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May 24, 2020
This week on "Down These Mean Streets," Dashiell Hammett's San Francisco sleuth Sam Spade is on the case. We'll hear "The Bail Bond Caper" (6/27/48); "The S.Q.P. Caper" (11/7/48); and "The Sure Thing Caper" (2/9/51).
May 20, 2020
Bob Hope headlines a double feature in this week's bonus comedy episode. We'll hear radio recreations of "The Ghost Breakers" (4/3/49) and "The Paleface" (3/3/50) from "The Screen Directors' Playhouse."
May 17, 2020
This week on "Down These Mean Streets," "Jeff Regan, Investigator" tackles three old time radio crimes: "The Diamond Quartet" (8/14/48), "The Man Who Came Back" (8/21/48), and "No Sad Clowns for Me" (6/25/50).
May 13, 2020
In this week's bonus comedy episode, Spring is in the air on "Fibber McGee and Molly" (originally aired on NBC on May 11, 1943) and "The Milton Berle Show" (originally aired on NBC on March 23, 1948).
May 10, 2020
This week on "Down These Mean Streets," "The Big Story" presents ripped-from-the-headlines tales of brave journalists who went above and beyond the call of duty: "The Deadline Murder" (5/19/48) and "The Bitterest Man on the Earth" (6/8/49).
May 6, 2020
In this bonus comedy episode, we celebrate Mother's Day with a pair of mothers-in-law dropping in for visits on "The Burns and Allen Show" and "My Favorite Husband."
May 3, 2020
This week on "Down These Mean Streets," Superman takes flight in a pair of radio mysteries: "One Minute to Death" (11/19/49) and "The Diamond of Death" (12/17/49).
April 29, 2020
In this midweek bonus comedy episode, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello perform some of their classic routines (2/27/47) and Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis clown around with guest star Henry Fonda (6/5/49).
April 26, 2020
This week on "Down These Mean Streets," Dick Powell sings his way through three radio mysteries as "Richard Diamond, Private Detective." We'll hear "The Fred Sears Murder Case" (6/19/49); "The Angelino Giuseppe Case" (1/7/50); and "The Bald Head Case" (9/20/50).
April 22, 2020
In this week's bonus comedy show, we'll hear from George Burns and Gracie Allen plus special guest Jack Benny in a pair of old time radio episodes (3/6/47 and 1/8/48).
April 19, 2020
This week on "Down These Mean Streets," we'll hear two stories of mystery and murder from the library of "The Crime Club" - "Dead Men Control" (3/20/47) and "Death Swims at Midnight" (8/27/47).
April 15, 2020
For this midweek comedy break, we'll hear Milton Berle offer a salute to income tax (3/9/48) and Jack Benny try to fend off questions from a pair of inquisitive IRS agents (3/16/52).
April 12, 2020
This week on "Down These Mean Streets," we salute Betty Lou Gerson, one of radio's best character actresses. We'll hear her in "Beyond Reasonable Doubt" from "The Whistler" (7/16/47) and "The Indian Giver" from "Philip Marlowe" (8/13/49).
April 8, 2020
For our midweek comedy break, Fibber McGee and Molly (3/23/48) and Phil Harris and Alice Faye (3/25/51) are on hand to help us celebrate Easter!
April 5, 2020
This week on "Down These Mean Streets," the reporters of "Big Town" fight to keep their city safe. We'll hear "Double Murder" (10/12/48), "I Remember Murder" (11/30/48), and "The Fatal Alibi" (5/3/49).
April 1, 2020
It's another midweek comedy bonus episode featuring April Fools comedy from Mel Blanc (4/1/47) and Lucille Ball in "My Favorite Husband" (4/1/49).
March 29, 2020
This week on "Down These Mean Streets," Chester Gould's two-fisted, square-jawed super cop Dick Tracy stars in a super-sized serial adventure "The Black Pearl of Osiris" (2/8 - 2/25/38).
March 25, 2020
In a special midweek bonus show, we'll lighten the mood with a pair of old time radio comedies starring Jack Benny (9/29/46) and Eve Arden as "Our Miss Brooks" (7/17/49).
March 22, 2020
This week on "Down These Mean Streets," Bob Bailey stars as Johnny Dollar in a five-part mystery: "The Plantagenet Matter" (3/5/56 - 3/9/56). Plus, we'll hear a two-part story: "The Mason-Dixon Mismatch Matter" (6/9/57) and "The Dixon Murder Matter" (6/16/57).
March 15, 2020
This week on "Down These Mean Streets," Dana Andrews goes undercover in three radio adventures from "I Was a Communist for the FBI" - "A Riot Made to Order," "Hate Song," and "Fifteen Minutes to Murder."
March 8, 2020
This week on "Down These Mean Streets," Sgt. Joe Friday is back on the case in two police dramas from "Dragnet" - "The Big Bomb" (7/13/50) and "The Big Couple" (2/22/51).
March 1, 2020
This week on "Down These Mean Streets," Joel McCrea saddles up to solve crimes in "Tales of the Texas Rangers." We'll hear "Soft Touch (10/15/50) and "Dead Head Freight" (1/7/51).
February 23, 2020
This week on "Down These Mean Streets," Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce face Irene Adler, one of Sherlock Holmes' most celebrated foes, in "A Scandal in Bohemia" (12/10/45). Plus, a radio sequel to that classic tale - "The Second Generation" (12/17/45).
February 16, 2020
This week on "Down These Mean Streets," we're on the road for excitement and intrigue with international man of mystery Frank Race in three syndicated radio mysteries: "The Istanbul Adventure," "The Adventure of the Garrulous Bartender," and "The Adventure of the House Divided."
February 9, 2020
This week on "Down These Mean Streets," George Valentine helps us celebrate February 14th with two old time radio mysteries from "Let George Do It" - "The Seven Dead Years" (9/25/48) and "Mayhem by Experts" (1/31/49).
February 5, 2020
Today in a bonus episode of "Down These Mean Streets," we'll hear from three radio detective stars who took home Oscars: Rex Harrison as Rex Saunders in "Worth More Than Its Weight in Murder" (7/25/51); Frank Sinatra as Rocky Fortune in "The Catskills Cover-up" (2/9/54); and Edmond O'Brien as Johnny Dollar in "The Jackie Cleaver Matter" (3/31/51).
February 2, 2020
This week on "Down These Mean Streets," Frank Lovejoy stars as intrepid reporter Randy Stone in "Night Beat." We'll hear "The Night is a Weapon" (2/13/50) and "Marty" (7/3/50).
January 26, 2020
This week on "Down These Mean Streets," we'll hear three exciting police dramas from "The Line-Up" starring Bill Johnstone as Lt. Ben Guthrie: "Yudo in Ypsilanti" (1/18/51); "The Senile Slugging Case" (2/8/51); and "The Fresno Break Case" (9/17/52).
January 19, 2020
This week on "Down These Mean Streets," we're celebrating Edgar Allan Poe's birthday with old time radio adaptations of three of his mysteries: "Murders in the Rue Morgue" from "The Weird Circle;" "The Mystery of Marie Roget" from "Suspense" (12/14/53); and "The Purloined Letter" from "The NBC University Theatre" (9/17/48).
January 12, 2020
This week on "Down These Mean Streets," Vincent Price stars as the Robin Hood of modern crime - "The Saint" - in two radio mysteries: "The Frightened Author" (7/23/50) and "Simon Carries the Ivy" (4/1/51).
January 5, 2020
This week on "Down These Mean Streets," super sleuth Ellery Queen solves a sixty-minute mystery in an installment of "The Ford Theatre" (1/4/48).
December 29, 2019
This week on "Down These Mean Streets," we bid goodbye to 2019 and ring in 2020 with a pair of New Year's Eve radio mysteries. We'll hear "Casey, Crime Photographer" in "Hot New Year's Party" (1/1/48) and "The First Year" from "The Whistler" (12/31/47).
December 24, 2019
Enjoy a pair of Christmas comedies as we celebrate the holiday season! We'll hear Lucille Ball in "My Favorite Husband" (12/16/49) and Eve Arden as "Our Miss Brooks" (12/18/49).
December 22, 2019
It's our annual holiday show this week on "Down These Mean Streets!" Bob Bailey stars as Johnny Dollar in a five-part Christmas mystery: "The Nick Shurn Matter" (12/19 - 12/23/55).
December 15, 2019
This week on "Down These Mean Streets," Bing Crosby, Dinah Shore, Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, and more lend their voices to a musical comedy adventure of Dick Tracy from "Command Performance" (2/15/45).
December 8, 2019
This week on "Down These Mean Streets," Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall bring their chemistry to radio in three thrilling tales from "Bold Venture" - "That Gun Will Kill You," "The Tabard of Pizarro," and "Welcome to Civilization, Deadman."
December 1, 2019
This week on "Down These Mean Streets," Sydney Greenstreet is Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe in two radio mysteries: "The Case of the Beautiful Archer" (11/24/50) and "The Case of the Girl Who Cried Wolfe" (12/15/50).
November 27, 2019
Comedy is on the menu for Thanksgiving dinner with a bonus episode featuring Turkey Day tales starring Abbott and Costello (11/23/44) and Eve Arden as "Our Miss Brooks" (11/27/49).
November 25, 2019
This week on "Down These Mean Streets," Frank Sinatra swaps out singing for solving crimes as "Rocky Fortune." We'll hear "Double Identity" (10/13/53), "The Prize Fight Fix" (12/29/53), and "Hollywood or Boom" (1/29/54).
November 17, 2019
This week on "Down These Mean Streets," we're saluting Howard Duff with two of his turns as Sam Spade: "The Calcutta Trunk Caper" and "The Cheesecake Caper." Plus - "Four Hours to Kill" from The Philip Morris Playhouse (4/13/49).
November 10, 2019
This week on "Down These Mean Streets," we'll hear Dick Powell as two old time radio gumshoes in a pair of mysteries: "Special Added Attraction" from "Rogue's Gallery" (1/31/46) and "Jerome J. Jerome" from "Richard Diamond" (9/17/49).
November 3, 2019
This week on "Down These Mean Streets," husband and wife Glenn Langan and Adele Jurgens solve mysteries on the air in "Stand By For Crime." We'll hear "The Luke Larson Murder," "The Kidnapper's New Shoes," and "The Clueless Crime Spree."
October 30, 2019
Happy Halloween! Today in a bonus show, we'll hear George Valentine and Simon Templar battle the seemingly supernatural in "The Ghost on Bliss Terrace" (8/16/48) and "The Ghosts Who Came to Dinner" (4/8/51).
October 27, 2019
This week on "Down These Mean Streets," it's off to London for three radio adventures of Sherlock Holmes: "Prof. Moriarty and the Diamond Jubilee" (12/7/47); "The Mazarin Stone" (1/4/48); and "The Wooden Claw" (2/22/48).
October 20, 2019
This week on "Down These Mean Streets," Casey, Crime Photographer fights for justice and a front-page story in two old time radio mysteries: "Casey and the Self-Made Hero" (7/17/47) and "Fog" (3/11/48).
October 13, 2019
It's the 350th episode of "Down These Mean Streets," and I'm celebrating with a block of one of my favorite radio sleuths - Philip Marlowe. We'll hear "Red Wind" (9/26/48), "The Black Halo" (1/15/49), "The Fatted Calf" (9/24/49), and "The Open Window" (10/8/49).
October 9, 2019
This week on "Down These Mean Streets," we salute writer/director Jack Johnstone with "The Curse of Kamashek" from Johnny Dollar (9/3 - 9/7/56). Plus "Somebody Knows" (7/20/50) and "The CBS Radio Workshop" (3/9/56).
September 29, 2019
This week on "Down These Mean Streets," Elliott Lewis takes us back in time for some of history's most infamous murders in "Crime Classics." We'll hear "The Death of a Picture Hanger" (7/20/53) and "Twenty-three Knives Against Caesar" (2/10/54).
September 22, 2019
This week on "Down These Mean Streets," Richard Kollmar stars as reformed jewel thief turned sleuth Boston Blackie in three old time radio mysteries: "The John Austin Murder" (8/20/47), "The Armored Car Murder Case" (11/19/47), and "The Joe Ingalls Bombing" (4/28/48).
September 15, 2019
This week on "Down These Mean Streets," we're on a tour of Cairo with ex-pat and adventurer Rocky Jordan. We'll hear him in "Up in Flames" (12/19/48) and "Journey to Nashier" (6/26/49).
September 8, 2019
This week on "Down These Mean Streets," Alan Ladd fights off writer's block as Dan Holiday in three mysteries from "Box 13" - "Three to Die," "The Biter Bitten," and "The Clay Pigeon."
September 1, 2019
This week on "Down These Mean Streets," Joseph Cotten reprises his role in a Lux Radio Theatre recreation of the noir classic "The Third Man" (4/9/51).
August 25, 2019
This week on "Down These Mean Streets," Scotland Yard is on the case in two old time radio mysteries from "Whitehall 1212" - "The Case of Dr. Duncan Allen" (3/9/52) and "The Case of Maggie Rawlinson" (5/25/52).
August 18, 2019
This week on "Down These Mean Streets," Jackson Beck stars as super sleuth Philo Vance in three syndicated radio mysteries: "The Movie Murder Case," "The Birdcage Murder Case," and "The Golden Key Murder Case."
August 11, 2019
This week on "Down These Mean Streets," Wally Maher and Jeff Chandler take turns starring as gumshoe Michael Shayne in "The Body in the Trunk" (4/23/45), "Murder, RSVP" (5/28/45), and "The Case of the Left-Handed Fan."
August 4, 2019
This week, a new season of "Down These Mean Streets" starts with Vincent Price as the Saint. We'll hear Simon Templar solve two old time radio mysteries: "Tuba or Not Tuba - That Is the Question" (1/21/51) and "The Birds and Bees of East Orange" (3/18/1951).
July 28, 2019
This week on "Down These Mean Streets," Dick Powell stars as Richard Diamond and sings his way through three radio mysteries: "The Private Eye Test" (3/19/50); "The Hatpin Murder Case" (9/27/50); and "The Red Rose" (3/2/51).
July 21, 2019
This week on "Down These Mean Streets," we'll match wits with master detective Ellery Queen in three old time radio mysteries: "The Case of the Vanishing Magician" (11/6/43); "The Case of Deadman's Cavern" (4/13/44); and "The Adventure of Nick the Knife" (8/1/45).
July 14, 2019
This week on "Down These Mean Streets," Jack Webb solves crime on the waterfront as Pat Novak For Hire. We'll hear "Find John St. John" (5/22/49) and "Joe Dineen" (6/19/49).
July 7, 2019
This week on "Down These Mean Streets," Detective Danny Clover is walking his Broadway beat in a pair of radio mysteries: "The Joe Gruber Murders" (7/8/51) and "The Alice Mayo Murder" (5/24/52).
June 30, 2019
This week on "Down These Mean Streets," Paul Frees shows off his voice acting versatility in an adventure of The Green Lama ("The Man Who Never Existed;" 6/5/1949) and a thriller from "The Whistler" ("Fatal Fraud;" 5/22/1949).
June 23, 2019
This week on "Down These Mean Streets," Basil Rathbone is on the case as Sherlock Holmes in "Murder Beyond the Mountains" (1/14/1946) and "The Waltz of Death" (4/29/1946). Plus, he solves a comedy mystery with Fred Allen.
June 16, 2019
This week on "Down These Mean Streets," Bob Bailey tackles "The Long Shot Matter" (6/25 - 6/29/56)- a five-part adventure of "Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar."
June 9, 2019
This week on "Down These Mean Streets," we salute Gerald Mohr with four of his radio performances: two mysteries as Philip Marlowe ("The Last Laugh" and "The Last Wish"), one as Archie Goodwin ("The Case of the Vanishing Shells"), and one comedy from "Our Miss Brooks."
June 2, 2019
This week on "Down These Mean Streets," we're celebrating the 70th anniversary of the radio debut of "Dragnet" with four episodes: "Homicide" (6/10/1949), "The Big Fake" (6/1/1950), "The Big Bible" (9/28/1954), and "The Big No Tooth" (4/5/1955).
May 26, 2019
This week on "Down These Mean Streets," Sam Spade is on the case in three radio mysteries: "The Wheel of Life Caper," "The Battles of Belvedere," and "the Spanish Prisoner Caper."
May 19, 2019
This week on “Down These Mean Streets,” Les Damon stars as private eye and occasional spy Mike Waring – better known as The Falcon. We’ll hear “The Case of the Sweet Swindle” (6/13/1951) and “The Case of the Babbling Brooks” (7/3/1952).
May 12, 2019
This week on “Down These Mean Streets,” Bulldog Drummond travels across the pond to battle criminals on the air. We’ll hear his 1941 audition program plus “Death Loops the Loop” (3/10/1948).
May 5, 2019
This week on “Down These Mean Streets,” it’s a birthday salute to Orson Welles. We’ll hear him as Harry Lime from “The Third Man” in “Horse Play.” Plus he narrates the bloody history of a khaki handkerchief from “The Black Museum.”
April 28, 2019
This week on “Down These Mean Streets,” we’re saluting Frances Robinson, busy radio actress and frequent sidekick and secretary to radio gumshoes. We’ll hear her in “Let George Do It” (“The Elusive Hundred Grand,” 4/18/1949), “Richard Diamond” (“The Blind Man and the Cop Killer,” 2/26/1950), and “The Whistler” (“Murder in Mind,” 4/16/1950).
April 21, 2019
This week, Lon Clark is “the most famous of all manhunters” in two radio adventures of Nick Carter, Master Detective: “The Double Disguise” (1/8/1944) and “The Case of the Candidate’s Corpse” (9/26/1948).
April 14, 2019
This week on "Down These Mean Streets," Stacy Harris stars as Special Agent Jim Taylor in a pair of case files from "This is Your FBI" - "The Case of the Curious Coin Collector" (10/4/1946) and "The Agent Apprentice" (8/11/1950).
April 7, 2019
This week on “Down These Mean Streets,” we salute Jack Webb – one of the patron saints of radio detectives. We’ll hear him as Jeff Regan in “The Gambler and the Lady” (12/11/1948); as Pat Novak in “Rory Malone” (3/20/1949); and in “June Gould” from “Pete Kelly’s Blues” (AFRS rebroadcast from 9/19/1951).
April 3, 2019
Today in a Bat-bonus episode of "Down These Mean Streets," we're celebrating the Caped Crusader's 80th anniversary with a complete serialized adventure starring Batman, Robin, and Superman: "The Mystery of the Dead Voice."
March 31, 2019
This week on “Down These Mean Streets,” we’re saluting Charles Russell – the first actor to play Johnny Dollar in a radio series. We’ll hear three of Russell’s adventures: “The Perikoff Policy” (originally aired on CBS on 2/11/1949); “Melanie Carter and the Un-Nice Niece” (11/12/1949); and “The Animal Show Unscheduled Performances” (12/10/1949).
March 24, 2019
This week on “Down These Mean Streets,” we’re deep in the heart of Texas with Joel McCrea as Ranger Pearson in two mysteries from “Tales of the Texas Rangers” – “Quicksilver” (originally aired on NBC on 8/12/1950) and “The Trap” (originally aired on NBC on 2/25/1951).
March 17, 2019
This week, we’re saluting Kathleen Hite - the first female staff writer hired at CBS who would go on to pen hundreds of radio episodes. We’ll hear two of her Philip Marlowe mysteries plus an episode of “Fort Laramie.”
March 10, 2019
This week on “Down These Mean Streets,” Alan Ladd is mystery writer and amateur sleuth Dan Holiday in two “Box 13” mysteries. The star of “This Gun for Hire” answers two letters that lead to dangerous adventure both at home and abroad.
March 3, 2019
This week on “Down These Mean Streets,” we’re saluting Virginia Gregg, one of radio’s greatest actresses. We’ll hear her in her regular roles in “Richard Diamond” and “Let George Do It,” plus an episode of “Frontier Gentleman.”
February 24, 2019
This week on “Down These Mean Streets,” Larry Thor walks the Great White Way as Detective Danny Clover in two mysteries from “Broadway is My Beat” - “The Val Dane Starvation Murder Case” and “The Gridiron Hero Murders.”
February 17, 2019
This week on “Down These Mean Streets,” we’re celebrating Bill Johnstone’s birthday with two of his starring turns as Lt. Ben Guthrie in “The Line-Up.”
February 10, 2019
This week on “Down These Mean Streets,” Bob Bailey is “the man with the action-packed expense account” in the final five-part adventure of “Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar.”
February 3, 2019
This week on “Down These Mean Streets,” Frank Lovejoy prowls the streets of the Windy City in search of newspaper stories as reporter Randy Stone in two old time radio mysteries from “Night Beat.”
January 27, 2019
This week on “Down These Mean Streets,” we’ll hear three old time radio adventures of the married mystery marvels “Mr. and Mrs. North” starring Richard Denning and Barbara Britton.
January 20, 2019
This week on “Down These Mean Streets,” Brian Donlevy is hard-boiled secret agent Steve Mitchell in two tales of old time radio espionage and adventure from “Dangerous Assignment.”
January 16, 2019
Today on a bonus episode of “Down These Mean Streets,” we’ll salute the late Herb Ellis. We’ll hear the actor and writer as Archie Goodwin in “Nero Wolfe” and as Frank Smith opposite Jack Webb in “Dragnet.”
January 13, 2019
This week on “Down These Mean Streets,” Vincent Price is fighting sinners as only a Saint can. We’ll hear three old time radio adventures starring Price as the dapper and debonair “Robin Hood of Modern Crime.”
January 6, 2019
This week on "Down These Mean Streets," we're starting a new year of radio mysteries with an adaptation of the film noir classic "Double Indemnity" with Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck recreating their roles.
December 30, 2018
This week on "Down These Mean Streets," we're ringing in 2019 with New Year's Eve mysteries from "Dragnet" and "The Adventures of Philip Marlowe."
December 23, 2018
This week on "Down These Mean Streets," it's our annual holiday show! We're wrapping up 2018 with three seasonal mysteries starring Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.
December 16, 2018
This week on "Down These Mean Streets," we're celebrating what would have been Jeff Chandler's 100th birthday with two of his Michael Shayne radio mysteries. Plus - a comedic turn with Chandler as Mr. Boynton on Our Miss Brooks.
December 9, 2018
This week on "Down These Mean Streets," Sydney Greenstreet is large and in charge as Nero Wolfe in two radio adventures of the gargantuan gourmet.
December 2, 2018
This week on "Down These Mean Streets," we'll hear three old time radio tales of cops and killers from legendary crime writer Cornell Woolrich.
November 25, 2018
This week on "Down These Mean Streets," we're saluting mystery writer John Dickson Carr with two original tales he penned for "Suspense" and his own anthology series - "Cabin B-13."
November 21, 2018
No sleuths today - just a heaping helping of Thanksgiving comedy from the Golden Age of Radio starring Jimmy Durante and Garry Moore, and Jack Benny and his gang.
November 18, 2018
For our 300th podcast episode, we'll hear Bob Bailey in a six-part radio mystery as "Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar."
November 11, 2018
This week on "Down These Mean Streets," we'll hear Howard Duff in two radio mysteries as Sam Spade and as a scriptwriter plotting the perfect crime in "Suspense."
November 4, 2018
This week on "Down These Mean Streets," Dick Powell stars as Richards Rogue and Diamond in a pair of old time radio mysteries.
October 28, 2018
This week on "Down These Mean Streets," we're off to Cairo for three radio adventures of "Rocky Jordan" starring Jack Moyles and George Raft.
October 24, 2018
Happy Halloween! We're celebrating with a bonus podcast episode and two Halloween radio comedies from Jack Benny and Lucille Ball.
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