Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 136 – Devil in the Summer House

John Dickson CarrWhile in England, one of John Dickson Carr’s earliest plays was one called “Devil in the Summer House” which was originally envisioned as a two-parter, but eventually reduced to a one hour play. When Carr came back to the United States due to the war and his need to register for the draft, he re-wrote his one hour play into a half hour version for the Suspense radio series. “Devil in the Summer House”, even re-written into a half-hour play is very well produced, probably due to Dickson Carr’s desire to always create good radio.

Devil in the Summer House originally featured Carr’s private detective Gideon Fell, but he was excluded in this version. The role of Captain Burke fills Gideon’s shoes.

2 Responses to Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 136 – Devil in the Summer House

  1. Traci says:

    Hi Mr. Widner,
    I just recently found your podcast and have since downloaded all of them! I think your introductions are perfectly suited to the vibe of the shows and appreciate the information you provide. I would like to know the name of the jazz tune that plays at the beginning of podcast Episode 121? It’s so familiar to me and has been haunting me since I listened to that episode.
    Anyway, thank you for what you do! I will be subscriber for as long as you produce these shows.

  2. jwidner says:

    Hi Traci,
    That is a free jazz piece from a guy named Bill Mecca. He is not a professionally trained musician, but was involved in a band called Excellent Adventure in New Jersey. The title of the tune is “Grover’s Tune.” (named as an homage to Grover Washington Jr.). You can find a good full copy of the tune at

    I presume you are referring to the music under my voice. If you refer to the actual Radio Detective Story Hour theme I use each week, that is a short clip from the film “Taxi Driver.” The music is by Bernard Hermann and the whole theme to “Taxi Driver” is mostly string music, except for this brief nice sax solo, which I use.

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