Philo Vance: The Whirlaround Murder Case (EP4122)

Today’s Mystery:

Philo investigates the murder of a carnival concessions operator.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: May 30, 1950

Originated in: New York City

Starred: Jackson Beck as Philo Vance, George Petrie as District Attorney Markham

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  2 comments for “Philo Vance: The Whirlaround Murder Case (EP4122)”

  1. Raymond Cabana, Jr.
    July 9, 2023 at 2:41 pm

    Hi, Adam!

    I was quite surprised by your revelation regarding the treasure trove of radio transcription discs held by Radio Archives, and that they part with these once they’ve been transcribed. I’d like to have a disc representative of the ZIV “Philo Vance” program, such as the one I just heard on your website (not to play; just to have it). I’m probably the foremost Philo Vance collector on the planet (I immodestly submit). My most prized item is the Clark Agnew painting which was used for “The Dragon Murder Case” (1934): the magazine cover with the first instalment, the Scribner’s first-edition dust jacket, the d/j of the Grosett & Dunlap reprint, and even a 1934 foreign-language paperback!

    I put on a “Philo Vance” presentation at the Syracuse Film Convention, wrote the liner notes for Radio Archives’ “Philo Vance” CD box sets (which still can be viewed on the Internet at the announcement of the second such set), and my “K’scope” magazine — one of these having my article on the P.V. motion pictures — was subsequently selected by the Xerox Corporation for their University Microfilms Program.

    I interviewed Jackson Beck regarding his ZIV “Philo Vance” program; it was comedian Soupy Sales who kindly gave me his phone number and told me that his, Soupy’s, “Philo Kevetch” was indeed a takeoff on the famous sleuth. Before phoning Beck, I sent him a complimentary copy of the Citadel Peter Lorre book I co-wrote. So, imagine my shock when, upon asking him if he’d gotten what I’d sent, he roared angrily: “Yes, I got it, and it’s garbage! Garbage!” And hung up on me. I was literally walking around in circles, so taken aback was I, the Lorre book always having gotten excellent reviews. Well, I got up my nerve and called him again. Upon his answering (and he had a most intimidating voice!), I nervously stammered something like: “Mr. B-b-b-beck — y-y-you didn’t like the P-p-p-peter L-l-l-lorre book I s-s-s-sent you?” “Oh!” he responded apologetically. “I’m so very sorry! I mistook you for a salesman who’s been pestering me!”

    I used what he told me in the aforementioned Radio Spirits’ liner notes.


  2. Yours Truly Johnny Blogger
    July 11, 2023 at 2:24 pm

    Thanks, Raymond. Great story.

    Unfortunately, Radio Archives hasn’t sold their transcription disks for some time. The listener was referring to something they used to offer. What they do have left in terms of physical disks is being donated to a museum. I do see Transcription Disks on eBay sometimes but they tend to be AFRS music disks more than anything else.

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