There are so many cool things that took place, were written about, filmed, discussed and presented that we’ve decided to include the news from our missed week, THIS week, in addition to everything we can’t keep track of from this week. If you’re looking for a catch-up (as opposed to mustard) here it is!
FIRST: SOME ANNOUNCEMENTS
This coming Wednesday (12/17), we’ll be presenting a multi-lingual interview with author & translator Ken Liu (Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish).
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It’s the Holiday season. Take some advice from a couple of off-beat time travelers and “Be excellent to each other!”
Personal Notes: EITs ARE torture, no matter what you call it. I am ashamed of my country. There is no excuse. We are – or absolutely should be, better than this. It doesn’t matter whether it was “legal” or not; whether we got “actionable intelligence” or not, nor does it matter how scared and panicked we were. As a nation we proposed and implemented certain ideals that made certain promises to the world. We have let ourselves and the world down. It will be a long road back. The sooner we start dealing with the reality, the sooner we stop accepting excuses, the sooner we can repair the damage.
On Ferguson, Garner & the policing of minorities. I’ve seen people of color treated differently by police and prosecutors with my own eyes, heard it with my own ears. In some cases, the prejudice is so deeply ingrained that it has become thoughtless. Justice is needed, change is needed. It may very well take the gutting of virtually every police department and prosecutor’s office in the country. But one thing for sure: it’s no longer a question. It’s real, it’s here all around us and it must change.
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Tough guys with hot gats meet cool dames with swell gams, as they traverse the dark side of life in this amazing collection of murderous gangsters, hard boiled detectives, dangerous gun molls, and wisecracking cops.
Listen to your favorite films on the Lux Radio Theatre as you’ve never heard them before. The sound quality is truly sensational, and the stories are even more so. Once again you’ll hear radio adaptations of Hollywood films sometimes starring actors recreating their original roles, and sometimes with different stars taking a crack at them. It’s a fascinating “what if” situation come to life.
You’ll hear Ray Milland playing pro-tennis player, Guy Haines and Frank Lovejoy as the murderous Bruno Anthony in Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train (in the roles originally played by Farley Granger and Robert Walker). You’ll also hear these original stars recreating their famous roles: John Garfield is back in Dust Be My Destiny. William Powell and Myrna Loy are the irrepressible Nick and Nora Charles in The Thin Man, and they also recreate their roles in Manhattan Melodrama, Don Ameche fills in for Clark Gable in that one. Edward G. Robinson is back, along with Humphrey Bogart in Bullets or Ballots. Dorothy Lamour and Edward Arnold are back in an adaptation of Johnny Apollo, and James Cagney and Pat O’Brien reprise their roles as Rocky Sullivan and Father Jerry in the wonderful Angels With Dirty Faces (with Frank Nelson in Bogart’s original role!). But the most interesting show for my money features Edward G. Robinson as detective Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon, co-starring Gail Patrick and the supremely talented Laird Cregar as Casper Gutman. Dan Dailey and Dorothy McGuire take on the roles created by Joseph Cotten and Jean Peters in A Blueprint for Murder. And fans of I Love Lucy will get a kick out of hearing Lucille Ball play it straight in her original role in the classic film noir, The Dark Corner, co-starring Mark Stevens, who was also in the original film. So be sure to call your mouthpiece so you can get sprung from the big house in time to hear this truly terrific collection. It’s Hollywood as you never heard it before.
Nick Santa Maria, a published film historian and author is the Project Producer for this series.
Twins Judy and Jimmy Barton crawled into their attic one December day and found a passageway to a place called Maybeland. They looked in all the dusty corners for any sign of the silver star that always sat atop their Christmas tree. Their search crossed the path of little Paddy O’Cinnamon, “The Cinnamon Bear,” who had shoe-button eyes and a ferocious growl. He showed them a small hole through which the Crazy Quilt dragon had absconded with their star and invited Judy and Jimmy to pursue the rascal. Paddy would function as a guide and they’d chase the dragon throughout Maybeland. Paddy magically “de-grew” the twins so they’d fit through the attic tunnel, fired up a miniature airplane powered by soda pop, and flew the Barton kids into a startling and wondrous adventure.
So begins “The Cinnamon Bear,” a delightful, one-of-a-kind children’s series produced in 1937 by TRANSCO, the Transcription Company of America. Intended to be heard between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the series features twenty-six fifteen-minute cliffhanger installments. The program immediately hooks children because suspenseful fun is always present as each episode concludes with yet another obstacle for Paddy and the twins to overcome. The dragon eventually joins up with the trio but remains unpredictable and mischievous. Named “Crazy Quilt,” he succumbs time and time again to his obsession with the shiny silver star.
“The Cinnamon Bear” is, arguably, the best holiday series ever developed for radio. Containing all of the elements of a classic children’s fantasy, combined with radio’s unique ability to create vivid mental images in the minds of its listeners, it continues to delight both young and old. And now, for the first time, you can hear and enjoy “The Complete Cinnamon Bear” — including all twenty-six original and unedited shows, the original 1937 promotional recording, and all of the songs from the series as transferred from an original set of 78 RPM recordings. Each of the programs has been digitally transferred directly from a set of original 16″ broadcast transcriptions and painstakingly restored for outstanding audio fidelity – truly the best-sounding version of the series that has ever been released. It’s yet another triumph for Paddy and his band of travelers as, after well over seventy years, they once again carry on their magical search for the silver star.
“I am the Whistler and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes, I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak!”
Haunting stories of fate, dramas of crime, deception, and manipulation building to a sudden and shocking denouement…and, through it all, the sardonic, mocking laughter of — The Whistler!
One of radio’s most memorable thriller anthologies, The Whistler was a west-coast favorite for over a decade but, despite two attempts to go nationwide, never was able to achieve the same success as a coast to coast feature. But for listeners across the western states served by the Signal Oil Company, the program’s eerie theme music opened a weekly window into the very darkest corners of the human soul. It was so popular, in fact, that Columbia Pictures produced eight second-feature films based on the concept, all but one of which starred Richard Dix.
The Whistler himself was an omniscient narrator — the voice of Fate itself, one might suggest, or perhaps of conscience. And his stories revolved around ordinary people, pushed by the pressures of daily life into taking drastic actions. Or perhaps a sudden circumstance, an unexpected twist of life’s path, suddenly placed these protagonists on a road leading inexorably to their own destruction. Greed, lust, and perfidy of every kind figure in the plots — and when Fate inevitably catches up with these unfortunate, driven souls, The Whistler is always ready, at the very end, to see that the knife is properly twisted.
Produced by George W. Allen, with hauntingly evocative musical scores by Wilbur Hatch, The Whistler was a prime outlet for the cream of Hollywood’s top radio performers – actors such as Wally Maher, Cathy and Elliott Lewis, Gerald Mohr, Lurene Tuttle, and Betty Lou Gerson, who emphasized skill over star power – as well as announcer Bill Forman in the title role, with Marvin Miller voicing the commercials.
Hear some of The Whistler’s strangest stories in this unforgettable Radio Archives collection – twenty original CBS network broadcasts sponsored by Signal Oil, just as originally aired in 1947.
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Like New Orleans Dixieland music? If you do, then you will love these thirty minute programs from the NBC Radio Network, broadcast in 1941.Featured are the bands of Henry Levine and Paul Lavalle, vocals by Diane Courtney, with such hosts as Gino “Long Locks” Hamilton, and Jackamo “Satchel Trousers” McCarthy.
Everyone on the program is jokingly addressed as either “professor” or “doctor,” thereby attempting to give the impression that they have a certain lofty, high brow distinction. However, Gene Hamilton contradicts this image when he states that the Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street is out to “give culture its lumps,” which it does, in a very delightfully musical, and humorous, way.
One of the early program vocalists was Dinah Shore, who went on to host the Chevy Show on NBC Television in the 1960s. In addition to his duties on the Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street, Paul Lavalle was the musical director at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall. Some of the guest artists include Stuff Smith and his jazz violin, the Charles Magnante Accordion Quartet, and Sylvia Marlow playing jazz on the harpsichord. In the middle of the show, guest commentators do such things as attempting to play an accordion under water, and an NBC Page introduces a corny new song he has just written, which will never, ever make the charts.
But, of course, the main attractions are the wonderful Dixieland band arrangements of Paul Lavalle and Henry Levine, which keep everything jumping. These programs were recorded directly from the NBC Radio Network line, so the audio quality is exceptional. If you like good Dixieland band music, and want to relive a laugh filled, fun time that was enjoyed by millions of radio listeners in 1941, the Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street will not disappoint you.
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Adventure first appeared in November 1910. Quickly attracting top name authors, it soon became renowned for publishing the type of fiction its name implied. It grew into a powerhouse in the genre fiction field, and was later dubbed by Time magazine, the “No. 1 Pulp.” Paying top rates, at times published as frequently as thrice per month, a crack editorial staff published adventure fiction in all genres from the top authors of the day. Many of its stories were singled out for inclusion in “best story of the year” anthologies during its heyday. Now, with the advent of The Best of Adventure from Radio Archives, listeners will be able to thrill to these classic stories for the first time on audiobook!
The Best of Adventure kicks off with “The Curved Sword” by Harold Lamb. Though he received his start writing for the pulps, Lamb was a medieval scholar whose later historical works were well received, starting with Genghis Khan: Emperor of All Men, published in 1926. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1929 for Medieval History and his two volumes on the Crusades, published in 1930, led to his being presented with a medal from the Persian government for scientific research. They also opened the door to his later career as a Hollywood screenwriter, beginning with Cecil B. DeMille’s “The Crusades,” released in 1935.
“The Curved Sword” is one of Lamb’s classic tales featuring his longest running series character, Khlit the Cossack, a descendant of the legendary Genghis Khan. Armed with his keen wits and curved sword, handed down to him by his forebears dating back to the Great Khan, Khlit—surnamed the Wolf—roamed throughout Central Asia in the late 16th and early 17th centuries, finding adventure and danger at every turn. Whether facing off against the Old Man of the Mountain—leader of the deadly Assassins—the Mongol hordes, Chinese warlords or any of a host of other foes, Khlit’s life often stood in the balance in 19 tales published in Adventure. “The Curved Sword” unites Khlit with another of Lamb’s series characters, the Afghan Abdul Dost. In service in the army of the Mogul, the warrior Dost is the hero of five of Lamb’s stories, as well as linking up with his boon companion Khlit for four more. Join us now for a tale of high adventure as Khlit and Abdul Dost match swords and wits with the armies of Jahangir, the Mogul, and his bride to be, Nur-Jahan, the Light of the World! This is Adventure at its best! Read by Milton Bagby.
by Kendell Foster Crossen writing as Richard Foster
Read by James C. Lewis. Liner Notes by Will Murray
Conceived in 1939 at the behest of the editors of Munsey Publications to compete with the juggernaut that The Shadow had become in print, on radio and in film, The Green Lama was the creation of writer Kendell Foster Crossen, who was asked to conjure up a hero who could lure mystery-minded readers away from The Shadow’s loyal legion of followers.
Inspired by a Columbia University student named Theos Casimir Barnard, who had journeyed to far-off Tibet to plumb the occult mysteries of Lamaism, Crossen concocted millionaire Jethro Dumont, who did the same.
“I was trying to pick a name somewhat like in sound to Lamont Cranston,” Crossen candidly admitted. “You know what I mean, Lamont-Dumont. It was as close as I dared get to Lamont Cranston. A book had just been published about an American who had gone to Tibet and studied and had become a lama, the only white person who ever had at that time. The result was the Green Lama, which the company liked.”
Returning to the States, Dumont assumed an alternative identity of the Buddhist cleric, the Reverend Dr. Pali, then began gathering about him a band of civic-minded citizens to join him in his Buddhistic battle against suffering in all forms—particularly those caused by criminals. And aiding him from the shadows, the mysterious Magga, a woman of many faces who has taken an interest in guiding The Green Lama’s campaign against malefactors.
The Green Lama really gets around in this volume. First, he infiltrates the Big Top for the unusual adventure called The Clown Who Laughed! Then, relocating to the Windy City in time for a major political convention, he goes head-to-head with a Fifth Column scheme to conquer America from within in the exciting Case of the Invisible Enemy!
James C. Lewis returns in the triple role of Jethro Dumont and his emerald-clad aliases, Reverend Dr. Pali and The Green Lama….Om Mani Padme Hum! The Green Lama Knows!
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New Will Murray’s Pulp Classics eBooks
The best of timeless Pulp now available as cutting edge eBooks! Will Murray’s Pulp Classics brings the greatest heroes, awesome action, and two fisted thrills to your eReader! Presenting Pulp Icons such as the Spider and G-8 and His Battle Aces as well as wonderfully obscure characters like the Octopus and Captain Satan. Will Murray’s Pulp Classics brings you the best of yesterday’s Pulp today!
Officers at G.H.Q. stared at that map of the war Front in horror. Too late, they realized the 39th American division had walked into a Boche trap — a trap that might snap shut any minute, hurl thousands of Yanks to hell! And only owe man could defy this devil snare — alone G-8, master ace-spy hurls battle wings straight into the worst terror scheme ever laid for man by man! G-8 and his Battle Aces rode the nostalgia boom ten years after World War I ended. These high-flying exploits were tall tales of a World War that might have been, featuring monster bats, German zombies, wolf-men, harpies, Martians, and even tentacled floating monsters. Most of these monstrosities were the work of Germany’s seemingly endless supply of mad scientists, chief of whom was G-8’s recurring Nemesis, Herr Doktor Krueger. G-8 battled Germany’s Halloween shock troops for over a decade, not ceasing until the magazine folded in the middle of World War II. G-8 and his Battle Aces return in vintage pulp tales, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format. $2.99.
Dusty Ayres and his Battle Birds #24 November 1934 The Green Thunderbolt
This is the fifth issue in the Dusty Ayres series. When Dusty heard about America’s new invention, the X-Rayoscope, by which the human eye could penetrate night, fog and clouds for a distance of two hundred miles, he thought victory was at hand. With such a machine to spy on the enemy, the war would soon be over. But he didn’t know about the doom even then speeding through invisible skies, had not yet heard of the green thunderbolt! Captain Dusty Ayres, ace pilot for the U.S. Air Defense flies in the Silver Flash, an advanced craft of his own design. With his two pals Curly Brooks and Biff Bolton, they battle some of the most diabolical mad scientists and their weirdest inventions. These exciting stories took over the Battle Birds magazine from June 1934 through the July/August issue of 1935, changing the magazine name to Dusty Ayres and his Battle Birds. And now Dusty Ayres and his Battle Birds is back, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format. $2.99.
Like the consuming flames of a prairie fire the dread news spread: “The Spider has gone mad! He will massacre us all!” But Richard Wentworth, never more sane, was even then gambling life itself in one desperate effort to save the city which cursed his name — from the awful ravages of man-spread plague! Another epic exploit of America’s best-loved pulp-fiction character of the 1930s and 1940s: The Spider — Master of Men! Richard Wentworth — the dread Spider, nemesis of the Underworld, lone wolf anti-crime crusader who always fights in that grim no-man’s land between Law and lawless — returns in vintage pulp tales of the Spider, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format.As a special Bonus, Will Murray has written an introduction: “Meet the Spider” especially for this series of eBooks. $1.49.
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by Will Murray and Lester Dent, writing as Kenneth Robeson, cover illustration by Joe DeVito
When William Harper Littlejohn unearths a shadowy figure transfixed in ice, the renowned archeologist understands that he has made the most momentous discovery of his brilliant career. For inscribed over the frozen form is this chilling warning:
“IF I STILL LIVED, MANKIND WOULD TREMBLE!”
Who is this monster? Why does his name strike terror into the hearts of brave men? Can even Doc Savage control him once he breaks free of his icy tomb?
From the Gobi Desert to war-torn Free China, the Man of Bronze and his fighting crew battle a threat so terrifying that it could change the course of human history…. Softcover $24.95
by Will Murray and Lester Dent, writing as Kenneth Robeson, cover illustration by Joe DeVito
When the ruler of the Balkan state of Merida vanishes from his locked limousine, official Washington is baffled. The President of the United States summons the one man who can solve the mystery—Doc Savage!
No sooner does the Man of Bronze reach the nation’s capitol than an even more bizarre phenomenon manifests. A long-dead monarch, King Fausto the First, returns from the grave to plunge his royal sword into the vitals of anyone suspected of knowing the whereabouts of the vanished modern ruler!
From Washington to Manhattan, Doc and his fighting brain trust race to unravel one royal riddle while battling the untouchable phantom potentate known as The Whistling Wraith! Newly Revised!Softcover $24.95
The pulp era’s greatest superman returns in two thrill-packed novels by William G. Bogart and Lester Dent writing as “Kenneth Robeson.” First, Monk Mayfair’s inheritance of a vast Canadian estate leads the Man of Bronze and his Iron Men to Canada where they are captured by the master criminal called Lucky Napoleon in “Bequest of Evil”! Then, in a rare solo adventure, Doc Savage is summoned to investigate the bizarre enigma of “The Thing That Pursued.” This deluxe pulp reprint showcases the classic pulp cover by Emery Clarke, the original interior illustrations by Paul Orban and historical commentary by Will Murray, author of fifteen Doc Savage novels. Double Novel Reprint $14.95
“Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow demonstrates that “crime does not pay” in two macabre mysteries by Walter B. Gibson writing as “Maxwell Grant.” First, discovery of the theft of “Treasures of Death” brings fatal consequences, but The Shadow knows that this is only the prelude to a greater supercrime! Then, the greatest crooks in the world pass through “The Yellow Door,” until the Man in Black teams with G-Man Vic Marquette to uncover the deadly secrets of the sinister portal! This instant collector’s item showcases both classic color pulp covers by George Rozen and the original interior illustrations by Tom Lovell with original commentary by popular culture historian Will Murray. Double Novel Reprint $14.95
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