Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 11….Gang Busters

Gang Busters BookThe Radio Detective Story Hour looks at radio’s cops and robbers. We interview Martin Grams Jr., author of many books on old time radio including ‘Gang Busters: The Crime Fighters of American Broadcasting’ and listen to an episode from the series: ‘The Case of Bielanski and Tilotson’. Running time is about 60 minutes.

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 10….Bob Bailey

Bob BaileyThe Radio Detective Story Hour visits once more with Bob Bailey, this time in his long running series as George Valentine in Let George Do It. This week’s episode is “Death in Blue Jeans.”

Running Time: 35 minutes.”

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode9….Jack French

Jack FrenchRadio Detective Story Hour has an exclusive interview with Jack French, author of the Agatha Award winning Private Eyelashes: Radio’s Lady Detectives and ends with probably the best of the female detectives: Candy Matson in “The Cable Car Case.”

Running time: about 60 minutes.

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 8….The Saint

The SaintThe Adventures of the Saint. We look at Leslie Charteris, Simon Templar, and its appearances on radio, television and film. This week’s episode: The Color Blind Murder on Shipboard. Total running time: about 31 minutes.

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 7 – Charlie Chan

Earl Derr BiggersIn 1925 a somewhat obscure writer wrote a mystery story set in Honolulu that was serialized in the The Saturday Evening Post. The writer was Earl Derr Biggers and the story, later published by Bobbs-Merrill was called The House without a Key.

About a quarter into the book, a new character is introduced as the detective from the Honolulu Police department investigating the crime. The detective was named Charlie Chan. He was supposed to be a secondary character, but he caught the fascination of the reading public and letters poured in asking to read more of the detective.

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 6 – Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar (pt. 2)

Bob BaileyThis week’s podcast continues with the Open Town Matter from Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar – the final three episodes.

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 5 – Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar

Bob BaileyThis week’s podcast is a real treat for me because my interest in old time radio evolved with this radio detective and I have been a fan ever since it was broadcast. Unlike the other radio detectives I have featured on past podcasts, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar was not based on any work of fiction but rather was purely a creation of radio.

Broadcast over CBS Radio, Johnny Dollar was heard each week flying off to a different town fraught with danger and possibly murder as he tried to get to the bottom of insurance fraud. <

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 4 – Nero Wolfe

Rex StoutToday you will hear a detective who like Ellery Queen was very cerebral in solving crimes but not personally involved. Nero Wolfe was the creation of Rex Stout. His character’s persona is well known as extremely obese who rarely leaves his house and loves orchids and beer in that order.

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 3 – Ellery Queen

Hugh MarloweTwo cousins, Frederic Dannay and Manfred B. Lee decided to try their luck and sat down to create a mystery novel. They wanted a name that would be remembered and roll off the tongue and slightly unusual. As they thought it through Dannay recalled his friend whose first name was Ellery. And so the first name was chosen. The last name, Queen, was apparently chosen mostly for the way it sounded when said with Ellery.

Chosen to play the lead in the radio series was Hugh Marlowe who many will know from the Robert Wise film “The Day the Earth Stood Still.”

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 2 – The Adventures of Sam Spade

Howard Duff

In today’s podcast we’ll look at Dashiell Hammett’s well-known detective … Sam Spade. Probably more than any other writer including Chandler, Hammett defined the no nonsense somewhat anti-woman operative from a detective agency.

Sam Spade, as defined by Hammett, was a cool, untrickable, lone sleuth who stood between the cops and the criminals. Hammett calls him “hard and shifty.”

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