Mystery is My Hobby came to air as Murder is My Hobby, a title with an amusing double meaning. However, after 34 weeks, the series gained a sponsor–the Benefit Life Insurance Company of Omaha, Nebraska. They didn’t like the name. So thus it was changed.
The series starred Glenn Langan as Mystery Writer Barton Drake, who teams up each week with Inspector Noah Danton to solve the weekly puzzle. At the end of each episode, Drake is sure to work in his catchphrase, “Murder/Mystery is My Hobby.”
Beyond these basic facts, the series is an unsolved mystery. The episodes that circulate among fans are from the Syndicated series and all include the, “Mystery is My Hobby” tag rather than “Murder is My Hobby.” Various websites will give dates ranging from 1945-51 for the series’ airing. However, newspaper logs from the Digital Deli confirm that Murder is My Hobby premiered in 1945 over the Mutual Network. Beyond that, we don’t know how long the series aired or what order episodes aired in for syndication. Confusing this is information in the Radio Gold index logs which show that the show used the same episodes repeatedly in different syndication packages, so even though there’s an episode #135, we don’t know if there was 135 episodes made.
This makes the series difficult to research and nearly impossible to date. However, the episodes are self-contained and lack continuity so they don’t have to be listened to in any particular order.
Glenn Langan (1917-91): Langan made his Broadway debut in 1942 and started in the 1945-47 radio series Mystery is My Hobby . In Hollywood, Langan starred in a variety of B movies. He met his future wife Adele Jurgens on the set of The Treasure of Monte Christo. Throughout the mid-1950s, he made a variety of film and television appearances and starred in another syndicated radio series Stand by for Crime, playing reporter Chuck Morgan. In 1957, he starred in the cult film classic The Amazing Colossal Man. As his film career wound down, Langan developed a new career in real estate.
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