A previously uncirculated copy of an episode from the radio series, The Adventures of Sam Spade, has surfaced. The copy appears to have been hiding right in front of most eyes but was not in general circulation. It is called “The Dead Duck Caper” from February 2, 1947 and stars Howard Duff as Spade and Lurene Tuttle as Effie. Back story about Effie comes from this episode.
I look briefly at Hammett in detective literature and the impact of the Red Scare upon the radio series.
Music under is John Coltrane performing Stardust.