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Some Kind Of Satisfaction - File Fill That Hammer Guy Ted de Corsia - 1954 An episode of That Hammer Guy with Ted de Corsia, not found in the other collections on Internet Archive.  The sound quality is a bit rough (as is the lead character), roughly on par with the other episodes available on IA.  The story, characters, and acting are all very satisfying; the story is complete, but the show's wrap-up is missing. This series debuted on the Mutual network on January 6 1953 and ran until...
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Topics: That Hammer Guy, Some Kind Of Satisfaction, Ted de Corsia
Old Time Radio
May 11, 2018
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Curtain - File Fill The Whistler August 16, 1953 An episode of The Whistler not currently found in the OTRR collection. Like most Whistler episodes of this era, this is a rather subdued tale concentrating on the motives and modus operandi of the central character, rather than an over-the-top story of violence.  In that context, Curtain is a very satisfying listen. Bill Forman plays The Whister, and featured in the cast are Lamont Johnson, Frances Robinson, Eddie Marr, and Bob Bruce, in a story...
Topics: Whistler,The, Curtain
Old Time Radio
Feb 10, 2018
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Murder At Midnight: The Radio Show ~ Introduction To Old-Time Radio ~ Midnight, the witching hour when the night is darkest, our fears the strongest, and our strength at its lowest ebb. Midnight, when the graves gape open, and death strikes! Murder At Midnight is one of the best arguments for exploring the lesser-known series of old-time radio.  While not one of today's best-known shows, nor a title that often comes up in discussions of OTR, it is an imaginative and varied program produced by...
Topics: Murder At Midnight, ITOTR
Old Time Radio
Feb 10, 2018
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Chicken Charlie: Chicken No More Murder At Midnight - Trigger Man William Quinn "Nobody knows how I feel.  Except maybe a guy in the death house." You've just learned that you only have six months to live.  What do you do?  Would you let it change your life?  Should you let it change your life?  Does an abbreviated life become more valuable or less valuable?  These are the questions faced by 'Chicken Charlie' Nix, the central character of Trigger Man. Charlie Nix had always...
Topics: Murder At Midnight, Trigger Man, William Quinn, ITOTR
Old Time Radio
Feb 10, 2018
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Devolution Murder At Midnight -  The Ape Song Raymond Edward Johnson, Ruth Yorke, Brad Barker Man and Ape.  What really separates us?  Is it our civilized behaviour, our tacit commitment to the rights of our fellow human beings, and a collective striving for the advancement of culture through science, philosophy, and the arts? Or is it just the thumbs? The Ape Song makes a strong case for the latter theory.  Despite the quaint Darwinian notion that we, as a species, have evolved to a higher...
Topics: Murder At Midnight, Ape Song,The, Raymond Edward Johnson, ITOTR
Old Time Radio
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Murder At Midnight Sorted By Copyright Sequence Slightly over half of the fifty-two Murder At Midnight episodes that were produced, sorted by the order in which the shows were copyrighted.  This is an effort to gather all available episodes in one place, fill in cast information where possible, and clear up some misnaming and misconceptions about the series. We have sequenced these programs using a source that lists all fifty-two episodes, the Library of Congress copyright catalogues of 1946...
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Old Time Radio
Oct 29, 2017
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Mind Over Murder - File Fix Inner Sanctum Mysteries  August 22, 1949 This is the real August 22, 1949 Inner Sanctum episode 'Mind Over Murder'.  If you downloaded the OTRR Inner Sanctum Mysteries collection, what you may have for this date is a mislabelled copy of 'No Rest For The Dead', which is actually from August 24, 1952. August 1949 was in the Bromo-Seltzer era, although the mp3 on this page is a commercial-free AFRS broadcast.  If your file begins with the Ennds 'Triple-O' plug,...
Topics: Inner Sanctum Mysteries, Mind Over Murder
Community Images
Oct 19, 2017
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Note: The viewer doesn't work very well in Internet Explorer, works better in Google Chrome, and works best in Mozilla Firefox. Hello, Ironworkers! Thanks for putting up with the weirdo with the camera; I hope you enjoy some of the photos here. To scroll through the pictures in the viewer up top, click the arrows at their left or right.  The pictures are sorted with the crane first, then ironwork, then night shots of the project. To see the full-size version of any picture in the viewer, just...
Topics: Construction, Westmount, Edmonton, Photography
Old Time Radio
Aug 8, 2017
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"It's Story Time, Ladies" Aunt Jenny's Real Life Stories Edith Spencer, Dan Seymour How do you sell shortening?  How does an ad agency, in this case Ruthrauff & Ryan, convince the housewife that their client's gooey white substance is superior to their competitor's gooey white substance? As the advertising maxim goes: You don't sell the steak; you sell the sizzle! In the case of Spry Shortening, the 'sizzle' was kindly old Aunt Jenny, the idealized grandmotherly mistress of the...
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Topics: Aunt Jenny's Real Life Stories, Edith Spencer, Bob & Ray, Vic and Sade, John's Other Wife,...
Old Time Radio
Jun 29, 2017
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Jeff Regan, Investigator ~ Introduction To Old-Time Radio ~ Jack Webb (1948), Frank Graham (1949-1950) Violent. Insubordinate. Caustic. Hair-triggered. Not words that one normally associates with Jack Webb, if one only knows him as the straight-laced Joe Friday of Dragnet, but if you don't know Jeff Regan, Investigator, you don't know Jack. Jeff Regan is chief investigator for International Detective Agency, an agency owned by Anthony J. Lyon (hence the series often being referred to as 'The...
Topics: Jeff Regan, Jack Webb, Frank Graham, ITOTR
Old Time Radio
May 21, 2017
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Raymond Chandler  -  The Adventures Of Philip Marlowe: The Radio Show ~ Introduction To Old-Time Radio ~ Raymond Chandler (pictured above, the creator of Philip Marlowe), speaking on the realistic detective of fiction, in excerpts from his 1944 essay 'The Simple Art Of Murder':  "He must be a complete man and a common man and yet an unusual man ... He must be the best man in his world and a good enough man for any world ... He is neither a eunuch nor a satyr; I think he might seduce a...
Topics: Adventures Of Philip Marlowe, Raymond Chandler, Philip Marlowe, Gerald Mohr, Van Heflin, ITOTR
Old Time Radio
May 21, 2017
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"Ill blows the wind that profits nobody" Adventures Of Philip Marlowe - Red Wind September 26, 1948 There was a desert wind blowing that night.  It was one of those hot dry Santa Anas that come down through the mountain passes and curl your hair and make your nerves jump and your skin itch.  On nights like that every booze party ends in a fight.  Meek little wives feel the edge of the carving knife and study their husbands' necks.  Anything can happen.  You can even get a full...
Topics: Adventures Of Philip Marlowe, Red Wind, Philip Marlowe, Raymond Chandler, Gerald Mohr, Van Heflin,...
Old Time Radio
May 21, 2017
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N8ive Radio, 1949 Adventures Of Philip Marlowe - The Indian Giver August 13, 1949 In the 1930s, America needed scapegoats.  After the Wall Street crash of 1929, the citizenry circled the wagons, and anyone who was not part of the dominant culture was seen as suspect. Within the European diaspora, there was mistrust of the more recent waves of immigrants, such as the Italians who had come to America in large numbers less than a generation earlier.  Even within America itself, there was...
Topics: Adventures Of Philip Marlowe, Indian Giver,The, Philip Marlowe, Gerald Mohr, Betty Lou Gerson, ITOTR
Old Time Radio
May 20, 2017
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"Stop, Pops; He's Going To Fling It!" Adventures Of Philip Marlowe - The Monkey's Uncle March 7, 1950 Yes, we all know the simian's first line of defence.  Philip Marlowe may be a tough guy's tough guy, but when faced with a chimpanzee who starts to fling what a chimpanzee is known to fling, well, no one is that tough.  (As you may be starting to suspect, this is a lighter-hearted episode with much humour accompanying the mystery.) As it turns out, Cornelius, the pooh-flinging...
Topics: Adventures Of Philip Marlowe, Monkey's Uncle,The, Philip Marlowe, Gerald Mohr, ITOTR
Old Time Radio
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The Greatest Sorrow The Adventures Of Philip Marlowe - The Hiding Place  May 9, 1950 It is said that there is no greater sorrow than when a parent outlives their child.  Rose Kennedy, matriarch of America's first family of politics in the mid-twentieth century, lived to see four of her children perish, two at the hands of assassins: "It has been said time heals all wounds. I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind protecting its sanity covers them with scar tissue and the pain...
Topics: Adventures Of Philip Marlowe, Hiding Place,The, Philip Marlowe, Gerald Mohr, Mothers' Day, ITOTR
Old Time Radio
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Writing Himself Into The Show Screen Guild Theater - Why Jack Benny Will Not Appear On The Program March 27th, 1944 'Why Jack Benny Will Not Appear On The Program'.  The program stars, of course, Jack Benny.  Also appearing are Barbara Stanwyck, Basil Rathbone, Jean Hersholt, and Michael Curtiz, the director of Casablanca. Like so many of Jack's own programs, this episode of Screen Guild Theater is the story of the 'show within the show'.  Jack Benny, learning of a program being produced...
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Topics: Screen Guild Theater, Why Jack Benny Will Not Appear On The Program, Jack Benny, Barbara Stanwyck,...
Old Time Radio
Mar 6, 2017
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Jack Benny: The Radio Show ~ Introduction To Old-Time Radio ~ Mister Radio.  Original 'King Of All Media'.  The world's oldest 39-year-old.  Possibly the person most associated with the golden age of radio is Jack Benny. Jack Benny, born Benjamin Kubelsky in 1894, grew up in Waukegan, Illinois, the town he made famous in countless routines.  At age six he began studying the violin, and in 1911, at age 17, Benny began his career playing the violin on the vaudeville stage.  His violin would...
Topics: Jack Benny Show, Jack Benny, ITOTR
Old Time Radio
Mar 6, 2017
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Mrs. Bogart! The Lucky Strike Program - Guests Bacall & Bogart January 5th, 1947 Jack Benny is, of course, the perfect gentleman.  He would never take lightly the sanctity of marriage.  Every man, however, has something deep in their psyche (call it vanity) that drives him to prove, if only to himself, that he can still play the Lothario should the need arise. With Lauren Bacall dropping by the Benny house to rehearse her part in an upcoming Jack Benny Show, Jack goes into action.  To...
Topics: Jack Benny Show, Guests Bacall & Bogart, Jack Benny, Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, ITOTR
Old Time Radio
Mar 6, 2017
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Never Trust A Mysterious Stranger The Lucky Strike Program - I Stand Condemned January 19th, 1947 Apparently, Jack Benny had never heard the Inner Sanctum Mysteries episode Death Bound, or he would have known better than to trust a mysterious stranger who asks for a light.  Complicating matters is the fact that this mysterious stranger, who looks just like Boris Karloff, is Boris Karloff. Boris Karloff was the star of many Inner Sanctum episodes in the '40s and '50s, and on The Jack Benny Show...
Topics: Jack Benny Show, I Stand Condemned, Jack Benny, Boris Karloff, Inner Sanctum Mysteries, Death For...
Old Time Radio
Jan 16, 2017
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Dragnet: The Radio Show ~ Introduction To Old-Time Radio ~ There's not much that can be said about Dragnet that hasn't been said already; it remains the most iconic show of radio's post-WWII era.  When Jack Webb and company took to the airwaves, they hit the ground running.  Webb himself was a veteran of several lead roles on radio, such as private investigators Johnny Madero, Jeff Regan, and Pat Novak.  While he had found success playing these characters as the edgy, simile-tossing...
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Topics: Dragnet, Jack Webb, ITOTR
Old Time Radio
Jan 16, 2017
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The Off-Beat Generation Dragnet - The Big Guilt November 23, 1952 The Big Guilt is the tale of a murder investigation.  This episode doesn't open with a blaze of gunfire, a story of love and betrayal, or an adventure involving a clutch of precious jewels.  It opens with a body found in an alley at sunrise. The characters are simple:  A drunk looking for a place to flop, not knowing with whom he is sharing his alley.  A friend who owns a business nearby.  An ex-con who had been seen with...
Topics: Dragnet, The Big Guilt, Jack Webb, Carolyn Jones, ITOTR
Old Time Radio
Jan 5, 2017
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Suspense: The Radio Show ~ Introduction To Old-Time Radio ~ Suspense, 'radio's outstanding theater of thrills', was one of the premier shows of the golden age of radio.  Not only was it was one of the most enduring programs of the era, airing from June 1942 to September 1962, it was also a favourite of the Hollywood elite.  While some stars made only one appearance, there were many artists whose appearances numbered into double digits.  These included such performers as Charles Laughton,...
Topics: Suspense, ITOTR
Old Time Radio
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The Lighter Side Of A Hollywood Heavy Suspense - The Man Who Thought He Was Edward G. Robinson October 17, 1946 Homer J. Hubbard could be the toughest man in town.  The only person that stands in his way is Homer J. Hubbard. The side of Homer Hubbard that is known to the public, and to his wife, is the obsequious clerk whose meekness makes him the butt of jokes, who is mercilessly harangued by his boss, and who has quietly endured twenty years of marriage to his domineering wife Ada. The other...
Topics: Suspense, Man Who Thought He Was Edward G. Robinson,The, Man Who Wanted To Be Edward G....
Old Time Radio
Dec 24, 2016
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"I Want You To Kill My Husband" Suspense - Lady In Distress May 1, 1947 The epitome of the femme fatale, in the Suspense episode Lady In Distress, Ava Gardner's character leads the men in her life to their destruction.  This is not unusual for her characters of this period; in Robert Siodmak's 1946 'The Killers', her last film prior to Lady In Distress, Ava's manipulative Kitty Collins leaves a wake of death behind her like a trail of perfume. In Lady In Distress, Ava plays Evelyn...
Topics: Suspense, Lady In Distress, Ava Gardner, Howard Duff, ITOTR
Old Time Radio
Dec 23, 2016
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Barbara Stanwyck: What A Bitch! Suspense - The Wages Of Sin October 19, 1950 When it comes to playing a bad bitch, Barbara Stanwyck is without peer.  We take a not-so-guilty pleasure in her manipulative nature, regardless of whether she is spiralling toward catastrophe, as in Sorry, Wrong Number or Double Indemnity, or being redeemed by the inherent selflessness of others, as in Meet John Doe or Remember The Night. The Wages of Sin definitely belongs in the former category.  This 1950 episode...
Topics: Suspense, Wages Of Sin,The, Barbara Stanwyck, ITOTR
Old Time Radio
Dec 23, 2016
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On The Drift Suspense -  Too Hot To Live October 26, 1950 In Too Hot To Live, an inescapable, searing heat permeates every nook of the story.  The protagonist's monologue, as the episode opens: "The sun is eleven o'clock high and starting to pucker the tar road leading into Marcus Junction.  I'm heading in.  The sweat's beginning to streak through the old suntan uniform and my shoes are sucking tar every time I lift them.  The sole of one boot busts loose and starts flapping against...
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Topics: Suspense, Too Hot To Live, Richard Widmark, ITOTR
Old Time Radio
Dec 23, 2016
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Stay Tuned For Murder Suspense -  Murder In G Flat April 5, 1951 Easy come, easy go.  That's probably not the first phrase that comes to mind, when thinking of Jack Benny and money.  The money, all twenty-five thousand of it, does come easily when bags get mixed up on the subway.  Soon, however, piano tuner Hercules Remington (Benny) learns that the person who picked up his tool bag, leaving the money, has identified him and wants his bag back. Of course, piano tuner Remington wanted to...
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Topics: Suspense, Murder In G Flat, Jack Benny, Bea Benaderet, Joseph Kearns, ITOTR
Old Time Radio
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'A Perfect 44' Amos & Andy - Mister 1943 December 31, 1943 Yes, the characters of Amos and Andy were Black. Yes, the two men who played them were White. Let's move on... A happy new year.  How do you wish someone a 'Happy New Year' in the darkest days of World War II?  Do you sugar-coat the reality of life during war-time?  No; everyone the world over knew what the reality was: shortages, uncertainty, fear, and impending death.  So what can one offer as a salutation on New Year's Eve,...
Topics: Amos and Andy, Mister 1943, Edward G. Robinson, New Year's Eve, Screen Guild Theater, Blind Alley,...
Old Time Radio
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Code 12-25:  Tearjerker In Progress Dragnet - The Big Little Jesus December 22, 1953 Crime never stops, even for Christmas.  While the usual parade of criminal activity continues, however, Sergeant Friday and Officer Smith are faced with a most unusual crime:  the theft, from a church, of a statue of the infant Jesus. The officers follow standard investigative procedure.  They interview potential witnesses, learn what they can about the possible motive, question a likely suspect, and most...
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Topics: Dragnet, The Big Little Jesus, Jack Webb, Christmas, Christmas Carol,A, ITOTR
Old Time Radio
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'He's Gonna Find Out Who's Naughty Or Nice' The Adventures Of The Saint -  Santa Claus Is No Saint December 24th, 1950 In Santa Claus Is No Saint, the 'Robin Hood Of Modern Crime' forgoes bow and quiver to don whiskers and a red suit, for the highest of purposes: entertaining tots on Christmas Eve.  The Saint's troubles begin in earnest, however, when "a tot, twenty years later" shows up at his door, armed with a gun and the notion that Simon Templar is actually one 'Fats' Boylen....
Topics: Saint, The, Santa Claus Is No Saint, Vincent Price, Larry Dobkin, Tuning Across The Dial,...
Old Time Radio
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Jeff Regan, Investigator - Frank Graham 'If I Knew You Were Coming I'd Have Wrecked A Train' July 2, 1950 'The British Are Coming' September 3, 1950 Two episodes from the Frank Graham era of Jeff Regan, Investigator, which don't appear in the main Regan/Graham collection.  Both episodes feature stale premises, weak characterizations, lazy writing, and overacting that would make Yosemite Sam blush. Frank Nelson plays Anthony J. Lyon. If I Knew You Were Coming I'd Have Wrecked A Train: When...
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Topics: Jeff Regan, Frank Graham, Frank Nelson
Old Time Radio
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'Romance Is In The Air' Listen To A Love Song - 1946 Georgia Gibbs & Tony Martin Listen To A Love Song was a pleasant, innocuous CBS music program from the summer of 1946, starring Tony Martin and Georgia Gibbs, and featuring The Lyttle Sisters & Chorus and Albert Sack's orchestra.  The announcing duties went to Jimmy Wallington, who assumes the persona of quite the wolf in promos for sponsor Bourjois, makers of Evening In Paris face powder. The shows that remain with us today,...
Topics: Listen To A Love Song, Georgia Gibbs, Tony Martin, Phil Harris, Victor Borge, Woody Herman, ITOTR
Old Time Radio
Oct 16, 2016
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'So How's Things In Los Angeles?' Jeff Regan, Investigator - The Prodigal Daughter July 17th, 1948 How do you prove that you're not you?  It is easy to prove that you are something; much more difficult to prove that you're not.  How do you prove that someone is who they say they are, when they're not, and how do you prove that a dead woman is who everyone says she was, when she can't speak for herself? Confused?  You won't be, after listening to The Prodigal Daughter. This episode of Jeff...
Topics: Jeff Regan, Prodigal Daughter,The, Jack Webb, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar, Pearling Matter,The, Bob...
Old Time Radio
Oct 16, 2016
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Best. Kiss-Off. Ever. Jeff Regan, Investigator - The Gambler and His Lady December 11th, 1948 "They call it The Havenwood.  It sags in the middle like a tired frankfurter.  That's where I live, Apartment 3K. Two rooms with a pull-down bed and a pair of windows that stick when it's hot ... Beyond is the city: L.A. Spread out on the map like a raw egg with a broken yolk. Oh, the town's all right, I guess, if you can afford the sedatives..." Jeff Regan is not a 'gentleman...
Topics: Jeff Regan, Gambler And His Lady,The, Jack Webb, ITOTR
Old Time Radio
Sep 3, 2016
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'Some People Never Get Too Much' Dragnet - The Big Thank You March 9, 1950 You're a detective sergeant.  You're assigned to homicide detail.  A confessed murderess is paroled from the state prison for women.  After seven months the parole office loses contact with her. Your job:  find her. This episode of Dragnet, from late in the first season, is a first-rate illustration of how an investigation may start with the smallest indication of wrongdoing, followed by the monotonous and too-often...
Topics: Dragnet, The Big Thank You, Jack Webb, Louise Peete, ITOTR
Community Audio
Aug 27, 2016
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Introduction To OTR - Picture Page ~ Nothing to see here, folks ~ This is the page where we store secondary pictures that appear on ITOTR pages with no audio files. If we put them on the same page as the article, the page would cycle through the pics and the text would jump up and down, due to the different jpeg heights. Since you're here, why not enjoy some sound bites pulled from favourite movies and shows? ---------------------------------------- Speaking of Hamlet, here's a clever anagram...
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Community Audio
Aug 25, 2016
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Harry's Practice Page 2016-08-25 ----------------------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------- BARFTTD Index Experiment 0:00 Roger Skibenes introduces the boys, who give a rundown of the show coming up. 0:50 Victims of misfortune who are visiting New York, including a man whose daughter has dug her way to China, a woman who is trying to reach the Amazon jungle, and a man hoping...
Topics: Harry, Practice Page