Category Archives: Podcasts

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…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 212 – The Crime Club

Though there are some who think the Eno Crime Club from 1931 is related, there is no connection between the Doubleday Crime Club imprint and that radio program. In 1946, the Mutual Broadcasting Company purchased a radio package from Doubleday given them permission to adapt certain Crime Club imprint books for radio drama and to use its name for new… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 211 – Molle’ Mystery Theater – Killer Come Back to Me!

One usually does not think of Ray Bradbury as a writer of crime stories, but in his early writing career when he was trying to sell stories to various pulp magazines, he gave crime fiction a chance. One such story was called “Autopsy” on his manuscript, but was published in Detective Tales magazine and the title was changed to “Killer… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 210 – Adventures of Sam Spade

A previously uncirculated copy of an episode from the radio series, The Adventures of Sam Spade, has surfaced. The copy appears to have been hiding right in front of most eyes but was not in general circulation. It is called “The Dead Duck Caper” from February 2, 1947 and stars Howard Duff as Spade and Lurene Tuttle as Effie. Back… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 209 – Cornell Woolrich and the Avenging Angel

One of author Cornell Woolrich’s dominant noir themes was that of the avenging angel or “l’ange noir.” In this podcast, I look at that theme, how the author came to it and offer a selection from the radio series Suspense called “Angel Face” in which the theme emerges. Many of Woolrich’s noir stories feature some variation of this “black angel”… (more…)