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Calling All Cars, Volume 8 - 10 hours [Audio CDs] #RA301
Calling All Cars, Volume 8


 
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Calling All Cars
Volume 8


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 seven 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 8, 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.
 
#258 The Case of the Portuguese Crooner
Thursday, November 3, 1938 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Rio Grande Oil
 
#260 The Case of the Four Lead Slugs
Thursday, November 17, 1938 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Rio Grande Oil
 
#261 The Case of the Rasping Voice
Thursday, November 24, 1938 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Rio Grande Oil
 
#262 The Case of the Blind Man's Bluff
Friday, December 2, 1938 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Rio Grande Oil
 
#263 The Case of the Poisoning Jezebel
Friday, December 9, 1938 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Rio Grande Oil
 
#264 December Rhapsody
Friday, December 16, 1938 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Rio Grande Oil
 
#265 Murder at Sunset
Friday, December 23, 1938 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Rio Grande Oil
 
#266 Three Faces West
Friday, December 30, 1938 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Rio Grande Oil
 
#267 The Case of the Grass Skirt
Friday, January 6, 1939 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Rio Grande Oil
 
#268 The Case of the Silver Cord
Friday, January 13, 1939 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Rio Grande Oil
 
#269 The Case of the Azure Ring
Friday, January 20, 1939 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Rio Grande Oil
 
#270 The Case of the Baker's Bride
Friday, January 27, 1939 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Rio Grande Oil
 
#271 The Case of the Careless Caretaker
Friday, February 3, 1939 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Rio Grande Oil
 
#272 The Case of the Green Sedan
Friday, February 10, 1939 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Rio Grande Oil
 
#275 The Case of the Lesson in Loot
Friday, March 10, 1939 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Rio Grande Oil
 
#276 The Case of the Twenty Dollar Bill
Friday, March 17, 1939 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Rio Grande Oil
 
#277 Flight in the Desert
Friday, March 24, 1939 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Rio Grande Oil
 
#279 The Case of the Rope Bound Trunk
Sunday, April 9, 1939 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Rio Grande Oil
 
#280 The Man Who Walked Like an Ape
Sunday, April 16, 1939 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Rio Grande Oil
 
#281 Death in the Canyon
Sunday, April 23, 1939 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Rio Grande Oil

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