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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 Primrose Matter, Episodes Three, Four, and Five (EP4327)

Bob Bailey

Today’s Mystery:

Johnny gets into Primrose Camp, where he suspects two robbers are hiding out with $100,000 and finds the owners living in fear and being pushed around by a phony nephew.

Original Radio Broadcast Dates: October 10, 11, and 12, 1956

Originated from Hollywood

Starring: Bob Bailey as Johnny Dollar; Marvin Miller; Junius Matthews; Herb Ellis; D. J. Thompson; Herb Butterfield; Tony Barrett; Barbara Eiler

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Mr. Chameleon: The Case of the Target for Murder (EP4326)

Karl Swenson

Today’s Mystery:

A woman wearing a fortune in jewels is murdered after leaving a night club.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: April 27, 1949

Originated from New York City

Starring: Karl Swenson as Mister Chameleon

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Dangerous Assignment: Black Market in Jewels (EP4325)


Today’s Mystery:

Steve is sent to break up a black market founded on jewel thefts that is destabilizing the Mediterranean. In order to fight them, Steve plans to steal a necklace before the thief can.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: February 25, 1953

Originating in Hollywood

Starring: Brian Donlevy as Steve Mitchell; Herb Butterfield as the Commissioner; Dan Riss; Hal Gerard; Betty Lou Gerson; Paul Dubov; Tony Barrett

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Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Primrose Matter, Episodes One and Two (EP4324)

Bob Bailey

Today’s Mystery:

Johnny goes to Arizona in search of a gang of robbers who stole a $100,000 payroll and have already committed murder.

Original Radio Broadcast Dates: October 8 and 9, 1956

Originating from Hollywood

Starring: Bob Bailey as Johnny Dollar; Marvin Miller; Junius Matthews; Herb Ellis; D. J. Thompson; Herb Butterfield; Tony Barrett; Barbara Eiler

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The Falcon: The Case of the Careless Client (EP4323)

Les Damon

Today’s Mystery:

A woman hires The Falcon to protect her from a racketeer who wants to kill her, but she isn’t telling him the whole story.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: October 15, 1950

Originating from New York

Starring: Les Damon as the Falcon, Mandel Kramer

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Sheriff of Cochise: Vapor Lock (Video Theater 266)

Two robbers feign car trouble and steal a traveling salesman’s car.

Season 1, Episode 25 

Original Air Date: March 15, 1957

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Police Headquarters: KO’d and Infiltrating the Mob (EP4322s)

Today’s Episodes:

Episode 18:

A police captain takes in a night at the fights and finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation when the winning boxer drops dead.

Episode 20:

An officer goes undercover in hopes of recovering uncut diamonds stolen from a jewelry store.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: 1932

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