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RICHARD DIAMOND, PRIVATE DETECTIVE - vol. 2

24 Episodes

 

Hollywood's beloved song and dance man, Dick Powell, turned gumshoe in this 1945-era detective yarn. At once a tough-talking detective working with police to solve tough murder cases and yet an affable crooner who ended nearly every episode singing to his girlfriend in his rich baritone voice.

Whether murder or music, Dick Powell beguiled radio audiences through 100+ episodes before the show moved to television and the role was eventually taken over by David Janssen, later the star of The Fugitive.

 

Richard Diamond, Private Detective became the template for many of the private eye shows to follow on both radio and television. Gritty crime stories combined with lighthearted banter and, in this case, a musical number served up a compelling half hour of entertainment each week.

 

A must-have for fans of detective stories and Dick Powell.

 

 

$24.95

Run-time: 11 hrs 32 mins

24 Episodes

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RICHARD DIAMOND, PRIVATE DETECTIVE - vol. 1

41 Episodes

 

Hollywood's beloved song and dance man, Dick Powell, turned gumshoe in this 1945-era detective yarn. At once a tough-talking detective working with police to solve tough murder cases and yet an affable crooner who ended nearly every episode singing to his girlfriend in his rich baritone voice.

Whether murder or music, Dick Powell beguiled radio audiences through 100+ episodes before the show moved to television and the role was eventually taken over by David Janssen, later the star of The Fugitive.

 

Richard Diamond, Private Detective became the template for many of the private eye shows to follow on both radio and television. Gritty crime stories combined with lighthearted banter and, in this case, a musical number served up a compelling half hour of entertainment each week.

 

A must-have for fans of detective stories and Dick Powell.

 

 

$24.95

Run-time: 19 hrs 50 mins

41 Episodes

Digitally remastered.

 

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BLACKSTONE, THE MAGIC DETECTIVE

36 Episodes

 

Blackstone, the Magic Detective is the beloved magic/detective series aired as 15-minute episodes on Sunday afternoons at 2:45 p.m. on the Mutual Broadcasting System from October 3, 1948, until March 26, 1950.

 

Starring Ed Jerome as "the world's greatest living magician", the radio series was based on real-life magician Harry Blackstone, Sr. The series was announced by Don Hancock from October 1948 through June 1949, and Alan Kent from July 1949 to the end of the series in March, 1950. The background organ music was supplied by Bill Meeder. Scripts were mostly by Walter B. Gibson, the ghostwriter of Blackstone's books, and Nancy Webb, who worked with Gibson on Chick Carter, Boy Detective.

The show usually opened with Blackstone (Ed Jerome) and his assistant Rhoda Brent (Fran Carlon) talking with a friend of theirs, either Don Hancock or Alan Kent (played by the episodes' announcers in-character as themselves) or John (Ted Osborne).

 

A past adventure of Blackstone's would come up in conversation, and that mystery story was then dramatized as a flashback. After the mystery's climax, the narrative returned to the three main characters as Blackstone performed a magic trick. After a commercial break handled by the announcer, Blackstone returned to demonstrate and explain the trick so that listeners could perform it for the amusement of their friends. This is a must-have for magic and detective fans everywhere!

 

$19.95

Run-time: 7 hrs 30 mins

36 Episodes

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DAMON RUNYON THEATRE

52 Half-hour episodes!

 

Daymon Runyon was best known for his short stories celebrating the world of Broadway in New York City that grew out of the Prohibition era. To New Yorkers of his generation, a "Damon Runyon character" evoked a distinctive social type from the Brooklyn or Midtown demi-monde. The adjective "Runyonesque" refers to this type of character, as well as to the type of situations and dialog that Runyon depicted. He spun humorous and sentimental tales of gamblers, hustlers, actors, and gangsters, few of whom go by "square" names, preferring instead colorful monikers such as "Nathan Detroit", "Benny Southstreet", "Big Jule", "Harry the Horse", "Good Time Charley", "Dave the Dude", or "The Seldom Seen Kid". His distinctive vernacular style is known as "Runyonese": a mixture of formal speech and colorful slang, almost always in present tense, and always devoid of contractions.

 

He is credited with coining the phrase "Hooray Henry", a term now used in British English to describe an upper-class, loud-mouthed, arrogant twit. Runyon's fictional world is also known to the general public through the musical Guys and Dolls based on two of his stories, "The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown" and "Blood Pressure". The musical additionally borrows characters and story elements from a few other Runyon stories, most notably "Pick the Winner". The film Little Miss Marker (and its two remakes, Sorrowful Jones and the 1980 Little Miss Marker) grew from his short story of the same name.

 

$29.95

Run-time: 23 hrs 20 mins

Fifty-two half-hour episodes.

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BILL STERN'S SPORTS NEWSREEL

36 episodes!

 

A must-have title for sports fans everywhere! The Bill Stern's Sports Newsreel has been called "one of the most successful and most listened-to shows in radio history" and "one of radio broadcasting's most entertaining and engaging programs."

 

Bill Stern, the star, made the program memorable with his enthusiastic, dramatized delivery. He was already both the narrator of MGM's News of the Day newsreels and a sports announcer. Thus the format of this program came naturally.

 

Celebrity guests include Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball, Doris Day, Babe Ruth, Joe Lewis, Roddy McDowell, Casey Stengel, Ted Williams, and more.

 

$19.95

Run-time: 7 hrs 50 mins

36 Episodes

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THE BEATITUDES and the SERMON ON THE MOUNT

Daily Devotional Listening

 

Read by NIGEL SIMMONS

 

An original PDQ Audiobooks production, and designed for daily listening, The Beatitudes are eight blessings in the Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew. Each is a proverb-like proclamation, without narrative, and "cryptic, precise, and full of meaning". Each one includes a topic that forms a major biblical theme. Four of the blessings also appear in the Sermon on the Plain in the Gospel of Luke, and these are followed by four woes which mirror the blessings.

 

The term "beatitude" comes from the Latin noun beātitūdō, which means "happiness". In the Vulgate (Latin), the book of Matthew titles this section "Beatitudines", and "Beatitudes" was anglicized from that term. Each beatitude consists of two phrases: the condition and the result. In almost every case, the condition is from familiar Old Testament context, but Jesus teaches a new interpretation.

 

Together, the Beatitudes present a new set of Christian ideals that focus on a spirit of love and humility different in orientation than the usual force and exaction taken. They echo the highest ideals of the teachings of Jesus on mercy, spirituality, and compassion.

 

$3.95

Run-time: 8 minutes

 

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