Audio Drama Review: Too Many Have Lived

In “Too Many Have Lived,” the Hollywood Theater of the Air presents a half hour Black Mask Audio Magazine dramatization of Dashiell Hammett’s Sam Spade short story of the same title.

Sam Spade is hired to find a missing poet by a man who would very much like to marry the man’s wife. When the poet turns up missing, there are plenty of suspects around.

“Too Many Have Lived,” is a fine classic hard-boiled story. It’s no “Maltese Falcon,” but the Theater of the Era does a great job capturing the mood and it’s very well-acted and narrated with a decent amount of sound design. The story has a solidly clever solution that’s worthy of Hammett.

It also serves as a nice sampler for Hollywood Theater of the Ear’s longer works, including a collection of Black Mask stories.

This story is available for free to Audible Members through Audible’s new “My Content” feature and it also can be purchased by non-members for less than $1.50

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Original Air Date: July 12, 1951

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EP1945: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Lost by a Hair Matter

Bob Bailey
An ailing insured woman calls Johnny in for protection for fear that one of her relatives will kill her.

Original Air Date: August 9, 1959

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EP1944: Boston Blackie: The Worthington Pearls

Richard Kollmar
Just as he’s about to be searched by Farraday over another theft he hasn’t committed, Blackie learns the stolen pearls are in his raincoat.

Original Air Date: July 9, 1945

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AWR004: Diamond Dramas

Amazing World of Radio
Two episodes of The Diamond Dramas.

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