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Rocky Jordan, Volume 2


 
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Rocky Jordan
Volume 2


"Cairo, gateway to the Ancient East...where modern adventure and intrigue unfold against the backdrop of antiquity..."


Jay Novello as Sam Sabaaya and Jack Moyes as Rocky Jordan in a CBS publicity photo circa 1950Listening to broadcasts from the Golden Age of Radio today, it's interesting to note that many OTR favorites were often heard only in certain regions of the United States. The best example is "The Whistler" which, despite its longevity, was heard solely on the west coast for all but a season or two. Other examples of west coast dramas include detective shows like Mutual's "Let George Do It," NBC's "Candy Matson," and the CBS series "Jeff Regan, Investigator."

"Rocky Jordan", a distinctively different-sounding detective offering heard over CBS Radio's Pacific network from 1945 to 1950, is one more member of this elite broadcasting fraternity. A series that could be described as a mixture of "Casablanca" and "The Maltese Falcon," "Jordan" debuted on January 8, 1945 as a five-day-a-week quarter-hour serial entitled "A Man Called Jordan." The titular hero, portrayed by radio veteran Jack Moyles, owned and operated an Istanbul dive dubbed the Café Tambourine and, though described by OTR historian John Dunning as "a hero in the 'I Love a Mystery' mold," was actually a shrewd businessman motivated more by the financial bottom line than cheap sentiment. Still, he had a knack for frequently getting involved in mystery and murder and often depended on a colorful cast of sidekicks - his "man Friday" Ali (Paul Frees), girlfriend Toni Sherwood (Dorothy Lovett), and trusted pal Duke O'Brien (Jay Novello) - to assist him in his amateur investigations. "A Man Called Jordan" switched to a weekly half-hour format beginning July 2, 1945, and entertained West Coast audiences for approximately two years.

Apparently, Mr. Jordan took a year off to relocate the Café Tambourine to Cairo when the program returned to CBS on October 31, 1948. Apart from the new location, it was business as usual for 'the Rock' as he fought escaped killers, desert raiders, ex-Nazis and black marketers on a weekly basis. It was with this show's incarnation that the comparisons to "Casablanca" were particularly apt; Jordan would often have to depend on his police force ally Captain Sam Sabaaya (also played by Novello) for assistance. Though the two men clearly respected one another, they often found themselves sizing each other up in the same skeptical fashion as Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) and Captain Louis Renault (Claude Rains) did in the Oscar-winning film classic.

"Rocky Jordan" might have been dismissed as just another run-of-the-mill detective series, but its exotic locale, tight scripting, and swift, self-assured direction by Cliff Howell set it apart from the infinite number of shows broadcast at that time. The series' writers, Larry Roman and Gomer Cool, often found inspiration from both a copy of the U.S. Army's Pocket Guide to Egypt and real-life anecdotes culled from newspapers; the program "The Dearite Bowl," for instance, was based on the true story of a farmer who discovered a priceless relic while digging on his land. Topping off the proceedings was the original Oriental-sounding music contributed by Richard Aurandt, support from the crème de la crème of actors from "Radio Row" (Peter Leeds, Ben Wright, Parley Baer, etc.) and the always-dependable Larry Thor ("Broadway's My Beat") who handled the program's announcing chores. "Rocky Jordan" was heard as a Sunday night staple on CBS' West Coast network for the next two years, sponsored by Del Monte Foods, and part of an evening line-up that also included "The Adventures of Sam Spade" and "The Whistler."

The Dearite Bowl
Sunday, October 23, 1949 - 30:00 - CBS West Coast, sponsored by Del Monte Foods

The Demarco Affair
Sunday, October 30, 1949 - 30:00 - CBS West Coast, sponsored by Del Monte Foods

Black Ball
Sunday, November 6, 1949 - 30:00 - CBS West Coast, sponsored by Del Monte Foods

The Strange Death of Van Dorn
Sunday, November 13, 1949 - 30:00 - CBS West Coast, sponsored by Del Monte Foods

The Big Heist
Sunday, November 20, 1949 - 30:00 - CBS West Coast, sponsored by Del Monte Foods

High Pressure
Sunday, November 27, 1949 - 30:00 - CBS West Coast, sponsored by Del Monte Foods

The Veiled People
Sunday, December 11, 1949 - 30:00 - CBS West Coast, sponsored by Del Monte Foods

The Man from Cairo
Sunday, January 1, 1950 - 30:00 - CBS West Coast, sponsored by Del Monte Foods

Smoke Screen
Sunday, January 8, 1950 - 30:00 - CBS West Coast, sponsored by Del Monte Foods

The Loomis Affair
Sunday, January 15, 1950 - 30:00 - CBS West Coast, sponsored by Del Monte Foods

Interlude with Lorena
Sunday, January 22, 1950 - 30:00 - CBS West Coast, sponsored by Del Monte Foods

An Air of Death
Sunday, January 29, 1950 - 30:00 - CBS West Coast, sponsored by Del Monte Foods

The Return of Toni
Sunday, February 5, 1950 - 30:00 - CBS West Coast, sponsored by Del Monte Foods

Madame DuLac's Daughter
Sunday, February 12, 1950 - 30:00 - CBS West Coast, sponsored by Del Monte Foods

Paid in Full
Sunday, February 19, 1950 - 30:00 - CBS West Coast, sponsored by Del Monte Foods

The Return of Dr. Piru
Sunday, February 26, 1950 - 30:00 - CBS West Coast, sponsored by Del Monte Foods

The Secret of Wong Lee
Sunday, March 5, 1950 - 30:00 - CBS West Coast, sponsored by Del Monte Foods

The White Beetle
Sunday, March 12, 1950 - 30:00 - CBS West Coast, sponsored by Del Monte Foods

The Perfect Witness
Sunday, March 19, 1950 - 30:00 - CBS West Coast, sponsored by Del Monte Foods

The Strange Fate of Professor Amar
Sunday, April 2, 1950 - 30:00 - CBS West Coast, sponsored by Del Monte Foods

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