EP0062: Pat Novak for Hire: The Geranium Plant

Pat Novak’s hired to deliver a geranium. He’s hit by a car after the pick-up and that’s just the start of his trouble.

Original Air Date: May 14, 1949

I got the idea he didn’t know what he was doing, but you could say for a lot of Senators-Pat Novak.

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EP0061: Box 13: Damsel in Distress

A teenager writes Box 13 and tells Dan she’s received letters threatening a kidnapping.

Original Air Date: March 31, 1948
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Did Agatha Christie Inspire the Creators of Box 13 and Let George Do It?

The great Agatha Christie may have inspired the creation of two of vintage radio’s best mystery detective series.

In Box 13, Dan Holiday ran an ad to get his adventures, “Adventure wanted — will go anywhere, do anything ”

In Let George Do It, George Valentine got his cases through a similar newspaper ad. Throughout the series, the exact wording changed, but the most famous version was, “Personal Notice: Danger is my stock-in-trade. If the job is too tough for you to handle, you’ve got a job for me, George Valentine. Write full details.”

While doing some research regarding a listener question about Agatha Christie in Old Time Radio, I may have stumbled on what inspired both sets of writers.

Agatha Christie wrote a book in 1922, featuring two detectives Tommy and Tuppence, a young man and young woman that set out to find work after the first World War. They formed the Young Adventurers, Ltd. How did  they propose to make their business work? Advertising in the newspaper. And what did their advertisement read?

“‘Two young adventurers for hire. Willing to do anything, go anywhere. Pay must be good. No unreasonable offer refused.”

Sounds very close to what George Valentine and Dan Holiday offered, and given the popularity of Christie, it seems quite likely that she inspired the use of this particular device.

The Secret Adversary, in which the Young Adventurers was formed is one of only two Agatha Christie works in the public domain in the United States and is available for reading at Project Gutenberg.

EP0060: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: Murder Ain’t Minor

Johnny Dollar makes a rare exception and takes on a private client seeking for a 19-year old woman he wants to remove as a beneficiary from his life insurance policy.

Original Air Date: August 7, 1949

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EP0059: Sherlock Holmes: Mrs. Warren’s Key

Sherlock Holmes investigates a mysterious lodger.

Original Air Date: December 7, 1941

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