Category: OTR Detective

Mr. Chameleon: The Bought and Paid For Murder Case (EP4398)

Karl Swenson

Today’s Mystery: A wealthy fifty-nine year-old woman, married to a man twenty-five years her junior, is poisoned.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: July 20, 1949

Originating from New York City

Starring: Karl Swenson as Mister Chameleon

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Dangerous Assignment: Stolen Computer Blueprints (EP4397)


Today’s Mystery: From the bustling streets of Oslo to the shadowy corners of Hamburg, Mitchell races against time to intercept a stolen set of top-secret blueprints before they fall into the wrong hands.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: May 20, 1953

Originated in Hollywood

Stars: Brian Donlevy as Steve Mitchell, Herb Butterfield as the Commissioner, Brian Donlevy, Dan Riss, GeGe Pearson, Herb Butterfield, Jan Arvan, Paul Frees, Tom Holland

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Bulldog Drummond: Hijackers (EP4396)

Today’s Mystery:

Bulldog Drummond takes on a gang of hijackers who are robbing trucks.

Audition Date: September 28, 1941

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Originating in New York

Starring: George Colouris as Bulldog Drummond; Everett Sloan as Denny

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The Falcon: The Case of the Substitute Target (EP4395)

Les Damon

Today’s Mystery:

To protect the girlfriend of a man murdered by the mob, the Falcon sets himself up as a target.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: January 21, 1951

Originating from New York

Starring: Les Damon as the Falcon; Ken Paxton at Sergeant Corbett

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Dragnet: The Big Book (EP4394)

Today’s Mystery:

Friday and Romero investigate the flood of filthy books into Los Angeles high schools.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: April 6, 1950

Originating from Hollywood

Starring: Jack Webb as Sergeant Joe Friday; Barton Yarborough as Sergeant Ben Romero; Herb Butterfield; Stacy Harris; Harry Morgan

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Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Desalles Matter (EP4393)

Bob Bailey

Today’s Mystery:

Johnny goes out west when an insurance agent is suspicious of a $100,000 death claim that another investigator was assigned to look into.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: Original Air Date: January 13, 1957

Originating from Hollywood

Starring: Bob Bailey as Johnny Dollar; Virginia Gregg; Harry Bartell; John Stephenson; Will Wright; James McCallion; Ben Wright

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Mr. Chameleon: The Hasty Marriage Murder Case (EP4392)

Karl Swenson

Today’s Mystery:

A young wealthy man who just married a woman after a two-week romance is murdered.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: July 13, 1949

Originating from New York City

Starring: Karl Swenson as Mister Chameleon

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Dangerous Assignment: The Jade Dagger (EP4391)


Today’s Mystery:

Sent to Cairo on a mission to clear the United States’s name, Steve must navigate a treacherous path of false accusations and political machinations. From the bustling bazaars to the shadowy backstreets, join Steve as he unravels a conspiracy that could sabotage vital international talks. Tune in for a tale of espionage where asking to see a knife might just get you one in the back!

Original Radio Broadcast Date: May 13, 1953

Originating in Hollywood

Starring: Brian Donlevy as Steve Mitchell; Herb Butterfield as the Commissioner; Robert Boone; Paul Dubov; Byron Kane; Jan Arvan; Betty Lou Gerson

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Squad Room: Ferris Wheel (EP4390)

Today’s Mystery: A woman is found murdered on a Ferris wheel.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: Around New Years Day in the mid-1950s

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Originating in New York

Starring: Wynn Wright as Lt. John Douglas; Dan Ocko as Sergeant Allen; George Tanner; Sam Gray

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The Falcon: The Case of the Happy Hoodlum (EP4389)

Les Damon

Today’s Mystery:

Sergeant Corbett wants The Falcon to find out why a man made an insane attempt to rob an express company with a gun that couldn’t fire.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: January 14, 1951

Originating from New York

Starred: Les Damon as the Falcon; Ken Paxton as Sergeant Corbett

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Old Time Radio Con Games Special (EP4388s)

Today, I’m joined by Jim Grinstead of the Scams and Cons Podcast as we delve into two scam-related old time radio podcasts.

Today’s 1st Mystery:

First up, there’s no such thing as easy money.

That’s a lesson a rich young man learns as he’s forced to lure his friends into the clutches of a big-time gambler to square his own debts. Can magician-turned-detective Mike Trent help? We find out in this episode of Easy Money, “The Gallopping Ivories”

Original Radio Broadcast Date: November 14, 1954

Originating in New York

Starring: Larry Haines as Mike Trent; Ralph Bell; Peter Fernandez; Maurice Tarplin

Today’s 2nd Mystery:

Joe Friday and Ben Romero go after a gang of con-men who are victimizing the families of recently deceased people in the Big Betty.

Original Air Date: November 23, 1950

Originating in Los Angeles

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

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Dragnet: The Big Gangster, Part Two (EP4388)

Today’s Mystery:

When a notorious mobster is gunned down, sparking fears of a gang war, Joe Friday and Ben Romero race against time to find the killers. Smoke screens, false leads, and a mysterious woman are at the center of it all.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: March 30, 1950

Originating from Hollywood

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

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Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Ellen Dear Matter (EP4387)

Bob Bailey

Today’s Mystery:

Set sail on a treacherous journey with Johnny Dollar, the man with the action-packed expense account, as he embarks on a mission to safeguard a fortune in jewels. The sleek motor cruiser Ellen Dear carries a cargo worth over $300,000, but disaster strikes when the yacht sinks in deep waters.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: January 6, 1957

Originated from Hollywood

Starring: Bob Bailey as Johnny Dollar,Virginia Gregg, Lawrence Dobkin, Howard McNear, Jay Novello, Jack Edwards, Barney Phillips, Raymond Burr

The tragedy of Andrea Doria

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Mr. Chameleon: The Ailing Wife Murder Case (EP4386)

Karl Swenson

Today’s Mystery:

Are you ready to crack the case with Mister Chameleon? In this week’s suspenseful episode, a seemingly devoted husband is found dead, and the suspects are closer to home than you’d think. With a failed business, an ailing wife, and a love affair that could be the motive for murder, it’s up to Mister Chameleon to untangle the web of lies. Will he find the killer before the trail goes cold?

Original Radio Broadcast Date: July 6, 1949

Originating from New York City

Starring: Karl Swenson as Mister Chameleon

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Dangerous Assignment: Smuggling to the Iron Curtain (EP4385)


Today’s Mystery:

Join government agent Steve Mitchell on a pulse-pounding journey through Europe’s underbelly in ‘Dangerous Assignment.’ When strategic materials start vanishing, Mitchell’s quest leads him to the heart of Italy, where trust is a luxury and danger lurks in every shadow. From suspicious textile mills to clandestine meetings in dimly lit coffee houses, every step brings him closer to the truth – and to the barrel of a gun.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: May 6, 1953

Originated in Hollywood

Starring: Brian Donlevy as Steve Mitchell; Herb Butterfield as the Commissioner; Don ​Diamond; ​Hal ​Girard; ​Tony ​Barrett; ​Harry ​Bartell; ​Virginia ​Gregg

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