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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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Mr. Chameleon: The Case of the Murdered Girl’s Ears (EP4416)

Karl Weber\

Karl Swenson

Today’s Mystery:

The wife of a store buyer is murdered. But is it really her?

Original Radio Broadcast Date: August 10, 1949

Originating from New York City

Starring: Karl Weber as Mister Chameleon

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Suspense: Never Follow a Banjo Act (AWR0248)

Batman Villains of Old Time Radio

We continue our look at actors who played villains in the 1966 “Batman” TV series. This week we feature Ethel Merman, who played Lola Lasagna.

We feature an episode of Supsense, “Never Follow a Banjo Act,” where Merman plays a mature singer paired up with a hot young male talent, whose previous partner died under mysterious circumstances. When she discovers a dark side to the young star, will she be the next to go?

Original Radio Broadcast Date: February 1, 1954

Cast: Ethel Merman as Rosie; Paul Frees; Jerry Hausner; Joseph Kearns; Shepard Menken; Jess Kirkpatrick; Ben Wright

After listening to discussing the program, we talk about the Season 3 two-part story, “The Sport of Penguins” and “A Horse of Another Color,” featuring Ethel Merman as Lola Lasagna.

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Dangerous Assignment: Find Anthony Targu (EP4415)


Today’s Mystery:

Steve travels to Montreal to investigate the supposed death of notorious racketeer Anthony Targu and the mysterious disappearance of Dr. Franklin Dorberg, a well-known plastic surgeon.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: July 1, 1953

Originating in Hollywood

Starring: Brian Donlevy as Steve Mitchell; Herb Butterfield as the Commissioner; Paul Frees; Vivi Janiss; Ben Wright; Peter Leeds; William Conrad

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Bulldog Drummond: The Subway Murder Case (EP4414)

Today’s Mystery:

A mysterious man with amnesia asks Captain Drummond to meet him on a subway, alleges someone’s try to kill him, and is then murdered.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: July 12, 1943

Originating in New York

Starring: Ned Wever as Bulldog Drummond; Luis Van Rooten as Denny; Jackson Beck

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The Falcon: The Case of the Mighty Muscle (EP4413)

Les Damon

Today’s Mystery:

The Falcon is hired by the girlfriend of a member of a criminal syndicate who’d been extorted to doublecross his boss and then murdered right in front of her.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: February 11, 1951

Originating from New York

Starring: Les Damon as The Falcon; Ken Lynch as Sergeant Corbett; Ralph Bell; Bill Zuckert

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Bulldog Drummond Escapes (Video Theater 273)

Two relatives of a man who hanged thanks to the testimony of Bulldog Drummond (John Howard) kidnap his girlfriend, Phyllis Clevering (Louise Campbell). The criminals give him a series of clues and an ultimatum to keep Colonel Nelson (John Barrymore) out of the case.

Theatrical Release Date: September 24, 1937

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Dragnet: The Big Job (EP4412)

Today’s Mystery:

While the police are trying to apprehend a fugitive, a police officer is murdered. Joe Friday and Ben Romero set out to bring the fugitive to justice.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: April 27, 1950

Originating from Hollywood

Starring: Jack Webb as Sergeant Joe Friday; Barton Yarborough as Sergeant Ben Romero; Herb Butterfield

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