Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 121 – Leslie White: Molle Mystery Theater

Molle Shaving CreamI’m back for a brief visit to one of the “lost in time” detective writers – Leslie T. White, an early 20th century forensics detective for the Los Angeles District Attorney. White turned to detective story writing influencing among others – Raymond Chandler. One of his stories was adapted for the Molle Mystery Theater in 1946 and is presented here.

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 120 – Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Arthur Conan DoyleMerry Christmas!  This will unfortunately have to be my last podcast for some time. Not sure how long I will be away, but stay subscribed. I am returning to the master of detective writers and a creator of one of radio’s favorite detectives – Conan Doyle and his Sherlock Holmes. This episode is from the mind of Denis Greene and Anthony Boucher and is not part of the Holmes canon. A nice little Christmas story!

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 119 – I Love Adventure

Carlton E. MorseAnother Carlton Morse adventure starring the A-1 Detective team of Jack and Doc. This episode has elements of the true detective genre some of which is straight out of the style of Hammett and Chandler.

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 118 – I Love A Mystery Pt. 2

Carlton E. MorseThe further adventures of Jack, Doc and Jeri Booker continue in “The Pirate Loot of the Island of Skulls.” Two more episodes this week plus snippets of interviews with Carlton E. Morse and Russell Thorson. The storyline unfortunately is not complete in audio format, so I’ll try to give some summaries between various episodes to give wholeness to the complete story.

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 117 – I Love A Mystery

Carleton E. MorseThis week I am beginning a series of podcasts featuring the A-1 Detective team of Jack Packard and Doc Long – Carleton Morse’s intrepid detectives from I Love A Mystery. The series is not a complete one as there are very few complete runs of this adventure thriller series: A twelve part series called “The Pirate Loot of the Island of Skulls” from 1942. I’ll be looking at Morse, the series and this serial adventure over the next few weeks.

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 116 – Adventures of the Abbotts

Claudia MorganThe final entry into my look at women radio detectives. This week is an example of the many husband and wife detective teams that appeared on radio. Others included Adventures of the Thin Man, Mr. & Mrs North, It’s a Crime, Mr. Collins and Front Page Farrell. This week’s series used characters from the pen of Frances Crane in which Jean Abbott is a much stronger detective than she was portrayed on radio. Claudia Morgan (right) and Les Damon starred as Jean and Pat Abbott.

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 115 – Miss Pinkerton, Incorporated

Joan Blondell/Dick PowellContinuing with the second part look at women radio detectives, I look at another radio detective series in which a woman was the lead private investigator. Miss Pinkerton, Incorporated starred Joan Blondell and Dick Powell (right), husband and wife in real life at the time as Mary Vance, head of the Vance Detective Agency and Police investigator Murray. The only surviving episode was the premier. This was a lighter show but clicked as both Blondell and Powell were naturals in front of a radio microphone.

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 114 – Candy Matson

Jack FrenchI begin a new series of podcasts focusing on radio’s “Lady Detectives.” First up is Candy Matson, probably the best of the lady detectives on radio. There are extensive sound bytes from my interview with Jack French (right) who authored Private Eyelashes, a book which looks at radio’s female detectives. Candy Matson was a production for the West Coast coming out of San Francisco beginning in 1949.

Music under is Johnny Mercer singing “Candy.”

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 113 – 21st Precinct

Harold StonePart two of a look at the police procedurals of radio drama. While Dragnet was the “daddy” of procedurals, 21st Precinct was probably an example of almost pure procedure. Dragnet had characters listeners could care about. 21st Precinct was much dryer in tone even forsaking opening and closing music and musical bridges to maintain a sense of a documentary style approach. The opening voice was always the desk sergeant mostly portrayed by veteran radio and television actor, Harold Stone (right).

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 112 – Dragnet

Jack WebbBeginning a new theme – police procedurals. The detective genre’s most recent sub-genre is the police procedural. Radio followed suit with the introduction of Dragnet in 1949 created by Jack Webb (right) and its influence both on radio detectives as well as the printed word continues to be felt. I’ll provide examples of what makes a story a police procedural. Next week I’ll continue the theme.

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