Radio

  • I Love A Mystery PI * ran 1939 – 1944 * series was a combination of mystery and adventure, following the excapades of three friends who owned a detective agency
  • The Crime Club Anthology * ran 1946 – 1947 * episodes were adaptations of novels from Doubleday’s The Crime Club imprint * episodes began with a phone ringing, which was answered by the Librarian
  • Dark Venture Anthology * ran 1946 – 1947 * sinister stories told from the murderer’s point of view
  • Let George Do It PI * ran 1946 – 1955 * George and his secretary, Brooksie, chased down criminals and unearthed dastardly plots for anyone responding to a classified ad placed in the paper: “Danger’s my stock in trade. If the job’s too tough for you to handle, you’ve got a job for me. George Valentine. Write full details!”
  • Boston Blackie PI *  ran in the summer of 1944, starring Chester Morris on NBC * a devilishly charming and reformed jewel thief uses his contacts in the shady underworld to take down criminals while sidestepping the police * based on novels by Jack Boyle
  • Broadway Is My Beat Police Procedural * ran 1949 – 1954 * a homicide cop pursues vicious perps in midtown New York City
  • Candy Matson PI * ran 1949 – 1951 * a female PI solves cases with sass 
  • Molle Mystery Theater Anthology * ran 1943 – 1952, although under various titles (in addition to Molle Mystery Theater it was known by other names such as simply Mystery Theater and, at the very end of its run, Mark Saber Mysteries) * taught stories with twist ending written by both popular and unknown mystery authors * series took a turn towards melodrama and changed up its anthology format when it moved from NBC to CBS in 1948
  • Murder By Experts Anthology * ran 1949 – 1951 *hosted by John Dickson Carr and later Brett Halliday * stories of mystery fiction handpicked by well-known mystery writes such as William Irish and Lawrence Blochman
  • Richard Diamond, Private Detective PI * ran 1949 – 1953 * quick-witted and easygoing detective deftly closes cases on scam masters and murderers, occasionally with some singing and a visit or two to his lady love, Helen
  • The Whistler Anthology * ran 1942 – 1955 * an omniscient host narrates as villains become victims of their own well-laid plans
  • Murder Clinic Anthology * ran 1942 – 1943 * mystery stories from well-established authors such as G. K. Chesterton and Ngaio Marsh
  • Suspense Anthology * ran 1942 – 1962 * stories of deception and danger starring high-profile celebrities such as Orson Welles, Agnes Moorehead, and Cary Grant
  • Box 13 Amateur Sleuth * a mystery novelist, seeking out fresh ideas for his fiction, finds himself meeting murderers and victims alike when he places a classified ad in the paper saying “Adventure wanted, will go anywhere, do anything—write Box 13, Star-Times”
  • The Saint PI * ran 1945 – 1951 * a suave thief with Robin Hoodish tendencies takes on crime and corruption *Vincent Price played the role of Simon Templar 1947 – 1951 *based on the novels by Leslie Charteris
  • Raymond Chandler PI * ran throughout 2011 * full-cast adaptations of Raymond Chandler’s novels * originally aired on BBC Radio 4

 

 

NOTE: This is by no means a comprehensive list of all mystery radio programs out there. These are  simply radio programs I’ve listened to, enjoyed, and recommend.