The Great Detectives of Old Time Radio

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By: Adam Graham Radio Detective Podcasts

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 The Adventures of the Falcon, Squad Room, Dangerous Assignment, Mr. Chameleon, Yours Truly Johnny Dollar, and Dragnet.Whether you want 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...

Dragnet: The Big Book (EP4394)
#196
Yesterday at 6:00 AM

Today's Mystery:Friday and Romero investigate the flood of filthy books into Los Angeles high schools.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: April 6, 1950

Originating from HollywoodStarring: Jack Webb as Sergeant Joe Friday; Barton Yarborough as Sergeant Ben Romero; Herb Butterfield; Stacy Harris; Harry Morgan

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Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Desalles Matter (EP4393)
#195
Last Friday at 6:00 AM

Today's Mystery:Johnny goes out west when an insurance agent is suspicious of a $100,000 death claim that another investigator was assigned to look into.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: Original Air Date: January 13, 1957

Originating from Hollywood

Starring: Bob Bailey as Johnny Dollar; Virginia Gregg; Harry Bartell; John Stephenson; Will Wright; James McCallion; Ben Wright

Today's Show sponsored by Cinnamon Girl by Daniel Weizzmann, the upcoming release in the Pacific Coast Highway Mystery Series. (Released May 28) (Affiliate LInks)

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Mr. Chameleon: The Hasty Marriage Murder Case (EP4392)
#194
Last Thursday at 6:00 AM

Today's Mystery:A young wealthy man who just married a woman after a two-week romance is murdered.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: July 13, 1949

Originating from New York CityStarring: Karl Swenson as Mister Chameleon

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Dangerous Assignment: The Jade Dagger (EP4391)
#193
Last Wednesday at 6:00 AM

Today's Mystery: Sent to Cairo on a mission to clear the United States' name, Steve must navigate a treacherous path of false accusations and political machinations. From the bustling bazaars to the shadowy backstreets, join Steve as he unravels a conspiracy that could sabotage vital international talks. Tune in for a tale of espionage where asking to see a knife might just get you one in the back!

Original Radio Broadcast Date: May 13, 1953

Originated in

: Brian Donlevy as Steve Mitchell, Herb Butterfield as the Commissioner, Robert Boone, Paul Dubov, Byron Kane, Jan Arvan, Betty...


Squad Room: Ferris Wheel (EP4390)
#192
Last Tuesday at 6:00 AM

Today's Mystery: A woman is found murdered on a Ferris wheel.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: Around New Years Day in the mid-1950s

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Originating in New York

Starring: Wynn Wright as Lt. John Douglas; Dan Ocko as Sergeant Allen; George Tanner; Sam Gray

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The Falcon: The Case of the Happy Hoodlum (EP4389)
#191
Last Monday at 6:00 AM

Today's Mystery:Sergeant Corbett wants The Falcon to find out why a man made an insane attempt to rob an express company with a gun that couldn't fire.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: January 14, 1951

Originating from New YorkStarred: Les Damon as the Falcon; Ken Paxton as Sergeant Corbett

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Old Time Radio Con Games Special (EP4388s)
#190
05/12/2024

Today, I'm joined by Jim Grinstead of the Scams and Cons Podcast as we delve into two scam-related old time radio podcasts.

Today's 1st Mystery:First up, there's no such thing as easy money. That's a lesson a rich young man learns as he's forced to lure his friends into the clutches of a big-time gambler to square his own debts. Can magician-turned-detective Mike Trent help? We find out in this episode of Easy Money, "The Gallopping Ivories"

Original Radio Broadcast Date: November 14, 1954

Originating in New York

Starring: Larry Haines as Mike...


Dragnet: The Big Gangster, Part Two (EP4388)
#189
05/11/2024

Today's Mystery:When a notorious mobster is gunned down, sparking fears of a gang war, Joe Friday and Ben Romero race against time to find the killers. Smoke screens, false leads, and a mysterious woman are at the center of it all.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: March 30, 1950

Originating from Hollywood

Starring: Jack Webb as Sergeant Joe Friday; Barton Yarborough as Sergeant Ben Romero; Herb Butterfield; Jack Kruschen; Virginia Gregg

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Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Ellen Dear Matter (EP4387)
#188
05/10/2024

Today's Mystery:Set sail on a treacherous journey with Johnny Dollar, the man with the action-packed expense account, as he embarks on a mission to safeguard a fortune in jewels. The sleek motor cruiser Ellen Dear carries a cargo worth over $300,000, but disaster strikes when the yacht sinks in deep waters.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: January 6, 1957

Originated from Hollywood

Starring: Bob Bailey as Johnny Dollar,Virginia Gregg, Lawrence Dobkin, Howard McNear, Jay Novello, Jack Edwards, Barney Phillips, Raymond Burr

The tragedy of Andrea Doria

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Mr. Chameleon: The Ailing Wife Murder Case (EP4386)
#187
05/09/2024

Today's Mystery:Are you ready to crack the case with Mister Chameleon? In this week's suspenseful episode, a seemingly devoted husband is found dead, and the suspects are closer to home than you'd think. With a failed business, an ailing wife, and a love affair that could be the motive for murder, it's up to Mister Chameleon to untangle the web of lies. Will he find the killer before the trail goes cold?

Original Radio Broadcast Date: July 6, 1949

Originating from New York CityStarring: Karl Swenson as Mister Chameleon

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