Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 143 – Hot Copy

Betty Lou Gerson

Betty Lou Gerson

This time I look at a little known and rare radio program from 1942-1944 which focused on the newspaper reporter as detective. In this case, a female detective, Anne Rogers, who writes a column for a reputable newspaper. Anne finds herself involved in crime solving with the help of her foil Sgt. Flannigan. Scriptwriter was the noted Science Fiction writer, Nelson Bond. This episode of Hot Copy is called “Death Studies in Angles” from February 27th, 1944.  Though there were 3 actresses who played Anne Rogers, this episode features Betty Lou Gerson (right) in the role.

Music under is Andre Previn Trio: the tune is “One For Bunz.”

6 Responses to Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 143 – Hot Copy

  1. Tom says:

    Hot Copy is interesting to the extent that it seems to have been fairly unusual for a radio show to feature a female lead. After listening to a couple episode however, the shows seems to be pretty average stuff, competently done in all aspects but no real spark.

  2. jwidner says:

    Actually, there were a number of female detectives on radio though most, like Hot Copy were not usually carried nationally. The most obvious one is Candy Matson. If you are interested at all, you might want to check out Jack French’s book – Private Eyelashes. I interviewed him back in Podcast #9.

  3. Tom says:

    Do you have a favorite female radio detective?
    I’ll check out that interview!

  4. Tom says:

    Great podcast, really enjoyed the interview and the episode of Candy Matson stands out as one of the best female radio detective shows Ive heard! My affection for Pat Novak for Hire doubtless has something to do with my enjoying this show. I illustrated a Pat Novak for Hire graphic novel in ’06 and in the course of researching the character became a big fan.

  5. jwidner says:

    Tom, I would have to say Candy Matson is my favorite female radio detective. She has just enough edge to make it interesting even though the storylines include the sexist elements one finds at the time.

  6. jwidner says:

    Candy Matson reminds me in some ways of some of the graphic novel detectives that have been created of late. I had the pleasure of providing an introductoin to the Yours Truly Johnny Dollar published by Moonstone and written by David Gallaher and illustrated by Eric Theriault back in 2003.

    Candy Matson has that “in your face” attitude that I like in private eyes.

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