SUNDAY, April 28, 2018 at 2:00 pm


"Two Sharp Knives"
(written by Dashiel Hammett)

originally aired June 27, 1945

"Pearls are a Nuisance"
(written by Raymond Chandler)

originally aired April 19, 1945

It's the debate of the century. At least when you're talking about Hard-Boiled detective stories.
Which one is better. Dashiell Hammett or Raymond Chandler.
Razor-sharp observations Vs. Whiskey-laced metaphors
A hard puncher Vs. Pugilistic poet
Banter Vs. Wisecracks
San Francisco Noir Vs. Los Angeles Noir
Fog on the Waterfront Vs. Santa Ana winds.
And both served up plenty of hard liquor, double crosses, cheap hoods, sinister kingpins, and dazzling, dangerous dames.
All right, we'll be honest. When it comes to the Old Time Radio shows like Suspense, BOTH are fantastic.
Dark, edgy, gritty, unpredictable: everything you want in a good mystery.
Take our first show, "Pearls are a Nuisance". A private eye tries to recover a string of stolen pearls and it takes him on a trip to the underworld. But who can you trust when the only people offering to help you are a bunch of hardened thieves?
At the beginning of our second story, "Two Sharp Knives", a man is arrested for murder in a small town and is later found hanged in his cell. It's up to a bumbling local assistant police chief to solve the crime. A wanted man is captured and later found hanging in his cell.
And we'll recreate these shows for you, Sunday, April , just as they aired, with all the Hard-Boiled action, drama and... Suspense.

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Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear is a radio troupe comprised of professional actors and voice-over artists and has been providing top-notch entertainment to Oak Park Arms residents and the near by community for 14 years.


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