having Charlie in the house. Plenty of marriage jokes go around.
Ray plays while his vocalists sing, Underneath the Live Oak Tree. Mortimer Snerd talks with Edgar about his pets, and the latest news about Charlie and Marilyn. Edgar wants Mortimer to take over and fill in for Charlie, but Mortimer has some trouble understanding what he means. The conversation turns to attending the wedding.
The big moment draws near, and the gang meet in the chapel. Ray Noble's vocalists sing, Bahiya. As Charlie waits for Marilyn to show up, Edgar tries to give him some last minute advice. Edgar has a hard time with the birds and bees talk.
Marilyn gets to the chapel, but will she go through with it? Riots break out in the street. Radio news reports give the tragic news of brokenhearts all over the world. To help keep things quiet, Marilyn suggest they elope and go to Las Vegas. The minister there finally comes up with a good reason to prevent the wedding.
Rank #16: Great Gildersleeves 411019 School Pranks
As Throckmorton P. Gildersleeves and Judge Hooker complete a game of checkers, LeRoy has a question. He wants to take the day off of school so he can go to the circus. Fortunately for him, he has two fine examples in these two pillars of the community. A kid listens to the advice from such outstanding citezens. Too bad, they get on a tangent, talking about their old schoolboy days, and all the crazy pranks they played at school. Suddenly fearing what kind of impression their loose tongues might make, they try to downplay their past misdeeds and want to set Leroy down the right path.
Suddenly, reports of school pranks come to light. Gildersleeves thinks he is at the root of it. Leroy has been acting evasive when questioned about the pranks. Circumstantial evidence points to him, and Gildersleeves grows even more concerned. Would Leroy really stoop to such disruptive pranks? Feeling responsible, Gilersleeves tries to set things right, but you have to know that it somehow won't quite work out right. A lesson in responsibility, consequences, and taking responsibility for your actions is delivered in a light hearted way.
Bonus Tracks: Graham McNamee. 1940. Talks to Ward Wilson about, Mike Checks.