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It was an old time radio show. The Blue Beetle was a young police officer who saw the need for extraordinary crime fighting. He took the task on himself by secretly donning a superhero costume to create fear in the criminals who were to learn to fear the Blue Beetle's wrath. The 13-minute segments were usually only two-parters, so the stories were often simpler than other popular programs, such as the Superman radio serial.

It was an old time radio show. The Blue Beetle was a young police officer who saw the need for extraordinary crime fighting. He took the task on himself by secretly donning a superhero costume to create fear in the criminals who were to learn to fear the Blue Beetle's wrath. The 13-minute segments were usually only two-parters, so the stories were often simpler than other popular programs, such as the Superman radio serial.
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Kansas City, KS

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It was an old time radio show. The Blue Beetle was a young police officer who saw the need for extraordinary crime fighting. He took the task on himself by secretly donning a superhero costume to create fear in the criminals who were to learn to fear the Blue Beetle's wrath. The 13-minute segments were usually only two-parters, so the stories were often simpler than other popular programs, such as the Superman radio serial.

Language:

English


Episodes

smashing dope ring 05/15/1940

8/20/2007
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The Blue Beetle. May 15, 1940. Smashing Dope Ring. the origin story. Trying to arrest a dope peddler selling marijuana cigarettes, Dan Garrett is machine gunned and is near death. Dr. Franz slips him some secret 2X formula and he recovers instantly. He also gains abnormal strength and superhuman vitality. 15 minutes. Part 2. The Commisioners daughter is kidnapped by the dope ring, and is rescued by the Blue Beetle. Frank Lovejoy, Paul Ford. 15 minutes.

Duration: 00:25:18


jewel mystery of channel island 09/11/1940

11/25/2006
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The Blue Beetle. September 11, 1940. Jewel Mystery Of Channel Island. Part one. The Blue Beetle begins an investigation of jewel robberies on an island resort. 15 minutes. Part two. Recovering from a hundred foot jump into the sea, the Blue Beetle captures the jewel thief. The last show of the series. 15 minutes.

Duration: 00:25:24


asylum of doctor drear 09/04/1940

11/25/2006
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The Blue Beetle. September 4, 1940. Asylum Of Dr. Drear. Part one. The Blue Beetle is captured while trying to free a banker being kept imprisoned in an insane asylum.15 minutes. Part two. The Blue Beetle escapes from a straight jacket and frees the banker. 15 minutes.

Duration: 00:25:55


whale of pirates folly 08/28/1940

11/25/2006
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The Blue Beetle. August 28, 1940. The Whale Of Pirates Folly. Part one. The Blue Beetle tracks down a gang of smugglers and is thrown into the harbor, tied up in a net and left unconscious. 15 minutes. Part two. The Blue Beetle captures a submarine disguised as a whale being used by smugglers. 15 minutes.

Duration: 00:24:46


dancing ghost of rocky hill 08/21/1940

11/25/2006
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The Blue Beetle. August 21, 1940. The Dancing Ghosts Of Rocky Hills. Part one. A ciphered message to the Blue Beetle sends him to a haunted house to investigate. 15 minutes. Part two. The Blue Beetle solves the mystery of the dancing ghosts and a counterfeiting ring. 15 minutes.

Duration: 00:25:17


underworld goes underground 08/14/1940

11/25/2006
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The Blue Beetle. August 14, 1940. The Underworld Goes Underground. Part one. The Blue Beetle goes underground to find out why so many accidents are plaguing a tunnel project. 15 minutes. Part two. The Blue Beetle breaks out of a decompression chamber and breaks up the racket. 15 minutes.

Duration: 00:25:18


two rackets in one 08/07/1940

11/25/2006
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The Blue Beetle. August 7, 1940. Two Rackets In One. Part one. The Modern Trucker Protective Association and a poultry racket means double trouble for York City. The Blue Beetle is captured by a Mexican bandito. 15 minutes. Part two. The Blue Beetle steals a bombing plane and attacks the leader of the rackets. 15 minutes.

Duration: 00:26:26


smashing the restaurant racket 07/31/1940

11/25/2006
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The Blue Beetle. July 31, 1940. Smashing The Restaurant Racket. Part one. The Blue Beetle tackles a restaurant protection gang. 15 minutes. Part two. An aerial chase in an airplane piloted by the mayor himself puts an end to the head of the restaurant racket. 15 minutes.

Duration: 00:25:52


sabotage incorporated 07/24/1940

11/25/2006
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The Blue Beetle. July 24, 1940. Sabotage Incorporated. Part one. The only suspect in a murder case is an anthropologist with an air pistol that fiendishly shoots a suffocating gas. 15 minutes. Part two. The Blue Beetle strikes another blow for law and order. 15 minutes.

Duration: 00:24:09


finesse in diamonds 07/17/1940

11/25/2006
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The Blue Beetle. July 17, 1940. Finesse In Diamonds. Part one. A genuine costumed hero of the comics on radio. The first episode of the story in which the Beetle tackles a stolen diamond case. 15 minutes. Part two. The Blue Beetle recovers the Bannister diamonds, worth half a million dollars 15 minutes.

Duration: 00:25:02


saved by a hair 07/10/1940

11/25/2006
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The Blue Beetle. July 10, 1940. Saved By A Hair. Part one. A dead cop provides the clue to a gang victimizing parolees. The Blue Beetle is captured and arrested. 15 minutes. Part two. A gang threatens the parole commissioners daughter by tying her to a log and pushing her through a buzz saw. 15 minutes.

Duration: 00:25:29


crime incorporated 07/03/1940

11/25/2006
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The Blue Beetle. July 3, 1940. Crime Incorporated. Part one. The Overlords Of Crime are planning to form a syndicate. The Blue Beetle infiltrates the gang and is hired by them to imitate...the Blue Beetle! 15 minutes. Part two. The Blue Beetle is unmasked and shot, but it's only a flesh wound. The Magic Ray helps the Blue Beetle break up the gang. 15 minutes.

Duration: 00:24:24


rounding up the payroll bandits 06/26/1940

11/25/2006
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The Blue Beetle. June 26, 1940. Rounding Up The Payroll Bandits. Part one. The Blue Beetle kills one of the gang holding up payrolls, but he also learns the first name of the leader of the gang. 15 minutes. Part two. The head of the gang is surprisingly revealed by the Blue Beetle. The gangster then commits suicide. 15 minutes.

Duration: 00:24:32


thoroughbreds always come through 06/19/1940

11/25/2006
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The Blue Beetle. June 19, 1940. Thoroughbreds Always Come Through. Part one. A long-shot named White Star wins an important race, then the jockey is arrested. 15 minutes. Part two. The Blue Beetle visits the track, with a little paint remover. The Beetle gathers evidence with his portable television set. 15 minutes.

Duration: 00:26:03


spirits dont talk 06/14/1940

11/25/2006
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The Blue Beetle. June 14, 1940. Spirits Dont Talk. Part one. A medium named Professor Windrift claims he can speak with the dead. Danny uses the x-ray camera with the infra-red lens to photograph a murder. 15 minutes. Part two. The boss of the spirit racket plans mayhem for the Blue Beetle, but The Blue Beetle Knows Everything. 15 minutes.

Duration: 00:26:39


frame up 06/12/1940

11/25/2006
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The Blue Beetle. June 12, 1940. The Frame Up. Part one. The Blue Beetle uses the fluid of invisibility to visit an inmate on Death Row, about to burn for a murder he didnt commit. 15 minutes. Part two. The midget portable sound recording device is used to dismantle a frame. 15 minutes.

Duration: 00:26:22


sea serpent 06/07/1940

11/25/2006
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The Blue Beetle. June 7, 1940. The Sea Serpent. Part one. The Blue Beetle wears Dr. Franzs Poison Detector Ring and sets out to investigate reports of a slimey mystery off shore 15 minutes. Part two. Joan Mason, a reporter on The Chronicle, has been kidnapped. The secret of the serpents is revealed. 15 minutes.

Duration: 00:26:22


death strikes from the east 06/05/1940

11/25/2006
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The Blue Beetle. June 5, 1940. Death Strikes From The East. Part one. Tong Wars are being waged in Chinatown. The Blue Beetle looks toward the Orient to battle The Purple Dragon. Commissioner Warrens daughter has been kidnapped. 15 minutes. Part two. The Purple Dragon hosts a Chinese drama, with a human sacrifice for an encore! 15 minutes.

Duration: 00:26:45


death rides on horseback 05/31/1940

11/25/2006
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The Blue Beetle. May 31, 1940. Death Rides On Horseback. Part one. A masked horseman has shot six policeman. The Blue Beetle borrows a horse and gives chase. A girl reporter is kidnapped, the Blue Beetle is captured and held in a subterranean cell below the city reservoir and about to be drowned. 15 minutes. Part two. The head of the gang commits suicide, the Blue Beetle frees the beautiful reporter for the Chronicle. 15 minutes.

Duration: 00:26:00


invisible ghost 05/29/1940

11/25/2006
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The Blue Beetle. May 29, 1940. The Invisible Ghost. Part one. The Blue Beetle tackles a crooked slot machine gang. Dr. Franz is working on an invisibility fluid! 15 minutes. Part two. An invisible Blue Beetle breaks up a racket with the help of the invisibility fluid. Frank Lovejoy, Paul Ford. 15 minutes

Duration: 00:25:34

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