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We start off this installment of Presenting the Transcription Feature with The Abbott and Costello Show. It’s time for Lou to pay his income taxes, and he finds himself up to his ears in financial advice. When he learns that he won’t have to pay anything if he doesn’t earn any more income for a week, he’s suddenly awash in unwanted money. Then, on Have Gun -- Will Travel, the tables get turned when Paladin is hauled in by a bounty hunter. Click here to listen.

The latest episode of Presenting the Transcription Feature brings you the one, the only . . . Groucho Marx. Groucho’s finest turn in the world of radio was as the host of You Bet Your Life. Ostensibly a quiz show, the quiz portion was almost an afterthought. The real fun was in Groucho doing the pre-quiz interviews, during which, if the contestants said the secret word, they could win a little extra cash. Groucho’s whip-smart wit could take the blandest of comments and spin comedy gold from it. Secondly, on Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar, actor Vincent Price guest-stars as himself. In an episode that plays on his public persona as an art aficionado, Price hires freelance insurance investigator Johnny Dollar to track down a painting that’s been stolen from his collection. Price then insists on joining Dollar each step of the way.

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This time on Presenting the Transcription Feature, we revisit two old favorites. On The Jack Benny Program, Jack and Mary attend a special showing of suave British actor Ronald Colman's latest movie, A Double Life. Colman and his wife Benita Hume play themselves in this episode. They were frequent guests on Jack’s show. So much so that many people thought they were actually his next door neighbors. On Dragnet, Friday and Romero are up against a criminal armed with a bomb who’s threatening to blow up City Hall unless his convict brother is released. You can listen here.

This time on Presenting the Transcription Feature, it’s a mixture of comedy and drama. The Great Gildersleeve was a spin-off of Fibber McGee and Molly. Life in the cozy, small town of Summerfield still manages to provide plenty of challenge for Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve. Will Gildy be able to maintain his position as president of the Jolly Boys Social Club, or is he doomed by a combination of his own good intentions and pomposity? Then it’s our first western. On Have Gun Will Travel, mysterious gunslinger-for-hire Paladin, gets more than he bargained for when he agrees to transport a prisoner for the Texas Rangers.

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Whip out the Bay Seasoning for this one. It's that 1957 B-movie classic, Attack of the Crab Monsters!

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This time on Presenting the Transcription Feature, we start off in the middle of World War II. The classic sit-com Fibber McGee and Molly paints a portrait of life on the Home Front when its stars decide to go to the movies. Between rationing and price controls, just getting inside the theater proves quite the challenge. Then we return to the world of quiz shows with another episode of Information Please, with guests newspaper columnist Franklin P. Adams; sportswriter John Kieran; and pianist, comedian, actor, and raconteur Oscar Levant.

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"Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar" starred Bob Bailey as "the man with the action-packed expense account." A freelance insurance investigator, Dollar was called in to investigate burglaries and suspicious deaths. If he could recover the item or solve a murder, the insurance company might not have to pay off. In exchange, Dollar got a commission, and, of course, his expenses reimbursed. The show shifted from a weekly half-hour to 15 minutes five days a week. This time I present all five episodes of one of Dollar's most unusual cases.

Now with new logo featuring my grandfather in 1931, age 21, adjusting a very old-time radio, a General Electric.

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These Are The Voyages: Season Two is the second volume in Marc Cushman's magnificently brilliant and entertaining history of the original Star Trek TV series. The first volume tracked the creation and production the first season. And now here's volume two. These books cover everything. Drawing from script versions, we see how the stories evolved. There's ratings numbers, salary information, and lots and lots of production memos. For anyone interested in the history of television, these books are surprising and revealing. For any fan of Star Trek, these are must-haves.

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