Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 84 – Gunsmoke

Rye BillsburyGunsmoke? A detective show?

This week, a look at how Gunsmoke was first conceived as a hard boiled western detective series. A little history on the beginnings of the concept and an audition recording by two writers of hardboiled radio detective stories – Mort Fine and David Friedkin.

This audition starred Rye Billsbury (later Michael Rye) as “Mark Dillon.”


Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 83 – Screen Director’s Playhouse

Jimmy StewartA slight wrinkle to the theme of detectives this week. A look at the newspaperman as detective as Jimmy Stewart (right) turns detective as he tries to solve a mis-carriage of justice. The radio play was based upon the film Call Northside 777, a great noir film. Besides Stewart, I’ll go into some of the veteran radio actors you’ll hear in this week’s play.

Music under is Lac Fantome by Nick Kepics from garageband.com


Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 82 – Raffles

E.W. HornungE.W. Hornung (right) was the brother-in-law of Arthur Conan Doyle. Hornung’s own fictional detective rivaled Conan Doyle’s and the two would often create stories that referenced the other. Where Conan Doyle’s Holmes and Watson were the upright detectives who fantasized about becoming criminals, Hornung’s A.J. Raffles and his helper Harry “Bunny” Manders were criminals – specifically amateur cracksmen.

This week you’ll hear CBS Radio’s version of the Hornung Raffles.


Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 81 – Results, Inc.

Claire TrevorThere were only two radio detective serials in which one of the detectives was played by a woman and a major film star. This week I’ll look at one of those serials – Results, Inc. and you be able to hear only one of three that are known to exist of the series. The star was the glamorous Claire Trevor (right), who plays Terry Travers opposite her fellow detective, Johnny Strange portrayed by Lloyd Nolan.

Music under is “Get Out of the Blue” by Nick Kepics on Garageband.com


Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 80 – Mr. & Mrs. North

Alice FrostJust as radio detectives often seemed to be loners, there were also several radio detective husband and wife teams. Most think immediately of Nick and Nora Charles, but another popular one on radio that even made it to film and television was Mr. & Mrs. North. Based on the novels of Frances and Richard Lockridge, for most of the radio run Jerry North was played by Joseph Curtain while Pam North was portrayed by Alice Frost (right).


Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 79 – Murder Clinic

Radio Detective Story Hour logoHappy New Year!

This week a rarely heard short-lived series that featured fiction’s famous detectives telling about their most famous cases. The series was called Murder Clinic and each week featured a different detective from fiction.

Music under is “Saturday Morning” by Anne Farnsworth from the Podsafe Music Network.


Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 78 – Richard Diamond, Private Investigator (Christmas show)

Dick PowellIt’s Christmas time and this week’s podcast is a special one! Staying in the vein of our detective theme, I present a variation on Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol” with the puckish Dick Powell in his Richard Diamond hat.

Enjoy and Merry Christmas!


Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 77 – The Glass Key

Dashiell HammettA bit outside the regular “detective” stories, this episode from the Campbell Playhouse (Mercury Theater on the Air) takes Dash Hammett’s (right) story about power and corruption rolls one character into a “detective” mold and comes up with “The Glass Key.” This one is well done.

This one is a bit longer than normal due to the length of the episode.

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 76 – Sherlock Holmes

Edith MeiserA look at Edith Meiser (right), who was responsible for first bringing Sherlock Holmes to radio. Meiser adapted almost all the Holmes canon for radio beginning in the early thirties until 1945. She later wrote the text for a comic stripe of Holmes in the fifties. An accomplished actress, who also wrote books, films and radio plays. You’ll hear a rare Holmes radio play from 1934.

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 75 – Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar #8

Mandel KramerThe final actor to portray Johnny Dollar is featured this week. Mandel Kramer (right) was the last Dollar and also the last featured star of a dramatic radio serial from its Golden Age. Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar had the sad distinction of being the final dramatic radio program when it ended in September 1962.

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