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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EP3621: Casey, Crime Photographer: The Fix

Stats Cotsworth
The son of a good cop on the gambling squad tries to shake down local gamblers and when his dad does a raid anyway, he’s left beat up.

Original Air Date: February 26, 1948

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EP3620: Tales of the Texas Rangers: Dead or Alive

A safe cracker fakes his own death in the Texas City disaster. Will Ranger Pearson be able to find him out to commit one last job.

Original Air Date: September 9, 1950

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Book Review: Murder for Two

In Murder for Two, Flash Casey is upset that he can’t join the military and agrees to teach a photography class for the American Women’s Volunteer Services. One of his students wants to tag along and her father happens to be an investor in The Morning Express, so Casey has no choice but to let her tag along as he visits crusading reporter Rosalind Taylor. Things get complicated when Taylor gets murdered and Casey and his student find themselves in the thick of the action.

This was a fun read. There were some nice uses of cutting-edge photographic methods of the time, along with a pretty complex mystery with its fair share of red herrings. It also had a really good two-fisted action scene that I adored. Casey’s a lovable character with a gruff exterior who loves his job and goes above and beyond to do right by others but is also not someone you want to mess with. I don’t think the mystery quite has the breadth or depth of the first Casey Novel, Silent are the Dead. (reviewWhile Silent are the Dead was originally serialized over three issues of Black Mask Magazine, Murder for Two was only done over two.

The book uses standard tropes of detective fiction and most of the characters are pretty basic, but within those confines, it’s well-crafted by someone who knew what he was doing. This is great if you want a fun and breezy World War II-era detective novel that provides a clever-enough mystery, a dash of romance, and a character you can’t help but cheer for.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

EP3619: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Brisbane Fraud Matter

John Lund

Johnny goes to Detroit to investigate the disappearance of a wealthy insured man.

Original Air Date: May 26, 1953

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EP3618: Philo Vance: The Backstage Murder Case

Philo Vance is called in when the lead actress in a Broadway play is threatened with death unless she skips a specific performance.

Original AIr Date: December 5, 1946

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EP3617: Man Called X: Stalin Plus Seven

John Lund

Bill Pringle goes behind the iron curtain to Romania to rescue an American businessman being held by the Communist Government for a show trial.

Original Air Date: June 1, 1951

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AWR0176: Jimmy Durante and Garry Moore Show: Thanksgiving Pilgrim

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A half hour of fun with Durante and Moore including their Thanksgiving “opera” about the Courtship of Miles Standish.

Original Air Date: November 22, 1946

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