Category: Mystery Special

Suspense: The Man Who Murders People (EP4304s)

Today’s Mystery:

The commuter train to Roseville becomes the setting for a deadly game of cat and mouse, passengers grapple with the terror of a serial killer at large. With every twist and turn of the conversation, the line between hunter and prey blurs, leading to an electrifying climax that will leave listeners in suspense!

Original Radio Broadcast Date: November 13, 1960

Originating in New York

Starring: Vivian Smolen; George Petrie; Alan Manson; Maurice Tarplin

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Police File: Mr. One by One (EP4250s)

The Australian Commonwealth Investigation Branch (CIB) seeks a gang of counterfeiters that are passing forged ten-pound notes.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: Mid-1950s

Originating from Sydney, Australia

Australian Dragnet episode, “The Big Revenge” on Soundcloud

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Academy Award Theatre: The Maltese Falcon (EP4239)

Bogie Holding the Maltese Falcon
Today’s Mystery:

Sam Spade’s search for the murderer in his partner puts him in the midst of intrigue among four dangerous characters, all trying to gain possession of an enameled jeweled falcon.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: July 3, 1946

Originated from Hollywood

Starring: Humphrey Bogart as Sam Spade; Mary Astor as Brigid O’Shaughnessy; Sidney Greenstreet as Kasper Gutman; Gerald Mohr

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Sherlock Holmes Guy Fawkes Day Special (EP4226)

Today is Guy Fawkes Day and we celebrate with two different Guy-Fawkes-related Sherlock Holmes adventures.

First, in The Fifth of November, a man named James Stuart comes to Baker Street pleading for Holmes’ help, as he fears his cousin, Guy Falkenberry, is going to blow him up.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: November 5, 1945

Originated from Hollywood

Starring: Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes; Nigel Bruce as Doctor Watson.

Second, in The Guy Fawkes Society, Holmes and Watson find a man with his throat slit from ear to ear and it sets Holmes on the trail of a sinister conspiracy.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: October 10, 1948

Starring: John Stanley as Sherlock Holmes; George Spelvin as Watson

Guest introduction by Donna Fletcher Crow. You can purchase her book, Where Love Restores, on Amazon. (affiliate link)

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Stars in the Air: House on 92nd Street (EP4202s)

Today’s Mystery:

An FBI undercover man infiltrates a Nazi spy ring that could send the secret of Process 97 to the Nazis.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: May 3, 1952

Originated from Hollywood

Starred: Humphrey Bogart as Agent George Briggs, Keefe Brasselle, Betty Lou Gerson, Lou Merrill, Herb Vigran, Shepard Menken, Paul Dubov, Bob Sweeney, Frank Nelson, Walter Wolf King

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Twice Told Tale – Man Called X: Murder, Music, and a Blonde Madonna; Christopher London: Pattern for Murder (EP4178s)

Today’s First Episode:

Ken travels to Italy to follow a composer, to find why that composer’s friend was murdered in New York City.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: July 10, 1944

Today’s Second Episode:

Christopher London travels to Monaco, to find out why a composer’s friend was murdered in New York City.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: May 29, 1950

Both Originated from Hollywood.

The Man Called X starred Herbert Marshall as Ken Thurston and Hans Conreid as Egon Zellschmidt

Christopher London starred Glenn Ford as Christopher London, Ben Wright, Eleanor Audley, Ramsey Hill, Jeanette Nolan, Ted de Corsia, Georgia Ellis, Rick Vallin

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Suspense: The High Wall (EP4172s)

Robert Young
Today’s Mystery:

A man wakes up in an insane asylum with no idea how he got there.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: June 6, 1946

Originated from Hollywood

Starred: Robbert Young, George Zucco, Cathy Lewis, Wally Maher

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Guest Star Detective Double Feature (EP4166s)

Today’s First Story: Basil Rathbone sets up an office as a radio detective, with Kenny Delmar as his bumbling sidekick.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: July 24, 1947

Today’s Second Story: A key witness in a Distict Attorney’s (Robert Preston) racketeering case is murdered on his doorstep while leaving an important clue behind.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: March 18, 1951

Programs Originated from New York and Hollywood

Starred: Basil Rathbone, Kenny Delmar, Robert Preston, Barbara Fuller, Peter Leeds

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Suspense: Fragile, Contents: Death (EP4154s)

Victor Perrin

Today’s Mystery:

A postmaster (Victor Perrin) gets a tip that there’s a time bomb among the day’s packages.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: May 22, 1956

Stars: Victor Perin, Herb Ellis, Frank Gershwin, Vivi Janis, Helen Kleeb, John Larkin, Leonard Weinrib, Richard Peel, and Ted Bliss,

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Lux Radio Theater: The Maltese Falcon (EP4100s)

Edward G. Robinson

Today’s Mystery:

Sam Spade (Edward G. Robinson) tries to solve the murder of his partner and gets drawn into the intrigue over a mysterious black-enameled bird.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: February 8, 1943

Originated in Hollywood.

Starred: Edward G. Robinson as Sam Spade, Gail Patrick as Bridget O’Shaughnessy, Laird Cregar as Casper Gutman, Charlie Lung as Joel Cairo, Bea Benderret as Effie, Eddie Mars as Wilmer, Fred MacKaye, Norman Field, Warren Ashe

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Inheritance: The Texas Rangers (Texas Rangers Bicentenial Special) (EP4094s)

A Texas Rangers Captain is assigned to form a group of special forces to stop rustlers stealing cattle and taking them across the Rio Grande.

Original Radio Broadcast Date:June 13, 1954

Starred: Lloyd Talbot as Captain McNally

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Screen Guild Theater: A Night to Remember (EP4052s)


Today’s Mystery:

A mystery writer (Brian Donlevy) and his wife (Lucille Ball) move into a basement apartment in the East Village one night. In the morning, they find a body in their garden.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: May 1, 1944

Originated in Hollywood

Stars: Brian Donlevy as Jeff Troy, Lucille Ball as Nancy Troy

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Twice Told Tale: The Abbotts and It’s a Crime, Mr. Collins: The Fabulous Emerald Necklace (EP4022s)

Today’s Mystery:

Pat uses Jean as a decoy to capture a jewel robber who murdered a wealthy man.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: April 3, 1955

Greg uses Gail as a decoy to capture a jewel robber who murdered a wealthy man.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: September 2, 1957

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Jack Carson Show: Sam Spade (EP4016s)

Today’s Mystery:

Jack Carson calls in Sam Spade for protection after receiving a threatening telegram.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: March 5, 1947

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Hollywood Sound Stage: Call Northside 777 (EP4010s)

Dana Andrews

Today’s mystery:

A reporter responds to the ad of a mother who wants someone to clear her son of the murder of a police officer twelve years before.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: December 27, 1951

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