Down These Mean Streets

An Old Time Radio Detective Podcast

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Happy Birthday, Bela Lugosi

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Actor Bela Lugosi was born October 20, 1882. He achieved cinematic immortality with his definitive portrayal of Dracula in the 1931 Universal film. Audiences were entranced and horrified by Lugosi’s mesmerizing performance as the vampiric count. The role locked Lugosi, sometimes to his disappointment, in the horror genre. He appeared in Son of Frankenstein, The Raven, and Murders in the Rue Morgue, often co-starring with fellow Universal horror legend Boris Karloff. Later in life, he achieved another type of cinematic immortality from his collaborations with infamous B-movie director Ed Wood, including the cult classic Plan 9 from Outer Space.

In honor of his birthday, I’ll post some of his old time radio performances. For more from the Golden Age of Radio, click here to subscribe to the “Down These Mean Streets” podcast in iTunes.

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Happy Birthday, Barney Phillips

Actor Barney Phillips was born October 20, 1913. Widely heard in supporting roles during the Golden Age of Radio, Phillips appeared on Suspense, Nero Wolfe, Philip Marlowe, Escape, and Rocky Fortune, among others. He made regular turns on Dragnet, and he had a multi-episode stint as Sgt. Ed Jacobs, Joe Friday’s temporary partner. On television, Phillips appeared on dozens of shows including a famous guest spot in the Twilight Zone classic “Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?”

In honor of his birthday, I’ll post some of Barney Phillips’ radio appearances. For more from the Golden Age of Radio, click here to subscribe to the “Down These Mean Streets” podcast in iTunes.

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John Gielgud & Ralph Richardson
"A Scandal in Bohemia"

Sherlock Holmes matches wits with Irene Adler, one of his most memorable adversaries, in this Conan Doyle adaptation starring John Gielgud as Holmes and Ralph Richardson as Watson. The two starred in a Holmes series produced by Harry Alan Towers (the man behind Orson Welles’ The Lives of Harry Lime).

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