491 episodes

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.

Down These Mean Streets (Old Time Radio Detectives‪)‬ Mean Streets Podcasts

    • Performing Arts
    • 4.6 • 567 Ratings

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.

    BONUS - Oscar Night (Lux Radio Theatre)

    BONUS - Oscar Night (Lux Radio Theatre)

    In this week's bonus comedy episode, William Powell and Carole Lombard recreate their roles when the Lux Radio Theatre presents "My Man Godfrey" (5/9/38).

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Matrimonial Mayhem (Thin Man, Mr. and Mrs. North, & Adventures of the Abbotts)

    Matrimonial Mayhem (Thin Man, Mr. and Mrs. North, & Adventures of the Abbotts)

    This week on "Down These Mean Streets," three married couples solve murders in their spare time. We'll hear "The Suspicious Hangover" from "The Thin Man" (10/6/44); "Invitation to Murder" from "Mr. and Mrs. North" (2/27/46); and "Rickshaw-Red Lipstick" from "Adventures of the Abbotts" (1/30/55).

    • 1 hr 39 min
    BONUS - By Hook (Burns and Allen & My Friend Irma)

    BONUS - By Hook (Burns and Allen & My Friend Irma)

    In this week's bonus comedy show, we're saluting the great Hans Conried. He plays Gracie's shrink on "Burns and Allen" (12/11/47) and Professor Kropotkin on "My Friend Irma."

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Out of This World (Dimension X & Dangerous Assignment)

    Out of This World (Dimension X & Dangerous Assignment)

    This week on "Down These Mean Streets," we'll hear two sci-fi mysteries from "Dimension X" - "The Embassy" (6/3/50) and "Untitled Story" (8/23/51). Plus, Steve Mitchell investigates UFOs in "Dangerous Assignment" (4/17/50).

    • 1 hr 39 min
    BONUS - Shades of Brown (My Friend Irma & Life of Riley)

    BONUS - Shades of Brown (My Friend Irma & Life of Riley)

    In this week's bonus comedy show, we'll hear the versatile John Brown as Al, boyfriend to "My Friend Irma" (5/16/47) and as "friendly undertaker" Digger O'Dell in "The Life of Riley" (12/30/49).

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Three Jacks (Pat Novak, Jeff Regan, & Pete Kelly’s Blues)

    Three Jacks (Pat Novak, Jeff Regan, & Pete Kelly’s Blues)

    This week on "Down These Mean Streets," we salute Jack Webb with three of his old time radio mysteries: "Dixie Gillian" from Pat Novak (11/24/46), "The Man Who Liked the Mountains" from Jeff Regan (8/7/48), and "Gus Trudeau" from Pete Kelly's Blues (7/4/51).

    • 1 hr 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
567 Ratings

567 Ratings

phxross ,

Unique and fun OTR

Really like these episodes, 2-3 themed episodes strung together with interesting content added by knowledgeable host.

padraigmccue ,

The best

This is easily the best place to come for your old time radio fill! The host does an incredible job at introducing each episode and the actors/actresses involved. This is definitely in my top 5 weekly podcasts.

SuperShoeDiva ,

Mixed Bag

I love the detective stories, the quality of the recordings is hit and miss so are the stories.

The lead in intro is too long. Episode 48 has a nearly 17 minute introduction! In general the intros are a long compilation of detective story intros, plus music, which would be sufficient alone.
I am becoming fatigued and tired of having to fast forward through them to get to our host’s introductions. With all of this and the old-time advertisements you are at least ten to fifteen minutes in before you get to the story.

I love that at the end of every episode there is a bit spoken by Vincent Price that is as relevant today as it was when first recorded.

I know that our host wanted to lighten things up during the pandemic but personally I love the detective stories and find the comedy bits out of place and need their own podcast.

My favorites are Box 13 and Johnny Dollar, I am a big fan of Edmund O’Brien.

The Gumshoes & Ghosts episodes starts stuttering at 10:10 before the end.

Top Podcasts In Performing Arts

Listeners Also Subscribed To