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Gun parable from Golden-Age radio

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Charlie Bravo, Dec 19, 2006.

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  1. Charlie Bravo

    Charlie Bravo Member

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    Don't know if any of you have the time or inclination to listen to old-time radio mp3s, but you can download an interesting episode of Dr. Six Gun here:

    http://www.otrcat.com/thisweek.php

    Pretty interesting parable about gun control from 1954.
     
  2. ArfinGreebly

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    Interesting

    . . . and somewhat long.

    But good, nonetheless.

    And plausibly told, as well.

    Did I mention it's somewhat loooong?
     
  3. cloudcroft

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    Yeah, you mentioned it, but some people have longer attention-spans than you.

    Also, we're not all suffering from the ubiquitous modern-day "quality" of instant-gratification, or trying to compress everything into a 30-second sound byte.

    That aside, Merry Christmas...

    -- John D.
     
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    Chill out, cloudcraft. Don't you know that the younger generation lives for the 30 second byte?
     
  5. 45-90 Shooter

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    Thanks for posting that CB! I’m into Scifi OTR more than the westerns but I enjoyed it a lot.

    That’s the first time I have heard of Dr. Six Gun, do you have any idea how many episodes were made?
     
  6. Charlie Bravo

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    45-90...

    One OTR reference site I googled lists 60 known and 44 missing episodes.

    In light of the pro-gun message on what I would assume was a national broadcast, you'd have to say times sure have changed, but apparently the idea of gun control wasn't a novelty even in 1954 America.

    Charlie
     
  7. ArfinGreebly

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    Attention span?

    I'll have you know I can concentrate just as well as . . .

    Oh, look, a dandelion!​
     
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    Thanks!

    By the way, to anyone looking for more Dr. Sixgun, I have let my subscription lapse as a budget-cutting measure during law school, but I nonetheless highly recommend rusc.com ("[A[r]e You Sitting Comfortably?"], which offers downloads of thousands of old Old-Time Radio programs; I'd be surprised if they didn't have this one as well.

    (Aside: The hobby interest that many people share in Old Time Radio is a good argument for limited copyright terms! There might be no market obvious enough to a Disney-style copyright holder, but there clearly is enough interest to keep a perpetual distributed archive system afloat in the form of show trading. Ahem.)

    For more foley box gunplay (not quite as didactic, but also moralistic generally) I recommend Phillip Marlowe, Sam Spade, and Dragnet (and anything else with Jack Webb involved, too ;)).

    timothy
     
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    goodstuff
     
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    230RN Marines raising the left-leaning Pisa tower.

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    Did anybody make any Dr. Sevengun shows?
     
  11. beaucoup ammo

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    Love Those Golden Analog Days!

    Also love the early TV shows. Anyone here old enough to remember "Boston Blackie?" At the opening of every show he'd reach into his jacket, pull out a "Snubby", check it, snap the "wheel" back in place, put it back and walk down the alley on his way to a new half hour adventure! Great stuff!

    BTW, it's a heck of a more difficult job to be effective/creative and entertaining in :30 sec. or a half hour than :60sec. or an hour. Thanks, Charlie! If ever in New York or LA, visit the Museum Of Television And Radio. You can call up most any of the old shows from the comfort of a nice chair, and listen on head phones while the world continues to spin out of control 40 stories below!
     
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    MaterDei,

    True, but I'm retired now...I don't deal with any mental-health/illness issues (except my own) such as ADS anymore.

    Merry Christmas,

    -- John D.
     
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    You owe me a keyboard and monitor cleaning.
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  14. beaucoup ammo

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    Strategically placed Neumann mics can do a wonderful job of capturing gunshots in studio for insertion later. Blanks, of course, and good ear protection!

    These were made for episodes of locally produced shows. I'd use "canned" FX a lot, but opted for reproducing real audio when feasible.

    Never made a Dr. Sevengun show, however much of our stuff was along the lines of Firesign Theatre with a local twist.

    Harbor great respect for the "sound" of a good gunshot!
     
  15. ArfinGreebly

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    Dean C

    Sorry, Dean.

    Wasn't sure anyone would get that.
     
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