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Mickey Spillane's hard-boiled private eye Mike Hammer dispensed justice with a blast or two from his .45 in some of the genre's hardest, most violent mysteries. Hammer's adventures sold millions of copies in print and thrilled and titillated audiences in films, on television, and - from 1952 to 1954 - on radio in That Hammer Guy. Larry Haines stars as Mike in "Sophisticated Lady," originally aired on Mutual on April 7, 1953.

Direct download: Episode_74_-_Drop_the_Hammer_That_Hammer_Guy.mp3
Category:Old Time Radio -- posted at: 4:00 AM

It's back to the Big Apple for two more cases of Detective Danny Clover. Larry Thor stars as the sharp, philosophical detective in Broadway is My Beat, a stand-out from the crowd of radio cop dramas. Clover walks the Great White Way and mixes with the upper crust and the downtrodden in search of the truth in two mysteries: "The Garment District Murders" (originally aired on CBS on April 14, 1951) and "The Milkman Murders" (originally aired on CBS on February 16, 1952).

Direct download: Episode_73_-_Radios_Poetic_Policeman_Broadway_is_My_Beat.mp3
Category:Old Time Radio -- posted at: 4:00 AM

The debonair and daring Captain Hugh "Bulldog" Drummond steps out of the night and into one of his radio adventures. H.C. McNeile's adventurer and detective crossed the pond in mystery dramas in the United States following his warm reception in novels and on the big screen. Ned Wever stars as the Captain, on the case in "Death Loops the Loop," originally aired on Mutual on March 10, 1948.

Direct download: Episode_72_-_Dogged_Detection_Bulldog_Drummond.mp3
Category:Old Time Radio -- posted at: 4:00 AM

To celebrate the birthday of Alfred Hitchcock, we present a bonus episode of "Down These Mean Streets" dedicated to the big screen master of suspense. We'll hear a radio recreation of his classic film Strangers On a Train. Ray Milland and Frank Lovejoy step into the lead parts of Guy Haines and Bruno Antony, with Ruth Roman and Patricia Hitchcock recreating their movie roles in this rehearsal for the December 3, 1951 broadcast from the Lux Radio Theatre.

Direct download: Episode_71_-_Hitched_Lux_Radio_Theatre.mp3
Category:Old Time Radio -- posted at: 4:00 AM

Alan Ladd is back as mystery writer Dan Holiday in Box 13. Holiday's figured out a way to beat writer's block: he runs a classified ad hiring himself out as an adventurer for hire, and he uses his experience as story material. It may wow the publishers, but it means Dan's life is frequently in jeopardy when he answers letters addressed to "Box 13." We'll hear two of his syndicated radio adventures: "Daytime Nightmare" and "Death is No Joke."

Direct download: Episode_70_-_Adventure_Wanted_Box_13.mp3
Category:Old Time Radio -- posted at: 4:00 AM

Orson Welles reprises his Third Man film role in the prequel radio series The Lives of Harry Lime. His nefarious traits are toned down (somewhat) as we find Lime traveling the world. Harry's still a rogue, but he usually puts his skills to work to thwart more dastardly crooks...even if it's only to line his own pockets. Welles stars in "Ticket to Tangier," an episode he also wrote for the syndicated series.

Direct download: Episode_69_-_Twist_of_Lime_Lives_of_Harry_Lime.mp3
Category:Old Time Radio -- posted at: 4:00 AM

July 23rd marked the 126th anniversary of Raymond Chandler's birth, and we're saluting the author and his most famous character - private detective Philip Marlowe. Gerald Mohr stars as Marlowe, out to prove again and again that "crime is a sucker's road," in these two old time radio mysteries: "The Dancing Hands" (originally aired on CBS on March 19, 1949) and "The Glass Donkey" (originally aired on CBS on July 28, 1950).


British big screen star Herbert Marshall finds danger at every turn as secret agent Ken Thurston, aka The Man Called X. From 1944 to 1952, Thurston crossed oceans and continents on top secret missions to keep America safe in the perilous years following World War II. We'll hear this debonair man of mystery in "Five Ounces of Treason," originally aired on NBC on January 13, 1951.

Direct download: Episode_67_-_X_Marks_the_Spot_Man_Called_X.mp3
Category:Old Time Radio -- posted at: 4:00 AM

"The greatest private detective of them all" hit radio on July 12, 1946 in The Adventures of Sam Spade. In honor of his anniversary, we'll hear Howard Duff as Sam in two of his radio adventures. Listen along as Sam dictates his reports on "The Mad Scientist Caper" (originally aired on CBS on July 25, 1948) and "The Critical Author Caper" (originally aired on CBS on August 15, 1948.

Direct download: Episode_66_-_The_Anniversary_Caper_Adventures_of_Sam_Spade.mp3
Category:Old Time Radio -- posted at: 4:00 AM

Bill Johnstone and Wally Maher are back on the beat in two more episodes of The Line-Up. Join them as they grill suspects and close the book on crime in one of radio's greatest police procedurals. We'll hear "The Mad Bomber," originally aired on CBS on January 11, 1951 and "The Syncopic Sweazy Sweat-Out Case," originally aired on CBS on July 5, 1951.

Direct download: Episode_65_-_Usual_Suspects_The_Line-Up.mp3
Category:Old Time Radio -- posted at: 4:00 AM

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