10 episodes

Jack Cassidy is your standard wisecracking, chain-smoking, trenchcoat-sporting PI - the sort you can’t throw a brick without hitting in 1936. But not everyone who arrives at Jack’s offices likes the idea of a dick who is also a dame - and a dame who keeps her hair short and wears men's trousers, at that. Luckily, Jack has no time for palookas who have doubts about lady flatfoots. She’s got enough on her plate, what with the all sinister disappearances, Bolshevist plots, bumbling gangsters, and general mishaps, murder, and mayhem she’s hired to deal with. And then there’s the fact that she still hasn’t sorted out her feelings for her plucky secretary, Effy, or the beautiful but enigmatic femme fatale who needs her help to track down a lost diamond…Hardboiled is a noir mystery podcast from Empress of Blandings Productions, presented in association with the Edmonton Pride Centre, the Edmonton Heritage Council, the Edmonton Community Foundation, and the Edmonton Arts Council.

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    • 4.9 • 34 Ratings

Jack Cassidy is your standard wisecracking, chain-smoking, trenchcoat-sporting PI - the sort you can’t throw a brick without hitting in 1936. But not everyone who arrives at Jack’s offices likes the idea of a dick who is also a dame - and a dame who keeps her hair short and wears men's trousers, at that. Luckily, Jack has no time for palookas who have doubts about lady flatfoots. She’s got enough on her plate, what with the all sinister disappearances, Bolshevist plots, bumbling gangsters, and general mishaps, murder, and mayhem she’s hired to deal with. And then there’s the fact that she still hasn’t sorted out her feelings for her plucky secretary, Effy, or the beautiful but enigmatic femme fatale who needs her help to track down a lost diamond…Hardboiled is a noir mystery podcast from Empress of Blandings Productions, presented in association with the Edmonton Pride Centre, the Edmonton Heritage Council, the Edmonton Community Foundation, and the Edmonton Arts Council.

    BONUS: The Lounge Singer's Performance

    BONUS: The Lounge Singer's Performance

    Once again, our pesky protagonists spent the last episode talking during the performance of a talented singer! Here, unmarred by nightclub background noise or a murder investigation, is Kaleia Odelle's performance of "Why Don't You Do Right," accompanied by Nathanael Wilkerson on the piano. 

    • 2 min
    7. The Fall Guys

    7. The Fall Guys

    Two bumbling criminals get more than they bargained for out of a routine bank heist, and are forced to turn to Jack for help. Cast: Ceris Backstrom, Lauren Hughes, Michael Vetsch, Rory Turner, Andrés Moreno, Kaleia OdelleWritten and directed by Celia TaylorTechnical direction and editing by Tegan SiganskiOriginal score and sound design by Dave Clarke, with special guest Nathanael Wilkerson as the pianist

    • 39 min
    6. The Hired Hand

    6. The Hired Hand

    When a local Métis farmhand is framed for the murder of his white employer’s family, his fiancee hires Jack to help clear his name.Cast: Ceris Backstrom, Lauren Hughes, Michael Vetsch, Damon Pitcher, Tej Swatch, Helen Belay, Trevor Duplessis, Monica Maddaford. Written and directed by Celia TaylorTechnical direction and editing by Tegan SiganskiOriginal score and sound design by Dave Clarke

    • 38 min
    5. Murder By Invitation

    5. Murder By Invitation

    Jack and Effy find themselves hobnobbing with high society when a rich eccentric decides that the presence of a real private eye would lend the right note of authenticity to her murder mystery party - but the evening takes a gruesome unexpected turn. Cast: Ceris Backstrom, Lauren Hughes, Michael Vetsch, Murray Farnell, Rory Turner, Émanuel Dubbeldam, André Lemay, Dave Clarke, Kate Sheridan. Written and directed by Celia TaylorTechnical direction and editing by Tegan SiganskiOriginal score and sound design by Dave Clarke

    • 42 min
    4. Chinatown

    4. Chinatown

    When Jack is hired to track down a beautiful young Chinese immigrant, she discovers that not only is the woman missing, but that she apparently never existed.Cast: Ceris Backstrom, Lauren Hughes, Michael Vetsch, Carol Chu, Marty Chan Written and directed by Celia TaylorTechnical direction and editing by Tegan SiganskiOriginal score and sound design by Dave Clarke

    • 32 min
    3. No Wit, No Help Like A Dame's

    3. No Wit, No Help Like A Dame's

    A beautiful, mysterious American socialite puts Jack’s resolve never to become emotionally involved with a client to the test. Cast: Ceris Backstrom, Lauren Hughes, Helen Belay, Michael Vetsch, Murray Farnell. Written and directed by Celia TaylorTechnical direction and editing by Tegan SiganskiOriginal score and sound design by Dave Clarke

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

Fjrit ,

This is how to do historical drama now

This podcast is a great example of how to write and perform historical drama with a contemporary twist. Hardboiled beautifully evokes the atmosphere of the 1930s and affectionately plays with the detective story genre without perpetuating or ignoring the stereotypes and prejudices of the past. Jack Cassidy is a private dick with a queer and feminist twist. The show doesn't shy away from issues of race either. Bravo!

krikles ,

I love Hardboiled!

I don’t understand the stars and accidentally hit 2 to start adding them up to 5. It automatically entered 2. Can I remove it? So sorry!!!

I love your podcast!!! Literary plots, classical references, old time radio sound, excellent acting and bonus references to saskatoon pies and Edmonton landmarks. I am an Albertan who hasn’t lived in Alberta for 40 years and no one here knows what a saskatoon berry is. Thank you!

AlphaDGT ,

Amazing!

Amazing! A great show.

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