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Dick Barton and the Case of Conrad Ruda (Radio Collection) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Basil Dawson , Full Cast
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
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5 April 2012 Radio Collection
Douglas Kelly stars as 'Dick Barton - Special Agent' in another thrilling adventure for radio's greatest hero. Heralded by an instantly memorable signature tune, the adventures of special agent Dick Barton and his friends Jock and Snowey, originally ran on the "BBC Light Programme" between 1946 and 1951. Set in an exciting world of criminal masterminds, espionage and adventure, the series was essential listening for an entire generation. Sadly very few of the BBC's original recordings still survive. However, in 1949 a number of early Barton tales were re-recorded for transmission overseas. Starring Douglas Kelly, these re-stagings found new audiences in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Over 300 of these 'international' recordings were rediscovered in the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia in 2009 and allow listeners finally to relive the escapades of the great Dick Barton. Dick, Snowey and Jock are called in to help when a Hollywood film star starts receiving death threats. What does it mean? Can they thwart the sinister Conrad Ruda? Find out in this next exciting instalment of 'Dick Barton - Special Agent!'

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Product details

  • Audio CD: 4 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (5 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1445865165
  • ISBN-13: 978-1445865164
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 2.3 x 12.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 287,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Barton in Ruda Health- Get Him Chaps! 11 May 2012
By Glenn Cook HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
When offered the chance to review this set through the Amazon Vine programme I jumped at the chance.

This is my fifth in the series.

A confession I was far too young to have heard the original series broadcast on BBC and now sadly lost. And I must admit I was very jaded in my opinion. An early 1950's Radio series, and for children... it did not and does not sound a very exciting purchase for today's 600 channel Nicam, 3D surround sound generation does it?

And yet I must admit I was totally blown away at just how good these wonderful episodes are.

They are simply a wonderful way to spend a car journey and are total entertainment.

A comparison?
Think of the first Indiana Jones Movie- it would never win any Oscars- too popular-
BUT heck it was wonderful entertainment and kept you watching from start to finish.
This is the radio equivalent, as Frank Zappa once said this is a movie for your ears and my you are royally entertained.

This follows directly on from the Dick Barton and Li Chang set (but you don't need to listen to that for this to make sense. Each set of episodes is different.
Dick Barton and the Li-Chang Adventure (Radio Collection)

I've heard about 4 of the series and they are as satisfying as a Kingsized Mars Bar and a good cup of Tea.

To say the story cracks along like a runaway rocket is an understatement.

Each of the four discs has about 3 episodes in 3 parts with at least three cliff hangers at the end of each and my.. how inventive the writer was.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dick Barton strikes again on cd 15 May 2012
By David VINE VOICE
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Dick Barton And The Case Of Conrad Ruda follows on from the previous story The Li-Chang Adventure, but don't worry you don't have to have listened to that cd in order to enjoy this one. This adventure sees Barton and his friends helping a Hollywood film star who has been receiving death threats. Could the sinister Conrad Ruda be behind this ? This 4 cd set runs for around 4 hours. Following the BBC adventures alot of the Dick Barton stories were re-recorded for overseas broadcast in 1949. Douglas Kelly played Dick Barton. In 2009 around 300 of these recordings were rediscovered in Australia and are now being released on cd. The sound quality is excellent for their age, and is well worth listening to.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good escapist fun! 21 May 2012
By Marand TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This is a BBC re-recording (from 1949) of an earlier Dick Barton adventure for which the original tapes were lost. The originals were a huge hit in their day and the main thing to note is that you cannot apply current expectations, just enjoy the pantomime.

The recording (4CDs) is good value, and with each episode lasting only around 12 minutes you are never far from a cliff-hanger. All of the good guys are very good and the bad guys very bad. The police are generally clueless and would be nowhere without the boys-own hero that is Barton. The villainous Conrad Ruda has unending schemes for kidnap and extortion, and throws in the occasional manic laugh and unhinged rant to remind you how nasty he is. Most of the characters speak with cut-glass accents (many of the female characters are virtually indistinguishable) apart from the obligatory slightly dozy cockney sidekick (there to have the plot twists explained to him) and the mittel-European villain. There is also an Irish doctor whose accent wanders into far-eastern from time to time.

This probably isn't something to sit down and listen through, but is great in the car to have an episode or two on the way to work.
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By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
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"If it really is life and death, the sooner the better. If not, well you may get a glimpse of Margaret Lockwood."

Returning from his latest adventure to find himself with a new housekeeper with one of the most terrible Yorkshire accents ever attempted, our dashing hero and his sidekicks find themselves up against protection racket The Society for the Protection of Distinguished Careers, which is insidiously targeting British celebrities - having already put the touch on a fiddler, a Frenchman and a footballer, the fiend now wants a fourth F to round out his collection with film star, who naturally turns out to be a game gel. It doesn't take long for Dick to suss out the villain behind the plot: Conrad Ruda may put on a sympathetic show, but he suspects him immediately because he's foreign and lives like `the very best kind of spiv.' Just to add to the political correctness on display, Dick finds himself in a savage land of mad doctors, priests and gullibly moronic peasants otherwise known as Ireland, where Ruda's Irish sidekick who can't do the accent has a sideline in experimenting on animals, particularly the Black Demon...

It's such gleefully politically incorrect stuff it's still hard to tell if this was intended as a tongue-in-cheek spoof at the time it was originally broadcast, the plot not only richly embracing cliché but even acknowledging the fact ("Aren't you being a little melodramatic, Mister Barton?" "Life is melodramatic, Mr Ruda. You should know.") while allowing its dastardly villain to make a chump of our hero at times ("Not only did you achieve our object but you made Barton look a fool, which is always desirable.").
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift
Bought as a Christmas gift this was very well received by the recipient and is listened to at every opportunity!
Published 5 months ago by Josie
5.0 out of 5 stars Another first rate Dick Barton adventure
Another exciting adventure for Dick Barton and his team. The team are off to Hollywood to help out a movie star this time around. Read more
Published 19 months ago by James Burnwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Dick Barton did it for me
Safely and speedily delivered and was as discribed - another case for the famous Dick Barton to solve. Read more
Published 20 months ago by News Editor
4.0 out of 5 stars Dangerous Protection
Dick is called into investigate a suspicious letter sent to an actress, suggesting that she might like to pay to be kept safe and threatening her if she doesn't pay the money. Read more
Published 23 months ago by The Kinniburgh Kid
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but unintentionally hilarious
After listening to these CDs, I wondered what different generations would make of it.
I am late 40s. Read more
Published on 20 Sep 2012 by leftfooter
4.0 out of 5 stars Magic.
The two star reviews below are a bit off to be honest. They're generally criticising the thing for what makes it so charming, the production line plotting, the earnest... Read more
Published on 23 Aug 2012 by Stuart Burns
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
This is great if, like me, you're old and can remember sitting by the radio and listening to radio theatre. Read more
Published on 6 Aug 2012 by Wilz
5.0 out of 5 stars More fun with Dick and the gang
I must admit I did not really enjoy this vintage re-enactment of a Dick Barton adventure at first, mainly because I tried to listen to it in the car one episode after another,... Read more
Published on 13 July 2012 by B. Bello
3.0 out of 5 stars More Dick Barton
This immediately evokes memories the signature tune can't be anything else but Dick Barton Special Agent! Read more
Published on 1 July 2012 by Jeff. Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Boy's Own Stuff!
I'm way to young to remember the series but my Dad always drones on to my son about how this was the "Clone Wars" of the time. While my six-year-old isn't convinced, his Dad is! Read more
Published on 29 Jun 2012 by Coincidence Vs Fate
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