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. Each case leads our wise-cracking detective to the danger of the dark alley - and leads you to discover the timeless appeal of this hard-boiled hero. But, fair warning... a knock on Spade's door can mean wild goose chases, scams, and set ups of the seriously deadly variety.
Once again, these digitally restored and remastered episodes are available from the Radio Spirits Archives Collection - featuring re-releases of our most popular discontinued collections.
Episodes Include: Starring Howard Duff: Sam and the Psyche 08-02-46; The Bow Window Caper 11-09-47; The Insomnia Caper 10-24-48; The Love Letter Caper 03-27-49; The Overjord Caper 06-05-49; The Tears of Night Caper 07-24-49; The Chargogagogmanchogagogchabunamungamog Caper 09-25-49; Starring Steve Dunne: The Terrified Turkey Caper 11-24-50; The Sure Thing Caper 02-09-51; The Vendetta Caper 03-30-51; The Rowdy Dowser Caper 04-20-51; The Hail and Farewell Caper 04-27-51
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When Howard Duff was Sam Spade, the performance was 5-star. Sadly, the producers were frightened by the McCarthy "there's a commie under every bed" scare, and fired him. His replacements, including Steve Dunne, were uniformly dreadful. One star at best.
Duff -- debonaire, sexy, charming
Dunne -- not very good
Sam Spade stories were not supposed to be moving; they were supposed to be charming and funny.
There are of course a few remnants of the 50s that have to be overlooked -- like the rampant sexism. Every woman is either a femme fatale, a devil in a sexy red dress, or an airhead. We are all supposed to love Sam's Secretary, who is in the airhead column. Hard to take these days.
This is one of the best old time detective shows available. Sound sometimes fades in and out but overall the performances make up for any glitches in the recordings.
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