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Detectives - 20 hours [Bargain Basement] #BB2002
Detectives 20 hour set, Old Time Radio Shows

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Nostalgia Ventures brings together
ten of the airwaves most popular
gumshoes in a twenty hour collection
full of snappy dialogue, suspicious
characters, dangerous dames,
complicated plot lines...and even the
occasional song or two!
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In this 20-hour collection, Nostalgia Ventures brings back ten of the most popular gumshoes ever to grace the airwaves, including such popular radio stars as Jack Webb, Sydney Greenstreet, Jackson Beck, and Dick Powell.

Boston Blackie, starring Richard Kollmar

Broadway actor Richard Kollmar stars as Boston Blackie, a former safecracker who, after a stretch behind bars, decides to go straight and use both his experience and contacts to work on the right side of the law. The series also stars Jan Minor as Mary Wesley, Blackie's girl Friday, and Maurice Tarplin as Inspector Faraday.

The Frances Fielding Murder
April 30, 1946

The Winthrope Jewel Robberies
May 7, 1946

The Merry-Go-Round Murder
May 14, 1946

The Blaine Brothers Pawn Shop Murder
May 21, 1946

Casey Crime Photographer, starring Staats Cotsworth

Staats Cottsworth is featured as Casey, a newspaper photographer whose job takes him to the crime scenes where, in addition to snapping photos, he also gets the chance to play detective. His favorite hangout is the Blue Note Cafe, where he and Ethelbert the bartender (John Gibson), his girlfriend Ann Williams, and other hangers-on ponder the evidence and sift through the clues.

Loaded Dice
September 4, 1947

Graveyard Gertie
September 11, 1947

Tobacco Pouch
September 18, 1947

Miscarriage of Justice
October 2, 1947

Jeff Regan Investigator, starring Jack Webb

Jeff Regan is a tough and serious private eye, working for the even tougher Lyon Detective Agency - which gives him the moniker of "The Lyon's Eye". More serious minded than most detective shows of the period, "Jeff Regan, Investigator" was another step forward in the career of Jack Webb who, just a few years later, would create the finest police procedural series ever heard on radio, "Dragnet".

The Lonesome Lady
July 24, 1948

The Lady With the Golden Hair
July 31, 1948

The Man Who Liked Mountains
August 7, 1948

The Diamond Quartet
August 14, 1948

Let George Do It, starring Bob Bailey

Prior to his taking on the role of Johnny Dollar in the mid-1950s, radio favorite Bob Bailey spent a great deal of time on Mutual as George Valentine, a private detective who relied as much on his brains as his brawn. His calling card? "Personal notice: danger's my stock in trade. If the job's too tough for you to handle, you've got a job for me, George Valentine." The work was steady, as it turned out, and assisted by Brooksie, his secretary and sometimes girlfriend, and tolerated by Lieutenant Riley (Wally Maher) and Lieutenant Johnson (Ken Christy) of the police force, Valentine enjoyed an action packed eight year run.

The Seven Dead Years
October 25, 1948

The Flowers That Smelled of Murder
November 1, 1948

Murder: It's a Gift
November 8, 1948

Who is Sylvia?
November 22, 1948

The New Adventures of Michael Shayne, starring Jeff Chandler

Created by Brett Halliday, detective Michael Shayne is a two-fisted, reckless, red-headed Irishman who isn't afraid to push his weight around in order to solve a crime. Assisted by the very blonde and very gorgeous Phyllis Knight, Shayne was a familiar name on radio in multiple incarnations throughout the late 1940s and early 1950s.

Case of the Phantom Gun
October 12, 1949

Case of the Hate That Killed
October 19, 1949

Case of the Green Eyed Blonde
October 26, 1949

Case of the Model Murder
November 2, 1949

Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons, starring Bennett Kilpack

A radio staple for seventeen years, Mr. Keen was a detective with a unique twist: he came across as a kindly and considerate gentleman, but his pleasant and genial nature belied a tough-as-nails attitude toward the tireless investigation of crime. Assisted by Mike Clancy, an Irish cop of the old school who played a strong-armed version of Watson to Keen's Holmes, "Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons" came out of the radio factory of Frank and Anne Hummert, producers of some of the longest running and most popular soap operas of all time.

The Case of the Girl Who Flirted
February 3, 1944

The Nightmare Murder Case
December 14, 1944

The Silver Dagger Murder Case
October 13, 1944

Murder and the Missing Car
May 11, 1950

The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe, starring Sydney Greenstreet

Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe - gourmand, grower of orchids, and little seen but highly renowned expert on crime and criminals - was probably the least physically active, as well as the least hard boiled, of radio's detectives. As portrayed by Sydney Greenstreet in the NBC series of the early 1950s, Wolfe relied primarily on evidence gathering by his associate/assistant/secretary/legman Archie Goodwin, who usually found an attractive dame involved somewhere in each crime. While Wolfe delivered the verdict on the crime, Goodwin delivered pretty much everything else - including large quantities of beer for his portly employer.

The Case of the Calculated Risk
January 19, 1951

The Case of the Party For Death
February 16, 1951

The Case of the Malevolent Medic
February 23, 1951

Pat Novak, For Hire, starring Jack Webb and Ben Morris

Based in a small office at San Francisco's Pier 19, Pat Novak rented boats and did pretty much anything else he was hired to do, basically "anything that'll buy a warm winter". Assisted by his drunken pal Jocko Madigan, who acted as both sidekick and legman, Novak's cases usually involved healthy doses of cynical dialogue, beautiful dames, murder, senseless violence, annoyance (and more violence) from the cops, and an eventual wrap-up that left Novak a little worse off than he was to start with. In other hands, "Pat Novak" would have been ludicrious -- but, with excellent scripting by Richard Breen and outstanding portrayals by Jack Webb and Ben Morris in the title role, "Pat Novak, For Hire" has become a radio classic.

Johnny Brown Gambling Ring
August 3, 1947

Mysterious Set of Books
August 10, 1947

The Linda Reynolds Case
November 23, 1947

The Marcia Halpern Case
February 27, 1949

Philo Vance, starring Jackson Beck

S. S. Van Dine's Philo Vance began in novels as a haughty bon vivant. Expert on everything from fencing to dog breeding, his radio incarnation in the personage of Jackson Beck toned down his upper class tendencies and turned him into a sophisticated but accessible expert on crime, criminals, and investigation. Written in old fashioned whodunit form, the radio adventures of Philo Vance offer listeners the chance to solve the crime right along with the detective -- including, at the conclusion, a round-up of the suspects and the announcement of the guilty party.

The Left Handed Murder Case
January 10, 1950

The Catty Corpse Murder Case
January 17, 1950

The Music Box Murder Case
January 24, 1950

The Sterling Murder Case
January 31, 1950

Richard Diamond, Private Detective, starring Dick Powell

Dick Powell began his radio detective career as Richard Rogue on "Rogue's Gallery" in the late 1940s. After the success of the series, NBC assigned an aspiring young screenwriter named Blake Edwards to create a new radio detective character for Powell: Richard Diamond, a happy-go-lucky detective who barely made ends meet and loved to frustrate and annoy Lieutenant Walt Levinson, his contact in the police force. He took extra delight in making fun of dumb desk sergeant Otis, whose stupidity knew no bounds, and also enjoyed after hours romance with the rich and beautiful Helen Asher in the comforts of her Park Avenue penthouse. "Richard Diamond" is much loved by radio enthusiasts today for its witty scripting, its tongue-in-cheek attitude, and the genial delivery of its star, Dick Powell -- who, as it turned out, wasn't so far away from his musical roots that he wasn't willing to serenade fair lady with the song at the end of most of the programs.

The Tom Waxman Bomb Case
June 26, 1949

George Waxman Framed
July 2, 1949

Charles Walsh to Kill Diamond
July 9, 1949

Butcher Killed
July 16, 1949

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