Cover art by Gregory Dickens. Click to see full-sized.

Credits

Duncan Boszko - Valet

Mark Darin - Cop

Jason Ellis - Nick Bounty

Dave Fields - Citizen

Nathan LaJeunesse - Terri

Moises Mora - Guard

Josef Ravenson - Danny

Jessie Schutz - Secretary

Amanda Smith - Mrs. MacGuffin

Roman Terenzini - Bartender

Jason Wallace - Hypnotist

Written by Ron “AAlgar” Watt and Mark Darin, with Jason Ellis

Directed by Ron “AAlgar” Watt

© 2013 AAlgar Productions

Annotations

  • Nick Bounty was created by my old friend Mark Darin in the late 1980s. He was originally featured in a series of direct-to-VHS movies Mark wrote and directed at the time. (And by direct-to-VHS, I mean that they were recorded on a camcorder and edited on two VCRs. They were always in VHS format, from start to finish.) Ostensibly, Bounty is a parody of your classic noir detective. Mark eventually used the character in a couple of his extremely successful Pinhead Games point-and-click adventures, 2004's A Case of the Crabs (for which I performed a voice role) and 2005's The Goat in the Grey Fedora (which I actually co-wrote with Mark and Bounty performer/also very old friend, Jason Ellis). Following the success of the latter, I pitched an idea to Mark for a third game, written primarily by me (with input from him and Jason). Mark had since moved on to a more professional career in game-making, so the script got stuck away for awhile. When we began producing radio plays for Sarcastic Voyage in 2013, I thought it would be fun to take another crack at this with Mark co-writing and Jason reprising his role. And it was!
  • The title "A Brick Full of Bullets" was a joke originally made by Gregory Dickens (who made the fantastic cover art for this and several of our other radio plays), in a "talk like Frank Miller" thread on a comic book message board. It was stolen with his blessing.
  • Bounty swearing to only take normal cases from now on was a reference to the weirdly animal-centric nature of his previous caseload. Goats, crabs, etc.
  • Yes, the dame in this story is Miss Terry (mystery). I'm a great word man!
  • That's Roman Terenzini as Chuck the bartender. Roman originated the role of Nick Bounty in those old movies I mentioned earlier. I thought it'd be a fun bit of stunt casting to use him somewhere.
  • And that's Mark Darin as the cop. More stunt casting!
  • To be completely honest, I'm not 100% satisfied with my script for this project — largely in ways I'm not going to point out here because I don't feel like drawing you a map to all its flaws. But we did manage a lot of pretty great one-liners, and I can only take 1/3 credit for that. The rest came from Mark and Jason.
  • Jason Wallace is pretty obviously doing a Peter Lorre impression here, which is fantastic. Especially when he tries to mimic the Baltimore accent. I don't know if that would make anyone else in the world laugh. That one was for me.
  • In Mark's very first Bounty film, there was a fantastically nonsensical sequence that began with a mysterious call urging Bounty to go to the beekeeper's house. I tried to make this a largely original adventure, but I always loved that bit. I also thought it had real potential for audio comedy and I think we managed to pull that off here.
  • The whole "Terri looks like a different woman" thing was supposed to be a Vertigo riff, but I don't think I made that incredibly clear.
  • To this day, I have no idea why hypnotists are so fascinated with making people cluck like chickens. But literally every single one of them is.
  • Car chases do generally baffle me. What are you supposed to do if you catch the guy? He can just drive off again. He's in a car.
  • Amanda's doing her best Margaret Dumont here and I kinda want to use this character again someplace.
  • A lot of people don't really understand what "identity theft" is. This has been the basis for at least two radio plays that I've written now.8