Radio Retropolis

Radio Retropolis

Hosted by Jim Romanovich. Retro cool, refreshingly new. A series of podcasts under several genres relating to the retro pop culture field and how these features are relevant to everyone today. Retro doesn't mean old. It's about style. These podcasts will consist of classic radio drama and exclusive behind the scenes commentary, new interviews from individuals who contributed to the pop culture experience, and high end audio documentaries.

Episodes

July 31, 2021 36 min

A doctor is severely beaten, robbed and near death.  A narcotics addict is the prime suspect. Commentary on the facts about narcotic addiction and crime.  Plus, the interesting dynamic between Joe and his mother.

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A man is severely beaten and the assailants are nowhere to be found.  The beaten man knows who attacked him yet refuses to file a report. Commentary on police protection realities and the father of the accordion. 

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A woman is found murdered in her apartment and the only clue is a trunk that she never opened. Commentary on while people kill, plus some fun Jack Webb facts including a famous skit with Johnny Carson.

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While Friday and Romero investigate a man who was pulled from his car on a deserted street who was also robbed and severely beaten , the police duo encounter an unexpected tragic event. Commentary on the dramatic turn of events before Act 2 and the creative choice Dragnet made for the rest of the episode.

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Friday questions Henry Ross, a suspect in a man's disappearance, which Friday believes is actually a murder.  Commentary on the unusual format of this episode which starts right at the interrogation and never lets up.  Plus, we discuss the first uses of the polygraph machine.

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An eight-year-old boy and his sister have been going from door to door begging for food even though they are from well to do parents.  Commentary on yet another award won by Dragnet.  This one was The Motion Picture Herald Association with Fame Award.  Also discussed are the millions of children abused each year and why this episode may have had special meaning for star Jack Webb.

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A band of dope peddlers launches a full-scale operation in Los Angeles targeting high-school children. Commentary on the recent commendation both Dragnet and Jack Webb received for the best new star of tomorrow and excellence in programming.

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Walter Harrison is on the window ledge of a downtown building, thirteen stories above the street threatening to leap to his death at exactly 2 pm just 22 minutes from now.  Commentary on this great real-time episode when everything happens in 22 minutes.

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A wealthy businessman is thought to have committed suicide although murder has not been ruled out.? Friday and Romero investigate the suspicious circumstances and make a startling discovery. Commentary tonight on the Dragnet pattern of determining the guilty party. ?Plus, we look at the possibility with present day technology how one can or cannot carry out the deed that one of our characters actually does in 1950 Los Angeles.

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A pair of phony talent scouts are targeting young girls with dreams of stardom in Hollywood. Commentary tonight on the tragedy of fame and fortune plus Jim shares a very personal tragic?story about a close friend of his. ?

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Arson is suspected in a cover-up of a gruesome double murder. Commentary on why this is one of the best Dragnet episodes so far.  This episode was one of the first to be adapted for television for its brilliance.  The final ten minutes are exceptional Dragnet drama not to be missed!

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Friday and Romero investigate the abduction of a three day old baby from Mercy Hospital. Commentary on Hispanic mothers and emphasis on family. ?Also a look at the guest actors who gave these excellent performances. ?One of Dragnet's finer moments.

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Friday and Romero investigate a woman who is receiving life-threatening letters and phone calls and need to find this stalker before she winds up dead. Commentary on how this was a departure from its regular procedural format and how mental illness was treated in 1950.

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Sgt. Friday tries to trap Howard Scully, a careful narcotics wholesaler, by posing as a buyer. Commentary on Joe Friday's tough character when faced with a situation of having to actually kill someone...or be killed.

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A man posing as a doctor is burglarizing homes in the city. Commentary on William H. Parker, Los Angeles Police Chief, who in this episode gives Dragnet and Jack Webb a citation for merit for the authentic portrayal of the LAPD.  Parker modeled his tenure as chief after Dragnet.

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A store clerk has been murdered and all Friday knows is that the killer is well dressed and escapes using taxis. Commentary on the specific  detail of the beverages  being consumed and why Webb felt it was important to focus on these minor moments.  Plus, we'll discuss why Joe Friday's catchphrase is "Just the Facts, Ma' am" -or was it?

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Friday goes undercover as a hit man to prevent a man from murdering his wife.` Commentary on Jack Webb's role in Marlon Brando's first film The Men as well as his characterization of Friday's undercover role as being similar to his Pat Novak, For Hire character-a series he did the year before Dragnet.

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Tonight’s case-Thieves are breaking into homes all over the city stealing furniture with no leads available.  Commentary on a casting misfire with this episode as well as a rare blooper. 

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Tonight is the case of a small bakery shop being held up and a man and his daughter who are shot dead.  Commentary from two different sources with two completely different assessments on Jack Webb and what he brought to Dragnet.

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An elderly couple have suddenly disappeared from a fashionable neighborhood in Los Angeles. There’s no trace of them not a clue to their whereabouts. The final five minutes are not to be missed. Commentary on the brilliant dramatic conclusion of this episode which is why Dragnet is a standout series.

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