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Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 231 – The McCoy

In 1947, the House Committee for UnAmerican Activities held nine days of hearings into alleged communist influence within Hollywood. Soon this expanded into other entertainment media including radio. Soon, more than 300 artists were boycotted by the studios. On the list was Dashiell Hammett. When this expanded to the McCarthy Hearings in the early fifties, Howard Duff also appeared on… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 228 – The Adventures of the Thin Man

In celebration of the 73rd anniversary of the premier of the Adventures of the Thin Man on radio, a rarely heard episode from 1942 – the earliest available. This one is from an Armed Forces Radio disc as part of their “Frontline Theater.” While the radio series was not as good as the films, they are still enjoyable to listen… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 220 – No Man of Her Own

A look at the roman noir or black fiction adapted for radio. Specifically, the Cornell Woolrich wrote a number of short stories he later expanded into novels; a move for the better with much improved storylines. In 1946, he wrote “They Call Me Patrice” which he expanded into his last great novel in 1948 under the title I Married A… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 217 – Philip Marlowe

A look at the writer, Raymond Chandler. He is considered one of several innovators of the hardboiled American detective story. Most readers know Chandler from his iconic detective – Philip Marlowe. However, the author wrote a number of other stories using other detectives living on hard times. While Dashiell Hammett was a big influence on the writer, Frederick Nebel, another… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 210 – Adventures of Sam Spade

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… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 205 – Homicide for Hannah

One of Black Mask magazine’s popular writers from 1934-1939 was Dwight V. Babcock.  His stories were in keeping with the style developed by Joseph “Cap” Shaw of “hard and brittle” stories with naturalistic elements of street grit.  After his stint with Black Mask, Babcock wrote three novels involving “The Gorgeous Ghoul” Hannah Van Doren, who with her friend Joe Kirby… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 192 – Maltese Falcon – Genre Pt. 5

The final episode on the development of the American Detective as heard through radio and fiction. In the early 1920s, pulp writers Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, Carroll John Daly, Erle Stanley Gardner and others were creating a new kind of detective: one who was of the streets. Their gritty street smart, tough talking detectives were the first real American detectives… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 46 – Phillip Marlowe

A return look at Raymond Chandler’s private detective, Phillip Marlowe. Last time I focused on Gerald Mohr’s protrayal, but this time, we look at the first radio Phillip Marlowe – Van Heflin. I also look at other Phillip Marlowe’s from other media and how they interpreted him. Podcast: Download | Embed

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 35 – Sam Spade

E. Jack Neumann and John Michael Hayes (right) were two of radio’s finest writers of detective and suspense. This week a brief return to an episode from The Adventures of Sam Spade written by these two writers. Listen for the well defined characters the create as well as the tension and comedy. An example of some of radio’s finest writing.… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 16 – The Thin Man

A 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. Podcast: Download | Embed