When Pat Novak finds $1000 depsited in his bank account and a beautiful woman who wants him to find a Jack of Clubs, he runs into murder.
Original Air Date: February 20, 1949
“You can’t find your hip pocket with radar.”-Pat Novak to Hellman
Finished the least fun part of Podcasting this morning as I went through the painstaking submission process for the Great Detectives of Old Time Radio to increase search engine hits and subscriptions onto Itunes. It’s been a long time since I did this with The Old Time Dragnet Show. However, I’m pleased to report that it only took a couple hours to get through. I focused on directories that I found the Dragnet podcast in as well as the top podcast directories outside of Itunes. One directory that focused on Drama Podcasts had disappeared since the last time I did this.
The great thing about this is that with Google, Blogging, and Itunes, much of this is much more automatic than it used to be. Way back in the olden days of the 1990s. It took days to complete site promotion.
A life insurance company sends a letter to Box 13 in hopes of getting Dan Holiday to locate a missing man who the insurance adjuster believes is alive.
I recently came on a quite interesting discovery in my continuing journey to find the best old-time radio detectives: Australian Detective Series Carter Brown.
Carter Brown isn’t the name of a detective, rather its a pseudonym for an author, or actually several authors of detective fiction in Australia. The primary user of that pseudonym was Alan Geoffrey Yates. In the 1950s, according to the University of Queensland News, imported American cultural items were banned from Australia allowing them to produce many American-style dramas.
The Carter Brown Mystery serials were the Old Time Radio Detective equivalent of the Spaghetti Westerns. The two serials I listened to were set in the United States, featuring Australian actors playing Americans. Overall, in the two serials I’ve listened to so far the actors and writers were quite proficient giving few clues that this wasn’t really released from a big American city. The main thing that stood out was when one of actors referred to getting “Petro,” a term an American wouldn’t use. However, that’s somewhat nitpicky. I could imagine what an Englishman would say about some of our efforts to recreate Great Britain.
The theme music to the show is incredibly catchy with a great celtic beat. The dialogue is crisp and up to date. I had to do a couple searches to make sure this wasn’t one of those mis-labeled “old time radio shows” that was really performed in the 1980s. But it was written in the ’50s, which made it quite impressive. Unlike, most American detective shows that were half hour dramas, Carter Brown mysteries were four part serials, allowing for more complex plots to develop.
Regarding the suitability of the shows, I’ve never read the Carter Brown books, but the radio shows fall safely into PG-territory as most vintage radio detectives do.
While Carter Brown mysteries doesn’t easily lend itself to be included as one of our “Detective” shows given that they changed detectives every serial, it was still a worthwhile discovery.