On March 30, the 50th episode of “Down These Mean Streets” will hit the web. To mark the occasion (and to thank you, the listeners and old time radio fans who have helped me get here), I’m giving away a copy of the 10-CD set The Many Voices of Johnny Dollar. This is a great collection featuring all eight of the actors who starred as “America’s fabulous freelance insurance investigator” on the air, including Bob Bailey, Dick Powell, and Edmond O’Brien.
To enter the contest, just send an e-mail to email@example.com by March 28th with the following:
1) Your name;
2) How you listen to the show (iTunes, Stitcher, etc.);
3) How you follow the show (via Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, or some/all of the above);
4) Your favorite old time radio detective (it doesn’t have to be one who has appeared on the podcast).
Send all of that to me in an e-mail by March 28th, and I’ll select a winner. Please only one entry per person. The winner will be announced on the 50th episode (which will feature an adventure of Johnny Dollar himself).
Good luck, and thanks for listening over the last 47 weeks! Hoping to bring you even more old time radio detectives in the future.
Richard Kollmar appears on What’s My Line? and his wife Dorothy Kilgallen is among the panelists attempting to guess his identity.
Poster for Confessions of Boston Blackie (1941), starring Chester Morris as Blackie.
In addition to the radio series, Frederick Ziv produced a syndicated Boston Blackie TV series. Kent Taylor starred as Blackie on television, and you can see him here in “Red Hot Murder.”
Lesley Woods played Mary Wesley opposite Richard Kollmar on Boston Blackie. Over the course of her career, she also played Ann Williams on Casey, Crime Photographer and Margo Lane on The Shadow.
Maurice Tarplin co-starred as Inspector Farraday with Richard Kollmar on the Ziv-syndicated Boston Blackie series. Tarplin famously played the title character and narrator on The Mysterious Traveler, Mutual’s anthology thriller series.
It’s another adventure of Boston Blackie, gentleman thief turned gumshoe. After Chester Morris’ 1944 summer run, Richard Kollmar stepped in and starred as Blackie in nearly 300 syndicated episodes. As always, Blackie tries to crack the case and remains a thorn in the side of the stubborn Inspector Farraday. We’ll hear “Murder at the Movies,” one of Kollmar’s syndicated episodes.
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Happy Birthday to Virginia Gregg, one of radio’s most versatile performers. In addition to regular roles as Helen Asher on Richard Diamond, Private Detective and Claire Brooks on Let George Do It, Gregg could be heard employing a variety of dialects and accents to play characters from different countries and different times on Frontier Gentleman, Have Gun Will Travel, Dragnet, and Suspense. Her voice was put to good use on the big screen, as she delivered the vocal performance of Mrs. Bates in Psycho.
Richard Kollmar steps in as jewel thief turned detective Boston Blackie on the next episode of “Down These Mean Streets.” After Chester Morris’ brief run as the character, Kollmar starred as Blackie in over 200 episodes of a syndicated series, with Maurice Tarplin co-starring as the always-irascible Inspector Farraday. We’ll hear Boston Blackie solve “Murder at the Movies” in Episode 47 - Friend to Those Who Have No Friend, available Sunday, March 9th!
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For more Boston Blackie, click here to hear Chester Morris as Blackie in Episode 23 of the podcast.
And, in case you missed it, click here for last week’s episode featuring Mr. and Mrs. North.
Academy and Tony Award winning actor Rex Harrison was born today - March 5 - in 1908. Aside from his famous roles as Professor Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady and as Doctor Doolittle, we know Harrison for his short-lived NBC radio detective show The Private Files of Rex Saunders. Harrison starred as a dapper private eye in this 1951 series.
Click here and listen to Harrison starring as Rex Saunders in “The Plan in the Killer’s Mind” as featured on the podcast.
And for more classic stars and shows from the Golden Age of Radio, click here to subscribe to the “Down These Mean Streets” podcast in iTunes.