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A Shocking Still Life (Aired May 9, 1951)
As a detective--gentleman or otherwise--Rex Harrison lends a distinctively intelligent and understated confidence to the role. He's not quite as nonchalant as The Thin Man's Nick Charles, not as arrogant as Philo Vance, and not as melodramatic as Sherlock Holmes or Radio's Philip Marlowe. In short, he's both 'just right' and entirely fascinating--and competent--as detective Rex Saunders. Leon Janney's rendition of Saunders' assistant, Alec, complements Harrison's delivery of his Saunders characterization. Not the typical stooge assistant, nor quite as clever as Nero Wolfe's Archie, Leon Janney's Alec is given the same latitude as some of Radio's other more helpful detective assistants. Harrison and Janney complement each other quite well throughout the series. The two great actors in their own fields are aided with equally capable New York voice talent--some of Radio's finest, including Jackson Beck, Alice Frost, Anne Seymour and Elspeth Eric. The writing for the series was also consistently compelling. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: May 9, 1951. NBC network. "A Shocking Still Life". Sponsored by: RCA Victor. Rex Harrison, Edward Adamson (writer), Kenneth Banghart (announcer), Leon Janney, Barbara Weeks, Himan Brown (director). 23:25. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.
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