Category Archives: Podcasts

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 22 – The Abbotts

In 1941, authoress Frances Crane wrote a mystery called β€œThe Turquoise Shop.” In the course of the novel, private investigator, Patrick Abbott, enters the shop of Jean Holly. By the end of the novel the two had fallen in love. In future books involving the couple, they married and continued to solve crimes encountered as part of the plot. In… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 21 – Sherlock Holmes

This week – a look at probably the most well-known “media” detective – film, radio, fiction – Sherlock Holmes. You’ll hear some of the history of the radio programs over the years it was broadcast and a rarer episode from the earliest known copy – 1933 with Richard Gordon as Holmes and Leigh Lovell as Dr. Watson. Podcast: Download |… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 20 – Box 13

A look at radio detective Dan Holiday – Alan Ladd – from Box 13. “Adventure Wanted. Will go anywhere. Do anything. Box 13.” The series was produced by Ladd’s Mayfair Productions. Podcast: Download | Embed

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 19 – Richard Diamond, Private Investigator

Finishing up our look at the radio detective career of Dick Powell I turn to his role as Richard Diamond, “the singing gumshoe.” By this time Powell had reinvented himself from “boy crooner” to tough detective both in film and radio. Podcast: Download | Embed

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 18 – Rogue’s Gallery

The first of a two podcast look at how Dick Powell began to reinvent his image from boy crooner into movie and radio tough guy. Tonight I look at the first of his radio series in his new image – Richard Rogue in Rogue’s Gallery. Podcast: Download | Embed

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 17 – Pat Novak For Hire

Continuing our look at the radio career of Jack Webb, I look at an earlier series in which Webb starred – Pat Novak For Hire. Podcast: Download | Embed

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 16 – The Thin Man

A return to detective author, Dashiell Hammett, and his last fictional creations – Nick and Nora Charles in The Adventures of the Thin Man. The series starred Les Damon (see photo) and Claudia Morgan. The duo starred together once more in a detective series call The Adventures of the Abbotts. Podcast: Download | Embed

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 15 – The Fat Man

I return once more to Dashiell Hammett’s only fictional detective created exclusively for radio! Brad Runyon, the Fat Man. “The hard boiled, hard hitting adventures of a criminologist who tips the scale at 247 pounds…” J. Scott Smart stars in the episode called “The Nineteenth Pearl.” Podcast: Download | Embed

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 14 – The Shadow

This week we look at one of the more unusual radio detectives who not only uses deductive reasoning in solving crimes, but who also uses elements of the mystical. The pulp fictional detective Lamont Cranston, aka The Shadow. This episode is from the Orson Welles year. Podcast: Download | Embed

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 13 – Dragnet

A look this week at probably one of the most famous detective/cop radio shows ever and the man behind it all. The facts: Dragnet is the show; Jack Webb is the creative force. An early episode from the run starring Webb as Joe Friday and Barton Yarborough as Ben Romero. Podcast: Download | Embed