Philo Vance: The Mathematical Murder Case (EP4026)

Today’s Mystery: A talented dancer is murdered.

Original Radio Broadcast Date:March 14, 1950

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  2 comments for “Philo Vance: The Mathematical Murder Case (EP4026)”

  1. March 16, 2023 at 2:11 am

    Hi, Adam!

  2. March 16, 2023 at 2:35 am

    Hi, Adam!

    I just listened to your program for the first time and really enjoyed it (a “Philo Vance” episode). I wrote the liner notes for Radio Archives’ CD box sets for this series; these can be found by clicking on the online ad for the second set. I had interviewed its star, Jackson Beck, thanks to TV comic, Soupy Sales, who not only gave me Beck’s address, but his phone number as well. When I first called him, he angrily hung up on me, thinking I was a salesman who’d been pestering him. I was literally walking around in circles, not understanding why the book I’d sent him hadn’t served its purpose (Citadel’s “The Films of Peter Lorre”, which I co-wrote). So, upon gathering my courage (Beck’s voice is very intimidating!), I tried again, stuttering as I questioned his possibly not caring for the item I’d sent him, and this time he was extremely apologetic, and gave me a very informative interview pertaining to the ZIV “Philo Vance” programs he had starred in.

    I had contacted Soupy Sales to find out if his “Philo Kvetch” comical TV character was inspired by Philo Vance; a friend of mine believed this to be only a coincidence. But Soupy confirmed that it was indeed derived from the famous creation of S.S. Van Dine (my favorite mystery writer).

    Hope this reaches you, Adam. That “Website” requirement often stifles my attempts to contact somebody. Why should it be expected that everyone has a Website, anyway?


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