Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 46 – Phillip Marlowe

A return look at Raymond Chandler’s private detective, Phillip Marlowe. Last time I focused on Gerald Mohr’s protrayal, but this time, we look at the first radio Phillip Marlowe – Van Heflin. I also look at other Phillip Marlowe’s from other media and how they interpreted him. Podcast: Download | Embed

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 45 – Crime & Peter Chambers

Crime and Peter Chambers was a short term replacement for the featured podcast last week – Rocky Fortune. The series starred screen and television actor Dane Clark as a suave but tough private detective based upon the detective novels by long time mystery novelist Henry Kane. Podcast: Download | Embed

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 44 – Rocky Fortune

In the early fifties, Frank Sinatra’s career seemed nearly over. His musical style was out of date and while he had appeared in some films, most were musically oriented. Then came From Here to Eternity for which he carried away a best supporting Oscar. Radio too saw money in this seemingly new side to the man and signed him first… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 43 – The FBI Shows

Beginning with the Lucky Strike Program the first known dramatization of an FBI case was heard on the radio in 1933. The FBI continued its relationship with the networks at times opening their case files to scriptwriters to present them in dramatic form. The most popular of these types of programs is featured on this podcast including The FBI in… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 42 – I Cover the Waterfront

“I’ve been here so long, even the seagulls must recognize me. They must pass the word along about me from generation to generation, from egg to egg.” This week a program that never became a series. Based loosely on the best selling book by Max Miller, this William N. Robson production starred Larry Thor as Joe Miller, a reporter cum… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 41 – Casey, Crime Photographer

Originally from the pen of pulp crime/mystery writer, George Harmon Coxe, Casey, Crime Photographer achieved fame through radio starring Staats Cotsworth (right). The series was a bit removed from the original pulp hero of Jack “Flash” Casey, but the earlier Casey’s proved to be much better than the later series. Podcast: Download | Embed

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 40 – Calling All Cars

One of the earliest police procedual dramas and possibly the model for Gang Busters and later Dragnet, Calling All Cars happened because of the public’s interest in new technology – police car radios! Plus, something completely different – an experiemental musical piece from Jon Baker at http://www.pikdesign.com. If you are open to music experiments, be prepared to crank your portable… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 39 – Pursuit

Every so often one discovers a little known radio series that turns out to be a fun listen. This week you’ll hear one. It’s called Pursuit and stars Inspector Peter Black, a Scotland Yard detective portrayed by Ted de Corsia (right). Podcast: Download | Embed

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 38 – Hercule Poirot

One of the best known fictional detectives in the world – Hercule Poirot was heard in books, movies and radio. This week, a look at this little man with the “little gray cells.” I’ll look at a number of his radio appearances with the full show being the premier episode of the first serialized version from 1945 starring Harold Huber… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 37 – Johnny Modero, Pier 23

This week a visit to Pier 23 to meet Johnny Modero, the last of the Jack Webb pre-Dragnet private detectives on radio. Probably the least of the three Webb detectives and a clone of his previous Pat Novak. Podcast: Download | Embed