Down These Mean Streets

An Old Time Radio Detective Podcast

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Lauren Bacall co-starred with James Garner in the memorable two-part episode of The Rockford Files “Lions, Tigers, Monkeys, and Dogs.”

Lauren Bacall co-starred with James Garner in the memorable two-part episode of The Rockford Files “Lions, Tigers, Monkeys, and Dogs.”

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Lauren Bacall
"To Have and Have Not" (October 14, 1946)

Lauren Bacall recreates her debut film role on the Lux Radio Theatre. Humphrey Bogart is back too in this adaptation of Howard Hawks’ version of Ernest Hemingway’s novel. The film cemented Bacall’s image as a sultry screen star, and she and Bogart began their romance on set.

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Happy Birthday, Lauren Bacall

Screen legend Lauren Bacall was born September 16, 1924. With her smoldering debut performance in To Have and Have Not, Bacall established herself as one of Hollywood’s most sultry stars. The film also kicked off a romance and eventual marriage to Humphrey Bogart. “Bogie” and Bacall co-starred in a number of films, including the Philip Marlowe adaptation The Big Sleep. In her later years, Bacall picked up an Academy Award nomination for her turn in The Mirror Has Two Faces. One of the last shining stars of old Hollywood, she passed away on August 12, 2014.

On the next episode of “Down These Mean Streets,” I’ll present Lauren Bacall (along with Humphrey Bogart) in two episodes of tropical mystery and intrigue on Bold Venture. I’ll post more of her radio work today.

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Happy Birthday, Tom Conway

British actor Tom Conway was born September 15, 1904. He may be best known for his ten films as “The Falcon,” the debonair freelance detective. Conway assumed the role in 1942 from his brother, actor George Sanders. On radio, Conway succeeded Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes and co-starred with Nigel Bruce in the 1946-1947 season of The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. A few years later, he donned the halo of The Saint after Vincent Price left the series in 1951.

On Sunday’s episode of “Down These Mean Streets,” I featured Tom Conway in radio adventures as Sherlock Holmes and Simon Templar. For more radio detectives, click here to subscribe to the “Down These Mean Streets” podcast in iTunes.

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In addition to his radio and big screen exploits, Tom Conway enjoyed a stint as a television detective in Mark Saber. As a British detective working in the United States, Conway cracked cases from 1951 until 1953. The series aired in syndication under a number of titles, including Saber of London. This episode, “The Case of the Hair of the Dog,” originally aired on October 27, 1952.

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