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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.

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

    • Arts
    • 4.6 • 573 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.

    Whistle a Happy Tune (The Whistler)

    Whistle a Happy Tune (The Whistler)

    This week on "Down These Mean Streets," we'll hear three twisty tales from "The Whistler" - "Boomerang" (3/11/46); "The Brass Ring" (9/16/46); and "Return with the Spray" (4/23/50). Plus, a Jack Benny spoof of the series (10/20/46)!

    • 2 hr 8 min
    BONUS - At Home with the Harris Family (Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show)

    BONUS - At Home with the Harris Family (Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show)

    In this week's bonus comedy episode, Phil Harris and Alice Faye shine in one of radio's best sitcoms. We'll hear a pair of episodes (9/30/51 and 5/17/53).

    • 1 hr 7 min
    First Lady of Baker Street (New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes)

    First Lady of Baker Street (New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes)

    This week on "Down These Mean Streets," we're saluting writer Edith Meiser with three of her original Sherlock Holmes mysteries: "The Avenging Blade" (2/1/48); "The Sinister Crate of Cabbages" (5/2/48); and "The Complicated Poisoning at Eel Pie Island" (6/6/48).

    • 1 hr 41 min
    BONUS - Another Side of Orson (Jack Benny Program)

    BONUS - Another Side of Orson (Jack Benny Program)

    In this week's bonus comedy episode, our birthday salute to Orson Welles continues with his four week stint as guest host of "The Jack Benny Program" (3/14, 3/21, 3/28, and 4/4/43).

    • 2 hr 5 min
    Medium Welles (Campbell Playhouse & Lives of Harry Lime)

    Medium Welles (Campbell Playhouse & Lives of Harry Lime)

    This week on "Down These Mean Streets," we're saluting Orson Welles with a comedy-mystery from The Campbell Playhouse - "There's Always a Woman" (12/17/39) and a syndicated mystery from "The Lives of Harry Lime" - "The Professor Regrets."

    • 1 hr 35 min
    BONUS - An Apple for the Teacher (Our Miss Brooks)

    BONUS - An Apple for the Teacher (Our Miss Brooks)

    In this week's bonus comedy episode, Eve Arden stars in two tales of high school hijinks from "Our Miss Brooks" (3/13/49 and 6/19/49).

    • 1 hr 8 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
573 Ratings

573 Ratings

The Virtuous Lady ,

Love this Podcast

I really Love this Podcast and look forward to the weekly Detective episodes. The Host provides a nice Introduction and Commentary as well. My Favorites are Johnny Dollar with Bob Bailey, Sherlock Holmes with Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce to name a few. I like Comedy but would prefer that these episodes have a separate Podcast.

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.

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