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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

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    • 4.6 • 888 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.

    Mystery on the Menu (Boston Blackie, Box 13, Richard Diamond, & Johnny Dollar)

    Mystery on the Menu (Boston Blackie, Box 13, Richard Diamond, & Johnny Dollar)

    Hope you brought your appetite - this week's show features four mysteries set in the world of food. From restaurants to the grocery store, our detectives have a lot to chew on in these cases. First, Boston Blackie investigates a murder in a Chinese restaurant and Dan Holiday comes to the aid of a beleaguered restauranteur in "Tempest in a Casserole" from Box 13. Dick Powell goes undercover in a butcher's shop in Richard Diamond, Private Detective (originally aired on NBC on January 7, 1950) and Johnny Dollar gets a deadly dinner invitation in "The Fatal Filet Matter" (originally aired on CBS on May 10, 1950).

    • 1 hr 53 min
    Where the Money Is (This is Your FBI, The Whistler, & Dragnet)

    Where the Money Is (This is Your FBI, The Whistler, & Dragnet)

    We're making some large withdrawals at the bank this week with three old time radio tales of bank robbers and the cops who try to catch them. First, the G-Men are at work in "Quartet for Crime" from This is Your FBI (originally aired on ABC on November 24, 1950). Then, a man fresh out of prison signs on for a bank heist in "The Little Things" from The Whistler (originally aired on CBS on January 14, 1951). And finally, Sgt. Joe Friday is on the trail of a bank robber in "The Big Number" from Dragnet (originally aired on NBC on October 26, 1952).

    • 1 hr 37 min
    BONUS - Love is On the Air

    BONUS - Love is On the Air

    Happy Valentine's Day! No matter how - or if - you're celebrating this February 14th, hopefully you'll enjoy this quartet of Valentine's comedies from the golden age of radio. We'll hear Fibber McGee and Molly (originally aired on NBC on February 10, 1942), My Favorite Husband (originally aired on CBS on February 11, 1949), The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show (originally aired on NBC on February 13, 1949), and Our Miss Brooks (originally aired on CBS on February 19, 1950).

    • 1 hr 58 min
    BONUS - Five Favorites: Night Beat

    BONUS - Five Favorites: Night Beat

    In this bonus episode, we're walking the Night Beat with reporter Randy Stone in my five favorite episodes of this fantastic radio drama series. Frank Lovejoy stars as Stone, always looking for stories for his newspaper column and always ready to help people in need. We'll hear the show's first episode ("Zero," originally aired on NBC on February 6, 1950), where he helps a woman track down a man before he takes his own life, and a meeting with an unusual man who claims to have a sinister super power ("I Wish You Were Dead," originally aired on May 22, 1950). Randy meets a faded college football star in trouble with the mob ("The Football Player and the Syndicate," originally aired on NBC on June 12, 1950), and he dials a random phone number to find a woman in danger ("The City at Your Fingertips," originally aired on NBC on July 31, 1950). Finally, Randy and the police hunt for a contaminated case of butter that could unleash typhoid on the Windy City ("A Case of Butter," originally aired on NBC on September 25, 1950).

    • 2 hr 26 min
    My Felonious Valentine (Philip Morris Playhouse, Tales of the Texas Rangers, & Crime Classics)

    My Felonious Valentine (Philip Morris Playhouse, Tales of the Texas Rangers, & Crime Classics)

    Love is in the air, but in these old time radio mysteries romance leads to violence. First, Marlene Dietrich's boyfriend takes the rap for a murder she committed in "The Lady from the Sea" from The Philip Morris Playhouse (originally aired on CBS on March 11, 1949). Next, as Ranger Jayce Pearson, Joel McCrea hunts an armed robber who targets couples in Lover's Lane in "Nighthawk" (originally aired on NBC on March 30, 1952). Finally, we'll head back to England in 1684 for "John & Judith - Their Crime, and Why They Didn't Get to Enjoy It," a true story of love and murder from Crime Classics (originally aired on CBS on December 16, 1953).

    • 1 hr 35 min
    Mouse House of Mystery (The Whistler, Sam Spade, & Philip Marlowe)

    Mouse House of Mystery (The Whistler, Sam Spade, & Philip Marlowe)

    Old time radio fans will recognize some of their favorite performers' voices popping up in classic Disney films, and today we'll hear three of those stars in radio mysteries. Before she was Cruella de Vil in One Hundred and One Dalmatians, Betty Lou Gerson was a faded movie star who plans to marry into money in "The Girl Next Door" from The Whistler (originally aired on CBS on August 20, 1947). And years before he menaced Peter Pan as Captain Hook, Hans Conried played Sam Spade's client - a butler whose employers have a house full of secrets - in "The Bouncing Betty Caper" (an AFRS rebroadcast from December 12, 1948). Finally, you can still hear Paul Frees as the "Ghost Host" of the Haunted Mansion, and we'll also enjoy his performance as an eccentric poet in "The Cloak of Kamehameha" from The Adventures of Philip Marlowe (originally aired on CBS on April 23, 1949).

    • 1 hr 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
888 Ratings

888 Ratings

Nahnonicknamw ,

Fantastically curated OTR entertainment

This is my favorite OTR podcast and podcaster. His commentary at the beginning of the show does a great job setting the historical and narrative context for the forthcoming show(s). Love the inclusion of original advertisements and the fact that the host is so low-key about the podcast’s own fundraising needs - it’s the least intrusive of almost any podcast I follow. I love the themed episodes from different shows. Keep up the great work!

DeezGruntled ,

Outstanding

Outstanding presentation complete with otr commercials from days gone by as well as insightful notes and anecdotes at the start of each episode from the passionate curator. This otr podcast is tip top. 5 stars.

wffeus ,

Should be 5 stars but…

I listen to OTR every night as I go to bed. It helps set my mind at ease. Down These Mean Streets and it’s companion Stars on Susoense are OUTSTANDING! I would give them 5 stars each but for consistency—not in production or content but in regularity. Too often new episodes are not produced on a weekly basis. But when they are produced, they are sublime. Especially love the vintage ads.

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