Here’s the next to last installment in our collection of a half-dozen episodes of the early 1950s crime drama, “This is Your FBI”. These are syndication versions of the shows distributed in the early 1970s, transferred from the 15 inches per second dubbing masters used to create the lp records or tapes sent to stations. You can read more about these tapes in my original blog post about them.
“The Traveling Swindle” was originally broadcast on August 29, 1952. The story concerns a couple of crooks that run a swindle where they pretend to be IRS agents, examining the business’s books, and telling the owner they can “settle” with them for minor problems they’ve found. You’ll recognize “Gunsmoke” regular Parley Baer as one of the crooks. This appears to be another episode of the series not commonly circulating among collectors.
Our mp3 was transferred from a 10” reel to reel dubbing master running at 15 inches per second, captured at 24 bit/96 kHz. There’s a few dropouts in the first few minutes of the show.