Radio Retropolis

Radio Retropolis

Hosted by Jim Romanovich. Retro cool, refreshingly new. A network 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 a style and a vibe that is all about one's passion. These podcasts will consist of classic radio drama and discussion, blogs, new interviews from individuals who contributed to the pop culture experience, and high end audio documentaries.... Show More

Episodes

March 2, 2021 34 min

A burglar has struck seventeen times and continues to commit new crimes taking in thousands of dollars.  He is finally caught but the detectives learn his home address is really a vacant lot.  Commentary on Jack Webb's exclusive feature in McCall's- a woman's fashion magazine.  Plus, why Rosie O'Donnell failed in her takeover of the magazine.

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Mr. Jones now has the dissolved Kryptonite and guarantees that Superman will perish.  Meanwhile, Kent and Batman await the call from Jones to get his instructions to retrieve the Kryptonite. Commentary on the the other person who needed a break from this show.

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A murderer threatens to kill his attorney if he turns him in.  The attorney, seeing an opportunity to be rid of him, agrees to help him by devising an elaborate plan to fake his death. Commentary on stars Herbert Marshall and Norman Lloyd.

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Margot and Lamont discover the body of an East Indian gentleman locked in the lounge car liquor cabinet of a transcontinental train. The magnificent diamond called the Giant of Madras he had with him, however, has disappeared.  Commentary on the evolution of The Shadow as well as the logic in his powers.  Plus, the one thing he does in this episode that he has never, ever done before.

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A ventriloquist’s wife and his assistant kill the man but his dummy lives on for revenge.  Commentary on some of the great movies and television shows featuring split personalities with ventriloquist dummies.

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Kent, affected by the deadly contents of Kryptonite in the letter Jimmy holds in his pocket, passes out while driving and crashes through the bridge rail into the waters below.  Commentary on the villains' declaration of absolute victory always going wrong.

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A robber has held up a check cashing service of $1500. After several more robberies, one of his victims is killed during the crime.  Commentary on the start of the new Dragnet radio season and whether the two months off helped the scripts.  Plus, the real statistic on executions in the state of California in 1953.

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The elusive Jones, who discloses who the Crescent and Star organization is, has a proposal for the Laugher to obtain one of the two last pieces Kryptonite from him so he can destroy Superman.  Commentary on the real reason Kryptonite was created as the one substance that could destroy Superman.

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A writer who wants to get rid of his wife asks her to record a suicide note that he will use for the leading character in the play he is writing which is about a woman in an unhappy marriage who wants to end it all.  Commentary on the unusually illogical storytelling in this episode.  Plus, the most ineffective sound effects mistake.

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A couple purchase a mirror that dates back to a time when witches were burned in Salem that is said to give visions of those who are about to die.  Commentary on why The Shadow is not a supernatural show.  Plus, stars Staats Cotsworth and Alice Frost.

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With reports of missing hitchhikers in town, Luthor Brenda, a dead man, is said to rise and return to his casket at the mausoleum.  Commentary on a huge shift in direction that betrayed the basic style of the episode in which major plot points were now left unresolved.

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Philips’ Hindu servant, Tarah, arrives and according to Phillips will prove the secret he told Kent was absolutely true.  Commentary on Batman The Caped Non-Wonder as his status as superhero is severely questioned.

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An unidentified young girl, "Jane Doe #17," has committed suicide with a .22 caliber rifle. But was it a suicide?  Friday and Smith investigate.  Commentary on the telling reasons why Jack Webb may have been bored and exhausted doing the radio version of Dragnet.

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After Henderson arrested Philips whom he, Kent and Batman believe to be Jones, the man Philips decides to tell the group a telling secret that will reveal everything.  Commentary on the fine line Kent and Superman walk in which Kent likes to tease he is Superman.

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February 14, 2021 31 min

A career criminal is sent to Death Row for a murder he didn’t commit. When a reporter proves his innocence and gets him freed, he tries to live the straight life until his former accomplice, the man who committed the murder, comes back to town.  Commentary on the tragic life of star John Garfield who would die eight years after this broadcast.

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Lamont and Margo are summoned to an old plantation by an old acquaintance to investigate the deaths in his family from a swamp with a mysterious Indian legend. Commentary on the Shadow formula and the discussion between Lamont and Margot on mental illness.

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An amnesiac man, with a bounty on his head, has been on the run for murders he does not remember and cannot escape a past he doesn’t know. So he decides to seek and eliminate those from his past who can do him harm. Commentary on star Charles Irving who became most famous for playing a judge on another series.

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Kent and Henderson having discovered the atomizer belonging to Mr. Jones, they are both shocked to see Lois Lane asking for the same thing. They follow her to a church and see that Lois gives it to a man named Mr. Philipps who just happened to resemble Jones.  Commentary on Bruce Wayne/Batman idiosyncrasies.  Plus Lois uses a slur and Superman makes a statement on equality in 1945 and what it means today.

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Friday and Smith get a call that a man who failed to return from his work the day before is now missing. When they find him, he has some unusual reason for his disappearance.  Commentary on actress Irene Tedrow.  Plus, the infamous Cocoanut Club in the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.

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Kent and Henderson, while staking out the jewelry shop to capture the elusive Mr. Jones, get the shock of their lives when the person that picks up the atomizer is none other than Lois Lane.  Commentary continues on old time radio collectors.

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