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For Father’s Day, we start off with The Great Gildersleeve. He’s only an uncle, but he’s been like a father to his niece and nephew, so they decide to get him a great, big, stuffed club chair. They aren’t the only ones. This episode is a classically-structured farce with people and chairs coming and going to beat the band. Then on the science fiction anthology program X Minus One, a couple of lab rats find themselves caught up in government bureaucracy. Check it out here.

The March of Dimes gets mentioned on both our quiz show and our comedy in this installment. On Information Please, the guest is General Hugh Johnson, head of President Roosevelt’s National Recovery Administration, who also worked hard to raise money to fight polio. Then, on The Danny Kaye Show, the versatile comedian / actor / singer plays an exaggerated version of himself. As he tries to get to Washington for a March of Dimes fund-raiser, he finds plenty of opportunities to use his patented fake-foreign accents and scat-patter as well as sing a sweet song or two. If you would like to make a donation to the March of Dimes, simply click here. For the podcast, listen here.

I take on the Big Kahuna: Star Trek's "The City on the Edge of Forever." I've watched, read, and listened to this story nearly all my life. Now I talk about its complex and, some say, controversial history on the great podcast "Enterprising Individuals." Listen here.

For Mother’s Day, Dennis Day sings the ballad “Little Mother of Mine” on The Jack Benny Show. On this episode, the gang is flying back to Los Angeles from New York. At the time such a voyage was a rare treat. It took a mere 18 hours; about half as long as a similar trip by train. Then on Have Gun Will Travel, Paladin thinks he’s doing his Chinese friends a favor by exposing a con game as old as the hills. But there’s a lot more to it than meets the eye of even the sharpest mind in the Old West. Listen here.

The Lux Radio Theater usually adapted films, but this adaptation of Lost Horizon is based on the 1933 novel by James Hilton, not the 1937 film starring Ronald Colman and directed by Frank Capra. And yet, this radio version also stars Ronald Colman. He had become so identified with the film’s hero, Conway, that it was unthinkable to do a version without him. If you’ve only seen the film, you’ll be surprised to find that the story is the same but many of the characters are different and / or missing. Give a listen here.

I return to Rob Kelly's Film and Water Podcast to talk about the 1937 classic film Lost Horizon. Starring Ronald Colman and directed by Frank Capra, this tells the tale of a small band of people who arrive unexpectedly at Shangri-La, a hidden valley of peace and calm in the middle of a chaotic world. Based on the novel by James Hilton, Lost Horizon was nominated for seven Academy Awards and won two.

As promised last time, I’m giving you the first episode of the amateur detective drama The Casebook of Gregory Hood, a summer replacement series that became a hit in its own right. Written by science fiction and mystery writer Anthony Boucher and writer Denis Green, it takes full advantage of its post-war San Francisco setting. Then on The Jack Benny Program, Jack has to sneak around in order to avoid being seen by actor Ronald Colman. Luckily, he has his old-lady costume from a production of Charley’s Aunt. So on go the bonnet and high heels . . .

Check it out here.

To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, we present an episode of The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes set on the Emerald Island. Today, kissing the Blarney Stone is must-do for tourists. Back in Queen Victoria’s time, the tradition was less-known and a lot more dangerous - as the Great Detective and the Good Doctor are about to learn. Then we double-dip into classic Americana with two episodes of Vic and Sade. First Vic is requested to tackle some ballistic golf clubs, and then he receives a top honor in the world of kitchenware. Check it out here.

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The Valentine's Day issue of Tales from the Canyons of the Damned is out. This is the all love stories issue. Well, weird love stories. My contribution is a reprint of my second humorous tale of Reggie Brubaker and his faithful valet, James. In "James and the Gentry," Reggie has accidentally become engaged to Galia, First Princess of the Lande of Faerie. It's up to the world's greatest gentlemen's gentleman to get him out of it. Available on Amazon in eBook and paper format. Various eBook back issues of Canyons are available on Amazon as well as Kobo and Barnes and Noble.

On Dragnet, Friday and Smith find themselves investigating a locked-room mystery with an apparent suicide that just doesn’t add up. Then Groucho Marx runs contestants through their paces on You Bet Your Life. Parlez-vous français? Grouch does. Or does he, when one of the players is a young lady from the French consulate. Check it out here.