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The Silent Men

High adventure behind enemy lines based on true stories as Douglas Fairbanks Jr stars in The Silent Men.

27 old time radio show recordings
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"Souvenirs of War"



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About this Old Time Radio Show

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Oct 14, 1951- Jun 4, 1952, Sundays
(later Wednesday evenings) on NBC.

Ruth Crane Shafer & Douglas Fairbanks JrStories about "the special agents of all branches of our federal government, who daily risk their lives to protect the lives of all of us … to guard our welfare and our liberties, they must remain nameless - THE SILENT MEN!!

Well crafted spy dramas are fun. They have all the intrigue of a good mystery story, along with a good deal of action and gun play, spiced with a bit of Patriotic fervor. Basing the story on true life adds even more.

The Silent Men based their transcribed stories on the files of "Special Agents of all branches of the Federal Government, who daily risk their lives to protect the lives of all of us" they must remain nameless- The Silent Men." The drama is heightened when the star warns us that "only the names and places are fictional."

But the real treat is that the star is Douglas Fairbanks Jr.! Best remembered today for his distinguished movie career (60 years and 100 roles,) Fairbanks appeared at least 400 times on radio in 70 different programs, often reprising roles he had made famous on the big screen.

Douglas FairbanksIt is easy to imagine that The Silent Men would have been easy sell to NBC, given Fairbanks' star power and production skills, (The Silent Men was a Fairbanks production, but unlike many stars, he kept his production credits to a minimum) but Fairbanks was himself a "Silent Man!"

It would have been easy for the actor to don a uniform and remain on the sidelines of WWII. In 1941 FDR appointed him a special envoy to South America. Fairbanks held a Reserve Officer's commission in the US Navy, and early on the war was assigned to Lord Mountbatten's Commando Staff in England. Here he learned the value of military deception and harassing raids on the enemy.

When he returned to the States he helped to create the Navy's "Beach Jumper" Units. These small but specialized units used small boats, visual and electronic camouflage, and radio jamming techniques to confuse the enemy in support of Amphibious Operations in the Mediterranean, as well as the D-Day invasion of Europe.

Episodes of The Silent Men began with Fairbanks' character checking in with his chief, usually played by William Conrad (Gunsmoke, Escape). He then left on a vital or dangerous assignment. Through the course of the series, Fairbanks would portray several Agents of the Central Intelligence Agency, Department of Commerce Enforcement Division Special Agent, Postal Service Agent, Department of Defense Investigative Service Special Agents, Treasury Agents, and Federal Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Agents.

The program had to have been a great morale boost to the agents and their family whose work was saluted. It can also be assumed that several of the agents listening knew of Fairbanks' own contributions as a Silent Man.

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For more espionage and adventure see: I was a Communist for the FBI, Spy Catcher, Cloak and Dagger, Counterspy - David Harding!, Dangerous Assignment, The Adventures of Frank Race, Harry Lime (The Third Man), Secret Agent K7 Returns, and The Man Called X.

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These classic recordings are available in the following formats:
  • MP3 CDs are delivered by mail. These archival quality MP3 CDs are playable in your computer and many MP3 player devices.



    27 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 13 hours, 16 min
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      27 shows - total playtime 13 hours 16 minutes
      1. Silent Men 511015 001 Big Sneak.mp3
      2. Silent Men 511021 Empire of Pip the Blind.mp3
      3. Silent Men 511028 Case of Rubber Gloves.mp3
      4. Silent Men 511104 Death In The Mail.mp3
      5. Silent Men 511111 The TransAtlantic Push.mp3
      6. Silent Men 511118 Heroin Source X.mp3
      7. Silent Men 511125 The Roping of Joe Landis.mp3
      8. Silent Men 511202 Death and Taxes.mp3
      9. Silent Men 511209 Pirates, 20th Century Brand.mp3
      10. Silent Men 511216 The Bogus GI.mp3
      11. Silent Men 511223t Souvenirs of War.mp3
      12. Silent Men 520106 Visas For Sale.mp3
      13. Silent Men 520113 Little White Lies.mp3
      14. Silent Men 520120 The Gigantic Hoax.mp3
      15. Silent Men 520203 The Big Kill.mp3
      16. Silent Men 520209 Trouble at Suez.mp3
      17. Silent Men 520210 Blood Money.mp3
      18. Silent Men 520217 Stolen Arsenal.mp3
      19. Silent Men 520319 Confess Or Die.mp3
      20. Silent Men 520326 Murder In Vienna.mp3
      21. Silent Men 520409 The University Fix.mp3
      22. Silent Men 520416 The Torch.mp3
      23. Silent Men 520423 Food and War.mp3
      24. Silent Men 520507 Missing Masterpiece.mp3
      25. Silent Men 520514 The Miracle Cure.mp3
      26. Silent Men 520521 Sabotage.mp3
      27. Silent Men 520528 The Green Sedan.mp3
  • MP3 downloads are available instantly after purchase!



    27 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 13 hours, 16 min
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      27 shows - total playtime 13 hours 16 minutes
      1. Silent Men 511015 001 Big Sneak.mp3
      2. Silent Men 511021 Empire of Pip the Blind.mp3
      3. Silent Men 511028 Case of Rubber Gloves.mp3
      4. Silent Men 511104 Death In The Mail.mp3
      5. Silent Men 511111 The TransAtlantic Push.mp3
      6. Silent Men 511118 Heroin Source X.mp3
      7. Silent Men 511125 The Roping of Joe Landis.mp3
      8. Silent Men 511202 Death and Taxes.mp3
      9. Silent Men 511209 Pirates, 20th Century Brand.mp3
      10. Silent Men 511216 The Bogus GI.mp3
      11. Silent Men 511223t Souvenirs of War.mp3
      12. Silent Men 520106 Visas For Sale.mp3
      13. Silent Men 520113 Little White Lies.mp3
      14. Silent Men 520120 The Gigantic Hoax.mp3
      15. Silent Men 520203 The Big Kill.mp3
      16. Silent Men 520209 Trouble at Suez.mp3
      17. Silent Men 520210 Blood Money.mp3
      18. Silent Men 520217 Stolen Arsenal.mp3
      19. Silent Men 520319 Confess Or Die.mp3
      20. Silent Men 520326 Murder In Vienna.mp3
      21. Silent Men 520409 The University Fix.mp3
      22. Silent Men 520416 The Torch.mp3
      23. Silent Men 520423 Food and War.mp3
      24. Silent Men 520507 Missing Masterpiece.mp3
      25. Silent Men 520514 The Miracle Cure.mp3
      26. Silent Men 520521 Sabotage.mp3
      27. Silent Men 520528 The Green Sedan.mp3
  • Standard Audio CDs are delivered by mail on archival quality media with up to 60 minutes on each CD and play in all CD players



    27 recordings on 14 Audio CDs
    total playtime 13 hours, 16 min

    Disc A001

    1. Silent Men 511015 001 Big Sneak
    2. Silent Men 511021 Empire of Pip the Blind

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    Disc A002

    1. Silent Men 511028 Case of Rubber Gloves
    2. Silent Men 511104 Death In The Mail

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    Disc A003

    1. Silent Men 511111 The TransAtlantic Push
    2. Silent Men 511118 Heroin Source X

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    Disc A004

    1. Silent Men 511125 The Roping of Joe Landis
    2. Silent Men 511202 Death and Taxes

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    Disc A005

    1. Silent Men 511209 Pirates, 20th Century Brand
    2. Silent Men 511216 The Bogus GI

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    Disc A006

    1. Silent Men 511223t Souvenirs of War
    2. Silent Men 520106 Visas For Sale

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    Disc A007

    1. Silent Men 520113 Little White Lies
    2. Silent Men 520120 The Gigantic Hoax

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    Disc A008

    1. Silent Men 520203 The Big Kill
    2. Silent Men 520209 Trouble at Suez

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    Disc A009

    1. Silent Men 520210 Blood Money
    2. Silent Men 520217 Stolen Arsenal

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    Disc A010

    1. Silent Men 520319 Confess Or Die
    2. Silent Men 520326 Murder In Vienna

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    Disc A011

    1. Silent Men 520409 The University Fix
    2. Silent Men 520416 The Torch

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    Disc A012

    1. Silent Men 520423 Food and War
    2. Silent Men 520507 Missing Masterpiece

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    Disc A013

    1. Silent Men 520514 The Miracle Cure
    2. Silent Men 520521 Sabotage

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    Disc A014

    1. Silent Men 520528 The Green Sedan

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