Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 247 – Rocky Jordan

The character of Rocky Jordan went through a transformation of sorts over the history of its run. For all, but the third run, actor Jack Moyles (left) portrayed Rocky. It began its life as A Man Named Jordan in 1945 as a 5-times-a-week 15 minute serial running at one point during the so-called “Children’s Hour.”  This series while very good,… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 246 – Dragnet

Love or hate the radio series Dragnet, there were moments of brilliance in the series. Often Webb was a master of production, especially sound effects. The early Dragnet episodes were some of the best with much action and excellent sound effects. Sound effects could make some of the episodes positively sizzle and I present one here that has some great… (more…)

Website Woes

I am a victim of my own success, I guess. When I began this podcast in 2005, I was posting regular episodes weekly. I had no problems with my Internet Service Provider as people downloaded or listened online. Then I started advertising on Twitter alerting listeners to new episodes. And fairly quickly the number of downloads increased exponentially and suddenly… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 245 – Adventures of Mike Shayne

During the decade of the 1940s Private Detectives on radio made a decided turn from the lighter, somewhat cozy fictional character such as Ellery Queen, Nero Wolfe and Sherlock Holmes to the more hardboiled versions of Sam Spade, Philip Marlowe and others. Just why this occurred is examined in this podcast along with an episode of Michael Shayne BEFORE the… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 244 – Johnny Dollar – Stripped Bare

Within the world of radio detectives, including those based upon fictional detectives, we rarely got to know much about the detective himself. When you think about those you might have heard, you could ask yourself the question – just who is Sam Spade, or Philip Marlowe, or Richard Diamond and others? We hear them think through monologue as they work,… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 243 – A Crime to Fit the Punishment

This time we hear again from the script writer voice of Ken Crossen who wrote many scripts for a number of suspense and mystery thriller series including this one from the Molle’ Mystery Theater in 1944. Crossen was also a well-known pulp and mystery fiction writer under the name of M.E. Chaber, whose Milo March series were best sellers. This… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 242 – Candy Matson

Originally conceived as a series with a male Private Eye, creator Monte Masters switched it to a female private cop starring his wife, Natalie Masters, in the role. This San Francisco-based series was possibly the best female radio cop series, though there are some close contenders. I look at this plus women as radio P.I.’s in general. Natalie Masters voice… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 241 – Fly by Night

A thrill-packed story written by George and Gertrude Fass and adapted by Mort Fine and David Friedkin with Elliott Lewis directing. A convergence of talent that also stars screen actor, Joseph Cotten (right) in a well acted understated role as Micky Manning. Manning is trying to clear his name but finds himself a scapegoat in a crime with some interesting… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 240 – Police Line-Up

Welcome back to another new year of the Radio Detective Story Hour now beginning ten years. As promised from the previous podcast, I am presenting a rarely heard audition of what became a three-year radio police procedural called The Line-Up. This audition is identified in the drama as Police Line-Up though that was a working title. The series was one… (more…)

Film Noir and news reporting – The Underworld Story

Another great Dan Duryea performance about a small town and a city newspaper which go after the criminal element. The film is based upon a Craig Rice story. The author has been featured here before in radio adapatations. Like this:Like Loading…

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