An underrated and long-running family series, Dr. Christian comes across today more as a quiet anthology of small-town life than as a straight medical drama, bringing the people of the small town of River's End to life through the eyes of the kindly Dr. Paul Christian. As portrayed by actor Jean Hersholt, Dr. Christian can perhaps best be described as a male Molly Goldberg with a medical degree; a gentle and well-meaning meddler who always manages to lead you in the right direction, whether you want to be led there or not.
Dangerous Assignment featured tough guy actor Brian Donlevy as Steve Mitchell, a troubleshooting agent of some sort, no real title or number is identified, for an unnamed agency established to protect the country and prevent unrest and turmoil from abroad.
In the early months of World War II, radio producer Louis G. Cowan was faced with a problem. Not long before the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December of 1941, Cowan had joined the radio arm of the War Department's Special Services division, where his primary duties had been to produce radio-based propaganda for civilian audiences. Now, however, hundreds of thousands of newly enlisted soldiers were in desperate need of mainstream entertainment.
From the blistering surface of Mercury to Pluto's frosty icefields, their fame had spread: John Thorn, Saul Av, and Gunner Welk - better known as The Three Planeteers! Are they heroes, or outlaws? Could they be both? No more knew. In the year 2952, the fate of the solar system rests on a trio of hired ray-guns who dare the pirate-infested asteroid wilderness known as the Zone…from which few return…. The Three Planeteers return in these vintage pulp tales.
"A great space yarn in the finest tradition"
Once again, we've combed through innumerable issues to cull the best - or should we say worst? - offerings torn from the torturous pages of Horror Stories. These terrific tales have been handed to Milton Bagby, who delivers them with gruesome gusto. Listen with the lights on. You might end up sleeping the same way.
Mysterious happenings - cloudbursts in the arid desert, churches and skyscrapers horribly destroyed, priests and pastors oddly maddened, intelligence agents craftily slaughtered - all these heralded the attack on America by the Son of Kasma - spokesman for a vicious, Oriental cult. The populace flocked to the new religion in self-defense. Our country seemed helplessly doomed….
By plague and fire, bribery and chicanery, terrorism and extortion, the insane dictator Ursus Young has established himself as the supreme ruler of America. Who is left with sufficient strength to thwart him? Already, he has scattered far and wide the organization of which Operator #5, America's Secret Service Ace, forms so important a part. Against such tremendous, dictatorial power Jimmy Christopher finds himself battling with a desperation such as he has never felt before....
Set in an indeterminate future, the new series was out-and-out-science fiction built around the popular aviation genre. Flying the futuristic Silver Flash aircraft, backed up by wingmen Curly Brooks and Biff Bolton, Captain Dusty Ayres strove every month to beat back the forces of the modern Genghis Khan called Fire-Eyes, who had conquered all but North America.
Men blanched at that name - the Scarlet Baron! Ambitious master of the united Underworld, he promised boundless riches for all! But Jimmy Christopher - Operator #5 of the Intelligence - understood the true purpose behind the new plague of rapine and murder. With the gallant Federal G-men slaughtered - with the Secret Service and militia admitting defeat - alone, wounded, and heartsick, Operator #5 seizes the very last chance to save our crime-beleaguered land from shameful serfdom!
Those strange, impassioned orators preached peace and the brotherhood of man - as they tongue-lashed their eager, duped recruits to brutal deeds, bloody violence, and suicide...while dull-witted authorities ridiculed Jimmy Christopher - Operator #5 of the Secret Service - the Dragon Emperor ruthlessly conquered New England....
A group of bitter men - a secret League of War - was ready to plunge the world into a new, Earth-wide conflict. They issued orders, and bloody organized murder was loosed in the heart of Europe! And behind this carnage, a single man was scheming to make himself the dictator of the world! Never before had a single person conceived such a colossal plan for profiting from the slaughter of humans. He had overcome all obstacles - except one lone avenger, Operator #5, America's Secret Service ace.
The news spread like wildfire. A man had solved the problem of the ages - he was bringing the dead back to life! Operator #5, ace of the American Secret Service, recognized the grave menace. He realized the danger if the gigantic advances of modern science were employed selfishly by unscrupulous men. And that precisely was the danger facing his native land!
A brawny coolie from the filthy waterfront of Hong Kong was Emperor of Asia and master of the vast reaches of Russia. Armed with mysterious new weapons which made the bravest man craven, he marched ruthlessly to conquer the world, and to win the proud daughter of the Muscovite nobility who scorned his amorous advances....
By land and by sea, the ferocious Yellow Hordes descend upon the United States, dealing destruction with new and horrifying weapons: with viscid poisons, with lethal gases, with flaming thermite - and with an invisible death-force more fearful, more annihilating than any weapon yet known to man.
Oil - black gold - the blood of Mother Earth! America had squandered its precious reserves, and a syndicate of skilled saboteurs was destroying the remaining store! With all national defense rendered helpless for want of it, bitter despair gripped the hearts of the country's millions. Pillage, slaughter, and slavery - misery and death - threatened each American! And Jimmy Christopher, Operator #5 of the United States Intelligence, was gambling his life recklessly in a valiant effort to save his native land from extinction!
It is a panorama of what radio was like in its prime - featuring the unique comedy of Easy Aces, Bob and Ray, and dramatic shows starring Charles Boyer, Robert Cummings, and Rosalind Russell. Two innovative plays written by radio poet laureate Norman Corwin are included as well as domestic comedy with Mr. & Mrs. Blandings, starring Cary Grant and Betsy Drake.
In this third volume of Nightbeat, Frank Lovejoy stars as hard-nosed Chicago Star newsman Randy Stone, a reporter who looks for the human stories behind the headlines. Lovejoy's distinctive voice and manner, combined with excellent scripts and performances by radio veterans like Lurene Tuttle, Peter Leeds, and Jeff Corey, give the series an unusual and engrossing style - literally film noir for the mind.