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Episode 254 - It's a Plane! (Adventures of Superman)

Don’t touch that dial – the thrilling conclusion of our Superman-Batman radio team-up is coming your way. The Man of Steel and the Caped Crusader are fighting to save Robin and Jimmy Olsen in the exciting final chapters of “The Monkey Burglar,” originally aired on The Adventures of Superman on the Mutual Network between February 19 and 25, 1947.

Duration: 01:14:51

Episode 253 - It's a Bird! (Adventures of Superman)

The Man of Steel and the Dynamic Duo are teaming up to keep the airwaves safe! We’ll hear a serialized story from The Adventures of Superman that brings Batman and Robin to Metropolis to join forces with Superman. Bud Collyer is Superman, Matt Crowley is Batman, and Ronald Liss is Robin in “The Monkey Burglar,” a story that finds Robin as a prime suspect for a series of daring robberies. We’ll hear the first five installments, originally aired on the Mutual Network between February 12 and...

Duration: 01:16:44

Episode 252 - Mustachioed Marvel (Murder Clinic & Hercule Poirot)

We're putting our little grey cells to work as Hercule Poirot solves two old time radio mysteries. Agatha Christie's brilliant Belgian detective is back on the big screen, and we'll hear two of his adventures from the airwaves. First, Maurice Tarplin is Poirot in an adaptation of Christie's "The Tragedy at Marsdon Manor," originally aired on Murder Clinic on October 6, 1942. Then, Harold Huber steps in for "Murder is a Private Affair," an episode of Hercule Poirot (originally aired on...

Duration: 00:59:10

Episode 251 - Powell, P.I. (Rogue's Gallery & Richard Diamond)

Need a case closed and a tune carried? Dick Powell is your man. The crooner reinvented his career when he played Philip Marlowe on screen, and he starred in a pair of radio detective shows as glib but tough private investigators. In honor of Powell’s birthday, we’ll hear two of his mysteries: as Richard Rogue, he solves “The Impossible Murder” from Rogue’s Galley (originally aired on Mutual on May 16, 1946). Then, as Richard Diamond, Private Detective, Powell tackles “The Big Foot Grafton...

Duration: 01:04:11

Episode 250 - The X Factor (Man Called X)

Herbert Marshall travels the globe as the dashing and debonair Man Called X. Dispatched on international adventures, the Man Called X is really secret agent Ken Thurston, enemy to spies, saboteurs, and insurgents wherever they may lurk. Marshall gave radio a suave super spy in one of the best espionage programs of the era. We’ll hear Ken Thurston in “Japanese Underground” (originally aired on NBC on January 20, 1951) and “A Ton of Dynamite” (originally aired on NBC on February 26, 1952).

Duration: 00:58:22

Episode 249 - Old Time Radio Halloween 2017 (Suspense)

It's's alive! It's the "Down These Mean Streets" Halloween special, presenting an old time radio chiller guaranteed to get you in the mood for trick or treating. We'll hear Herbert Marshall star in an adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (originally aired on Suspense on CBS on November 3, 1952).

Duration: 00:32:56

Episode 248 – Back to Baker Street (New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes)

The game’s afoot as we join Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in three of their old time radio adventures. John Stanley is the world’s most famous detective and Alfred Shirley plays his loyal companion and biographer in these original adventures that feature a locked room mystery, a ghostly menace to an old family, and a woman in fear for her life. We’ll hear “The Case of the Dog that Changed Its Mind” (originally aired on Mutual on September 28, 1947); “The Case of the Cradle that Rocked...

Duration: 01:33:51

Episode 247 - Through Thick and Thin Man (Lux Radio Theatre)

“Are you packing?” “Yes dear, I’m putting away this liquor.” William Powell and Myrna Loy are back as Dashiell Hammett’s husband and wife crime solvers Nick and Nora Charles as The Lux Radio Theatre presents After the Thin Man. The sequel to the smash hit comedy mystery hit the big screen in 1936, and four years later the stars reunited to recreate the film for the airwaves. Join Mr. and Mrs. Charles as they solve a New Year’s Eve murder in this episode originally aired on CBS on June 17,...

Duration: 01:04:44

Episode 246 - Nick's Knack (Nick Carter, Master Detective)

It's another case for Nick Carter, Master Detective - two of them, in fact - as Lon Clark stars as "that most famous of all manhunters." Carter sprang from the pages of pulp magazines and solved crimes on radio for twelve years. Clark voiced the super sleuth for the entire run of the program, and we'll hear him in two of his adventures. Charlotte Manson co-stars as Patsy Bowen, Nick's loyal secretary, in "The Case of the Make Believe Murder" (originally aired on Mutual on July 22, 1945)...

Duration: 01:04:02

Episode 245 - Matinee for Murder (Broadway is My Beat)

It’s Broadway – “the gaudiest, the most violent, the lonesomest mile in the world.” Join Detective Danny Clover as he fights crime in the Big Apple in one of the all-time great radio detective shows Broadway is My Beat. Larry Thor stars as Clover, the cop with the soul of a poet who wears his heart on his sleeve, in a show unlike any other radio crime drama. We’ll hear “The Secretarial School Triangle Murder” (originally aired on CBS on April 12, 1952) and “The Manipulative Magnate Murder”...

Duration: 01:04:19

Episode 244 - The Final Matters Matter (Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar)

On September 30, 1962, the Golden Age of Radio came to a close with the final broadcasts of Suspense and Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar. The man with the action-packed expense account solved crimes right up until the end of the era as he wrapped up a thirteen-year career of radio crimefighting. For those final years, Mandel Kramer starred as America’s fabulous freelance insurance investigator, and we’ll hear his final radio adventures: “The Deadly Crystal Matter” (originally aired on CBS on...

Duration: 00:54:46

Episode 243 - Big Easy Beat (New Adventures of Michael Shayne)

Jeff Chandler trades the biology lab for the back alleys and swamps of New Orleans as Brett Halliday’s “reckless, red-headed Irishman” Michael Shayne. Chandler, known to radio fans as bashful science teacher Philip Boynton in Our Miss Brooks, gave radio one of its toughest, most two-fisted private eyes in a sensational syndicated series. We’ll hear Chandler as Shayne in all of his ultra-hard-boiled glory in three radio mysteries: “The Hate That Killed,” “The Case of the Deadly Dough,” and...

Duration: 01:25:36

Episode 242 - Pat-a-Cake (Pat Novak For Hire)

If you head down to Pier 19 at the San Francisco waterfront, you’ll find Pat Novak For Hire renting boats and doing anything else to keep a few steps ahead in one of radio’s best noir detective dramas. Featuring duplicitous dames, gun-toting toughs, and dialogue right out of a pulp novel, the series packed a punch then and now. Jack Webb stars as Novak in a pair of episodes: “Father Leahy” and “Geranium Plant.” Then, Ben Morris is Novak in “The Mysterious Set of Books” (originally aired on...

Duration: 01:34:50

Episode 241 - Adventures of Alan (Screen Guild Theatre & Box 13)

It's a birthday bash for Shane star Alan Ladd as we spotlight three of the legendary actor's old time radio performances. First, he recreates one of his movie roles in Dashiell Hammett's The Glass Key for The Screen Guild Theatre (originally aired on CBS on July 22, 1946). Then, Ladd stars as mystery writer and amateur sleuth Dan Holiday in two syndicated episodes of Box 13 - "Hot Box" and "The Better Man."

Duration: 01:28:52

Episode 240 - Simon Says (The Saint)

Heaven help evildoers when The Saint is on the case. Simon Templar – “the Robin Hood of modern crime” – came to the airwaves after thrilling audiences in stories by Leslie Charteris and in big screen outings starring George Sanders. The most celebrated radio Saint was Vincent Price, the future horror legend of the movies, who voiced Templar from 1947 until 1951. We’ll hear Price in a pair of Saint episodes: “A Real Gone Guy” (originally aired on NBC on July 2, 1950) and “Simon Minds the...

Duration: 01:02:12

Episode 239 - Thief in the Night (Boston Blackie)

It takes a thief to catch a thief (or con man or killer), and Boston Blackie is on the case! The reformed safecracker turned detective uses his intimate knowledge of the underworld to track down dangerous criminals and to clear his name with the irascible Inspector Farraday. We'll hear Chester Morris as Blackie in "The Jonathan Diamond" (originally aired on NBC on June 23, 1944). Then, Richard Kollmar steps in for the syndicated episodes "Uncle Bill Blaine's Legacy" and "Charlie Kingston...

Duration: 01:24:26

Episode 238 - Rocky's Road (Rocky Fortune)

Frank Sinatra trades crooning for crime solving as Rocky Fortune. For a single season, Old Blue Eyes starred as Rocky, a footloose, fancy-free, and frequently unemployed young man whose weekly search for a job results in full-time employment with dangerous adventure. It was Sinatra's only regular dramatic role on radio, and the Chairman of the Board is in fine form in three radio mysteries: "Messenger for Death" (originally aired on NBC on November 10, 1953); "The Rodeo Murder" (originally...

Duration: 01:16:53

Episode 237 - Hitch Your Wagon (Lux Radio Theatre)

“Down These Mean Streets” presents our annual birthday salute to the master of big screen mystery and suspense – Alfred Hitchcock. The legendary director saw several of his classic films recreated for the airwaves during the Golden Age of Radio. In this bonus episode, we’ll hear one of those star-studded adaptations as The Lux Radio Theatre presents “Notorious” (originally aired on CBS on January 26, 1948). Ingrid Bergman reprises her screen role of a woman pulled into the dangerous world...

Duration: 01:02:49

Episode 236 – Quick as a Flash (Casey, Crime Photographer)

Get ready for fast-paced mystery and excitement with Casey, Crime Photographer – the ace cameraman who covers the news at the same time he makes headlines. Along with reporter Ann Williams and Captain Logan of the police, Casey gets the facts of the stories behind his pictures and always manages to catch the guilty party in time to make the next edition of the paper. We’ll hear Staats Cotsworth as Casey in “The Surprising Corpse” (originally aired on CBS on January 16, 1947) and...

Duration: 01:04:55

Episode 235 - June is Busting Out All Over (The Stan Freberg Show)

In this special bonus episode, we salute the late June Foray - the titan of voice acting who passed away July 26th just shy of her 100th birthday. From Rocky Squirrel to Witch Hazel to Cindy Lou Who, chances are you've heard and enjoyed her work from a career that stretched over eighty years. Among her many radio credits is The Stan Freberg Show, one of the absolute best comedies radio ever produced and as a tribute to June Foray we'll hear two episodes (originally aired on CBS on July 21...

Duration: 01:02:17

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