Daymon Runyon was best known for his short stories celebrating the world of Broadway in New York City that grew out of the Prohibition era. To New Yorkers of his generation, a ´´Damon Runyon character´´ evoked a distinctive social type from the Brooklyn or Midtown demi-monde. The adjective ´´Runyonesque´´ refers to this type of character, as well as to the type of situations and dialog that Runyon depicted. He spun humorous and sentimental tales of gamblers, hustlers, actors, and gangsters, few of whom go by ´´square´´ names, preferring instead colorful monikers such as ´´Nathan Detroit´´, ´´Benny Southstreet´´, ´´Big Jule´´, ´´Harry the Horse´´, ´´Good Time Charley´´, ´´Dave the Dude´´, or ´´The Seldom Seen Kid´´. His distinctive vernacular style is known as ´´Runyonese´´: a mixture of formal speech and colorful slang, almost always in present tense, and always devoid of contractions. He is credited with coining the phrase ´´Hooray Henry´´, a term now used in British English to describe an upper-class, loud-mouthed, arrogant twit. Runyon´s fictional world is also known to the general public through the musical Guys and Dolls based on two of his stories, ´´The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown´´ and ´´Blood Pressure´´. The musical additionally borrows characters and story elements from a few other Runyon stories, most notably ´´Pick the Winner´´. The film Little Miss Marker (and its two remakes, Sorrowful Jones and the 1980 Little Miss Marker) grew from his short story of the same name. Fifty-two half-hour episodes. Digitally remastered. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Brown. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/045784de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Criminal lawyer and all-time #1 mystery author Erle Stanley Gardner wrote close to 150 novels that have sold 300 million copies worldwide. His most popular books starred the incomparable attorney-sleuth Perry Mason. In The Case of the Howling Dog, Arthur Cartwright, an anxious man, goes to Perry Mason to have his neighbor arrested for his vindictive and noisy dog. He is under the belief that his howling is an indication that somebody has been murdered in the neighborhood. He demands that his will be written bequeathing the estate to the lady living at the neighbor´s house. However, the will is mysteriously altered by an unknown person and Cartwright goes missing, along with the lady. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jerry Robbins, The Colonial Radio Players. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/003104de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Hollywood´s beloved song and dance man, Dick Powell, turned gumshoe in this 1945-era detective yarn. At once a tough-talking detective working with police to solve tough murder cases and yet an affable crooner who ended nearly every episode singing to his girlfriend in his rich baritone voice. Whether murder or music, Dick Powell beguiled radio audiences through 100+ episodes before the show moved to television and the role was eventually taken over by David Janssen, later the star of The Fugitive. Richard Diamond, Private Detective became the template for many of the private eye shows to follow on both radio and television. Gritty crime stories combined with lighthearted banter and, in this case, a musical number served up a compelling half hour of entertainment each week. A must-have for fans of detective stories and Dick Powell. Digitally remastered. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dick Powell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/049619de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From London to Cornwall, then to Italy and France, a short, shabby priest takes on bandits, traitors and killers. Why is he so successful? The reason is that after years spent in the priesthood, Father Brown knows human nature and is not afraid of its dark side. Thus he understands criminal motivation and how to deal with it. The award-winning Colonial Theatre on the Air has dramatized G.K. Chesterton’s Father Brown stories from The Innocence of Father Brown with a full cast, music score, and sound effects. Included in Vol. 2: The Invisible Man The inimitable Father Brown is called to help in the hunt for a mysterious killer, known only as an ´´invisible man.´´ The Wrong Shape Novelist Leonard Quinton has long been an eccentric, but his habits are driving his wife to the point of mania. When death finally comes to Quinton´s unconventional home, it´s fortunate that Father Brown and his good friend Flambeau are on hand. The Sins of Prince Saradine A dream holiday turns into a nightmare for Father Brown and his best friend, Flambeau. Why has the notorious Prince Saradine come to England, and who wants him dead? The Hammer of God Norman Bohun is a man with many enemies, so it comes as no surprise when he´s eventually murdered. But Father Brown´s biggest problem is in identifying a killer who must possess superhuman strength. 1. Language: English. Narrator: J.T. Turner, The Colonial Radio Players. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/006610de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
BUZZSomething´s wrong above the usually tranquil waters of Rainy Lake in this science-fiction comedy. The mosquitoes of Minnesota are legendary. But could they carry away lifestock? Two kids and one very dumb secret agent need to figure it all out before it´s too late. Starring Steve Sinclair, Veryan Erwin and Jessica Liggins. ´´TALL BEARS´´ All across Northern Minnesota, towns in search of a way to separate themselves from the crowd build landmarks. Huge statues of fish, twine balls and other attention-getters dot the landscape. In International Falls, Smokey Bear graces the city center in all his 30-foot glory. But one summer, with drought chocking the landscape and the fire danger in the nearby national park high, Smokey disappeared. While the police chief searched for logical explanations, his 12-year-old daughter (and paranormal expert) Heather went to work on finding out the TRUE story with nearly deadly results. Starring Rachel Adams. ´´THE TRUNK´´ When you live along an international border, the temptation to smuggle a small item or two (Cuban cigars, illicitly caught fish) across can be quite strong. When two women are asked to smuggle a box of steaks across, they readily agree. But the night is Halloween, and when the ´´steaks´´ end up eating a customs guard, there appears to be no way out in this comedy sketch from the Icebox of the Nation. Recorded before a live audience. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Steve Sinclair, Veryan Erwin, Jessica Liggins, Rachel Adams. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/iceb/000001de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Criminal lawyer and all-time number-one mystery author Erle Stanley Gardner wrote close to 150 novels that have sold 300 million copies worldwide. His most popular books starred the incomparable attorney-sleuth Perry Mason. In The Case of the Curious Bride, a woman claiming not to be a bride consults Mason about her ´´friend´´, whose husband, long thought to have died in a plane crash, turns up alive. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jerry Robbins, The Colonial Radio Players. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/brll/003425de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Criminal lawyer and all-time #1 mystery author Erle Stanley Gardner wrote close to 150 novels that have sold 300 million copies worldwide. His most popular books starred the incomparable attorney-sleuth Perry Mason. The Case of the Sulky Girl:An impetuous niece who demands her trust fund be released comes to Perry Mason for help. But it´s her boyfriend who needs defending when he is charged with murdering her controlling uncle. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jerry Robbins, The Colonial Radio Players. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/brll/002755de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Criminal lawyer and all-time number-one mystery author Erle Stanley Gardner wrote close to 150 novels that have sold 300 million copies worldwide. His most popular books starred the incomparable attorney-sleuth Perry Mason. The Case of the Lucky Legs is the story of a confidence man who promoted fake beauty pageants in small California towns. Marjorie Clune was one of his winning victims, ´´The Girl with the Lucky Legs´´. She was promised a Hollywood movie contract, but the scam artist fled with the money. Marjorie fled too; left her hometown in shame to try and ´´prove” herself in Hollywood. Perry Mason is hired to track her down, but when the deceitful pageant promoter turns up murdered, Marjorie becomes the prime suspect in this ´´edge of your seat” murder mystery. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jerry Robbins, The Colonial Radio Players. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/brll/002864de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation by Michael Butt about the death of the poet and playwright Christopher Marlowe, originally broadcast in the Afternoon Play slot on 17 August 2010. In May 1593, the playwright Christopher Marlowe was killed. Apparently, it was because of an argument over a bill. Michael Butt´s innovative drama dons the cloak of documentary to re-examine the unsolved case. Starring Paul Rhys as the narrator, Blake Ritson as Thomas Walsingham, Harry Lloyd as Thomas Kyd, and Burn Gorman as Robert Poley. Also included in the cast are Tim McMullan, Christine Kavanagh, Tony Bell, Sam Dale, Sean Baker and Lloyd Thomas. Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Paul Rhys, Blake Ritson, Harry Lloyd, Burn Gorman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbcw/004188de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
THE CABIN NEXT DOORWhen the Regal family moves into a idyllic lake home for a few weeks of family fun, they don´t think much of the dilapidated and obviously abandoned cabin next door. But as mysteries begin to pile up around the ancient structure, the Regal kids decide to do a little sleuthing to pass the time. Starring Brock Krahnke and Anna Remus. The first production ever by the Icebox Radio Theater. ´´SUMMER PEOPLE´´ And now, a word from our sponsor! A movie trailer for a film NEVER coming to a theater near you. ´´THE ICEBOX PROPERTY´´ A Texas woman comes to her husband´s home town, Icebox Minnesota to get some Northland flavor, and check out the possibility of inheriting a piece of prime property. But when neighbors challenge ownership on the beautiful lakeshore land, tempers flare and bullets fly in this borderland mystery. Written by Kenna Clayton, and starring Karen Schickle. ´´THE CUSTOMS GUARD´´ Written especially for a fundraiser at Backus Community Center in International Falls, this short playlet features a different look at an ordeal all border dwellers frequently face: Going through customs 1. Language: English. Narrator: Anna Remus, Brock Krahnke, Karen Schickle. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/iceb/000002de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.