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Crime and Peter Chambers - 10 hours [Download] #RA329D
Crime and Peter Chambers

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Crime and Peter Chambers
Rocky Fortune starring Frank Sinatra was one of the star mystery and adventure shows for NBC. The abrupt departure of Frank Sinatra during the Spring of 1954 left a big hole in NBC's Tuesday night mystery lineup. Mystery novelist Henry Kane approached NBC to pitch his Peter Chambers character from his detective novels as a candidate. He wisely enlisted the popular Film tough guy, Dane Clark to pitch the idea to NBC.
This worked out well for all parties. NBC got a name Film actor for their Tuesday night mystery lineup to follow Dragnet, and Henry Kane got full control over the production, credits as creator, writer and producer, and was able to promote his Peter Chambers character. The show debuted Tuesday, April 6, 1954.
A New York based private detective, Peter Chambers was a detective that actively participated with and supported the detectives of the NYPD, much in the mold of Philip Marlowe. Peter Chambers apparently lived quite comfortably in the upper east side of Manhattan. Detective Lieutenant Louie Parker played by William Zuckert had not only a respectful professional relationship with Peter Chambers but the two had apparently become friends of some seventeen years.
There'd been little time to interest potential sponsors in the project but NBC, as was its practice throughout the period, heavily employed Crime and Peter Chambers to promote other programs in NBC's lineup throughout the Spring and Summer of 1954. With only three professionals on the production side, Director Fred Weihe, Announcer Fred Collins, and Creator, Writer and Producer Henry Kane, the production remained fairly tight and lean throughout the run. Crime and Peter Chambers also supported Dane Clark with New York's finest voice talent including Elaine Rost, Everett Sloane, Leon Janney, Patricia Wheel, Roger De Koven, William Griffis, Donald Buka, Joe de Santis, Bryna Raeburn, Ralph Bell, Guy Repp, Lawson Zerbe, and Nelson Olmsted among many others. As with many of the late 1940s through 1950s productions featuring a major Film star headliner, the network spared little expense obtaining the finest supporting talent they could acquire to support their star.
The series' positioning in the Tuesday night lineup immediately following the wildly successful Dragnet with Jack Webb also helped to buoy the success of Crime and Peter Chambers throughout the Summer of 1954. For Dane Clark's part he was both believable and engaging as Peter Chambers. 
NBC announced its acquisition of the popular The Lux Radio Theatre from CBS. On September 14th, The Lux Radio Theatre took Crime and Peter Chambers' timeslot over most NBC affiliate stations, though some regions of the U.S. continued to air Crime and Peter Chambers through to its twenty-sixth episode. Ten hours, twenty shows restored to sparkling audio quality by Radio Archives.
Bruce Burke Murder Frame-Up
Tuesday, April 6, 1954 - 30:00 - NBC, Sustaining
Charles Avon, Druggist
Tuesday, April 13, 1954 - 30:00 - NBC, Sustaining
Cemetery Attack
Tuesday, April 20, 1954 - 30:00 - NBC, Sustaining
Joan Brady
Tuesday, April 27, 1954 - 30:00 - AFRS, Sustaining
Abigail Chrisenberry
Tuesday, May 4, 1954 - 30:00 - AFRS, Sustaining
Old Man Krause's New Stand
Tuesday, May 11, 1954 - 30:00 - AFRS, Sustaining
La Grand Maison - 3rd Booth
Tuesday, May 18, 1954 - 30:00 - AFRS, Sustaining
Angela Wentworth's Uncle
Tuesday, June 1, 1954 - 30:00 - AFRS, Sustaining
Stoney Carter
Tuesday, June 15, 1954 - 30:00 - AFRS, Sustaining
Cafe' Tropical
Tuesday, June 22, 1954 - 30:00 - AFRS, Sustaining
The Bubbles Club
Tuesday, June 29, 1954 - 30:00 - AFRS, Sustaining
The Cufflink Is
Tuesday, July 6, 1954 - 30:00 - AFRS, Sustaining
Masquerade Party
Tuesday, July 13, 1954 - 30:00 - AFRS, Sustaining
Donald Sloane, Embezzler
Tuesday, July 20, 1954 - 30:00 - NBC, Sustaining
Nursemaid To Three Beautiful Women
Tuesday, July 27, 1954 - 30:00 - NBC, Sustaining
Rhonda Duffy's Race Horse
Tuesday, August 3, 1954 - 30:00 - AFRS, Sustaining
Utopia Ballroom
Tuesday, August 10, 1954 - 30:00 - AFRS, Sustaining
Elaine Janis, School Teacher
Tuesday, August 17, 1954 - 30:00 - AFRS, Sustaining
Winston Carr
Tuesday, August 24, 1954 - 30:00 - AFRS, Sustaining
The Hot Spot
Tuesday, August 31, 1954 - 30:00 - AFRS, Sustaining

Average Customer Review: Average Customer Review: 3 of 5 3 of 5 Total Reviews: 1 Write a review

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3 of 5 Great product, average detective series May 28, 2022
Reviewer: John Mooney from Richmond, VA United States  
Technically, as usual, this is an excellent collection from Radio Archives. Sound quality is terrific throughout. The series itself is just so-so, despite an engaging lead performance from Dane Clark as Big Apple private eye Peter Chambers. The scripts don't have the plotting of Sam Spade or Philip Marlowe or the wry humor of Richard Diamond. It offers today's listeners a nice chance to hear some East Coast radio actors, but 20 episodes may be a little too much time to spend with Peter Chambers.

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