Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 191 – Philo Vance Genre Pt. 4

John EmeryIn 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 great detective’s style. Most are detectives of the elite society who live by the “rule of law.”  One of the best examples is Van Dine’s Philo Vance.

Music under is Dick Hyman’s “If I Had You.”

5 Responses to Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 191 – Philo Vance Genre Pt. 4

  1. Hi Jim,
    As always enjoying listening to your podcasts. I would like to ask you a question-Do you think Philo Vance makes himself a better radio detective than in his books or are you not a fan of Philo Vance. I have heard that Van Dine’s mysteries were not that good take for example the Kennel Murder Case. I have always thought that Vance was an Americanized version of Sayers’ Lord Peter Wimsey in that they are both bon vivants and they can be a bit snobbish. Anyway look forward to your next podcast.

  2. Gail says:

    I just discovered your program .I am ?In love..I am not sure how a podcast works.Are you on at a regular
    Time? Keep this program going ,My husband and I listen to you every night since we have past programs to catch up on..
    You make my e ending

  3. Gail says:

    Hello again Jim,
    I was just wondering if you would be able to do a podcast on Nero Wolfe ? I love the books , radio
    program ,and even the latest A and E tv series. Again we love the program.

  4. MarkB says:

    Cameron – there’s an early talkie version of The Kennel Murder Case available on YouTube with William Powell that’s pretty good. I’m not a fan of the books, just as I don’t enjoy the Wimsey books.

    Gail – a podcast is a recording that you can play any time. If you could only listen live, it would be streaming radio.

  5. Gail says:

    Thanks Mark, I had not a clue 🙂

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