Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 197 – The Fountain Plays

From the Dorothy L. Sayers collection of short stories – Hangman’s Holiday – this adapted version of “The Fountain Plays” on the Suspense radio program from August 1943. Adapted by Robert L. Richards, well respected radio scripter of horror pieces such as “The House in Cypress Canyon,” comes this fair translation of the Sayers’ story starring Edmund Gwen as Mr.… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 196 – Locked Room Mysteries

Finally getting back to posting a new podcast after nearly a 6 month hiatus. This one takes a look at the sub-genre of detective fiction – the “locked room” mystery, of which one writer (radio and fiction) – John Dickson Carr – was the master. However, there are many other that usually get categorized after the fact even if the… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 195 – Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe

Another look at Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe, but this time with a Canadian bent. Just where did the name Nero Wolfe come from and how does this Canadian production compare? This version stars Mavor Moore and Don Francks (l-r). Music under is Art Tatum’s “Prisoner of Love”

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 194 – Boston Blackie

A return look at the creator of the Boston Blackie character. Little is known about Jack Boyle, who at one time probably faced obscurity were it not for the publication of a collection of his stories in 1919. You’ll hear a rarer radio version starring Chester Morris and Richard Lane. Most radio collectors know Richard Kollmar as the radio Blackie.… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 193 – The Beast Must Die

From the book by Nicholas Blake, aka Cecil Day-Lewis (father of actor Daniel Day-Lewis), The Beast Must Die is considered one of the author’s best works of fiction featuring his detective, Nigel Strangeways. This adaptation for Suspense excludes the detective, but adheres to some of the story as best it can within a one-half hour production. Starring Herbert Marshall as… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 192 – Maltese Falcon – Genre Pt. 5

The final episode on the development of the American Detective as heard through radio and fiction. In the early 1920s, pulp writers Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, Carroll John Daly, Erle Stanley Gardner and others were creating a new kind of detective: one who was of the streets. Their gritty street smart, tough talking detectives were the first real American detectives… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 191 – Philo Vance Genre Pt. 4

In looking at the development of the American detective genre reflected through Radio Drama, we are now into the early 20th century. Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes has begun to affect many of these early fictional detectives in the rise of the “deductive” detective. ¬†American detective fiction writers including S.S. Van Dine are finding their own detectives are models of the… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 190 – Sherlock Holmes Genre Pt. 3

Continuing with a look at the emergence of the American Detective Genre using radio, the element of misdirection is added as we move into the 20th century and an American style detective genre begins to emerge. One of the influential stories of the late 19th century was Israel Zangwill’s (Left) story The Big Bow Mystery. You can read it here.… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 189 – Wilkie Collins – Genre Pt. 2

Continuing the look at the American Detective genre, a new element is injected into the early formation of what would become the American Detective genre – sensationalism. You’ll hear a story that once more is short on the detective aspect but large on titillation, where a crime is committed and the listener/reader experiences elements of excitement. The play is based… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 188 – The Gold Bug – Genre Pt. 1

Beginning with this podcast, I will be spending the next few understanding ¬†the history and development of the American detective genre. However, I will be referencing it to various radio episodes as examples of the history. Since many feel the American Detective genre began with Edgar Allan Poe, and since I have already presented his famous deductive detective, C. Auguste… (more…)