Bob Bailey & Virginia Gregg in front of an old Microphone

Bob Bailey & Virginia Gregg

Welcome to the Great Detectives of Old Time Radio! A podcast featuring the best vintage detective radio programs. Each week from Monday through Saturday, we feature six of Old Time Radio's great detective series from the beginning of the show to its very last episode. And as a bonus, twice a month we also post a public domain movie or TV mystery or detective show video.

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Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Hampton Line Matter (EP3985)

John Lund

Today’s Mystery:

Johnny goes to Michigan to investigate an explosion onboard a ship, and to find the respectable man who is suspected of planting the bomb.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: August 3, 1954

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Philo Vance: The Left-Handed Murder Case (EP3984)

Today’s Mystery: A gangleader comes to Vance for help going legitimate and is then found murdered.

Original Radio Broadcast Date:January 10, 1950

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Dangerous Assignment: Retrieve Slarga from Latin America (EP3983)


Today’s Mystery:

Steve goes to Latin America to retrieve a foreign agent who is willing to give the US vital secrets if they can protect him from the police and his former organization.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: September 27, 1950

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Meet Miss Sherlock: Case of the Deadman’s Chest (EP3982)

Today’ s Mystery:

A buyer for a department store acquires a chest and everyone wants it.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: July 7, 1946

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Sam Spade: The Bumpus Hell Caper (EP3981)

Today’s Mystery:

Sam’s attempts to relax and read by a Western novel are interrupted by the drama surrounding a beautiful actress who is one of Sam’s neighbors.

Original Radio Broadcast Date:January 16, 1949

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Audio Drama Review: Shilling and Sixpence Investigates, Volume 2: In Loving Memory

The second volume of Shilling and Sixpence Investigates finds Girls School headmistress Livonia Sixpence (Celia Emery) and English teacher Desmond Shilling (the late David Warner) once again up to their necks in mystery as the Second World War has begun. Several characters return and new ones emerge as they face a baffling mystery with multiple layers that leaves them unsure who they can trust—including each other.

The first Shilling and Sixpence release featured eight half-hourish episodes that formed four mysteries, most of which were interrelated and came together in the final story. Here, we have interlacing mysteries playing off each other from the word go, and I think that makes for a fascinating and involved story. The timing of the story is of particular interest, as it portrays Britain’s transition into war footing in 1939 and how characters adapt and change to it.

This story has more humor than the first box set, coming from some outlandish and over-the-top characters. In this case, it’s definitely a feature rather than a bug. The cast is really top-notch. Warner was well-known as a supremely talented character actor on both sides of the pond and Emery’s every bit his equal. The cast is also solid throughout including such solid professionals as Louise Jameson and Lisa Bowerman.

The script is mostly solid. There’s a lot going on but I don’t think the mystery crossed the line that separates complicated from convoluted. The pacing could be a bit uneven and not all the jokes landed, but this was still an overall solid outing and a great chance to hear one last performance from a truly remarkable actor.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Shilling and Sixpence Investigates Volume 2 is Exclusively at the Big Finish website

Tales of the Texas Rangers: Prelude to a Felony (EP3980)

Today’s Mystery:

Jace is called in to investigate the disappearance of four calves from a small farm.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: March 16, 1952

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