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Calling All Cars
Volume 7



Crime does not pay...but, during the Great Depression, some might have argued that it DID pay - and pay very well, too. After the 1929 stock market crash, bank failures, Midwestern crop disasters, and mass unemployment became a daunting part of everyday life, resulting in the rise of the bank robber and gangster as folk hero rather than criminal threat. It would take the election of Franklin Roosevelt and the appointment of such charismatic crime fighters as Melvin Purvis, J. Edgar Hoover, and Elliott Ness to finally turn the tide against the criminal element, turning lawmen into heroes and, eventually, the common man against the criminal element.

In the 1930s, radio played a part in stemming the tide against crime - and never more so than in Calling All Cars, one of the earliest and most influential police procedural shows. Dramatizing true crime exploits and introduced by real-life law enforcement officials, Calling All Cars offered the gritty details of criminal activity in true "ripped from the headlines" style. Led by writer/director William N. Robson, the weekly series gave listeners the audio equivalent of a tough, down in the streets Warner Brothers crime drama, complete with car chases, low-life gunmen, high-crime bosses, frightened victims, and criminal cases that often hit very close to home. Kidnappings, petty thefts, murders, prison breaks, bunco schemes...all were raw materials for the creators of each show and details of all these crimes and more were used as the basis for the realistic dramas presented.

The influence of Calling All Cars extended far beyond its six-year run, acting as a blueprint for such later-day radio series as Dragnet and This is Your FBI. And, although this seventy-year-old series may seem a bit primitive to modern-day audiences, listening to the programs today instantly brings to mind such timeless movie classics as The Public Enemy, Little Caesar, and Scarface.

 

For its entire run, Calling All Cars was sponsored by the Rio Grande Oil Company and their patented brand of "cracked" gasoline. Luckily, thanks to the limited and expensive network lines of the 1930s, recordings of all of the programs were made for redistribution to the Southwestern states. This is marvelous news for radio buffs, since it means that most of the entire run of Calling All Cars still exists for us to enjoy today. Earlier, Radio Archives issued six volumes of the series, with all of the programs transferred directly from the original transcription recordings. Now, we're proud to offer Calling All Cars, Volume 7, a ten hour set which, like our other collections, has been professionally restored for impressive audio fidelity. These rare and exiting shows are sure to occupy a special place in your personal library. 

#226 The Case of the Long Bladed Knife
Tuesday, March 22, 1938 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Rio Grande Oil
 
#227 Murder With Mushrooms
Tuesday, March 29, 1938 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Rio Grande Oil
 
#228 The Case of the Pink-Nosed Pig
Thursday, April 7, 1938 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Rio Grande Oil
 
#230 Murder At Midnight
Thursday, April 21, 1938 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Rio Grande Oil
 
#233 The Case of the Ruined Suspenders
Thursday, May 12, 1938 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Rio Grande Oil
 
#234 The Case of the King's Ransom
Thursday, May 19, 1938 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Rio Grande Oil
 
#236 The Case Of The Greasy Rail
Thursday, June 2, 1938 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, syndicated
 
#238 The 25th Stamp
Thursday, June 16, 1938 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Rio Grande Oil
 
#239 The Case of the Incorrigible Youth
Thursday, June 23, 1938 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Rio Grande Oil
 
#240 The Big Shot
Thursday, June 30, 1938 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Rio Grande Oil
 
#241 The Kase of the Kalsomined Kar
Thursday, July 7, 1938 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Rio Grande Oil
 
#242 The Case Of The Man Who Talked
Thursday, July 14, 1938 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Rio Grande Oil
 
#243 A Murder Has Been Arranged
Thursday, July 21, 1938 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Rio Grande Oil
 
#244 Life, Liberty And The Pursuit Of Parker
Thursday, July 28, 1938 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Rio Grande Oil
 
#247 The Case of the Unbroken Spirit
Thursday, August 18, 1938 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Rio Grande Oil
 
#248 The Case of the Thirteenth Grave
Thursday, August 25, 1938 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Rio Grande Oil
 
#249 The Case of the Artful Dodger
Thursday, September 1, 1938 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Rio Grande Oil
 
#250 Murder On The Left
Thursday, September 8, 1938 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Rio Grande Oil
 
#253 The Case Of The Barking Dog
Thursday, September 29, 1938 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Rio Grande Oil
 
#257 The Case of the Swollen Face
Thursday, October 27, 1938 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Rio Grande Oil

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