Category Archives: Podcasts

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…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 187 – Crime Club: The Topaz Flower

A look at a somewhat forgotten American cozy mystery writer – Charlotte Murray Russell – wrote a number of mysteries well into the 1950s but then suddenly gave it all up and returned to her library work. She was an influence on a number of later female mystery writers who got their start writing “cozy” style mysteries. This play is… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 186 – Escape: Red Wine

Writer LG Blochman wrote the short story, “Red Wine” in 1930 about a detective who travels to Indonesia to find a murderer. The story was adapted by Escape in 1949 though it had previously been heard on the Molle Mystery Theaterin 1945. This version starred Film and radio star, Jeff Chandler, who does a credible job in this version of… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 185 – A Merry Christmas

A Merry Christmas gift – I am repeating an episode I did of Richard Diamond, Private Detective back in 2006 & 2010. This one is a wonderful Christmas variation on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Merry Christmas to all of you! Podcast: Download | Embed

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 184 – The Bishop & the Gargoyle

This podcast features a radio detective series that I will admit is in my opinion a stinker. I have only been able to hear one episode (none others exist), but to round out the radio detective genre, I felt I should feature it nonetheless. Some of you may like it, but I found it definitely an example of very early… (more…)