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. 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

May 9, 2022 14 min

Frank Hill fires point blank at Superman who somehow seems to be severely affected by the bullets fired into him.  Does Hill know the secret to Superman’s vulnerability?  Commentary after the episode about the lesson Superman teaches the listener.

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A great suspense story about an artist who gives safe harbor to a jewel thief to finish his portrait that he had started before the bloody crime took place.  The artist figures out where the jewels are hidden and the innocent waitress who is somehow involved which now changes everything for him.  Commentary on the figurative meaning of this story and star Vincent Price.

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A former convict is sharing a ride with a dying man who claims he has a half million dollars inheritance from his blind uncle.  When the man dies, the convict assumes the identity of the dead man to collect the fortune.  Commentary on why this is a good mystery.  Plus, star Wendell Corey and why Kirk Douglas hated him although he gave his eulogy.

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With Kent getting Jimmy’s message from the organ grinder’s daughter, Maria, he has only a split second to get to the high-rise building.  The problem that Jimmy is no longer there and instead is moments away from being tossed from the bridge into the cold river below.  Commentary following the episode on Jimmy's unlikelihood of surviving a 200' drop off the bridge into the river, yet one survived from 30,000 feet!

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A father claims that his thirteen-year-old girl has been kidnapped from her home and her dog is also missing.  Friday thinks they have the suspect but are surprised when they case takes an about face.  Commentary on the disturbing nature of this episode and how1950's lack of social sensitivities compare to today.

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Jimmy is bound and gagged in the back of the sedan on his way to watery death,  At the same time, the organ grinder’s daughter, Maria, notices Jimmy’s note and coin.  Commentary following the episode on Kent's inability to lie.

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A woman has learned that she won $150,000 in a sweepstakes contest.  The problem is that the winning stub is in her husband’s suit jacket.  The suit jacket they just buried him in.  Yet, we soon find out there is a little more going on than just a simple sweepstakes ticket that puts people on edge.  Commentary on why this is the epitome of what a Suspense episode should be.

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A woman picks up a mysterious hitchhiker on the side of the road who seems to know all about her.  When he promises to reveal the killer of her husband if she marries him, she agrees.  But did she just sign her own death certificate?  Or is there something even more sinister afoot?  Commentary on why Everett Sloan's performance as Garth in the first version from September 4, 1945 was far superior to tonight's version even t...

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Frank Hill, the leader of the Guardians of America, has ordered Jimmy’s death by binding him and dropping him off the bridge into the river.  However, one glimmer of hope for Jimmy could lie in the hands of an organ grinder if only he could figure out that he must get Jimmy’s message to Kent.  Commentary on Jimmy's limited ability to reach Kent due to `1946 technology.

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A dead body is found floating in the lake in MacArthur Park. Friday goes undercover to find the gang selling the heroin that killed him.  Commentary on why this undercover stint by Friday doesn't ring as true as past episodes.

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Frank Hill, the big boss, revealed his identity to Jimmy and proceeded to introduce this mystery man shown to him as one whom he knows very well and one who just sealed Jimmy’s fate.  Commentary on what would have been a "super" choice for Superman and Jimmy to stay in contact in what is a fail in this serial, but has since been corrected in future Superman programs and movies.

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A blind detective receives a visit from a woman who claims she is being blackmailed and later whose husband winds up murdered.  The woman is suspect, yet she had been with the detective the whole time.  Who is blackmailing her?  And who killed her husband.  Commentary on author Baynard Hardwick Kendrick in which whose novel this script was based.  Plus star, Brian Donlevy.
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An elderly woman is blackmailed by her nephew once he finds out that she killed her husband with a fireplace poker.  Commentary on the confusing character choices.  Plus, why the ending had to be as such.

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Kent makes a deal with art gallery owner Adolf Klein, a contributor to the youth center, to plant a fake story in the Planet that the artwork in his gallery was slashed so that they may finally catch the main boss behind these hate crimes.  But there may be another who knows about the fake story.  Commentary on "bridge" episodes and Superman leaving Jimmy on his own more than not.

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A special officer has been shot and the owner of a liquor store knifed to death during a robbery.  Commentary on the troubled life of news commentator Don Hollenbeck whose death this very day put a period on what the NY Times sadly calls a largely forgotten man.

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Charlie the bartender and Muggs’ henchman refuses to let Jimmy leave to tell his “uncle” he will be late.  In reality, Jimmy needs to get word to Kent about the car bomb that Muggs will plant on Perry White’s car tonight.  Commentary on behind the scenes of The Adventures of Superman in how George Reeves refused the "hoist" contraption to make him fly after an on-set accident.

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A husband and wife take on a new maid who begins to fall in love with the husband.  The husband in turn convinces the maid to help him kill his wife.  Commentary on star Gregory Peck's debut performance on Suspense.

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The story of a man who schemes to capitalize on a seven-years-in-the-making insurance scam involving the deceased former husband of this man’s current wife.  What he didn’t expect is for the dead man’s second wife to suddenly appear wanting her cut.  Commentary on why there is no such thing as the perfect crime.

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Jimmy finds himself in deep trouble as his cover is blown and Muggs and his gang have tracked him back to Kent’s apartment where Jimmy is helpless and all alone.  Commentary on the contuining antisemitism post WWII that directly inspired this serial storyline.
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