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Nostalgic Mystery Radio

English, Literature, 1 season, 492 episodes, 5 days, 10 hours, 31 minutes
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Old time radio mystery programs brought back to life for today's fan of the great shows of yesteryear. Including the classics such as Sherlock Holmes, Sam Spade, Philip Marlowe, and more.
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Ep.489 Nick Carter Master Detective: Death In The Pines

Nick Carter, Master Detective, which aired on Mutual from 1943 to 1955. Nick Carter first came to radio as The Return of Nick Carter. Then Nick Carter, Master Detective, with Lon Clark in the title role, began April 11, 1943, on Mutual, continuing in many different timeslots for well over a decade. Jock MacGregor was the producer-director of scripts by Alfred Bester, Milton J. Kramer, David Kogan and others. Background music was supplied by organists Hank Sylvern, Lew White and George Wright. Patsy Bowen, Nick's assistant, was portrayed by Helen Choate until mid-1946 and then Charlotte Manson stepped into the role. Nick and Patsy's friend was reporter Scubby Wilson (John Kane). Nick's contact at the police department was Sgt. Mathison (Ed Latimer). The supporting cast included Raymond Edward Johnson, Bill Johnstone and Bryna Raeburn. Michael Fitzmaurice was the program's announcer.Death In The Pines: Regan was Tate’s oldest and best driver and when racketeers stopped his truck he recognized the voice of one of the hijackers and was shot dead along with his helper. Originally aired March 4th,1944.Support the show
2/12/202431 minutes, 42 seconds
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Ep.488 The Adventures Of The Falcon: The Case Of The Fatal Fix

The Adventures Of The Falcon: This hard boiled spy drama began as an RKO Radio Pictures theatrical serial in the 1940s, went on radio in 1943, and then came to TV around ten years later in a Syndicated series produced for distribution by NBC Films; the series was about an American agent whose code name was "Falcon".The success of the films led to a radio series that premiered on the American Blue Network in April 1943, and aired for the next ten years on various networks. It was here that his transition into a private eye was finalized, with The Falcon, now called Michael Waring working as a hardboiled insurance investigator, with an office and a secretary, Nancy.The Case Of The Fatal Fix: It deals with a grief-stricken father seeking to stop a murder involving his son. Originally aired May 4th, 1952.Support the show
1/29/202431 minutes, 24 seconds
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Ep.487 Dragnet: The Big Watch

Dragnet ran from June 3rd,1949 to February 26th,1957 on NBC at various times and days and starred Jack Webb as Detective Sergeant Joe Friday. Various partners throughout the show's run were Sergeant Ben Romero (Barton Yarborough), Ed Jacobs (Barney Phillips), and Officer Frank Smith (Ben Alexander).Webb was the creator/Director of the series and wanted everything to be as authentic as possible, down to the last sound effect. The stories were based on actual police files and "the names were changed to protect the innocent".Dragnet broke a few radio taboos as well, such as dramatizing sex crimes. Children also were killed on occasion as in the episode "Twenty-Two Rifle For Christmas". The series eventually went to television and ran there for many years.The Big Watch: A gang of "Hitch-Hike Bandits" are assaulting and killing soldiers.Originally aired April 13th, 1950.Support the show
1/4/202431 minutes, 10 seconds
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Ep.486 Father Brown: The Honour of Israel Gow

Rough and tough Hard-boiled detectives grab a lot of attention, but who would have a better insight on the nature of human evil than “a man who does next to nothing but hear men's real sins”?Where could you find a more “soft-boiled” character than the parish priest. Mutual brought The Adventures of Father Brown to the air in 1945. Father Brown was the antithesis of the more celebrated soft-boiled detective, Sherlock Holmes. Where Holmes was a master of deduction, Father Brown relied on intuition based on his familiarity on men’s souls.The Honour of Israel Gow: Flambeau, now a private detective, and Father Brown are at Glengyle Castle in Scotland, helping Inspector Craven of Scotland Yard to investigate the peculiar death and burial of the late Israel Gow.Support the show
12/27/202330 minutes, 26 seconds
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Ep.485 Philo Vance: The Red Duck Murder Case

Philo Vance is the detective creation of S. S. Van Dine first published in the mid 1920s. Jose Ferrer played him in 1945. From 1948-1950, the fine radio actor Jackson Beck makes Vance as good as he gets. George Petrie plays Vance's constantly impressed public servant, District Attorney Markham. Joan Alexander is Ellen Deering, Vance's secretary and right-hand woman. The organist for the show is really working those ivories, and fans of old time radio organ will especially enjoy this series.The Red Duck Murder Case: Noticing blood on the feet of some ducks while playing golf, by super-sleuthing, Philo breaks up a counterfeit ring and catches a killer! Originally aired May 31st,1949.Support the show
12/18/202328 minutes, 38 seconds
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Ep.484 Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Harold Trandem Matter

Yours Truly, Johnny DollarFor over twelve years, from 1949 through 1962 (including a one year hiatus in 1954-1955), this series recounted the cases "the man with the action-packed expense account, America’s fabulous freelance insurance investigator, Johnny Dollar". Johnny was an accomplished 'padder' of his expense account. The name of the show derives from the fact that he closed each show by totaling his expense account, and signing it "End of report... Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar".The Harold Trandem Matter: Johnny goes to check on an insured man with a $1.5 million policy whose had an attempt on his life. Johnny soon finds himself investigating a murder. Originally aired May 9, 1950.Support the show
12/11/202331 minutes, 57 seconds
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Ep.483 Richard Diamond Private Detective: The Mike Burton Murder Case

Richard Diamond, Private Detective came to NBC in 1949. Diamond was a slick, sophisticated detective, with a sharp tongue for folks who needed it. Diamond enjoyed the detective life, but not as much as entertaining his girl, Helen Asher. After each show, he would croon a number to his Park Avenue sweetheart.Mr. Powell, a former song and dance man, was perfect for the role. He added an extra dimension to the 40's hokey private eye drama.Diamond was a rough gumshoe that would often get knocked on the head with a revolver butt or other items. His counterpart on the police force was Lt. Levinson who often accepted Diamond's help reluctantly. Levinson would claim to get stomach trouble whenever Diamond would call him and would take bicarbonate to settle his aching stomach. Although they always seem at odds with each other, Diamond and Levinson were best friends.The Mike Burton Murder Case:  A truck driver named Mike Burton has been killed by a hit-and-run driver. His wrestler-friend thinks he was helped into the accident.Originally aired July 5th,1950.Support the show
12/7/202331 minutes, 25 seconds
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Ep.482 The Whistler: The Alibi

The WhistlerYou're walking alone on the street at night, but then you hear another set of footsteps and a haunting tune being whistled by an unseen stranger. The unseen Whistler didn't kill anyone (that we know of), but he certainly loved watching murders take place, narrating them for us, and chuckling at the suffering of others instead of doing anything to stop it.  He kept walking the streets every week for thirteen long years, whistling his ominous thirteen notes and telling us another tale of bizarre fate. Perhaps Fate is who the Whistler really was? He never provided any sir name, and the killer was usually punished by some twist of fate that only The Whistler seemed to expect.The Alibi:  A domineering old lady controls all those around her...several of whom have a good reason for doing her in. Originally aired October 25th,1942.Support the show
12/5/202331 minutes, 24 seconds
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Ep.481 The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes: The Telltale Pigeon Feathers

Sherlock Holmes, fictional character created by the Scottish writer Arthur Conan Doyle. The prototype for the modern mastermind detective, Holmes first appeared in Conan Doyle’s A Study in Scarlet, published in Beeton’s Christmas Annual of 1887. As the world’s first and only “consulting detective,” he pursued criminals throughout Victorian and Edwardian London, the south of England, and continental Europe.From 1939 to 1946, Basil Rathbone played Sherlock Holmes with his friend Nigel Bruce on cinema and radio.The Telltale Pigeon Feathers: Sherlock's brother Mycroft puts Sherlock on the trail of a spy, and Doctor Watson finds himself arrested for murder! Originally aired January 21, 1946.Support the show
11/28/202333 minutes, 47 seconds
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Ep.480 Pat Novak For Hire: Sam Tolliver

Pat Novak For Hire: Classic old time radio showing starring Jack Webb (1946, 1949) and Ben Morris (1947-48) as Pat Novak, a street wise guy who rents boats and anything else a good man pays a bad one to do.Novak is always getting into scrapes when taking on jobs for hire or occasionally as a favor to a friend. When he does, he goes to see "The Only Honest Guy I Know" an ex-Doctor and a boozer named Jocko Madigan (played by Tudor Owens). Novak's nemesis is Lieutenant Hellman of Homicide (played by Raymond Burr and others) who's constantly trying to get Novak sent to the gas chamber.Sam Tolliver: Pat Novak does a favor for a friend out of prison and picks up a package. He returns to his office to find a cop standing over a dead body.Originally aired April 9th,1949.Support the show
11/22/202332 minutes, 14 seconds
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Ep.479 Nick Carter Master Detective: Murder In The Crypt

Nick Carter, Master Detective, which aired on Mutual from 1943 to 1955. Nick Carter first came to radio as The Return of Nick Carter. Then Nick Carter, Master Detective, with Lon Clark in the title role, began April 11, 1943, on Mutual, continuing in many different timeslots for well over a decade. Jock MacGregor was the producer-director of scripts by Alfred Bester, Milton J. Kramer, David Kogan and others. Background music was supplied by organists Hank Sylvern, Lew White and George Wright. Patsy Bowen, Nick's assistant, was portrayed by Helen Choate until mid-1946 and then Charlotte Manson stepped into the role. Nick and Patsy's friend was reporter Scubby Wilson (John Kane). Nick's contact at the police department was Sgt. Mathison (Ed Latimer). The supporting cast included Raymond Edward Johnson, Bill Johnstone and Bryna Raeburn. Michael Fitzmaurice was the program's announcer.Murder In The Crypt: Nick investigates a dead body found in front of a statue of Anubis.Originally aired August 2nd, 1943.Support the show
11/20/202331 minutes, 22 seconds
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Ep.478 Boston Blackie: The Stolen Car Ring

In the the world of the hard boiled detective, Boston Blackie comes comes real close to fitting in, but he just doesn't quite. Of course Blackie isnt a detective or private eye, he is a reformed safe cracker and constantly good natured irritant to the cops!A real Hard Boiled Detective solves the mystery that the cops think he is guilty of, and manages to make the cops look foolish while he does it. So does Boston Blackie.The Stolen Car Ring: Mary's car is stolen. Originally aired April 23rd,1946.Support the show
11/14/202329 minutes, 14 seconds
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Ep.477 The Adventures Of Philip Marlowe: The Black Halo

Get this and get it straight. Crime is a sucker's road and those who travel it wind up in the gutter, the prison or the grave.Philip Marlowe was Los Angeles's toughest detective in the groundbreaking series by Raymond Chandler that helped establish the "hard-boiled" detective subgenre.The Black Halo: Marlowe is hired to find the missing Julia Perry. Murder and a suicide complicate the case and add a surprise ending. Originally aired: January 15th,1949.Support the show
11/8/202331 minutes, 15 seconds
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Ep.476 The Adventures Of The Falcon: The Case Of The Sweet Swindle

The Adventures Of The Falcon: This hard boiled spy drama began as an RKO Radio Pictures theatrical serial in the 1940s, went on radio in 1943, and then came to TV around ten years later in a Syndicated series produced for distribution by NBC Films; the series was about an American agent whose code name was "Falcon".The success of the films led to a radio series that premiered on the American Blue Network in April 1943, and aired for the next ten years on various networks. It was here that his transition into a private eye was finalized, with The Falcon, now called Michael Waring working as a hardboiled insurance investigator, with an office and a secretary, Nancy.The Case Of The Sweet Swindle: Those people who think they can get away with murder are in for the "shock" of their lives! Originally aired June 13th,1951.The noel jay show (funk,soul and disco podcast2 hours of funk,soul and disco,one hour on wednesdayListen on: Apple Podcasts   Support the show
11/6/202331 minutes, 52 seconds
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Ep.475 The Jack Benny Program: Halloween Celebration

The Jack Benny Program: The Jack Benny Program was first broadcast on the Blue Network on 2nd May 1932. With his capable cast of supporting players Benny made his show into one of great radio comedy shows. What was so special about this golden-age classic is Benny's ability to come across as a likeable guy despite being vain, argumentative, and a skinflint. People related to Benny and his willingness to often give the best comedy lines in the show to his supporting cast made him popular with listeners, guests and colleagues. This is classic comedy that is still funny sixty years later.Halloween Celebration:  It's Halloween, and Jack and the gang wind up at the home of guest Basil Rathbone...in costume! Originally aired November 2nd,1941.Support the show
10/31/202330 minutes, 49 seconds
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Ep.474 The Whistler: Death Comes At Midnight

The WhistlerYou're walking alone on the street at night, but then you hear another set of footsteps and a haunting tune being whistled by an unseen stranger. The unseen Whistler didn't kill anyone (that we know of), but he certainly loved watching murders take place, narrating them for us, and chuckling at the suffering of others instead of doing anything to stop it.  He kept walking the streets every week for thirteen long years, whistling his ominous thirteen notes and telling us another tale of bizarre fate. Perhaps Fate is who the Whistler really was? He never provided any sir name, and the killer was usually punished by some twist of fate that only The Whistler seemed to expect.Death Comes At Midnight: A man who has a frightful dream that he is destined to die in 48 hours! Originally aired October 18th,1942.Support the show
10/30/202330 minutes, 43 seconds
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Ep.473 The Adventures Of Sam Spade: The Shot In The Dark Caper

The Adventures of Sam Spade was a suspense/detective radio show starring Howard Duff in the colorful title role along with Lurene Tuttle as his secretary Effie.  It was based on the private detective character created by Dashiell Hammett, well-known from the book and movie The Maltese Falcon.  The show ran from 1946 to 1951.  Duff was replaced by Steve Dunne in later episodes.The Shot in the Dark Caper: Sam is hired by a newspaper to solved a murder that was captured in a news photo, but was never reported to the cops! Originally aired February 23, 1951.Support the show
10/25/202330 minutes, 26 seconds
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Ep.472 The Adventures Of Father Brown: The Dagger With Wings

Rough and tough Hard-boiled detectives grab a lot of attention, but who would have a better insight on the nature of human evil than “a man who does next to nothing but hear men's real sins”?Where could you find a more “soft-boiled” character than the parish priest. Mutual brought The Adventures of Father Brown to the air in 1945. Father Brown was the antithesis of the more celebrated soft-boiled detective, Sherlock Holmes. Where Holmes was a master of deduction, Father Brown relied on intuition based on his familiarity on men’s souls.The Dagger With Wings: A wealthy landowner in the West Country confesses to Father Brown that his adopted son has coerced him into dabbling into occultism in order to extend his life.Support the show
10/23/202344 minutes, 52 seconds
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Ep.471 Philo Vance: The White Willow Murder Case

Philo Vance is the detective creation of S. S. Van Dine first published in the mid 1920s. Jose Ferrer played him in 1945. From 1948-1950, the fine radio actor Jackson Beck makes Vance as good as he gets. George Petrie plays Vance's constantly impressed public servant, District Attorney Markham. Joan Alexander is Ellen Deering, Vance's secretary and right-hand woman. The organist for the show is really working those ivories, and fans of old time radio organ will especially enjoy this series.The  White Willow Murder Case:  A stockbroker is murdered while giving bad advice and romancing a gangster's girlfriend. Originally aired March 22nd,1949.Support the show
10/17/202328 minutes, 50 seconds
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Ep.470 Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Edward French Matter

Yours Truly, Johnny DollarFor over twelve years, from 1949 through 1962 (including a one year hiatus in 1954-1955), this series recounted the cases "the man with the action-packed expense account, America’s fabulous freelance insurance investigator, Johnny Dollar". Johnny was an accomplished 'padder' of his expense account. The name of the show derives from the fact that he closed each show by totaling his expense account, and signing it "End of report... Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar".The Edward French Matter:  The manager of the Jewel Tea plantation in the Malay States has disappeared. Was it bandits?Originally aired April 7th,1951.Support the show
10/12/202326 minutes, 53 seconds
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Ep.469 Boston Blackie: The Worthington Ghost

In the the world of the hard boiled detective, Boston Blackie comes comes real close to fitting in, but he just doesn't quite. Of course Blackie isnt a detective or private eye, he is a reformed safe cracker and constantly good natured irritant to the cops!A real Hard Boiled Detective solves the mystery that the cops think he is guilty of, and manages to make the cops look foolish while he does it. So does Boston Blackie.The Worthington Ghost: Blackie's friend Shorty, apparently just out of jail, meets an hysterical woman who claims to have seen a ghost. Originally aired March 19th, 1946.Support the show
10/10/202328 minutes, 22 seconds
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Ep.468 The Adventures of Sam Spade: The Apple of Eve Caper

The Adventures of Sam Spade was a suspense/detective radio show starring Howard Duff in the colorful title role along with Lurene Tuttle as his secretary Effie.  It was based on the private detective character created by Dashiell Hammett, well-known from the book and movie The Maltese Falcon.  The show ran from 1946 to 1951.  Duff was replaced by Steve Dunne in later episodes.The Apple of Eve Caper: Eve Adams has been killed, the prime suspect is "Dreama Love."Originally aired June 19th, 1949.Support the show
10/4/202328 minutes, 59 seconds
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Ep.467 Barrie Craig Confidential Investigator: Murder By Threes

Barrie Craig Confidential InvestigatorWilliam Gargan, who also played the better known television (and radio) detective Martin Kane, was the voice of New York eye Barrie Craig while Ralph Bell portrayed his associate, Lt. Travis Rogers. Craig's office was on Madison Avenue and his adventures were fairly standard PI fare. He worked alone, solved cases efficiently, and feared no man. As the promos went, he was "your man when you can't go to the cops. Confidentiality a specialty."Murder By Threes:  A guy comes in to Barrie Craig office bawling like a baby and his name is Julius Caesar. Originally aired October 8th, 1952.Support the show
10/2/202331 minutes, 21 seconds
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Ep.466 The Adventures of Sam Spade: The Civic Pride Caper

The Adventures of Sam Spade was a suspense/detective radio show starring Howard Duff in the colorful title role along with Lurene Tuttle as his secretary Effie.  It was based on the private detective character created by Dashiell Hammett, well-known from the book and movie The Maltese Falcon.  The show ran from 1946 to 1951.  Duff was replaced by Steve Dunne in later episodes.The Civic Pride Caper: After an auditorium collapses, Garrett Welsh, the architect, hires Spade to find out why it happened. Originally aired April 13th,1951.A Kung Fu Science Fiction Podcast ft. music by Wu-Tang ClanFive criminals, gifted with mysterious powers, each vie for the largest score in New YorkListen on: Apple Podcasts   SpotifySupport the show
9/28/202332 minutes, 19 seconds
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Ep.465 The Adventures Of The Falcon: The Case Of The Quarrelsome Quartet

The Adventures Of The Falcon: This hard boiled spy drama began as an RKO Radio Pictures theatrical serial in the 1940s, went on radio in 1943, and then came to TV around ten years later in a Syndicated series produced for distribution by NBC Films; the series was about an American agent whose code name was "Falcon".The success of the films led to a radio series that premiered on the American Blue Network in April 1943, and aired for the next ten years on various networks. It was here that his transition into a private eye was finalized, with The Falcon, now called Michael Waring working as a hardboiled insurance investigator, with an office and a secretary, Nancy.The Case Of The Quarrelsome Quartet: Thieves fall out! Hazel Walsh has found out by accident that her boyfriend George Reynolds  the same George Reynolds who used to run with the Gallagher mob is in trouble. Originally aired September 3rd,1950Support the show
9/26/202331 minutes, 34 seconds
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Ep.464 Tales Of The Texas Rangers: Hanging By A Thread

Tales of the Texas Rangers, a western adventure old-time radio drama, premiered on July 8, 1950, on the US NBC radio network and remained on the air through September 14, 1952.Movie star Joel McCrea starred as Texas Ranger Jayce Pearson, who used the latest scientific techniques to identify the criminals and his faithful horse, Charcoal (or "Charky," as Jayce would sometimes refer to him), to track them down. The shows were reenactments of actual Texas Ranger cases.Hanging by a Thread: George Hawks has committed suicide, or did he?Originally aired November 26,1950Support the show
9/25/202331 minutes, 2 seconds
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Ep.463 Broadway Is My Beat: The Joan Gale Murder Case

Broadway is my Beat is a love affair with noir and hardboiled radio detective series blossomed during the 1940's. The golden age of radio had found a new following in the crime drama genre, and managed to churn out several note-worthy serializations. One of the more popular old time radio shows of the period was Broadway is my Beat which featured the talented Larry Thor as Detective Danny Clover.Clover truly loved his beat on the colorful and gritty streets of Broadway and it shined through in his passion and dedication to his job. He tirelessly patrolled the city streets and instilled fear into the hoodlums and villains that threatened the peace. Remarkably enough, the program enjoyed a lengthy run from 1949-1954, unlike its other contemporaries who only lasted for a season.The Joan Gale Murder Case:  Joan Gale is found dead in a flower shop...with the burglar alarm still ringing. Originally aired January 21st,1950.Support the show
9/21/202331 minutes, 35 seconds
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Ep.462 Dragnet: The Big Chance

Dragnet ran from June 3rd,1949 to February 26th,1957 on NBC at various times and days and starred Jack Webb as Detective Sergeant Joe Friday. Various partners throughout the show's run were Sergeant Ben Romero (Barton Yarborough), Ed Jacobs (Barney Phillips), and Officer Frank Smith (Ben Alexander).Webb was the creator/Director of the series and wanted everything to be as authentic as possible, down to the last sound effect. The stories were based on actual police files and "the names were changed to protect the innocent".Dragnet broke a few radio taboos as well, such as dramatizing sex crimes. Children also were killed on occasion as in the episode "Twenty-Two Rifle For Christmas". The series eventually went to television and ran there for many years.The Big Chance:  A highway patrolman has disappeared from his cruiser, out in the countryside. Originally aired August 24th,1950.Support the show
9/18/202331 minutes, 7 seconds
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Ep.461 The Adventures Of Sam Spade: The Crab Louie Caper

The Adventures of Sam Spade was a suspense/detective radio show starring Howard Duff (in the colorful title role along with Lurene Tuttle as his secretary Effie.  It was based on the private detective character created by Dashiell Hammett, well-known from the book and movie The Maltese Falcon.  The show ran from 1946 to 1951.  Duff was replaced by Steve Dunne in later episodes.The Crab Louie Caper: Sam is hired to find out how an Italian crab- fisher was killed. Was it an accident or murder? Originally aired March 2nd, 1951.Support the show
9/15/202331 minutes, 11 seconds
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Ep.460 Philo Vance: The Butler Murder Case

Philo Vance is the detective creation of S. S. Van Dine first published in the mid 1920s. Jose Ferrer played him in 1945. From 1948-1950, the fine radio actor Jackson Beck makes Vance as good as he gets. George Petrie plays Vance's constantly impressed public servant, District Attorney Markham. Joan Alexander is Ellen Deering, Vance's secretary and right-hand woman. The organist for the show is really working those ivories, and fans of old time radio organ will especially enjoy this series.The Butler Murder Case: A dentist is threatened with death by an extortionist and is then murdered. Originally aired October 28th,1948.Support the show
9/11/202328 minutes, 39 seconds
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Ep.459 Richard Diamond Private Detective: The House Of Mystery Case

Richard Diamond, Private Detective came to NBC in 1949. Diamond was a slick, sophisticated detective, with a sharp tongue for folks who needed it. Diamond enjoyed the detective life, but not as much as entertaining his girl, Helen Asher. After each show, he would croon a number to his Park Avenue sweetheart.Mr. Powell, a former song and dance man, was perfect for the role. He added an extra dimension to the 40's hokey private eye drama.Diamond was a rough gumshoe that would often get knocked on the head with a revolver butt or other items. His counterpart on the police force was Lt. Levinson who often accepted Diamond's help reluctantly. Levinson would claim to get stomach trouble whenever Diamond would call him and would take bicarbonate to settle his aching stomach. Although they always seem at odds with each other, Diamond and Levinson were best friends.The House Of Mystery Case: A dead man with a lousy sense of humor is haunting Mrs. Julia Bates, a new widow. Originally aired December 10th,1949.Support the show
9/7/202331 minutes, 23 seconds
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Ep.458 The Adventures Of Sam Spade: The Chateau McCloud Caper

The Adventures of Sam Spade was a suspense/detective radio show starring Howard Duff (in the colorful title role along with Lurene Tuttle as his secretary Effie.  It was based on the private detective character created by Dashiell Hammett, well-known from the book and movie The Maltese Falcon.  The show ran from 1946 to 1951.  Duff was replaced by Steve Dunne in later episodes.The Chateau McCloud Caper:  Murder on skis at a rich man's winter home. Originally aired January 26th, 1951Support the show
9/4/202331 minutes, 30 seconds
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Ep.457 Father Brown: The Eye Of Apollo

Rough and tough Hard-boiled detectives grab a lot of attention, but who would have a better insight on the nature of human evil than “a man who does next to nothing but hear men's real sins”?Where could you find a more “soft-boiled” character than the parish priest. Mutual brought The Adventures of Father Brown to the air in 1945. Father Brown was the antithesis of the more celebrated soft-boiled detective, Sherlock Holmes. Where Holmes was a master of deduction, Father Brown relied on intuition based on his familiarity on men’s souls.The Eye of Apollo: Susie has fallen under the spell of a charismatic leader of a sect, when his wife dies, Father Brown intervenes. Originally aired January 18,2013.Reel ChumsJoin your 'reel chums' as they break down their favorite movies, share their filmmaking...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   SpotifySupport the show
8/31/202329 minutes, 11 seconds
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Ep.456 Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Yankee Pride Matter

Yours Truly, Johnny DollarFor over twelve years, from 1949 through 1962 (including a one year hiatus in 1954-1955), this series recounted the cases "the man with the action-packed expense account, America’s fabulous freelance insurance investigator, Johnny Dollar". Johnny was an accomplished 'padder' of his expense account. The name of the show derives from the fact that he closed each show by totaling his expense account, and signing it "End of report... Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar".The Yankee Pride Matter: Johnny investigates murder, intrigue and sabotage in mysterious Singapore. Originally aired October 14th,1950.Support the show
8/29/202331 minutes, 54 seconds
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Ep.455 Broadway Is My Beat: The Dion Hartley Murder Case

Broadway is my Beat is a love affair with noir and hardboiled radio detective series blossomed during the 1940's. The golden age of radio had found a new following in the crime drama genre, and managed to churn out several note-worthy serializations. One of the more popular old time radio shows of the period was Broadway is my Beat which featured the talented Larry Thor as Detective Danny Clover.Clover truly loved his beat on the colorful and gritty streets of Broadway and it shined through in his passion and dedication to his job. He tirelessly patrolled the city streets and instilled fear into the hoodlums and villains that threatened the peace. Remarkably enough, the program enjoyed a lengthy run from 1949-1954, unlike its other contemporaries who only lasted for a season.The Dion Hartley Murder Case:  Dion Hartley invites Danny Clover to visit his exquisite apartment. He tells Danny that he's going to be murdered. He knows who's going to kill him, but won't tell Danny who it is. Originally aired February 17th,1950.Support the show
8/28/202331 minutes, 28 seconds
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Ep.454 Tales Of The Texas Rangers: Dream Farm

Tales of the Texas Rangers, a western adventure old-time radio drama, premiered on July 8, 1950, on the US NBC radio network and remained on the air through September 14, 1952.Movie star Joel McCrea starred as Texas Ranger Jayce Pearson, who used the latest scientific techniques to identify the criminals and his faithful horse, Charcoal (or "Charky," as Jayce would sometimes refer to him), to track them down. The shows were reenactments of actual Texas Ranger cases.Dream Farm: A couple moving to Texas from Iowa are killed, and their 12 year-old son is shot in a car-jacking gone wrong. Originally aired March 9th,1952.Support the show
8/24/202331 minutes, 4 seconds
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Ep.453 The New Adventures Of Nero Wolfe: Stamped For Murder

Nero Wolfe is a fictional character, a brilliant, oversized, eccentric armchair detective created in 1934 by American mystery writer Rex Stout. Wolfe was born in Montenegro and keeps his past murky.He lives in a luxurious brownstone on West 35th Street in New York City, and he is loath to leave his home for business or anything that would keep him from reading his books, tending his orchids, or eating the gourmet meals prepared by his chef, Fritz Brenner. Archie Goodwin, Wolfe's sharp-witted, dapper young confidential assistant with an eye for attractive women, narrates the cases and does the legwork for the detective genius.Stamped for Murder: A woman seeks help from Nero Wolfe to recover a $10,000 treasure map from two swindlers. Wolfe becomes suspicious when the con-men return the money to eagerly. Originally aired October 20th,1950.Support the show
8/21/202331 minutes, 38 seconds
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Ep.451 The Adventures Of The Falcon: The Case Of The Nervous Shakedown

The Adventures Of The Falcon: This hard boiled spy drama began as an RKO Radio Pictures theatrical serial in the 1940s, went on radio in 1943, and then came to TV around ten years later in a Syndicated series produced for distribution by NBC Films; the series was about an American agent whose code name was "Falcon".The success of the films led to a radio series that premiered on the American Blue Network in April 1943, and aired for the next ten years on various networks. It was here that his transition into a private eye was finalized, with The Falcon, now called Michael Waring working as a hardboiled insurance investigator, with an office and a secretary, Nancy.The Case Of The Nervous Shakedown: The Falcon knows a boy with a sure thing going feels that together, they ought to make a killing!Originally aired June 27th,1951.Support the show
8/18/202331 minutes, 43 seconds
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Ep.452 Boston Blackie: Murder On The Flying Trapeze

In the the world of the hard boiled detective, Boston Blackie comes comes real close to fitting in, but he just doesn't quite. Of course Blackie isnt a detective or private eye, he is a reformed safe cracker and constantly good natured irritant to the cops!A real Hard Boiled Detective solves the mystery that the cops think he is guilty of, and manages to make the cops look foolish while he does it. So does Boston Blackie.Murder On The Flying Trapeze: An old school friend of Mary’s who is a trapeze artist tells Mary that if anything happens to her it would be an accident. Mary’s friend then dies while performing her act.Originally aired April 2nd,1946.Support the show
8/18/202329 minutes, 25 seconds
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Ep.450 Dragnet: The Big Youngster

Dragnet ran from June 3rd,1949 to February 26th,1957 on NBC at various times and days and starred Jack Webb as Detective Sergeant Joe Friday. Various partners throughout the show's run were Sergeant Ben Romero (Barton Yarborough), Ed Jacobs (Barney Phillips), and Officer Frank Smith (Ben Alexander).Webb was the creator/Director of the series and wanted everything to be as authentic as possible, down to the last sound effect. The stories were based on actual police files and "the names were changed to protect the innocent".Dragnet broke a few radio taboos as well, such as dramatizing sex crimes. Children also were killed on occasion as in the episode "Twenty-Two Rifle For Christmas". The series eventually went to television and ran there for many years.The Big Youngster: Friday and Smith investigate a case of vandalism against a young lawyer. Originally aired August 17th,1950.Support the show
8/15/202331 minutes, 10 seconds
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Ep.449 Nick Carter Master Detective: A Cat Brings Death

Nick Carter, Master Detective, which aired on Mutual from 1943 to 1955. Nick Carter first came to radio as The Return of Nick Carter. Then Nick Carter, Master Detective, with Lon Clark in the title role, began April 11, 1943, on Mutual, continuing in many different timeslots for well over a decade. Jock MacGregor was the producer-director of scripts by Alfred Bester, Milton J. Kramer, David Kogan and others. Background music was supplied by organists Hank Sylvern, Lew White and George Wright. Patsy Bowen, Nick's assistant, was portrayed by Helen Choate until mid-1946 and then Charlotte Manson stepped into the role. Nick and Patsy's friend was reporter Scubby Wilson (John Kane). Nick's contact at the police department was Sgt. Mathison (Ed Latimer). The supporting cast included Raymond Edward Johnson, Bill Johnstone and Bryna Raeburn. Michael Fitzmaurice was the program's announcer.A Cat Brings Death: Nick investigates the disappearance of a wealthy woman’s cat.Originally aired April 15th,1944.Support the show
8/10/202331 minutes, 9 seconds
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Ep.448 Philo Vance: The Magic Murder Case

Philo Vance is the detective creation of S. S. Van Dine first published in the mid 1920s. Jose Ferrer played him in 1945. From 1948-1950, the fine radio actor Jackson Beck makes Vance as good as he gets. George Petrie plays Vance's constantly impressed public servant, District Attorney Markham. Joan Alexander is Ellen Deering, Vance's secretary and right-hand woman. The organist for the show is really working those ivories, and fans of old time radio organ will especially enjoy this series.The Magic Murder Case: A hated magician is found murdered in a locked room.Originally aired March 20th,1947.Support the show
8/9/202328 minutes, 44 seconds
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Ep.447 Richard Diamond Private Detective: To Guard A Seal

Richard Diamond, Private Detective came to NBC in 1949. Diamond was a slick, sophisticated detective, with a sharp tongue for folks who needed it. Diamond enjoyed the detective life, but not as much as entertaining his girl, Helen Asher. After each show, he would croon a number to his Park Avenue sweetheart.Mr. Powell, a former song and dance man, was perfect for the role. He added an extra dimension to the 40's hokey private eye drama.Diamond was a rough gumshoe that would often get knocked on the head with a revolver butt or other items. His counterpart on the police force was Lt. Levinson who often accepted Diamond's help reluctantly. Levinson would claim to get stomach trouble whenever Diamond would call him and would take bicarbonate to settle his aching stomach. Although they always seem at odds with each other, Diamond and Levinson were best friends.To Guard A Seal: Diamond is hired to be the bodyguard of Timothy...the seal. Originally aired February 5th,1950.Support the show
8/7/202331 minutes, 18 seconds
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Ep.446 The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes: Murder In The Casbah

Sherlock Holmes, fictional character created by the Scottish writer Arthur Conan Doyle. The prototype for the modern mastermind detective, Holmes first appeared in Conan Doyle’s A Study in Scarlet, published in Beeton’s Christmas Annual of 1887. As the world’s first and only “consulting detective,” he pursued criminals throughout Victorian and Edwardian London, the south of England, and continental Europe.From 1939 to 1946, Basil Rathbone played Sherlock Holmes with his friend Nigel Bruce on cinema and radio.Murder in the Casbah: Sherlock Holmes and Watson find out when they travel to  North Africa to find an Englishman wrongly accused of murder—and are led into a web of mystery by a beautiful woman! Originally aired December 3rd, 1945.Support the show
8/4/202330 minutes, 25 seconds
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Ep.445 The Adventures Of Philip Marlowe: The Unfair Lady

Get this and get it straight. Crime is a sucker's road and those who travel it wind up in the gutter, the prison or the grave.Philip Marlowe was Los Angeles's toughest detective in the groundbreaking series by Raymond Chandler that helped establish the "hard-boiled" detective subgenre.The Unfair Lady: Marlowe goes South of the Border to find who’s behind a series of diamond thefts. Originally aired June 4, 1949Support the show
8/2/202331 minutes, 44 seconds
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Ep.444 The Adventures of Sam Spade: The Bouncing Betty Caper

The Adventures of Sam Spade was a suspense/detective radio show starring Howard Duff in the colorful title role along with Lurene Tuttle as his secretary Effie.  It was based on the private detective character created by Dashiell Hammett, well-known from the book and movie The Maltese Falcon.  The show ran from 1946 to 1951.  Duff was replaced by Steve Dunne in later episodes.The Bouncing Betty Caper: Sam becomes a chauffeur to enter a wealthy home and discover who's been threatening a woman. "Betty" turns out to be quite deadly, but not for the reason you think! Originally aired December 12th, 1948.Support the show
8/1/202326 minutes, 38 seconds
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Ep.443 Broadway Is My Beat: The Roberto Segura Murder Case

Broadway is my Beat is a love affair with noir and hardboiled radio detective series blossomed during the 1940's. The golden age of radio had found a new following in the crime drama genre, and managed to churn out several note-worthy serializations. One of the more popular old time radio shows of the period was Broadway is my Beat which featured the talented Larry Thor as Detective Danny Clover.Clover truly loved his beat on the colorful and gritty streets of Broadway and it shined through in his passion and dedication to his job. He tirelessly patrolled the city streets and instilled fear into the hoodlums and villains that threatened the peace. Remarkably enough, the program enjoyed a lengthy run from 1949-1954, unlike its other contemporaries who only lasted for a season.The Roberto Segura Murder Case:  Robert Segura is found knifed, while his girl plays a guitar nearby. Originally aired January 31st,1950.Support the show
7/31/202331 minutes, 22 seconds
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Ep.442 Tales Of The Texas Rangers: The Blow Off

Tales of the Texas Rangers, a western adventure old-time radio drama, premiered on July 8, 1950, on the US NBC radio network and remained on the air through September 14, 1952.Movie star Joel McCrea starred as Texas Ranger Jayce Pearson, who used the latest scientific techniques to identify the criminals and his faithful horse, Charcoal (or "Charky," as Jayce would sometimes refer to him), to track them down. The shows were reenactments of actual Texas Ranger cases.The Blow Off: Jace investigates the murder of a gas station owner.Originally aired November 25th,1951.Support the show
7/28/202331 minutes, 10 seconds
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Ep.441 Barrie Craig Confidential Investigator: The Lost Lady

Barrie Craig Confidential InvestigatorWilliam Gargan, who also played the better known television (and radio) detective Martin Kane, was the voice of New York eye Barrie Craig while Ralph Bell portrayed his associate, Lt. Travis Rogers. Craig's office was on Madison Avenue and his adventures were fairly standard PI fare. He worked alone, solved cases efficiently, and feared no man. As the promos went, he was "your man when you can't go to the cops. Confidentiality a specialty."The Lost Lady: Craig is hired to go shopping with a wealthy man’s wife. When they stop at a store, she disappears in a dressing room and then turns up murdered.Originally aired June 14th,1953.Support the show
7/27/202329 minutes, 28 seconds
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Ep.440 Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Jackie Cleaver Matter

Yours Truly, Johnny DollarFor over twelve years, from 1949 through 1962 (including a one year hiatus in 1954-1955), this series recounted the cases "the man with the action-packed expense account, America’s fabulous freelance insurance investigator, Johnny Dollar". Johnny was an accomplished 'padder' of his expense account. The name of the show derives from the fact that he closed each show by totaling his expense account, and signing it "End of report... Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar".The Jackie Cleaver Matter: An insurance adjuster from the West Coast asks Johnny’s help in locating a beneficiary. Originally aired March31st,1951.Support the show
7/25/202332 minutes, 24 seconds
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Ep.439 The Adventures Of Father Brown: The Absence Of Mr. Glass

Rough and tough Hard-boiled detectives grab a lot of attention, but who would have a better insight on the nature of human evil than “a man who does next to nothing but hear men's real sins”?Where could you find a more “soft-boiled” character than the parish priest. Mutual brought The Adventures of Father Brown to the air in 1945. Father Brown was the antithesis of the more celebrated soft-boiled detective, Sherlock Holmes. Where Holmes was a master of deduction, Father Brown relied on intuition based on his familiarity on men’s souls.The Absence of Mr. Glass: The unusual behavior of a young man sparks concern in a seaside town. Andrew Sachs stars as GK Chesterton's clerical sleuth.Support the show
7/24/202331 minutes, 2 seconds
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Ep.438 Dragnet: The Big Casing

Dragnet ran from June 3rd,1949 to February 26th,1957 on NBC at various times and days and starred Jack Webb as Detective Sergeant Joe Friday. Various partners throughout the show's run were Sergeant Ben Romero (Barton Yarborough), Ed Jacobs (Barney Phillips), and Officer Frank Smith (Ben Alexander).Webb was the creator/Director of the series and wanted everything to be as authentic as possible, down to the last sound effect. The stories were based on actual police files and "the names were changed to protect the innocent".Dragnet broke a few radio taboos as well, such as dramatizing sex crimes. Children also were killed on occasion as in the episode "Twenty-Two Rifle For Christmas". The series eventually went to television and ran there for many years.The Big Casing: A woman is found dead of a gunshot wound, the husband claims it was suicide but the evidence seems to point towards murder.Originally aired May 3rd,1951.Support the show
7/20/202331 minutes, 19 seconds
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Ep.437 The Adventures Of The Falcon: The Case Of The Weeping Willow

The Adventures Of The Falcon: This hard boiled spy drama began as an RKO Radio Pictures theatrical serial in the 1940s, went on radio in 1943, and then came to TV around ten years later in a Syndicated series produced for distribution by NBC Films; the series was about an American agent whose code name was "Falcon".The success of the films led to a radio series that premiered on the American Blue Network in April 1943, and aired for the next ten years on various networks. It was here that his transition into a private eye was finalized, with The Falcon, now called Michael Waring working as a hardboiled insurance investigator, with an office and a secretary, Nancy.The Case Of The Weeping Willow: Fun with a gun leads to a big bang out of life! Originally aired April 27th,1952.Support the show
7/18/202330 minutes, 51 seconds
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Ep.436 Boston Blackie: Amnesia Victim

In the the world of the hard boiled detective, Boston Blackie comes comes real close to fitting in, but he just doesn't quite. Of course Blackie isnt a detective or private eye, he is a reformed safe cracker and constantly good natured irritant to the cops!A real Hard Boiled Detective solves the mystery that the cops think he is guilty of, and manages to make the cops look foolish while he does it. So does Boston Blackie.Amnesia Victim: A man who had a case of amnesia asks Blackie whether he killed a man during the period he can’t remember. Originally aired November 8th,1945.Support the show
7/17/202326 minutes, 25 seconds
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Ep.435 Nick Carter Master Detective: The Slingshot Murder

Nick Carter, Master Detective, which aired on Mutual from 1943 to 1955. Nick Carter first came to radio as The Return of Nick Carter. Then Nick Carter, Master Detective, with Lon Clark in the title role, began April 11, 1943, on Mutual, continuing in many different timeslots for well over a decade. Jock MacGregor was the producer-director of scripts by Alfred Bester, Milton J. Kramer, David Kogan and others. Background music was supplied by organists Hank Sylvern, Lew White and George Wright. Patsy Bowen, Nick's assistant, was portrayed by Helen Choate until mid-1946 and then Charlotte Manson stepped into the role. Nick and Patsy's friend was reporter Scubby Wilson (John Kane). Nick's contact at the police department was Sgt. Mathison (Ed Latimer). The supporting cast included Raymond Edward Johnson, Bill Johnstone and Bryna Raeburn. Michael Fitzmaurice was the program's announcer.The Slingshot Murder: Nick gets a tip on suspicious activity from an orphan boy and he and the boy are both shot. Originally aired October 15th,1944.Support the show
7/13/202330 minutes, 41 seconds
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Ep.434 Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot: Evil Under The Sun

Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot: the world-renowned, moustachioed Belgian private detective, unsurpassed in his intelligence and understanding of the criminal mind, respected and admired by police forces and heads of state across the globe.Since his inception over 100 years ago, Poirot has stolen the hearts and minds of audiences from Azerbaijan to Vietnam, and his celebrated cases have been recorded across 33 original novels and over 50 short stories.Evil Under The Sun: The beautiful bronzed body of Arlena Stuart lay facedown on the beach. But strangely, there was no sun and she was not sunbathing... she had been strangled.Support the show
7/11/20232 hours, 18 minutes, 17 seconds
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Ep.433 Richard Diamond Private Detective: Private Eye Test

Richard Diamond, Private Detective came to NBC in 1949. Diamond was a slick, sophisticated detective, with a sharp tongue for folks who needed it. Diamond enjoyed the detective life, but not as much as entertaining his girl, Helen Asher. After each show, he would croon a number to his Park Avenue sweetheart.Mr. Powell, a former song and dance man, was perfect for the role. He added an extra dimension to the 40's hokey private eye drama.Diamond was a rough gumshoe that would often get knocked on the head with a revolver butt or other items. His counterpart on the police force was Lt. Levinson who often accepted Diamond's help reluctantly. Levinson would claim to get stomach trouble whenever Diamond would call him and would take bicarbonate to settle his aching stomach. Although they always seem at odds with each other, Diamond and Levinson were best friends.Private Eye Test:  Diamond finds the body of a fellow detective while taking the police exam to keep his detective's license. Originally aired March 19th,1950.Support the show
7/10/202331 minutes, 23 seconds
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Ep.432 Broadway Is My Beat: The Mary Gilbert Murder Case

Broadway is my Beat is a love affair with noir and hardboiled radio detective series blossomed during the 1940's. The golden age of radio had found a new following in the crime drama genre, and managed to churn out several note-worthy serializations. One of the more popular old time radio shows of the period was Broadway is my Beat which featured the talented Larry Thor as Detective Danny Clover.Clover truly loved his beat on the colorful and gritty streets of Broadway and it shined through in his passion and dedication to his job. He tirelessly patrolled the city streets and instilled fear into the hoodlums and villains that threatened the peace. Remarkably enough, the program enjoyed a lengthy run from 1949-1954, unlike its other contemporaries who only lasted for a season.The Mary Gilbert Murder Case: Clover investigates whether a man accused of the murder of Mary Gilbert actually pulled the trigger.Originally aired November 26th,1949.Support the show
7/7/202331 minutes, 19 seconds
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Ep.431 The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes: The Accidental Murderess

Sherlock Holmes, fictional character created by the Scottish writer Arthur Conan Doyle. The prototype for the modern mastermind detective, Holmes first appeared in Conan Doyle’s A Study in Scarlet, published in Beeton’s Christmas Annual of 1887. As the world’s first and only “consulting detective,” he pursued criminals throughout Victorian and Edwardian London, the south of England, and continental Europe.From 1939 to 1946, Basil Rathbone played Sherlock Holmes with his friend Nigel Bruce on cinema and radio.The Accidental Murderess: A woman accidentally shoots Holmes, but Holmes recognizes the woman as someone he implicated in murder. Originally aired November 26th, 1945.Support the show
7/6/202331 minutes, 34 seconds
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Ep.430 Tales Of The Texas Rangers: Nighthawk

Tales of the Texas Rangers, a western adventure old-time radio drama, premiered on July 8, 1950, on the US NBC radio network and remained on the air through September 14, 1952.Movie star Joel McCrea starred as Texas Ranger Jayce Pearson, who used the latest scientific techniques to identify the criminals and his faithful horse, Charcoal (or "Charky," as Jayce would sometimes refer to him), to track them down. The shows were reenactments of actual Texas Ranger cases.Nighthawk: A man kills a girl's date in Lover's Lane, and she refuses to identify the killer! Originally aired March 30th,1952.Support the show
7/5/202331 minutes, 10 seconds
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Ep.429 Barrie Craig Confidential Investigator: Murder Island

Barrie Craig Confidential InvestigatorWilliam Gargan, who also played the better known television (and radio) detective Martin Kane, was the voice of New York eye Barrie Craig while Ralph Bell portrayed his associate, Lt. Travis Rogers. Craig's office was on Madison Avenue and his adventures were fairly standard PI fare. He worked alone, solved cases efficiently, and feared no man. As the promos went, he was "your man when you can't go to the cops. Confidentiality a specialty."Murder Island: Barrie meets a burlesque queen who is trapped on Murder Island.Originally aired January 9th,1952.Support the show
7/3/202331 minutes, 20 seconds
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Ep.428 The Adventures Of The Falcon: The Case Of The Beautiful Bait

The Adventures Of The Falcon: This hard boiled spy drama began as an RKO Radio Pictures theatrical serial in the 1940s, went on radio in 1943, and then came to TV around ten years later in a Syndicated series produced for distribution by NBC Films; the series was about an American agent whose code name was "Falcon".The success of the films led to a radio series that premiered on the American Blue Network in April 1943, and aired for the next ten years on various networks. It was here that his transition into a private eye was finalized, with The Falcon, now called Michael Waring working as a hardboiled insurance investigator, with an office and a secretary, Nancy.The Case Of The Beautiful Bait: A prize fighter is murdering the ring, but it looks like there will be a murder outside of it. Originally aired August 22nd,1951.Support the show
6/29/202326 minutes, 31 seconds
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Ep.427 Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Calgary Matter

Yours Truly, Johnny DollarFor over twelve years, from 1949 through 1962 (including a one year hiatus in 1954-1955), this series recounted the cases "the man with the action-packed expense account, America’s fabulous freelance insurance investigator, Johnny Dollar". Johnny was an accomplished 'padder' of his expense account. The name of the show derives from the fact that he closed each show by totaling his expense account, and signing it "End of report... Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar".The Calgary Matter: Johnny is called up and offered a chance to solve a large robbery.Originally aired July 13th,1950.Support the show
6/27/202331 minutes, 16 seconds
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Ep.426 Philo Vance: The Golden Murder Case

Philo Vance is the detective creation of S. S. Van Dine first published in the mid 1920s. Jose Ferrer played him in 1945. From 1948-1950, the fine radio actor Jackson Beck makes Vance as good as he gets. George Petrie plays Vance's constantly impressed public servant, District Attorney Markham. Joan Alexander is Ellen Deering, Vance's secretary and right-hand woman. The organist for the show is really working those ivories, and fans of old time radio organ will especially enjoy this series.The Golden Murder Case: A guardian who is swindling an heiress in her business affairs is murdered. Originally aired October14th,1948.Support the show
6/26/202328 minutes, 42 seconds
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Ep.425 The Adventures Of Sam Spade: The Prodigal Daughter Caper

The Adventures of Sam Spade was a suspense/detective radio show starring Howard Duff in the colorful title role along with Lurene Tuttle as his secretary Effie.  It was based on the private detective character created by Dashiell Hammett, well-known from the book and movie The Maltese Falcon.  The show ran from 1946 to 1951.  Duff was replaced by Steve Dunne in later episodes.The Prodigal Daughter Caper: A story about a multimillionaire who never talks, his daughter who's really a gangster's moll, and a corpse who is killed twice.Originally aired August 28, 1949Support the show
6/23/202329 minutes, 12 seconds
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Ep.424 Father Brown: The Queer Feet

Rough and tough Hard-boiled detectives grab a lot of attention, but who would have a better insight on the nature of human evil than “a man who does next to nothing but hear men's real sins”?Where could you find a more “soft-boiled” character than the parish priest. Mutual brought The Adventures of Father Brown to the air in 1945. Father Brown was the antithesis of the more celebrated soft-boiled detective, Sherlock Holmes. Where Holmes was a master of deduction, Father Brown relied on intuition based on his familiarity on men’s souls.The Queer Feet: When Father Brown is called to the exclusive Vernon Hotel to administer the last rites to a dying member of staff, he manages to detect a crime in progress, and save a soul, all by listening to a few strange footsteps in a corridor...Support the show
6/21/202328 minutes, 14 seconds
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Ep.423 Broadway Is My Beat: The Sergeant Gordon Ellis Murder Case

Broadway is my Beat is a love affair with noir and hardboiled radio detective series blossomed during the 1940's. The golden age of radio had found a new following in the crime drama genre, and managed to churn out several note-worthy serializations. One of the more popular old time radio shows of the period was Broadway is my Beat which featured the talented Larry Thor as Detective Danny Clover.Clover truly loved his beat on the colorful and gritty streets of Broadway and it shined through in his passion and dedication to his job. He tirelessly patrolled the city streets and instilled fear into the hoodlums and villains that threatened the peace. Remarkably enough, the program enjoyed a lengthy run from 1949-1954, unlike its other contemporaries who only lasted for a season.The Sergeant Gordon Ellis Murder Case: Tommy Mannon, a hoodlum about to blow the whistle on some big shots, is attacked on the street right in front of Danny Clover. A cop named Sergeant Gordon Ellis is killed on the spot.Originally aired November 12th,1949.Support the show
6/20/202331 minutes, 21 seconds
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Ep.420 Agatha Christie: Ordeal By Innocence Pt.1

Agatha Christie's Ordeal By InnocenceAccording to the courts, Jacko Argyle bludgeoned his mother to death with a poker. The sentence was life imprisonment. But when Dr. Arthur Calgary arrives with the proof that confirms Jacko’s innocence, it is too late—Jacko died behind bars following a bout of pneumonia. Worse still, the doctor’s revelations reopen old wounds in the family, increasing the likelihood that the real murderer will strike again.Support the show
6/16/202329 minutes, 58 seconds
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Ep.421 Agatha Christie: Ordeal By Innocence Pt.2

Agatha Christie's Ordeal By InnocenceAccording to the courts, Jacko Argyle bludgeoned his mother to death with a poker. The sentence was life imprisonment. But when Dr. Arthur Calgary arrives with the proof that confirms Jacko’s innocence, it is too late—Jacko died behind bars following a bout of pneumonia. Worse still, the doctor’s revelations reopen old wounds in the family, increasing the likelihood that the real murderer will strike again.Support the show
6/16/202329 minutes, 37 seconds
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Ep.422 Agatha Christie: Ordeal By Innocence Pt.3

Agatha Christie's Ordeal By InnocenceAccording to the courts, Jacko Argyle bludgeoned his mother to death with a poker. The sentence was life imprisonment. But when Dr. Arthur Calgary arrives with the proof that confirms Jacko’s innocence, it is too late—Jacko died behind bars following a bout of pneumonia. Worse still, the doctor’s revelations reopen old wounds in the family, increasing the likelihood that the real murderer will strike again.Support the show
6/16/202329 minutes, 40 seconds
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Ep.419 The Adventures Of Philip Marlowe: The Ebony Link

Get this and get it straight. Crime is a sucker's road and those who travel it wind up in the gutter, the prison or the grave.Philip Marlowe was Los Angeles's toughest detective in the groundbreaking series by Raymond Chandler that helped establish the "hard-boiled" detective subgenre.The Ebony Link: Marlowe is hired to end a blackmail plot. Originally aired May 28th, 1949Support the show
6/15/202330 minutes, 38 seconds
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Ep.418 Nick Carter Master Detective: The Numbers Murders

Nick Carter, Master Detective, which aired on Mutual from 1943 to 1955. Nick Carter first came to radio as The Return of Nick Carter. Then Nick Carter, Master Detective, with Lon Clark in the title role, began April 11, 1943, on Mutual, continuing in many different timeslots for well over a decade. Jock MacGregor was the producer-director of scripts by Alfred Bester, Milton J. Kramer, David Kogan and others. Background music was supplied by organists Hank Sylvern, Lew White and George Wright. Patsy Bowen, Nick's assistant, was portrayed by Helen Choate until mid-1946 and then Charlotte Manson stepped into the role. Nick and Patsy's friend was reporter Scubby Wilson (John Kane). Nick's contact at the police department was Sgt. Mathison (Ed Latimer). The supporting cast included Raymond Edward Johnson, Bill Johnstone and Bryna Raeburn. Michael Fitzmaurice was the program's announcer.The Numbers Murders: The winners of numbers games are turning up dead.Originally aired October 8th,1944.Support the show
6/14/202331 minutes, 33 seconds
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Ep.417 Boston Blackie: Murder In The Music Room

In the the world of the hard boiled detective, Boston Blackie comes comes real close to fitting in, but he just doesn't quite. Of course Blackie isnt a detective or private eye, he is a reformed safe cracker and constantly good natured irritant to the cops!A real Hard Boiled Detective solves the mystery that the cops think he is guilty of, and manages to make the cops look foolish while he does it. So does Boston Blackie.Murder In The Music Room: The melody-writing member of a feuding song-writing duo is murdered and Blackie is near the scene of the crime.Originally aired November 15th,1945.Support the show
6/13/202327 minutes, 39 seconds
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Ep.416 Richard Diamond Private Detective: The Ruby Idol Case

Richard Diamond, Private Detective came to NBC in 1949. Diamond was a slick, sophisticated detective, with a sharp tongue for folks who needed it. Diamond enjoyed the detective life, but not as much as entertaining his girl, Helen Asher. After each show, he would croon a number to his Park Avenue sweetheart.Mr. Powell, a former song and dance man, was perfect for the role. He added an extra dimension to the 40's hokey private eye drama.Diamond was a rough gumshoe that would often get knocked on the head with a revolver butt or other items. His counterpart on the police force was Lt. Levinson who often accepted Diamond's help reluctantly. Levinson would claim to get stomach trouble whenever Diamond would call him and would take bicarbonate to settle his aching stomach. Although they always seem at odds with each other, Diamond and Levinson were best friends.The Ruby Idol Case: A man follows Diamond into Helen Asher’s apartment and says someone’s trying to kill him. He’s then killed outside the apartment and Diamond sets out to solve the murder. Originally aired December 3rd,1949.Support the show
6/9/202331 minutes, 24 seconds
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Ep.415 The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes: Colonel Warburton's Madness

Sherlock Holmes, fictional character created by the Scottish writer Arthur Conan Doyle. The prototype for the modern mastermind detective, Holmes first appeared in Conan Doyle’s A Study in Scarlet, published in Beeton’s Christmas Annual of 1887. As the world’s first and only “consulting detective,” he pursued criminals throughout Victorian and Edwardian London, the south of England, and continental Europe.From 1939 to 1946, Basil Rathbone played Sherlock Holmes with his friend Nigel Bruce on cinema and radio.Colonel Warburton's Madness: Watson's ex-commanding officer alarms his family due to an interest in spiritualism. Originally aired September 10th, 1945.Support the show
6/8/202329 minutes, 12 seconds
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Ep.414 Tales Of The Texas Rangers: Prelude To Felony

Tales of the Texas Rangers, a western adventure old-time radio drama, premiered on July 8, 1950, on the US NBC radio network and remained on the air through September 14, 1952.Movie star Joel McCrea starred as Texas Ranger Jayce Pearson, who used the latest scientific techniques to identify the criminals and his faithful horse, Charcoal (or "Charky," as Jayce would sometimes refer to him), to track them down. The shows were reenactments of actual Texas Ranger cases.Prelude To Felony:  A young girl steals her own father's cattle and frames a neighboring rancher for the crime. Originally aired March 16th,1952.Support the show
6/7/202331 minutes, 56 seconds
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Ep.413 Dragnet: The Big Quack

Dragnet ran from June 3rd,1949 to February 26th,1957 on NBC at various times and days and starred Jack Webb as Detective Sergeant Joe Friday. Various partners throughout the show's run were Sergeant Ben Romero (Barton Yarborough), Ed Jacobs (Barney Phillips), and Officer Frank Smith (Ben Alexander).Webb was the creator/Director of the series and wanted everything to be as authentic as possible, down to the last sound effect. The stories were based on actual police files and "the names were changed to protect the innocent".Dragnet broke a few radio taboos as well, such as dramatizing sex crimes. Children also were killed on occasion as in the episode "Twenty-Two Rifle For Christmas". The series eventually went to television and ran there for many years.The Big Quack: Joe Friday and Ben Romero searches for a man running a school for phony psychologists. Originally aired October12th,1950.Support the show
6/5/202330 minutes, 48 seconds
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Ep.412 Father Brown: The Arrow Of Heaven

Rough and tough Hard-boiled detectives grab a lot of attention, but who would have a better insight on the nature of human evil than “a man who does next to nothing but hear men's real sins”?Where could you find a more “soft-boiled” character than the parish priest. Mutual brought The Adventures of Father Brown to the air in 1945. Father Brown was the antithesis of the more celebrated soft-boiled detective, Sherlock Holmes. Where Holmes was a master of deduction, Father Brown relied on intuition based on his familiarity on men’s souls.The Arrow of Heaven: A trip to New York leads to a murky trail of blackmail and murder.Support the show
6/1/202328 minutes, 37 seconds
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Ep.411 Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Blood River Matter

Yours Truly, Johnny DollarFor over twelve years, from 1949 through 1962 (including a one year hiatus in 1954-1955), this series recounted the cases "the man with the action-packed expense account, America’s fabulous freelance insurance investigator, Johnny Dollar". Johnny was an accomplished 'padder' of his expense account. The name of the show derives from the fact that he closed each show by totaling his expense account, and signing it "End of report... Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar".The Blood River Matter: Johnny investigates the point-blank shooting of a beloved small town patriarch. Originally aired August 3rd, 1950.Support the show
5/31/202331 minutes, 50 seconds
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Ep.410 The Adventures Of The Falcon: The Case Of The Gangster's Girl

The Adventures Of The Falcon: This hard boiled spy drama began as an RKO Radio Pictures theatrical serial in the 1940s, went on radio in 1943, and then came to TV around ten years later in a Syndicated series produced for distribution by NBC Films; the series was about an American agent whose code name was "Falcon".The success of the films led to a radio series that premiered on the American Blue Network in April 1943, and aired for the next ten years on various networks. It was here that his transition into a private eye was finalized, with The Falcon, now called Michael Waring working as a hardboiled insurance investigator, with an office and a secretary, Nancy.The Case Of The Gangster's Girl: A girl tries to break off with her boyfriend, but he loves her too much to let her go. Will he love her to death? Originally aired March 4th,1951.Support the show
5/30/202331 minutes, 47 seconds
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Ep.409 Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: Sleeping Murder

Miss Jane Marple doesn’t look like your average detective. Quite frankly, she doesn’t look like a detective at all. But looks can be deceiving... For a woman who has spent her life in the small village of St Mary Mead, Miss Marple is surprisingly worldly. But as she often points out she has had every opportunity to observe human nature.Sleeping Murder: Spinster sleuth Miss Marple probes a woman's terrifying flashbacks to trap a murderer. Originally aired December 8th,2001.Support the show
5/26/20231 hour, 28 minutes, 40 seconds
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Ep.408 Philo Vance: The Idol Murder Case

Philo Vance is the detective creation of S. S. Van Dine first published in the mid 1920s. Jose Ferrer played him in 1945. From 1948-1950, the fine radio actor Jackson Beck makes Vance as good as he gets. George Petrie plays Vance's constantly impressed public servant, District Attorney Markham. Joan Alexander is Ellen Deering, Vance's secretary and right-hand woman. The organist for the show is really working those ivories, and fans of old time radio organ will especially enjoy this series.The Idol Murder Case: An ugly bronze statue acquired by a museum gathers a lot of interest…and leads to murder. Originally aired October 7th,1948.Support the show
5/25/202328 minutes, 43 seconds
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Ep.407 Boston Blackie: The Hypnotic Murder

In the the world of the hard boiled detective, Boston Blackie comes comes real close to fitting in, but he just doesn't quite. Of course Blackie isnt a detective or private eye, he is a reformed safe cracker and constantly good natured irritant to the cops!A real Hard Boiled Detective solves the mystery that the cops think he is guilty of, and manages to make the cops look foolish while he does it. So does Boston Blackie.The Hypnotic Murder: Blackie gets in hot water with Farraday when he takes the gun of a friend of Mary Wesley’s who has confessed to a murder.Originally aired August 6th,1945.Support the show
5/24/202326 minutes, 43 seconds
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Ep.406 Broadway Is My Beat: The Mei Ling Murder Case

Broadway is my Beat is a love affair with noir and hardboiled radio detective series blossomed during the 1940's. The golden age of radio had found a new following in the crime drama genre, and managed to churn out several note-worthy serializations. One of the more popular old time radio shows of the period was Broadway is my Beat which featured the talented Larry Thor as Detective Danny Clover. Clover truly loved his beat on the colorful and gritty streets of Broadway and it shined through in his passion and dedication to his job. He tirelessly patrolled the city streets and instilled fear into the hoodlums and villains that threatened the peace. Remarkably enough, the program enjoyed a lengthy run from 1949-1954, unlike its other contemporaries who only lasted for a season.The Mei Ling Murder Case: Mei Ling sends a telegram that reads "terror follows me." Originally aired November 5th,1949.Support the show
5/22/202331 minutes, 21 seconds
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Ep.405 The Adventures of Sam Spade: The Mad Scientist Caper

The Adventures of Sam Spade was a suspense/detective radio show starring Howard Duff in the colorful title role along with Lurene Tuttle as his secretary Effie.  It was based on the private detective character created by Dashiell Hammett, well-known from the book and movie The Maltese Falcon.  The show ran from 1946 to 1951.  Duff was replaced by Steve Dunne in later episodes.The Mad Scientist Caper: A slightly insane inventor hires spade to recover his secret formula.Originally aired July 25,1948The Jersey Arts PodcastDive deeper into the arts you love and don't miss another moment!Listen on: Apple Podcasts   SpotifySupport the show
5/19/202331 minutes, 23 seconds
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Ep.404 Tales Of The Texas Rangers: Bright Boy

Tales of the Texas Rangers, a western adventure old-time radio drama, premiered on July 8, 1950, on the US NBC radio network and remained on the air through September 14, 1952.Movie star Joel McCrea starred as Texas Ranger Jayce Pearson, who used the latest scientific techniques to identify the criminals and his faithful horse, Charcoal (or "Charky," as Jayce would sometimes refer to him), to track them down. The shows were reenactments of actual Texas Ranger cases.Bright Boy: Jace searches for a teenager who has stolen several cars and stabbed the owner in his latest theft. Originally aired February 24th,1952.The Jersey Arts PodcastDive deeper into the arts you love and don't miss another moment!Listen on: Apple Podcasts   SpotifySupport the show
5/18/202331 minutes, 54 seconds
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Ep.403 Father Brown: The Hammer Of God

Rough and tough Hard-boiled detectives grab a lot of attention, but who would have a better insight on the nature of human evil than “a man who does next to nothing but hear men's real sins”?Where could you find a more “soft-boiled” character than the parish priest. Mutual brought The Adventures of Father Brown to the air in 1945. Father Brown was the antithesis of the more celebrated soft-boiled detective, Sherlock Holmes. Where Holmes was a master of deduction, Father Brown relied on intuition based on his familiarity on men’s souls.Hammer of God: An ungodly man is murdered and Father Brown must find the killer before an innocent woman is sent to the gallows.The Jersey Arts PodcastDive deeper into the arts you love and don't miss another moment!Listen on: Apple Podcasts   SpotifySupport the show
5/16/202329 minutes, 58 seconds
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Ep.402 Richard Diamond Private Detective: The Jewel Thief

Richard Diamond, Private Detective came to NBC in 1949. Diamond was a slick, sophisticated detective, with a sharp tongue for folks who needed it. Diamond enjoyed the detective life, but not as much as entertaining his girl, Helen Asher. After each show, he would croon a number to his Park Avenue sweetheart.Mr. Powell, a former song and dance man, was perfect for the role. He added an extra dimension to the 40's hokey private eye drama.Diamond was a rough gumshoe that would often get knocked on the head with a revolver butt or other items. His counterpart on the police force was Lt. Levinson who often accepted Diamond's help reluctantly. Levinson would claim to get stomach trouble whenever Diamond would call him and would take bicarbonate to settle his aching stomach. Although they always seem at odds with each other, Diamond and Levinson were best friends.The Jewel Thief:  Solving a $100,000 jewel theft plus a murder, leads to an unusual job for Diamond...romancing the widow!Originally aired February 19th,1950.The Jersey Arts PodcastDive deeper into the arts you love and don't miss another moment!Listen on: Apple Podcasts   SpotifySupport the show
5/15/202331 minutes, 59 seconds
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Ep.401 The Adventures Of Philip Marlowe: The Heat Wave

Get this and get it straight. Crime is a sucker's road and those who travel it wind up in the gutter, the prison or the grave.Philip Marlowe was Los Angeles's toughest detective in the groundbreaking series by Raymond Chandler that helped establish the "hard-boiled" detective subgenre.The Heat Wave: Why is "The Heat Wave," a burlesque dancer wearing a golden mask? Marlowe's been hired to find out. Murder tries a strip tease!Originally aired: August 16th,1949.Support the show
5/12/202331 minutes, 32 seconds
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Ep.400 Nick Carter Master Detective: Murder By Magic

Nick Carter, Master Detective, which aired on Mutual from 1943 to 1955. Nick Carter first came to radio as The Return of Nick Carter. Then Nick Carter, Master Detective, with Lon Clark in the title role, began April 11, 1943, on Mutual, continuing in many different timeslots for well over a decade. Jock MacGregor was the producer-director of scripts by Alfred Bester, Milton J. Kramer, David Kogan and others. Background music was supplied by organists Hank Sylvern, Lew White and George Wright. Patsy Bowen, Nick's assistant, was portrayed by Helen Choate until mid-1946 and then Charlotte Manson stepped into the role. Nick and Patsy's friend was reporter Scubby Wilson (John Kane). Nick's contact at the police department was Sgt. Mathison (Ed Latimer). The supporting cast included Raymond Edward Johnson, Bill Johnstone and Bryna Raeburn. Michael Fitzmaurice was the program's announcer.Murder By Magic: Scubby is wanted by the police and tells Nick he switched bodies with a notorious criminal. Originally aired April 8th,1944.Support the show
5/11/202331 minutes, 35 seconds
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Ep.399 The Adventures Of Sam Spade: The Maltese Falcon

The Adventures of Sam Spade was a suspense/detective radio show starring Howard Duff (in the colorful title role along with Lurene Tuttle as his secretary Effie.  It was based on the private detective character created by Dashiell Hammett, well-known from the book and movie The Maltese Falcon.  The show ran from 1946 to 1951.  Duff was replaced by Steve Dunne in later episodes.The Maltese Falcon: Sleuth Sam Spade is drawn into a statuette riddle after his partner is murdered in 1928 San Francisco. Originally aired on BBC December 1984The Entertainment District Podcast Welcome to the our official podcast where we talk movies, series, and anime. Thanks...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   SpotifySupport the show
5/9/20231 hour, 58 minutes, 42 seconds
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Ep.398 The Falcon: The Case Of The Disappearing Doll

The Adventures Of The Falcon: This hard boiled spy drama began as an RKO Radio Pictures theatrical serial in the 1940s, went on radio in 1943, and then came to TV around ten years later in a Syndicated series produced for distribution by NBC Films; the series was about an American agent whose code name was "Falcon".The success of the films led to a radio series that premiered on the American Blue Network in April 1943, and aired for the next ten years on various networks. It was here that his transition into a private eye was finalized, with The Falcon, now called Michael Waring working as a hardboiled insurance investigator, with an office and a secretary, Nancy.The Case Of The Disappearing Doll: After three guys rob an $80,000 payroll, they're double-crossed by their moll. Originally aired August 30th,1950.Support the show
5/8/202327 minutes, 4 seconds
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Ep.397 Father Brown: The Curse Of The Golden Cross

Rough and tough Hard-boiled detectives grab a lot of attention, but who would have a better insight on the nature of human evil than “a man who does next to nothing but hear men's real sins”?Where could you find a more “soft-boiled” character than the parish priest. Mutual brought The Adventures of Father Brown to the air in 1945. Father Brown was the antithesis of the more celebrated soft-boiled detective, Sherlock Holmes. Where Holmes was a master of deduction, Father Brown relied on intuition based on his familiarity on men’s souls.The Curse of the Golden Cross: What do a gambler, an English lady, a steward, a vicar and a professor have in common?Support the show
5/5/202328 minutes, 58 seconds
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Ep.396 Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot: Cards On The Table

Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot: the world-renowned, moustachioed Belgian private detective, unsurpassed in his intelligence and understanding of the criminal mind, respected and admired by police forces and heads of state across the globe.Since his inception over 100 years ago, Poirot has stolen the hearts and minds of audiences from Azerbaijan to Vietnam, and his celebrated cases have been recorded across 33 original novels and over 50 short stories.Cards On The Table: A perverse eccentric's idea of amusement goes horribly wrong when a murderer strikes during a game of bridge. Support the show
5/3/20231 hour, 28 minutes, 57 seconds
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Ep.395 The Adventures Of Philp Marlowe: The Hairpin Turn

Get this and get it straight. Crime is a sucker's road and those who travel it wind up in the gutter, the prison or the grave.Philip Marlowe was Los Angeles's toughest detective in the groundbreaking series by Raymond Chandler that helped establish the "hard-boiled" detective subgenre.The Hairpin Turn: Marlowe meets a female sharpshooter it only adds up that she is somehow connected to a dead body - a body shot with a target pistol.Originally aired January 28th,1950.We Watch TVWe Watch TV is a podcast where we (Hope and Daniel) watch TV and then talk about it....Listen on: Apple Podcasts   SpotifySupport the show
5/1/202332 minutes, 13 seconds
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Ep.394 Philo Vance: The Vanilla Murder Case

Philo Vance is the detective creation of S. S. Van Dine first published in the mid 1920s. Jose Ferrer played him in 1945. From 1948-1950, the fine radio actor Jackson Beck makes Vance as good as he gets. George Petrie plays Vance's constantly impressed public servant, District Attorney Markham. Joan Alexander is Ellen Deering, Vance's secretary and right-hand woman. The organist for the show is really working those ivories, and fans of old time radio organ will especially enjoy this series.The Vanilla Murder Case:  A soda jerk is killed with a syrup pump! Originally aired December 21st,1948.Support the show
4/28/202328 minutes, 36 seconds
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Ep.393 Dragnet: The Big Make

Dragnet ran from June 3rd,1949 to February 26th,1957 on NBC at various times and days and starred Jack Webb as Detective Sergeant Joe Friday. Various partners throughout the show's run were Sergeant Ben Romero (Barton Yarborough), Ed Jacobs (Barney Phillips), and Officer Frank Smith (Ben Alexander).Webb was the creator/Director of the series and wanted everything to be as authentic as possible, down to the last sound effect. The stories were based on actual police files and "the names were changed to protect the innocent".Dragnet broke a few radio taboos as well, such as dramatizing sex crimes. Children also were killed on occasion as in the episode "Twenty-Two Rifle For Christmas". The series eventually went to television and ran there for many years.The Big Make: Thomas Stanford confesses to robbing a store, but Sgt. Friday proves that he was at work at the time of the robbery! Originally aired May 17th, 1953.Support the show
4/26/202331 minutes, 13 seconds
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Ep.392 Father Brown: The Mirror Of The Magistrate

Rough and tough Hard-boiled detectives grab a lot of attention, but who would have a better insight on the nature of human evil than “a man who does next to nothing but hear men's real sins”?Where could you find a more “soft-boiled” character than the parish priest. Mutual brought The Adventures of Father Brown to the air in 1945. Father Brown was the antithesis of the more celebrated soft-boiled detective, Sherlock Holmes. Where Holmes was a master of deduction, Father Brown relied on intuition based on his familiarity on men’s souls.The Mirror of the Magistrate: After a conservative judge is found shot to death in his garden, Father Brown sets out to prove that the outspoken socialist arrested for his murder is innocent.Support the show
4/24/202341 minutes, 26 seconds
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Ep.391 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar: The Story Of The Big Red Schoolhouse

Yours Truly, Johnny DollarFor over twelve years, from 1949 through 1962 (including a one year hiatus in 1954-1955), this series recounted the cases "the man with the action-packed expense account, America’s fabulous freelance insurance investigator, Johnny Dollar". Johnny was an accomplished 'padder' of his expense account. The name of the show derives from the fact that he closed each show by totaling his expense account, and signing it "End of report... Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar".The Story Of The Big Red Schoolhouse:  A school burns in Nebraska, due to inflammable corruption. Originally aired April 4th,1950.Support the show
4/21/202331 minutes, 50 seconds
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Ep.390 The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes: April Fool's Adventure

Sherlock Holmes, fictional character created by the Scottish writer Arthur Conan Doyle. The prototype for the modern mastermind detective, Holmes first appeared in Conan Doyle’s A Study in Scarlet, published in Beeton’s Christmas Annual of 1887. As the world’s first and only “consulting detective,” he pursued criminals throughout Victorian and Edwardian London, the south of England, and continental Europe.From 1939 to 1946, Basil Rathbone played Sherlock Holmes with his friend Nigel Bruce on cinema and radio.April Fool's Adventure: Watson joins in an April Fools prank on Sherlock Holmes. Originally aired April 1st, 1946The Audiobook TrailThe show dedicated to all things Audiobooks - from inside the booth, to the tip of your...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   SpotifySupport the show
4/20/202330 minutes, 36 seconds
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Ep.389 Boston Blackie: Murder At The Movies

In the the world of the hard boiled detective, Boston Blackie comes comes real close to fitting in, but he just doesn't quite. Of course Blackie isnt a detective or private eye, he is a reformed safe cracker and constantly good natured irritant to the cops!A real Hard Boiled Detective solves the mystery that the cops think he is guilty of, and manages to make the cops look foolish while he does it. So does Boston Blackie.Murder At The Movies:  A movie star is shot while in a trunk, but no bullet went through the trunk and the bullet wasn't inside the trunk either.Originally aired December 13th,1945.The Audiobook TrailThe show dedicated to all things Audiobooks - from inside the booth, to the tip of your...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   SpotifySupport the show
4/19/202329 minutes, 29 seconds
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Ep.388 Barrie Craig Confidential Investigator: A Ghost Of A Chance

Barrie Craig Confidential InvestigatorWilliam Gargan, who also played the better known television (and radio) detective Martin Kane, was the voice of New York eye Barrie Craig while Ralph Bell portrayed his associate, Lt. Travis Rogers. Craig's office was on Madison Avenue and his adventures were fairly standard PI fare. He worked alone, solved cases efficiently, and feared no man. As the promos went, he was "your man when you can't go to the cops. Confidentiality a specialty."A Ghost Of A Chance: A man comes back from the dead to haunt a wife whose been dead almost as long as he has; in an insurance scheme that almost, but not quite cancels out. Originally aired December 19th,1951.Support the show
4/17/202331 minutes, 9 seconds
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Ep.387 Agatha Christie's: And Then There Were None

And Then There Were None: Agatha Christie's famous detective story without a detective, adapted by Joy Wilkinson. Ten guests are separately invited to an island by a person none of them knows very well, if at-all. When they arrive, it seems they have all been invited for different reasons. Nothing quite adds up.An anonymous voice accuses each of them of having murdered someone. By the end of the first night, one of the guests is dead. Stranded by a violent storm and tormented by the nursery rhyme 'Ten Little Soldier Boys', the ten guests fear for their lives. Who is the killer? Is it one of them?'And Then There Were None' was named the world's favorite Agatha Christie novel in a poll in September 2015.Support the show
4/13/20231 hour, 28 minutes, 38 seconds
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Ep.386 The Adventures Of The Falcon: The Case Of The Big Talker

The Adventures Of The Falcon: This hard boiled spy drama began as an RKO Radio Pictures theatrical serial in the 1940s, went on radio in 1943, and then came to TV around ten years later in a Syndicated series produced for distribution by NBC Films; the series was about an American agent whose code name was "Falcon".The success of the films led to a radio series that premiered on the American Blue Network in April 1943, and aired for the next ten years on various networks. It was here that his transition into a private eye was finalized, with The Falcon, now called Michael Waring working as a hardboiled insurance investigator, with an office and a secretary, Nancy.The Case Of The Big Talker: A bigmouthed loser from St. Louis is murdered, and Michael Waring is forced to come up with a false alibi.Originally aired April 26th,1951.The Sleep Wake CycleBlending supernatural horror with noir, the Sleep/Wake Cycle follows estranged twins...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   SpotifySupport the show
4/12/202332 minutes, 41 seconds
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Ep.385 The Adventures Of The Falcon: The Case Of The Deadly Dame

The Adventures Of The Falcon: This hard boiled spy drama began as an RKO Radio Pictures theatrical serial in the 1940s, went on radio in 1943, and then came to TV around ten years later in a Syndicated series produced for distribution by NBC Films; the series was about an American agent whose code name was "Falcon".The success of the films led to a radio series that premiered on the American Blue Network in April 1943, and aired for the next ten years on various networks. It was here that his transition into a private eye was finalized, with The Falcon, now called Michael Waring working as a hardboiled insurance investigator, with an office and a secretary, Nancy.The Case Of The Deadly Dame:  Some low ideas on high finance may lead to a killing.Originally aired April 6th,1952.Support the show
4/12/202317 minutes, 49 seconds
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Ep.384 Nick Carter Master Detective: The Unwilling Accomplice

Nick Carter, Master Detective, which aired on Mutual from 1943 to 1955. Nick Carter first came to radio as The Return of Nick Carter. Then Nick Carter, Master Detective, with Lon Clark in the title role, began April 11, 1943, on Mutual, continuing in many different timeslots for well over a decade. Jock MacGregor was the producer-director of scripts by Alfred Bester, Milton J. Kramer, David Kogan and others. Background music was supplied by organists Hank Sylvern, Lew White and George Wright. Patsy Bowen, Nick's assistant, was portrayed by Helen Choate until mid-1946 and then Charlotte Manson stepped into the role. Nick and Patsy's friend was reporter Scubby Wilson (John Kane). Nick's contact at the police department was Sgt. Mathison (Ed Latimer). The supporting cast included Raymond Edward Johnson, Bill Johnstone and Bryna Raeburn. Michael Fitzmaurice was the program's announcer.The Unwilling Accomplice: Lieutenant Riley tries to talk Nick Carter in to helping them on what he was certain was connected crimes.Originally aired January 29th,1944.Support the show
4/10/202331 minutes, 26 seconds
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Ep.383 The New Adventures Of Nero Wolfe: A Slight Case Of Perjury

Nero Wolfe is a fictional character, a brilliant, oversized, eccentric armchair detective created in 1934 by American mystery writer Rex Stout. Wolfe was born in Montenegro and keeps his past murky.He lives in a luxurious brownstone on West 35th Street in New York City, and he is loath to leave his home for business or anything that would keep him from reading his books, tending his orchids, or eating the gourmet meals prepared by his chef, Fritz Brenner. Archie Goodwin, Wolfe's sharp-witted, dapper young confidential assistant with an eye for attractive women, narrates the cases and does the legwork for the detective genius.A Slight Case Of Perjury: An attempt is made on the life of Tom Wilcox, just after Wilcox is acquitted of the murder of Keith Hanson. Originally aired October 25th,1950.Support the show
4/7/202330 minutes, 42 seconds
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Ep.381 Philo Vance: The Argus Murder Case

Philo Vance is the detective creation of S. S. Van Dine first published in the mid 1920s. Jose Ferrer played him in 1945. From 1948-1950, the fine radio actor Jackson Beck makes Vance as good as he gets. George Petrie plays Vance's constantly impressed public servant, District Attorney Markham. Joan Alexander is Ellen Deering, Vance's secretary and right-hand woman. The organist for the show is really working those ivories, and fans of old time radio organ will especially enjoy this series.The Argus Murder Case: A man asks Philo Vance to find his wife, who was supposed to be on a gambling ship. Originally aired December 12th,1946.Support the show
4/5/202328 minutes, 54 seconds
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Ep.382 Pat Novak For Hire: Watch Wendy Morris

Pat Novak For Hire: Classic old time radio showing starring Jack Webb (1946, 1949) and Ben Morris (1947-48) as Pat Novak, a street wise guy who rents boats and anything else a good man pays a bad one to do.Novak is always getting into scrapes when taking on jobs for hire or occasionally as a favor to a friend. When he does, he goes to see "The Only Honest Guy I Know" an ex-Doctor and a boozer named Jocko Madigan (played by Tudor Owens). Novak's nemesis is Lieutenant Hellman of Homicide (played by Raymond Burr and others) who's constantly trying to get Novak sent to the gas chamber.Watch Wendy Morris: Pat tries to watch a beautiful drunk named Wendy Morris, who suspects her husband is really another person. Originally aired April 30th,1949.Support the show
4/5/202331 minutes, 9 seconds
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Ep.380 The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes: The Yellow Face

Sherlock Holmes, fictional character created by the Scottish writer Arthur Conan Doyle. The prototype for the modern mastermind detective, Holmes first appeared in Conan Doyle’s A Study in Scarlet, published in Beeton’s Christmas Annual of 1887. As the world’s first and only “consulting detective,” he pursued criminals throughout Victorian and Edwardian London, the south of England, and continental Europe.The Yellow Face: Grant Munro thinks his wife is being blackmailed. He's distraught and hires Sherlock Holmes to find out the details. The Yellow Face is one of the 56 short Sherlock Holmes stories written by British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and is the third tale from The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes.Support the show
4/3/202345 minutes, 30 seconds
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Ep.379 Boston Blackie: Star Of The Nile

In the the world of the hard boiled detective, Boston Blackie comes comes real close to fitting in, but he just doesn't quite. Of course Blackie isnt a detective or private eye, he is a reformed safe cracker and constantly good natured irritant to the cops!A real Hard Boiled Detective solves the mystery that the cops think he is guilty of, and manages to make the cops look foolish while he does it. So does Boston Blackie.Star Of The Nile:  A fabulous gem called "The Star Of The Nile" disappears from a train between Chicago and New York. Originally aired July 14th,1944.Support the show
3/31/202330 minutes, 15 seconds
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Ep.378 Barrie Craig Confidential Investigator: Death And The Purple Cow

Barrie Craig Confidential InvestigatorWilliam Gargan, who also played the better known television (and radio) detective Martin Kane, was the voice of New York eye Barrie Craig while Ralph Bell portrayed his associate, Lt. Travis Rogers. Craig's office was on Madison Avenue and his adventures were fairly standard PI fare. He worked alone, solved cases efficiently, and feared no man. As the promos went, he was "your man when you can't go to the cops. Confidentiality a specialty."Death And The Purple Cow:  A man with a gun told Barrie Craig to not accept a new client. Originally aired December 12th,1951.Support the show
3/29/202331 minutes, 27 seconds
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Ep.377 Richard Diamond Private Detective: The Bogus Bills Case

Richard Diamond, Private Detective came to NBC in 1949. Diamond was a slick, sophisticated detective, with a sharp tongue for folks who needed it. Diamond enjoyed the detective life, but not as much as entertaining his girl, Helen Asher. After each show, he would croon a number to his Park Avenue sweetheart.Mr. Powell, a former song and dance man, was perfect for the role. He added an extra dimension to the 40's hokey private eye drama.Diamond was a rough gumshoe that would often get knocked on the head with a revolver butt or other items. His counterpart on the police force was Lt. Levinson who often accepted Diamond's help reluctantly. Levinson would claim to get stomach trouble whenever Diamond would call him and would take bicarbonate to settle his aching stomach. Although they always seem at odds with each other, Diamond and Levinson were best friends.The Bogus Bills Case: When someone passes a counterfeit bill to a newsboy, Diamond sets out to take down the counterfeiting ring. Originally aired October 15th,1949.Support the show
3/28/202331 minutes, 21 seconds
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Ep.376 Tales Of The Texas Rangers: Pick Up

Tales of the Texas Rangers, a western adventure old-time radio drama, premiered on July 8, 1950, on the US NBC radio network and remained on the air through September 14, 1952.Movie star Joel McCrea starred as Texas Ranger Jayce Pearson, who used the latest scientific techniques to identify the criminals and his faithful horse, Charcoal (or "Charky," as Jayce would sometimes refer to him), to track them down. The shows were reenactments of actual Texas Ranger cases.Pick Up: Jace investigates the murder of an oil worker who was thrown from a train.Originally aired December 16th,1951.Support the show
3/27/202331 minutes, 7 seconds
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Ep.375 Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot: Elephants Can Remember

Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot: the world-renowned, moustachioed Belgian private detective, unsurpassed in his intelligence and understanding of the criminal mind, respected and admired by police forces and heads of state across the globe.Since his inception over 100 years ago, Poirot has stolen the hearts and minds of audiences from Azerbaijan to Vietnam, and his celebrated cases have been recorded across 33 original novels and over 50 short stories.Elephants Can Remember: Ariadne Oliver becomes an amateur sleuth when her goddaughter tasks her to find out the truth behind her parents' mysterious deaths.Originally aired August 14th,2014.Support the show
3/24/20231 hour, 29 minutes, 5 seconds
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Ep.374 Dragnet: The Big Knife

Dragnet ran from June 3rd,1949 to February 26th,1957 on NBC at various times and days and starred Jack Webb as Detective Sergeant Joe Friday. Various partners throughout the show's run were Sergeant Ben Romero (Barton Yarborough), Ed Jacobs (Barney Phillips), and Officer Frank Smith (Ben Alexander).Webb was the creator/Director of the series and wanted everything to be as authentic as possible, down to the last sound effect. The stories were based on actual police files and "the names were changed to protect the innocent".Dragnet broke a few radio taboos as well, such as dramatizing sex crimes. Children also were killed on occasion as in the episode "Twenty-Two Rifle For Christmas". The series eventually went to television and ran there for many years.The Big Knife:  Twenty-one girls have been knifed while at high school. Who is doing it? Detective Sergeant Friday is assigned to juvenile bureau. Originally aired May 11th,1950.Support the show
3/22/202331 minutes, 13 seconds
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Ep.373 The New Adventures Of Nero Wolfe: The Case Of The Tell-Tale Ribbon

Nero Wolfe is a fictional character, a brilliant, oversized, eccentric armchair detective created in 1934 by American mystery writer Rex Stout. Wolfe was born in Montenegro and keeps his past murky.He lives in a luxurious brownstone on West 35th Street in New York City, and he is loath to leave his home for business or anything that would keep him from reading his books, tending his orchids, or eating the gourmet meals prepared by his chef, Fritz Brenner. Archie Goodwin, Wolfe's sharp-witted, dapper young confidential assistant with an eye for attractive women, narrates the cases and does the legwork for the detective genius.The Case Of The Tell-Tale Ribbon:  A strange note with five hundred dollars leads to a case of poisoning in a very strange household.  Originally aired March 30th, 1951.Support the show
3/20/202331 minutes, 11 seconds
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Ep.372 Nick Carter Master Detective: Death After Dark

Nick Carter, Master Detective, which aired on Mutual from 1943 to 1955. Nick Carter first came to radio as The Return of Nick Carter. Then Nick Carter, Master Detective, with Lon Clark in the title role, began April 11, 1943, on Mutual, continuing in many different timeslots for well over a decade. Jock MacGregor was the producer-director of scripts by Alfred Bester, Milton J. Kramer, David Kogan and others. Background music was supplied by organists Hank Sylvern, Lew White and George Wright. Patsy Bowen, Nick's assistant, was portrayed by Helen Choate until mid-1946 and then Charlotte Manson stepped into the role. Nick and Patsy's friend was reporter Scubby Wilson (John Kane). Nick's contact at the police department was Sgt. Mathison (Ed Latimer). The supporting cast included Raymond Edward Johnson, Bill Johnstone and Bryna Raeburn. Michael Fitzmaurice was the program's announcer.Death After Dark: A series of nighttime attacks by tiny creatures in a park draws in Nick and company. Originally aired February 19th,1944.Support the show
3/17/202331 minutes, 11 seconds
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Ep.371 Philo Vance: The Poetic Murder Case

Philo Vance is the detective creation of S. S. Van Dine first published in the mid 1920s. Jose Ferrer played him in 1945. From 1948-1950, the fine radio actor Jackson Beck makes Vance as good as he gets. George Petrie plays Vance's constantly impressed public servant, District Attorney Markham. Joan Alexander is Ellen Deering, Vance's secretary and right-hand woman. The organist for the show is really working those ivories, and fans of old time radio organ will especially enjoy this series.The Poetic Murder Case: Three of the city’s dramatic critics have been murdered and all three had bits of poetry pinned to their chests when found.Originally aired August 24th,1948.Support the show
3/16/202328 minutes, 20 seconds
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Ep.370 Pat Novak For Hire: The Geranium Plant

Pat Novak For Hire: Classic old time radio showing starring Jack Webb (1946, 1949) and Ben Morris (1947-48) as Pat Novak, a street wise guy who rents boats and anything else a good man pays a bad one to do.Novak is always getting into scrapes when taking on jobs for hire or occasionally as a favor to a friend. When he does, he goes to see "The Only Honest Guy I Know" an ex-Doctor and a boozer named Jocko Madigan (played by Tudor Owens). Novak's nemesis is Lieutenant Hellman of Homicide (played by Raymond Burr and others) who's constantly trying to get Novak sent to the gas chamber.The Geranium Plant: Pat Novak’s hired to deliver a geranium. He’s hit by a car after the pick-up and that’s just the start of his trouble. Originally aired May 14th, 1949.Support the show
3/15/202331 minutes, 29 seconds
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Ep.369 The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Five Orange Pips

Sherlock Holmes, fictional character created by the Scottish writer Arthur Conan Doyle. The prototype for the modern mastermind detective, Holmes first appeared in Conan Doyle’s A Study in Scarlet, published in Beeton’s Christmas Annual of 1887. As the world’s first and only “consulting detective,” he pursued criminals throughout Victorian and Edwardian London, the south of England, and continental Europe.The Five Orange Pips: A young gentleman named John Openshaw visits Holmes one night with a strange story.Support the show
3/13/202344 minutes, 20 seconds
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Ep.368 Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The London Matter

Yours Truly, Johnny DollarFor over twelve years, from 1949 through 1962 (including a one year hiatus in 1954-1955), this series recounted the cases "the man with the action-packed expense account, America’s fabulous freelance insurance investigator, Johnny Dollar". Johnny was an accomplished 'padder' of his expense account. The name of the show derives from the fact that he closed each show by totaling his expense account, and signing it "End of report... Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar".The London Matter: Johnny is hired to locate a shipment of narcotics that has arrived in Beverly Hills from India. Originally aired June 22nd,1950.Support the show
3/10/202331 minutes, 53 seconds
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Ep.367 The Adventures Of Philip Marlowe: The Dark Tunnel

Get this and get it straight. Crime is a sucker's road and those who travel it wind up in the gutter, the prison or the grave.Philip Marlowe was Los Angeles's toughest detective in the groundbreaking series by Raymond Chandler that helped establish the "hard-boiled" detective subgenre.The Dark Tunnel: A beautiful girl and a disfiguring fire...and it only starts with a guy getting beat up in an alley. Originally aired August 18th, 1950.Support the show
3/8/202331 minutes, 30 seconds
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Ep.361 Lord Peter Wimsey: Clouds Of Witness: The Diamond Cat

Ian Carmichael stars as Lord Peter Wimsey in these classic BBC radio dramatisations of Dorothy L Sayers' Golden Age crime novels.Gentleman detective Lord Peter Wimsey starred in a number of novels and short stories by Dorothy L Sayers. These full-cast adaptations – first broadcast on BBC radio between 1979 and 2010 – are cherished by crime aficionados worldwide.Clouds of WitnessLord Peter’s eldest brother stands accused of murder. In collaboration with Inspector Parker, Wimsey slowly uncovers a web of lies and deceit within his own family...Support the show
2/28/202326 minutes, 29 seconds
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Ep.365 Lord Peter Wimsey: Clouds Of Witness: The Barometer Falls

Ian Carmichael stars as Lord Peter Wimsey in these classic BBC radio dramatisations of Dorothy L Sayers' Golden Age crime novels.Gentleman detective Lord Peter Wimsey starred in a number of novels and short stories by Dorothy L Sayers. These full-cast adaptations – first broadcast on BBC radio between 1979 and 2010 – are cherished by crime aficionados worldwide.Clouds of WitnessLord Peter’s eldest brother stands accused of murder. In collaboration with Inspector Parker, Wimsey slowly uncovers a web of lies and deceit within his own family...Support the show
2/28/202324 minutes, 30 seconds
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Ep.359 Lord Peter Wimsey: Clouds Of Witness: The Riddlesdale Inquest

Ian Carmichael stars as Lord Peter Wimsey in these classic BBC radio dramatisations of Dorothy L Sayers' Golden Age crime novels.Gentleman detective Lord Peter Wimsey starred in a number of novels and short stories by Dorothy L Sayers. These full-cast adaptations – first broadcast on BBC radio between 1979 and 2010 – are cherished by crime aficionados worldwide.Clouds of WitnessLord Peter’s eldest brother stands accused of murder. In collaboration with Inspector Parker, Wimsey slowly uncovers a web of lies and deceit within his own family...Support the show
2/28/202326 minutes, 21 seconds
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Ep.362 Lord Peter Wimsey: Clouds Of Witness: Mary Quite Contrary

Ian Carmichael stars as Lord Peter Wimsey in these classic BBC radio dramatisations of Dorothy L Sayers' Golden Age crime novels.Gentleman detective Lord Peter Wimsey starred in a number of novels and short stories by Dorothy L Sayers. These full-cast adaptations – first broadcast on BBC radio between 1979 and 2010 – are cherished by crime aficionados worldwide.Clouds of WitnessLord Peter’s eldest brother stands accused of murder. In collaboration with Inspector Parker, Wimsey slowly uncovers a web of lies and deceit within his own family...Support the show
2/28/202326 minutes, 29 seconds
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Ep.363 Lord Peter Wimsey: Clouds Of Witness: The Morning After

Ian Carmichael stars as Lord Peter Wimsey in these classic BBC radio dramatisations of Dorothy L Sayers' Golden Age crime novels.Gentleman detective Lord Peter Wimsey starred in a number of novels and short stories by Dorothy L Sayers. These full-cast adaptations – first broadcast on BBC radio between 1979 and 2010 – are cherished by crime aficionados worldwide.Clouds of WitnessLord Peter’s eldest brother stands accused of murder. In collaboration with Inspector Parker, Wimsey slowly uncovers a web of lies and deceit within his own family...Support the show
2/28/202326 minutes, 31 seconds
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Ep.364 Lord Peter Wimsey: Clouds Of Witness: In A Fog

Ian Carmichael stars as Lord Peter Wimsey in these classic BBC radio dramatisations of Dorothy L Sayers' Golden Age crime novels.Gentleman detective Lord Peter Wimsey starred in a number of novels and short stories by Dorothy L Sayers. These full-cast adaptations – first broadcast on BBC radio between 1979 and 2010 – are cherished by crime aficionados worldwide.Clouds of WitnessLord Peter’s eldest brother stands accused of murder. In collaboration with Inspector Parker, Wimsey slowly uncovers a web of lies and deceit within his own family...Support the show
2/28/202326 minutes, 23 seconds
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Ep.366 Lord Peter Wimsey: Clouds Of Witness: The Speech For The Defence

Ian Carmichael stars as Lord Peter Wimsey in these classic BBC radio dramatisations of Dorothy L Sayers' Golden Age crime novels.Gentleman detective Lord Peter Wimsey starred in a number of novels and short stories by Dorothy L Sayers. These full-cast adaptations – first broadcast on BBC radio between 1979 and 2010 – are cherished by crime aficionados worldwide.Clouds of WitnessLord Peter’s eldest brother stands accused of murder. In collaboration with Inspector Parker, Wimsey slowly uncovers a web of lies and deceit within his own family...Support the show
2/28/202325 minutes, 41 seconds
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Ep.360 Lord Peter Wimsey: Clouds Of Witness: Mudstains And Bloodstains

Ian Carmichael stars as Lord Peter Wimsey in these classic BBC radio dramatisations of Dorothy L Sayers' Golden Age crime novels.Gentleman detective Lord Peter Wimsey starred in a number of novels and short stories by Dorothy L Sayers. These full-cast adaptations – first broadcast on BBC radio between 1979 and 2010 – are cherished by crime aficionados worldwide.Clouds of WitnessLord Peter’s eldest brother stands accused of murder. In collaboration with Inspector Parker, Wimsey slowly uncovers a web of lies and deceit within his own family...Support the show
2/28/202326 minutes, 26 seconds
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Ep.358 Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot: Murder In The Mews

Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot: the world-renowned, moustachioed Belgian private detective, unsurpassed in his intelligence and understanding of the criminal mind, respected and admired by police forces and heads of state across the globe.Since his inception over 100 years ago, Poirot has stolen the hearts and minds of audiences from Azerbaijan to Vietnam, and his celebrated cases have been recorded across 33 original novels and over 50 short stories.Murder In The Mews: While her flatmate is away for the weekend, Barbara commits suicide. However Inspector Japp is sufficiently concerned about this case to call for the assistance of Hercule Poirot.Support the show
2/27/202359 minutes, 45 seconds
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Ep.357 Tales of the Texas Rangers: Canned Death

Tales of the Texas Rangers, a western adventure old-time radio drama, premiered on July 8, 1950, on the US NBC radio network and remained on the air through September 14, 1952.Movie star Joel McCrea starred as Texas Ranger Jayce Pearson, who used the latest scientific techniques to identify the criminals and his faithful horse, Charcoal (or "Charky," as Jayce would sometimes refer to him), to track them down. The shows were reenactments of actual Texas Ranger cases.Canned Death:  A family is poisoned by tainted sausage meat. Originally aired April 22nd, 1951.Support the show
2/22/202331 minutes, 46 seconds
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Ep.356 The Adventures of Sam Spade: The Hail And Farewell Caper

The Adventures of Sam Spade was a suspense/detective radio show starring Howard Duff in the colorful title role along with Lurene Tuttle as his secretary Effie.  It was based on the private detective character created by Dashiell Hammett, well-known from the book and movie The Maltese Falcon.  The show ran from 1946 to 1951.  Duff was replaced by Steve Dunne in later episodes.The Hail And Farewell Caper:  A strange little man tries to kill himself while Willie Johnson is scheduled to die at San Quentin tonight. He was framed. Originally aired April 27th,1951.Support the show
2/21/202331 minutes, 40 seconds
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Ep.355 Richard Diamond Private Detective: The Harry Baker Case

Richard Diamond, Private Detective came to NBC in 1949. Diamond was a slick, sophisticated detective, with a sharp tongue for folks who needed it. Diamond enjoyed the detective life, but not as much as entertaining his girl, Helen Asher. After each show, he would croon a number to his Park Avenue sweetheart.Mr. Powell, a former song and dance man, was perfect for the role. He added an extra dimension to the 40's hokey private eye drama.Diamond was a rough gumshoe that would often get knocked on the head with a revolver butt or other items. His counterpart on the police force was Lt. Levinson who often accepted Diamond's help reluctantly. Levinson would claim to get stomach trouble whenever Diamond would call him and would take bicarbonate to settle his aching stomach. Although they always seem at odds with each other, Diamond and Levinson were best friends.The Harry Baker Case: Harry Baker's romance with his secretary is complicated by a $300,000 jewel robbery. Originally aired September 3rd, 1949.Support the show
2/17/202331 minutes, 26 seconds
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Ep.354 Barrie Craig Confidential Investigator: The Deadly Fight

Barrie Craig Confidential InvestigatorWilliam Gargan, who also played the better known television (and radio) detective Martin Kane, was the voice of New York eye Barrie Craig while Ralph Bell portrayed his associate, Lt. Travis Rogers. Craig's office was on Madison Avenue and his adventures were fairly standard PI fare. He worked alone, solved cases efficiently, and feared no man. As the promos went, he was "your man when you can't go to the cops. Confidentiality a specialty."The Deadly Fight: A widow who can't find tears, an obituary notice in search of a cough and a boxing champ whose biggest win is a fight, strictly off the record. Originally aired January 23rd,1952.Support the show
2/15/202331 minutes, 34 seconds
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Ep.353 The New Adventures Of Nero Wolfe: The Case Of The Midnight Ride

Nero Wolfe is a fictional character, a brilliant, oversized, eccentric armchair detective created in 1934 by American mystery writer Rex Stout. Wolfe was born in Montenegro and keeps his past murky.He lives in a luxurious brownstone on West 35th Street in New York City, and he is loath to leave his home for business or anything that would keep him from reading his books, tending his orchids, or eating the gourmet meals prepared by his chef, Fritz Brenner. Archie Goodwin, Wolfe's sharp-witted, dapper young confidential assistant with an eye for attractive women, narrates the cases and does the legwork for the detective genius.The Case Of The Midnight Ride: Nero Wolfe's dentist and Archie both receive a mysterious call from a woman leading to a ride in the country to do away with them.Originally aired March 16th,1951.Support the show
2/14/202330 minutes, 42 seconds
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Ep.352 Nick Carter Master Detective: Nine Hours To Live

Nick Carter, Master Detective, which aired on Mutual from 1943 to 1955. Nick Carter first came to radio as The Return of Nick Carter. Then Nick Carter, Master Detective, with Lon Clark in the title role, began April 11, 1943, on Mutual, continuing in many different timeslots for well over a decade. Jock MacGregor was the producer-director of scripts by Alfred Bester, Milton J. Kramer, David Kogan and others. Background music was supplied by organists Hank Sylvern, Lew White and George Wright. Patsy Bowen, Nick's assistant, was portrayed by Helen Choate until mid-1946 and then Charlotte Manson stepped into the role. Nick and Patsy's friend was reporter Scubby Wilson (John Kane). Nick's contact at the police department was Sgt. Mathison (Ed Latimer). The supporting cast included Raymond Edward Johnson, Bill Johnstone and Bryna Raeburn. Michael Fitzmaurice was the program's announcer.Nine Hours To Live: Nick Carter investigates whether a man on death row is truly guilty and he only has nine hours until the man is executed.Originally aired January 15th, 1944.Support the show
2/10/202331 minutes, 41 seconds
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Ep.351 Philo Vance: The Case Of The Strange Music

Philo Vance is the detective creation of S. S. Van Dine first published in the mid 1920s. Jose Ferrer played him in 1945. From 1948-1950, the fine radio actor Jackson Beck makes Vance as good as he gets. George Petrie plays Vance's constantly impressed public servant, District Attorney Markham. Joan Alexander is Ellen Deering, Vance's secretary and right-hand woman. The organist for the show is really working those ivories, and fans of old time radio organ will especially enjoy this series.The Case Of The Strange Music: A cantankerous husband is found murdered in a wax display. Originally aired August 9th,1945.Support the show
2/9/202330 minutes, 41 seconds
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Ep.350 Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Earl Chadwick Matter

Yours Truly, Johnny DollarFor over twelve years, from 1949 through 1962 (including a one year hiatus in 1954-1955), this series recounted the cases "the man with the action-packed expense account, America’s fabulous freelance insurance investigator, Johnny Dollar". Johnny was an accomplished 'padder' of his expense account. The name of the show derives from the fact that he closed each show by totaling his expense account, and signing it "End of report... Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar".The Earl Chadwick Matter:  Johnny flies to Bermuda to find out if a dead man really is.Originally aired May 23rd, 1950.Support the show
2/7/202331 minutes, 32 seconds
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Ep.348 Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot: Dumb Witness Pt.1

Agatha Christie's Dumb WitnessAn elderly spinster has been poisoned in her country home. Everyone blamed Emily’s accident on a rubber ball left on the stairs by her frisky terrier. But the more she thought about her fall, the more convinced she became that one of her relatives was trying to kill her. On April 17th she wrote her suspicions in a letter to Hercule Poirot. Mysteriously he didn’t receive the letter until June 28th… by which time Emily was already dead.Support the show
2/3/202345 minutes, 58 seconds
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Ep.349 Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot: Dumb Witness Pt.2

Agatha Christie's Dumb WitnessAn elderly spinster has been poisoned in her country home. Everyone blamed Emily’s accident on a rubber ball left on the stairs by her frisky terrier. But the more she thought about her fall, the more convinced she became that one of her relatives was trying to kill her. On April 17th she wrote her suspicions in a letter to Hercule Poirot. Mysteriously he didn’t receive the letter until June 28th… by which time Emily was already dead.<iframe src="//rcm-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/cm?o=1&p=12&l=ur1&category=audibleplus&banner=0MG2XKQ7PYPP84NBNFR2&f=ifr&linkID=f1cfeb378df226111145b6dcaf569268&t=nostalgicmyst-20&tracking_id=nostalgicmyst-20" width="300" height="250" scrolling="no" border="0" marginwidth="0" style="border:none;" frameborder="0" sandbox="allow-scripts allow-same-origin allow-popups allow-top-navigation-by-user-activation"></iframe>Support the show
2/3/202346 minutes, 17 seconds
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Ep.347 The Adventures Of Philip Marlowe: The Torch Carriers

Get this and get it straight. Crime is a sucker's road and those who travel it wind up in the gutter, the prison or the grave.Philip Marlowe was Los Angeles's toughest detective in the groundbreaking series by Raymond Chandler that helped establish the "hard-boiled" detective subgenre.The Torch Carriers: Marlowe finds himself investigating the death of a racketeer’s girlfriend. Originally aired January 7th,1950.Support the show
2/2/202332 minutes, 29 seconds
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Ep.346 Barrie Craig Confidential Investigator: The Paper Bullets

Barrie Craig Confidential InvestigatorWilliam Gargan, who also played the better known television (and radio) detective Martin Kane, was the voice of New York eye Barrie Craig while Ralph Bell portrayed his associate, Lt. Travis Rogers. Craig's office was on Madison Avenue and his adventures were fairly standard PI fare. He worked alone, solved cases efficiently, and feared no man. As the promos went, he was "your man when you can't go to the cops. Confidentiality a specialty."The Paper Bullets: Barrie is hired to track down a missing prize-winning manuscript.Originally aired December 5th,1951.Support the show
2/1/202331 minutes, 27 seconds
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Ep.345 Dragnet: The Big Actor

Dragnet ran from June 3rd,1949 to February 26th,1957 on NBC at various times and days and starred Jack Webb as Detective Sergeant Joe Friday. Various partners throughout the show's run were Sergeant Ben Romero (Barton Yarborough), Ed Jacobs (Barney Phillips), and Officer Frank Smith (Ben Alexander).Webb was the creator/Director of the series and wanted everything to be as authentic as possible, down to the last sound effect. The stories were based on actual police files and "the names were changed to protect the innocent".Dragnet broke a few radio taboos as well, such as dramatizing sex crimes. Children also were killed on occasion as in the episode "Twenty-Two Rifle For Christmas". The series eventually went to television and ran there for many years.The Big Actor: A large hospital in Los Angeles is held up and $10,000 in high-grade narcotics is stolen. Originally aired August 10th,1950.Support the show
1/31/202331 minutes, 10 seconds
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Ep.344 Gaston Leroux: The Mystery Of The Yellow Room

Gaston Leroux, (born May 6, 1868, Paris, Fr.—died April 15/16, 1927, Nice), French novelist, best known for his Le Fantôme de l’opéra (1910; The Phantom of the Opera), which later became famous in various film and stage renditions.The Mystery Of The Yellow Room: The door was bolted and the windows barred, so how was Mile Stangerson shot at, knocked unconscious, and left for dead?Originally aired June 20th,1998.Support the show
1/26/202358 minutes, 39 seconds
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Ep.343 Tales Of The Texas Rangers: Clip Job

Tales of the Texas Rangers, a western adventure old-time radio drama, premiered on July 8, 1950, on the US NBC radio network and remained on the air through September 14, 1952.Movie star Joel McCrea starred as Texas Ranger Jayce Pearson, who used the latest scientific techniques to identify the criminals and his faithful horse, Charcoal (or "Charky," as Jayce would sometimes refer to him), to track them down. The shows were reenactments of actual Texas Ranger cases.Clip Job: Jace is called in when a con man swindles a widow out of her entire live savings. Originally aired January 13th,1952.Support the show
1/24/202331 minutes, 32 seconds
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Ep.342 The Adventures Of Sam Spade: The Revenge Of Monty Cristoff

The Adventures of Sam Spade was a suspense/detective radio show starring Howard Duff in the colorful title role along with Lurene Tuttle as his secretary Effie.  It was based on the private detective character created by Dashiell Hammett, well-known from the book and movie The Maltese Falcon.  The show ran from 1946 to 1951.  Duff was replaced by Steve Dunne in later episodes.The Revenge Of Monty Christoff: Tales of society skullduggery. A modern story of revenge, stolen right out of the pages of Alexandre Dumas. Originally aired March 30th,1951Support the show
1/23/202331 minutes, 52 seconds
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Ep.341 The New Adventures Of Nero Wolfe: The Case Of The Disappearing Diamonds

Nero Wolfe is a fictional character, a brilliant, oversized, eccentric armchair detective created in 1934 by American mystery writer Rex Stout. Wolfe was born in Montenegro and keeps his past murky.He lives in a luxurious brownstone on West 35th Street in New York City, and he is loath to leave his home for business or anything that would keep him from reading his books, tending his orchids, or eating the gourmet meals prepared by his chef, Fritz Brenner. Archie Goodwin, Wolfe's sharp-witted, dapper young confidential assistant with an eye for attractive women, narrates the cases and does the legwork for the detective genius. The Case Of The Disappearing Diamonds: Willie Inch needs Wolfe's help, He's a professional sneak thief accused of the murder of wealthy Mrs. Florence Avery Marsh. Originally aired March 9th,1951.Support the show
1/20/202330 minutes, 38 seconds
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Ep.340 Philo Vance: The Case Of The Cellini Cup

Philo Vance is the detective creation of S. S. Van Dine first published in the mid 1920s. Jose Ferrer played him in 1945. From 1948-1950, the fine radio actor Jackson Beck makes Vance as good as he gets. George Petrie plays Vance's constantly impressed public servant, District Attorney Markham. Joan Alexander is Ellen Deering, Vance's secretary and right-hand woman. The organist for the show is really working those ivories, and fans of old time radio organ will especially enjoy this series.The Case Of The Cellini Cup: Philo Vance investigates the murder of the owner of a curio shop. Originally aired April 29th, 1943.Support the show
1/19/202331 minutes, 30 seconds
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Ep.339 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar: The Dead First Helpers

Yours Truly, Johnny DollarFor over twelve years, from 1949 through 1962 (including a one year hiatus in 1954-1955), this series recounted the cases "the man with the action-packed expense account, America’s fabulous freelance insurance investigator, Johnny Dollar". Johnny was an accomplished 'padder' of his expense account. The name of the show derives from the fact that he closed each show by totaling his expense account, and signing it "End of report... Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar".The Dead First Helpers: Johnny goes to work in a Pittsburgh steel mill to solve a series of seniority murders. Originally aired April 11th,1950.Support the show
1/17/202331 minutes, 17 seconds
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Ep.338 Barrie Craig Confidential Investigator: Death Buys A Bedroom

Barrie Craig Confidential InvestigatorWilliam Gargan, who also played the better known television (and radio) detective Martin Kane, was the voice of New York eye Barrie Craig while Ralph Bell portrayed his associate, Lt. Travis Rogers. Craig's office was on Madison Avenue and his adventures were fairly standard PI fare. He worked alone, solved cases efficiently, and feared no man. As the promos went, he was "your man when you can't go to the cops. Confidentiality a specialty."Death Buys A Bedroom:  On his vacation in the mountains, Barrie meets a beautiful girl, a mysterious body and a dead man aboard the train. Originally aired July 27th, 1954.Support the show
1/16/202331 minutes, 34 seconds
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Ep.336 Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot: Death In The Clouds

Agatha Christie's Death In The Clouds From seat No.9, Hercule Poirot was ideally placed to observe his fellow air passengers. Over to his right sat a pretty young woman, clearly infatuated with the man opposite; ahead, in seat No.13, sat a Countess with a poorly-concealed cocaine habit; across the gangway in seat No.8, a detective writer was being troubled by an aggressive wasp. What Poirot did not yet realize was that behind him, in seat No.2, sat the slumped, lifeless body of a woman.Support the show
1/12/20231 hour, 28 minutes, 57 seconds
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Ep.337 Nick Carter Master Detective: The Body On The Slab

Nick Carter, Master Detective, which aired on Mutual from 1943 to 1955. Nick Carter first came to radio as The Return of Nick Carter. Then Nick Carter, Master Detective, with Lon Clark in the title role, began April 11, 1943, on Mutual, continuing in many different timeslots for well over a decade. Jock MacGregor was the producer-director of scripts by Alfred Bester, Milton J. Kramer, David Kogan and others. Background music was supplied by organists Hank Sylvern, Lew White and George Wright. Patsy Bowen, Nick's assistant, was portrayed by Helen Choate until mid-1946 and then Charlotte Manson stepped into the role. Nick and Patsy's friend was reporter Scubby Wilson (John Kane). Nick's contact at the police department was Sgt. Mathison (Ed Latimer). The supporting cast included Raymond Edward Johnson, Bill Johnstone and Bryna Raeburn. Michael Fitzmaurice was the program's announcer.The Body On The Slab: Nick Carter investigates the case of a husband who disappeared at a bar and finds a sinister conspiracy.Originally aired November 3, 1943.Support the show
1/12/202331 minutes, 25 seconds
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Ep.335 Richard Diamond Private Detective: The Martin Hyer Case

Richard Diamond, Private Detective came to NBC in 1949. Diamond was a slick, sophisticated detective, with a sharp tongue for folks who needed it. Diamond enjoyed the detective life, but not as much as entertaining his girl, Helen Asher. After each show, he would croon a number to his Park Avenue sweetheart.Mr. Powell, a former song and dance man, was perfect for the role. He added an extra dimension to the 40's hokey private eye drama.Diamond was a rough gumshoe that would often get knocked on the head with a revolver butt or other items. His counterpart on the police force was Lt. Levinson who often accepted Diamond's help reluctantly. Levinson would claim to get stomach trouble whenever Diamond would call him and would take bicarbonate to settle his aching stomach. Although they always seem at odds with each other, Diamond and Levinson were best friends.The Martin Hyer Case: June Hyre hires Dick to follow her husband. Dick follows him right to a corpse! Originally aired July 23rd,1949.Support the show
1/10/202331 minutes, 10 seconds
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Ep.334 The Adventures Of Philip Marlowe: The Lonesome Reunion

Get this and get it straight. Crime is a sucker's road and those who travel it wind up in the gutter, the prison or the grave.Philip Marlowe was Los Angeles's toughest detective in the groundbreaking series by Raymond Chandler that helped establish the "hard-boiled" detective subgenre.The Lonesome Reunion: Marlowe finds himself in Lonesome Arizona, on the trail of the loot from a bank robbery. Originally aired February 12th,1949.Support the show
1/10/202330 minutes, 39 seconds
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Ep.333 Dragnet: The Big Press

Dragnet ran from June 3rd,1949 to February 26th,1957 on NBC at various times and days and starred Jack Webb as Detective Sergeant Joe Friday. Various partners throughout the show's run were Sergeant Ben Romero (Barton Yarborough), Ed Jacobs (Barney Phillips), and Officer Frank Smith (Ben Alexander).Webb was the creator/Director of the series and wanted everything to be as authentic as possible, down to the last sound effect. The stories were based on actual police files and "the names were changed to protect the innocent".Dragnet broke a few radio taboos as well, such as dramatizing sex crimes. Children also were killed on occasion as in the episode "Twenty-Two Rifle For Christmas". The series eventually went to television and ran there for many years.The Big Press: Two young purse-snatchers, who also beat their victims, are working in a Los Angeles neighborhood. Originally aired June 15th,1950.Support the show
1/5/202331 minutes, 12 seconds
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Ep.332 Agatha Christie: The Sittaford Mystery

THE SITTAFORD MYSTERYIn a remote house in the middle of Dartmoor, six shadowy figures huddle around a small table for a seance. Tension rises as the spirits spell out a chilling message: ‘Captain Trevelyan… dead… murder.’Is this black magic or simply a macabre joke? The only way to be certain is to locate Captain Trevelyan. Unfortunately, his home is six miles away and, with snow drifts blocking the roads, someone will have to make the journey on foot.Support the show
1/3/20232 hours, 28 minutes, 58 seconds
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Ep.331 Pat Novak For Hire: Rory Malone

Pat Novak For Hire: Classic old time radio showing starring Jack Webb (1946, 1949) and Ben Morris (1947-48) as Pat Novak, a street wise guy who rents boats and anything else a good man pays a bad one to do.Novak is always getting into scrapes when taking on jobs for hire or occasionally as a favor to a friend. When he does, he goes to see "The Only Honest Guy I Know" an ex-Doctor and a boozer named Jocko Madigan (played by Tudor Owens). Novak's nemesis is Lieutenant Hellman of Homicide (played by Raymond Burr and others) who's constantly trying to get Novak sent to the gas chamber.Rory Malone: Pat Novak gets an offer for $300 from a beautiful woman to stay away from boxer Rory Malone, and $300 from Malone’s manager. Whichever side he ends up on, it’s going to be trouble. Originally aired March 20th,1949. Support the show
1/3/202331 minutes, 8 seconds
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Ep.330 The Mysterious Traveler: New Year's Nightmare

The Mysterious Traveler ran on Mutual from December 1943 until about September of 1952. This tremendously popular radio show was truly an all around favorite for any mystery lover of the time. It was the brainchild and magnum opus of golden age writing greats Robert Arthur and David Kogan.New Year's Nightmare:  A man goes on a year-end bender and wakes up a year later married to a strange woman. Originally aired January 5th,1947.Support the show
12/31/202231 minutes, 21 seconds
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Ep.329 The Adventures Of Sam Spade: The Rowdy Dowser Caper

The Adventures of Sam Spade was a suspense/detective radio show starring Howard Duff in the colorful title role along with Lurene Tuttle as his secretary Effie.  It was based on the private detective character created by Dashiell Hammett, well-known from the book and movie The Maltese Falcon.  The show ran from 1946 to 1951.  Duff was replaced by Steve Dunne in later episodes.The Rowdy Dowser Caper: Spade travels to North Tacaloma to find $53,000 that has disappeared. Originally aired April 20th,1951.Support the show
12/29/202231 minutes, 53 seconds
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Ep.328 Tales Of The Texas Rangers: Death Shaft

Tales of the Texas Rangers, a western adventure old-time radio drama, premiered on July 8, 1950, on the US NBC radio network and remained on the air through September 14, 1952.Movie star Joel McCrea starred as Texas Ranger Jayce Pearson, who used the latest scientific techniques to identify the criminals and his faithful horse, Charcoal (or "Charky," as Jayce would sometimes refer to him), to track them down. The shows were reenactments of actual Texas Ranger cases.Death Shaft: A skeleton is discovered in a closed-up mine.Originally aired September 30th,1951.Support the show
12/28/202231 minutes, 44 seconds
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Ep.327 Nick Carter Master Detective: The Double Disguise

Nick Carter, Master Detective, which aired on Mutual from 1943 to 1955. Nick Carter first came to radio as The Return of Nick Carter. Then Nick Carter, Master Detective, with Lon Clark in the title role, began April 11, 1943, on Mutual, continuing in many different timeslots for well over a decade. Jock MacGregor was the producer-director of scripts by Alfred Bester, Milton J. Kramer, David Kogan and others. Background music was supplied by organists Hank Sylvern, Lew White and George Wright. Patsy Bowen, Nick's assistant, was portrayed by Helen Choate until mid-1946 and then Charlotte Manson stepped into the role. Nick and Patsy's friend was reporter Scubby Wilson (John Kane). Nick's contact at the police department was Sgt. Mathison (Ed Latimer). The supporting cast included Raymond Edward Johnson, Bill Johnstone and Bryna Raeburn. Michael Fitzmaurice was the program's announcer. The Double Disguise: Nick Carter tries to help a down on his luck man that’s become a mugger and ends up investigating a deadly robbery and impersonating a two bit hood. Originally aired January 8th,1944.Support the show
12/27/202231 minutes, 9 seconds
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Ep.326 Richard Diamond Private Detective: A Contemporary Christmas Carol

Richard Diamond, Private Detective came to NBC in 1949. Diamond was a slick, sophisticated detective, with a sharp tongue for folks who needed it. Diamond enjoyed the detective life, but not as much as entertaining his girl, Helen Asher. After each show, he would croon a number to his Park Avenue sweetheart.Mr. Powell, a former song and dance man, was perfect for the role. He added an extra dimension to the 40's hokey private eye drama.Diamond was a rough gumshoe that would often get knocked on the head with a revolver butt or other items. His counterpart on the police force was Lt. Levinson who often accepted Diamond's help reluctantly. Levinson would claim to get stomach trouble whenever Diamond would call him and would take bicarbonate to settle his aching stomach. Although they always seem at odds with each other, Diamond and Levinson were best friends.A Contemporary Christmas Carol: The characters on Richard Diamond take a week off from mysteries to perform a modern version of the Christmas Carol.Originally aired December 24th,1949.Support the show
12/22/202232 minutes, 6 seconds
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Ep.325 The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes: The Night Before Christmas

Sherlock Holmes, fictional character created by the Scottish writer Arthur Conan Doyle. The prototype for the modern mastermind detective, Holmes first appeared in Conan Doyle’s A Study in Scarlet, published in Beeton’s Christmas Annual of 1887. As the world’s first and only “consulting detective,” he pursued criminals throughout Victorian and Edwardian London, the south of England, and continental Europe.From 1939 to 1946, Basil Rathbone played Sherlock Holmes with his friend Nigel Bruce on cinema and radio.The Night Before Christmas: One of Moriarity’s henchman switches Christmas sacks with Dr. Watson when both are dressed as Santa Claus. Sherlock Holmes has to catch the thief and save Watson and his Christmas party.Originally aired December 24th,1945.Support the show
12/20/202231 minutes, 32 seconds
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Ep.323 Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot: Hercule Poirot's Christmas

Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot: the world-renowned, moustachioed Belgian private detective, unsurpassed in his intelligence and understanding of the criminal mind, respected and admired by police forces and heads of state across the globe.Since his inception over 100 years ago, Poirot has stolen the hearts and minds of audiences from Azerbaijan to Vietnam, and his celebrated cases have been recorded across 33 original novels and over 50 short stories.Hercule Poirot's Christmas: When the obnoxious multi-millionaire Simeon Lee unexpectedly invites his family to gather at his home for Christmas, the gesture is met with displeasure by many of the guests. The patriarch also sends for Hercule Poirot, as he feels the reunion might prove perillous. This is indeed the case, as one day, he is found with his throat slashed in the middle of his ransacked study. Originally aired December 25th, 1994.Support the show
12/19/20221 hour, 22 minutes, 43 seconds
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Ep.324 The New Adventures Of Nero Wolfe: The Slaughtered Santas

Nero Wolfe is a fictional character, a brilliant, oversized, eccentric armchair detective created in 1934 by American mystery writer Rex Stout. Wolfe was born in Montenegro and keeps his past murky.He lives in a luxurious brownstone on West 35th Street in New York City, and he is loath to leave his home for business or anything that would keep him from reading his books, tending his orchids, or eating the gourmet meals prepared by his chef, Fritz Brenner. Archie Goodwin, Wolfe's sharp-witted, dapper young confidential assistant with an eye for attractive women, narrates the cases and does the legwork for the detective genius.The Slaughtered Santas: It is 48 hours before Christmas. Archie Goodwin receives a telephone call from Santa Claus! He is coming around to Nero's office at 8pm. Two Santa's have been murdered and this Santa is very worried. It seems that someone is trying to murder all the Santa Claus's of Carlisle Avenue and they seem to be succeeding! Originally aired December 22nd,1950.Support the show
12/19/202231 minutes, 25 seconds
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Ep.322 The Adventures Of Philip Marlowe: Birds On The Wing

Get this and get it straight. Crime is a sucker's road and those who travel it wind up in the gutter, the prison or the grave.Philip Marlowe was Los Angeles's toughest detective in the groundbreaking series by Raymond Chandler that helped establish the "hard-boiled" detective subgenre.Birds On The Wing: When a wealthy playboy falls in with some aerialists and gets a threatening letter, Marlowe is hired by the boy’s aunt to get him out of trouble.Originally aired November 26th,1949.Support the show
12/15/202231 minutes, 18 seconds
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Ep.321 Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot: The Adventure Of The Christmas Pudding

Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot: the world-renowned, moustachioed Belgian private detective, unsurpassed in his intelligence and understanding of the criminal mind, respected and admired by police forces and heads of state across the globe.Since his inception over 100 years ago, Poirot has stolen the hearts and minds of audiences from Azerbaijan to Vietnam, and his celebrated cases have been recorded across 33 original novels and over 50 short stories.The Adventure Of The Christmas Pudding: When a priceless ruby, belonging to a Far Eastern prince, is stolen from him whilst he is on a visit to England, Poirot is asked to make a quiet investigation. The ruby was destined for the prince’s bride-to-be and a scandal must be avoided.Support the show
12/15/202245 minutes, 58 seconds
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Ep.320 The New Adventures Of Nero Wolfe: The Case Of The Malevolent Medic

Nero Wolfe is a fictional character, a brilliant, oversized, eccentric armchair detective created in 1934 by American mystery writer Rex Stout. Wolfe was born in Montenegro and keeps his past murky.He lives in a luxurious brownstone on West 35th Street in New York City, and he is loath to leave his home for business or anything that would keep him from reading his books, tending his orchids, or eating the gourmet meals prepared by his chef, Fritz Brenner. Archie Goodwin, Wolfe's sharp-witted, dapper young confidential assistant with an eye for attractive women, narrates the cases and does the legwork for the detective genius.The Case Of The Malevolent Medic: The wife of a millionaire dies. The doctor says its a heart attack, but the husband suspects murder and hires Wolfe.Originally aired February 23rd,1951.Support the show
12/13/202231 minutes, 37 seconds
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Ep.319 Dragnet: The Big Parrot

Dragnet ran from June 3rd,1949 to February 26th,1957 on NBC at various times and days and starred Jack Webb as Detective Sergeant Joe Friday. Various partners throughout the show's run were Sergeant Ben Romero (Barton Yarborough), Ed Jacobs (Barney Phillips), and Officer Frank Smith (Ben Alexander).Webb was the creator/Director of the series and wanted everything to be as authentic as possible, down to the last sound effect. The stories were based on actual police files and "the names were changed to protect the innocent".Dragnet broke a few radio taboos as well, such as dramatizing sex crimes. Children also were killed on occasion as in the episode "Twenty-Two Rifle For Christmas". The series eventually went to television and ran there for many years.The Big Parrot: Arson in a rooming house is covering up a double murder.Originally aired November 16th,1950.Support the show
12/12/202231 minutes, 6 seconds
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Ep.318 The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes: A Scandal In Bohemia

Sherlock Holmes, fictional character created by the Scottish writer Arthur Conan Doyle. The prototype for the modern mastermind detective, Holmes first appeared in Conan Doyle’s A Study in Scarlet, published in Beeton’s Christmas Annual of 1887. As the world’s first and only “consulting detective,” he pursued criminals throughout Victorian and Edwardian London, the south of England, and continental Europe.A Scandal In Bohemia: Sherlock Holmes finds himself evenly matched when he is employed by the King of Bohemia to retrieve an indiscreet photograph from the American actress and singer, Irene Adler.Support the show
12/8/202245 minutes, 2 seconds
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Ep.317 Pat Novak For Hire: Rubin Calloway's Pictures

Pat Novak For Hire: Classic old time radio showing starring Jack Webb (1946, 1949) and Ben Morris (1947-48) as Pat Novak, a street wise guy who rents boats and anything else a good man pays a bad one to do.Novak is always getting into scrapes when taking on jobs for hire or occasionally as a favor to a friend. When he does, he goes to see "The Only Honest Guy I Know" an ex-Doctor and a boozer named Jocko Madigan (played by Tudor Owens). Novak's nemesis is Lieutenant Hellman of Homicide (played by Raymond Burr and others) who's constantly trying to get Novak sent to the gas chamber.Rubin Calloway's Pictures: Pat Novak comes across a man tossed in the bay, who gives him the key to a bus locker. A woman pays him $200 to bring her the contents of the locker. Originally aired March 13th, 1949.Support the show
12/5/202231 minutes, 47 seconds
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Ep.316 Tales Of The Texas Rangers: Conspiracy

Tales of the Texas Rangers, a western adventure old-time radio drama, premiered on July 8, 1950, on the US NBC radio network and remained on the air through September 14, 1952.Movie star Joel McCrea starred as Texas Ranger Jayce Pearson, who used the latest scientific techniques to identify the criminals and his faithful horse, Charcoal (or "Charky," as Jayce would sometimes refer to him), to track them down. The shows were reenactments of actual Texas Ranger cases. Conspiracy: A woman’s complaint that her husband was murdered and inconsistencies in the stories of local law enforcement send two Rangers down to an oil boom town to investigate. Originally aired April 15th,1951.Support the show
12/5/202232 minutes, 12 seconds
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Ep.315 Richard Diamond Private Detective: The Man Who Hated Women

Richard Diamond, Private Detective came to NBC in 1949. Diamond was a slick, sophisticated detective, with a sharp tongue for folks who needed it. Diamond enjoyed the detective life, but not as much as entertaining his girl, Helen Asher. After each show, he would croon a number to his Park Avenue sweetheart.Mr. Powell, a former song and dance man, was perfect for the role. He added an extra dimension to the 40's hokey private eye drama.Diamond was a rough gumshoe that would often get knocked on the head with a revolver butt or other items. His counterpart on the police force was Lt. Levinson who often accepted Diamond's help reluctantly. Levinson would claim to get stomach trouble whenever Diamond would call him and would take bicarbonate to settle his aching stomach. Although they always seem at odds with each other, Diamond and Levinson were best friends.The Man Who Hated Women:  A serial killer is on the loose, slashing women and threatening Lt. Levinson's job! Originally aired July 16th,1949.Support the show
12/1/202231 minutes, 6 seconds
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Ep.314 The Adventures Of Sam Spade: The Civic Pride Caper

The Adventures of Sam Spade was a suspense/detective radio show starring Howard Duff in the colorful title role along with Lurene Tuttle as his secretary Effie.  It was based on the private detective character created by Dashiell Hammett, well-known from the book and movie The Maltese Falcon.  The show ran from 1946 to 1951.  Duff was replaced by Steve Dunne in later episodes.The Civic Pride Caper: After an auditorium collapses, Garrett Welsh, the architect, hires Spade to find out why it happened. Originally aired April 13th,1951.Support the show
11/30/202231 minutes, 33 seconds
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Ep.313 Nick Carter Master Detective: The Substitute Bride

Nick Carter, Master Detective, which aired on Mutual from 1943 to 1955. Nick Carter first came to radio as The Return of Nick Carter. Then Nick Carter, Master Detective, with Lon Clark in the title role, began April 11, 1943, on Mutual, continuing in many different timeslots for well over a decade. Jock MacGregor was the producer-director of scripts by Alfred Bester, Milton J. Kramer, David Kogan and others. Background music was supplied by organists Hank Sylvern, Lew White and George Wright. Patsy Bowen, Nick's assistant, was portrayed by Helen Choate until mid-1946 and then Charlotte Manson stepped into the role. Nick and Patsy's friend was reporter Scubby Wilson (John Kane). Nick's contact at the police department was Sgt. Mathison (Ed Latimer). The supporting cast included Raymond Edward Johnson, Bill Johnstone and Bryna Raeburn. Michael Fitzmaurice was the program's announcer.The Substitute Bride: A friend of Nick Carter’s suspects his fiancee’ may be an imposter. Originally aired November 17th,1943.Support the show
11/29/202231 minutes, 15 seconds
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Ep.312 The New Adventures Of Nero Wolfe: The Party For Death

Nero Wolfe is a fictional character, a brilliant, oversized, eccentric armchair detective created in 1934 by American mystery writer Rex Stout. Wolfe was born in Montenegro and keeps his past murky.He lives in a luxurious brownstone on West 35th Street in New York City, and he is loath to leave his home for business or anything that would keep him from reading his books, tending his orchids, or eating the gourmet meals prepared by his chef, Fritz Brenner. Archie Goodwin, Wolfe's sharp-witted, dapper young confidential assistant with an eye for attractive women, narrates the cases and does the legwork for the detective genius.The Party For Death: Archie attends a cocktail party at which Nero Wolfe expects the guest of honor to be murder! Originally aired February 16th,1951.Support the show
11/25/202230 minutes, 55 seconds
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Ep.311 Jack Benny: The Turkey Murder Trial

Jack Benny was among the most beloved American entertainers of the 20th century. He brought a relationship-oriented, humorously vain persona honed in vaudeville, radio, and film to television in 1950, starring in his own television series from that year until 1965.The Turkey Murder Trial: Jack has a strange dream wherein he is tried for murder by a court of turkeys. Originally aired November 30th,1947.Support the show
11/23/202231 minutes, 21 seconds
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Ep.310 Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: They Do It With Mirrors: Pt.5

Miss Jane Marple doesn’t look like your average detective. Quite frankly, she doesn’t look like a detective at all. But looks can be deceiving... For a woman who has spent her life in the small village of St Mary Mead, Miss Marple is surprisingly worldly. But as she often points out she has had every opportunity to observe human nature.They Do It With Mirrors Miss Marple senses danger when she visits a friend living in a Victorian mansion which doubles as a rehabilitiation centre for delinquents. Her fears are confirmed when a youth fires a revolver at the administrator, Lewis Serrocold. Neither is injured. But a mysterious visitor, Mr Gilbrandsen, is less fortunate – shot dead simultaneously in another part of the building.Pure coincidence? Miss Marple thinks not.Support the show
11/18/202230 minutes, 10 seconds
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Ep.308 Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: They Do It With Mirrors: Pt.3

Miss Jane Marple doesn’t look like your average detective. Quite frankly, she doesn’t look like a detective at all. But looks can be deceiving... For a woman who has spent her life in the small village of St Mary Mead, Miss Marple is surprisingly worldly. But as she often points out she has had every opportunity to observe human nature.They Do It With Mirrors Miss Marple senses danger when she visits a friend living in a Victorian mansion which doubles as a rehabilitiation centre for delinquents. Her fears are confirmed when a youth fires a revolver at the administrator, Lewis Serrocold. Neither is injured. But a mysterious visitor, Mr Gilbrandsen, is less fortunate – shot dead simultaneously in another part of the building.Pure coincidence? Miss Marple thinks not.Support the show
11/18/202230 minutes, 10 seconds
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Ep.307 Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: They Do It With Mirrors: Pt.2

Miss Jane Marple doesn’t look like your average detective. Quite frankly, she doesn’t look like a detective at all. But looks can be deceiving... For a woman who has spent her life in the small village of St Mary Mead, Miss Marple is surprisingly worldly. But as she often points out she has had every opportunity to observe human nature.They Do It With Mirrors Miss Marple senses danger when she visits a friend living in a Victorian mansion which doubles as a rehabilitiation centre for delinquents. Her fears are confirmed when a youth fires a revolver at the administrator, Lewis Serrocold. Neither is injured. But a mysterious visitor, Mr Gilbrandsen, is less fortunate – shot dead simultaneously in another part of the building.Pure coincidence? Miss Marple thinks not.Support the show
11/18/202230 minutes, 9 seconds
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Ep.309 Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: They Do It With Mirrors: Pt.4

Miss Jane Marple doesn’t look like your average detective. Quite frankly, she doesn’t look like a detective at all. But looks can be deceiving... For a woman who has spent her life in the small village of St Mary Mead, Miss Marple is surprisingly worldly. But as she often points out she has had every opportunity to observe human nature.They Do It With Mirrors Miss Marple senses danger when she visits a friend living in a Victorian mansion which doubles as a rehabilitiation centre for delinquents. Her fears are confirmed when a youth fires a revolver at the administrator, Lewis Serrocold. Neither is injured. But a mysterious visitor, Mr Gilbrandsen, is less fortunate – shot dead simultaneously in another part of the building.Pure coincidence? Miss Marple thinks not.Support the show
11/18/202230 minutes, 10 seconds
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Ep.306 Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: They Do It With Mirrors: Pt.1

Miss Jane Marple doesn’t look like your average detective. Quite frankly, she doesn’t look like a detective at all. But looks can be deceiving... For a woman who has spent her life in the small village of St Mary Mead, Miss Marple is surprisingly worldly. But as she often points out she has had every opportunity to observe human nature.They Do It With Mirrors Miss Marple senses danger when she visits a friend living in a Victorian mansion which doubles as a rehabilitiation centre for delinquents. Her fears are confirmed when a youth fires a revolver at the administrator, Lewis Serrocold. Neither is injured. But a mysterious visitor, Mr Gilbrandsen, is less fortunate – shot dead simultaneously in another part of the building.Pure coincidence? Miss Marple thinks not.Support the show
11/18/202230 minutes, 9 seconds
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Ep.305 Dragnet: The Big Meet

Dragnet ran from June 3rd,1949 to February 26th,1957 on NBC at various times and days and starred Jack Webb as Detective Sergeant Joe Friday. Various partners throughout the show's run were Sergeant Ben Romero (Barton Yarborough), Ed Jacobs (Barney Phillips), and Officer Frank Smith (Ben Alexander).Webb was the creator/Director of the series and wanted everything to be as authentic as possible, down to the last sound effect. The stories were based on actual police files and "the names were changed to protect the innocent".Dragnet broke a few radio taboos as well, such as dramatizing sex crimes. Children also were killed on occasion as in the episode "Twenty-Two Rifle For Christmas". The series eventually went to television and ran there for many years.The Big Meet: Friday tries to trap Howard Scully, a careful narcotics wholesaler, by posing as a buyer. Originally aired October 26th,1950.Support the show
11/14/202231 minutes, 13 seconds
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Ep.304 The Adventures Of Philip Marlowe: The Name To Remember

Get this and get it straight. Crime is a sucker's road and those who travel it wind up in the gutter, the prison or the grave.Philip Marlowe was Los Angeles's toughest detective in the groundbreaking series by Raymond Chandler that helped establish the "hard-boiled" detective subgenre.Name To Remember: Marlowe is hired to find out the identity of a man with a t-shirt who has been stalking his client. The client is found dead and he’s not the only one.Originally aired: April 9th,1949.Support the show
11/14/202231 minutes, 21 seconds
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Ep.303 Tales Of The Texas Rangers: Bad Blood

Tales of the Texas Rangers, a western adventure old-time radio drama, premiered on July 8, 1950, on the US NBC radio network and remained on the air through September 14, 1952.Movie star Joel McCrea starred as Texas Ranger Jayce Pearson, who used the latest scientific techniques to identify the criminals and his faithful horse, Charcoal (or "Charky," as Jayce would sometimes refer to him), to track them down. The shows were reenactments of actual Texas Ranger cases.Bad Blood: An aircraft plant worker is murdered after receiving orders calling him up for military service. Originally aired April 8th,1951.Support the show
11/10/202231 minutes, 50 seconds
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Ep.302 The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes: The Fifth Of November

Sherlock Holmes, fictional character created by the Scottish writer Arthur Conan Doyle. The prototype for the modern mastermind detective, Holmes first appeared in Conan Doyle’s A Study in Scarlet, published in Beeton’s Christmas Annual of 1887. As the world’s first and only “consulting detective,” he pursued criminals throughout Victorian and Edwardian London, the south of England, and continental Europe.From 1939 to 1946, Basil Rathbone played Sherlock Holmes with his friend Nigel Bruce on cinema and radio.The Fifth Of November: Holmes and Watson are off on a Guy Fawkes Day Adventure when a Mr. James Stuart comes in on November 5 and retains Holmes to protect him from his cousin, Guy Falkenberry, who Stuart says is planning to blow him up.Originally aired November 5th,1945.Support the show
11/8/202231 minutes, 31 seconds
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Ep.301 Lord Peter Wimsey: Whose Body? Bunter Brings A Letter

Ian Carmichael stars as Lord Peter Wimsey in these classic BBC radio dramatisations of Dorothy L Sayers' Golden Age crime novels.Gentleman detective Lord Peter Wimsey starred in a number of novels and short stories by Dorothy L Sayers. These full-cast adaptations – first broadcast on BBC radio between 1979 and 2010 – are cherished by crime aficionados worldwide.Whose Body?: The tale that first introduced Lord Peter to the world, and sees him investigating the case of a corpse in a Battersea bathtub and a vanished oil millionaire.Episodes:1. The Body in the Bath2. Disappearance of a Financier3. Lunch at Lady Swaffham's4. Shellshock5. Bunter Brings a LetterSupport the show
11/6/202229 minutes, 56 seconds
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Ep.297 Lord Peter Wimsey: Whose Body? The Body In The Bath

Ian Carmichael stars as Lord Peter Wimsey in these classic BBC radio dramatisations of Dorothy L Sayers' Golden Age crime novels.Gentleman detective Lord Peter Wimsey starred in a number of novels and short stories by Dorothy L Sayers. These full-cast adaptations – first broadcast on BBC radio between 1979 and 2010 – are cherished by crime aficionados worldwide.Whose Body?: The tale that first introduced Lord Peter to the world, and sees him investigating the case of a corpse in a Battersea bathtub and a vanished oil millionaire.Episodes:1. The Body in the Bath2. Disappearance of a Financier3. Lunch at Lady Swaffham's4. Shellshock5. Bunter Brings a LetterSupport the show
11/2/202230 minutes, 3 seconds
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Ep.300 Lord Peter Wimsey: Whose Body? Shellshock

Ian Carmichael stars as Lord Peter Wimsey in these classic BBC radio dramatisations of Dorothy L Sayers' Golden Age crime novels.Gentleman detective Lord Peter Wimsey starred in a number of novels and short stories by Dorothy L Sayers. These full-cast adaptations – first broadcast on BBC radio between 1979 and 2010 – are cherished by crime aficionados worldwide.Whose Body?: The tale that first introduced Lord Peter to the world, and sees him investigating the case of a corpse in a Battersea bathtub and a vanished oil millionaire.Episodes:1. The Body in the Bath2. Disappearance of a Financier3. Lunch at Lady Swaffham's4. Shellshock5. Bunter Brings a LetterSupport the show
11/2/202229 minutes, 51 seconds
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Ep.298 Lord Peter Wimsey: Whose Body? Disappearance Of A Financier

Ian Carmichael stars as Lord Peter Wimsey in these classic BBC radio dramatisations of Dorothy L Sayers' Golden Age crime novels.Gentleman detective Lord Peter Wimsey starred in a number of novels and short stories by Dorothy L Sayers. These full-cast adaptations – first broadcast on BBC radio between 1979 and 2010 – are cherished by crime aficionados worldwide.Whose Body?: The tale that first introduced Lord Peter to the world, and sees him investigating the case of a corpse in a Battersea bathtub and a vanished oil millionaire.Episodes:1. The Body in the Bath2. Disappearance of a Financier3. Lunch at Lady Swaffham's4. Shellshock5. Bunter Brings a LetterSupport the show
11/2/202229 minutes, 51 seconds
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Ep.299 Lord Peter Wimsey: Whose Body? Lunch At Lady Swaffham's

Ian Carmichael stars as Lord Peter Wimsey in these classic BBC radio dramatisations of Dorothy L Sayers' Golden Age crime novels.Gentleman detective Lord Peter Wimsey starred in a number of novels and short stories by Dorothy L Sayers. These full-cast adaptations – first broadcast on BBC radio between 1979 and 2010 – are cherished by crime aficionados worldwide.Whose Body?: The tale that first introduced Lord Peter to the world, and sees him investigating the case of a corpse in a Battersea bathtub and a vanished oil millionaire.Episodes:1. The Body in the Bath2. Disappearance of a Financier3. Lunch at Lady Swaffham's4. Shellshock5. Bunter Brings a LetterSupport the show
11/2/202229 minutes, 51 seconds
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Ep.296 Inner Sanctum Mysteries: The Wailing Wall starring Boris Karloff

Inner Sanctum Mysteries: The anthology series featured stories of mystery, terror and suspense, and its tongue-in-cheek introductions were in sharp contrast to shows like Suspense and The Whistler. The early 1940s programs opened with Raymond Edward Johnson introducing himself as, "Your host, Raymond," in a mocking sardonic voice. A spooky melodramatic organ score (played by Lew White) punctuated Raymond's many morbid jokes and playful puns. Raymond's closing was an elongated "Pleasant dreeeeaams, hmmmmm?" His tongue-in-cheek style and ghoulish relish of his own tales became the standard for many such horror narrators to follow, from fellow radio hosts like Ernest Chappell (on Wyllis Cooper's later series, Quiet, Please) and Maurice Tarplin (on The Mysterious Traveler)The Wailing Wall: A good story about a man (Boris Karloff) who strangles his wife and is haunted by her moans...for forty years!Originally aired: November 6th, 1945.Support the show
10/31/202228 minutes, 59 seconds
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Ep.295 Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot: The Halloween Party

Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot: the world-renowned, moustachioed Belgian private detective, unsurpassed in his intelligence and understanding of the criminal mind, respected and admired by police forces and heads of state across the globe.Since his inception over 100 years ago, Poirot has stolen the hearts and minds of audiences from Azerbaijan to Vietnam, and his celebrated cases have been recorded across 33 original novels and over 50 short stories.Halloween Party: When a young girl is found drowned at a Halloween party after boasting about a murder she had seen, Ariadne Oliver, the famous crime novelist, sends for her old friend Hercule Poirot. But has Poirot one death to investigate--or two?Support the show
10/31/20221 hour, 29 minutes, 37 seconds
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Ep.293 The Adventures Of Sam Spade: The Red Star Caper

The Adventures of Sam Spade was a suspense/detective radio show starring Howard Duff in the colorful title role along with Lurene Tuttle as his secretary Effie.  It was based on the private detective character created by Dashiell Hammett, well-known from the book and movie The Maltese Falcon.  The show ran from 1946 to 1951.  Duff was replaced by Steve Dunne in later episodes.The Red Star Caper: Sam Spade attends a lecture where the speaker ends up shot dead. Originally aired January 12th,1951.Support the show
10/27/202231 minutes, 19 seconds
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Ep.294 Richard Diamond Private Detective: The Bloody Hat Case

Richard Diamond, Private Detective came to NBC in 1949. Diamond was a slick, sophisticated detective, with a sharp tongue for folks who needed it. Diamond enjoyed the detective life, but not as much as entertaining his girl, Helen Asher. After each show, he would croon a number to his Park Avenue sweetheart.Mr. Powell, a former song and dance man, was perfect for the role. He added an extra dimension to the 40's hokey private eye drama.Diamond was a rough gumshoe that would often get knocked on the head with a revolver butt or other items. His counterpart on the police force was Lt. Levinson who often accepted Diamond's help reluctantly. Levinson would claim to get stomach trouble whenever Diamond would call him and would take bicarbonate to settle his aching stomach. Although they always seem at odds with each other, Diamond and Levinson were best friends.The Bloody Hat Case: Bert Kalmus is framed for murder in an early version of a classic scam. Originally aired July 2nd,1949.Support the show
10/27/202231 minutes, 22 seconds
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Ep.292 Pat Novak For Hire: Fleet Lady

Pat Novak For Hire: Classic old time radio showing starring Jack Webb (1946, 1949) and Ben Morris (1947-48) as Pat Novak, a street wise guy who rents boats and anything else a good man pays a bad one to do.Novak is always getting into scrapes when taking on jobs for hire or occasionally as a favor to a friend. When he does, he goes to see "The Only Honest Guy I Know" an ex-Doctor and a boozer named Jocko Madigan (played by Tudor Owens). Novak's nemesis is Lieutenant Hellman of Homicide (played by Raymond Burr and others) who's constantly trying to get Novak sent to the gas chamber.Fleet Lady: Pat Novak’s hired to find a horse, and he finds the horse and a dead body.Originally aired March 6th,1949.Support the show
10/24/202234 minutes, 8 seconds
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Ep.291 The New Adventures Of Nero Wolfe: The Case Of The Vanishing Shells

Nero Wolfe is a fictional character, a brilliant, oversized, eccentric armchair detective created in 1934 by American mystery writer Rex Stout. Wolfe was born in Montenegro and keeps his past murky.He lives in a luxurious brownstone on West 35th Street in New York City, and he is loath to leave his home for business or anything that would keep him from reading his books, tending his orchids, or eating the gourmet meals prepared by his chef, Fritz Brenner. Archie Goodwin, Wolfe's sharp-witted, dapper young confidential assistant with an eye for attractive women, narrates the cases and does the legwork for the detective genius.The Case Of The Vanishing Shells: Archie gets Nero Wolfe hired by an actress who is afraid of being cut out of a lead role in a play.Originally aired February 2nd,1951.Support the show
10/24/202230 minutes, 35 seconds
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Ep.290 The Adventures Of Philip Marlowe: The Bum's Rush

Get this and get it straight. Crime is a sucker's road and those who travel it wind up in the gutter, the prison or the grave.Philip Marlowe was Los Angeles's toughest detective in the groundbreaking series by Raymond Chandler that helped establish the "hard-boiled" detective subgenre.The Bum's Rush: Marlowe is hired to find an old geezer, and finds murder instead.Originally aired September 3rd, 1949.Support the show
10/21/202231 minutes, 17 seconds
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Ep.289 Dragnet: The Big Grandma

Dragnet ran from June 3rd,1949 to February 26th,1957 on NBC at various times and days and starred Jack Webb as Detective Sergeant Joe Friday. Various partners throughout the show's run were Sergeant Ben Romero (Barton Yarborough), Ed Jacobs (Barney Phillips), and Officer Frank Smith (Ben Alexander).Webb was the creator/Director of the series and wanted everything to be as authentic as possible, down to the last sound effect. The stories were based on actual police files and "the names were changed to protect the innocent".Dragnet broke a few radio taboos as well, such as dramatizing sex crimes. Children also were killed on occasion as in the episode "Twenty-Two Rifle For Christmas". The series eventually went to television and ran there for many years.The Big Grandma: "The Big Grandma". Sponsored by: Fatima. An elderly woman has been passing bad checks for the last nine years! She looks like everyone's grandmother, and never passes a bad check between May and October!Originally aired October 19th,1950.Support the show
10/19/202231 minutes, 13 seconds
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Ep.286 PD James: Devices And Desires Pt4

Respected as one of the greats of modern crime writing, Phyllis Dorothy James (1920-2014), known as P. D. James, came to fame for her mystery series starring New Scotland Yard Commander and poet, Adam Dalgliesh. She was also the author of a number of stand-along novels including The Children of Men, which was the basis for the movie Children of Men, and Death Comes to Pemberly, which was adapted into a BBC mini-series. Many of her Adam Dalgliesh books were also adapted for television. In 1991 she was created Baroness James of Holland Park. She died in 2014.Devices And Desires: When Adam Dalgliesh visits Larksoken, a remote headland community on the Norfolk coast in the shadow of a nuclear power station, he expects to be engaged only in the sad business of tying up his aunt’s estate. But the peace of Larksoken is illusory. Someone is terrorising the neighbourhood, and Dalgliesh finds himself drawn into the lives of the isolated headlanders in an attempt to uncover what sinister forces are at work.Support the show
10/13/202231 minutes, 42 seconds
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Ep.287 PD James: Devices And Desires Pt5

Respected as one of the greats of modern crime writing, Phyllis Dorothy James (1920-2014), known as P. D. James, came to fame for her mystery series starring New Scotland Yard Commander and poet, Adam Dalgliesh. She was also the author of a number of stand-along novels including The Children of Men, which was the basis for the movie Children of Men, and Death Comes to Pemberly, which was adapted into a BBC mini-series. Many of her Adam Dalgliesh books were also adapted for television. In 1991 she was created Baroness James of Holland Park. She died in 2014.Devices And Desires: When Adam Dalgliesh visits Larksoken, a remote headland community on the Norfolk coast in the shadow of a nuclear power station, he expects to be engaged only in the sad business of tying up his aunt’s estate. But the peace of Larksoken is illusory. Someone is terrorising the neighbourhood, and Dalgliesh finds himself drawn into the lives of the isolated headlanders in an attempt to uncover what sinister forces are at work.Support the show
10/13/202231 minutes, 39 seconds
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Ep.285 PD James: Devices And Desires Pt3

Respected as one of the greats of modern crime writing, Phyllis Dorothy James (1920-2014), known as P. D. James, came to fame for her mystery series starring New Scotland Yard Commander and poet, Adam Dalgliesh. She was also the author of a number of stand-along novels including The Children of Men, which was the basis for the movie Children of Men, and Death Comes to Pemberly, which was adapted into a BBC mini-series. Many of her Adam Dalgliesh books were also adapted for television. In 1991 she was created Baroness James of Holland Park. She died in 2014.Devices And Desires: When Adam Dalgliesh visits Larksoken, a remote headland community on the Norfolk coast in the shadow of a nuclear power station, he expects to be engaged only in the sad business of tying up his aunt’s estate. But the peace of Larksoken is illusory. Someone is terrorising the neighbourhood, and Dalgliesh finds himself drawn into the lives of the isolated headlanders in an attempt to uncover what sinister forces are at work.Support the show
10/13/202231 minutes, 32 seconds
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Ep.284 PD James: Devices And Desires Pt2

Respected as one of the greats of modern crime writing, Phyllis Dorothy James (1920-2014), known as P. D. James, came to fame for her mystery series starring New Scotland Yard Commander and poet, Adam Dalgliesh. She was also the author of a number of stand-along novels including The Children of Men, which was the basis for the movie Children of Men, and Death Comes to Pemberly, which was adapted into a BBC mini-series. Many of her Adam Dalgliesh books were also adapted for television. In 1991 she was created Baroness James of Holland Park. She died in 2014.Devices And Desires: When Adam Dalgliesh visits Larksoken, a remote headland community on the Norfolk coast in the shadow of a nuclear power station, he expects to be engaged only in the sad business of tying up his aunt’s estate. But the peace of Larksoken is illusory. Someone is terrorising the neighbourhood, and Dalgliesh finds himself drawn into the lives of the isolated headlanders in an attempt to uncover what sinister forces are at work.Support the show
10/13/202231 minutes, 36 seconds
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Ep.288 PD James: Devices And Desires Pt6

Respected as one of the greats of modern crime writing, Phyllis Dorothy James (1920-2014), known as P. D. James, came to fame for her mystery series starring New Scotland Yard Commander and poet, Adam Dalgliesh. She was also the author of a number of stand-along novels including The Children of Men, which was the basis for the movie Children of Men, and Death Comes to Pemberly, which was adapted into a BBC mini-series. Many of her Adam Dalgliesh books were also adapted for television. In 1991 she was created Baroness James of Holland Park. She died in 2014.Devices And Desires: When Adam Dalgliesh visits Larksoken, a remote headland community on the Norfolk coast in the shadow of a nuclear power station, he expects to be engaged only in the sad business of tying up his aunt’s estate. But the peace of Larksoken is illusory. Someone is terrorising the neighbourhood, and Dalgliesh finds himself drawn into the lives of the isolated headlanders in an attempt to uncover what sinister forces are at work.Support the show
10/13/202231 minutes, 46 seconds
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Ep.283 PD James: Devices And Desires Pt1

Respected as one of the greats of modern crime writing, Phyllis Dorothy James (1920-2014), known as P. D. James, came to fame for her mystery series starring New Scotland Yard Commander and poet, Adam Dalgliesh. She was also the author of a number of stand-along novels including The Children of Men, which was the basis for the movie Children of Men, and Death Comes to Pemberly, which was adapted into a BBC mini-series. Many of her Adam Dalgliesh books were also adapted for television. In 1991 she was created Baroness James of Holland Park. She died in 2014.Devices And Desires: When Adam Dalgliesh visits Larksoken, a remote headland community on the Norfolk coast in the shadow of a nuclear power station, he expects to be engaged only in the sad business of tying up his aunt’s estate. But the peace of Larksoken is illusory. Someone is terrorising the neighbourhood, and Dalgliesh finds himself drawn into the lives of the isolated headlanders in an attempt to uncover what sinister forces are at work.Support the show
10/13/202231 minutes, 46 seconds
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Ep.282 The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure Of The Speckled Band

Sherlock Holmes, fictional character created by the Scottish writer Arthur Conan Doyle. The prototype for the modern mastermind detective, Holmes first appeared in Conan Doyle’s A Study in Scarlet, published in Beeton’s Christmas Annual of 1887. As the world’s first and only “consulting detective,” he pursued criminals throughout Victorian and Edwardian London, the south of England, and continental Europe.From 1939 to 1946, Basil Rathbone played Sherlock Holmes with his friend Nigel Bruce on cinema and radio.The Adventure Of The Speckled Band: A young woman contacts Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson for aid in foiling the villainous plans of her stepfather. Originally aired November 12th,1945.Support the show
10/11/202230 minutes, 36 seconds
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Ep.281 Nick Carter Master Detective: The Drug Ring Murder

Nick Carter, Master Detective, which aired on Mutual from 1943 to 1955. Nick Carter first came to radio as The Return of Nick Carter. Then Nick Carter, Master Detective, with Lon Clark in the title role, began April 11, 1943, on Mutual, continuing in many different timeslots for well over a decade. Jock MacGregor was the producer-director of scripts by Alfred Bester, Milton J. Kramer, David Kogan and others. Background music was supplied by organists Hank Sylvern, Lew White and George Wright. Patsy Bowen, Nick's assistant, was portrayed by Helen Choate until mid-1946 and then Charlotte Manson stepped into the role. Nick and Patsy's friend was reporter Scubby Wilson (John Kane). Nick's contact at the police department was Sgt. Mathison (Ed Latimer). The supporting cast included Raymond Edward Johnson, Bill Johnstone and Bryna Raeburn. Michael Fitzmaurice was the program's announcer.The Drug Ring Murder: The body of a man was washed up on the beach on the north shore of Long Island this morning and he didn’t die of drowning it was murder. The man had nothing on him to identify him but was carrying a business card belonging to Nick Carter…Originally aired November 10th,1943.Support the show
10/7/202231 minutes, 14 seconds
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Ep.280 Richard Diamond Private Detective: The Tom Waxman Bombing Case

Richard Diamond, Private Detective came to NBC in 1949. Diamond was a slick, sophisticated detective, with a sharp tongue for folks who needed it. Diamond enjoyed the detective life, but not as much as entertaining his girl, Helen Asher. After each show, he would croon a number to his Park Avenue sweetheart.Mr. Powell, a former song and dance man, was perfect for the role. He added an extra dimension to the 40's hokey private eye drama.Diamond was a rough gumshoe that would often get knocked on the head with a revolver butt or other items. His counterpart on the police force was Lt. Levinson who often accepted Diamond's help reluctantly. Levinson would claim to get stomach trouble whenever Diamond would call him and would take bicarbonate to settle his aching stomach. Although they always seem at odds with each other, Diamond and Levinson were best friends.The Tom Waxman Bombing Case: A union meeting is in full swing. Tom Waxman, a charismatic young speaker has the audience in the palm of his hand, but two men have other plans on who should control the union. Originally aired June 26th,1949.Support the show
10/5/202231 minutes, 24 seconds
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Ep.279 Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: 4:50 From Paddington

Miss Jane Marple doesn’t look like your average detective. Quite frankly, she doesn’t look like a detective at all. But looks can be deceiving... For a woman who has spent her life in the small village of St Mary Mead, Miss Marple is surprisingly worldly. But as she often points out she has had every opportunity to observe human nature.4:50 From Paddington: For an instant the two trains ran together, side by side. In that frozen moment, Elspeth witnessed a murder. Helplessly, she stared out of her carriage window as a man remorselessly tightened his grip around a woman’s throat. The body crumpled. Then the other train drew away. But who, apart from Miss Marple, would take her story seriously? After all, there were no suspects, no other witnesses… and no corpse.Support the show
10/3/20221 hour, 31 minutes, 13 seconds
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Ep.278 The Adventures Of Sam Spade: The Dog Bed Caper

The Adventures of Sam Spade was a suspense/detective radio show starring Howard Duff in the colorful title role along with Lurene Tuttle as his secretary Effie.  It was based on the private detective character created by Dashiell Hammett, well-known from the book and movie The Maltese Falcon.  The show ran from 1946 to 1951.  Duff was replaced by Steve Dunne in later episodes.The Dog Bed Caper: A complex story of murder and extortion...having nothing at all to do with dog beds. Originally aired December 1st, 1950.Support the show
9/30/202231 minutes, 41 seconds
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Ep.277 The New Adventures Of Nero Wolfe: The Case Of The Hasty Will

Nero Wolfe is a fictional character, a brilliant, oversized, eccentric armchair detective created in 1934 by American mystery writer Rex Stout. Wolfe was born in Montenegro and keeps his past murky.He lives in a luxurious brownstone on West 35th Street in New York City, and he is loath to leave his home for business or anything that would keep him from reading his books, tending his orchids, or eating the gourmet meals prepared by his chef, Fritz Brenner. Archie Goodwin, Wolfe's sharp-witted, dapper young confidential assistant with an eye for attractive women, narrates the cases and does the legwork for the detective genius.The Case Of The Hasty Will: A man hires Archie to witness a new will and then disappears.Originally aired March 2nd,1951.Support the show
9/28/202231 minutes, 11 seconds
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Ep.276 The Adventures Of Philip Marlowe: The Last Laugh

Get this and get it straight. Crime is a sucker's road and those who travel it wind up in the gutter, the prison or the grave.Philip Marlowe was Los Angeles's toughest detective in the groundbreaking series by Raymond Chandler that helped establish the "hard-boiled" detective subgenre.The Last Laugh:  It was a grim joke that started when six heirs came to an ugly house on a rain swept island to hear a madman’s will. The joke soon turned to murder and in the end it was hard to tell who had the last laugh…Support the show
9/26/202231 minutes, 26 seconds
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Ep.275 Dragnet: The Big Pug

Dragnet ran from June 3rd,1949 to February 26th,1957 on NBC at various times and days and starred Jack Webb as Detective Sergeant Joe Friday. Various partners throughout the show's run were Sergeant Ben Romero (Barton Yarborough), Ed Jacobs (Barney Phillips), and Officer Frank Smith (Ben Alexander).Webb was the creator/Director of the series and wanted everything to be as authentic as possible, down to the last sound effect. The stories were based on actual police files and "the names were changed to protect the innocent".Dragnet broke a few radio taboos as well, such as dramatizing sex crimes. Children also were killed on occasion as in the episode "Twenty-Two Rifle For Christmas". The series eventually went to television and ran there for many years.The Big Pug: Friday and Romero look for a duo who robbed a grocery store and assaulted its elderly owner. Originally aired  May 18, 1950.Support the show
9/23/202231 minutes, 12 seconds
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Ep.274 Sherlock Holmes: The Valley Of Fear Pt2: The Tragedy Of Birlstone

Sherlock Holmes, fictional character created by the Scottish writer Arthur Conan Doyle. The prototype for the modern mastermind detective, Holmes first appeared in Conan Doyle’s A Study in Scarlet, published in Beeton’s Christmas Annual of 1887. As the world’s first and only “consulting detective,” he pursued criminals throughout Victorian and Edwardian London, the south of England, and continental Europe.The Valley Of Fear: The Tragedy Of Birlstone: The detective tries to solve the case with the aid of a single dumb-bell and Dr Watson's umbrella.Support the show
9/20/202258 minutes, 51 seconds
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Ep.273 Sherlock Holmes: The Valley Of Fear Pt1: The Scowrers

Sherlock Holmes, fictional character created by the Scottish writer Arthur Conan Doyle. The prototype for the modern mastermind detective, Holmes first appeared in Conan Doyle’s A Study in Scarlet, published in Beeton’s Christmas Annual of 1887. As the world’s first and only “consulting detective,” he pursued criminals throughout Victorian and Edwardian London, the south of England, and continental Europe.The Valley Of Fear: The Scowrers: Sherlock Holmes probes revenge and treachery linking a country home with 1890s American secret societies.Support the show
9/20/202258 minutes, 49 seconds
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Ep.272 Nick Carter Master Detective: An Angle On Murder

Nick Carter, Master Detective, which aired on Mutual from 1943 to 1955. Nick Carter first came to radio as The Return of Nick Carter. Then Nick Carter, Master Detective, with Lon Clark in the title role, began April 11, 1943, on Mutual, continuing in many different timeslots for well over a decade. Jock MacGregor was the producer-director of scripts by Alfred Bester, Milton J. Kramer, David Kogan and others. Background music was supplied by organists Hank Sylvern, Lew White and George Wright. Patsy Bowen, Nick's assistant, was portrayed by Helen Choate until mid-1946 and then Charlotte Manson stepped into the role. Nick and Patsy's friend was reporter Scubby Wilson (John Kane). Nick's contact at the police department was Sgt. Mathison (Ed Latimer). The supporting cast included Raymond Edward Johnson, Bill Johnstone and Bryna Raeburn. Michael Fitzmaurice was the program's announcer.An Angle On Murder: John Hammel of the bankers associates had noticed that there was a serious shortage on the books and was sure that he knew who it was that was taking the money. He didn’t want to get the police involved as any publicity could damage the banks reputation so he called Nick Carter. But before he could tell Nick of his suspicions he was shot dead.Support the show
9/19/202231 minutes, 13 seconds
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Ep.271 The New Adventures Of Nero Wolfe: The Case Of The Phantom Fingers

Nero Wolfe is a fictional character, a brilliant, oversized, eccentric armchair detective created in 1934 by American mystery writer Rex Stout. Wolfe was born in Montenegro and keeps his past murky.He lives in a luxurious brownstone on West 35th Street in New York City, and he is loath to leave his home for business or anything that would keep him from reading his books, tending his orchids, or eating the gourmet meals prepared by his chef, Fritz Brenner. Archie Goodwin, Wolfe's sharp-witted, dapper young confidential assistant with an eye for attractive women, narrates the cases and does the legwork for the detective genius.The Case Of The Phantom Fingers: While driving to buy some black orchids, Wolfe and Archie find themselves stranded with three complete strangers, one of whom is a murderer.Originally aired January 26th,1951.Support the show
9/15/202230 minutes, 44 seconds
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Ep.270 Tales Of The Texas Rangers: Fugitive's Trail

Tales of the Texas Rangers, a western adventure old-time radio drama, premiered on July 8, 1950, on the US NBC radio network and remained on the air through September 14, 1952.Movie star Joel McCrea starred as Texas Ranger Jayce Pearson, who used the latest scientific techniques to identify the criminals and his faithful horse, Charcoal (or "Charky," as Jayce would sometimes refer to him), to track them down. The shows were reenactments of actual Texas Ranger cases.Fugitive's Trail: A teen-aged baby sitter disappears after a shotgun murder. Her ex-boyfriend seems eager to help the Rangers track her down. Originally aired October 21st,1951.Support the show
9/15/202231 minutes, 22 seconds
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Ep.269 Pat Novak For Hire: The Lydia Reynolds Case

Pat Novak For Hire: Classic old time radio showing starring Jack Webb (1946, 1949) and Ben Morris (1947-48) as Pat Novak, a street wise guy who rents boats and anything else a good man pays a bad one to do.Novak is always getting into scrapes when taking on jobs for hire or occasionally as a favor to a friend. When he does, he goes to see "The Only Honest Guy I Know" an ex-Doctor and a boozer named Jocko Madigan (played by Tudor Owens). Novak's nemesis is Lieutenant Hellman of Homicide (played by Raymond Burr and others) who's constantly trying to get Novak sent to the gas chamber.The Lydia Reynolds Case:  Lydia Reynolds, a wealthy but insane young lady, hires Novak to be her bodyguard. Originally aired November 23rd,1947.Support the show
9/12/202231 minutes, 42 seconds
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Ep.268 Richard Diamond Private Detective: The Fred Sears Murder Case

Richard Diamond, Private Detective came to NBC in 1949. Diamond was a slick, sophisticated detective, with a sharp tongue for folks who needed it. Diamond enjoyed the detective life, but not as much as entertaining his girl, Helen Asher. After each show, he would croon a number to his Park Avenue sweetheart.Mr. Powell, a former song and dance man, was perfect for the role. He added an extra dimension to the 40's hokey private eye drama.Diamond was a rough gumshoe that would often get knocked on the head with a revolver butt or other items. His counterpart on the police force was Lt. Levinson who often accepted Diamond's help reluctantly. Levinson would claim to get stomach trouble whenever Diamond would call him and would take bicarbonate to settle his aching stomach. Although they always seem at odds with each other, Diamond and Levinson were best friends.The Fred Sears Murder Case: A dysfunctional wealthy couple argue over the evening newspaper. She is a socialite who is running around on her husband, and she is worried he might be heading out to kill her lover. Originally aired June 19th,1949.Support the show
9/12/202231 minutes, 27 seconds
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Ep.266 Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: The Moving Finger: Pt.1

Miss Jane Marple doesn’t look like your average detective. Quite frankly, she doesn’t look like a detective at all. But looks can be deceiving... For a woman who has spent her life in the small village of St Mary Mead, Miss Marple is surprisingly worldly. But as she often points out she has had every opportunity to observe human nature.The Moving Finger: Troubled war veteran Jerry Burton and his sister Joanna rent a cottage in a seemingly tranquil English village which is plagued by a spate of poison pen letters... and murder.Support the show
9/8/202246 minutes, 51 seconds
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Ep.267 Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: The Moving Finger Pt.2

Miss Jane Marple doesn’t look like your average detective. Quite frankly, she doesn’t look like a detective at all. But looks can be deceiving... For a woman who has spent her life in the small village of St Mary Mead, Miss Marple is surprisingly worldly. But as she often points out she has had every opportunity to observe human nature.The Moving Finger: Troubled war veteran Jerry Burton and his sister Joanna rent a cottage in a seemingly tranquil English village which is plagued by a spate of poison pen letters... and murder.Support the show
9/8/202243 minutes, 56 seconds
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Ep.265 The Adventures Of Sam Spade: The Stopped Watch Caper

The Adventures of Sam Spade was a suspense/detective radio show starring Howard Duff (in the colorful title role along with Lurene Tuttle as his secretary Effie.  It was based on the private detective character created by Dashiell Hammett, well-known from the book and movie The Maltese Falcon.  The show ran from 1946 to 1951.  Duff was replaced by Steve Dunne in later episodes.The Stopped Watch Caper: A house of horrors includes a butler who resembles Frankenstein, radioactive poisons and man-eating plants!Originally aired April 10th,1949.Support the show
9/6/202231 minutes, 21 seconds
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Ep.264 Nick Carter Master Detective: The Glass Coffin

Nick Carter, Master Detective, which aired on Mutual from 1943 to 1955. Nick Carter first came to radio as The Return of Nick Carter. Then Nick Carter, Master Detective, with Lon Clark in the title role, began April 11, 1943, on Mutual, continuing in many different timeslots for well over a decade. Jock MacGregor was the producer-director of scripts by Alfred Bester, Milton J. Kramer, David Kogan and others. Background music was supplied by organists Hank Sylvern, Lew White and George Wright. Patsy Bowen, Nick's assistant, was portrayed by Helen Choate until mid-1946 and then Charlotte Manson stepped into the role. Nick and Patsy's friend was reporter Scubby Wilson (John Kane). Nick's contact at the police department was Sgt. Mathison (Ed Latimer). The supporting cast included Raymond Edward Johnson, Bill Johnstone and Bryna Raeburn. Michael Fitzmaurice was the program's announcer.The Glass Coffin:  Murder and mayhem in an old movie studio...a "reel" mystery! Originally aired September 27th.1943.Support the show
9/5/202231 minutes, 23 seconds
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Ep.263 Dragnet: The Big Car

Dragnet ran from June 3rd,1949 to February 26th,1957 on NBC at various times and days and starred Jack Webb as Detective Sergeant Joe Friday. Various partners throughout the show's run were Sergeant Ben Romero (Barton Yarborough), Ed Jacobs (Barney Phillips), and Officer Frank Smith (Ben Alexander).Webb was the creator/Director of the series and wanted everything to be as authentic as possible, down to the last sound effect. The stories were based on actual police files and "the names were changed to protect the innocent".Dragnet broke a few radio taboos as well, such as dramatizing sex crimes. Children also were killed on occasion as in the episode "Twenty-Two Rifle For Christmas". The series eventually went to television and ran there for many years.The Big Car: In four months, 15 food markets in Los Angeles have been held up and robbed. The bandit is well-dressed and well-armed, and a bright red Pontiac looks like a clue for the police. Originally aired November 30th,1950.Support the show
9/1/202231 minutes, 13 seconds
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Ep.262 Sherlock Holmes: The Hound Of The Baskervilles Pt.2: Death On The Moor

Sherlock Holmes, fictional character created by the Scottish writer Arthur Conan Doyle. The prototype for the modern mastermind detective, Holmes first appeared in Conan Doyle’s A Study in Scarlet, published in Beeton’s Christmas Annual of 1887. As the world’s first and only “consulting detective,” he pursued criminals throughout Victorian and Edwardian London, the south of England, and continental Europe.The Hound Of The Baskervilles: The Baker Street sleuth probes an ancient curse stalking a noble family on Dartmoor.Originally aired June 1998.Support the show
8/29/202258 minutes, 17 seconds
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Ep.261 Sherlock Holmes: The Hound Of The Baskervilles Pt.1: The Powers Of Evil

Sherlock Holmes, fictional character created by the Scottish writer Arthur Conan Doyle. The prototype for the modern mastermind detective, Holmes first appeared in Conan Doyle’s A Study in Scarlet, published in Beeton’s Christmas Annual of 1887. As the world’s first and only “consulting detective,” he pursued criminals throughout Victorian and Edwardian London, the south of England, and continental Europe.The Hound Of The Baskervilles: The Baker Street sleuth probes an ancient curse stalking a noble family on Dartmoor.Originally aired June 1998.Support the show
8/29/202258 minutes, 19 seconds
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Ep.260 Tales Of The Texas Rangers: Blood Harvest

Tales of the Texas Rangers, a western adventure old-time radio drama, premiered on July 8, 1950, on the US NBC radio network and remained on the air through September 14, 1952.Movie star Joel McCrea starred as Texas Ranger Jayce Pearson, who used the latest scientific techniques to identify the criminals and his faithful horse, Charcoal (or "Charky," as Jayce would sometimes refer to him), to track them down. The shows were reenactments of actual Texas Ranger cases.Blood Harvest: Jace Pearson investigates the murder of a rancher killed over his alfalfa crop.Originally aired January 21st,1951.Support the show
8/26/202231 minutes, 44 seconds
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Ep.259 The New Adventures Of Nero Wolfe: The Case Of The Calculated Risk

Nero Wolfe is a fictional character, a brilliant, oversized, eccentric armchair detective created in 1934 by American mystery writer Rex Stout. Wolfe was born in Montenegro and keeps his past murky.He lives in a luxurious brownstone on West 35th Street in New York City, and he is loath to leave his home for business or anything that would keep him from reading his books, tending his orchids, or eating the gourmet meals prepared by his chef, Fritz Brenner. Archie Goodwin, Wolfe's sharp-witted, dapper young confidential assistant with an eye for attractive women, narrates the cases and does the legwork for the detective genius.The Case Of The Calculated Risk: A man plans to carry out a revenge on a man who framed him for Murder, and wants Wolfe to clear his name if he fails. Wolfe refuses, but ends up drawn into the case when the potential client is murdered.Originally aired: January 19th,1951.Support the show
8/23/202230 minutes, 18 seconds
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Ep.258 The Adventures Of Philip Marlowe: The Heat Wave

Get this and get it straight. Crime is a sucker's road and those who travel it wind up in the gutter, the prison or the grave.Philip Marlowe was Los Angeles's toughest detective in the groundbreaking series by Raymond Chandler that helped establish the "hard-boiled" detective subgenre.The Heat Wave: Why is "The Heat Wave," a burlesque dancer wearing a golden mask? Marlowe's been hired to find out. Murder tries a strip tease!Originally aired: August 16th,1949.Support the show
8/23/202231 minutes, 32 seconds
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Ep.257 Agatha Christie's: Sparkling Cyanide

Agatha Christie's Sparkling Cyanide: Six people sit down to a sumptuous meal at a table laid for seven. In front of the empty place is a sprig of rosemary- "rosemary for remembrance." A strange sentiment considering no one is likely to forget the night, exactly a year ago, that Rosemary Barton died at exactly the same table, her beautiful face unrecognizable, convulsed with pain and horror.But then Rosemary had always been memorable—she had the ability to arouse strong passions in most people she met. In one case, strong enough to kill...Support the show
8/18/20221 hour, 26 minutes, 23 seconds
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Ep.256 Pat Novak For Hire: Mysterious Set Of Books

Pat Novak For Hire: Classic old time radio showing starring Jack Webb (1946, 1949) and Ben Morris (1947-48) as Pat Novak, a street wise guy who rents boats and anything else a good man pays a bad one to do.Novak is always getting into scrapes when taking on jobs for hire or occasionally as a favor to a friend. When he does, he goes to see "The Only Honest Guy I Know" an ex-Doctor and a boozer named Jocko Madigan (played by Tudor Owens). Novak's nemesis is Lieutenant Hellman of Homicide (played by Raymond Burr and others) who's constantly trying to get Novak sent to the gas chamber.Mysterious Set Of Books: The neighbor of a man found dead in his apartment offers Pat $1000 to bring him the envelope from the dead man's safe.Originally aired August 10th,1947.Support the show
8/18/202230 minutes, 43 seconds
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Ep.255 Richard Diamond Private Detective: The Betty Moran Case

Richard Diamond, Private Detective came to NBC in 1949. Diamond was a slick, sophisticated detective, with a sharp tongue for folks who needed it. Diamond enjoyed the detective life, but not as much as entertaining his girl, Helen Asher. After each show, he would croon a number to his Park Avenue sweetheart.Mr. Powell, a former song and dance man, was perfect for the role. He added an extra dimension to the 40's hokey private eye drama.Diamond was a rough gumshoe that would often get knocked on the head with a revolver butt or other items. His counterpart on the police force was Lt. Levinson who often accepted Diamond's help reluctantly. Levinson would claim to get stomach trouble whenever Diamond would call him and would take bicarbonate to settle his aching stomach. Although they always seem at odds with each other, Diamond and Levinson were best friends.The Betty Moran Case: A double murder, a rich woman named Betty Moran, and a touch of blackmail lead the police to think it a murder/suicide. Originally aired May 29th,1949.Support the show
8/18/202231 minutes, 24 seconds
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Ep.254 The Adventures Of Sam Spade: The Vaphio Cup Caper

The Adventures of Sam Spade was a suspense/detective radio show starring Howard Duff in the colorful title role along with Lurene Tuttle as his secretary Effie.  It was based on the private detective character created by Dashiell Hammett, well-known from the book and movie The Maltese Falcon.  The show ran from 1946 to 1951.  Duff was replaced by Steve Dunne in later episodes.The Vaphio Cup Caper:  Gold from ancient Greece is the target, with Sam as the bulls-eye.Originally aired August 22nd,1948.Support the show
8/16/202231 minutes, 34 seconds
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Ep.253 Nick Carter Master Detective: Murder In The Crypt

Nick Carter, Master Detective, which aired on Mutual from 1943 to 1955. Nick Carter first came to radio as The Return of Nick Carter. Then Nick Carter, Master Detective, with Lon Clark in the title role, began April 11, 1943, on Mutual, continuing in many different timeslots for well over a decade. Jock MacGregor was the producer-director of scripts by Alfred Bester, Milton J. Kramer, David Kogan and others. Background music was supplied by organists Hank Sylvern, Lew White and George Wright. Patsy Bowen, Nick's assistant, was portrayed by Helen Choate until mid-1946 and then Charlotte Manson stepped into the role. Nick and Patsy's friend was reporter Scubby Wilson (John Kane). Nick's contact at the police department was Sgt. Mathison (Ed Latimer). The supporting cast included Raymond Edward Johnson, Bill Johnstone and Bryna Raeburn. Michael Fitzmaurice was the program's announcer.Murder In The Crypt: Nick investigates a dead body found in front of a statue of Anubis.Originally aired August 2nd, 1943.Support the show
8/11/202231 minutes, 22 seconds
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Ep.251 Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: Murder At The Vicarage: Pt.4

Miss Jane Marple doesn’t look like your average detective. Quite frankly, she doesn’t look like a detective at all. But looks can be deceiving... For a woman who has spent her life in the small village of St Mary Mead, Miss Marple is surprisingly worldly. But as she often points out she has had every opportunity to observe human nature.Murder At The Vicarage: In St. Mary Mead, no one is more despised than Colonel Protheroe. Even the local vicar has said that killing him would be doing a service to the townsfolk. So when Protheroe is found murdered in the same vicar's study, and two different people confess to the crime, it is time for the elderly spinster Jane Marple to exercise her detective abilities.Support the show
8/9/202231 minutes, 8 seconds
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Ep.252 Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: Murder At The Vicarage: Pt.5

Miss Jane Marple doesn’t look like your average detective. Quite frankly, she doesn’t look like a detective at all. But looks can be deceiving... For a woman who has spent her life in the small village of St Mary Mead, Miss Marple is surprisingly worldly. But as she often points out she has had every opportunity to observe human nature.Murder At The Vicarage: In St. Mary Mead, no one is more despised than Colonel Protheroe. Even the local vicar has said that killing him would be doing a service to the townsfolk. So when Protheroe is found murdered in the same vicar's study, and two different people confess to the crime, it is time for the elderly spinster Jane Marple to exercise her detective abilities.Support the show
8/9/202230 minutes, 46 seconds
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Ep.249 Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: Murder At The Vicarage: Pt.2

Miss Jane Marple doesn’t look like your average detective. Quite frankly, she doesn’t look like a detective at all. But looks can be deceiving... For a woman who has spent her life in the small village of St Mary Mead, Miss Marple is surprisingly worldly. But as she often points out she has had every opportunity to observe human nature.Murder At The Vicarage: In St. Mary Mead, no one is more despised than Colonel Protheroe. Even the local vicar has said that killing him would be doing a service to the townsfolk. So when Protheroe is found murdered in the same vicar's study, and two different people confess to the crime, it is time for the elderly spinster Jane Marple to exercise her detective abilities.Support the show
8/9/202231 minutes, 2 seconds
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Ep.250 Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: Murder At The Vicarage: Pt.3

Miss Jane Marple doesn’t look like your average detective. Quite frankly, she doesn’t look like a detective at all. But looks can be deceiving... For a woman who has spent her life in the small village of St Mary Mead, Miss Marple is surprisingly worldly. But as she often points out she has had every opportunity to observe human nature.Murder At The Vicarage: In St. Mary Mead, no one is more despised than Colonel Protheroe. Even the local vicar has said that killing him would be doing a service to the townsfolk. So when Protheroe is found murdered in the same vicar's study, and two different people confess to the crime, it is time for the elderly spinster Jane Marple to exercise her detective abilities.Support the show
8/9/202231 minutes, 6 seconds
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Ep.248 Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: Murder At The Vicarage: Pt.1

Miss Jane Marple doesn’t look like your average detective. Quite frankly, she doesn’t look like a detective at all. But looks can be deceiving... For a woman who has spent her life in the small village of St Mary Mead, Miss Marple is surprisingly worldly. But as she often points out she has had every opportunity to observe human nature.Murder At The Vicarage: In St. Mary Mead, no one is more despised than Colonel Protheroe. Even the local vicar has said that killing him would be doing a service to the townsfolk. So when Protheroe is found murdered in the same vicar's study, and two different people confess to the crime, it is time for the elderly spinster Jane Marple to exercise her detective abilities.Support the show
8/9/202230 minutes, 50 seconds
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Ep.247 The New Adventures Of Nero Wolfe: Killer Cards

Nero Wolfe is a fictional character, a brilliant, oversized, eccentric armchair detective created in 1934 by American mystery writer Rex Stout. Wolfe was born in Montenegro and keeps his past murky.He lives in a luxurious brownstone on West 35th Street in New York City, and he is loath to leave his home for business or anything that would keep him from reading his books, tending his orchids, or eating the gourmet meals prepared by his chef, Fritz Brenner. Archie Goodwin, Wolfe's sharp-witted, dapper young confidential assistant with an eye for attractive women, narrates the cases and does the legwork for the detective genius.Killer Cards: The joint owners of "The Candy Club" sit down to a game of cards. Murder deals a hand, with Archie Goodwin kidnapped as the ante. Originally aired January 12th, 1951.Support the show
8/8/202230 minutes, 42 seconds
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Ep.246 The Adventures Of Philip Marlowe: The Monkey's Uncle

Get this and get it straight. Crime is a sucker's road and those who travel it wind up in the gutter, the prison or the grave.Philip Marlowe was Los Angeles's toughest detective in the groundbreaking series by Raymond Chandler that helped establish the "hard-boiled" detective subgenre.The Monkey's Uncle: A Scottish animal trainer calls Marlowe into a case involving a chimpanzee. Originally aired: March 7th, 1950.Support the show
8/4/202231 minutes, 12 seconds
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Ep.245 Dragnet: The Big Frame

Dragnet ran from June 3rd,1949 to February 26th,1957 on NBC at various times and days and starred Jack Webb as Detective Sergeant Joe Friday. Various partners throughout the show's run were Sergeant Ben Romero (Barton Yarborough), Ed Jacobs (Barney Phillips), and Officer Frank Smith (Ben Alexander).Webb was the creator/Director of the series and wanted everything to be as authentic as possible, down to the last sound effect. The stories were based on actual police files and "the names were changed to protect the innocent".Dragnet broke a few radio taboos as well, such as dramatizing sex crimes. Children also were killed on occasion as in the episode "Twenty-Two Rifle For Christmas". The series eventually went to television and ran there for many years.The Big Frame: Eddie Stokes has been the victim of a hit and run driver or has he?Originally aired July 6th,1950.Support the show
8/2/202231 minutes, 5 seconds
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Ep.244 Richard Diamond Private Detective: The Stolen Purse

Richard Diamond, Private Detective came to NBC in 1949. Diamond was a slick, sophisticated detective, with a sharp tongue for folks who needed it. Diamond enjoyed the detective life, but not as much as entertaining his girl, Helen Asher. After each show, he would croon a number to his Park Avenue sweetheart.Mr. Powell, a former song and dance man, was perfect for the role. He added an extra dimension to the 40's hokey private eye drama.Diamond was a rough gumshoe that would often get knocked on the head with a revolver butt or other items. His counterpart on the police force was Lt. Levinson who often accepted Diamond's help reluctantly. Levinson would claim to get stomach trouble whenever Diamond would call him and would take bicarbonate to settle his aching stomach. Although they always seem at odds with each other, Diamond and Levinson were best friends.The Stolen Purse: A little old lady gives Diamond a seemingly valueless black purse. Everyone wants it very badly...bad enough to kill for it. Originally aired May 22nd,1949.Support the show
8/2/202231 minutes, 22 seconds
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Ep.243 The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes: The Sign Of The Four: The Great Agra Treasure

Sherlock Holmes, fictional character created by the Scottish writer Arthur Conan Doyle. The prototype for the modern mastermind detective, Holmes first appeared in Conan Doyle’s A Study in Scarlet, published in Beeton’s Christmas Annual of 1887. As the world’s first and only “consulting detective,” he pursued criminals throughout Victorian and Edwardian London, the south of England, and continental Europe.The Sign of the Four is the second of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes novels. In it the detective and his companion Dr Watson unravel a mystery of hidden treasure and murder.Miss Mary Morstan arrives at 221B, Baker Street to request help with the mystery of her missing father, her anonymous gifts of pearls and a letter requesting her to meet an unknown person that evening. Holmes takes on her case and the adventure begins.Support the show
7/28/202259 minutes
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Ep.242 The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes: The Sign Of The Four: Timbertoe

Sherlock Holmes, fictional character created by the Scottish writer Arthur Conan Doyle. The prototype for the modern mastermind detective, Holmes first appeared in Conan Doyle’s A Study in Scarlet, published in Beeton’s Christmas Annual of 1887. As the world’s first and only “consulting detective,” he pursued criminals throughout Victorian and Edwardian London, the south of England, and continental Europe.The Sign of the Four is the second of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes novels. In it the detective and his companion Dr Watson unravel a mystery of hidden treasure and murder.Miss Mary Morstan arrives at 221B, Baker Street to request help with the mystery of her missing father, her anonymous gifts of pearls and a letter requesting her to meet an unknown person that evening. Holmes takes on her case and the adventure begins.Support the show
7/28/202257 minutes, 13 seconds
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Ep.241 Nick Carter Master Detective: The Echo Of Death

Nick Carter, Master Detective, which aired on Mutual from 1943 to 1955. Nick Carter first came to radio as The Return of Nick Carter. Then Nick Carter, Master Detective, with Lon Clark in the title role, began April 11, 1943, on Mutual, continuing in many different timeslots for well over a decade. Jock MacGregor was the producer-director of scripts by Alfred Bester, Milton J. Kramer, David Kogan and others. Background music was supplied by organists Hank Sylvern, Lew White and George Wright. Patsy Bowen, Nick's assistant, was portrayed by Helen Choate until mid-1946 and then Charlotte Manson stepped into the role. Nick and Patsy's friend was reporter Scubby Wilson (John Kane). Nick's contact at the police department was Sgt. Mathison (Ed Latimer). The supporting cast included Raymond Edward Johnson, Bill Johnstone and Bryna Raeburn. Michael Fitzmaurice was the program's announcer.The Echo Of Death: The sound of nails being hammered into a coffin is heard near a woodland cabin, but the murder seems impossible. Originally aired July 5th,1943.Support the show
7/28/202231 minutes, 21 seconds
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Ep.240 Pat Novak For Hire: The Johnny Brown Gambling Ring

Pat Novak For Hire: Classic old time radio showing starring Jack Webb (1946, 1949) and Ben Morris (1947-48) as Pat Novak, a street wise guy who rents boats and anything else a good man pays a bad one to do.Novak is always getting into scrapes when taking on jobs for hire or occasionally as a favor to a friend. When he does, he goes to see "The Only Honest Guy I Know" an ex-Doctor and a boozer named Jocko Madigan (played by Tudor Owens). Novak's nemesis is Lieutenant Hellman of Homicide (played by Raymond Burr and others) who's constantly trying to get Novak sent to the gas chamber.The Johnny Brown Gambling Ring: A weasel named John Brown hires Pat to be his bodyguard while he drives to San Francisco. John Brown vanishes and a body is found in the car's trunk. Originally aired August 3rd,1947.Support the show
7/26/202231 minutes, 18 seconds
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Ep.239 The Adventures Of Sam Spade: The Critical Author Caper

The Adventures of Sam Spade was a suspense/detective radio show starring Howard Duff in the colorful title role along with Lurene Tuttle as his secretary Effie.  It was based on the private detective character created by Dashiell Hammett, well-known from the book and movie The Maltese Falcon.  The show ran from 1946 to 1951.  Duff was replaced by Steve Dunne in later episodes.The Critical Author Caper: Sam Spade is hired to find Gabrielle Leggitt, Originally aired August 15th,1948.Support the show
7/26/202231 minutes, 36 seconds
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Ep.238 P.D. James: A Taste For Death Pt. 2: An Adam Dalgliesh Mystery

Respected as one of the greats of modern crime writing, Phyllis Dorothy James (1920-2014), known as P. D. James, came to fame for her mystery series starring New Scotland Yard Commander and poet, Adam Dalgliesh. She was also the author of a number of stand-along novels including The Children of Men, which was the basis for the movie Children of Men, and Death Comes to Pemberly, which was adapted into a BBC mini-series. Many of her Adam Dalgliesh books were also adapted for television. In 1991 she was created Baroness James of Holland Park. She died in 2014.A Taste For Death: Dalgliesh investigates when two bodies are found murdered a London church. Support the show
7/19/20221 hour, 10 minutes, 4 seconds
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Ep.236 The Adventures Of Philip Marlowe: The Face To Forget

Get this and get it straight. Crime is a sucker's road and those who travel it wind up in the gutter, the prison or the grave.Philip Marlowe was Los Angeles's toughest detective in the groundbreaking series by Raymond Chandler that helped establish the "hard-boiled" detective subgenre.The Face To Forget:  Marlowe boards a train to San Francisco in search of a woman’s missing boyfriend. Originally aired June 14th,1950.Support the show
7/19/202231 minutes, 10 seconds
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Ep.237 P.D. James: A Taste For Death Pt.1: An Adam Dalgliesh Mystery

Respected as one of the greats of modern crime writing, Phyllis Dorothy James (1920-2014), known as P. D. James, came to fame for her mystery series starring New Scotland Yard Commander and poet, Adam Dalgliesh. She was also the author of a number of stand-along novels including The Children of Men, which was the basis for the movie Children of Men, and Death Comes to Pemberly, which was adapted into a BBC mini-series. Many of her Adam Dalgliesh books were also adapted for television. In 1991 she was created Baroness James of Holland Park. She died in 2014.A Taste For Death: Dalgliesh investigates when two bodies are found murdered a London church. Support the show
7/19/20221 hour, 9 minutes, 49 seconds
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Ep.235 The New Adventures Of Nero Wolfe: The Case Of The Deadly Sell Out

Nero Wolfe is a fictional character, a brilliant, oversized, eccentric armchair detective created in 1934 by American mystery writer Rex Stout. Wolfe was born in Montenegro and keeps his past murky.He lives in a luxurious brownstone on West 35th Street in New York City, and he is loath to leave his home for business or anything that would keep him from reading his books, tending his orchids, or eating the gourmet meals prepared by his chef, Fritz Brenner. Archie Goodwin, Wolfe's sharp-witted, dapper young confidential assistant with an eye for attractive women, narrates the cases and does the legwork for the detective genius.The Case Of The Deadly Sell Out: Nero Wolfe is hired to find a missing boxer, but when the boxer turns up dead, Wolfe must now find the murderer.Originally aired January 5, 1951Support the show
7/19/202231 minutes, 2 seconds
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Ep.234 Dragnet: The Big Kill

Dragnet ran from June 3rd,1949 to February 26th,1957 on NBC at various times and days and starred Jack Webb as Detective Sergeant Joe Friday. Various partners throughout the show's run were Sergeant Ben Romero (Barton Yarborough), Ed Jacobs (Barney Phillips), and Officer Frank Smith (Ben Alexander).Webb was the creator/Director of the series and wanted everything to be as authentic as possible, down to the last sound effect. The stories were based on actual police files and "the names were changed to protect the innocent".Dragnet broke a few radio taboos as well, such as dramatizing sex crimes. Children also were killed on occasion as in the episode "Twenty-Two Rifle For Christmas". The series eventually went to television and ran there for many years.The Big Kill: Friday and Romero search for a cop killer. Originally aired March 2nd, 1950.Support the show
7/16/202231 minutes, 10 seconds
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Ep.232 The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes: A Study In Scarlet: Revenge

Sherlock Holmes, fictional character created by the Scottish writer Arthur Conan Doyle. The prototype for the modern mastermind detective, Holmes first appeared in Conan Doyle’s A Study in Scarlet, published in Beeton’s Christmas Annual of 1887. As the world’s first and only “consulting detective,” he pursued criminals throughout Victorian and Edwardian London, the south of England, and continental Europe.A Study In Scarlet: Dr John H. Watson meets the great detective Sherlock Holmes and together they solve a case of murder, in which Watson is amazed at Holmes' "science of deduction".Support the show
7/13/202258 minutes, 26 seconds
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Ep.233 The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes: A Study In Scarlet: The Country Of Saints

Sherlock Holmes, fictional character created by the Scottish writer Arthur Conan Doyle. The prototype for the modern mastermind detective, Holmes first appeared in Conan Doyle’s A Study in Scarlet, published in Beeton’s Christmas Annual of 1887. As the world’s first and only “consulting detective,” he pursued criminals throughout Victorian and Edwardian London, the south of England, and continental Europe.A Study In Scarlet: Dr John H. Watson meets the great detective Sherlock Holmes and together they solve a case of murder, in which Watson is amazed at Holmes' "science of deduction".Support the show
7/13/202258 minutes, 13 seconds
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Ep.231 Richard Diamond, Private Detective: The Ralph Chase Case

Richard Diamond, Private Detective came to NBC in 1949. Diamond was a slick, sophisticated detective, with a sharp tongue for folks who needed it. Diamond enjoyed the detective life, but not as much as entertaining his girl, Helen Asher. After each show, he would croon a number to his Park Avenue sweetheart. Mr. Powell, a former song and dance man, was perfect for the role. He added an extra dimension to the 40's hokey private eye drama.Diamond was a rough gumshoe that would often get knocked on the head with a revolver butt or other items. His counterpart on the police force was Lt. Levinson who often accepted Diamond's help reluctantly. Levinson would claim to get stomach trouble whenever Diamond would call him and would take bicarbonate to settle his aching stomach. Although they always seem at odds with each other, Diamond and Levinson were best friends.The Ralph Chase Case: The executor of a wealthy young heiress’ estate calls Diamond in when he fears his niece is about to marry an unsavory character.Originally aired May 15th,1949.Support the show
7/11/202231 minutes, 26 seconds
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Ep.230 The Adventures Of Philip Marlowe: Tale Of The Mermaid

Get this and get it straight. Crime is a sucker's road and those who travel it wind up in the gutter, the prison or the grave.Philip Marlowe was Los Angeles's toughest detective in the groundbreaking series by Raymond Chandler that helped establish the "hard-boiled" detective subgenre.Tale Of The Mermaid: A traffic accident outside of his office leads Marlowe to a murder on the waterfront and a "mermaid." Originally aired October 1st,1949.Support the show
7/4/202231 minutes, 54 seconds
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Ep.226 Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: Nemesis Pt.2

Miss Jane Marple doesn’t look like your average detective. Quite frankly, she doesn’t look like a detective at all. But looks can be deceiving... For a woman who has spent her life in the small village of St Mary Mead, Miss Marple is surprisingly worldly. But as she often points out she has had every opportunity to observe human nature.Nemesis: Miss Marple reads a letter addressed to her from an acquaintance she met while on vacation, who is also recently deceased. Leaving instruction to investigate a crime. Only problem is he failed to explain who was involved or where and when the crime happened.Support the show
6/30/202229 minutes, 39 seconds
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Ep.225 Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: Nemesis Pt.1

Miss Jane Marple doesn’t look like your average detective. Quite frankly, she doesn’t look like a detective at all. But looks can be deceiving... For a woman who has spent her life in the small village of St Mary Mead, Miss Marple is surprisingly worldly. But as she often points out she has had every opportunity to observe human nature.Nemesis: Miss Marple reads a letter addressed to her from an acquaintance she met while on vacation, who is also recently deceased. Leaving instruction to investigate a crime. Only problem is he failed to explain who was involved or where and when the crime happened.Support the show
6/30/202229 minutes, 48 seconds
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Ep.227 Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: Nemesis Pt.3

Miss Jane Marple doesn’t look like your average detective. Quite frankly, she doesn’t look like a detective at all. But looks can be deceiving... For a woman who has spent her life in the small village of St Mary Mead, Miss Marple is surprisingly worldly. But as she often points out she has had every opportunity to observe human nature.Nemesis: Miss Marple reads a letter addressed to her from an acquaintance she met while on vacation, who is also recently deceased. Leaving instruction to investigate a crime. Only problem is he failed to explain who was involved or where and when the crime happened.Support the show
6/30/202230 minutes, 3 seconds
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Ep.228 Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: Nemesis Pt.4

Miss Jane Marple doesn’t look like your average detective. Quite frankly, she doesn’t look like a detective at all. But looks can be deceiving... For a woman who has spent her life in the small village of St Mary Mead, Miss Marple is surprisingly worldly. But as she often points out she has had every opportunity to observe human nature.Nemesis: Miss Marple reads a letter addressed to her from an acquaintance she met while on vacation, who is also recently deceased. Leaving instruction to investigate a crime. Only problem is he failed to explain who was involved or where and when the crime happened.Support the show
6/30/202229 minutes, 3 seconds
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Ep.229 Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: Nemesis Pt.5

Miss Jane Marple doesn’t look like your average detective. Quite frankly, she doesn’t look like a detective at all. But looks can be deceiving... For a woman who has spent her life in the small village of St Mary Mead, Miss Marple is surprisingly worldly. But as she often points out she has had every opportunity to observe human nature.Nemesis: Miss Marple reads a letter addressed to her from an acquaintance she met while on vacation, who is also recently deceased. Leaving instruction to investigate a crime. Only problem is he failed to explain who was involved or where and when the crime happened.Support the show
6/30/202230 minutes, 11 seconds
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Ep.224 The New Adventures Of Nero Wolfe: The Bashful Body

Nero Wolfe is a fictional character, a brilliant, oversized, eccentric armchair detective created in 1934 by American mystery writer Rex Stout. Wolfe was born in Montenegro and keeps his past murky.He lives in a luxurious brownstone on West 35th Street in New York City, and he is loath to leave his home for business or anything that would keep him from reading his books, tending his orchids, or eating the gourmet meals prepared by his chef, Fritz Brenner. Archie Goodwin, Wolfe's sharp-witted, dapper young confidential assistant with an eye for attractive women, narrates the cases and does the legwork for the detective genius.The Bashful Body: While visiting an orchid shop, Archie finds the dead body of a disliked man. By the time, Archie gets Nero Wolfe, the body is gone with only some blood on a fern.Originally aired December 29th,1950.Support the show
6/28/202231 minutes, 24 seconds
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Ep.223 The Adventures Of Sam Spade: Caper Over My Dead Body

The Adventures of Sam Spade was a suspense/detective radio show starring Howard Duff in the colorful title role along with Lurene Tuttle as his secretary Effie.  It was based on the private detective character created by Dashiell Hammett, well-known from the book and movie The Maltese Falcon.  The show ran from 1946 to 1951.  Duff was replaced by Steve Dunne in later episodes.Caper Over My Dead Body:  An undertaker named Chester Swan hires Spade to find out who's been following him. Originally aired November 17th,1950.Support the show
6/23/202231 minutes, 10 seconds
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Ep.222 Pat Novak For Hire: John St. John

Pat Novak For Hire: Classic old time radio showing starring Jack Webb (1946, 1949) and Ben Morris (1947-48) as Pat Novak, a street wise guy who rents boats and anything else a good man pays a bad one to do.Novak is always getting into scrapes when taking on jobs for hire or occasionally as a favor to a friend. When he does, he goes to see "The Only Honest Guy I Know" an ex-Doctor and a boozer named Jocko Madigan (played by Tudor Owens). Novak's nemesis is Lieutenant Hellman of Homicide (played by Raymond Burr and others) who's constantly trying to get Novak sent to the gas chamber.John St. John: An old man is killed and with his dying last words, he asks Novak to deliver a letter to John St. John. Originally aired October 13th,1946.Support the show
6/23/202230 minutes, 56 seconds
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Ep.224 P.D. James The Skull Beneath The Skin: Ep2 Pt2

Respected as one of the greats of modern crime writing, Phyllis Dorothy James (1920-2014), known as P. D. James, came to fame for her mystery series starring New Scotland Yard Commander and poet, Adam Dalgliesh. She was also the author of a number of stand-along novels including The Children of Men, which was the basis for the movie Children of Men, and Death Comes to Pemberly, which was adapted into a BBC mini-series. Many of her Adam Dalgliesh books were also adapted for television. In 1991 she was created Baroness James of Holland Park. She died in 2014.The Skull Beneath The Skin: Private detective Cordelia Gray is invited to the sunlit island of Courcy to protect the vainly beautiful actress Clarissa Lisle from veiled threats on her life. Within the rose red walls of a fairy-tale castle, she finds the stage is set for death.Support the show
6/17/202258 minutes, 7 seconds
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Ep.221 P.D. James: The Skull Beneath The Skin: Ep1 Pt1

Respected as one of the greats of modern crime writing, Phyllis Dorothy James (1920-2014), known as P. D. James, came to fame for her mystery series starring New Scotland Yard Commander and poet, Adam Dalgliesh. She was also the author of a number of stand-along novels including The Children of Men, which was the basis for the movie Children of Men, and Death Comes to Pemberly, which was adapted into a BBC mini-series. Many of her Adam Dalgliesh books were also adapted for television. In 1991 she was created Baroness James of Holland Park. She died in 2014.The Skull Beneath The Skin: Private detective Cordelia Gray is invited to the sunlit island of Courcy to protect the vainly beautiful actress Clarissa Lisle from veiled threats on her life. Within the rose red walls of a fairy-tale castle, she finds the stage is set for death.Support the show
6/17/202259 minutes, 19 seconds
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Ep.222 P.D. James: The Skull Beneath The Skin: Ep1 Pt2

Respected as one of the greats of modern crime writing, Phyllis Dorothy James (1920-2014), known as P. D. James, came to fame for her mystery series starring New Scotland Yard Commander and poet, Adam Dalgliesh. She was also the author of a number of stand-along novels including The Children of Men, which was the basis for the movie Children of Men, and Death Comes to Pemberly, which was adapted into a BBC mini-series. Many of her Adam Dalgliesh books were also adapted for television. In 1991 she was created Baroness James of Holland Park. She died in 2014.The Skull Beneath The Skin: Private detective Cordelia Gray is invited to the sunlit island of Courcy to protect the vainly beautiful actress Clarissa Lisle from veiled threats on her life. Within the rose red walls of a fairy-tale castle, she finds the stage is set for death.Support the show
6/17/202232 minutes, 11 seconds
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Ep.223 P.D. James The Skull Beneath The Skin: Ep2 Pt1

Respected as one of the greats of modern crime writing, Phyllis Dorothy James (1920-2014), known as P. D. James, came to fame for her mystery series starring New Scotland Yard Commander and poet, Adam Dalgliesh. She was also the author of a number of stand-along novels including The Children of Men, which was the basis for the movie Children of Men, and Death Comes to Pemberly, which was adapted into a BBC mini-series. Many of her Adam Dalgliesh books were also adapted for television. In 1991 she was created Baroness James of Holland Park. She died in 2014.The Skull Beneath The Skin: Private detective Cordelia Gray is invited to the sunlit island of Courcy to protect the vainly beautiful actress Clarissa Lisle from veiled threats on her life. Within the rose red walls of a fairy-tale castle, she finds the stage is set for death.Support the show
6/17/202233 minutes, 5 seconds
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Ep.220 The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes: The Haunting Of Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes, fictional character created by the Scottish writer Arthur Conan Doyle. The prototype for the modern mastermind detective, Holmes first appeared in Conan Doyle’s A Study in Scarlet, published in Beeton’s Christmas Annual of 1887. As the world’s first and only “consulting detective,” he pursued criminals throughout Victorian and Edwardian London, the south of England, and continental Europe.From 1939 to 1946, Basil Rathbone played Sherlock Holmes with his friend Nigel Bruce on cinema and radio.The Haunting Of Sherlock Holmes: Holmes and Watson travel to Europe for holiday and attend an opera and the opera singer is a spy. Originally aired May 20th,1946.Support the show
6/13/202230 minutes, 27 seconds
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Ep.219 The Adventures Of Philip Marlowe: The Dancing Hands

Get this and get it straight. Crime is a sucker's road and those who travel it wind up in the gutter, the prison or the grave.Philip Marlowe was Los Angeles's toughest detective in the groundbreaking series by Raymond Chandler that helped establish the "hard-boiled" detective subgenre.The Dancing Hands: A set of twin-pianos is played by identical twins, who act non-identically. $30,000 and a corpse further confuse a twin plot. Originally aired March 19th, 1949.Support the show
6/13/202231 minutes, 30 seconds
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Ep.218 Dragnet: The Big Book

Dragnet ran from June 3rd,1949 to February 26th,1957 on NBC at various times and days and starred Jack Webb as Detective Sergeant Joe Friday. Various partners throughout the show's run were Sergeant Ben Romero (Barton Yarborough), Ed Jacobs (Barney Phillips), and Officer Frank Smith (Ben Alexander).Webb was the creator/Director of the series and wanted everything to be as authentic as possible, down to the last sound effect. The stories were based on actual police files and "the names were changed to protect the innocent".Dragnet broke a few radio taboos as well, such as dramatizing sex crimes. Children also were killed on occasion as in the episode "Twenty-Two Rifle For Christmas". The series eventually went to television and ran there for many years.The Big Book: Obscene "comic" books are being sold in high schools. The trail leads to a cigar stand downtown. Originally aired April 6th,1950.Support the show
6/9/202231 minutes, 14 seconds
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Ep.217 The New Adventures Of Nero Wolfe: The Girl Who Cried Wolfe

Nero Wolfe is a fictional character, a brilliant, oversized, eccentric armchair detective created in 1934 by American mystery writer Rex Stout. Wolfe was born in Montenegro and keeps his past murky.He lives in a luxurious brownstone on West 35th Street in New York City, and he is loath to leave his home for business or anything that would keep him from reading his books, tending his orchids, or eating the gourmet meals prepared by his chef, Fritz Brenner. Archie Goodwin, Wolfe's sharp-witted, dapper young confidential assistant with an eye for attractive women, narrates the cases and does the legwork for the detective genius.The Girl Who Cried Wolfe:  The director of an "ecological foundation" has disappeared. Murder soon follows...ecologically! Originally aired December 15th, 1950.Support the show
6/6/202231 minutes, 8 seconds
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Ep.216 Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: The Body In The Library

Miss Jane Marple doesn’t look like your average detective. Quite frankly, she doesn’t look like a detective at all. But looks can be deceiving... For a woman who has spent her life in the small village of St Mary Mead, Miss Marple is surprisingly worldly. But as she often points out she has had every opportunity to observe human nature.The Body In The Library: Amateur detective Miss Jane Marple investigates the murder of a young woman whose body is found in the library at Gossington Hall, the home of Colonel and Mrs. Arthur Bantry.Support the show
6/3/20221 hour, 28 minutes, 41 seconds
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Ep.215 The Adventures Of Sam Spade: The Sinister Siren Caper

The Adventures of Sam Spade was a suspense/detective radio show starring Howard Duff in the colorful title role along with Lurene Tuttle as his secretary Effie.  It was based on the private detective character created by Dashiell Hammett, well-known from the book and movie The Maltese Falcon.  The show ran from 1946 to 1951.  Duff was replaced by Steve Dunne in later episodes.The Sinister Siren Caper: A beautiful redhead has drawn a line around six names in the phone book. The six are then murdered...one at a time! Originally aired March 16th,1951.Support the show
6/1/202230 minutes, 51 seconds
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Ep.214 Pat Novak For Hire: Jack Of Clubs

Pat Novak For Hire: Classic old time radio showing starring Jack Webb (1946, 1949) and Ben Morris (1947-48) as Pat Novak, a street wise guy who rents boats and anything else a good man pays a bad one to do.Novak is always getting into scrapes when taking on jobs for hire or occasionally as a favor to a friend. When he does, he goes to see "The Only Honest Guy I Know" an ex-Doctor and a boozer named Jocko Madigan (played by Tudor Owens). Novak's nemesis is Lieutenant Hellman of Homicide (played by Raymond Burr and others) who's constantly trying to get Novak sent to the gas chamber.Jack Of Clubs: Where Pat Novak finds $1000 deposited in his bank account and a beautiful woman who wants him to find a Jack of Clubs, he runs into murder.Originally aired February 20th,1949.Support the show
5/31/202236 minutes, 30 seconds
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Ep.213 The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes: The Man With The Twisted Lip

Sherlock Holmes, fictional character created by the Scottish writer Arthur Conan Doyle. The prototype for the modern mastermind detective, Holmes first appeared in Conan Doyle’s A Study in Scarlet, published in Beeton’s Christmas Annual of 1887. As the world’s first and only “consulting detective,” he pursued criminals throughout Victorian and Edwardian London, the south of England, and continental Europe.From 1939 to 1946, Basil Rathbone played Sherlock Holmes with his friend Nigel Bruce on cinema and radio.The Man With The Twisted Lip: Holmes and Watson helps a wife investigate the disappearance and possible murder of her husband in an opium den. Originally aired May 6th, 1946Support the show
5/30/202230 minutes, 24 seconds
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Ep.212 Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot: Peril At End House

Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot: the world-renowned, moustachioed Belgian private detective, unsurpassed in his intelligence and understanding of the criminal mind, respected and admired by police forces and heads of state across the globe.Since his inception over 100 years ago, Poirot has stolen the hearts and minds of audiences from Azerbaijan to Vietnam, and his celebrated cases have been recorded across 33 original novels and over 50 short stories.Peril At End House: Poirot and Hastings are holidaying when they meet Nick Buckley, a young girl who casually mentions that in the last days, she has at least thrice escaped certain death. Poirot suspects that somebody is out to get her, and his suspicions prove true when murder occurs.Support the show
5/24/20222 hours, 16 minutes, 24 seconds
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Ep.211 Tales Of The Texas Rangers: Open And Shut

Tales of the Texas Rangers, a western adventure old-time radio drama, premiered on July 8, 1950, on the US NBC radio network and remained on the air through September 14, 1952.Movie star Joel McCrea starred as Texas Ranger Jayce Pearson, who used the latest scientific techniques to identify the criminals and his faithful horse, Charcoal (or "Charky," as Jayce would sometimes refer to him), to track them down. The shows were reenactments of actual Texas Ranger cases.Open and Shut: A man with a bandana is obviously the killer of a young accountant. Originally aired November 11th,1951.Support the show
5/23/202231 minutes, 3 seconds
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Ep.210 The Adventures Of Philip Marlowe: The Mexican Boat Ride

Get this and get it straight. Crime is a sucker's road and those who travel it wind up in the gutter, the prison or the grave.Philip Marlowe was Los Angeles's toughest detective in the groundbreaking series by Raymond Chandler that helped establish the "hard-boiled" detective subgenre.The Mexican Boat Ride: Philip Marlowe goes South of the Border when a rich man hires him to find out why his wife took a boat ride despite being deathly afraid of boats.Originally Aired  July 30, 1949Support the show
5/19/202231 minutes, 5 seconds
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Ep.209 Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: At Bertram's Hotel: Part 5

Miss Jane Marple doesn’t look like your average detective. Quite frankly, she doesn’t look like a detective at all. But looks can be deceiving... For a woman who has spent her life in the small village of St Mary Mead, Miss Marple is surprisingly worldly. But as she often points out she has had every opportunity to observe human nature.At Bertram's Hotel: During a stay at one of London's most elegant and venerable hotels Miss Marple uncovers a sinister undercurrent of corruption and murder beneath Bertram's stuffy veneer.Support the show
5/12/202231 minutes, 12 seconds
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Ep.207 Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: At Bertram's Hotel: Part 3

Miss Jane Marple doesn’t look like your average detective. Quite frankly, she doesn’t look like a detective at all. But looks can be deceiving... For a woman who has spent her life in the small village of St Mary Mead, Miss Marple is surprisingly worldly. But as she often points out she has had every opportunity to observe human nature.At Bertram's Hotel: During a stay at one of London's most elegant and venerable hotels Miss Marple uncovers a sinister undercurrent of corruption and murder beneath Bertram's stuffy veneer.Support the show
5/12/202230 minutes
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Ep.205 Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: At Bertram's Hotel: Part 1

Miss Jane Marple doesn’t look like your average detective. Quite frankly, she doesn’t look like a detective at all. But looks can be deceiving... For a woman who has spent her life in the small village of St Mary Mead, Miss Marple is surprisingly worldly. But as she often points out she has had every opportunity to observe human nature.At Bertram's Hotel: During a stay at one of London's most elegant and venerable hotels Miss Marple uncovers a sinister undercurrent of corruption and murder beneath Bertram's stuffy veneer.Support the show
5/12/202230 minutes, 18 seconds
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Ep.206 Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: At Bertram's Hotel: Part 2

Miss Jane Marple doesn’t look like your average detective. Quite frankly, she doesn’t look like a detective at all. But looks can be deceiving... For a woman who has spent her life in the small village of St Mary Mead, Miss Marple is surprisingly worldly. But as she often points out she has had every opportunity to observe human nature.At Bertram's Hotel: During a stay at one of London's most elegant and venerable hotels Miss Marple uncovers a sinister undercurrent of corruption and murder beneath Bertram's stuffy veneer.Support the show
5/12/202230 minutes, 20 seconds
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Ep.208 Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: At Bertram's Hotel: Part 4

Miss Jane Marple doesn’t look like your average detective. Quite frankly, she doesn’t look like a detective at all. But looks can be deceiving... For a woman who has spent her life in the small village of St Mary Mead, Miss Marple is surprisingly worldly. But as she often points out she has had every opportunity to observe human nature.At Bertram's Hotel: During a stay at one of London's most elegant and venerable hotels Miss Marple uncovers a sinister undercurrent of corruption and murder beneath Bertram's stuffy veneer.Support the show
5/12/202230 minutes, 14 seconds
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Ep.203 The Adventures Of Sam Spade: The Denny Shane Caper

The Adventures of Sam Spade was a suspense/detective radio show starring Howard Duff (in the colorful title role along with Lurene Tuttle as his secretary Effie.  It was based on the private detective character created by Dashiell Hammett, well-known from the book and movie The Maltese Falcon.  The show ran from 1946 to 1951.  Duff was replaced by Steve Dunne in later episodes.The Denny Shane Caper:  A 16-year-old schoolgirl commits murder after Sam fingers the victim. Originally aired April 6th,1951.Support the show
5/5/202231 minutes, 23 seconds
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Ep.204 The New Adventures Of Nero Wolfe: The Impolite Corpse

Nero Wolfe is a fictional character, a brilliant, oversized, eccentric armchair detective created in 1934 by American mystery writer Rex Stout. Wolfe was born in Montenegro and keeps his past murky.He lives in a luxurious brownstone on West 35th Street in New York City, and he is loath to leave his home for business or anything that would keep him from reading his books, tending his orchids, or eating the gourmet meals prepared by his chef, Fritz Brenner. Archie Goodwin, Wolfe's sharp-witted, dapper young confidential assistant with an eye for attractive women, narrates the cases and does the legwork for the detective genius.The Impolite Corpse: An advertising executive, hated by everyone, is found shot, from a strange position. Originally aired December 8th,1950.Support the show
5/5/202230 minutes, 47 seconds
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Ep.202 Dragnet: The Big Gun Pt.2

Dragnet ran from June 3rd,1949 to February 26th,1957 on NBC at various times and days and starred Jack Webb as Detective Sergeant Joe Friday. Various partners throughout the show's run were Sergeant Ben Romero (Barton Yarborough), Ed Jacobs (Barney Phillips), and Officer Frank Smith (Ben Alexander).Webb was the creator/Director of the series and wanted everything to be as authentic as possible, down to the last sound effect. The stories were based on actual police files and "the names were changed to protect the innocent".Dragnet broke a few radio taboos as well, such as dramatizing sex crimes. Children also were killed on occasion as in the episode "Twenty-Two Rifle For Christmas". The series eventually went to television and ran there for many years.The Big Gun: Detective Sergeant Friday was assigned to Auto theft Detail. He gets a call from a truck rental service, one of their trucks has disappeared. There’s no sign of the man who rented it. It’s Sergeant Friday’s job to find him. Originally aired May 29th,1956.Support the show
4/29/202230 minutes, 45 seconds
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Ep.201 Dragnet: The Big Gun Pt.1

Dragnet ran from June 3rd,1949 to February 26th,1957 on NBC at various times and days and starred Jack Webb as Detective Sergeant Joe Friday. Various partners throughout the show's run were Sergeant Ben Romero (Barton Yarborough), Ed Jacobs (Barney Phillips), and Officer Frank Smith (Ben Alexander).Webb was the creator/Director of the series and wanted everything to be as authentic as possible, down to the last sound effect. The stories were based on actual police files and "the names were changed to protect the innocent".Dragnet broke a few radio taboos as well, such as dramatizing sex crimes. Children also were killed on occasion as in the episode "Twenty-Two Rifle For Christmas". The series eventually went to television and ran there for many years.The Big Gun: Detective Sergeant Friday was assigned to Auto theft Detail. He gets a call from a truck rental service, one of their trucks has disappeared. There’s no sign of the man who rented it. It’s Sergeant Friday’s job to find him. Originally aired May 29th,1956.Support the show
4/29/202232 minutes, 50 seconds
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Ep.200 Tales Of The Texas Rangers: Loggers Larceny

Tales of the Texas Rangers, a western adventure old-time radio drama, premiered on July 8, 1950, on the US NBC radio network and remained on the air through September 14, 1952.Movie star Joel McCrea starred as Texas Ranger Jayce Pearson, who used the latest scientific techniques to identify the criminals and his faithful horse, Charcoal (or "Charky," as Jayce would sometimes refer to him), to track them down. The shows were reenactments of actual Texas Ranger cases.Loggers Larceny: A logging foreman finds the paymaster and decides to steal the payroll. Will Jayce Pearson be able to uncover the crime? Originally aired February 4th,1951.Support the show
4/27/202231 minutes, 43 seconds
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Ep.199 Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot: The Mystery Of The Blue Train: Pt.4

Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot: the world-renowned, moustachioed Belgian private detective, unsurpassed in his intelligence and understanding of the criminal mind, respected and admired by police forces and heads of state across the globe.Since his inception over 100 years ago, Poirot has stolen the hearts and minds of audiences from Azerbaijan to Vietnam, and his celebrated cases have been recorded across 33 original novels and over 50 short stories.The Mystery Of The Blue Train: Poirot investigates the brutal murder of an American heiress and the theft of a fabulous ruby on the Blue Train between Calais and Nice.Support the show
4/20/202239 minutes, 24 seconds
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Ep.198 Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot: The Mystery Of The Blue Train: Pt.3

Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot: the world-renowned, moustachioed Belgian private detective, unsurpassed in his intelligence and understanding of the criminal mind, respected and admired by police forces and heads of state across the globe.Since his inception over 100 years ago, Poirot has stolen the hearts and minds of audiences from Azerbaijan to Vietnam, and his celebrated cases have been recorded across 33 original novels and over 50 short stories.The Mystery Of The Blue Train: Poirot investigates the brutal murder of an American heiress and the theft of a fabulous ruby on the Blue Train between Calais and Nice.Support the show
4/20/202240 minutes, 54 seconds
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Ep.196 Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot: The Mystery Of The Blue Train: Pt.1

Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot: the world-renowned, moustachioed Belgian private detective, unsurpassed in his intelligence and understanding of the criminal mind, respected and admired by police forces and heads of state across the globe.Since his inception over 100 years ago, Poirot has stolen the hearts and minds of audiences from Azerbaijan to Vietnam, and his celebrated cases have been recorded across 33 original novels and over 50 short stories.The Mystery Of The Blue Train: Poirot investigates the brutal murder of an American heiress and the theft of a fabulous ruby on the Blue Train between Calais and Nice.Support the show
4/20/202240 minutes, 31 seconds
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Ep.197 Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot: The Mystery Of The Blue Train: Pt.2

Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot: the world-renowned, moustachioed Belgian private detective, unsurpassed in his intelligence and understanding of the criminal mind, respected and admired by police forces and heads of state across the globe.Since his inception over 100 years ago, Poirot has stolen the hearts and minds of audiences from Azerbaijan to Vietnam, and his celebrated cases have been recorded across 33 original novels and over 50 short stories.The Mystery Of The Blue Train: Poirot investigates the brutal murder of an American heiress and the theft of a fabulous ruby on the Blue Train between Calais and Nice.Support the show
4/20/202239 minutes, 50 seconds
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Ep.195 The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes: The Disappearing Scientists

Sherlock Holmes, fictional character created by the Scottish writer Arthur Conan Doyle. The prototype for the modern mastermind detective, Holmes first appeared in Conan Doyle’s A Study in Scarlet, published in Beeton’s Christmas Annual of 1887. As the world’s first and only “consulting detective,” he pursued criminals throughout Victorian and Edwardian London, the south of England, and continental Europe.From 1939 to 1946, Basil Rathbone played Sherlock Holmes with his friend Nigel Bruce on cinema and radio.The Disappearing Scientists: Holmes wants to retire, but is in demand to solve one last case before taking up bee farming. Originally aired April 8th,1946.Support the show
4/18/202230 minutes, 8 seconds
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Ep.194 Broadway Is My Beat: The Otto Prokosh Murder Case

Broadway is my Beat is a love affair with noir and hardboiled radio detective series blossomed during the 1940's. The golden age of radio had found a new following in the crime drama genre, and managed to churn out several note-worthy serializations. One of the more popular old time radio shows of the period was Broadway is my Beat which featured the talented Larry Thor as Detective Danny Clover. Clover truly loved his beat on the colorful and gritty streets of Broadway and it shined through in his passion and dedication to his job. He tirelessly patrolled the city streets and instilled fear into the hoodlums and villains that threatened the peace. Remarkably enough, the program enjoyed a lengthy run from 1949-1954, unlike its other contemporaries who only lasted for a season.The Otto Prokosh Murder Case:  A good story about multiple murders in a vaudeville theatre, starting with Otto Prokosh, an athlete from Vienna. Originally aired July 21st,1949.Support the show
4/14/202232 minutes, 16 seconds
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Ep.193 The New Adventures Of Nero Wolfe: The Brave Rabbit

Nero Wolfe is a fictional character, a brilliant, oversized, eccentric armchair detective created in 1934 by American mystery writer Rex Stout. Wolfe was born in Montenegro and keeps his past murky.He lives in a luxurious brownstone on West 35th Street in New York City, and he is loath to leave his home for business or anything that would keep him from reading his books, tending his orchids, or eating the gourmet meals prepared by his chef, Fritz Brenner. Archie Goodwin, Wolfe's sharp-witted, dapper young confidential assistant with an eye for attractive women, narrates the cases and does the legwork for the detective genius.The Brave Rabbit:  Archie Goodwin is the assistant of Nero Wolfe, a mountain of a man engaged in deep thought sitting in an oversized chair. Having answered the phone Archie announces, "Mr. Wolfe, we've got a case. I'm not sure if somebody's going to kill a rabbit or a rabbit is going to kill somebody but either way it's going to be murder".Originally aired December 1st,1950.Support the show
4/12/202231 minutes, 40 seconds
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Ep.192 The Adventures Of Sam Spade: The Critical Author Caper

The Adventures of Sam Spade was a suspense/detective radio show starring Howard Duff (in the colorful title role along with Lurene Tuttle as his secretary Effie.  It was based on the private detective character created by Dashiell Hammett, well-known from the book and movie The Maltese Falcon.  The show ran from 1946 to 1951.  Duff was replaced by Steve Dunne in later episodes.The Critical Author Caper: Spade is hired to find Gabrielle Leggitt, who has disappeared. The author of murder mysteries plays an important part in the case. Originally aired August 15th,1948.Support the show
4/8/202231 minutes, 40 seconds
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Ep.191 Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot: The Mysterious Affair At Styles

Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot: the world-renowned, moustachioed Belgian private detective, unsurpassed in his intelligence and understanding of the criminal mind, respected and admired by police forces and heads of state across the globe.Since his inception over 100 years ago, Poirot has stolen the hearts and minds of audiences from Azerbaijan to Vietnam, and his celebrated cases have been recorded across 33 original novels and over 50 short stories.The Mysterious Affair At Styles: A refugee of the Great War, Poirot has settled in England near Styles Court, the country estate of his wealthy benefactor, the elderly Emily Inglethorp. When Emily is poisoned and the authorities are baffled, Poirot puts his prodigious sleuthing skills to work.Support the show
4/4/20222 hours, 15 minutes, 24 seconds
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Ep.190 Dragnet: The Big Pair

Dragnet ran from June 3rd,1949 to February 26th,1957 on NBC at various times and days and starred Jack Webb as Detective Sergeant Joe Friday. Various partners throughout the show's run were Sergeant Ben Romero (Barton Yarborough), Ed Jacobs (Barney Phillips), and Officer Frank Smith (Ben Alexander).Webb was the creator/Director of the series and wanted everything to be as authentic as possible, down to the last sound effect. The stories were based on actual police files and "the names were changed to protect the innocent".Dragnet broke a few radio taboos as well, such as dramatizing sex crimes. Children also were killed on occasion as in the episode "Twenty-Two Rifle For Christmas". The series eventually went to television and ran there for many years.The Big Pair:  A couple run a racket of selling all the furniture in the houses of families out of town, starting with a little girl and her grandfather. Originally aired September 21st,1950.Support the show
4/4/202231 minutes, 7 seconds
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Ep.189 PD James: Cover Her Face Pt.4: An Adam Dagliesh Mystery

Respected as one of the greats of modern crime writing, Phyllis Dorothy James (1920-2014), known as P. D. James, came to fame for her mystery series starring New Scotland Yard Commander and poet, Adam Dalgliesh. She was also the author of a number of stand-along novels including The Children of Men, which was the basis for the movie Children of Men, and Death Comes to Pemberly, which was adapted into a BBC mini-series. Many of her Adam Dalgliesh books were also adapted for television. In 1991 she was created Baroness James of Holland Park. She died in 2014.Cover Her Face: Headstrong and beautiful, the young housemaid Sally Jupp is put rudely in her place, strangled in her bed behind a bolted door. Coolly brilliant policeman Adam Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard must find her killer among a houseful of suspects, most of whom had very good reason to wish her ill.Support the show
3/30/202231 minutes, 18 seconds
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Ep.188 PD James: Cover Her Face Pt.3: An Adam Dagliesh Mystery

Respected as one of the greats of modern crime writing, Phyllis Dorothy James (1920-2014), known as P. D. James, came to fame for her mystery series starring New Scotland Yard Commander and poet, Adam Dalgliesh. She was also the author of a number of stand-along novels including The Children of Men, which was the basis for the movie Children of Men, and Death Comes to Pemberly, which was adapted into a BBC mini-series. Many of her Adam Dalgliesh books were also adapted for television. In 1991 she was created Baroness James of Holland Park. She died in 2014.Cover Her Face: Headstrong and beautiful, the young housemaid Sally Jupp is put rudely in her place, strangled in her bed behind a bolted door. Coolly brilliant policeman Adam Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard must find her killer among a houseful of suspects, most of whom had very good reason to wish her ill.Support the show
3/30/202231 minutes, 34 seconds
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Ep.186 PD James: Cover Her Face Pt.1: An Adam Dagliesh Mystery

Respected as one of the greats of modern crime writing, Phyllis Dorothy James (1920-2014), known as P. D. James, came to fame for her mystery series starring New Scotland Yard Commander and poet, Adam Dalgliesh. She was also the author of a number of stand-along novels including The Children of Men, which was the basis for the movie Children of Men, and Death Comes to Pemberly, which was adapted into a BBC mini-series. Many of her Adam Dalgliesh books were also adapted for television. In 1991 she was created Baroness James of Holland Park. She died in 2014.Cover Her Face: Headstrong and beautiful, the young housemaid Sally Jupp is put rudely in her place, strangled in her bed behind a bolted door. Coolly brilliant policeman Adam Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard must find her killer among a houseful of suspects, most of whom had very good reason to wish her ill.Support the show
3/30/202231 minutes, 39 seconds
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Ep.187 PD James: Cover Her Face Pt.2: An Adam Dagliesh Mystery

Respected as one of the greats of modern crime writing, Phyllis Dorothy James (1920-2014), known as P. D. James, came to fame for her mystery series starring New Scotland Yard Commander and poet, Adam Dalgliesh. She was also the author of a number of stand-along novels including The Children of Men, which was the basis for the movie Children of Men, and Death Comes to Pemberly, which was adapted into a BBC mini-series. Many of her Adam Dalgliesh books were also adapted for television. In 1991 she was created Baroness James of Holland Park. She died in 2014.Cover Her Face: Headstrong and beautiful, the young housemaid Sally Jupp is put rudely in her place, strangled in her bed behind a bolted door. Coolly brilliant policeman Adam Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard must find her killer among a houseful of suspects, most of whom had very good reason to wish her ill.Support the show
3/30/202232 minutes, 8 seconds
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Ep.185 Tales Of The Texas Rangers: Play For Keeps

Tales of the Texas Rangers, a western adventure old-time radio drama, premiered on July 8, 1950, on the US NBC radio network and remained on the air through September 14, 1952.Movie star Joel McCrea starred as Texas Ranger Jayce Pearson, who used the latest scientific techniques to identify the criminals and his faithful horse, Charcoal (or "Charky," as Jayce would sometimes refer to him), to track them down. The shows were reenactments of actual Texas Ranger cases.Play For Keeps: Jace Pearson tracks down the crooked constable who killed Sheriff Smithers in cold blood. Originally aired September 2nd,1950.Support the show
3/28/202231 minutes, 55 seconds
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Ep.184 The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes: The Strange Case Of The Murder In Wax

Sherlock Holmes, fictional character created by the Scottish writer Arthur Conan Doyle. The prototype for the modern mastermind detective, Holmes first appeared in Conan Doyle’s A Study in Scarlet, published in Beeton’s Christmas Annual of 1887. As the world’s first and only “consulting detective,” he pursued criminals throughout Victorian and Edwardian London, the south of England, and continental Europe.From 1939 to 1946, Basil Rathbone played Sherlock Holmes with his friend Nigel Bruce on cinema and radio.The Strange Case Of The Murder In Wax: Scotland Yard calls on Sherlock Holmes to assist in catching a serial killer who has killed ten young women.Support the show
3/25/202230 minutes, 9 seconds
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Ep.183 Father Brown: The Mystified Mind

Rough and tough Hard-boiled detectives grab a lot of attention, but who would have a better insight on the nature of human evil than “a man who does next to nothing but hear men's real sins”?Where could you find a more “soft-boiled” character than the parish priest. Mutual brought The Adventures of Father Brown to the air in 1945. Father Brown was the antithesis of the more celebrated soft-boiled detective, Sherlock Holmes. Where Holmes was a master of deduction, Father Brown relied on intuition based on his familiarity on men’s souls.The Mystified Mind: A young man is accused of killing a window-cleaner, but Father Brown believes he’s innocent. Originally aired August 13, 1945.Support the show
3/24/202230 minutes, 57 seconds
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Ep.182 The New Adventures Of Nero Wolfe: The Beautiful Archer

Nero Wolfe is a fictional character, a brilliant, oversized, eccentric armchair detective created in 1934 by American mystery writer Rex Stout. Wolfe was born in Montenegro and keeps his past murky.He lives in a luxurious brownstone on West 35th Street in New York City, and he is loath to leave his home for business or anything that would keep him from reading his books, tending his orchids, or eating the gourmet meals prepared by his chef, Fritz Brenner. Archie Goodwin, Wolfe's sharp-witted, dapper young confidential assistant with an eye for attractive women, narrates the cases and does the legwork for the detective genius.The Beautiful Archer: A young heir is killed while sitting in a car with his ex-girlfriend. Is she the murderer? Originally aired November 24th,1950.Support the show
3/22/202231 minutes, 25 seconds
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Ep.181 Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot: Three Act Tragedy

Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot: the world-renowned, moustachioed Belgian private detective, unsurpassed in his intelligence and understanding of the criminal mind, respected and admired by police forces and heads of state across the globe.Since his inception over 100 years ago, Poirot has stolen the hearts and minds of audiences from Azerbaijan to Vietnam, and his celebrated cases have been recorded across 33 original novels and over 50 short stories.Three Act Tragedy: At an apparently respectable dinner party, a vicar is the first to die…Support the show
3/18/20222 hours, 15 minutes, 56 seconds
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Ep.180 Broadway Is My Beat: The Jane Darwell Murder Case

Broadway is my Beat is a love affair with noir and hardboiled radio detective series blossomed during the 1940's. The golden age of radio had found a new following in the crime drama genre, and managed to churn out several note-worthy serializations. One of the more popular old time radio shows of the period was Broadway is my Beat which featured the talented Larry Thor as Detective Danny Clover. Clover truly loved his beat on the colorful and gritty streets of Broadway and it shined through in his passion and dedication to his job. He tirelessly patrolled the city streets and instilled fear into the hoodlums and villains that threatened the peace. Remarkably enough, the program enjoyed a lengthy run from 1949-1954, unlike its other contemporaries who only lasted for a season.The Jane Darwell Murder Case: Scandal reporter Jed Stacy has received a prophesy in the mail...Jane Darnell will be found murdered tonight. Originally aired August 11th,1949.Support the show
3/16/202231 minutes, 21 seconds
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Ep.179 The Adventures Of Sam Spade: The Sure Thing Caper

The Adventures of Sam Spade was a suspense/detective radio show starring Howard Duff (in the colorful title role along with Lurene Tuttle as his secretary Effie.  It was based on the private detective character created by Dashiell Hammett, well-known from the book and movie The Maltese Falcon.  The show ran from 1946 to 1951.  Duff was replaced by Steve Dunne in later episodes.The Sure Thing Caper:  "Five Dollar Frankie" has been cheated by "Gentle Joe Higgins," a known horse-doper. "Gentle Joe" has a sure thing, however, it's a most unusual sure thing!Originally aired February 9th, 1951.Support the show
3/14/202231 minutes, 22 seconds
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Ep.178 The Adventures Of Philip Marlowe: The Open Window

Get this and get it straight. Crime is a sucker's road and those who travel it wind up in the gutter, the prison or the grave.Philip Marlowe was Los Angeles's toughest detective in the groundbreaking series by Raymond Chandler that helped establish the "hard-boiled" detective subgenre.The Open Window:  A beautiful girl with amnesia visits Marlowe and ends up getting pushed out of his window! Originally aired October 8th, 1949.Support the show
3/11/202231 minutes, 24 seconds
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Ep.177 The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes: The Indiscretion Of Mr. Edwards

Sherlock Holmes, fictional character created by the Scottish writer Arthur Conan Doyle. The prototype for the modern mastermind detective, Holmes first appeared in Conan Doyle’s A Study in Scarlet, published in Beeton’s Christmas Annual of 1887. As the world’s first and only “consulting detective,” he pursued criminals throughout Victorian and Edwardian London, the south of England, and continental Europe.From 1939 to 1946, Basil Rathbone played Sherlock Holmes with his friend Nigel Bruce on cinema and radio.The Indiscretion of Mr. Edwards: Holmes is called in by the foreign office to investigate a lady bareback rider who has captured the heart of an English prince.Originally Aired: February 4, 1946Support the show
3/10/202233 minutes, 38 seconds
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Ep.175 Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: A Murder Is Announced: Part 4

Miss Jane Marple doesn’t look like your average detective. Quite frankly, she doesn’t look like a detective at all. But looks can be deceiving... For a woman who has spent her life in the small village of St Mary Mead, Miss Marple is surprisingly worldly. But as she often points out she has had every opportunity to observe human nature.A Murder Is Announced: The villagers of Chipping Cleghorn are summoned by a newspaper notice to the house of Letitia Blacklock, anticipating a murder game. But things become too real when someone is shot dead.Support the show
3/2/202229 minutes, 45 seconds
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Ep.172 Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: A Murder Is Announced: Part 1

Miss Jane Marple doesn’t look like your average detective. Quite frankly, she doesn’t look like a detective at all. But looks can be deceiving... For a woman who has spent her life in the small village of St Mary Mead, Miss Marple is surprisingly worldly. But as she often points out she has had every opportunity to observe human nature.A Murder Is Announced: The villagers of Chipping Cleghorn are summoned by a newspaper notice to the house of Letitia Blacklock, anticipating a murder game. But things become too real when someone is shot dead.Support the show
3/2/202229 minutes, 40 seconds
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Ep.173 Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: A Murder Is Announced: Part 2

Miss Jane Marple doesn’t look like your average detective. Quite frankly, she doesn’t look like a detective at all. But looks can be deceiving... For a woman who has spent her life in the small village of St Mary Mead, Miss Marple is surprisingly worldly. But as she often points out she has had every opportunity to observe human nature.A Murder Is Announced: The villagers of Chipping Cleghorn are summoned by a newspaper notice to the house of Letitia Blacklock, anticipating a murder game. But things become too real when someone is shot dead.Support the show
3/2/202229 minutes, 24 seconds
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Ep.176 Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: A Murder Is Announced: Part 5

Miss Jane Marple doesn’t look like your average detective. Quite frankly, she doesn’t look like a detective at all. But looks can be deceiving... For a woman who has spent her life in the small village of St Mary Mead, Miss Marple is surprisingly worldly. But as she often points out she has had every opportunity to observe human nature.A Murder Is Announced: The villagers of Chipping Cleghorn are summoned by a newspaper notice to the house of Letitia Blacklock, anticipating a murder game. But things become too real when someone is shot dead.Support the show
3/2/202229 minutes, 41 seconds
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Ep.174 Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: A Murder Is Announced: Part 3

Miss Jane Marple doesn’t look like your average detective. Quite frankly, she doesn’t look like a detective at all. But looks can be deceiving... For a woman who has spent her life in the small village of St Mary Mead, Miss Marple is surprisingly worldly. But as she often points out she has had every opportunity to observe human nature.A Murder Is Announced: The villagers of Chipping Cleghorn are summoned by a newspaper notice to the house of Letitia Blacklock, anticipating a murder game. But things become too real when someone is shot dead.Support the show
3/2/202229 minutes, 44 seconds
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Ep.171 The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe: The Careless Cleaner

Nero Wolfe is a fictional character, a brilliant, oversized, eccentric armchair detective created in 1934 by American mystery writer Rex Stout. Wolfe was born in Montenegro and keeps his past murky.He lives in a luxurious brownstone on West 35th Street in New York City, and he is loath to leave his home for business or anything that would keep him from reading his books, tending his orchids, or eating the gourmet meals prepared by his chef, Fritz Brenner. Archie Goodwin, Wolfe's sharp-witted, dapper young confidential assistant with an eye for attractive women, narrates the cases and does the legwork for the detective genius.The Careless Cleaner: A beautiful cleaning woman is found murdered in the room of an artist with his marriage on the rocks. Originally aired: November 17, 1950.Support the show
3/2/202231 minutes, 27 seconds
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Ep.169 The Adventures Of Sam Spade: The Crab Louie Caper

The Adventures of Sam Spade was a suspense/detective radio show starring Howard Duff (in the colorful title role along with Lurene Tuttle as his secretary Effie.  It was based on the private detective character created by Dashiell Hammett, well-known from the book and movie The Maltese Falcon.  The show ran from 1946 to 1951.  Duff was replaced by Steve Dunne in later episodes.The Crab Louie Caper: Sam is hired to find out how an Italian crab- fisher was killed. Was it an accident or murder? Originally aired March 2nd, 1951.Support the show
2/25/202231 minutes, 11 seconds
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Ep.170 Broadway Is My Beat: The Val Dane Case

Broadway is my Beat is a love affair with noir and hardboiled radio detective series blossomed during the 1940's. The golden age of radio had found a new following in the crime drama genre, and managed to churn out several note-worthy serializations. One of the more popular old time radio shows of the period was Broadway is my Beat which featured the talented Larry Thor as Detective Danny Clover. Clover truly loved his beat on the colorful and gritty streets of Broadway and it shined through in his passion and dedication to his job. He tirelessly patrolled the city streets and instilled fear into the hoodlums and villains that threatened the peace. Remarkably enough, the program enjoyed a lengthy run from 1949-1954, unlike its other contemporaries who only lasted for a season.The Val Dane Case: Val Dane, a universally hated author, is found dead of starvation in a room full of food! Originally aired August 25th,1949.Support the show
2/25/202231 minutes, 16 seconds
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Ep.168 PD James: The Private Patient Pt.2: An Adam Dagliesh Mystery

Respected as one of the greats of modern crime writing, Phyllis Dorothy James (1920-2014), known as P. D. James, came to fame for her mystery series starring New Scotland Yard Commander and poet, Adam Dalgliesh. She was also the author of a number of stand-along novels including The Children of Men, which was the basis for the movie Children of Men, and Death Comes to Pemberly, which was adapted into a BBC mini-series. Many of her Adam Dalgliesh books were also adapted for television. In 1991 she was created Baroness James of Holland Park. She died in 2014.The Private Patient: Commander Adam Dalgliesh and his team are called in to investigate a murder at a private nursing home for rich patients being treated by the famous plastic surgeon.Support the show
2/23/202258 minutes, 26 seconds
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Ep.167 PD James: The Private Patient Pt.1: An Adam Dagliesh Mystery

Respected as one of the greats of modern crime writing, Phyllis Dorothy James (1920-2014), known as P. D. James, came to fame for her mystery series starring New Scotland Yard Commander and poet, Adam Dalgliesh. She was also the author of a number of stand-along novels including The Children of Men, which was the basis for the movie Children of Men, and Death Comes to Pemberly, which was adapted into a BBC mini-series. Many of her Adam Dalgliesh books were also adapted for television. In 1991 she was created Baroness James of Holland Park. She died in 2014.The Private Patient: Commander Adam Dalgliesh and his team are called in to investigate a murder at a private nursing home for rich patients being treated by the famous plastic surgeon.Support the show
2/23/202259 minutes, 35 seconds
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Ep.166 The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes: The Camberwell Poisoning

Sherlock Holmes, fictional character created by the Scottish writer Arthur Conan Doyle. The prototype for the modern mastermind detective, Holmes first appeared in Conan Doyle’s A Study in Scarlet, published in Beeton’s Christmas Annual of 1887. As the world’s first and only “consulting detective,” he pursued criminals throughout Victorian and Edwardian London, the south of England, and continental Europe.From 1939 to 1946, Basil Rathbone played Sherlock Holmes with his friend Nigel Bruce on cinema and radio.The Camberwell Poisoning: Holmes and Watson investigate the poisoning of the hated head of a wealthy family. Originally aired February 18th, 1946Support the show
2/21/202230 minutes, 47 seconds
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Ep.164 The New Adventures Of Nero Wolfe: The Case Of The Dear Dead Lady

Nero Wolfe is a fictional character, a brilliant, oversized, eccentric armchair detective created in 1934 by American mystery writer Rex Stout. Wolfe was born in Montenegro and keeps his past murky.He lives in a luxurious brownstone on West 35th Street in New York City, and he is loath to leave his home for business or anything that would keep him from reading his books, tending his orchids, or eating the gourmet meals prepared by his chef, Fritz Brenner. Archie Goodwin, Wolfe's sharp-witted, dapper young confidential assistant with an eye for attractive women, narrates the cases and does the legwork for the detective genius.The Case Of The Dear Dead Lady:  A religious fanatic has committed murder...or was it the Shakespearean actor? Originally aired November 3rd,1950Support the show
2/15/202231 minutes, 27 seconds
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Ep.165 The Adventures Of Philip Marlowe: The Headless Peacock

Get this and get it straight. Crime is a sucker's road and those who travel it wind up in the gutter, the prison or the grave.Philip Marlowe was Los Angeles's toughest detective in the groundbreaking series by Raymond Chandler that helped establish the "hard-boiled" detective subgenre.The Headless Peacock: A woman hires Marlowe to help her fiancé who has a gambling problem. Originally aired July 16th,1949.Support the show
2/15/202231 minutes, 27 seconds
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Ep.159 Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: A Caribbean Mystery Pt 1

Miss Jane Marple doesn’t look like your average detective. Quite frankly, she doesn’t look like a detective at all. But looks can be deceiving... For a woman who has spent her life in the small village of St Mary Mead, Miss Marple is surprisingly worldly. But as she often points out she has had every opportunity to observe human nature.A Caribbean Mystery: Miss Marple is drawn into a case of intrigue and black magic when a Major who bragged of owning a photo of a murderer dies under mysterious circumstances.Support the show
2/8/202229 minutes, 18 seconds
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Ep.163 Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: A Caribbean Mystery Pt 5

Miss Jane Marple doesn’t look like your average detective. Quite frankly, she doesn’t look like a detective at all. But looks can be deceiving... For a woman who has spent her life in the small village of St Mary Mead, Miss Marple is surprisingly worldly. But as she often points out she has had every opportunity to observe human nature.A Caribbean Mystery: Miss Marple is drawn into a case of intrigue and black magic when a Major who bragged of owning a photo of a murderer dies under mysterious circumstances.Support the show
2/8/202228 minutes, 55 seconds
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Ep.160 Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: A Caribbean Mystery Pt 2

Miss Jane Marple doesn’t look like your average detective. Quite frankly, she doesn’t look like a detective at all. But looks can be deceiving... For a woman who has spent her life in the small village of St Mary Mead, Miss Marple is surprisingly worldly. But as she often points out she has had every opportunity to observe human nature.A Caribbean Mystery: Miss Marple is drawn into a case of intrigue and black magic when a Major who bragged of owning a photo of a murderer dies under mysterious circumstances.Support the show
2/8/202228 minutes, 29 seconds
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Ep.162 Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: A Caribbean Mystery Pt 4

Miss Jane Marple doesn’t look like your average detective. Quite frankly, she doesn’t look like a detective at all. But looks can be deceiving... For a woman who has spent her life in the small village of St Mary Mead, Miss Marple is surprisingly worldly. But as she often points out she has had every opportunity to observe human nature.A Caribbean Mystery: Miss Marple is drawn into a case of intrigue and black magic when a Major who bragged of owning a photo of a murderer dies under mysterious circumstances.Support the show
2/8/202229 minutes, 5 seconds
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Ep.161 Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: A Caribbean Mystery Pt 3

Miss Jane Marple doesn’t look like your average detective. Quite frankly, she doesn’t look like a detective at all. But looks can be deceiving... For a woman who has spent her life in the small village of St Mary Mead, Miss Marple is surprisingly worldly. But as she often points out she has had every opportunity to observe human nature.A Caribbean Mystery: Miss Marple is drawn into a case of intrigue and black magic when a Major who bragged of owning a photo of a murderer dies under mysterious circumstances.Support the show
2/8/202229 minutes, 19 seconds
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Ep.158 Dragnet: The Big Chet

Dragnet ran from June 3rd,1949 to February 26th,1957 on NBC at various times and days and starred Jack Webb as Detective Sergeant Joe Friday. Various partners throughout the show's run were Sergeant Ben Romero (Barton Yarborough), Ed Jacobs (Barney Phillips), and Officer Frank Smith (Ben Alexander).Webb was the creator/Director of the series and wanted everything to be as authentic as possible, down to the last sound effect. The stories were based on actual police files and "the names were changed to protect the innocent".Dragnet broke a few radio taboos as well, such as dramatizing sex crimes. Children also were killed on occasion as in the episode "Twenty-Two Rifle For Christmas". The series eventually went to television and ran there for many years.The Big Chet: A stuttering robber and his partner are tracked down with the help of a stoolie, who is trying to go straight. Originally aired April 5th,1953Support the show
2/4/202230 minutes, 40 seconds
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Ep.157 Father Brown: The Mirror Of The Magistrate

Rough and tough Hard-boiled detectives grab a lot of attention, but who would have a better insight on the nature of human evil than “a man who does next to nothing but hear men's real sins”?Where could you find a more “soft-boiled” character than the parish priest. Mutual brought The Adventures of Father Brown to the air in 1945. Father Brown was the antithesis of the more celebrated soft-boiled detective, Sherlock Holmes. Where Holmes was a master of deduction, Father Brown relied on intuition based on his familiarity on men’s souls.The Mirror of the Magistrate: After a conservative judge is found shot to death in his garden, Father Brown sets out to prove that the outspoken socialist arrested for his murder is innocent.Support the show
2/4/202241 minutes, 26 seconds
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Ep.156 The Adventures Of Sam Spade: The Wheel Of Life Caper

The Adventures of Sam Spade was a suspense/detective radio show starring Howard Duff (in the colorful title role along with Lurene Tuttle as his secretary Effie.  It was based on the private detective character created by Dashiell Hammett, well-known from the book and movie The Maltese Falcon.  The show ran from 1946 to 1951.  Duff was replaced by Steve Dunne in later episodes.The Wheel Of Life Caper:  Sam meets a mystery woman with no memory and a corpse that's been killed by a buzz saw! Originally aired July 11th,1948.Support the show
2/1/202231 minutes, 25 seconds
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Ep.155 Broadway Is My Beat: The Dr. Robbie McClure Murder Case

Broadway is my Beat is a love affair with noir and hardboiled radio detective series blossomed during the 1940's. The golden age of radio had found a new following in the crime drama genre, and managed to churn out several note-worthy serializations. One of the more popular old time radio shows of the period was Broadway is my Beat which featured the talented Larry Thor as Detective Danny Clover. Clover truly loved his beat on the colorful and gritty streets of Broadway and it shined through in his passion and dedication to his job. He tirelessly patrolled the city streets and instilled fear into the hoodlums and villains that threatened the peace. Remarkably enough, the program enjoyed a lengthy run from 1949-1954, unlike its other contemporaries who only lasted for a season.The Dr. McClure Murder Case: Doctor McClure dies in Danny's office, after being shot with a .22 calibre gun. Originally aired August 4th, 1949Support the show
1/28/202231 minutes, 17 seconds
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Ep.154 The Man Called X: The Girl Who Couldn't Remember

A Man Called X was a CBS/NBC spy radio series that aired from July 10, 1944 to May 20, 1952. The lead character, Intelligence Agent Ken Thurston, was portrayed by Herbert Marshall. His sidekick, Pagan Zeldchmidt, was played by Leon Belasco. Together, they took various cases, all of which were extremely dangerous, and had happened at different exotic places in the world. The background music was supplied by Gordon Jenkins' Orchestra.The Girl Who Couldn't Remember: A young woman with amnesia is key to locating a stolen collection of paintings that’s needed to provide a good future to Italian war orphans.Originally Aired Date: August 15, 1948Support the show
1/28/202231 minutes, 14 seconds
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Ep.152 The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe: The Case Of The Care Worn Cuff

Nero Wolfe is a fictional character, a brilliant, oversized, eccentric armchair detective created in 1934 by American mystery writer Rex Stout. Wolfe was born in Montenegro and keeps his past murky.He lives in a luxurious brownstone on West 35th Street in New York City, and he is loath to leave his home for business or anything that would keep him from reading his books, tending his orchids, or eating the gourmet meals prepared by his chef, Fritz Brenner. Archie Goodwin, Wolfe's sharp-witted, dapper young confidential assistant with an eye for attractive women, narrates the cases and does the legwork for the detective genius.The Case Of The Care Worn Cuff: A man with one shirt cuff more worn than the other pays Wolfe $1000 to drop Dorothy Spencer as a client, even though Wolfe never heard of her.Originally aired October 27th,1950.Support the show
1/24/202231 minutes, 34 seconds
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Ep.153 Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: The Mirror Cracked From Side To Side

Miss Jane Marple doesn’t look like your average detective. Quite frankly, she doesn’t look like a detective at all. But looks can be deceiving... For a woman who has spent her life in the small village of St Mary Mead, Miss Marple is surprisingly worldly. But as she often points out she has had every opportunity to observe human nature.The Mirror Cracked From Side To Side: Miss Marple investigates the murder of Heather Badcock, who consumed a poisoned cocktail apparently meant for American film actress Marina Gregg, Heather's idol. Originally aired August 29th, 1998.Support the show
1/24/20221 hour, 28 minutes, 27 seconds
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Ep.151 The Adventures of Philip Marlowe: The Grim Hunters

Get this and get it straight. Crime is a sucker's road and those who travel it wind up in the gutter, the prison or the grave.Philip Marlowe was Los Angeles's toughest detective in the groundbreaking series by Raymond Chandler that helped establish the "hard-boiled" detective subgenre.The Grim Hunters: Marlowe is lured to a party as a human item in a scavenger hunt. Things take a serious turn when he finds the woman who called him was murdered.Originally aired March 12th,1949.Support the show
1/20/202231 minutes, 31 seconds
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Ep.150 Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: Sleeping Murder

Miss Jane Marple doesn’t look like your average detective. Quite frankly, she doesn’t look like a detective at all. But looks can be deceiving... For a woman who has spent her life in the small village of St Mary Mead, Miss Marple is surprisingly worldly. But as she often points out she has had every opportunity to observe human nature.Sleeping Murder: Spinster sleuth Miss Marple probes a woman's terrifying flashbacks to trap a murderer. Originally aired December 8th,2001.Support the show
1/18/20221 hour, 28 minutes, 40 seconds
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Ep.149 Dragnet: The Big Tomato

Dragnet ran from June 3rd,1949 to February 26th,1957 on NBC at various times and days and starred Jack Webb as Detective Sergeant Joe Friday. Various partners throughout the show's run were Sergeant Ben Romero (Barton Yarborough), Ed Jacobs (Barney Phillips), and Officer Frank Smith (Ben Alexander).Webb was the creator/Director of the series and wanted everything to be as authentic as possible, down to the last sound effect. The stories were based on actual police files and "the names were changed to protect the innocent".Dragnet broke a few radio taboos as well, such as dramatizing sex crimes. Children also were killed on occasion as in the episode "Twenty-Two Rifle For Christmas". The series eventually went to television and ran there for many years.The Big Tomato:  A high school boy named Kenneth Morrow is killed in an auto accident. He had been using marijuana! Friday and the cops track down "The Big Tomato." Originally aired January 25th,1951Support the show
1/14/202232 minutes, 7 seconds
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Ep.148 The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Girl With The Gazelle

Sherlock Holmes, fictional character created by the Scottish writer Arthur Conan Doyle. The prototype for the modern mastermind detective, Holmes first appeared in Conan Doyle’s A Study in Scarlet, published in Beeton’s Christmas Annual of 1887. As the world’s first and only “consulting detective,” he pursued criminals throughout Victorian and Edwardian London, the south of England, and continental Europe.From 1939 to 1946, Basil Rathbone played Sherlock Holmes with his friend Nigel Bruce on cinema and radio.The Girl With The Gazelle: Holmes battles Dr. Moriarty again, as he tries to solve the puzzle of how a valuable painting was stolen from a sealed room. Originally aired March 25,1946.Support the show
1/14/202229 minutes, 29 seconds
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Ep.147 Tales of the Texas Rangers: Death In The Cards

Tales of the Texas Rangers, a western adventure old-time radio drama, premiered on July 8, 1950, on the US NBC radio network and remained on the air through September 14, 1952.Movie star Joel McCrea starred as Texas Ranger Jayce Pearson, who used the latest scientific techniques to identify the criminals and his faithful horse, Charcoal (or "Charky," as Jayce would sometimes refer to him), to track them down. The shows were reenactments of actual Texas Ranger cases.Death in the Cards: A double murder is blamed on a gambler with red hair, but hoofprints in the frost give Jace Pearson an important clue. Originally aired January 14th,1951. Support the show
1/11/202231 minutes, 38 seconds
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Ep.146 The Adventures of Sam Spade: The Biddle Riddle Caper

The Adventures of Sam Spade was a suspense/detective radio show starring Howard Duff (in the colorful title role along with Lurene Tuttle as his secretary Effie.  It was based on the private detective character created by Dashiell Hammett, well-known from the book and movie The Maltese Falcon.  The show ran from 1946 to 1951.  Duff was replaced by Steve Dunne in later episodes.The Biddle Riddle Caper:  Sam is hired by a radio producer to help solve a three-year-old-murder. He finds a reel of recording tape disguised as a typewriter ribbon and exposes the murder with the recording. Originally aired January 5th, 1951.Support the show
1/11/202231 minutes, 26 seconds
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Ep.145 Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot: Lord Edgware Dies

Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot: the world-renowned, moustachioed Belgian private detective, unsurpassed in his intelligence and understanding of the criminal mind, respected and admired by police forces and heads of state across the globe.Since his inception over 100 years ago, Poirot has stolen the hearts and minds of audiences from Azerbaijan to Vietnam, and his celebrated cases have been recorded across 33 original novels and over 50 short stories.Lord Edgware Dies: Lord Edgware is found brutally stabbed, his wife the prime suspect. But did she murder him?Support the show
1/7/20222 hours, 22 minutes, 16 seconds
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Ep.144 The Man Called X: Rendezvous With Death

A Man Called X was a CBS/NBC spy radio series that aired from July 10, 1944 to May 20, 1952. The lead character, Intelligence Agent Ken Thurston, was portrayed by Herbert Marshall. His sidekick, Pagan Zeldchmidt, was played by Leon Belasco. Together, they took various cases, all of which were extremely dangerous, and had happened at different exotic places in the world. The background music was supplied by Gordon Jenkins' Orchestra.Rendezvous With Death: Ken Thurston flies to Burma when a telegrapher is shot in Rangoon to prevent him from sending a message. Originally aired November 11th, 1950.Support the show
1/7/202230 minutes, 49 seconds
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Ep.142 The Crime Club: Murder Rents A Room

The Crime Club aired on the Mutual Broadcasting System as a half-hour weekly radio series, beginning on December 2, 1946 and continuing until October 16, 1947, a run of 47 episodes. It aired on Mondays at 8 p.m. through December and then on Thursdays at 10 p.m. It was also heard on Wednesdays and Sundays on some stations.Each installment was introduced by the series host, The Librarian, portrayed by Barry Thomson and Raymond Edward Johnson (who was perhaps better known as the host of Inner Sanctum Mysteries). The series featured murder and mystery dramas, some of which had already been published by the Doubleday Crime Club. A new Crime Club book was made available to the public each week and distributed though local newsstands and bookstores.Murder Rents A Room: A rich man "dies" but most of his money is missing. The man's ne'er-do-well nephew is suspect. Originally aired June 5th, 1947.Support the show
1/5/202231 minutes, 4 seconds
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Ep.143 The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe: Stamped For Murder

Nero Wolfe is a fictional character, a brilliant, oversized, eccentric armchair detective created in 1934 by American mystery writer Rex Stout. Wolfe was born in Montenegro and keeps his past murky. He lives in a luxurious brownstone on West 35th Street in New York City, and he is loath to leave his home for business or anything that would keep him from reading his books, tending his orchids, or eating the gourmet meals prepared by his chef, Fritz Brenner. Archie Goodwin, Wolfe's sharp-witted, dapper young confidential assistant with an eye for attractive women, narrates the cases and does the legwork for the detective genius.Stamped for Murder: A woman seeks help from Nero Wolfe to recover a $10,000 treasure map from two swindlers. Wolfe becomes suspicious when the con-men return the money to eagerly. Originally aired October 20th,1950.Support the show
1/5/202231 minutes, 38 seconds
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Ep.141 Father Brown: The Dagger With Wings

Rough and tough Hard-boiled detectives grab a lot of attention, but who would have a better insight on the nature of human evil than “a man who does next to nothing but hear men's real sins”?Where could you find a more “soft-boiled” character than the parish priest. Mutual brought The Adventures of Father Brown to the air in 1945. Father Brown was the antithesis of the more celebrated soft-boiled detective, Sherlock Holmes. Where Holmes was a master of deduction, Father Brown relied on intuition based on his familiarity on men’s souls.The Dagger With Wings: A wealthy landowner in the West Country confesses to Father Brown that his adopted son has coerced him into dabbling into occultism in order to extend his life.Support the show
1/3/202244 minutes, 52 seconds
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Ep.139 Dragnet: The Big Will

Dragnet ran from June 3rd,1949 to February 26th,1957 on NBC at various times and days and starred Jack Webb as Detective Sergeant Joe Friday. Various partners throughout the show's run were Sergeant Ben Romero (Barton Yarborough), Ed Jacobs (Barney Phillips), and Officer Frank Smith (Ben Alexander).Webb was the creator/Director of the series and wanted everything to be as authentic as possible, down to the last sound effect. The stories were based on actual police files and "the names were changed to protect the innocent".Dragnet broke a few radio taboos as well, such as dramatizing sex crimes. Children also were killed on occasion as in the episode "Twenty-Two Rifle For Christmas". The series eventually went to television and ran there for many years.The Big Will: Charles Stall has been shot. Tire tracks lead to a motel and to a drunk Texan and his car. Originally aired June 7th,1953.Support the show
12/29/202130 minutes, 35 seconds