Old-Time Radio Essentials is back with episode 37, the Season 3 finale! Pete, Paul and Dave present an installment of the long-running series "Counterspy". The usual free-wheeling discussion follows, with Paul, Dave and Pete weighing the merits of this particular episode. Will they love it, or hate it, or try to waterboard it? Tune in and find out!
And since we're on the subject of finding things out, while you listen you'll learn if we feel this entry meets the following criteria:
1. Is it truly representative of that series? (Can anyone point to it and say, "Yes, that is what [NAME OF SERIES] was all about.")
2. Is it an episode worthy of inclusion in any and every OTR aficionado's private collection?
So with this in mind, we three bring you, as our thirty-seventh number (but 12th -- and penultimate -- official episode of S3), this episode of Counterspy, from 1945. We'll introduce the show, play it in its entirety, then discuss it at length. Thanks for joining us, and we hope you enjoy it!
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Next Time: Pete brings us, for our season 4 opener, a double-feature of The Fred Allen Show, with both guest-starring Orson Welles (it's a tradition, ya know)!
THE MUTUAL STAGE: Charade
Hearkening back to such classic series as Lux Radio Theatre and Mercury Theatre On the Air, The Mutual Stage presents all-new adaptations of films and stage plays, sourced from the public domain. In our inaugural effort, director/producer Pete Lutz has assembled an Oscar-worthy cast to bring you his adaptation of the hit 1963 film, CHARADE. Get set for comedy, adventure, and romance, as we tell the story of a recent widow whose husband stole a quarter of a million dollars -- and now his partners want that money back! NARADA RADIO COMPANY
Darren Rockhold as THE ANNOUNCER
Jack Ward as THE HOST
Greg McAfee as GRANDPIERRE, BARTHOLOMEW, MARINE
Karim C. Kronfli as PETER JOSHUA
Rhiannon McAfee as REGGIE
Gwendolyn Lim as JEAN-LOUIS
Lisa Michaud as SYLVIE
Dana Gonsalves as GIDEON and BRITISH DELEGATE
Pete Lutz as TEX, GENDARME, EMBASSY TELEPHONE OPERATOR, MONSIEUR FELIX
Ian Federgreen as "BARTHOLOMEW"
Chuck Wilson as SCOBIE
Tanja Milojevic as ITALIAN DELEGATE
Carole Krohn as FRENCH DELEGATE
Geri Elliff as FUNERAL ATTENDANT, WAITER, VENDOR, CRUIKSHANK'S SECRETARY
MUSIC BY Dr. Ross Bernhardt
Adapted, produced & directed by PETE LUTZ