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The Adventures of Frank Race - Pgm 1

January 2nd, 2009

I'm trying something a little different on the blog for the next few months.

In the past, I've posted a brief run - perhaps four of five episodes of a series - over a period of weeks when I'd run into some discs from a series.  A couple of months back, I wound up buying an almost complete run of the syndicated series, "The Adventures of Frank Race".

So, the plan is to post one episode per week, from beginning to end of the show, in addition to the usual mix of things you'll hear on the blog.  If I get a lot of negative feedback about this experiment, I may end the series early, so let me know in the comments if this is something you're interested in.

"The Adventures of Frank Race" was produced in 1949-1950 by Bruce Eells Productions in Hollywood.  Tom Collins played Race for the first half of the episodes, then Paul Debrov took over the role.  Forty three episodes were produced; I'm missing a few programs from the middle of the run of the show.

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Race was a two-fisted adventurer and investigator.  Although his office was in New York, he and his sidekick, Mark Donovan, would travel to exotic locations in search of crooks trying to rip off insurance companies.  The show intro pretty much sums up the premise:

"Before the war,  Frank Race worked as an attorney, but he traded his law books for the cloak-and-dagger of the OSS. When the war was over, his former life was over too.  Adventure became his business!"

The program was written by Joel Murcott and Buckley Angel and the organ music was composed and performed by Ivan Ditmar.

I'm a fan of film noir and detective radio shows, so "Frank Race" was a fun program to transfer to digital.  The shows are always action packed - Race gets into at least a couple of fists fights and gets shot at a time or two in each episode.  It sounds like the sound effects guys were having a fun time with this one.

Program 1 in the series is titled "Audition" in the vinyl trail-off.  The story concerns Race's investigation of some disappearing ships, so in some listings the story is called "Victory Ship Adventure", "The Adventure of the Hackensack Victory" or other titles.

The show was transferred from an original Bruce Eells Productions vinyl transcription, matrix numbers U-133761 and U-133763.

Next week:  The Adventure of the Darling Debutante!

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