Friday, November 5, 2010

The Gaudiest, the Most Violent, the Lonesomest Mile in the World

This is an example of one of my favorite Old Time Radio Shows, Broadway is My Beat. The thing I like about it is the writing - the dialog and narration on this show is a rare and beautiful thing, an insane combination of blank verse and David Mamet style meaningful gibberish. It's about half an hour and within the first five minutes you'll see what I mean. The fact that actors are able to pull this stuff off is a tribute to how good actors were in those days.

The show was written by Morton Fine and David Friedkin,  and produced by the king of Radio Noir, Elliot Lewis. The dynamic of the show, typically, pitted the boring and straight-arrow detective Danny Clover against an array of hyperneurotic brittle New York sophisticates, beatnik junkies, and colorful crypto-homosexuals.

This episode, the Paul Holland Murder Case, features Paul Frees in a bit part as a witness who insists on calling Danny Clover "Robert" without any reason.  Anyway, enjoy because this is your free movie Friday. If you like it and want more, check this out.


  1. heads up, we're basically spamming you this message- you should click on the blog and listen to our podcast. and then you could write about how much you hate or love it on your blog. (because you seem to give pretty good reviews for things we'll be happy to hear an opinion either way).

  2. Dude, that's a total non-sequitur.


  3. Danny Clover is a missing link in the noir-beat continuum.