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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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    • 4.6 • 828 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.

    BONUS - Superman Summer: Professor Thorpe's Bathysphere

    BONUS - Superman Summer: Professor Thorpe's Bathysphere

    In this week's bonus show, Superman embarks on a new adventure on (and beneath) the seas! We'll hear all twelve chapters of "Professor Thorpe's Bathysphere" (originally aired between August 26 and September 20, 1940).

    • 2 hr 25 min
    Love, Marriage, and Murder (The Whistler, The Falcon, & Black Museum)

    Love, Marriage, and Murder (The Whistler, The Falcon, & Black Museum)

    Wedding bells are ringing and police sirens are wailing in these three old time radio mysteries. Matrimony is neither holy nor happy in these shows, beginning with "Maid of Honor" from The Whistler (originally aired on CBS on April 14, 1947). Next, private eye Mike Waring investigates a case of embezzlement and ends up married in "The Case of the Unwelcome Wife" from The Falcon (originally aired on CBS on May 27, 1951). Finally, Orson Welles tells the story of how a mandolin string was linked to the murders of a pair of bridegrooms in a syndicated episode of The Black Museum.

    • 1 hr 36 min
    BONUS - Superman Summer: Pillar of Fire at Grave's End & The Mayan Treasure

    BONUS - Superman Summer: Pillar of Fire at Grave's End & The Mayan Treasure

    Look, up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's the start of another Superman summer! Our new season of bonus episodes starring the Man of Steel kicks off with a pair of serialized adventures. First, Clark Kent and Lois Lane investigate strange events in a small town in "Pillar of Fire at Graves' End" (originally aired between August 5 and August 9, 1940). Then, Clark joins an expedition to Central America in "The Mayan Treasure" (originally aired between August 12 and August 23, 1940).

    • 1 hr 48 min
    BONUS - Five Favorites: Pat Novak For Hire

    BONUS - Five Favorites: Pat Novak For Hire

    In this month's bonus episode, we're headed to the San Francisco waterfront for my five favorite episodes of Pat Novak For Hire. Jack Webb stars as Novak - who makes ends meet by renting boats and taking odd investigative assignments, and who usually lands in hot water with the hard-headed Inspector Hellman of homicide. First, competing clients hire Novak to guard - and stay away from - boxer Rory Malone (originally aired on ABC on March 20, 1949). Then, a woman wants Novak to settle up her brother's debt with a notorious gambler (originally aired on ABC on March 27, 1949) and a priest asks Novak to find an Alcatraz escapee before the police do (originally aired on ABC on April 2, 1949). A scheme to scare a man backfires when a gun with blanks delivers a fatal shot (originally aired on ABC on April 16, 1949) and the search for a dead woman's handbag brings out the worst in several dangerous characters (originally aired on ABC on June 4, 1949).

    • 2 hr 36 min
    Doctors in the House (Broadway is My Beat, Johnny Dollar, & Dragnet)

    Doctors in the House (Broadway is My Beat, Johnny Dollar, & Dragnet)

    Doctor, doctor - give me the news. We've got three old time radio mysteries involving physicians - some good, some bad, but all in the middle of crimes that our heroes must solve. First, a doctor drops dead in Danny Clover's office on Broadway is My Beat (originally aired on CBS on August 4, 1949). Next, Charles Russell investigates a doctor who may be criminally negligent in "An Apple a Day Sent the Doctor Away" from Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar (originally aired on CBS on October 15, 1949). Finally, Sgt. Joe Friday's prime suspect has an unshakable alibi from his doctor in "The Big Impossible" from Dragnet (originally aired on NBC on March 15, 1953).

    • 1 hr 38 min
    Price Club (Thirteenth Juror, Philip Morris Playhouse, & The Saint)

    Price Club (Thirteenth Juror, Philip Morris Playhouse, & The Saint)

    In honor of Vincent Price's birthday on May 27th, we've got the screen legend in three old time radio mysteries. First, he narrates what might have happened to John Wilkes Booth if the assassin escaped death at the hands of the army in The Thirteenth Juror (originally aired on NBC on April 23, 1949). Then, Price discovers a dead man is still alive, and he may kill to keep the secret in "Murder Needs an Artist" from The Philip Morris Playhouse (originally aired on CBS on May 6, 1950). And finally, he's Simon Templar - the Robin Hood of modern crime - in "Cupid and the Corpse" from The Saint, where a dead body derails his date with an old flame (originally aired on NBC on August 27, 1950).

    • 1 hr 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
828 Ratings

828 Ratings

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.

Grin Ann Barrett ,

Delightful

Better than the rest, with the exception of the equally delightful Stars on Suspense, their other OTR podcast.

Blacky Green ,

Top of the Old Time Radio heap

This show distinguishes itself from the rest of the OTR players in its quality production, the odd and sometimes hilarious ads, and the host’s velvet delivery. Above all, though, I appreciate the context and commentary surrounding the episodes. I’d listen to more history and analysis of these shows.

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