ZBS Radio Hour: Two‐Minute Film Noir

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by Elrik Merlin on Saturday, 21 May, 2011

Today on the ZBS Radio Hour — 11am and 7pm Pacific time (that’s 7pm and 3am in the UK) — we have a special treat for you: a collection of stories from the ZBS collection Two Minute Film Noir.

Last week we finished the latest Jack Flanders adventure, Return to Inverness. We’ll be starting a new Jack Flanders series soon, but this week we thought you might like something different to accompany the final part of Ruby 6 that airs at the bottom of the hour today.

Two Minute Film Noir starts the ZBS Radio Hour today. It’s a series of two‐minute stories based on noir characters and images. These are stories about gangsters, bimbos, cons, cops, lovers, losers, platinum blondes, mink coats, high heels, and neon signs reflecting on rain‐slicked streets. By rights, they fit right into the style of our Dieselpunk stream, and if you like them, please tell us, as we are considering running them on a regular basis there.

There are a large number of these stories, performed by the “usual suspects,” that is, the cast from the Ruby series. And they had great fun doing these film noir characters.

Some of the Stories

Barking Guns & Dancing Dolls. An investor in a pro‐Mafia musical does not like the dance number entitled, “Cement Sneakers.” In Say “So Long” to Shangri‐la, an angel decides to take a walk on the wild side. Johnny Gonzalez, LPI (Latino Private Eye), solves a crime before it happens in, The Short Siesta. What if you were given everything you asked for, wouldn’t life be grand? Not necessarily, as Joey finds out in, All Green Lights to Hell. A hat check girl dreams of all the ways she’ll get even in, A Big Sack of Wind. Wherever you live, you’re being watched in, Nightmare on Stool Pigeon Street. A man risks his life for a jelly donut in, Dying for a Cup of Joe. Four Fingers Luigi draws the line in, The Fifth Finger. Any guy will gladly give up his life for her, and no wonder, she is Angelina, Angel of Death. Latino private eye, Johnny Gonzalez returns for, The Long Night of the Hot Chorizo.

For more on Two Minute Film Noir, visit the ZBS.org web site.

Artwork by Jaye Oliver.

Today’s programme is presented by Elrik Merlin and produced by Radio Riel in conjunction with the Alexandrian Free Library Consortium of Second Life. You can listen to the programme now at http://loudcity.com/stations/radio-riel/tune_in; outside the US, tune to http://main.radioriel.org in‐world, or simply click here if your browser is configured to launch a player automatically.
For more information on the Alexandrian Free Library, current exhibits and the work of Consortium members in general, please visit the Alexandrian Free Library website, or one of their branches in‐world.


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