Mr. Keen was first heard on NBC on Oct. 12, 1937, as a 15-minute serial. The show moved to CBS in 1942 and remained a serial until 1943, when it became a weekly half-hour show. Mr. Keen and Mike Clancy were primarily homicide detectives. Bennett Kilpack was the longest-running Mr. Keen; Philip Clarke took over late in the run. Jim Kelly was Mike Clancy, and Richard Leonard directed.
If you got the idea that Pat Novak was a rather single-minded fellow, you'd be wrong. He appreciated liquor every bit as much as he appreciated women. He could be found most nights popping shots and wisecracks with his saloon-owner pal, Jocko Madigan (Tudor Owen). But, most of all, he appreciated the crisp greenness of a new 50-dollar bill. Operating out of the grim San Francisco waterfront, Novak didn't have much use for anyone and didn't much care who knew it.
It's on-the-job training for your nerves as Radio's Outstanding Theatre of Thrills takes a look at crimes and calamites in the workplace! Listen to the "Man in Black" as he introduces you to corrupt colleagues who are responsible for more than the bottom line. But don't worry. You're in the hands of professionals with Van Heflin, Ronald Colman, Joseph Cotten, Elliott Lewis, Joseph Kearns, William Conrad, and Richard Widmark.
Jerry North, the suave and successful book publisher, is married to the resourceful, glamorous, and quick-witted Pam. This terrific twosome is just as comfortable dealing with blood stains and dead bodies as they are hosting dinner parties or going out for an evening of dancing. And that's a good thing...because each week finds them smack in the middle of a murder! Fortunately, these amateur criminologists always get to the bottom of things.
Radio's Outstanding Theatre of Thrills seldom stayed in one place for long. Over the course of its 20-year run, Suspense presented stories that spanned the entire Earth. From the four corners of the globe come tales of shock and tension! Distant lands, exotic settings, and the mystery of the unknown all converge to bring you outstanding tales of...Suspense!
Bill Johnstone and Bret Morrison star as amateur criminologist Lamont Cranston, alias The Shadow, "a man of wealth, a student of science, and master of other people's minds" who has devoted his life to "righting wrongs, protecting the innocent, and punishing the guilty".
Dick Powell established himself as a silver screen icon in the 1930s as the apple-cheeked crooning sensation in countless Depression-era musicals. But the 1940s found him playing every tough guy from Philip Marlowe to Richard Rogue...to Richard Diamond, private detective. Powell's portrayal of Diamond and his flawless chemistry with Virginia Gregg as the detective's socialite girlfriend, Helen Asher, brought the series' admiringly clever scripts to life.
Anchors aweigh! Howling winds and crashing surf! Splintered masts and shattered hulls! Mutinous seadogs and steel-eyed captains! There's nothing like high adventure on the high seas! Hear hair-raising, heart-stirring deep-sea dramas produced and directed by William N. Robson, Norman Macdonnell, Antony Ellis, Morton Fine, and David Friedkin.
Sharp-suited sharpies, slick-talking slicksters, high-rolling gamblers, and habitués of the racetrack - they're all here, and it's all in fun! Straight from the imagination of the legendary Broadway raconteur Damon Runyon, here is another rollicking collection of stories about bets and debts, lovers and losers, con men and wise guys.
"Hello, creeps!" Desperate times call for desperate measures, and sometimes the only question left is whether or not you think you can get away with it. Hosts Peter Lorre, Bernard Lenrow, and Roc Rogers are your experts on the evils of man's darker nature. They bring you tales of close shaves, sponsored by Mollé Brushless Shaving Cream.
Go to the scene of the crime with Jack "Flashgun" Casey, crime photographer for the Morning Express! When he goes out to cover a murder, his pictures do more than just appear in the newspaper. Casey and his girlfriend, reporter Ann Williams, always find some clue in his photos that lead them to delve deeper in to the details of the crime. Together, with the help of Captain Logan of the police department, they crack countless cases.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's detective genius, Sherlock Holmes, first came to NBC radio in 1930, starring Richard Gordon. By 1939, Basil Rathbone took over as Holmes, with Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson. The duo were simultaneously starring in a very popular series of Sherlock Holmes' movies for the Fox and Universal studios.
Created by Frances and Richard Lockridge, Mr. & Mrs. North were fictional amateur detectives appearing in novels, motion pictures, radio, and television. The Norths were not professional detectives but simply a well-to-do New York couple who stumbled across a murder or two every week and felt compelled to solve the crimes. A 1942 MGM movie starred William Post, Jr. and George Burns' wife, Gracie Allen.
Beginning with Tarzan, the pulp era was full of jungle heroes. Jungle Jim is one of the unique ones. He was not a barely literate, loincloth-clad tree-dwelling wild man but rather Jim Bradley, a great white hunter in the mold of heroes of earlier popular fiction such as H. Rider Haggard's Allan Quatermain and Lord John Roxton from Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World, who represented the colonial view of the so-called primitive regions of the globe.
The Shadow was long believed to have debuted on radio as a program in its own right on September 26, 1937, on the Mutual Broadcasting System. But the character actually premiered in September 1931, on CBS, as part of the hourlong The Blue Coal Radio Revue (named for the show's sponsor), featuring Frank Readick - The Shadow announcer of Detective Stories - as The Shadow, and playing Sundays at 5:30 p.m. Eastern standard time.
"a good collection"
America's Fabulous Freelance Insurance Investigator faces cases of killing for vengeance and keeping silent for honor... "dead" men who won't stay down for long (or alive for much longer)... beneficiaries that can't be found and beautiful mixed up risk-takers who may be out on their last ledge. He pads his expense account in pursuit of stolen jewels, arsonists, crooked cops, and romance, all while he tries to solve matters of murder.
Suspense went through several major phases, characterized by different hosts, sponsors, and director/producers. Formula plot devices were followed for all but a handful of episodes: The protagonist was usually a normal person suddenly dropped into a threatening or bizarre situation; solutions were "withheld until the last possible second"; and evildoers were usually punished in the end.
If you are a lover of old-time radio and a fan of Orson Welles, you won't want to miss this treasure chest of legendary Orson Welles radio broadcasts! With his flair for the sensational and innovative, Welles captured audiences' attention with his 1930s CBS weekly drama series The Mercury Theatre on the Air, later renamed The Campbell Playhouse, which featured hour-long dramatizations of classic books. His 1938 production, The War of the Worlds (an H. G. Wells adaptation) was especially memorable, as were many other productions, each featuring talented voices and actors.
"Here is my review for what is worth."
This is an collection of Inner Sanctum Mysteries, an oldtime radio show from the 1940s and 1950s. If you love a good horror story, you'll love these. You get all these (and many others plus more of the same genre):
"Worth the listen if you know what you're getting."
Gunshots, fist fights, and footsteps in the dark! Come hear crime and mystery, action and suspense with radio's greatest detectives! Ten hours of bracing crime-stopping broadcasts bring you Sherlock Holmes, Sam Spade, The Saint, The Shadow, Johnny Dollar, Bulldog Drummond - and 14 more favorites! Vincent Price, Bob Bailey, Basil Rathbone, Howard Duff, Dick Powell, and more star in 20 tales that are hard boiled and heroic, brilliant and bloody.
First heard on network radio in 1948, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar chronicled the adventures of freelance insurance investigator Johnny Dollar, "the man with the action-packed expense account."
For 14 years, it was one of the most popular detective shows on the air, lasting until the final days of network radio drama in 1962. Each story started with a phone call from an insurance executive calling on Johnny Dollar to investigate an unusual claim. His investigations usually required him to travel to distant locales and often involved murder.
"The last and best of the radio detectives"
Richard Diamond, Private Detective is a detective drama which was on radio from 1949 to 1953 and on television from 1957 to 1960. Dick Powell starred in the Richard Diamond, Private Detective radio series as a rather light-hearted detective who often ended the episodes singing to his girlfriend, Helen (played by Virginia Gregg).
"Fantastic Old-Time Detective Radio Drama"
This 10-hour collection features 43 digitally restored and remastered episodes, including such gems as the series only nine-part storyline, and an episode of Romance that features Bailey as an impulsive chap named Johnny in a mid-east adventure!
"Great classic radio!"
"Sometimes the best stories a reporter gets are the ones he can't print..." The city after dark is a world of crime and corruption, of mystery and vice, of a thousand stories waiting to be told. And, Frank Lovejoy, as newshound Randy Stone, is just the man to tell them. Prowling the streets alongside Lovejoy are radio favorites William Conrad, Georgia Ellis, Parley Baer, Lurene Tuttle, Larry Dobkin, Jeanette Nolan, Bill Johnstone, and more.
It is said that the love of money is the root of all evil. Yes, cold, hard cash can be the inspiration for dark journeys into cold, hard hearts! Step into the shadows with The Whistler and find out exactly what happens when avarice goes unrestrained. Attend fables of finances and fear, of wives and wealth, of debts and death, in 20 digitally remastered episodes starring Bill Forman as The Whistler. William Conrad, Gerald Mohr, Frank Lovejoy, Betty Lou Gerson, Tom Collins, and more provide the voices of the voracious.
"Whistlers tunes of evil."
Alan Ladd stars as newspaperman turned mystery novelist Dan Holliday. To seek out new ideas for his fiction, Holliday runs classified ads in the Star-Times newspaper, where he formerly worked: "Adventure wanted, will go anywhere, do anything - write Box 13, Star-Times." Each episode follows Holliday's adventures when he responds to the letters sent to him by such people as a psycho killer and various victims.
"Tired of the everyday grind? Ever dream of a life of… romantic adventure? Want to get away from it all? We offer you…Escape!" Radio Spirits is pleased to present 20 classic tales from one of radio's greatest action and adventure series. This collection will bring you tales of black pearls, headhunters, volcanoes, Nazi convoys and cargos of gold in exotic settings and locales - from South of the Border to Dutch East India, Paris, North Africa and points unknown!
"If you like......."
This collection stars Lon Clark as Nick Carter, Master Detective - that "most famous of all man-hunters" - in 18 riveting whodunits selected from this long-running radio series! Joining the private eye in these tales of detection is Helen Choate and Charlotte Manson as Nick's Girl Friday Patsy Bowen, John Kane as Scrubby Wilson, and Ed Latimer as Sgt. "Matty" Mattison. These fantastic episodes, originally released in our long out-of-print cassette collection, are now available in digital from the Radio Spirits Archives Collection.
Steely. Seasoned. Smart-alecky. The storied San Francisco snooper is back! Share the exciting exploits of Dashiell Hammett's famous gumshoe through this thrilling 6-hour collection. Featuring all of the episodes from both our Volume One and Volume Two collections, Howard Duff and Steve Dunne star as Sam Spade in 12 madcap capers from 1946 - 1951. As crass as he is charismatic, this dynamic detective attracts a curious clientele - gentlemen who tend to drop dead and ladies who are drop-dead gorgeous.
"Bring Back Howard Duff"
To what lengths will people go to protect their children? Spite their siblings? Murder the missus? Find out in 21 digitally remastered and restored episodes spanning two decades of radio's outstanding theater of thrills.