Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 7 – Charlie Chan Redux

Earl Derr BiggersRepeat podcast while I am on leave from July 2005.

Charlie Chan was the creation of author Earl Derr Biggers (right) whose famous detective was best known in a series of films. But Chan also had a modest run on radio as you will hear in this podcast.

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 14 – The Shadow

Orson Welles as the ShadowRepeat episode (Sep 2005) while I take some time off.

A look at an unusual Radio Detective – one doesn’t always think of this radio character in the detective vein, though he was indeed the investigator as much as a crime fighter. The Shadow is one of the best remembered radio characters from his pulp creation to radio and films.

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 55 – Miss Pinkerton, Inc.

Joan Blondell/Dick PowellA look at another female radio detective series. This one had two big stars in Joan Blondell and Dick Powell, then husband and wife. The series, Miss Pinkerton, Inc. is based on the characters created by Mary Roberts Rinehart.

Note: I’ll be taking a couple of weeks off – repeat programs will be appearing here the next two weeks.

Background music is called “Speak Low” by Akili.

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 54 – The Lone Wolf

Walter CoyIn 1914, pulp fiction writer, Louis Joseph Vance, published the first in a series of mystery detective books starring Michael Lanyard, aka The Lone Wolf. Though Vance died before he could see the industry his books created in the thirties and forties, the books left him a successful writer.

This week, a look at the radio serial, The Lone Wolf with the only available episode of the series which first starred Gerald Mohr, then later Walter Coy (seen in the photo).

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 53 – The Cases of Mr. Ace

George RaftOne of the lesser known detective radio series, The Cases of Mr. Ace appears to have been in very limited run mostly on WNEW in New York in the late forties. The series was one of only two in which George Raft starred. I personally never really felt Raft was much of a radio actor. His onscreen persona is mostly in his looks and not his voice and it just doesn’t translate well to the medium of radio. So listen in to the somewhat noirish Eddie Ace.

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 52 – Amazing Mr. Malone

Craig RiceOne of the lesser known radio detective serials was The Amazing Mr. Malone also known as Murder and Mr. Malone. Yet this series had three separate runs, a television series and several movies all based upon the fictional detective mystery books by author Craig Rice, whose real name was Georgiana Ann Randolph Rice (right).

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 51 – Adventures of Frank Race

Tom CollinsAdventures of Frank Race was purely a radio series with no connection to other media. It’s first star was Tom Collins whose suave (but fake) British sounding accent provided some well crafted narrative to the series. The second star was Paul Dubov who was more hardboiled.

This week, a look at the international detective whose primary business was following insurance scams.


Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 50 – Big Town

Edward PawleyWhile one might not think of Big Town as a detective series, it wasn’t as much in its first run with Edward G. Robinson. But by 1942, the cast had changed and so had the theme. Managing Editor Steve Wilson of the Illustrated Press (portrayed by this time by Edward Pawley [right]) spent more time on the street investigating crime than he did running a newspaper.

Music underneath is “Seven Eleven” by Chillerstadt available on the Podshow Music Network.

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 49 – Private Files of Rex Saunders

Rex HarrisonA delightful but intentionally short-lived series starring Rex Harrison. This series was written by Ed Adamson, who I will talk about a bit and whose talent makes this the wonderful little series it was.

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 48 – Mike Hammer

Mickey SpillaneA look at Mickey Spillane and his explosive private investigator – Mike Hammer. Hammer was a true pulp hero who was seen and heard in various media including film, radio, television and comic strips. Mickey Spillane was never respected by his peers, but laughed all the way to the bank as his hero was extremely popular with readers.