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Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar ran 15 minutes a day, five days a week. The tales of the freelance insurance investigator, who had an action-packed expense account, were full of action, cleverness, and style. In this binge-listen of a full week’s adventure, Dollar is hired to protect a very special laird, one with four legs and a tail. Listen here.

Eve Arden returns, or perhaps premiers, in Our Miss Brooks, as we present the very first episode of that comedy classic. There’s a new principal, and Miss Brooks just can’t stop bumping into him. Then on Gunsmoke, Marshal Matt Dillon tries to help a family from being unfairly run off their land. Listen here.

This month marks the 124th birthday of radio legend Fred Allen. Though best known for his “feuds” with fellow comedian Jack Benny, Allen had a long and prolific career. We present tonight a classic episode of The Fred Allen Show. First, Fred takes us on a walk down Allen’s Alley to meet the colorful characters who live there, then Frank Sinatra drops by songs and laughs. Then, on Information Please, Fred starts out as a contestant and ends up as host. Listen here.


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First up on You Bet Your Life, Groucho Marx interviews a female Air Force sergeant and the parents of triplets. Then on Dragnet, a brightly-colored car leads detectives Friday and Romero all around Los Angeles, from its mean streets to an amusement park. Listen here.

First up, on Fibber McGee and Molly, the duo race around town trying to reclaim a very valuable coin accidentally spent on some cigars. The comic coincidences and tongue-twisters will leave your head spinning. Then we present, for the first time, an episode of Boston Blackie. Blackie is a righter of wrongs, a reformed safecracker and jewel thief. He first appeared in 1914, and his tough-but-clever style has taken him from magazines to films, television, and, of course, radio. This is a baseball-themed episode. Listen here.

Vic and Sade is the driest of domestic comedies. We present two 15-minute visits to “the small house half-way up on the next block.” First, Sade may have at last found a place to store all of her husband’s fraternal lodge regalia that’s always cluttering up the house. Then, what did people do for entertainment at the height of the Depression? Rush’s pal Rotten makes performance art out of a collapsed porch. Finally, on Escape, we all escape to Kafiristan, via an adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling classic story, “The Man Who Would Be King.” Listen here.

Bing Crosby leads The Kraft Music Hall with special guest, Lucille Ball. Before she was “Lucy,” the comedy legend, she was a would-be glamour girl with a knack for comedy. Then on The College Quiz Bowl students from Barnard College and Syracuse University tackle topics as diverse as mythology, anatomy, and politics. Listen here.

On The Great Gildersleeve, Gildy receives a visit from his old friends (and stars of their own radio show), Fibber McGee and Molly. Knowing he’s in for some ribbing, Gildy tries to hide the fact that he’s engaged to be married. Then on X Minus One, we have an adaptation of a classic bit of science fiction by Fredric Brown, “The Last Martian.” Listen here.

It’s February, and that means Valentines Day – or at least couples. First up, it’s Life With Luigi, the adventures of a recent Italian immigrant in Chicago. Luigi has a date for Valentine’s Day, and nothing could possibly go wrong. Then on Information Please, there are two female guest panelists and lots of questions about couples: separated couples, couples in literature, broken courtships, and even the phrase "ladies and gentlemen" are all covered. Listen here.

First up, on Dragnet, a movie set is the scene of a murder. Jack Webb’s Sergeant Friday hits the soundstage and talks with gaffers, best boys, and directors while investigating a murder that puts the tarnish on Tinseltown. Then on You Bet Your Life, Groucho interviews two doctors -- one for people and one for the birds. Later, there’s a woman who met her husband while selling underwear door-to-door and an engaged couple who work at the same department store. You can listen here.