Down These Mean Streets (Old Time Radio Detectives)

Alan Ladd is Dan Holiday, the mystery writer who plays detective to get story material, in Box 13. The syndicated series found Holiday soliciting danger with an ad offering himself as an adventurer for hire – one who would “go anywhere, do anything.” Answering those letters addressed to Box 13 meant Holiday could be volunteering to put a target on his back or to solve an impossible crime. We’ll hear Ladd in “Much Too Lucky" and "The Perfect Crime."

Direct download: Episode_185_-_Mail_Call_Box_13.mp3
Category:Old Time Radio -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

After Dick Powell bid farewell to the role of gumshoe Richard Rogue, Barry Sullivan stepped in to fill the detective’s shoes. The big screen star played the rakish private eye in a 1947 summer run of Rogue’s Gallery and acquitted himself quite well in the lead role. We’ll hear Sullivan as Rogue in “Phyllis Adrian is Missing,” originally aired on NBC on June 29, 1947.

Direct download: Episode_184_-_Gallery_Tour_Rogues_Gallery.mp3
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Master jewel thief turned ace detective, the infamous Boston Blackie is an “enemy to those who make him an enemy, friend to those who have no friend.” Much to the chagrin of Inspector Faraday, Blackie puts his criminal mind to work for the good guys, nabbing crooks, cons, and thieves with the same sleight of hand and crafty calculations that served him on the wrong side of the law. We’ll hear Chester Morris recreate his big screen role of Blackie in “Black Market Blackie,” originally aired on NBC on July 21, 1944. Then, Richard Kollmar takes over in the syndicated episode “The Undersea Murder.”

Direct download: Episode_183_-_Honor_Among_Thieves_Boston_Blackie.mp3
Category:Old Time Radio -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

For our annual birthday salute to Alfred Hitchcock, we'll hear one of the master of suspense's classic films recreated for radio - Foreign Correspondent, the 1940 spy thriller starring Joel McCrea and Herbert Marshall. The film was dramatized for Academy Award, with Joseph Cotten stepping in for McCrea in an episode that originally aired on CBS on July 24, 1946.

Direct download: Episode_182_-_Alfred_Hitchcock_Presents_Academy_Award.mp3
Category:Old Time Radio -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Cue the zither music! Orson Welles is back as Harry Lime, the lovable rogue from The Third Man, in The Lives of Harry Lime. This prequel series follows Lime around the world as he tries to lie, cheat, and steal his way to an easy buck and to stay a step ahead of the police and rival criminals. In the process, he becomes one of radio's most unlikely heroes in this series of international adventures. We'll hear "Clay Pigeon" and "Man of Mystery" from the syndicated program.

Direct download: Episode_181_-_Wild_About_Harry_Lives_of_Harry_Lime.mp3
Category:Old Time Radio -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Before he gave the world Peter Gunn and Inspector Clouseau, Blake Edwards cut his teeth as a radio writer, penning mysteries for some of the best detectives of the era. Edwards created Richard Diamond, Private Detective and his writing set the tone for radio’s singing gumshoe. Equally adept at comedy and drama, Edwards also wrote stories for more serious police procedurals, including The Line-Up. In honor of his birthday, we’ll hear some of his radio work. First, it’s “The Candy Store Murder” from The Line-Up (originally aired on CBS on November 16, 1950). Then, it’s “To Guard a Seal,” from Richard Diamond, Private Detective (originally aired on NBC on February 5, 1950).

Direct download: Episode_180_-_A_Shot_in_the_Dark_The_Line-Up__Richard_Diamond.mp3
Category:Old Time Radio -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

When it comes to hard-boiled crime fiction, fewer did wrote it better than Raymond Chandler. One of the titans of the genre, Chandler penned dozens of pulp stories before he introduced his signature character of private eye Philip Marlowe. We’ll hear a pair of Marlowe’s radio adventures starring Gerald Mohr – “The Baton Sinister” (originally aired on CBS on September 17, 1949) and “The Long Way Home” (originally aired on CBS on August 4, 1951). Then we’ll hear “Pearls are a Nuisance,” an adaptation of a Chandler short story and originally aired on Suspense (originally aired on CBS on April 19, 1945).

Direct download: Episode_179_-_Famous_Rays_Philip_Marlowe__Suspense.mp3
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On July 12, 1946, Dashiell Hammett’s famous private eye Sam Spade came to radio in what became one of the greatest detective shows of the era. With witty scripts and a dynamic lead performance from Howard Duff, the series thrilled listeners and kept a smile on their faces in a program that stands out from the crowd of hard-boiled gumshoes and cops. In honor of the seventieth anniversary of its radio debut, we’ll hear four episodes of The Adventures of Sam Spade. Howard Duff stars in “Sam and Psyche” (originally aired on ABC on August 2, 1946); “The Rushlight Diamond Caper” (originally aired on CBS on July 4, 1948); and “The Dick Foley Caper” (originally aired on CBS on September 26, 1948). We’ll also hear Stephen Dunne as Spade in “The Dog Bed Caper” (originally aired on NBC on December 1, 1950).

Direct download: Episode_178_-_Seventy_Years_of_Sam_Adventures_of_Sam_Spade.mp3
Category:Old Time Radio -- posted at: 12:30pm EDT

Staats Cotsworth is on the scene and on the job as Casey, Crime Photographer – ace cameraman and amateur sleuth. Casey gets the pictures of crime stories of the big city and he works to bring the criminals to justice. It’s all in a day’s work, and he’s usually done in time to enjoy a drink at the Blue Note Café with his friends. We’ll hear Casey in “The Red Raincoat” (originally aired on CBS on August 29, 1946) and “The Gentle Strangler” (originally aired on CBS on April 24, 1947).

Direct download: Episode_177_-_Flashbulbs_and_Felonies_Casey_Crime_Photographer.mp3
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Brilliant, handsome, and foppish, amateur sleuth Philo Vance went through some character makeovers as he jumped from the pages of S.S. Van Dine’s detective novels to the big screen and later to radio. Jackson Beck played Vance as a nearly hard-boiled private eye, but his two earliest radio incarnations stuck a bit closer to the character from the source material. We’ll hear two of Philo Vance’s first on-air adventures. First, John Emery plays Vance in “The Case of the Cellini Cup” (originally aired on NBC on April 29, 1943). Then, Jose Ferrer is Philo in “The Case of the Strange Music” (originally aired on NBC on August 9, 1945).

Direct download: Episode_176_-_Philo_Philes_Philo_Vance.mp3
Category:Old Time Radio -- posted at: 12:00am EDT