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  1. 2.0 hrs • 9/13/2016 • Unabridged

    What if William Shakespeare had written The Big Lebowski? The Dude has met the Bard, and he doth abide. Join the “Knave” and Sir Walter on a wild tale of mistaken identity, kidnapping, bowling, and a rug that, in faith, really tied the room together—in a sidesplitting Shakespearean comedy of errors and ninepins, told in five glorious acts of iambic pentameter and impeccable period prose. It’s already a theatrical hit and a worldwide viral phenomenon. Two Gentlemen of Lebowski is not endorsed by or associated with the Coen Brothers, the writers and directors of the film The Big Lebowski, or Working Title or Universal Pictures, the producer and distributor of The Big Lebowski. Any and all adaptation rights in and to the The Big Lebowski are reserved to the Coen Brothers and to Universal Pictures.

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  2. 9.9 hrs • 8/9/2016 • Audio Theater

    The award-winning and critically acclaimed Wireless Theatre Company strives to keep radio theater alive and well. From the hilarious to the terrifying, this diverse collection features ten Wireless Theatre productions in a single volume: We Are the BBC by Susan Casanove, directed by Jack BowmanRob Sterling Davies is on the crest of a wave: a celebrated scriptwriter, actor, television personality, the new doyen of Just a Minute, and apparently, Stephen Fry’s new best friend. But all isn’t quite as it seems, and when Stephen discovers that Rob’s BAFTA-winning script was stolen, he undertakes to expose Rob for the fraud he is.We Are the BBC is the follow-up to the hugely popular 2011 hit We Are Not the BBC, and features Nicholas Parsons and Stephen Fry as themselves. We Are Not the BBC by Susan Casanove, directed by Jack Bowman A light-hearted look at the radio drama production process as seen by the members of an amateur dramatics society in a sleepy suburb of Swansea It can’t be difficult to make your own play for radio, can’t it? And with a LAMDA-trained professional actor at the helm, surely nothing could go wrong? After their attempt at Mike Leigh–inspired improvisation doesn’t exactly produce satisfactory results, things start to look up when a visiting celebrity agrees to step in and play the lead role. No Cause for Alarm by Gareth RubinNo Cause for Alarm is a silly play.It has no comment to make about the human condition, love in the twenty-first century, or the Iraq war. Stage Fright by Lynn Howes, directed by Emma TaylorA savagely funny satire on celebrity and theater that garnered five-star reviews at its world premiere, Stage Fright charts the struggle for supremacy between three actors appearing in a play together: old friends Peter and Charles, and Geraldine, the young and vulnerable actress they have befriended.As opening night approaches, it becomes apparent that Geraldine is not who she appears to be, and the friends must fight to salvage their pride, their identity, and their reputations in this thought-provoking tragicomedy. The Mighty Carlins by Collin Doyle, directed by Paul BlinkhornOn the anniversary of his wife’s death, Leo Carlin and his two sons come together for their traditional night of sharing the good and not so good memories of the dearly departed Mrs. Carlin. Beers are drunk. Plans are hatched. Secrets are revealed.The Mighty Carlins is a black comedy that celebrates a family at its worst. Blood and Stone by Marty Ross, directed by Mariele Runacre TempleBased on the true story of Countess Elizabeth Bathory, perhaps one of the greatest mass murderers of all time, a woman who tortured and killed over 600 young women for their bloodToo noble to be executed, in 1610 the “Bloody Lady of Cachtice” was bricked up in a set of rooms in her own castle in Slovakia. Why then should the young and beautiful Katya be at the castle door attracting the close attention of the gaoler and wanting a job looking after the countess? Is it revenge, or some more ghostly visit from Bathory’s past? And if she should help her escape … The St. Valentine’s Day Murder written and directed by Peter DavisIt’s Valentine’s Day, but events turn less than romantic when one of the members of a dating site is murdered. Can detective Jean-Pierre LePoulet find the killer?Recorded in front of an audience at the New Diorama Theatre, the show received rave reviews. Laying Ghosts by Clare Reddaway, directed by Emily WrightWhen Connie’s beloved husband Jack dies after twenty-seven years of marriage, Connie hopes that her only son, Gary, will console her. Gary, however, finds that level of commitment a bit, well, too much of a commitment. Connie is left with interfering neighbor Val until Gary’s girlfriend Sandra rings with some unexpected news.This sets Connie on a journey from a village in the Midlands to Hackney and eventually to Ghana as she finds a way to come to terms with her grief and to forge new friendships and a new life. Emails from Abroad by Julia Messenger and Shirley MawerA play based on travels abroad relayed by emails between the ingenuous first-time traveler and her disillusioned home-bound sisterIt culminates in their role-reversal, with the possibility of closure, a tragic end, or a new beginning. The Trial of Sherlock Holmes by Peter Davis and Matthew WoodcockSherlock Holmes, the world’s greatest consulting detective, is on trial for his life!Trapped in a nightmarish court room and charged with endangering the public and his friends, Holmes is forced to relive some of his most bizarre cases with only Doctor Watson to aid his defense.Gasp at the “Adventure of the Lizard’s Hands”! Work your brain into a frenzy of confusion as our heroes uncover the mystery of a dead man found in the middle of Regent Street! Steady your nerves as you bear witness to some snakes! On a train!But is all this evidence enough to satisfy a mysterious judge with a vendetta against our hero?

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    The Wireless Theatre Collection, Vol. 2 by the Wireless Theatre Company, Susan Casanove, Lester Barry

    The Wireless Theatre Collection, Vol. 2

    Featuring works by Susan Casanove, Lester Barry, and others
    Performed by a full cast
    9.9 hrs • 8/9/16 • Audio Theater
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  3. 5.9 hrs • 7/1/2016 • Audio Theater

    The Aldrich Family was a popular situation comedy that was heard on radio and seen in films, on television, and in comic books. Teenager Henry Aldrich, the creation of playwright Clifford Goldsmith, was an endearingly bumbling kid growing awkwardly into adolescence. Episodes revolved around Henry’s misadventures with girls, his family, and his friends. Henry Aldrich was portrayed on radio by twenty-something Ezra Stone when The Aldrich Family launched as a summer replacement program for The Jack Benny Show on NBC in 1939. He kept the lead role until 1942, followed by others, including Bobby Ellis, who became the last Henry Aldrich in 1952. The show had a top-ten rating within two years of its launch, landing it solidly alongside The Jack Benny Show and Bob Hope’s The Pepsodent Show. Earning $3,000 a week, Goldsmith was the highest paid writer in radio, and his show became a prototype for the teen-oriented situation comedies that followed on radio and television. Included in this collection are twelve episodes from 1952 and 1953:“The Barter System” (21 Sep 1952)“He-Man or Mouse?” (28 Sep 1952)“Class Debt Chairman” (5 Oct 1952)“The Big Deal” (12 Oct 1952)“The Debating Team” (16 Nov 1952)“The Thanksgiving Turkey” (22 Nov 1952)“Henry’s Father is Sick” (30 Nov 1952)“The Lost Watch” (7 Dec 1952)“The English Project” (11 Jan 1953)“Love Letter Mix-Up” (25 Jan 1953)“Latin Homework” (15 Mar 1953)“The Delivery Bicycle” (26 Apr 1953)

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    The Aldrich Family, Vol. 1 by Hollywood 360

    The Aldrich Family, Vol. 1

    A Hollywood 360 collection
    Performed by Bobby Ellis and a full cast
    5.9 hrs • 7/1/16 • Audio Theater
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  4. 1.1 hrs • 6/28/2016 • Audio Theater

    Wickedly acerbic, The Youth of Old Age shows acclaimed British actor Prunella Scales at her dragon-tongued best. As the story’s matriarch, she’s determined to prevent her heir from marrying “out of sorts.” Written and directed by award-winning Stuart Price, you’d be mad not to listen to this wicked comedy.

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    The Youth of Old Age

    Written and directed by Stuart Price
    Performed by a full cast
    1.1 hrs • 6/28/16 • Audio Theater
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  5. 0.5 hrs • 6/28/2016 • Audio Theater

    A hilarious BBC Radio Four spoof from Octavia MacKenzie and Ashley McGuire Today on Radio Hoohah: In My Mind delves into the thoughts of Leonora Velvety Constable-Wheeler and her passion for pugs, Shakespeare, and taking her clothes off when she totally doesn’t realize it. Popular soap opera The Burgers has a few surprises in store when Mrs. White slips on some conditioner in the hairdressers. What’s New has an exclusive look into Dorothy Ahlwhala’s latest novel, Raspberry Ripple, Iron Hoof; the latest theater and music releases; as well as a political hot potato: globalization.

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    Radio Hoohah

    0.5 hrs • 6/28/16 • Audio Theater
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  6. 8.9 hrs • 6/28/2016 • Audio Theater

    The award-winning and critically acclaimed Wireless Theatre Company strives to keep radio theater alive and well. From the hilarious to the terrifying, this diverse collection features ten Wireless Theatre productions in a single volume: Spook Squad by Jim Spiers, directed by Jack BowmanIn this hilarious British comedy, a mismatched bunch of oddballs and geeks, along with a borderline-psychotic television presenter, venture to a haunted inn in England to record the first-ever episode of Spook Squad—a groundbreaking television show investigating the bizarre, the mysterious, and the supernatural. 2010: Space Commander! by Stuart Price, directed by David BeckSince our bodies cannot genuinely explore space, why not get rid of them?Without wanting to trot out the already tired clichés about social networking sites being our main interaction or point out that, with gaming systems becoming so sophisticated, the next generation will spend an overwhelming amount of time interacting through the Internet, it seems obvious to us that we are already heading for a “body-free” future. At first it seems awful, but when you think about it, it could provide many benefits once we get used to it. Dream On by Paul Ekert, directed by Tom BrazierRobert is having a dream about his dead ex-wife. The next night, there she is again, hauntingly familiar in the full personification of her monstrous personality. His current wife is unamused by his nocturnal flirtation with the dead past.As dreams and reality begin to overlap, Robert begins a desperate hunt to find out why this is happening. Is he really losing his mind? The Grimm of Stottesden Hall, written and directed by Stuart PriceBased on the works of Edgar Allen Poe, The Grimm of Stottesden Hall takes listeners on a journey of madness, terror, and gruesome murder! Phonophobia by Jack Bowman and Robert Valentine, directed by Tom BrazierBlighted by phonophobia, a history student takes refuge from the London din in a quiet bookshop off Charing Cross Road. There he makes a chance discovery: an old scrap of paper hidden in a dusty book. On that scrap is a code hiding a lost musical score—the last work of the evil Anton Valderberg Drache! With Halloween approaching, the student races to unlock the mystery, unaware of the supernatural powers he is about to unleash. Medusa on the Beach by Marty RossBiddlecombe is a perfectly ordinary English seaside town—except everyone there has been turned to stone.Two seriously out-of-their-depth police officers uncover the strange truth of what happened when middle-aged and romantically disappointed hairdresser Marjorie Briggs finds something in a polythene bag on the beach that didn’t belong there—something ancient and terrible with the power to seriously muck up the lives of Marjorie and all those she loves and hates. The Youth of Old Age, written and directed by Stuart PriceWickedly acerbic, The Youth of Old Age shows acclaimed British actor Prunella Scales at her dragon-tongued best. As the story’s matriarch, she’s determined to prevent her heir from marrying “out of sorts.” You’d be mad not to listen to this wicked comedy. Devon Girl by Zalie Burrow, directed by Cherry CooksonHave you ever wondered what life would be like as a young woman running a farm? Sally Anne Criplett is just that girl.Living with her mole-obsessed, gun-happy, cider-drinking father, Sally has her work cut out. But with the love of local farm boy Johnny Hutchins and their mutual passion for Elvis and farm machinery, life can be full of frolics.Devon Girl is a light-hearted look at farming with a fair sprinkling of colorful locals, such as the adorable best friend Mary, an imposing lesbian vicar, and local irresistible calf dealer Richard Sucksmith. Radio Hoohah, written and directed by Octavia MacKenzie and Ashley McGuireToday on Radio Hoohah:In My Mind delves into the thoughts of Leonora Velvety Constable-Wheeler and her passion for pugs, Shakespeare, and taking her clothes off when she totally doesn’t realize it.Popular soap opera The Burgers has a few surprises in store when Mrs. White slips on some conditioner in the hairdresser’s.What’s New has an exclusive look into Dorothy Ahlwhala’s latest novel, Raspberry Ripple, Iron Hoof; the latest theater and music releases; and a political hot potato: globalization. Angels in the Dark, written and directed by Susan CasanoveRoger Benezoscee is the worst boss you’ve ever had. What could possibly force this obnoxious, egotistical old megalomaniac to change his ways? Nothing short of a Damascene conversion.This innovative mystery stars Kim Durham (Matt Crawford in The Archers). Fans of anagrams may ponder the significance of the character names: Roger Benezoscee, Cath Crobbit, Seth Treave, and Leymar.Angels in the Dark—a radio play set in total darkness—was inspired by Dialogue in the Dark, the international exhibition in which small groups of people are escorted around a series of darkened rooms by a blind guide. For the full experience, we suggest you listen in the dark too!

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    The Wireless Theatre Collection, Vol. 1 by the Wireless Theatre Company, Stuart Price, Paul Ekert

    The Wireless Theatre Collection, Vol. 1

    Featuring works by Stuart Price, Paul Ekert, and others
    Performed by a full cast
    8.9 hrs • 6/28/16 • Audio Theater
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  7. 0.9 hrs • 6/28/2016 • Audio Theater

    Biddlecombe is a perfectly ordinary English seaside town—except everyone there has been turned to stone. Two seriously out-of-their-depth police officers uncover the strange truth of what happened when middle-aged and romantically disappointed hairdresser Marjorie Briggs finds something in a polythene bag on the beach that didn’t belong there—something ancient and terrible with the power to seriously muck up the lives of Marjorie and all those she loves and hates.

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    Medusa on the Beach

    0.9 hrs • 6/28/16 • Audio Theater
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  8. 1.2 hrs • 6/28/2016 • Audio Theater

    Have you ever wondered what life would be like as a young woman running a farm? Sally Anne Criplett is just that girl. Living with her mole-obsessed, gun-happy, cider-drinking father, Sally has her work cut out. But with the love of local farm boy Johnny Hutchins and their mutual passion for Elvis and farm machinery, life can be full of frolics. Devon Girl is a light-hearted look at farming with a fair sprinkling of colorful locals, such as the adorable best friend Mary, an imposing lesbian vicar, and local irresistible calf dealer Richard Sucksmith. Grab a cup of tea and sit back for a bit of a giggle with this British comedy directed by multiple award–winning BBC producer Cherry Cookson.

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    Devon Girl

    Directed by Cherry Cookson
    Performed by a full cast
    1.2 hrs • 6/28/16 • Audio Theater
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  9. 5.9 hrs • 6/1/2016 • Audio Theater

    Fibber McGee & Molly had a long and successful run on radio from 1935 to 1959, featuring its creators and stars, married couple Jim and Marian Jordan. Living in the fictional midwestern city of Wistful Vista, Fibber was an American teller of tall tales and a braggart, usually to the exasperation of his long-suffering wife Molly, who tried to keep him out of trouble. Fibber’s weekly schemes would be interrupted by, inspired by, and often played upon the people of Wistful Vista, a set of regular players and characters that were as beloved as the stars of the program. Life in their town of Wistful Vista followed a well-developed formula but was always fresh. The show began as a comic reflection of Depression-era America, but as time went on and the shadows of war came over the nation, the show again caught the mood of the country. World War II was fought on the home front in Wistful Vista as surely as anywhere else in America, but here they had the benefit of Fibber’s somewhat addled perspective on life. The episodes in this collection are: CD 1 “Molly’s Ex-Boyfriend Comes to Dinner” 12/26/39 and “McGee Builds a Dog House” 1/2/40 CD 2 “Tickets to See Gone with the Wind” 1/9/40 and “McGee’s Car Is Stolen” 1/16/40 CD 3 “Gildersleeve Girdle Show” 1/23/40 and “Fibber’s Old Blue Suit” 1/30/40 CD 4 “Fibber’s Birthday” 2/6/40 and “Egyptian Good Luck Ring” 2/13/40 CD 5 “Nothing but the Truth” 2/20/40 and “Molly’s Fur Coat and Fibber’s Allergies” 2/27/40 CD 6 “The Hall Closet” with guest Gracie Allen 3/5/40 and “Make a Pal of Your Wife Week” 3/12/40

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    Fibber McGee & Molly, Vol. 2 by Hollywood 360

    Fibber McGee & Molly, Vol. 2

    A Hollywood 360 collection
    Performed by Jim Jordan, Marian Jordan, and a full cast
    5.9 hrs • 6/1/16 • Audio Theater
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  10. 5.9 hrs • 5/1/2016 • Audio Theater

    Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve was a popular character appearing each week on the Fibber McGee and Molly radio show. On August 31, 1941, Gildersleeve landed his own situation comedy, The Great Gildersleeve, becoming radio’s first spin-off. Gildersleeve moved from the town of Wistful Vista, where Fibber McGee and Molly lived, to Summerfield, where he oversaw his late brother-in-law’s estate and took on the rearing of his orphaned niece and nephew, Marjorie and Leroy Forrester. The household also included a cook named Birdie. The Great Gildersleeve was the first show to center on a single parent balancing child rearing, work, and a social life, and it was accomplished with taste and genuine wit, often at the expense of Gildersleeve’s slightly understated pomposity. Radio veteran Hal Peary originated the role of Gildersleeve and performs here in these twelve episodes that aired from December 1947 to March 1948: “New Year’s Eve Party”“Anne Tuttle’s Back in Town”“Marjorie’s New Romance”“School Board Election”“License Plate Time”“Acting Mayor”“Getting Glasses”“Leila’s Cousin Arrives in Town”“Adeline Is Trying to Steal Birdie”“Girl Shy Leroy”“The Duel”“Adeline Wants to Visit the Jolly Boys”

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    The Great Gildersleeve, Vol. 2 by Hollywood 360, NBC Radio

    The Great Gildersleeve, Vol. 2

    A Hollywood 360 collection
    NBC Radio productions
    Performed by Harold Peary and a full cast
    5.9 hrs • 5/1/16 • Audio Theater
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  11. 16.6 hrs • 4/19/2016 • Unabridged

    From Richard Zacks, bestselling author of The Pirate Hunter and Island of Vice, a rich and lively account of Mark Twain’s late-life adventures abroad In 1895, at age sixty, Mark Twain was dead broke and miserable—his recent novels had been critical and commercial failures, and he was bankrupted by his inexplicable decision to run a publishing company. His wife made him promise to pay every debt back in full, so Twain embarked on an around-the-world comedy lecture tour that would take him from the dusty small towns of the American West to the faraway lands of India, South Africa, Australia, and beyond. Richard Zacks’ rich and entertaining narrative provides a portrait of Twain as complicated, vibrant individual, and showcases the biting wit and skeptical observation that made him one of the greatest of all American writers. Twain remained abroad for five years, a time of struggle and wild experiences—and ultimately redemption, as he rediscovered his voice as a writer and humorist, and returned, wiser and celebrated. As he said in his famous reply to an article about his demise, “the report of my death is an exaggeration.” Weaving together a trove of sources, including newspaper accounts, correspondence, and unpublished material from Berkeley’s ongoing Twain Project, Zacks chronicles a chapter of Twain’s life as complex as the author himself, full of foolishness and bad choices, but also humor, self-discovery, and triumph.

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    Chasing the Last Laugh

    16.6 hrs • 4/19/16 • Unabridged
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  12. 9.6 hrs • 3/1/2016 • Audio Theater

    Whether boasting about his influence in town, his prowess in the kitchen, his grace on the ice, or his savvy with a rod and reel, no man was ever more determined to stick to his guns—and his story—than Fibber McGee! Head on over to Wistful Vista for a visit with the Old Timer, Wallace Wimple, Doc Gamble, and Mayor LaTrivia—and of course Jim and Marian Jordan as your old friends Fibber McGee and Molly!

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    Fibber McGee and Molly, the Lost Episodes, Volume 1

    Starring jim Jim Jordan, Marian Jordan, and a full cast
    9.6 hrs • 3/1/16 • Audio Theater
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  13. 9.6 hrs • 3/1/2016 • Audio Theater

    Whether boasting about his influence in town, his prowess in the kitchen, his grace on the ice, or his savvy with a rod and reel, no man was ever more determined to stick to his guns—and his story—than Fibber McGee! Head on over to Wistful Vista for a visit with the Old Timer, Wallace Wimple, Doc Gamble, and Mayor LaTrivia—and of course Jim and Marian Jordan as your old friends Fibber McGee and Molly!

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    Fibber McGee and Molly, the Lost Episodes, Volume 2

    9.6 hrs • 3/1/16 • Audio Theater
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  14. 9.5 hrs • 3/1/2016 • Audio Theater

    Whether boasting about his influence in town, his prowess in the kitchen, his grace on the ice, or his savvy with a rod and reel, no man was ever more determined to stick to his guns—and his story—than Fibber McGee! Head on over to Wistful Vista for a visit with the Old Timer, Wallace Wimple, Doc Gamble, and Mayor LaTrivia—and of course Jim and Marian Jordan as your old friends Fibber McGee and Molly!

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    Fibber McGee and Molly, the Lost Episodes, Volume 3

    Starring jim Jim Jordan, Marian Jordan, and a full cast
    9.5 hrs • 3/1/16 • Audio Theater
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  15. 9.5 hrs • 3/1/2016 • Audio Theater

    Whether boasting about his influence in town, his prowess in the kitchen, his grace on the ice, or his savvy with a rod and reel, no man was ever more determined to stick to his guns—and his story—than Fibber McGee! Head on over to Wistful Vista for a visit with the Old Timer, Wallace Wimple, Doc Gamble, and Mayor LaTrivia—and of course Jim and Marian Jordan as your old friends Fibber McGee and Molly!

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    Fibber McGee and Molly, the Lost Episodes, Volume 4

    Starring jim Jim Jordan, Marian Jordan, and a full cast
    9.5 hrs • 3/1/16 • Audio Theater
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  16. 9.6 hrs • 3/1/2016 • Audio Theater

    Whether boasting about his influence in town, his prowess in the kitchen, his grace on the ice, or his savvy with a rod and reel, no man was ever more determined to stick to his guns—and his story—than Fibber McGee! Head on over to Wistful Vista for a visit with the Old Timer, Wallace Wimple, Doc Gamble, and Mayor LaTrivia—and of course Jim and Marian Jordan as your old friends Fibber McGee and Molly!

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    Fibber McGee and Molly, the Lost Episodes, Volume 5

    Starring jim Jim Jordan, Marian Jordan, and a full cast
    9.6 hrs • 3/1/16 • Audio Theater
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