Friday, August 16, 2013

Episode 21: Lucille Ball

It seemed unlikely, I know, that there’d ever be another post here. I’m sure everyone thought the Hard-Boiled Poker Radio Show had gone the way of so many other poker podcasts over the last several years, never to be heard from again. But like a runner-runner straight unexpectedly coming to save your tourney life, the show goes on!

Show notes for Episode 21:

This episode highlights the great comic actress Lucille Ball, star of film, radio, and television. Also given some attention in this one, of course, is Desi Arnaz, Ball’s husband of twenty years and I Love Lucy co-star.

  • “Strip Polka” by the Andrews Sisters, music and lyrics by Johnny Mercer

    There’s a burlesque theatre where the gang loves to go

    To see Queenie the cutie of the burlesque show

    And the thrill of the evening is when out Queenie skips
 And the band plays the polka while she strips.

    “Take it off, take it off,” cries a voice from the rear.

    “Take it off, take it off.” Soon it’s all you can hear.
    But she's always a lady even in pantomime

    So she stops! And always just in time.

    She’s as fresh and as wholesome as the flowers in May

    And she hopes to retire to the farm someday.

    But you can’t buy a farm until you’re up in the chips
 So the band plays the polka while she strips.

    “Take it off, take it off,” all the customers shout.

    “Down in front, down in front,” while the band beats it out.
 But she’s always a lady even in pantomime

    So she stops! And always just in time.

    Queenie, queen of them all.

    Queenie, someday you’ll fall.

    Someday church bells will chime

    In strip polka time.

    Oh! She hates corny waltzes and she hates the gavotte

    And there’s one big advantage if the music’s hot.

    It’s a fast moving exit just in case something rips

    So the band plays the polka while she strips.

    Drop around, take it in, it’s the best in the west.
    “Take it off, take it off, take it off, take it off” -- yell like the rest.

    Take her out when it’s over, she’s a peach when she's dressed

    But she stops! And always just in time.

    Queenie, queen of them all.

    Queenie, someday you’ll fall -- ouch!
 Someday the church bells, the ol' church bells will chime

    In strip polka time.

  • “Be a Pal,” My Favorite Husband, June 18, 1950

    This show ran from 1948-1951 on the CBS Radio network, a comedy starring Ball and Richard Denning as Liz and George Cugat (later Cooper). The show provided inspiration for Ball’s landmark TV series I Love Lucy (1951-1957).

    As I explain, this particular episode was a reworking of an earlier one on the radio show (assigned the title “Be Your Husband’s Best Friend”) while also providing the basis for one of the first I Love Lucy episodes (see below). There were 124 episodes altogether, many of which are available over at the Internet Archive.

    Along with Ball and Denning, Gale Gordon and Bea Benaderet appear as the Atterburys, with Ruth Perrott as Katy, the maid. Jess Oppenheimer produced and directed the episode, and he also co-wrote the script with Madelyn Pugh and Bob Carroll, Jr. Marlin Skiles composed the music, with Wilbur Hatch conducting.

  • “Be a Pal,” I Love Lucy, October 22, 1951

    At the end I play a couple of audio excerpts from the second ever episode of I Love Lucy, one that borrowed the plot and many lines from the earlier radio show.

    Any feedback on the show is welcome, as are suggestions for further episodes. Here’s hoping it doesn’t take as long for me to get to Episode 22.


  • Thursday, August 5, 2010

    Season Two To Come

    Season Two to ComeHello podcast people. I’m still here! Apologies once again for the lack of updates and/or episodes. Since I last stopped in here, I’ve been in Las Vegas for a couple of months helping to cover the World Series of Poker for PokerNews. I also took a trip south to Lima, Peru to help cover the LAPT event there for the PokerStars blog.

    Back home now, though, and have begun again to think about producing some new episodes of the Hard-Boiled Poker Radio Show. Am thinking of calling these new shows “Season Two,” once I do get going with them again.

    Meanwhile, here are a couple of items I wanted to share.

    Back in June I appeared as a guest on the Gambling Tales Podcast (episode 17) where I talked with the fellas about some of my experiences covering the WSOP. Click here to get to that episode. I ended up listening back to this at some point afterwards and it came out okay, I think -- kind of an interesting conversation about a number of different WSOP-related items.

    Also, the most recent issue of The World Poker Tour Magazine included an article by Matt Waldron in which he listed the “Top 10 Poker Podcasts.” He made some good choices -- indeed, I like all ten of these that he has listed. Click on the image below and you’ll get to a larger, readable version of the article.

    Of course, even without clicking for the bigger view you can probably see why I’ve mentioned the article here -- Waldron also included the Hard-Boiled Poker Radio Show as a recommended “niche nugget,” saying some nice things there in his description, too. Thanks, Matt!

    If you happen to have found this site and the show via that article, know that all 20 episodes are still available for download. You can also hunt around here on the blog for detailed descriptions of each show.

    And as always, any feedback -- including suggestions about future shows -- is welcome! Be back before too long with Season Two!

    Monday, April 5, 2010

    HBPRS in Syndication

    Apologies for the lack of new shows over here. The Hard-Boiled Poker Radio Show continues to be on hiatus, although I do have ideas for new episodes and hopes to revive it here at some point.

    One bit of news to report. The Poker Radio Network launched earlier this year, a new streaming radio station where one can here several poker-related programs, including episodes of the Hard-Boiled Poker Radio Show. Kind of a “syndication”-type situation, with the old eps being played several times during the week. Here’s the PRN schedule page for info on when the shows air as well as all of the other shows.

    You can also still click through here on the blog to the shows to listen or download. Additionally, you can get the show in iTunes. (That link launches iTunes.)

    As those who have listened to any of those episodes know, the episodes aren’t really “time-bound,” meaning (hopefully) they remain as interesting or entertaining well after they are first made and posted. Much thanks again to all of those who’ve listened in the past and sent along nice feedback. And if you happen to be a new listener and have found the site, drop me a note and let me know what you think. And perhaps send along suggestions/ideas for future shows, too, if you got ‘em.

    You can leave comments here or review the show over in iTunes. Or you can email me directly at shamus at hardboiledpoker dot com.

    Sunday, January 24, 2010

    Update, a Review, and Another Podcast

    Hey all. Wanted to touch base and let you know that another episode of the show is in the works and should be coming before too long. Sorry about the gap between episodes, but it has been a busy time over the last few weeks.

    Meanwhile, here are a couple of items to keep you occupied. First, TripJax has written a nice review of the show over on his blog -- check it out here. Much appreciated, friend!

    Gambling Tales PodcastFinally, those of you who enjoy The Hard-Boiled Poker Radio Show should check out another new poker podcast, the Gambling Tales Podcast, hosted by Special K and Falstaff. They started GTP a couple of months ago and have already created six very entertaining episodes thus far. All shows feature an interview segment, as well as various stories from gambling history.

    If you want to read more about it, I wrote a post over on my primary blog a while back that gives some more details, titled “The Gambling Tales Podcast Rocks.”

    The shows are very well produced and make for fun listening. I may actually be appearing on some of the GTP shows in the near future to talk about poker books -- keep an eye on the Gambling Tales Podcast website for information regarding the shows. So, while yr waiting around for Shamus to get off his keyster and make a new episode of the HBPRS, go check out and enjoy the Gambling Tales Podcast, why dontcha?

    Talk to you soon!

    Monday, December 14, 2009

    Episode 20: Mel Blanc

    Show notes for Episode 20:

    This episode focuses primarily on the great actor, singer, comedian, and “man of 1,000 voices” Mel Blanc.

  • “Money” by Mel Blanc, music and lyrics by Stan Freberg and Ruby Raskin.

    Mel Blanc, 'Man of 1000 Voices'Don’t want no lovin’, don’t want no kissin’,
    Don’t want no gal to call me honey.
    Don’t want my name in the Hall of Fame,
    Just want a big fat pile of money.

    Give me that all mighty dollar, for that lettuce hear me holler.
    Give me buckets full of ducats, let me walk around and waller
    In Mazuma, el dinero, wanna be a millionaro.
    Give me money, money, money, money, money.

    I want that green ammunition, that’s the stuff for which I’m wishin’.
    Fill my closets with deposits, I’m a demon at addition.
    Give me sheckels, give me pesos, let me see their smiling face-os,
    Money, money, money, money, money.

    I wanna get me a suit that’s made out of loot
    And whistle the wearing of the green.
    I’ve got that monetary-itis, like to be just like King Midas,
    Want that golden touch is what I mean.

    Give me that old double eagle, want that tender that is legal,
    And financially substantially any sum I can inveigle.
    Wanna live in regal splendor, with that lovin’ legal tender,
    Give me money, money, money, money, money.

    I’m a greenback collector, I’m a paper bill inspector,
    I’m a savage for that cabbage, man, to me it’s golden nectar.
    Pour that filthy lucre on me, spread those lovin’ germs upon me,
    Give me money, money, money, money, money.

    Just let me roll ’round upon it, stuff those bank rags in my bonnet,
    Any kind just so some president has got his picture on it.
    Let me feel it, let me hold it, let me sit there and fold it,
    Give me money, money, money.

    I wanna car load of cash, the kind I can stash
    A vat full of vo-do-de-oh-dough.
    You know your banker never lets it matter whereabouts you gets it.
    Has you got it, boy? That’s all he wants to know.

    Give me treasure I can measure, ’cause that’s my idea of pleasure,
    Give me wampum, guilder, Jesus, let me count it at my leisure,
    Let me live in regal splendor with that lovin’ legal tender,
    Give me money, money, money, money!

    And if they ever plant trees of E Pluribus Unum,
    I wanna be the guy that they send out to prune ’em!
    Money, money, money, money, money!

  • “Bonanza Bunny” (1959) and “Barbary-Coast Bunny” (1956)

    The 21 of heartsI talk a little bit about a couple of old Bugs Bunny cartoons in which our favorite rabbit finds himself playing cards during the 19th-century gold rush.

    Included in there is a hand of blackjack in which Bugs defeats his opponent after standing on just one card!

  • “The Postman’s Ball,” The Mel Blanc Show, October 15, 1946

    'The Mel Blanc Show'Not hard to find episodes of this one on the intertubes. Here is a site where you can listen to just about all of them streaming on the web, and here is another where you can download most as .mp3 files.

    This particular episode stars Mel Blanc, Mary Jane Croft, Earle Ross, and Joseph Kearns. The music is by Victor Miller and His Orchestra, and Bud Hiestand is the announcer. Read more about Mel Blanc’s long, varied career over on Wikipedia.

    As I mentioned before, the show will soon be syndicated over on the Poker Radio Network, which from what I hear should be up and running fairly soon. Stay tuned!


  • Monday, October 19, 2009

    Episode 19: Ace of Spades

    Show notes for Episode 19:

  • “The Opposite of a Peace Sign” by James McManus, an excerpt from his book Cowboys Full: The Story of Poker (2009).

    The ace of spadesI start the show with an excerpt from one of the later chapters in the new history of poker by James McManus (Positively Fifth Street). The chapter originally appeared as a column in the June 10, 2008 issue of Card Player magazine.

    This passage comes amid a discussion by McManus of some of the associations made over the years with the ace of spades. In particular, this excerpt focuses on how the card was “played” (so to speak) during the Vietnam Conflict.

  • “Ace of Spades” by Motörhead (1980)

    'Ace of Spades' by MotörheadCould not possibly have an episode with this title and not pay homage to Lemmy and his mates, could we? The lyrics:

    If you want to gamble, I tell you I’m your man.
    You win some, lose some -- it’s all the same to me.
    The pleasure is to play, it makes no difference what you say.
    I don’t share your greed, the only card I need is
    The ace of spades, the ace of spades.

    Playing for the high one, dancing with the devil,
    Going with the flow -- it’s all a game to me.
    Seven or eleven, snake eyes watching you.
    Double up or quit, double stakes or splits,
    The ace of spades, the ace of spades.

    You know I’m born to lose, and gambling’s for fools,
    But that’s the way I like it baby,
    I don’t wanna live forever.
    And don’t forget the joker!

    Pushing up the ante, I know you’ve got to see me,
    Read ’em and weep -- the dead man’s hand again.
    I see it in your eyes, take one look and die.
    The only thing you see, you know it’s gonna be
    The ace of spades, the ace of spades.

  • “Fatal Ace of Spades,” Nick Harris Detective, July 15, 1938

    Nick Harris DetectiveThere is not a lot of information out there regarding this show. Here is the cast as best as I can make out from their listing at the end of the episode:

    The episode starred Betty Carmine, Olive Thomas, Jack Coster, Thomas Melba, Eddie Bryan, Malcolm Belairs, Robert Moore, Aldine Brennamen, and George Conkling. Eric Laurens was the announcer, with Nicholas B. Harris appearing as well. The script was written by Ralph Brookhart, and the show was directed and produced by Carolyn Carol.

    Anyone with more info about Nick Harris Detective, please feel free to send it along. Also, anyone with suggestions or ideas for future shows, do either leave those here in a comment or contact me via email at shamus at hardboiledpoker dot com.

    In other news, I mentioned at the end of this episode plans to have the show syndicated over on a new internet streaming station called the Poker Radio Network, currently set to launch in early December. More to come on that.


  • Sunday, August 30, 2009

    Episode 18: Gun Shy Gambler

    Show notes for Episode 18:

  • “Counting Beans” by John Fox, an excerpt from his book Play Poker, Quit Work and Sleep Till Noon! (1977)

    'Play Poker, Quit Work and Sleep Till Noon!' by John Fox (1977)I read a short selection from the entertaining and informative strategy text by John Fox, a book that preceded both Doyle Brunson’s Super/System and Mike Caro’s Book of Tells. Click here to read my Hard-Boiled Poker post in which I discuss the book further.

    In the excerpt, Fox tells a story of how he devised a system for keeping track of statistical data at the poker table -- and how all of his careful planning was nearly spoiled in dramatic, humorous fashion.

  • “Gun Shy Gambler,” The Lone Ranger, November 15, 1944

    Brace Beamer as the Lone RangerStarring Brace Beamer (The Lone Ranger) and John Todd (Tonto). Directed by Charles D. Livingstone.

    Here is the Wikipedia entry on the Lone Ranger, which includes the story of the long-running radio show. Sites with many of the episodes are available all over the web -- here is one with nearly 1,000 episodes of the show.


  • Saturday, July 25, 2009

    Episode 17: Jack of Clubs

    Show notes for Episode 17:

  • “Turn the Cards Slowly” by Patsy Cline; written by Sammy Masters (1955)

    Patsy ClineTurn the cards slowly while you’re dealin’, darlin’.
    Please don’t double-deal to win my heart.
    Turn the cards slowly while you're dealin’, darlin’.
    Don’t go breakin’ rules right from the start.

    The ramblin’ gamblin’ reckless way you treat my heart’s a sin.
    Each night down on my knees I pray your gamblin’ ways will end.
    Turn the cards slowly while you’re dealin’, darlin’.
    And if you stack the deck, then I’ll move on.

  • “House of Cards Worth $220,000” by Pat Putnam, from Sports Illustrated, May 31, 1976 issue

    I read excerpts from an article about the 1976 World Series of Poker Main Event. You can access the full article online in the Sports Illustrated “vault” -- an archive of all SI articles -- by clicking here.

  • “Jack of Clubs,” Pat Novak, for Hire, February 20, 1949.

    Jack WebbStarring Jack Webb (Pat Novak), Raymond Burr (Police Inspector Hellman), Tudor Owen (Jocko Madigan), Betty Lou Gierson, Victor Perrin, Ted de Corsia, and Herb Butterfield. Music by Basil Adlam. Produced and directed by William Rousseau. Announced by George Fenneman.


  • Wednesday, June 3, 2009

    Episode 16: Burns and Allen

    Show notes for Episode 16:

    Most of this episode is taken up with the main feature. By the way, it appears whatever problems I was having before with iTunes have been resolved, so the episodes should all be appearing over there as before. Enjoy!

  • “The Poker Game,” The Burns and Allen Show (originally aired March 7, 1944)

    Starring George Burns, Gracie Allen, and Jimmy Cash. Guest star Alan Ladd. Music by Felix Mills and His Orchestra. Announcer: Bill Goodwin.

    Here is a website with about 40 more episodes of The Burns and Allen Show. And here is the Wikipedia entry on the comedic couple.


  • Saturday, May 23, 2009

    An Update

    Coming AttractionsHard-Boiled Poker Radio Show listeners! I wanted to send along a brief update here before I leave for Las Vegas (tomorrow!), where I’ll be helping PokerNews cover the World Series of Poker for the second straight summer.

    First, I wanted to let you know that I have recorded Episode 16 and plan to post it here in the next week or so, after I am settled in LV. Probably won’t be able to do another show until I return home in July, but I may try to gather some additional content while at the WSOP to include in future HBPRS episodes.

    Second, I have been using Feedburner for distributing the podcast, and have encountered a minor snafu here lately. Earlier this year, Feedburner merged with Google, and so those of us with Feedburner accounts were asked to allow them to move our accounts over, then get Google accounts so we could access our Feedburner stuff. I already had a Google account, of course, so that wasn’t such a problem. However, it appears that the merger might have affected how things work with iTunes.

    I’m noticing that since I went ahead and moved over to Google, the recent episodes of the show are not appearing in iTunes (i.e., the last five shows, or all of those posted in 2009). I haven’t checked the other places where you can subscribe to the show, and so don’t know if there are any problems happening in those places, too. Rooting around on the ’net reveals that I’m not the only one experiencing this sort of difficulty with iTunes since the merger, and that it appears to be some difficulty that Feedburner/Google is probably going to have to resolve.

    The show has a new RSS feed -- -- although the old feed is still working, too (apparently). There’s just some issue with iTunes at the moment as far as getting iTunes to recognize the new feed (?).

    Like I say, I hope the momentary trouble gets worked out. (If it doesn’t, I may have to explore moving the podcast over to some other location than Feedburner.) If anybody has any techy advice for helping me resolve my Feedburner-Google-iTunes dilemma, feel free to send it along to shamus at hardboiledpoker dot com.

    But right now, I need to go pack. Thanks for listening everyone, and I’ll be posting that Episode 16 here soon!

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