Show #3 Bold Venture and Box 13

Bold Venture: The Carlos & Juan Story
With his sidekick and ward, the saucy Sailor Duvall, tagging along, Slate Shannon encounters tough situations while experiencing “adventure, intrigue, mystery and romance in the sultry settings of tropical Havana and the mysterious islands of the Caribbean.” The original air date for this episode was December 31, 1951.

Bogart’s Maltese Falcon was dramatized on radio by The Screen Guild Players in 1943, Academy Award Theater in 1946 and the Gulf Screen Guild in 1950. In the latter version, Lauren Bacall played the part originally dramatized by Mary Astor.

Box 13: The First Letter, originally broadcast on August 22, 1948.
“Adventure wanted, will go anywhere, do anything — write Box 13, Star-Times.” ran the advertisement newspaperman-turned-mystery novelist from Dan Holliday, who found out new ideas for his fiction in the many exploits made possible by the letters he received. Played by “The Star of Paramount Pictures” Alan Ladd and created by Ladd’s company, Mayfair Productions, Box 13 premiered In New York City, December 31, 1947, on Mutual’s New York flagship, WOR.

Sylvia Picker appeared as Holliday’s secretary, Suzy, while Edmund MacDonald played police Lt. Kling. Supporting cast members included Betty Lou Gerson, Frank Lovejoy (who we will hear from in many future programs) and Lurene Tuttle. Vern Carstensen, who directed Box 13 for producer Richard Sanville, was also the show’s announcer.

This episode, The First Letter, was Originally broadcast on January 7, 1948.


Show #2 The Shadow and Candy Matson

The Shadow and Candy MatsonThe Shadow: The Death Triangle was published in the October 15, 1933 issue of The Shadow Magazine. This is a tale of a land deed hidden away and the only man who knows its location has been murdered. The Shadow must find the paper and must reveal the three men responsible. The three men who form a death triangle. It’s a pretty good rule of thumb that any Shadow pulp novel from the 1930’s is a good one, and this story is no exception. It’s a bang up tale of secrecy, intrigue and murder. There is a major logic hole in the plot, but since when does that matter? Overall, this is classic Shadow all the way. Original Air Date December 12, 1937. Starring a 22 yr old Orson Welles. Agnes Moorehead (Margo Lane) was later termed, “The 1st Lady of Suspense” because of her many appearances on the Radio show of the same name and starred in what may be my favorite radio broadcast of all time: Suspense: Sorry, Wrong Number on May 18, 1943.

Candy Matson: The Cable Car Case Original Air Date July 7, 1949
Candy was bright, tough, fearless and should have worn a sign cautioning “Dangerous Curves Ahead.” She used her pistol infrequently, but was not intimidated by bad guys, regardless of circumstances. Threats, assaults, and even bullets would usually produce a caustic, but clever, response from this blonde sleuth. She and Lt. Mallard (the two occasionally dated) were frequently working the same case, but she usually solved it first. Each job took Candy from her apartment on Telegraph Hill into some actual location in San Francisco. The writers, overseen by the show’s creator Monty Masters, worked plenty of real Bay Area locations into every plot. It was created by Mr. MastersĀ  who originally wrote it as a starring vehicle for himself until his Mother in law convinced him to use a woman as the lead. He found his star in his wife, Natalie Parks. Candy Matson was the most popular show on the West Coast during its run but never had a consistent sponsor so NBC moved it around from time slot to time slot and the show never gained the national success it deserved. This was the 2nd show from the 1st season to be broadcast and is only one of 14 that are known to exist (one is the pilot). There is another recording available but it is actually a recreated broadcast.

Next Time: Bold Venture and Box 13


Show #1 The Secrets of Scotland Yard and Abbott & Costello

Secrets of Scotland YardWelcome Michael’s Midnight Matinee.

Our first show, originally broadcast on 6/28/11

This week’s show features: The Secrets of Scotland Yard which is undated but probably from 1951 and The Abbot and Costello Program The Matrimonial Agency from October 26, 1944.

The Secrets of Scotland Yard starring Clive Brook originated on the Canadian Broadcasting System in 1950 and ran there until 1953. The show began a new life on Mutual in March of 1957 and ran weekly through June 12, 1958. This was not the end of the show as the University of Texas at Austin started playing reruns in 1974. I believe that this recording was made at that time.

One of the most well known and well loved comedy duos on Radio, Film or Television Abbott and Costello delighted audiences for years and continue to do so today. This show, The Matrimonial Agency is one of my very favorites.

Next Up: The Shadow and Candy Matson