Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 264 – New Adventures of the Thin Man

Prior to either of the two series I featured over the last two podcasts, one which began as a single fictional story, moved to film, then radio, for the most part maintained the female lead role in pretty much the same fashion of the time. This was the Dashiell Hammett story titled “The Thin Man.” The role of women in… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 263 – Adventures of the Abbotts

Part two of a look at Husband/Wife detective duos and the role women played in the dramas. The Adventures of the Abbotts was the model for the last podcast offering – It’s a Crime, Mr. Collins and the drama on the former is much meatier and overall better played. The scripts were written by Howard Merrill, a former actor and… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 262 – It’s A Crime, Mr. Collins

In this podcast, I look at the role of husband/wife detectives and how radio treated the role of women within the world of radio drama and production. This is the first of several parts looking at various husband/wife detective series over the years of radio drama. It’s A Crime, Mr. Collins debuted on American radio via the Mutual Broadcasting System… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 261 – One Hundred in the Dark

Here is a mystery play where no clues are given. Sometimes with “clueless mysteries” we can enjoy the story for the curiosity and not worry about the “who” or “whydunnit.” This is a good example of an attempt to solve a crime in which the reader or the listener is not given any clues to help solve the crime. In… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 260 – The Cross-eyed Bear

Wanted: A beautiful girl. One not afraid to look on danger’s bright face. Room 1000, The Lorenzo. This simple advertisement in a newspaper begins one of Dorothy Belle Hughes (left) psychological thriller crime stories. Hughes, whose works are only recently finding resurgence being re-published by The Mysterious Press were written mostly in the forties of which this story was first… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 259 – The Eleventh Juror

Vincent Starrett was a Chicago-based journalist and crime fiction writer in the early part of the 20th century. He was an intense bibliophile and became interested in all things Sherlockian writing what is probably one of the best pastiches of Holmes in 1920 called The Adventure of the Unique ‘Hamlet.’ It is Starrett’s other fiction that this podcast is concerned… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 258 – Eno Crime Clues

Eno Crime Clues is a good example of early radio detective stories from the earliest time of radio programming. Often there were very little or crude sound effects, somewhat thin plotlines and the acting was a bit stilted. These series definitely were not the sophisticated versions of later detectives such as Nick Carter, Nick Charles or Philip Marlowe. I always… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 257 – The Lady in the Morgue

Jonathan Latimer was an American crime writer who first was a reporter writing about the likes of Al Capone and Bugsy Moran for the Chicago Tribune and the Herald-Examiner. In the thirties he created a detective character called William Crane in a series of novels Latimer himself referred to as “half-boiled” as his stories were send ups of the likes… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 256 – On Stage

E. Jack Neuman was probably one of the best radio script writers in the age of radio drama. He wrote for many series including many detective series as well as other drama series. He moved onto a successful television writing career later in the fifties though he was still writing for radio into the mi-fifties. He considered it a privilege… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 255 – Mr. District Attorney

In 1935, then relatively unknown and untested Federal Prosecutor Thomas E. Dewey was appointed special prosecutor for New York County by then Governor Herbert Lehman to attempt to pursue the mob and political corruption including graft, bribes and other crimes. Inspired by Dewey’s work, a young, former law student named Edward A. Byron, created a new radio drama for producer… (more…)

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