Friday, May 22, 2015

Stay out of jail!

"Night in Bastille not exactly bed of roses."

(Charlie Chan, from The Shanghai Chest)


Thursday, May 21, 2015

A Johnny Dollar quip

"This case was developing more suspects than garlic breath in a crowded elevator."

Beethoven on old radio

In the episode of The Fat Man entitled, "The Lost Penny," the case is solved by Brad Runyon by knowing that a Beethoven rondo is commonly known as Rage (called Fury by Runyon) Over a Lost Penny." Pretty good knowledge of classical music by a flatfoot, I thought.

Incidentally, the theme music for this program features a tuba - probably the only instance of that in old time radio.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Sleepy time

I hate it when I get into the habit of growing drowsy at a particular time of the day, usually the afternoon. That is a bad habit that is SO hard to break.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Sounds a lot like Louis Lamour

"Lanyard, whose traning had taught him how to listen, hadlearned that the nocturnal hush of each and every house has its singular cadence, its own gentle movement of muted but harmonious sound in which the introduction of an aalien sound produces immediate discord, and to which, while at his work, he need attend only subconsciously since the least variation from the norm would give him warning." (from The Lone Wolf, by Louis Joseph Vance)

This is very interesting, because it is almost exactly an urban transcription of what Louis Lamour said more than once in his western novels about frontiersmen becoming familiar with the night sounds before they went to sleep, so that anything out of the pattern would awaken them.

Corny and funny

Some comedy acts are merely sappy or corny - not really funny. To me, Martin and Lewis fell into this category. Others are consistently genuinely funny. Abbott and Costello had both elements in their radio shows. Sometimes they made you wince because the jokes were so bad, and then the next minute you would be forced to grin.

Monday, May 18, 2015

The town sheriff?

On an episode of the old radio show The Six Shooter, I heard, for the umpteenth time, a character referred to as the town sheriff. Town's do not have sheriffs. Counties have sheriffs. Towns have marshalls.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

The three great gangster faces

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George Raft

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James Cagney

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Edward G. Robinson

As good as music ever got

Drag the indicator over to the 16:51 mark, and listen to 18:16 for a minute and a half of the absolute apex of music. And Beethoven was deaf when he wrote it! Watch Daniel Barenboim when they get to the high note. Can you imagine what a thrill it must have been for those kids to have sung this great work in a setting like that with such a distinguished conductor?


Not much of a recommendation for taxi drivers

"Why are you dressed that way? Is it a disguise?

"A pretty good one. But in point of fact, it's the national livery of my present station in life."

"What do you mean by that?"

""Simply that, out of my old job I've turned to the first resort of the incompetent: I'm driving a taxi."

(from The Lone Wolf, by Louis Joseph Vance)

Saturday, May 16, 2015


Not sick enough to be in bed, but not well enough to be doing anything. A tough day. But they do happen, and about all you can do is buck up and endure them.