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Old Time Radio Show
55 Episodes On CD
MY HUSBAND HAS BEEN COLLECTING OLD TIME RADIO SHOWS FOR A LONG TIME NOW. HE LISTENS TO THEM WHILE HE IS WORKING IN THE DARKROOM.
WE THOUGHT WE WOULD SHARE THEM WITH OTHERS SO THEY COULD ENJOY THEM ALSO.
One of radio's longest running shows, Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons was also one of the first of the detective genre on radio, and certainly the earliest one with "legs," lasting well into the TV era.
Earlier in its run, it used the best of the melodramatic serial methods - obvious characterization with social and anti-social stereotypes, all done with somewhat heavy-footed plotting. Bennett Kilpack played Mr. Keen as an intellectual authority figure, magisterial in manner, reserved, aloof. Two others took over Mr. Keen later in the run, but Mr.Keen's mannerisms remained the same. Kelly plays Mr. Keen's working-class heavy, M. Clancy. The name tells the characterization, since old time radio, like vaudeville, was a world where immigrants had popular comedic stereotypes.
To modern ears, this type of show sounds more stilted than authoritative, since we really never "get to know" Mr. Keen, but this style of detective can be considered an homage to the classic intellectual English tradition. With perhaps a dash of the formality of the early old time radio announcer in his tone of voice. After all, early radio announcers used to work in tuxedos before live audiences!
The detective work is sometimes barely more than coincidence or criminal oversight. The facts of the cases are often far-fetched, and the dialogue can be from the early radio "formal diction" school, such as "Was it he who answered the door, Clancy?" The very name of the show should give a good indication of the dialogue, there is a great deal of nostalgic enjoyment to be found. The show was lampooned by Bob and Ray in their classic "Mr. Trace, Keene than Most Persons."
THERE ARE 55 Episodes ON 1 CD AND THEY ARE IN MP3 FORMAT. THEY WILL PLAY ON ANY COMPUTER AND SOME CD PLAYERS THAT ARE MARKED PLAYS MP3s. YOU CAN EASILY BURN THEM TO A CD SO YOU CAN PLAY ON YOUR CAR SYSTEM. I HAVE THEM ON MY ZUNE AND ONE OF MY FRIENDS HAS THEM ON HIS I-POD. REMEMBER THEY ARE IN MP3 FORMAT AND WILL NOT PLAY ON MOST CD PLAYERS.
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