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Down These Mean Streets (Old Time Radio Detectives)

Radio Drama Podcasts

Presenting the best detectives from the Golden Age of Radio. Each week, we'll bring you an episode starring one of Old Time Radio's greatest detectives and the story behind the show. Join us for adventures of Philip Marlowe, Sam Spade, Johnny Dollar, and many more.

Presenting the best detectives from the Golden Age of Radio. Each week, we'll bring you an episode starring one of Old Time Radio's greatest detectives and the story behind the show. Join us for adventures of Philip Marlowe, Sam Spade, Johnny Dollar, and many more.

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United States

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Presenting the best detectives from the Golden Age of Radio. Each week, we'll bring you an episode starring one of Old Time Radio's greatest detectives and the story behind the show. Join us for adventures of Philip Marlowe, Sam Spade, Johnny Dollar, and many more.

Language:

English


Episodes

BONUS - Superman Summer: Danger in Direville

6/24/2022
The Wolf and the Yellow Mask are back! The villains Superman battled in his first radio adventures return with a plot to hold an entire town for ransom. Fortunately, Lois Lane and Clark Kent are on the scene to cover the story, and the Man of Steel is on hand to tangle with this dangerous duo once again. This six-episode serial aired between March 18 and March 29, 1940.

Duration:01:12:41

Episode 491 - Out to Sea (Sherlock Holmes, Let George Do It, & Rocky Fortune)

6/19/2022
We're setting sail with three old time radio detectives who find capers on cruise ships. First, Basil Rathbone tries to stop a shipboard poisoner in "Murder by Moonlight" from The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (originally aired on Mutual on October 29, 1945). Then, Bob Bailey is undercover as a cruise athletic director to catch some smugglers in "Serenade to the Southern Star" from Let George Do It (originally aired on Mutual on June 13, 1949). And finally, Frank Sinatra is Rocky Fortune...

Duration:01:30:51

BONUS - Superman Summer: The North Star Mine

6/17/2022
When Superman saves a woman from a burning building, it's only the start of a new adventure for the Man of Steel. His latest adversaries are a pair of swindlers who will kill to cover up their crimes. Frank Lovejoy makes an appearance in this Superman serial that originally aired between March 4 and 15, 1940.

Duration:01:14:59

Episode 490 - Meeting Mr. Marlowe (Adventures of Philip Marlowe)

6/12/2022
Philip Marlowe came to radio in his own weekly series seventy-five years ago this month with Oscar-winner Van Heflin starring as Raymond Chandler's private eye. Though his run as Marlowe aired for only 13 weeks, it was a terrific series that featured adaptations of several of Chandler's own Marlowe stories - a rarity for radio detectives pulled from books. We'll celebrate the anniversary with all five of the show's surviving episodes: "Red Wind" (originally aired on NBC on June 17, 1947);...

Duration:02:37:44

BONUS - In a Single Bound (Adventures of Superman)

6/10/2022
In honor of Superman Day, we're going back to the Man of Steel's first adventure on radio. We'll hear the final hours of the planet Krypton, Superman's arrival on Earth and his assumption of the identity of Clark Kent, and his first battle against evil. Bud Collyer stars as Superman in these shows that originally aired between February 12 and March 1, 1940.

Duration:01:54:54

Episode 489 - Horses of a Different Color (Bulldog Drummond, Philo Vance, & The Saint)

6/5/2022
Three old time radio detectives head to the racetrack this week for a trio of mysteries in and out of the stables. First, Ned Wever is Bulldog Drummond in "Death Plays the Races" (originally aired on Mutual on May 20, 1946). Then, as Philo Vance, Jackson Beck solves "The Murdock Murder Case." Finally, Tom Conway is The Saint in "Peter the Great" (originally aired on NBC on June 24, 1951).

Duration:01:26:05

Episode 488 - Arthur’s Anniversary (New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes & Escape)

5/29/2022
It's a birthday celebration for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle featuring two of his Sherlock Holmes stories adapted for radio. We'll hear John Stanley as Holmes and Alfred Shirley as Dr. Watson in "The Adventure of the Red-Headed League" (originally aired on Mutual on October 12, 1947) and "The Adventure of the Stolen Naval Treaty" (originally aired on Mutual on November 23, 1947). Plus, we'll hear an adaptation of Doyle's1898 non-Holmes mystery "The Lost Special" from Escape (originally aired on...

Duration:01:39:12

Episode 487 - Hayes Code (The Whistler, Richard Diamond, & Sam Spade)

5/22/2022
John Michael Hayes was a two-time Academy Award-nominated screenwriter who wrote four films for Alfred Hitchcock. But before that, he was a busy radio writer penning adventures for Johnny Dollar and comedies for Lucille Ball. We'll hear three of Hayes' old time radio scripts: "The Seeing Eye" from The Whistler (originally aired on CBS on November 12, 1945); "Lady in Distress" from Richard Diamond, Private Detective (originally aired on ABC on February 23, 1951); and "The Vendetta Caper" from...

Duration:01:38:53

Episode 486 - These Guns for Hire (Nick Carter, Rogue’s Gallery, & Michael Shayne)

5/15/2022
There's no case too big for these three radio private eyes. First, Lon Clark is Nick Carter, Master Detective in "The Case of the Priceless Prose" (originally aired on Mutual on December 14, 1947). Then, Dick Powell looks for "The Star of Savoy" as Richard Rogue in Rogue's Gallery (originally aired on NBC on June 23, 1946). Finally, Jeff Chandler is on the job in the Big Easy in "The Case of the Gray-Eyed Blonde," a syndicated mystery from The New Adventures of Michael Shayne.

Duration:01:35:03

Episode 485 - Adventures Abroad (Rocky Jordan, Johnny Dollar, & Bold Venture)

5/8/2022
Our trip to the golden age of radio takes us all around the world this week. First, Jack Moyles hunts a kidnapper in Cairo as Rocky Jordan in "Quest for Tornina" (originally aired on CBS on October 16, 1949). Then, Edmond O'Brien heads to the Phillippines in "The Woodward Manila Matter" from Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar (originally aired on November 25, 1950). Finally, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall lead an adventure in tropical Havana in "Dead Men Don't Leave Prints" from the syndicated...

Duration:01:35:21

Episode 484 - Don’t Know Much About History (Crime Classics, Frontier Gentleman, & Suspense)

5/2/2022
We're going back in time this week for tales of murder and mystery from the 19th and early 20th centuries. First, Crime Classics dramatizes the sensational true story "The Terrible Deed of John White Webster" (originally aired on CBS on July 13, 1953). Then, the Frontier Gentleman plays an infamous game of poker with Wild Bill Hickok in "Aces and Eights" (originally aired on CBS on April 20, 1958). Finally, Fred MacMurray is a Prohibition-era jazz drummer who witnesses a gangland rub-out in...

Duration:01:34:44

BONUS - Five Favorites: The Saint

4/22/2022
For this bonus show, I'm sharing my five favorite old time radio adventures of Simon Templar - "the Robin Hood of modern crime" best known as The Saint. We'll hear Vincent Price as the Saint in "The Sinister Sneeze" (originally aired on NBC on June 11, 1950); "Baseball Murder" (originally aired on NBC on September 3, 1950); "No Hiding Place" (originally aired on NBC on November 19, 1950); and "The Big Swindle" (originally aired on NBC on February 25, 1951). We'll also hear substitute Saint...

Duration:02:31:35

Episode 483 - Hard-Boiled Eggs (Peter Chambers, Jeff Regan, & Philip Marlowe)

4/19/2022
Three hard-boiled gumshoes are on the case in this week's episode. First, Dane Clark stars in Crime and Peter Chambers in an Armed Forces Radio Service rebroadcast of a show from April 27, 1954. Then, Frank Graham is Jeff Regan, Investigator in "The Little Man's Lament" (originally aired on CBS on November 9, 1949). Finally, we'll hear Gerald Mohr in "The Heat Wave" from The Adventures of Philip Marlowe (originally aired on CBS on April 16, 1949).

Duration:01:34:47

Episode 482 - Stage Fright (Let George Do It, Boston Blackie, & The Whistler)

4/11/2022
Places, please! We've got three old time radio mysteries set onstage, backstage, and in the aisles of the theatre. Actors, playwrights, and critics are all suspects, victims, and killers and it's up to the detectives to figure out whodunnit before the final curtain. We'll hear "Murder Me Twice" from Let George Do It (originally aired on Mutual on July 5, 1948); a syndicated Boston Blackie mystery known as "Seven Years Bad Luck for Florence Wells;" and "Curtain Call," another strange story by...

Duration:01:32:48

Episode 481 - Webb Head (Johnny Madero, Dragnet, & Pete Kelly’s Blues)

4/3/2022
In honor of Jack Webb's birthday, we'll hear three of the radio and TV legend's old time radio mysteries. First, he stars in a waterfront mystery from Johnny Madero, Pier 23 (originally aired on ABC on June 19, 1947). Then, he's Sgt. Joe Friday on the trail of a killer in "The Big Shirt" from Dragnet (originally aired on NBC on November 30, 1952). Finally, we'll hear a Prohibition-era caper from Pete Kelly's Blues (originally aired on NBC on July 25, 1951).

Duration:01:37:48

Episode 480 - Fight Night (Night Beat, Philo Vance, & Richard Diamond)

3/27/2022
It's a full fight card with three old time radio mysteries set in and around the boxing ring. First, Frank Lovejoy is Randy Stone, coming to the aid of a fighter pressured to take a dive in Night Beat (originally aired on NBC on August 14, 1950). Then, as Philo Vance, Jackson Beck solves "The Heavyweight Murder Case." Finally, Dick Powell tries to prove a fight manager's suicide was actually a murder in Richard Diamond, Private Detective (originally aired on NBC on August 2, 1950).

Duration:01:31:57

Episode 479 - Thrice-Told Tale (Broadway is My Beat, Pursuit, & The McCoy)

3/20/2022
It's a triple feature of the same mystery starring three different radio gumshoes. Morton Fine and David Friedkin wrote the story of a killer who taunts police with announcements of his upcoming crimes, and the clever tale comes to life in three similar but different adventures. First, Lt. Danny Clover investigates "The Jane Darnell Murder Case" on Broadway is My Beat (originally aired on CBS on August 11, 1949). Then, in London, Inspector Peter Black stars in "Three for All" from Pursuit...

Duration:01:39:34

Episode 478 - Spies Like Them (Cloak and Dagger, Silent Men, & Cavalcade of America)

3/13/2022
Real-life exploits of government agents come to radio life in these three adventures. First, an OSS agent parachutes into Germany in "Direct Line to Bombers" from Cloak and Dagger (originally aired on NBC on June 25, 1950). Then, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. plays a postal inspector investigating a mail bomb in "Death in the Mail" from The Silent Men (originally aired on NBC on November 4, 1951). Finally, Henry Fonda plays an agent hunting for a spy ring operating right here in the US behind...

Duration:01:38:40

Episode 477 - Cowboys and Crime (Gunsmoke, Frontier Town, & Tales of the Texas Rangers)

3/6/2022
We're heading west this week with three old time radio cowboy crimesolvers. First, William Conrad is US Marshal Matt Dillon in "Chester's Murder" from Gunsmoke (originally aired on CBS on January 15, 1955). Then, Jeff Chandler trades Michael Shayne's fedora for a pair of spurs as western attorney Chad Remington in the syndicated drama Frontier Town. We'll hear him in "The Case of Felipe Gomez." Finally, big screen western star Joel McCrea is Ranger Pearson in "The White Suit" from Tales of...

Duration:01:36:34

Episode 476 - Dollars to Donuts (Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar)

2/27/2022
We're shining the spotlight on a pair of Johnny Dollar stars who tend to get overlooked in the history of "America's fabulous freelance insurance investigator." We'll hear John Lund as Dollar in "The La Tourette Matter" (originally aired on CBS on February 20, 1953) and "The James Forbes Matter" (originally aired on CBS on July 28, 1953). Then, Bob Readick is Johnny in "The Paperback Mystery Matter" (originally aired on CBS on January 7, 1961) and "The Two's a Crowd Matter" (originally aired...

Duration:02:01:13