Monthly Archives: June 2005

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 3 – Ellery Queen

Two cousins, Frederic Dannay and Manfred B. Lee decided to try their luck and sat down to create a mystery novel. They wanted a name that would be remembered and roll off the tongue and slightly unusual. As they thought it through Dannay recalled his friend whose first name was Ellery. And so the first name was chosen. The last… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 2 – The Adventures of Sam Spade

In today’s podcast we’ll look at Dashiell Hammett’s well-known detective … Sam Spade. Probably more than any other writer including Chandler, Hammett defined the no nonsense somewhat anti-woman operative from a detective agency. Sam Spade, as defined by Hammett, was a cool, untrickable, lone sleuth who stood between the cops and the criminals. Hammett calls him “hard and shifty.”

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 1 – Phillip Marlowe

Raymond Chandler introduced his hardboiled gumshoe, Philip Marlowe, in his novel “The Big Sleep.” He referred to Marlowe as his “white knight in a trench coat.” The character was a tough lone wolf with a heart and a sense of honor. By September 1948, it was revitalized on CBS starring Gerald Mohr. Mohr along with producer and director Norman Macdonnell… (more…)