Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 225 – Murder By Experts

In 1949, writers/producers approached John Dickson Carr, to host a new series they were creating called Murder By Experts. Carr agreed to host this unique mystery series in which then-famous authors of classic mystery would select a drama to be aired. The episode for this podcast was written by Joseph Ruscoll (left) and was a more lighthearted approach to classic… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 224 – Suspense: A Murderous Revision

When Howard Duff was blacklisted briefly in the early fifties his series, The Adventures of Sam Spade was dropped by the Columbia Broadcasting System. At that time, he had already recorded an episode for Suspense called “A Murderous Revision.” But fearing repercussions CBS decided to shelve the completed recording and broadcast another episode instead. The episode with Duff was never… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 223 – Will You Make a Bet with Death?

A look at one of radio finest radio dramatists for the Mystery genre – expert in locked room mysteries. Born in America, but spent a lifetime in the United Kingdom, Carr wrote scripts for the Suspense radio program including this one which features an ending with a twist. This episode stars Michael Fitzmaurice and Lesley Woods, who you will recognize… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 222 – Dead on Arrival

A program series appearing on a Saturday morning called Stars Over Hollywood presented generally lighter fare geared mostly to women. However, occasionally they would present an episode that was a little darker in tone. This time you will hear a detective thriller called “Dead on Arrival” starring blonde, blue-eyed actor Gene Raymond (husband of Jeanette MacDonald) whose gritty voice was… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 221 – Murder Without Crime

Guns of Navarone director J. Lee Thompson began as a playwright and sometime radio writer. This podcast I am featuring a radio play based upon his stage play and which was heard on the Molle Mystery Theater. This is an excellent example of a radio drama which uses full dialogue and vocal spacing to present an effectively chilling thriller. Music… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 220 – No Man of Her Own

A look at the roman noir or black fiction adapted for radio. Specifically, the Cornell Woolrich wrote a number of short stories he later expanded into novels; a move for the better with much improved storylines. In 1946, he wrote “They Call Me Patrice” which he expanded into his last great novel in 1948 under the title I Married A… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 219 – Four Hours to Kill

A look at some of actor Howard Duff’s radio work outside of his star turn as Sam Spade. Duff was a fine vocal actor who could make the difference between a good or bad program from a bad script. “Four Hours to Kill” from the Phillip Morris Playhouse is not a bad script, but Duff’s characterization of Ted Pomeroy boosts… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 218 – Mystery of Edwin Drood

With this podcast, a look at a classic work of fiction by Charles Dickens. While not normally identified with crime fiction, his Mystery of Edwin Drood certainly fits that category. The book was never finished in Dickens’ lifetime, but others have speculated an ending. The story of both the unfinished book and Dickens own life are both studies in detective… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 217 – Philip Marlowe

A look at the writer, Raymond Chandler. He is considered one of several innovators of the hardboiled American detective story. Most readers know Chandler from his iconic detective – Philip Marlowe. However, the author wrote a number of other stories using other detectives living on hard times. While Dashiell Hammett was a big influence on the writer, Frederick Nebel, another… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 216 – Meridian 7-1212

Something a little different this time from the Radio Detective Story Hour. While this drama involves crime and deception, it is more about the excellent drama it presents. The story is one in which in the late thirties Americans were connected to each other through the “wired” device of the telephone. With the coming of radio, listeners shared a collective… (more…)