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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 • 624 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.

    Last Laughs (Deductions Deluxe, Amazing Mr. Smith, and Results, Incorporated)

    Last Laughs (Deductions Deluxe, Amazing Mr. Smith, and Results, Incorporated)

    This week on "Down These Mean Streets," we'll hear a trio of comedic crime dramas with sleuths who find just as many laughs as clues: "The Case of the Painted Poodle" from Deductions Deluxe (7/28/41); "The Story of the Hooting Owl" from the Amazing Mr. Smith (11/5/46); and Results, Incorporated (12/30/44).

    • 1 hr 36 min
    Secret Agent Substitutes (Man Called X)

    Secret Agent Substitutes (Man Called X)

    This week on "Down These Mean Streets," Van Heflin, John Lund, and Joseph Cotten fill in for Herbert Marshall on "The Man Called X." We'll hear "A Man, A Girl, A Plot" (5/25/51), "Stalin Plus Seven" (6/1/51), and "The Casbah" (7/6/51).

    • 1 hr 39 min
    Private Eye Party (Philip Marlowe, Sam Spade, & Richard Diamond)

    Private Eye Party (Philip Marlowe, Sam Spade, & Richard Diamond)

    This week on "Down These Mean Streets," we're catching up with three of the best old time radio private detectives: Philip Marlowe in "The Panama Hat" (10/10/48); Sam Spade in "The Overjord Caper" (6/5/49); and Richard Diamond in "The Misplaced Laundry Case" (9/6/50).

    • 1 hr 36 min
    BONUS - The Dark Knight's Day Returns (Adventures of Superman)

    BONUS - The Dark Knight's Day Returns (Adventures of Superman)

    In this bonus episode, we're celebrating Batman Day a few days late with a complete old time radio adventure starring Batman, Robin, and Superman. We'll hear "Dr. Bly's Confidence Gang" (9/4 - 9/21/45).

    • 2 hr 56 min
    Mr. Edmond (Johnny Dollar, Night Beat, & The Fourth Estate)

    Mr. Edmond (Johnny Dollar, Night Beat, & The Fourth Estate)

    This week on "Down These Mean Streets," Edmond O'Brien is Johnny Dollar in "The David Rocky Matter" (1/20/51). Then, he stars in the audition recordings for "Night Beat" (5/19/49) and the journalism docudrama "The Fourth Estate" (6/26/46).

    • 1 hr 42 min
    This Ladd for Hire (Box 13 & Lux Radio Theatre)

    This Ladd for Hire (Box 13 & Lux Radio Theatre)

    This week on "Down These Mean Streets," Alan Ladd recreates his screen role from "This Gun for Hire" on "The Lux Radio Theatre" (9/25/43). Plus, he stars in "One of These Four," a syndicated mystery from "Box 13."

    • 1 hr 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
624 Ratings

624 Ratings

Lucy&asia ,

Love this show!!

I have been listening to OldTimeRadio for years since the 70’s on radio then buying tapes later DVD’s, now podcasts. I have found myself enjoying this show best. To people who complain about shows they watch on tv or listen to streaming or podcast stop complaining move on, find something you may enjoy better! As for me your show makes my day!

stephyb1 ,

Great entertainment along with a history lesson!

This podcast is perfectly curated with something new all the time. This was my introduction to classic radio shows and it’s addictive. Love all the intros, the classic commercials, and the excellent sound restoration and quality.

Kate G ,

Nice job of curation and sound

Having listened to another classic radio detective podcasts for a while, I'm delighted to find this one. It's well-curated. The sound is excellent. The discussion is really good and on point; more info is available elsewhere. The narrator has a lovely voice, in keeping with the style of the radio shows, and I love the jazz lead in!

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