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…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 215 – Laura

In a mood of serendipity, we honor of Dana Andrews January 1st birthday and the completion in late December 1941 of Vera Caspary’s novel of crime and romance – Laura. Dana Andrews was born Carver Dana Andrews in Mississippi. He headed west to try to make his mark as a singer in popular and operatic music.  In Laura he portrayed… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 214 – Casey, Crime Photographer Christmas Special

In the spirit of Christmas, I offer this Christmas episode of Casey, Crime Photographer from 1947 starring Staats Cotsworth as Casey. The introduction is brief and if you want more history on the show, look for podcasts 41 and 110 or search for “Crime Photographer.” Have a very Merry Christmas and New Year. We’ll be back right after the New… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 213 – Radio City Playhouse

A very powerful moral tale reminiscent of our society even today. The place is the room of the Night Editor of a tabloid newspaper as we meet young Dr. Lundgren and what has happened to his career due to a piece in the newspaper. I found this to be very engrossing and surprisingly violent for the period of production –… (more…)