The Great Detectives of Old Time Radio

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Are you ready for a mystery? Get ready to unleash your inner sleuth. Every day Monday-Saturday, we feature a different detective audio drama from the Golden Age of Radio. Our current mystery-solving line-up of radio detectives includes Sam Spade, Yours Truly Johnny Dollar, Dangerous Assignment, Philo Vance, and Tales of the Texas Rangers. Whether you're wanting to listen to a mystery before going to sleep or enjoy some drama while driving, or just feel nostalgia for old-school radio fiction, we have you covered with six audio dramas every week.Podcast Award finalist Host Adam Graham has been your guide through...

Sam Spade: The Dog Bed Caper (EP4095)
#205
Today at 6:00 AM

Today's Mystery:The owner of an investment firm hires Spade to shadow one of her clients whom she says may be involved in a racket.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: December 1, 1950

Originated from Hollywood

Starred Steven Dunne as Sam Spade, Lurene Tuttle as Effie

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Inheritance: The Texas Rangers (Texas Rangers Bicentenial Special)
#204
Yesterday at 6:00 AM

A Texas Rangers Captain is assigned to form a group of special forces to stop rustlers stealing cattle and taking them across the Rio Grande.

Original Radio Broadcast Date:June 13, 1954

Guest Host: Andrew Rhynes of the OTR Westerns Podcast

Originated from Hollywood

Starred: Lloyd Talbot as Captain McNally

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Tales of the Texas Rangers: Double Edge (EP4094)
#203
Last Saturday at 6:00 AM

Today's Mystery:Jace searches for a man who robbed a bank.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: August 3, 1952

Originated from Hollywood

Starred: Joel McCrea as Jace Pearson, Tony Barrett, Virginia Gregg, Frank Gerstle, Parley Baer

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Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Duke Red Matter, Episodes Three, Four, and Five (EP4093)
#202
Last Friday at 6:00 AM

Today's Mystery:Johnny's investigation into the death of a racehorse leads him to investigate the owner's finances and the disappearance of the horse's trainer.

Original Radio Broadcast Dates: January 25, 26, and 27, 1956Originiated from Hollywood

Stars: Bob Bailey as Johnny Dollar.Barbara Fuller, Barbara Eiler, Herb Butterfield, John Stephenson, Parley Baer, Will Wright, Bob Bruce, Forrest Lewis

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Philo Vance: The Rooftop Murder Case (EP4092)
#201
Last Thursday at 6:00 AM

Today's Mystery:A man falls from a roof, leaving behind a suicide note. Vance suspects murder.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: May 2, 1950

Originated in: New York City

Starred: Jackson Beck as Philo Vance, George Petrie as District Attorney Markham

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Dangerous Assignment: Recover a Hospital Chart (EP4091)
#200
Last Wednesday at 6:00 AM


Today's Mystery: Steve is sent to Macao to locate a hospital chart that could lead to a US ally being defeated for re-election.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: March 17, 1951

Originated in HollywoodStars: Brian Donlevy as Steve Mitchell, Herb Buttefield as the Commissioner, Jack Moyles, Tony Barrett, Tyler McVeigh, Bill Johnstone, Peter Leeds, Betty Lou Gerson

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Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Duke Red Matter, Episodes One and Two (EP4090)
#199
Last Tuesday at 6:00 AM

Today's Mystery:Johnny goes to California to investigate a $65,000 claim on a racehorse who was injured and had to be destroyed.

Original Radio Broadcast Dates: January 23 and 24, 1956

Story concludes on Friday in EP4093

Originated from Hollywood

Stars: Bob Bailey as Johnny Dollar.Barbara Fuller, Barbara Eiler, Herb Butterfield, John Stephenson, Parley Baer, Will Wright, Bob Bruce, Forrest Lewis

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Sam Spade: The Terrified Turkey Caper (EP4089)
#198
05/29/2023

Today's Mystery:A man named Tom Turkey shows up in Sam's office and says he's afraid someone's going to kill him.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: November 24, 1950O

riginated from Hollywood

Starred Steven Dunne as Sam Spade, Lurene Tuttle as Effie, Wally Maher

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Tales of the Texas Rangers: Stick-Up (EP4088)
#197
05/27/2023

Today's Mystery:Jace is called in when an elderly town character is shot down in a store stick-up.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: July 27, 1952

Originiated from Hollywood

Starred: Joel McCrea as Jace Pearson

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Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Ricardo Amerigo Matter, Episodes Three, Four, and Five (EP4087)
#196
05/26/2023

Today's Mystery:Johnny nearly killed getting a missing insured violin out of a New Jersey swamp, but is it actually genuine?

Original Radio Broadcast Dates: January 18-20, 1956

Originated from HollywoodStars: Bob Bailey as Johnny Dollar, Harry Bartell as Harry Branson, Lawrence Dobkin, Vic Perrin, Barney Phillips, Forrest Lewis, Eric Snowden, Herb Vigran, James McCallion

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Philo Vance: The Sholess Murder Case (EP4086)
#195
05/25/2023

Today's Mystery:Multiple beauty contest contestants are found murdered with their shoes missing.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: September 27, 1949

Originated in: New York City

Starred: Jackson Beck as Philo Vance, George Petrie as District Attorney Markham

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Dangerous Assignment: Solve Your Own Murder (EP4085)
#194
05/24/2023


Today's Mystery: Steve goes to a South American country to find out who killed a man with papers identifying him as Steve Mitchell.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: March 10, 1951

Originated in Hollywood

Stars: Brian Donlevy as Steve Mitchell, Herb Butterfield as the Commissioner, Wally Maher

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Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Ricardo Amerigo Matter, Episodes One and Two (EP4084)
#193
05/23/2023

Today's Mystery:Johnny goes to New Jersey to investigate the disappearance of a has-been musician and his insured $30,000 violin.

Original Radio Broadcast Dates: January 16 and 17, 1956

Continued on Friday in EP4087

Originiated from Hollywood

Stars: Bob Bailey as Johnny Dollar, Harry Bartell as Harry Branson, Lawrence Dobkin, Vic Perrin, Barney Phillips, Forrest Lewis, Eric Snowden, Herb Vigran, James McCallion

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Sam Spade: Caper Over My Dead Body (EP4083)
#192
05/22/2023

Today's Mystery:Sam explains to a confused Effie how he's still alive.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: November 17, 1950

Originated from Hollywood

Starred Stephen Dunne as Sam Spade, Lurene Tuttle as Effie

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Tales of the Texas Rangers: Round Trip (EP4082)
#191
05/20/2023

Today's Mystery:Jace Pearson tracks down a robber who robbed and killed a newspaper delivery driver.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: July 20, 1952

Originated from Hollywood

Starred: Joel McCrea as Jace Pearson

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Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Todd Matter, Episodes Three, Four, and Five (EP4081)
#190
05/19/2023

Today's Mystery:A woman's life hangs in the balance. What can she tell Johnny and the police about the man who shot her?

Original Radio Broadcast Dates: January 11-13, 1956

Originiated from HollywoodStars: Bob Bailey as Johnny Dollar, Vivi Janiss, Barbara Fuller, Shirley Mitchell, Lawrence Dobkin, Frank Gerstle, Marvin Miller

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Philo Vance: The Penny-Ante Murder Case (EP4080)
#189
05/18/2023

Today's Mystery: Vance investigates the murder of a man at a low-stakes poker game.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: September 20, 1949

Originated in: New York City

Starred: Jackson Beck as Philo Vance, George Petrie as District Attorney Markham

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Dangerous Assignment: Prevent Disclosure of Compromised Codes (EP4079)
#188
05/17/2023

Today's Mystery:Steve goes to London to intercept someone who is trying to sell a U.S. Intelligence secret.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: March 3, 1951

Originated in Hollywood

Stars: Brian Donlevy

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Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Todd Matter, Episodes One and Two (EP4078)
#187
05/16/2023

Today's Mystery:Johnny gets a tip from a convict he sent up on a $75,000 robbery.

Original Radio Broadcast Dates: January 16 and 17, 1956

Originated from Hollywood

Stars: Bob Bailey as Johnny Dollar.Vivi Janiss, Barbara Fuller, Shirley Mitchell, Lawrence
Dobkin, Frank Gerstle, Marvin Miller

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Sam Spade: The Farmer's Daughter Caper (EP4077)
#186
05/15/2023

Today's Mystery: Sam stays the night at a farmhouse where a beautiful woman pleads for his help.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: September 3, 1950

Originated from HollywoodStarred Howard Duff as Sam Spade, Lurene Tuttle as Effie

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Tales of the Texas Rangers: Finger Man (EP4076)
#185
05/13/2023

Today's Mystery:Jace Pearson sets out to find out who killed a deputy in a jail riot.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: July 13, 1952

Originated from Hollywood

Starred: Joel McCrea as Jace Pearson

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Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Caylin Matter, Episodes Three, Four, and Five (EP4075)
#184
05/12/2023

Today's Mystery: Johnny begins to dig into the past of a man presumed burned to death in a car.

Original Radio Broadcast Dates: January 4, 5, and 6, 1956

Originated from Hollywood

Stars: Bob Bailey as Johnny Dollar, Virginia Gregg, Lucille Meredith, Alma Lawton, Gloria Blondell, Howard McNear, Harry Bartell, Peter Leeds, and Byron Kane

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Philo Vance: The President Murder Case (EP4074)
#182
05/11/2023

Today's Mystery:The president of a railroad is found dead on the rails of one of his trains.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: January 23, 1947

Originated in: New York City

Starred: Jackson Beck as Philo Vance, George Petrie as District Attorney Markham

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Dangerous Assignment: The Nazi Buzz Bomb (EP4073)
#182
05/10/2023

Today's Mystery:Steve sets out to recover stolen plans the Nazis had for an improved buzz bomb before they can be sold to the highest bidder.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: February 24, 1951

Originated in Hollywood

Stars: Brian Donlevy

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Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Caylin Matter, Episodes One and Two (EP4072)
#181
05/09/2023

Today's Mystery: Johnny goes to Los Angeles to investigate the apparent death of an insured man in a burning car.

Original Radio Broadcast Dates: January 2 and 3, 1956

Originiated from Hollywood

Stars: Bob Bailey as Johnny Dollar. Virginia Gregg, Lucille Meredith, Alma Lawton, Gloria Blondell, Howard McNear, Harry Bartell, Peter Leeds, and Byron Kane

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Sam Spade: The Honest Thief Caper (Rehearsal) (EP4071)
#180
05/08/2023

Today's Mystery:
Sam is hired by a woman to help her fiancé, who has been charged with armed robbery.Rehearsal of Program that Aired May 28, 1950

Originated from Hollywood

Starred Howard Duff as Sam Spade, Lurene Tuttle as EffieS

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Tales of the Texas Rangers: Boomerang (EP4070)
#179
05/06/2023

Today's Mystery:An elderly man disappears after an argument with his daughter.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: July 6, 1952

Originated from HollywoodStarred: Joel McCrea as Jace Pearson

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Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Forbes Matter, Episodes Three, Four, and Five (EP4069)
#178
05/05/2023

Today's Mystery:An accountant who embezzled $5,000 continues to refuse to tell Johnny what he did with the money, but contemplates a far more drastic step.

Originated from HollywoodStars: Bob Bailey as Johnny Dollar,Lillian Buyeff, Sandra Gould, Jack Edwards, Herb Ellis, James McCallion, Parley Baer, John Stephenson, Howard McNear, Bob Bruce, Junius Matthews

Original Radio Broadcast Dates: December 28-30, 1955

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Philo Vance: The Best Seller Murder Case (EP4068)
#177
05/04/2023

Today's Mystery:A best-selling writer who is writing a novel that could ruin a woman's life is murdered.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: January 16, 1947

Originated in: New York City

Starred:Jackson Beck as Philo Vance, George Petrie as District Attorney Markham, Joan Alexander as Ellen Dearing

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Dangerous Assignment: Kroner Cutlass (EP4067)
#176
05/03/2023

Today's Mystery:Steve goes to Europe to clear the U.S. of having stolen a cutlass that's a powerful national symbol. The problem? A U.S. Navy officer's wife is in possession of one of the jewels from the cutlass.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: February 10, 1951

Originated from Hollywood

Stars: Brian Donlevy as Steve Mitchell, Herb Butterfield as the Commissioner

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Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Forbes Matters, Episodes One and Two (EP4066)
#175
05/02/2023

Today's Mystery:Johnny quickly discovers who embezzled nearly $5,000 from a New York fashion firm, but where's the money?

Original Radio Broadcast Dates: December 26 and 27, 1955

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Sam Spade: The Red Amapola Caper (Rehearsal) (EP4065)
#174
05/01/2023

Today's Mystery:Sam is hired to serve as an alibi for a Mexican man but all bets are off when his daughter is shot right in front of him.

Rehearsal of Program that Original Aired on May 21, 1950

Originated from Hollywood

Starred Howard Duff as Sam Spade, Lurene Tuttle as Effie

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Tales of the Texas Rangers: Ex-Con (EP4064)
#173
04/29/2023

Today's Mystery:A desperate ex-con agrees to murder a woman for $1,000 and Jace has to stop him.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: June 29, 1952

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Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Lansing Fraud Matter, Episodes Three, Four, and Five (EP4063)
#172
04/28/2023

Today's Mystery:Johnny is convinced that an insurance policy was set up fraudulently, but can he prove it before the beneficiary is able to go to court to make the insurance company pay up?

Original Radio Broadcast Dates: December 14-16, 1955

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Philo Vance: The Shower Bath Murder Case (EP4062)
#171
04/27/2023

Today's Mystery:Philo Vance investigates the case of a man who threw his bath brush out the window before being found murdered in his shower/bathtub.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: April 25, 1950

Originated in: New York CityStarred: Jackson Beck as Philo Vance, George Petrie as District Attorney Markham, Joan Alexander as Ellen Dearing

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Dangeorus Assignment: Nazi Fugitive (EP4061)
#170
04/26/2023

Today's Mystery: Steve goes to Malaysia to find an ex-Nazi fugitive who is stirring up rebellion and disrupting rubber production.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: February 3, 1951

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Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Lansing Fraud Matter, Episodes One and Two (EP4060)
#167
04/25/2023

Today's Mystery:Johnny goes to Tucson to investigate the suspicious case of a man insured for $50,000 who died from malnutrition and could not have even passed the insurance physical.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: December 12 and 13, 1955

Originate from, Hollywood

Starring: Bob Bailey as Johnny Dollar

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Sam Spade: The Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail Caper (EP4059)
#168
04/24/2023

Today's Mystery:A private eye from Chicago who lost his license pushes his way into Sam's office and talks him into taking a case...dressed as a giant rabbit.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: December 4, 1949

Originated from Hollywood

Stars: Howard Duff as Sam Spade and Lurene Tuttle as Effie

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Tales of the Texas Rangers: Knock Out (EP4058)
#167
04/22/2023

Today's Mystery:Jayce searches for the murderer of an elderly cattle rancher who stole a sheriff's gun and beat him with it.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: June 22, 1952

Originated from Hollywood

Stars Joel McCrea as Ranger Jace Pearson

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Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Cronin Matter, Episodes Three, Four, and Five (EP4057)
#166
04/21/2023

Today's Mystery:Johnny arrives at Dolly Cronin's old estate after someone attacked him to steal the necklace, while Mrs. Cronin takes ill

.Original Radio Broadcast Dates: December 7-9, 1955

Originated from Hollywood

Stared Bob Bailey

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