Category Archives: Podcasts

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 49 – Private Files of Rex Saunders

A delightful but intentionally short-lived series starring Rex Harrison. This series was written by Ed Adamson, who I will talk about a bit and whose talent makes this the wonderful little series it was. Podcast: Download | EmbedLike this:Like Loading…

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 48 – Mike Hammer

A look at Mickey Spillane and his explosive private investigator – Mike Hammer. Hammer was a true pulp hero who was seen and heard in various media including film, radio, television and comic strips. Mickey Spillane was never respected by his peers, but laughed all the way to the bank as his hero was extremely popular with readers. Podcast: Download… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 47 – Barry Craig, Confidential Investigator

This week, I am experimenting with a different format as I present William Gargan as investigator Barry Craig. The series from the early fifties was actually quite entertaining. A look at the actor himself as well as the series. Music included this week are from music.podshow.com and include: Evan Stone performing KCAMS Robin Stine performing “Shy Boy” lastfuture performing “detective… (more…)

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 | EmbedLike this:Like Loading…

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 | EmbedLike this:Like Loading…

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 His musical style was out of date and while he had appeared in some films, most were musically oriented.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 | EmbedLike this:Like Loading…

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…)

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