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Gumshoe Christmas: Old Time Radio Detectives just in time for Christmas

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Is Santa Claus a Suspect?  Are your Christmas Cookies Safe?  Listen to the Gumshoe Christmas and find out! Detective Christmas Collection/Gumshoe Christmas Collection - Crime never takes a hoilday and neither do our favorite old time radio detective. Crime never takes a holiday, and neither do our favorite ols time radio Radio Detectives . That doesn't mean they won't find time for some holiday cheer in between the bullets and bad guys. On The Falcon , a stolen fur coat is a Christmas present that leads to murder. What? No murder? Boston Blackie breaks up a jewelry store robbery, and almost gets in too deep himself, much to the delight of Inspector Farraday. Casey, Crime Photographer and ace reporter Ann Miller are Xmas shopping and see what appears to be a crime, but it is a frame up that could end them! The next year they cover a mysterious benefactor who gives out Christmas money on Bum Blvd. The events begin to melt even Casey's tough newspaper heart...

Dancers On Suspense!

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Suspense!  was one of the most well produced, acted, and written dramas on radio, as well as one of the most prolific. There were an estimated 945 episodes broadcast, most of which have survived. During the twenty year run, probably the most exciting times were from the late 40's and early 50's under Autolite Autoparts sponsorship. Pitchman Harlow Wilcox wasn't as big part of the show as he had been on  Fibber McGee and Molly , but his over the top plugs for sparkplugs and car batteries were entertaining and informative. The direction and production by Anton Leader,  Gunsmoke  co-creator Norman Macdonnell, and Elliot Lewis were all of the highest quality. An important feature of the program that all three directors made the most of was the use of famous movie actors and comedians, and playing them "out of type". It is a bit of a shock for audiences to hear  Lucille Ball  or  Bob Hope  as potential murderers, but  Suspense!  made it work very well. In ear