Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 19 – Richard Diamond, Private Investigator

Dick PowellFinishing up our look at the radio detective career of Dick Powell I turn to his role as Richard Diamond, “the singing gumshoe.” By this time Powell had reinvented himself from “boy crooner” to tough detective both in film and radio.

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 18 – Rogue’s Gallery

Dick PowellThe first of a two podcast look at how Dick Powell began to reinvent his image from boy crooner into movie and radio tough guy. Tonight I look at the first of his radio series in his new image – Richard Rogue in Rogue’s Gallery.

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 17 – Pat Novak For Hire

Jack WebbContinuing our look at the radio career of Jack Webb, I look at an earlier series in which Webb starred – Pat Novak For Hire.

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 16 – The Thin Man

Les DamonA return to detective author, Dashiell Hammett, and his last fictional creations – Nick and Nora Charles in The Adventures of the Thin Man. The series starred Les Damon (see photo) and Claudia Morgan. The duo starred together once more in a detective series call The Adventures of the Abbotts.

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 15 – The Fat Man

The Fat ManI return once more to Dashiell Hammett’s only fictional detective created exclusively for radio! Brad Runyon, the Fat Man. “The hard boiled, hard hitting adventures of a criminologist who tips the scale at 247 pounds…” J. Scott Smart stars in the episode called “The Nineteenth Pearl.”

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 14 – The Shadow

Orson Welles as The ShadowThis week we look at one of the more unusual radio detectives who not only uses deductive reasoning in solving crimes, but who also uses elements of the mystical. The pulp fictional detective Lamont Cranston, aka The Shadow. This episode is from the Orson Welles year.

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 13 – Dragnet

Jack WebbA look this week at probably one of the most famous detective/cop radio shows ever and the man behind it all. The facts: Dragnet is the show; Jack Webb is the creative force. An early episode from the run starring Webb as Joe Friday and Barton Yarborough as Ben Romero.

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 12 … Michael Shayne

Brett HallidayAnother great pulp magazine detective is featured on this week’s podcast. This time – Brett Halliday’s (right) Michael Shayne, in the New Adventures of Michael Shayne. Running time: 30 minutes

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 11….Gang Busters

Gang Busters BookThe Radio Detective Story Hour looks at radio’s cops and robbers. We interview Martin Grams Jr., author of many books on old time radio including ‘Gang Busters: The Crime Fighters of American Broadcasting’ and listen to an episode from the series: ‘The Case of Bielanski and Tilotson’. Running time is about 60 minutes.

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 10….Bob Bailey

Bob BaileyThe Radio Detective Story Hour visits once more with Bob Bailey, this time in his long running series as George Valentine in Let George Do It. This week’s episode is “Death in Blue Jeans.”

Running Time: 35 minutes.”

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