EP0256: Box 13: Round Robin

Alan Ladd

A letter to Box 13 puts Dan Holiday in the middle of a complicated blackmail scheme.

Original Air Date: December 22, 1948

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The Best of Box 13

After 52 episodes, the last Podcast of Box 13 will be released. It’s been a good run with some of the best writing and acting in radio. While there were a few clunkers such as, “Actor’s Alibi” this was the exception rather than rule.

Holiday’s plan to find mystery plots by receiving letters sent to Box 13 at the Star Times has paid off. It’s attracted all kinds: damsels in distress, criminals looking for unwitting accomplices, and people who were just plain crazy. Below are five of my favorites:

5) Book of Poems

A great mystery where Dan tries to find out what a disabled young man who can’t talk meant by sending him a book of poems by Sir Walter Raleigh. Features Ladd’s fantastic reading voice.

4) Hare and Hounds

This is a very tense and suspenseful story as Holiday finds himself framed for murder, with the local police hunting for him, along with the real killer. His job is to stay alive. It’s one of Holiday’s cleverest adventures.

3) The Philanthropist

Dan Holiday answers a letter from a homeless man, and goes undercover as an indigent as he tries to find out who’s behind the disappearance of several homeless men. The answer is shocking.

2) Find Me, Find Death

Dan Holiday got plenty of crazy letters, but this one took the cake. The letter writer informed Holiday that he would kill him in 4 days and that if he went to the police, he’d kill Holiday sooner.  Holiday’s challenge is to find the madman–without finding death.

1) The Treasure of Hang Li

Dan Holidays follows the instructions in a letter to purchase “the Hang Li” piece. The shop owner gives it to Holiday and insists he not pay for it.  It’s a very surprising story, and perhaps the most profound of the series.

And there are many other great episodes, all of which are available on our Box 13 page.

EP0255: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Henry J. Unger Matter

 Edmond O'Brien

An ex-con who Johnny sent up, frames him  for murder.

Original Air Date: July 20, 1950

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EP0254: Sherlock Holmes: The Girl with the Gazelle

Basil Rathbone

An art expert disappears and Sherlock Holmes of being involved.

Original Air Date: March 25, 1946

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EP0253: Let George Do It: The Host of Casa Diablo

Bob Bailey

George is hired to go to Mexico to bring back a fugitive member of a political machine that is promising to tell the truth-for a price. George and Brooksie find themselves on a bus surrounded by characters all headed for the same place-Casa Diablo.

Original Air Date: March 28, 1949

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