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EP0073: Let George Do It: A Piece of Publicity

 

A high wire performer hires George to be her bodyguard to “protect her” from someone who has been sending her threatening letters. Brooksie suspsects the woman is sending the letters herself for publicity.

Original Air Date: June 14, 1948

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EP0072: Pat Novak: Agnes Bolton

 

Pat Novak hired to follow a woman, and while he’s doing it, she drops dead in a phone book and once again Hellman puts the finger on Novak.

Original Air Date: June 5, 1949

Hellmann lifted his head up and laid him across the seat. The light was bad, but you could see a little of his face. It was watering around his forehead, and the damp hair was plastering around his hat brim. The perspiration had broken up and started to run down his forehead like tears. And you got the idea he cried out of his hairline instead of his eyes.

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EP0071: Box 13: Double Right Cross

 

Dan Holiday goes to a friend’s boxing match. When his friend goes down for the count before Holiday even gets to the fight and people start claiming Holiday’s friend took a dive, Dan’s got to find out the truth.

Original Air Date: April 14, 1948

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EP0070: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Expiring Nickles

Johnny Dollar does a favor for his old chaplain. He has to get a leper and a gun from Calcutta to Egypt to save the life of a man wrongfully accused of murder.

Original Air Date: September 4, 1949

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EP0069: Sherlock Holmes: The Superflous Pearl

Sherlock Holmes is retained to guard the necklace of a well-known actress at a party. His prime suspect? The snobbish sister of his client.

Original Air Date: May 22, 1944

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EP0068: Let George Do It: Have Some Excitement

 

A Hollywood character actor hires George to bring some excitement into his life, so that he’ll have the confidence to take on a leading role. But on a trip to the Tunnel of Love, they stumble into some real excitement-murder.

Original Air Date: June 7, 1948

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EP0067: Pat Novak for Hire: Give Envelope to John St. John

A dying man gives Novak an envelope with the mission to deliver it to John St. John.

Original Air Date: May 22, 1949

“I hit the floor and made Rip Van Winkle look like an insomniac.”

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EP0066: Box 13: Diamond in the Sky


Dan Holiday heads to Paris to pick up an ultra-expensive diamond.

Original Air Date: April 7, 1948
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EP0065: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: Out of the Fire Into the Frying Pan

 

Johnny Dollar travels to Iowa to serve as bodyguard to a champion hog. 

Original Air Date: August 21, 1949

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EP0064: Sherlock Holmes: The Missing Bloodstains

 

Sherlock Holmes investigates a murder with political overtones in a Turkish bath.

Original Air Date: May 15, 1944

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EP0063: Let George Do It: The Island on Tuxedo Lake

George is hired to investigate the disappearance of a young woman who met her older husband through a dating service.

Original Air Date: May 31, 1948

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EP0062: Pat Novak for Hire: The Geranium Plant

Pat Novak’s hired to deliver a geranium. He’s hit by a car after the pick-up and that’s just the start of his trouble.

Original Air Date: May 14, 1949

I got the idea he didn’t know what he was doing, but you could say for a lot of Senators-Pat Novak.

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EP0061: Box 13: Damsel in Distress

A teenager writes Box 13 and tells Dan she’s received letters threatening a kidnapping.

Original Air Date: March 31, 1948

Did Agatha Christie Inspire the Creators of Box 13 and Let George Do It?

The great Agatha Christie may have inspired the creation of two of vintage radio’s best mystery detective series.

In Box 13, Dan Holiday ran an ad to get his adventures, “Adventure wanted — will go anywhere, do anything ”

In Let George Do It, George Valentine got his cases through a similar newspaper ad. Throughout the series, the exact wording changed, but the most famous version was, “Personal Notice: Danger is my stock-in-trade. If the job is too tough for you to handle, you’ve got a job for me, George Valentine. Write full details.”

While doing some research regarding a listener question about Agatha Christie in Old Time Radio, I may have stumbled on what inspired both sets of writers.

Agatha Christie wrote a book in 1922, featuring two detectives Tommy and Tuppence, a young man and young woman that set out to find work after the first World War. They formed the Young Adventurers, Ltd. How did  they propose to make their business work? Advertising in the newspaper. And what did their advertisement read?

“‘Two young adventurers for hire. Willing to do anything, go anywhere. Pay must be good. No unreasonable offer refused.”

Sounds very close to what George Valentine and Dan Holiday offered, and given the popularity of Christie, it seems quite likely that she inspired the use of this particular device.

The Secret Adversary, in which the Young Adventurers was formed is one of only two Agatha Christie works in the public domain in the United States and is available for reading at Project Gutenberg.