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Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 127 – The White Rose Murders

This week, I begin looking at the noirish radio dramas based on the stories of Cornell Woolrich. First off is The White Rose Murders from the radio series Suspense. It is based on a story by Woolrich called The Death Rose and is one of the best examples of a taut noir radio drama. Music under is first: Blind Spot… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 126 – The Lost Special

A year and a half ago, I featured a radio version of Arthur Conan Doyle’s short story, “The Lost Special” which aired over Escape in 1949. At that time, the Suspense version starring Orson Welles was considered lost. Recently, the audio for that 1943 Suspense version has surfaced thanks to Randy Riddle. And so, I am taking another look at… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 125 – Criminal At Large

From the fecund mind of mystery/thriller writer, Edgar Wallace, best known as the first screenwriter of the film King Kong. His better known mystery series include the J.G. Reeder and Green Archer series. Wallace’s stories were so well accepted over 160 films were made from them. This week I’ll look at Wallace and the radio play “Criminal At Large” from… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 60 – Mr. Chameleon

A look at the detective serials as “soap drama.” Mr. Chameleon came from the factory of Frank and Ann Hummert who are best known as the creators of many of radio soap operas and now some of the long running television daytime dramas. The series starred Karl Swenson (right) as the detective who could disguise himself to solve a crime.… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 59 – I Deal In Crime

Though he was much better in Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator, gravely-voiced William Gargan starred several more times on radio. This week a look at one of his lesser roles in which he seemed to sometimes sleep his way through. This crime detective series starred Gargan as Ross Dolan. Podcast: Download | Embed

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 58 – Pete Kelly’s Blues

Just as his successful radio series, Dragnet, was making a move to television, Jack Webb starred in another short lived radio vehicle – Pete Kelly’s Blues. I’ll look at why he might have done so when he had so much on his plate at the time. The series had some great New Orlean’s Style Jazz! Podcast: Download | Embed

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 57 – San Francisco Final

This week you’ll hear an audition episode of a series that apparently never aired. San Francisco Final was produced by many of the same personnel who brought Dragnet to the television. Though San Francisco Final is a very well written episode, it has many of the same elements of Dragnet in style and feel. The series starred Jeff Chandler who… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 56 – Molle Mystery Theater: Raymond Chandler

I’m back with an all new podcast about a Raymond Chandler short story called “Spanish Blood.” The story is an integral one in Chandler’s development of his “tarnished knight” – Phillip Marlowe. A look at Raymond Chandler’s idea of the fictional detective and the radio play “Murder in City Hall” from the Molle Mystery Theater. Podcast: Download | Embed

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 7 – Charlie Chan Redux

Repeat 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. Podcast: Download | Embed

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 14 – The Shadow

Repeat 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.… (more…)