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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 • 704 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.

    These Guns for Hire (Nick Carter, Rogue’s Gallery, & Michael Shayne)

    These Guns for Hire (Nick Carter, Rogue’s Gallery, & Michael Shayne)

    There's no case too big for these three radio private eyes. First, Lon Clark is Nick Carter, Master Detective in "The Case of the Priceless Prose" (originally aired on Mutual on December 14, 1947). Then, Dick Powell looks for "The Star of Savoy" as Richard Rogue in Rogue's Gallery (originally aired on NBC on June 23, 1946). Finally, Jeff Chandler is on the job in the Big Easy in "The Case of the Gray-Eyed Blonde," a syndicated mystery from The New Adventures of Michael Shayne.

    • 1 hr 35 min
    Adventures Abroad (Rocky Jordan, Johnny Dollar, & Bold Venture)

    Adventures Abroad (Rocky Jordan, Johnny Dollar, & Bold Venture)

    Our trip to the golden age of radio takes us all around the world this week. First, Jack Moyles hunts a kidnapper in Cairo as Rocky Jordan in "Quest for Tornina" (originally aired on CBS on October 16, 1949). Then, Edmond O'Brien heads to the Phillippines in "The Woodward Manila Matter" from Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar (originally aired on November 25, 1950). Finally, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall lead an adventure in tropical Havana in "Dead Men Don't Leave Prints" from the syndicated series Bold Venture.

    • 1 hr 35 min
    Don’t Know Much About History (Crime Classics, Frontier Gentleman, & Suspense)

    Don’t Know Much About History (Crime Classics, Frontier Gentleman, & Suspense)

    We're going back in time this week for tales of murder and mystery from the 19th and early 20th centuries. First, Crime Classics dramatizes the sensational true story "The Terrible Deed of John White Webster" (originally aired on CBS on July 13, 1953). Then, the Frontier Gentleman plays an infamous game of poker with Wild Bill Hickok in "Aces and Eights" (originally aired on CBS on April 20, 1958). Finally, Fred MacMurray is a Prohibition-era jazz drummer who witnesses a gangland rub-out in "The Windy City Six" from Suspense (originally aired on CBS on February 8, 1951).

    • 1 hr 34 min
    BONUS - Five Favorites: The Saint

    BONUS - Five Favorites: The Saint

    For this bonus show, I'm sharing my five favorite old time radio adventures of Simon Templar - "the Robin Hood of modern crime" best known as The Saint. We'll hear Vincent Price as the Saint in "The Sinister Sneeze" (originally aired on NBC on June 11, 1950); "Baseball Murder" (originally aired on NBC on September 3, 1950); "No Hiding Place" (originally aired on NBC on November 19, 1950); and "The Big Swindle" (originally aired on NBC on February 25, 1951). We'll also hear substitute Saint Barry Sullivan in "The Ghost that Giggled" (originally aired on NBC oN September 17, 1950).

    • 2 hr 31 min
    Hard-Boiled Eggs (Peter Chambers, Jeff Regan, & Philip Marlowe)

    Hard-Boiled Eggs (Peter Chambers, Jeff Regan, & Philip Marlowe)

    Three hard-boiled gumshoes are on the case in this week's episode. First, Dane Clark stars in Crime and Peter Chambers in an Armed Forces Radio Service rebroadcast of a show from April 27, 1954. Then, Frank Graham is Jeff Regan, Investigator in "The Little Man's Lament" (originally aired on CBS on November 9, 1949). Finally, we'll hear Gerald Mohr in "The Heat Wave" from The Adventures of Philip Marlowe (originally aired on CBS on April 16, 1949).

    • 1 hr 34 min
    Stage Fright (Let George Do It, Boston Blackie, & The Whistler)

    Stage Fright (Let George Do It, Boston Blackie, & The Whistler)

    Places, please! We've got three old time radio mysteries set onstage, backstage, and in the aisles of the theatre. Actors, playwrights, and critics are all suspects, victims, and killers and it's up to the detectives to figure out whodunnit before the final curtain. We'll hear "Murder Me Twice" from Let George Do It (originally aired on Mutual on July 5, 1948); a syndicated Boston Blackie mystery known as "Seven Years Bad Luck for Florence Wells;" and "Curtain Call," another strange story by The Whistler (originally aired on CBS on August 27, 1947).

    • 1 hr 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
704 Ratings

704 Ratings

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Top tier

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