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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EP3586: Jeff Regan: The Man on the Hook

The police and the mob are looking for a key mob witness, and Regan joins the fray when $1,000 is dangled before the Lyon.

 

Orignal Air Date: December 28, 1949

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EP3585: Casey, Crime Photographer: Ex-Convict

Stats Cotsworth

Three ex-convicts who were recruited by a noted prison reformer have gone back to crime and have died before they could be questioned. Casey goes undercover to find out what’s really going on.

Original Air Date: January 22, 1948

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Video Theater 213: Philo Vance: The Kennel Murder Case

Philo Vance (William Powell) is called in when a wealthy man is found murdered and in the process of undressing in his locked bedroom.

Original Release Date: October 28, 1933

EP3584: Tales of Texas Rangers: Trigger Man

Jayce has to hunt down two vicious fugitive brothers from Oklahoma.

Original Air Date: July 29, 1950

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Book Review: The Kennel Murder Case

In the Kennel Murder Case, a wealthy man is found dead upstairs in a locked room with signs that point to murder. His brother is thought to be the prime suspect until he’s found dead downstairs in a closet. A key clue to solving the case is a badly beaten Scottish terrier. Of course, it falls to Philo Vance to unravel the case.

This is the sixth Philo Vance and in my opinion, it’s much better than the first. Vance is far more likable for one. While in the first book, Vance had a thru line arguing physical evidence was so humbug and how he knows better, the smugness is dialed down considerably. And physical evidence is important to him as he investigates and formulates his theory.

It also helps that Vance is a dog-lover and passionate about the Scottish Terrier breed, giving a really impassioned speech on the breed’s virtues. It humanizes his character quite a bit. Although, it should be noted there are some key differences in the way dogs were treated in the 1930s and what we view as best practices today.

In addition, writer S.S. Van Dine also featured some cameos from real people he knew, which gives the book warmth.

The puzzle has a lot of clues, red herrings, and moving parts that boggle the mind and keep the reader engaged. I’m not a huge fan of the solution, due to ridiculous and improbable mistakes and miscues by so many people. If a re-enactment of the murders as portrayed in the book were done on film, it’d be appropriate to play the Benny Hill theme over it.

Another annoyance is that  Sergeant Heath formulates his theories based on racial stereotypes, although these never pan out.  Despite this, this is an enjoyable read. If you love a decent puzzle mystery or are curious about Philo Vance, this is a fun way to experience the character, if you can tolerate the offensive content and the absurd content..

Rating: 4 out of 5

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EP3583: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Madison Matter

John Lund

A woman shows up in Hartford claiming to be the wife on a Doctor in Los Angeles who reported her dead to collect the insurance.

Original Air Date: April 14, 1953

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EP3582: Philo Vance: The Eagle Murder Case


A man is put into an ambulance with minor injuries after a car accident and when he’s pulled out, he’s dead of a knife wound in his side.

Original AIr Date: September 26, 1946

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