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 Posted:   Nov 9, 2021 - 1:55 PM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

I'm curious: What does "five star episode" signify, if it can so often be mediocre?

Yavar

 
 Posted:   Nov 9, 2021 - 1:55 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

In my opening post I state I am using a ten-star rating system.

 
 Posted:   Nov 10, 2021 - 10:26 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

CONTINUED: EDMOND O'BRIEN (February 3, 1950 to June 5, 1952):




"The Leland Blackburn Matter"
"with music by Wilbur Watch"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dc9deKaBPW8

Highlights:
  • 3:24 in. I'm pretty sure this is the first example of a cue that ended up getting tracked into some episodes during the Bob Bailey run.
  • 5:20 in.
  • 10:56 in.
  • 13:19 in.
  • 16:02 in.

    Five-star episode.

    Dollar: "Murder is a hard thing to ignore."


    MISSING EPISODES (NO KNOWN COPIES CURRENTLY KNOWN TO EXIST):

    "The Montevideo Matter"
    By: ?????


    "The Ruby Valentine Matter"
    By: ?????


    "The Adolph Schoman Matter"
    By: ?????



    "The Port O'Call Matter"
    "with music by Wilbur Watch"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQ_NVKlyblw

    Highlights:
  • 3:59 in.
  • 5:19 in.
  • 7:41 in.
  • 9:01 in.
  • 10:45 in.
  • 12:48 in.
  • 26:00 in.

    "Dead men don't answer very many questions."
    "I've noticed that."

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     Posted:   Nov 12, 2021 - 9:20 AM   
     By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

    CONTINUED: EDMOND O'BRIEN (February 3, 1950 to June 5, 1952):




    "The David Rocky Matter"
    "with music by Wilbur Watch"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkoV5nMSluo

    Highlights:
  • 1:14 in.
  • 3:26 in.
  • 8:10 in.
  • 11:35 in.
  • 21:09 in.
  • 23:02 in.
  • 25:32 in.

    Five-star episode.

    A surprisingly amount of dramatic weight to the music, considering there's nothing remarkable or particularly inspiring about the episode. It's as bland and forgettable as the previous episodes.


    MISSING EPISODES (NO KNOWN COPIES CURRENTLY KNOWN TO EXIST):

    "The Weldon Bragg Matter"
    By: ?????


    "The Monoploy Matter"
    By: ?????


    "The Lloyd Hammerly Matter"
    By: ?????


    "The Vivian Fair Matter"
    By: ?????

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     Posted:   Nov 13, 2021 - 9:57 AM   
     By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

    CONTINUED: EDMOND O'BRIEN (February 3, 1950 to June 5, 1952):




    "The Jarvis Wilder Matter"
    "with music by Wilbur Watch"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yB_fbvys78M

    Note: The audio is rough on this episode, especially the opening seconds.

    Highlights:
  • 3:49 in.
  • 8:53 in.
  • 12:59 in.
  • 24:24 in.
  • 27:24 in.

    Five-star episode.



    "The Celia Woodstock Matter"
    "with music by Wilbur Watch"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdMw9oFVEig

    Highlights:
  • 4:54 in.
  • 9:05 in.
  • 12:14 in.
  • 16:23 in.
  • 20:24 in.

    Five-star episode.

    "Is this Mr. Dollar, the insurance gentleman?"



    "The Stanley Springs Matter"
    "with music by Wilbur Watch"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PJV5Hnca4Y

    Highlights:
  • 2:50 in.
  • 7:50 in.
  • 9:35 in.
  • 14:19 in.
  • 15:21 in.
  • 17:56 in.
  • 25:19 in.
  • 27:23 in.


    Five-star episode.

    Special Note: After Edmund says his name, a female comes in and introduces her character too, which is a first. Well, a first assuming none of the missing episodes have this happen.


    MISSING EPISODES (NO KNOWN COPIES CURRENTLY KNOWN TO EXIST):

    "The Emil Lovett Matter"
    By: ?????



    "The Byron Hayes Matter"
    "with music by Wilbur Watch"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S03jlwsSGpo

    Highlights:
  • 4:15 in.
  • 7:10 in.
  • 11:28 in.
  • 15:40 in.
  • 17:35 in.
  • 18:50 in.
  • 22:12 in.

    Five-star episode.

    This is the first episode I can recall where even though Dollar solves the case, the insurance company still is in a position to figure out how to not pay off the claim.

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     Posted:   Nov 15, 2021 - 12:44 PM   
     By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

    CONTINUED: EDMOND O'BRIEN (February 3, 1950 to June 5, 1952):




    "The Jackie Cleaver Matter"
    "with music by Wilbur Watch"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e00iawAEqC0

    Highlights:
  • 1:07 in.
  • 5:35 in.
  • 8:18 in.
  • 11:42 in.
  • 12:15 in.
  • 15:38 in.
  • 18:13 in.
  • 21:11 in.
  • 23:11 in.
  • 25:23 in.
  • 27:05 in.

    Five-star episode.

    Dollar: "They call him 'Happy', which he isn't gonna be once I find him."



    "The Edward French Matter"
    "with music by Wilbur Watch"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgLTcJ2YiU0

    Highlights:
  • 1:07 in.
  • 3:47 in.
  • 5:36 in.
  • 8:05 in.
  • 9:03 in.
  • 10:32 in.
  • 12:34 in.
  • 14:49 in.
  • 17:03 in.
  • 20:51 in.
  • 22:32 in.
  • 23:57 in. Arrangement of the theme which I don't recall hearing before. I think this arrangement was by Hatch.

    Five-star episode.

    Unusually dramatic scores for these last two episode scores.



    "The Mickey McQueen Matter"
    "with music by Wilbur Watch"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujDUi7c6FG0

    I swear I covered this episode, but I could not find the name "McQueen" in the thread. Maybe it was mislabeled. And this one seems tighter and re-written some. Still doesn't raise the star-rating.

    Highlights:
  • 3:59 in.
  • 5:03 in.
  • 7:53 in.
  • 11:28 in.
  • 12:22 in.
  • 19:37 in.
  • 21:38 in.
  • 22:51 in.

    Five-star episode.



    "The Willard South Matter"
    "with music by Wilbur Watch"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWsi94CIZqI

    Highlights:
  • 4:21 in.
  • 7:3 in.
  • 9:45 in.
  • 11:21 in.
  • 17:27 in.
  • 22:06 in.

    Five-star episode.



    "The Month-End Raid Matter"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FImT_wb5YY

    Highlights:
  • 3:53 in.
  • 6:10 in.
  • 8:05 in.
  • 11:13 in.
  • 12:24 in.
  • 14:31 in.
  • 17:43 in.
  • 20:34 in.

    Boring five-star episode.

    Out-of-contest quote...
    "I'll finger him for ya."

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     Posted:   Nov 16, 2021 - 11:00 AM   
     By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

    CONTINUED: EDMOND O'BRIEN (February 3, 1950 to June 5, 1952):




    "The Virginia Towne Matter"
    "with music by Wilbur Watch"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7e6UtjCuIQ

    Highlights:
  • 3:27 in.
  • 7:52 in.
  • 11:43 in.
  • 18:32 in.
  • 20:25 in.

    Five-star episode.


    MISSING EPISODES (NO KNOWN COPIES CURRENTLY KNOWN TO EXIST):

    "The Marie Meadows Matter"
    By: ?????


    "The Jane Doe Matter"
    By: ?????



    "The Lillis Bond Matter"
    "with music by Wilbur Watch"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTVS6o1o1wQ

    NOTE: Unedited episode, so mistakes are made and lines have to be said again, for example. There is no music, even though Hatch is named in the end.

    Five-star episode.



    "The Soderbury, Maine Matter"
    "with music by Wilbur Watch"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zwCR6Z0t9A

    NOTE: Unedited episode, so mistakes are made and lines have to be said again, for example. There is no music, even though Hatch is named in the end.

    Five-star episode.

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     Posted:   Nov 17, 2021 - 11:17 AM   
     By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

    CONTINUED: EDMOND O'BRIEN (February 3, 1950 to June 5, 1952):




    "The George Farmer Matter"
    "with music by Wilbur Watch"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lw5_t-jMQY8

    Highlights:
  • 1:05 in.
  • 2:23 in.
  • 3:28 in.
  • 5:27 in.
  • 10:13 in.
  • 12:50 in.
  • 18:18 in.
  • 19:10 in. That stinging brass opening is pretty powerful.
  • 22:42 in.

    Five-star episode.

    (Note to Me: correct episode for highlights?)



    "The Arthur Boldrick Matter"
    "with music by Wilbur Watch"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mD2jDdghjFg

    This is presumably the final effort by Hatch for the radio program.

    Highlights:
  • 9:09 in.
  • 11:39 in.
  • 18:50 in.
  • 22:11 in.



    "The Malcolm Wish, M.D. Matter"
    NO COMPOSER CREDITED
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5dw7NwE0zI

    Highlights:
  • 3:56 in.
  • 6:22 in.
  • 7:09 in.
  • 9:12 in.
  • 12:08 in. The original episode first-half break music (not heard in a number of episodes now) is back and also re-done.
  • 13:10 in.

    Boring five-star episode.

    The opening theme has been re-done.
    The sounds like it's on the cheap with maybe just some string, organ, and possibly some brass.

    Dollar: "Anybody with hair like that never should have tried being a criminal."



    "The Hatchet House Theft Matter"
    "with music by Eddie Dunstedter"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paSNogO_ssA

    Highlights:
  • 21:27 in.

    Dollar goes to Scotland.
    Boring five-star episode.

    Even though no composer is credited, it's clear as day the previous episode score was also by Eddie Dunstedter.

    These on-the-cheap organ scores have really brought the show down. IT was already boring as it is with the mediocre scripts and O'Brien as the lead. This did not help.



    "The Alonzo Chapman Matter"
    "with music by Wilbur Watch"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxpyZgXLlAA

    Highlights:
  • 2:51 in.
  • 22:33 in.

    Boring five-star episode.

    Out-of-context quote...
    Dollar: "... I went back to satisfy myself ..."

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     Posted:   Nov 18, 2021 - 11:07 AM   
     By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

    CONTINUED: EDMOND O'BRIEN (February 3, 1950 to June 5, 1952):




    "The Fairway Matter"
    "with music by Eddie Dunstedter"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6XNF7TQ_WI

    Highlights:
  • 12:47 in.
  • 17:54 in.

    Boring five-star episode.



    "The Neal Breer Matter"
    "with music by Eddie Dunstedter"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CH7_8mLGuQ

    Highlights:
  • Nothing.

    Boring five-star episode.


    MISSING EPISODES (NO KNOWN COPIES CURRENTLY KNOWN TO EXIST):

    "The Blind Item Matter"
    By: ?????



    "The Horace Lockhart Matter"
    "with music by Eddie Dunstedter"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivr133_JdQ4

    Highlights:
  • Nothing.

    Boring five-star episode.


    MISSING EPISODES (NO KNOWN COPIES CURRENTLY KNOWN TO EXIST):

    "The Morgan Fry Matter"
    By: ?????

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     Posted:   Nov 19, 2021 - 10:35 AM   
     By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

    CONTINUED: EDMOND O'BRIEN (February 3, 1950 to June 5, 1952):




    "The Lucky Costa Matter"
    "with music by Eddie Dunstedter"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Y4NjDmHSGk

    Highlights:
  • 10:55 in.

    Boring five-star episode.


    MISSING EPISODES (NO KNOWN COPIES CURRENTLY KNOWN TO EXIST):

    "The Cumberland Theft Matter"
    By: ?????



    "The Leland Case Matter"
    ?????
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMR5c0IP9WE

    NOTE: Unedited episode, so mistakes are made and lines have to be said again, for example. There is no music. End credits are not present.

    Boring five-star episode.



    "The Cuban Jewel Matter"
    "with music by Eddie Dunstedter"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6A2O0UEeUI

    Highlights:
  • 2:32 in.
  • 10:35 in.

    Some of the writing is morphing into Bob Bailey-era writing. Still didn't save it from being another five-star episode.

    Dollar: "... south of the border, north of the border, anyway you look at it -- the geography was lovely." (in reference to a woman)

    Dollar: "I forget my manners when I'm in a hurry."

    Dollar: "You could tell me Stalin and McCarthy just got married and I'd still look bored."



    "The Protection Matter"
    "with music by Eddie Dunstedter"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwepTnQOWzE

    Note: The audio is rough.

    Highlights:
  • Nothing.

    Five-star episode.

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     Posted:   Nov 27, 2021 - 12:05 PM   
     By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

    CONTINUED: EDMOND O'BRIEN (February 3, 1950 to June 5, 1952):




    "The Douglas Taylor Matter"
    "with music by Wilbur Hatch"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Sf-iPkZW8o

    Highlights:
  • 3:55 in.
  • 9:09 in.
  • 13:10 in.

    Well, I was wrong -- Hatch is still going. The tyranny of Eddie Dunstedter and his organ appears to be gone at least temporarily -- somebody came to their senses back then.

    Five-star episode.



    "The Millard Ward Matter"
    "with music by Wilbur Hatch"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3poJb8VElrc

    Highlights:
  • 4:17 in.
  • 10:14 in.
  • 13:33 in.
  • 22:23 in.
  • 25:50 in.

    Five-star episode.


    MISSING EPISODE (NO KNOWN COPIES CURRENTLY KNOWN TO EXIST):

    "The Janet Abbe Matter"
    By: ?????



    "The Tolhurst Theft Matter"
    "with music by Wilbur Hatch"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KwFzyWpen0

    Highlights:
  • 13:23 in.
  • 15:49 in.

    Five-star episode.

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     Posted:   Nov 29, 2021 - 1:06 PM   
     By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

    CONTINUED: EDMOND O'BRIEN (February 3, 1950 to June 5, 1952):




    "The Hannibal Murphy Matter"
    "with music by Wilbur Hatch"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSZsHzYQMao

    Highlights:
  • 2:42 in.
  • 4:42 in.
  • 14:01 in.
  • 18:07 in.
  • 24:55 in.

    Five-star episode.

    Dollar: "If it hadn't been Mr. Murphy, I probably would have been invited to a murder some place else; it's a popular past time."



    "The Birdy Baskerville Matter"
    "with music by Wilbur Hatch"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swf7oXF_ffs

    Highlights:
  • 9:21 in.
  • 10:53 in.
  • 20:41 in.
  • 24:38 in.

    Five-star episode. There are a few more Bob Bailey-era-like dramatic turns, but it's al not handled well enough to rise to a sixth star; one felt so lazy it's like they got bored and tossed it in to break up writer's block.



    "The Merrill Kent Matter"
    "with music by Eddie Dunstedter"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgA8iNvFDdg

    Note: The second half of the episode has rough audio. It's listenable though.

    Highlights:
  • 9:14 in.
  • 13:59 in.
  • 14:45 in.
  • 25:54 in.

    Five-star episode.
    This may be the first episode I listened to where not only did every one tell the truth (as noted by Dollar in the end), but there was no murderer. I feel like I was jerked around for half an hour.

    Dollar: "Sorry I have to stir things up; I'll do it quietly as I can."



    "The Youngstown Credit Group Matter"
    "with music by Wilbur Hatch"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tq0jQ3OW8Ac

    Highlights:
  • 2:05 in.
  • 8:06 in.
  • 23:12 in.

    Five-star episode.


    MISSING EPISODES (NO KNOWN COPIES CURRENTLY KNOWN TO EXIST):

    "The Paul Barberis Matter"
    By: ?????

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     Posted:   Dec 1, 2021 - 10:38 AM   
     By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

    FINISHING: EDMOND O'BRIEN (February 3, 1950 to June 5, 1952):




    "The Maynard Collins Matter"
    "with music by Wilbur Hatch"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnrFDsU9vpA

    NOTE: Opening of the episode is M.I.A..

    Highlights:
  • 21:13 in.

    Boring five-star episode.



    "The Alma Scott Matter"
    "with music by Wil Bur Hatch"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CP9OioguhBg

    Highlights:
  • Nothing.

    Five-star episode.

    Dollar says he was a private cop in either 1949 or for forty-nine years. I'm going with "'49" since I have a hard time buying an insurance investigator that attracts all kinds of women, runs, gets into fight, and still appears to be healthy when he should be in his 70's. I think it was a mis-speak and he meant the year 1949.



    "The Glen English Matter"
    "with music by Wilbur Hatch"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmZU-BXT4Vc

    Highlights:
  • 4:33 in.
  • 8:20 in.
  • 24:02 in.

    Five-star episode.


    MISSING EPISODES (NO KNOWN COPIES CURRENTLY KNOWN TO EXIST):

    "The Baxter Matter"
    By: ?????



    "The Amelia Harwell Matter"
    "with music by Eddie Dunstedter"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4T-Ph8tjM0

    Highlights:
  • 13:41 in.
  • 23:10 in.

    Five-star episode.

    The tyranny of Eddie and his organ has returned.


    MISSING EPISODES (NO KNOWN COPIES CURRENTLY KNOWN TO EXIST):

    "The Henry Page Matter"
    By: ?????

    "The Montevideo Matter"
    By: ?????

    "The New Bedford Morgue Matter"
    By: ?????

    "The Sidney Mann Matter"
    By: ?????

    "The Tom Hickman Matter"
    By: ?????

    "The Edith Maxwell Matter"
    By: ?????



    Thank goodness -- this is the final Edmund O'Brien episode!

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     Posted:   Dec 3, 2021 - 8:10 AM   
     By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

    STARTING: JOHN LUND (November 24, 1952 to September 19, 1954):

    Well, I hope the writing gets better. I've not listened to an episode by Lund before, so I don't know what to expect. Got to be better than Edmund O'Brien.


    "The Singapore Arson Matter"
    By: ?????


    "The James Clayton Matter"
    "with music by Eddie Dunstedter"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUIfyKDX770

    NOTE: There were two audition episodes for Lund, but I am saving audition episodes for a separate post after I finish the radio program.


    Highlights:
  • 9:37 in.
  • 24:08 in.
  • 26:55 in.

    Boring five-star episode.

    Dollar: "Ah, by the way, what does your girl look like?"
    "Even your best dream was never that good."
    Dollar: "Just leave her phone number on your desk."



    "The Elliott Champion Matter"
    "with music by Eddie Dunstedter"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KidVzPxt2Fc

    NOTE: The audio is fuzzy and a little rough.

    Highlights:
  • Nothing.

    Five-star episode.



    "The New Cambridge Matter"
    By: ?????


    "The Walter Patterson Matter"
    "with music by Eddie Dunstedter"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrtXKn6NH5g


    Highlights:
  • Nothing.

    A borderline six-star episode. It's not really that boring, a little engaging, and the writing for the first half works. And its keeps a little guessing going through most of the episode.

    The end credits are cut off, but it's clear this is the unmistakable organ tyranny of Eddie Dunstedter. I kept the quote credits since they've never said his credit any other way, so it just goes without saying/changing...

    Out-of-context quote...
    Dollar: "Maybe this will help; take a look at this..."



    Well, so far the writing isn't any better and the voicing is only a smidge better under Lund.

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