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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.

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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.

    South of the Border (Suspense, Philip Marlowe, Dragnet, & I Was a Communist for the FBI)

    South of the Border (Suspense, Philip Marlowe, Dragnet, & I Was a Communist for the FBI)

    Pack your bags and take a trip to Mexico in these radio mysteries. First, Burt Lancaster plots a double cross in "The Big Shot" from Suspense (originally aired on CBS on September 9, 1948). Philip Marlowe is hired to find out what a woman is up to in "The Mexican Boat Ride" (originally aired on CBS on July 30, 1949), and the cops of Dragnet chase a pair of fugitives in "The Big Border" (originally aired on NBC on March 20, 1952). Finally, Dana Andrews tries to thwart the plans of Soviet saboteurs trying to sneak into the US in "The Red Gate" from I Was a Communist for the FBI.

    • 2 hr 5 min
    Holes-in-One and Homicides (Calling All Detectives, Boston Blackie, Philo Vance, & Frank Race)

    Holes-in-One and Homicides (Calling All Detectives, Boston Blackie, Philo Vance, & Frank Race)

    Tee off with four (not fore!) old time radio detective stories set on the golf course. Actor Paul Barnes plays every role in the syndicated mini-mystery Calling All Detectives, and a golf teacher gets too close to a gangster's wife in Boston Blackie (a syndicated episode known as "Carl Grady, Golf Instructor"). As Philo Vance, Jackson Beck spots a clue on the course in "The Red Duck Murder Case," and Frank Race meets an old friend - a golf pro with a jealous husband who's got a violent temper - in "The Adventure of the Fairway Beauties."

    • 1 hr 35 min
    That Voodoo That You Do (Box 13, Man Called X, Harry Lime, & Johnny Dollar)

    That Voodoo That You Do (Box 13, Man Called X, Harry Lime, & Johnny Dollar)

    Black magic is in the air with four radio mysteries where our heroes are menaced by voodoo. Dan Holiday heads to the bayou to save a man's life in "Death is a Doll" from Box 13, and Ken Thurston investigates when government officials fall victim to zombies in Haiti in The Man Called X (known as "Enough Intrigue to Fill a Book," originally aired on NBC on May 18, 1951). Orson Welles runs a dangerous con in "Voodoo" from The Lives of Harry Lime, and as Johnny Dollar, John Lund tries to protect a family from a curse in "The Voodoo Matter" (originally aired on CBS on August 4, 1953).

    • 2 hr 4 min
    Memories Lost and Found (Jeff Regan, The Saint, Richard Diamond, & Night Beat)

    Memories Lost and Found (Jeff Regan, The Saint, Richard Diamond, & Night Beat)

    Mysteries are hard enough to solve without throwing amnesia into the mix, but that's what our radio detectives have to handle this week. A woman doesn't know who she is, and then drops dead in Jack Webb's office in "The Lady with No Name" from Jeff Regan, Investigator (originally aired on CBS on September 25, 1948). The Saint comes to the aid of a woman without her memory in "The Case of the Blonde Who Lost Her Head" (originally aired on Mutual on November 13, 1949). Dick Powell sings and solves the case of a young man who may have committed a murder and forgotten about it in Richard Diamond, Private Detective (originally aired on NBC on November 26, 1949). And Chicago reporter Randy Stone tries to help a soldier find his memory and his missing wife in Night Beat (originally aired on NBC on July 6, 1951).

    • 2 hr 2 min
    Trials and Errors (Mollé Mystery Theatre, Mr. District Attorney, The Whistler, & Philip Marlowe)

    Trials and Errors (Mollé Mystery Theatre, Mr. District Attorney, The Whistler, & Philip Marlowe)

    We're back in court with four radio mysteries involving lawyers, juries, and trials. A lone holdout tries to convince his fellow jurors of a defendant's innocence in "The Eleventh Juror" from The Mollé Mystery Theatre (AFRS rebroadcast from April 3, 1945), and Mr. District Attorney chases down a robbery ring in "The Case of Murder A La Carte" (originally aired on NBC on March 9, 1949). A defense attorney is the only man who can prove his client's guilt in "The Trigger Man" from The Whistler (originally aired on CBS on August 7, 1949), and Philip Marlowe is hired to clear a man on trial for murder in "The Quiet Magpie" (originally aired on CBS on August 11, 1950).

    • 2 hr 4 min
    Doctor, Doctor, Give Me the Clues (Richard Diamond, Dragnet, FBI in Peace and War, & Rocky Fortune)

    Doctor, Doctor, Give Me the Clues (Richard Diamond, Dragnet, FBI in Peace and War, & Rocky Fortune)

    The doctors are in with these four old time radio mysteries. A doctor hires Dick Powell and then jumps out of the window in Richard Diamond, Private Detective (originally aired on NBC on August 23, 1950). Joe Friday is on the trail of a phony physician in "The Big Quack" from Dragnet (originally aired on NBC on October 12, 1950). A crooked doctor sets up fake accidents in "No Insurance" from The FBI in Peace and War (AFRS rebroadcast from November 22, 1951). And Frank Sinatra comes to the aid of a doctor with a dilemma close to home in "Honor Among Thieves" from Rocky Fortune (originally aired on NBC on March 2, 1954).

    • 1 hr 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
910 Ratings

910 Ratings

Chesterossa ,

Pretty awesome!

I specifically like that the host ends each episode with a Vincent Price monologue about being a good American and a decent human being. Are there some parts that didn’t age very well? Absolutely! However, the selections often provide context and background that may ease the bitterness of some problematic moments and material.

adam7782 ,

Delightful !

There could be no better host to curate and introduce us to these Old Time Radio programs. These old shows bring a breath of fresh air to those long hours behind the wheel, and transport me to a time long passed. A Very Happy Birthday , sir, and thank you.

2quiet2 ,

Happy 40th and Thank You!

Thanks for your Birthday bash! Best yet!

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