Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 182 – Ford Theater – Laura

The beginning of my “Laura-fest” starting with the Ford Theater production of the Vera Caspary adaptation of Laura. These are not the actors who appeared in the film and they will need to grow on you if, like me, you are a huge fan of the film. Some comparisons between film, Lux Radio Theatre version and this one. Music under… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 181 – Appointment With Fear

A revisit to the classic BBC radio series from the 1940s. The series was created partly by John Dickson Carr and modeled on his experience working as a scriptwriter for the American series Suspense. When you hear it, you think you are listening to a twist on that American series, but while there were crossover storylines, this series had its… (more…)

Film Noir on Turner Classic Movies

This coming month – October – Turner Classic Movies is offering several film noir directed by Nicholas Ray from the late 1940s and early 1950s in honor of his 100th birthday anniversary. They include They Live By Night (1949) with Farley Granger and Cathy O’Donnell based on the novel Thieves Like Us by Edward Anderson; preceded by In A Lonely… (more…)

Raymond Chandler on BBC is Back!

 Raymond Chandler is back with a new drama of The Long Goodbye which will be heard over BBC  Radio 4 beginning on Saturday, October 1st at 14:30 GMT or 19:30 EST. This is a new play, so be sure  not to miss it. It stars Toby Stephens in an excellent adaptation. You can find it HERE.

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 180 – Broadway’s My Beat

I find myself regularly coming back to this early 1950s noirish detective series. There’s something about the complete production of this series including the writing, the acting, the producer/director and the sound effects that keep me coming back to listen. A more in-depth look at a single episode and how it ties into the whole scope of this wonderful detective… (more…)

Lady Detectives on BBC Radio 4 Extra

BBC Radio 4 Extra is running a series of Lady Detective dramas that feature early female detectives. First up was Loveday Brooke, a Victorian detective created by Catherine Louisa Pirkis. The initial episode has played, but is being repeated today and should be on listen again for a week.  Also featured is Anna Katharine Green‘s 1915 detective Violet Strange and Wilkie Collin’s… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 179 – The Crowd (Suspense)

This podcast takes a story from a well known Science Fiction writer – a fantasy horror story – which has been adapted by two veteran radio detective scriptwriters. The result is to take Ray Bradbury’s horror story and have Mort Fine and David Friedkin turn it into a detective thriller. Unusual perhaps, but it seems to hold up well. The… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 178 – Frightened City (Suspense)

This podcast looks at a rare event in radio when a number of elements coalesce with a brilliant actor, producer, director, writer all creating an excellent production. This Suspense episode called “Frightened City” stars Frank Lovejoy, with his gritty cynical way of speaking and is written by the dual experience radio script writing team of Morton Fine & David Friedkin.… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 177 – John Lund

After doing a re-evaluation of my opinion of John Lund as Johnny Dollar, I have decided my original thinking was flawed. After listening to more of his portrayal as Johnny Dollar in the early fifties, have led me to raise the bar on his performance. Lund’s Dollar, while dark, is much warmer than Edmund O’Brien who preceded him and quite… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 176 – Challenge To the Listener

Hugh Pentecost was a pseudonym for Mystery writer Judson Phillips. He was one of the founders of the Mystery Writers of America. This podcast features a script he wrote called “Challenge to the Listener” and starred Richard Widmark and Everett Sloane – both intense actors and excellent in these roles. The story appeared on the Molle Mystery Theater and begins… (more…)