Thursday, December 1, 2011

Ray Bradbury Theater
Television Episode: Mars is Heaven

The Ray Bradbury Theater is an anthology series that ran for two seasons on HBO, three episodes per season from 1985 to 1986, and four additional seasons on USA Network from 1988 to 1992. It was later shown in reruns on the Sci Fi Channel. All 65 episodes were written by Ray Bradbury and many were based on short stories or novels he had written, including "A Sound of Thunder", "Marionettes, Inc.", "Banshee", "The Playground", "Mars is Heaven", "Usher II", "The Jar", "The Long Rain", "The Veldt", "The Small Assassin", "The Pedestrian", "The Fruit at the Bottom of the Bowl, "Here There Be Tygers", "The Toynbee Convector", and "Sun and Shadow".

Ray Bradbury's "Mars is heaven" was originally broadcasted for X-MINUS ONE
old time radio drama. When I stumbled across the television episode (I never knew existed) I was very excited!! This is one of my all time favorite radio programs, to see it visually is definetly a treat. Check out Ray Bradbury Theater's "Mars Is Heaven".

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Hidden Truth
Episode: Corpse With A Missing Stomach

I have yet to find much information on this old time radio program. I believe this is a radio program that was produced in South Africa from 1967-1969. A detective/mystery themed show. Not many broadcasts from the Hidden Truth exist today, so I recommend checking it out! I think you will enjoy.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Barrie Craig, Condidential Investigator
Episode: Case Of The Gossip Columnist (10/10/1951)

Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator was a radio detective drama heard on NBC from October 3, 1951 to June 30, 1955.

Detective Barrie Craig (William Gargan) worked alone from his Madison Avenue office. Unlike his contemporaries Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe, Craig had a laid-back personality, somewhat cutting against the popular "hard-boiled detective" stereotype. Others in the cast included Parley Baer and Betty Lou Gerson.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Fat Man (1946-51)

The Fat Man, a popular radio show during the 1940s and early 1950s was a detective drama based on characters by Dashiell Hammett. It starred J. Scott Smart in the title role, as a detective who started out anonymous but rapidly acquired the name 'Brad Runyon'.

Broadcast from the studios of WJZ in New York, the series premiered on the ABC Radio Network on Monday, January 21, 1946, at 8:30pm, as part of a block of four new programs (I Deal in Crime, Forever Tops, and Jimmy Gleason's Diner). Based on Dashiell Hammett's fiction, The Fat Man was further developed by producer, E.J. ("Mannie") Rosenberg. The program was directed by Clark Andrews, creator of Big Town, and Charles Powers. The main writer was Richard Ellington, with other scripts by Robert Sloane and Lawrence Klee.

Episode: Murder Squares The Triangle

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Nightbeat (1950-52)

Nightbeat was a radio drama series that aired on NBC from February 6, 1950 until September 25, 1952, sponsored by Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer and Wheaties.

Frank Lovejoy starred as Randy (originally "Lucky") Stone, a reporter who covered the nightbeat for the Chicago Star, encountering criminals and troubled souls. Listeners were invited to join Stone as he "searches through the city for the strange stories waiting for him in the darkness."

Episode: Elevator Caper (1/13/1950)