Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 29 – Jeff Regan, Investigator

Jack Webb as Jeff ReganJeff Regan, Investigator saw its birth in July 1948 on CBS. The aural gimmick in the opening was that Regan worked for an international investigation firm run by Anthony J. Lyon. The series proclaimed him “The Lion’s Eye.” The owner, Anthony J. Lyon, played by Wilms Herbert with a voice sounding like a rather large man, would send his prime investigator into environments reminiscent of a film noir. Webb portrayed his character in a very hardboiled fashion who often found himself getting beat up or captured before he would ultimately bring the crimes to a conclusion.

2 Responses to Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 29 – Jeff Regan, Investigator

  1. Jos says:

    First of all, thanks for the podcasts, they are very interesting!
    A question for you as a historian/expert; Is it normal for these detective shows to ‘share’ stories/episodes? After listening to this podcast I remembered a Johnny Dollar episode with the exact same story, and I have these deja-vous with other shows as well…

    Regards,
    Jos (Holland)

  2. Stewart says:

    Four JEFF REGAN scripts were reused on the series; one of these scripts was reused twice.

    Also, many JEFF REGAN scripts from this series that were written or co-written by E. Jack Neuman were later reused on other series: The Adventures Of Sam Spade; Nightbeat; Richard Diamond, Private Detective; Rocky Jordan; and Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar.

    See the SOURCES CONSULTED: Newspapers and Periodicals section of JEFF REGAN, INVESTIGATOR series broadcast log I published for a listing of articles regarding Reuse of Scripts.
    http://www.old-time.com/otrlogs2/index.html

    An article dealing specifically with reuse of JEFF REGAN, INVESTIGATOR scripts (A Whimsical Look At The Many Aliases of Jeff Regan) will be published in early 2015. In Radio Recall, the newsletter Metro Washington Old Time Radio Club.

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