Down These Mean Streets

An Old Time Radio Detective Podcast

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Happy Birthday, Jay Novello


Actor Jay Novello was born August 22, 1904. During the Golden Age of Radio, he could be heard on several shows putting his voice to use as characters from all around the world. He may be best known to detective fans as Captain Sam Sabayya of the Cairo police on Rocky Jordan. Novello could also be heard on Suspense, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar, and The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe. On television, Novello recurred on Disney’s Zorro and guested on The Donna Reed Show, I Love Lucy, and The Real McCoys.

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Ray Bradbury
"The Crowd" (September 21, 1950)

Dana Andrews headlines this version of Ray Bradbury’s 1943 short story. This adaptation presented on Suspense tweaks the original story, but it retains Bradbury’s observation of the way people are drawn to the tragedy of others.

At times, this episode sounds like it could have aired on Broadway is My Beat - no surprise since (like Broadway) it was written by Morton Fine and David Friedkin and directed by Elliott Lewis.

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Happy Birthday, Ray Bradbury


Author Ray Bradbury was born August 22, 1920. One of the most celebrated science-fiction writers of all time, Bradbury’s work includes Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, and The Illustrated Man. His stories have been adapted for television, films, and during the Golden Age of Radio on Dimension X, Suspense, and X Minus One.

In honor of his birthday, I’ll post some old time radio versions of Ray Bradbury’s stories. And for more from the Golden Age of Radio, click here to subscribe to the “Down These Mean Streets” podcast in iTunes.

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New Episode on Sunday - Broadway is My Beat

We’re headed back to “the gaudiest, the most violent, the lonesomest mile in the world” on the next episode of “Down These Mean Streets.” Larry Thor stars as Lieutenant Danny Clover in two episodes of Broadway is My Beat. Join this determined detective as he uncovers the dark side of the Great White Way in two engrossing mysteries, accompanied by his stylized, introspective narration. We’ll hear him in “The Garment District Murders,” originally aired on CBS on April 15, 1951; and “The Milkman Murders,” originally aired on CBS on February 16, 1952. Walk the beat in Episode 73 - Radio’s Poetic Policeman, available Sunday, August 24th!

Click here to subscribe to the “Down These Mean Streets” podcast in iTunes. For more Broadway is My Beat, click here for Episode 16 of the podcast.

And, in case you missed it, click here for last week’s episode featuring Bulldog Drummond.

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Happy Birthday, Alan Reed


Alan Reed, actor and voice artist, was born August 20, 1907. Born Herbert Theodore Bergman, Reed is perhaps best known as the voice of Fred Flintstone, but he also worked extensively during the Golden Age of Radio. Reed voiced “Falstaff Openshaw,” the poet laureate of Allen’s Alley, on The Fred Allen Show. He played Shrevie the cabbie on The Shadow, Pasquale on Life with Luigi, and he had a stint as Lt. Levinson on Richard Diamond, Private Detective. But it’s the barefoot bowler of Bedrock that remains his most famous role - Reed voiced Fred for the entire run of The Flintstones and in several other cartoons.

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Fran Striker
"A Nephew is Found" (December 25, 1942)

Fran Striker penned this version of the origin of the Lone Ranger for the program’s 1942 Christmas episode. Striker had written the story originally for the 1938 Lone Ranger serial, but he incorporated the origin into the radio series in 1941.

This episode reveals the surname of the Ranger to be “Reid,” which sets up one of fiction’s greatest family trees. The Ranger’s nephew, Dan Reid, was the father of Britt Reid - aka The Green Hornet and another Fran Striker WXYZ hero. Dan Reid is played by a young James Lipton, who today hosts Inside the Actors Studio.

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