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  Calling All Cars, Volume 6 - 10 hours [Download] #RA772
Calling All Cars, Volume 6


 
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Crime does not pay...


Those four simple words sum up the basic philosophy behind "Calling All Cars", a popular crime drama heard over CBS Pacific Network stations from November 29, 1933 to September 8, 1939. In these dramatizations, the point was driven home time and time again that a life of a crime was a life wasted -- and anyone venturing off the straight-and-narrow was fated to meet a sad and sorry end. 
 
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 almost the entire run of "Calling All Cars" still exists for us to enjoy today.
 
We're proud to offer "Calling All Cars, Volume 6", a ten hour set which, like our other collections, has been professionally restored and transferred directly from the original transcription recordings for impressive audio fidelity. These rare and exiting shows are sure to occupy a special place in your personal library.
 
#199 Murder In Basin Street
Tuesday, September 14, 1937 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Rio Grande Oil

#201 The Crimson Crusader
Tuesday, September 28, 1937 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Rio Grande Oil
(Note: Announced as show #200)

#203 The Two-Edged Knife
Tuesday, October 12, 1937 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Rio Grande Oil

#204 Death In The Forenoon
Tuesday, October 19, 1937 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Rio Grande Oil

#205 The Case of the Bloodstained Coin
Tuesday, October 26, 1937 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Rio Grande Oil

#207 The Case of the Phantom Radio
Tuesday, November 9, 1937 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Rio Grande Oil

#209 The Bad Man
Tuesday, November 23, 1937 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, syndicated

#211 The Skeleton In The Desert
Tuesday, December 7, 1937 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Rio Grande Oil

#212 The General Kills At Dawn
Tuesday, December 14, 1937 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Rio Grande Oil

#213 The Shanghai Jester
Tuesday, December 21, 1937 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Rio Grande Oil

#214 The Sands Of The Desert
Tuesday, December 28, 1937 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Rio Grande Oil

#215 The Buccaneer
Tuesday, January 4, 1938 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Rio Grande Oil

#216 Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
Tuesday, January 11, 1938 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Rio Grande Oil

#217 The Tilted Pan
Tuesday, January 18, 1938 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Rio Grande Oil

#219 The Case History Of Dallas Egan
Tuesday, February 1, 1938 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Rio Grande Oil

#220 Flight From Freedom
Tuesday, February 8, 1938 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Rio Grande Oil

#221 The Homicidal Hobo
Tuesday, February 15, 1938 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Rio Grande Oil

#222 The Case of the Drunken Sailor
Tuesday, February 22, 1938 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Rio Grande Oil

#224 Death In The Moonlight
Tuesday, March 8, 1938 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Rio Grande Oil

#225 The Peroxide Blonde
Tuesday, March 15, 1938 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, syndicated


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