This is a catch-all category for anything to do with crime or detection. You’ll find everything from investigative journalists (did they call them that back then) such as Randy Stone in Nightbeat through to police procedurals like Dragnet.

21st Precinct21st Precinct
Show Count: 113
Broadcast History: 7 July 1953 to 26 July 1956
Cast: Everett Sloane, James Gregory, Les Damon, Ken Lynch, Harold Stone
Director: Stanley Niss
Producer: John Ives
"21st Precinct. It's just lines on a map of the city of New York. Most of the 173,000 people wedged into the nine-tenths of a square mile between Fifth Avenue and the East River wouldn't know, if you asked them, that they lived or worked in the 21st. Whether they know it or not, the security of their persons, their homes, and their property is the job of the men of the 21st."
5 Minute Mystery5 Minute Mystery
Show Count: 121
Broadcast History: 1947 to 1950
Cast: Various
"Another Five Minute Mystery!"
Address UnknownAddress Unknown
Show Count: 32
Broadcast History: 1954 - 1970
Sponsor: Colgate
Cast: Lionel Stevens, Joe McCormick, Ray Barrett, Hart McGuire
Producer: Grace Gibson
These Australian stories written by Ross Napier are a dramatization of real cases of missing persons taken from the Missing Persons Bureau files in London, UK.
Adventures of Christopher London, TheAdventures of Christopher London, The
Show Count: 3
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Adventures of the AbbottsAdventures of the Abbotts
Show Count: 18
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Agatha Christie's PoirotAgatha Christie's Poirot
Show Count: 11
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Avenger, TheAvenger, The
Show Count: 26
Broadcast History: 18 July 1941 to 3 November 1942 and 1945 to 1946
Cast: James Monks, Dick Janaver, Helen Adamson, Humphrey Davis
Director: Maurice Joachim
Producer: Charles Michelson
Big Guy, TheBig Guy, The
Show Count: 3
Broadcast History: 7 May 1950 to 29 October 1950
Cast: Henry Calvin, David Anderson, Denise Alexander, Joan Lazer, Joseph Bell, Anita Anton, Burford Hampden, Bill Zuckert, Lyle Sudrow, Linda Watkins, Peggy Laughton, Sandy Strauss
Director: Thomas Madigan
Joshua Sharpe works for his clients on a strictly cash basis to provide for the needs of his nearest and dearest Josh Junior and his daughter Debbie.
Big Story, TheBig Story, The
Show Count: 24
Broadcast History:
Host: Robert Sloane
Blackstone, The Magic DetectiveBlackstone, The Magic Detective
Show Count: 56
Broadcast History: 3 October 1948 to 3 April 1949
Cast: Ed Jerome, Ted Osborne, Fran Carlon
Blair of the MountiesBlair of the Mounties
Show Count: 32
Broadcast History: Fifteen minute weekly serial heard every Monday for 36 weeks beginning January 31st, 1938 and running through the 3rd of October of 1938.
Cast: Colonel Rhys Davies, Jack Abbott
Boston BlackieBoston Blackie
Show Count: 199
Broadcast History: 23 June 1944 to 15 September 1944 and 11 April 1945 to 25 October 1950
Sponsor: Rinso
Cast: Chester Morris, Richard Kollmar, Dick Kollmar, Richard Lane, Lesley Woods, Maurice Tarplin, Jan Miner
Bulldog DrummondBulldog Drummond
Show Count: 18
Broadcast History: 13 April 1941 to 12 January 1949 and 3 January 1954 to 28 March 1954
Cast: Sir Cedric Hardwicke, George Coulouris, Santos Ortega, Ned Wever, Everett Sloane, Luis Van Rooten, Rod Hendrickson
Director: Himan Brown
Producer: Himan Brown
“Out of the fog… out of the night… and into his American adventures… comes… Bulldog Drummond!” The signature is accompanied by echoing footsteps followed by a foghorn, two ominous shots and three blows of a whistle.
Calling All CarsCalling All Cars
Show Count: 116
Broadcast History: 29 November 1933 to 8 September 1939
Cast: Charles Bickford
Director: William N Robson
Calling All DetectivesCalling All Detectives
Show Count: 189
Broadcast History: 7 April 1945 to 25 August 1945
Cast: Paul Barnes, Frank Lovejoy, Owen Jordan
Host: Vincent Pelletier
Candy MatsonCandy Matson
Show Count: 14
Broadcast History: 29 June 1949 to 20 May 1951
Cast: Natalie Masters, Henry Leff, Jack Thomas
Director: Monte Masters
Producer: Monte Masters
Case For Dr Morelle, ACase For Dr Morelle, A
Show Count: 13
Broadcast History:
Casebook Of Gregory HoodCasebook Of Gregory Hood
Show Count: 10
Broadcast History: 3 June 1946 to 25 December 1949 and 25 January 1950 to 31 August 1950
Cast: Gale Gordon, George Petrie, Elliott Lewis, Jackson Beck, Paul McGrath, Martin Gabel, Bill Johnstone, Howard McNear
Director: Ned Tollinger, Frank Cooper, Lee Bolen
Charlie ChanCharlie Chan
Show Count: 17
Broadcast History: 2 December 1932 to 21 June 1948 (Off the air 1933-1937 and 1939-1944)
Cast: Walter Connolly, Ed Begley, Leon Janney, Santos Ortega
Director: John Cole
Charlie Chan is a fictional Chinese-American detective created by Earl Derr Biggers. Loosely basing his character on Honolulu detective Chang Apana, Biggers conceived of the benevolent and heroic Chan as an alternative to Yellow Peril stereotypes, such as villains like Fu Manchu. Chan is a detective for the Honolulu police, though many stories feature Chan traveling the world as he investigates mysteries and solves crimes.
Crime CorrespondentCrime Correspondent
Show Count: 1
Broadcast History: 1949
Cast: Paul Frees
Director: Gordon T Hughes
Producer: Gordon T Hughes
Crime Does Not PayCrime Does Not Pay
Show Count: 58
Broadcast History: 10 October 1949 to 10 October 1951, and 7 January 1952 to 22 December 1952
Cast: Everett Sloane, Betty Furness, Jean Muir, John Beal, Richard Duerr, John Loder, Ed Begley, Donald Buka, Joan Lorring, Lionel Stander, Bela Lugosi
Director: Marx B Loeb
The radio show Crime Does Not Pay is a perfect example of how radio shows often mirrored major studio productions. This radio show was based on the film series Crime Does Not Pay produced by Metro Goldwyn Mayer. The films began in 1935 yet weren’t mirrored by the radio show until 14 years later. During the same general time period, a comic book by the same name was popular with readers. During the late 40s and early 50s crime dramas were very popular – much like they are today.
Danger with GraingerDanger with Grainger
Show Count: 24
Broadcast History:
Danger, Dr DanfieldDanger, Dr Danfield
Show Count: 25
Broadcast History: 18 August 1946 to 13 April 1947
Cast: JoAnne Johnson, Michael Dunne
Producer: Wally Ramsey
Dangerous AssignmentDangerous Assignment
Show Count: 112
Broadcast History: 9 July 1949 to 20 August 1949, 6 February 1950 to 13 February 1953 and 18 February 1953 to 1 July 1953
Sponsor: Ford Motors, General Mills
Cast: Brian Donlevy, Herb Butterfield, Ge Ge Pearson, Ken Peters, Betty Lou Gerson, Dan O’Herlihy, Betty Moran, Paul Frees
Director: Don Sharpe
Producer: Don Sharpe
Defense AttorneyDefense Attorney
Show Count: 4
Broadcast History: 31 August 1951 to 30 December 1952
Cast: Mercedes McCambridge, Howard Culver, Tony Barrett, Irene Tedrow, Harry Bartell
Director: Dwight Hauser
Dr Tim DetectiveDr Tim Detective
Show Count: 7
Broadcast History:
Ellery Queen's Minute MysteriesEllery Queen's Minute Mysteries
Show Count: 25
Broadcast History:
Falcon, TheFalcon, The
Show Count: 92
Broadcast History: 10 April 1943 to 29 December 1943, 3 July 1945 to 30 April 1950, 7 May 1950 to 14 September 1952 and 5 January 1953 to 27 November 1954
Cast: Berry Kroeger, James Meighan, Les Tremayne, Les Damon, George Petrie, Charles Webster
Director: Stuart Buchanan, Richard Lewis, Carlo De Angelo
Producer: Bernard L Schubert
The Falcon was a very popular and highly successful series enjoying a long run from 1943 until 1954. Its eleven-year run was full of mysteries and thrills with listeners tuning in each week to find out how The Falcon would solve the next problem and face the criminals.
Fat Man, TheFat Man, The
Show Count: 46
Broadcast History: 21 January 1946 to 26 September 1951
Cast: Ed Begley, Jack Scott Smart, Amzie Strickland, Mary Patton, Betty Garde, Linda Watkins, Paul Stewart, Alice Frost, Robert Dryden, Jimmy McCallion, Sarah Burton, Vicki Vola
Director: Charles Powers, Clark Andrews, Robert Sloane
The Fat Man was a 1945 – 50 ABC Radio series starring the rich voice of J. Scott Smart as Brad Runyon the overweight detective also known as The Fat Man.
Federal AgentFederal Agent
Show Count: 11
Broadcast History: May 1944 to January 1945
Grey Goose, TheGrey Goose, The
Show Count: 96
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Cast: James Mills, Irene Harpur, Reginald Goldsworthy
The Grey Goose stories are adventures of a modern day Robin Hood.
Honor The LawHonor The Law
Show Count: 22
Broadcast History:
I Deal In CrimeI Deal In Crime
Show Count: 3
Broadcast History: 21 January 1946 to 18 October 1947
Cast: William Gargan
Director: Leonard Reeg
In The Name Of The LawIn The Name Of The Law
Show Count: 12
Broadcast History:
It's A Crime, Mr CollinsIt's A Crime, Mr Collins
Show Count: 14
Broadcast History: 9 August 1956 to 28 February 1957
Cast: Mandel Kramer
Jeff Regan, InvestigatorJeff Regan, Investigator
Show Count: 45
Broadcast History: 10 July 1948 to 18 December 1948, and 5 October 1949 to 27 August 1950
Cast: Jack Webb, Wilms Herbert, Frank Graham, Frank Nelson
Producer: Sterling Tracy
Johnny Madero: Pier 23Johnny Madero: Pier 23
Show Count: 2
Broadcast History: 24 April 1947 to 4 September 1947
Cast: Gale Gordon, Jack Webb, William Conrad
Director: Nat Wolff
Let George Do ItLet George Do It
Show Count: 206
Broadcast History: 18 October 1946 to 27 September 1954
Sponsor: Standard Oil
Cast: Eddie Firestone, Bob Bailey, Joseph Kearns, Wally Maher, Frances Robinson, Virginia Gregg, Lillian Buyeff, Olan Soulé
Director: Don Clark
Producer: Owen Vinson, Pauline Vinson
Show Count: 8
Broadcast History: 1945 to 1946
Cast: Larry Haines
Mr & Mrs NorthMr & Mrs North
Show Count: 82
Broadcast History: 30 December 1942 to 18 April 1955
Cast: Joseph Curtin, Betty Jane Tyler , Frank Lovejoy, Mandel Kramer, Staats Cotsworth, Richard Denning, Alice Frost, Walter Kinsella , Barbara Britton, Francis DeSales
Producer: S. James Andrews, John W. Loveton
Mr and Mrs North was an exceptionally popular radio mystery series that aired on NBC and CBS from 1942 to 1954, reaching an audience of almost 20 million listeners.
Mr ChameleonMr Chameleon
Show Count: 20
Broadcast History: 1948-1953
Cast: Karl Swenson, Frank Butler
Director: Richard Leonard
Created by Frank and Anne Hummert (creators of Mr Keen: Tracer of Missing Persons and many other series), Mr Chameleon, as the name suggests, was a master of disguise, who changed his appearance with every episode, in order to track down suspects, murderers and fraudsters.
Mr Keen - Tracer of Lost PersonsMr Keen - Tracer of Lost Persons
Show Count: 22
Broadcast History: 12 October 1937 to 19 April 1955
Cast: Arthur Hughes, Bennett Kilpack, Phil Clarke, Jim Kelly, Florence Malone
Director: Richard Leonard
Producer: Frank Hummert, Anne Hummert
Murder By ExpertsMurder By Experts
Show Count: 6
Broadcast History: 18 June 1949 to 17 December 1951
Director: Robert A Arthur, David Kogan
Producer: Robert A Arthur, David Kogan
Host: John Dickson Carr, Brett Halliday, Alfred Hitchcock
Mystery Is My HobbyMystery Is My Hobby
Show Count: 39
Broadcast History: 1949
Cast: Glenn Langan
Nick Carter Master DetectiveNick Carter Master Detective
Show Count: 145
Broadcast History: 11 April 1943 to 25 September 1955
Cast: Lon Clark, Charlotte Manson, Ed Latimer, Helen Choate, John Kane
Director: Jock MacGregor
Producer: Jock MacGregor
Night WatchNight Watch
Show Count: 48
Broadcast History: April 1954 to April 1955
Cast: Donn Reid
Producer: Sterling Tracy, Ray Gerhardt
Show Count: 76
Broadcast History: 6 February 1950 to 25 September 1952
Sponsor: General Mills for Wheaties
Cast: Frank Lovejoy, William Conrad, Stacy Harris, Wilms Herbert, Lurene Tuttle, Junius Matthews, Jack Kruschen, Joan Banks, Jeanne Bates, Peter Leeds, Larry Dobkin
Director: Warren Lewis
Producer: Warren Lewis
“Hi, this is Randy Stone. I cover the nightbeat for the Chicago Star. My stories start in many different ways. This one began…”
Pat Novak for HirePat Novak for Hire
Show Count: 24
Broadcast History: 1946 to 1950
Cast: Jack Webb, Raymond Burr, John Galbraith, Tudor Owen
Director: William P Rousseau
Producer: William P Rousseau
Paul TemplePaul Temple
Show Count: 40
Broadcast History: 1942
Philo VancePhilo Vance
Show Count: 90
Broadcast History: 1948 to 1950
Cast: Jackson Beck, George Petrie, Joan Alexander
Police HeadquartersPolice Headquarters
Show Count: 39
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Results IncorporatedResults Incorporated
Show Count: 3
Broadcast History: 7 October 1944 to 30 December 1944
Cast: Lloyd Nolan, Claire Trevor
Producer: Don Sharpe
Salute to the LawSalute to the Law
Show Count: 11
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Secrets of Scotland YardSecrets of Scotland Yard
Show Count: 57
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Shadow, TheShadow, The
Show Count: 243
Broadcast History: 31 July 1930 to 26 December 1954
Sponsor: Wildroot Cream Oil, Blue Coal, Street and Smith Love Story Magazine, Perfect-o-Lite, Grove Laboratories, US Air Force
Cast: Bill Johnstone, Bret Morrison, Dwight Weist, James La Curto, Mandel Kramer, Orson Welles, Santos Ortega, Various, Agnes Moorehead, Everett Sloane, Gertrude Warner, Lesley Woods, Keenan Wynn, Marjorie Anderson, Grace Matthews, Alan Reed, Ted de Corsia, Arthur Vinton, Kenny Delmar, John Barclay, Robert Hardy Andrews, Jimmy LaCruto, Bob Maxwell
Director: Wilson Tuttle, Bill Sweets, Harry Ingram, John Cole, Dana Noyes, Chick Vincent
Producer: Wilson Tuttle, Bill Sweets, Harry Ingram, John Cole, Dana Noyes, Chick Vincent
The shadow was amateur criminologist Lamont Cranston. He had learned “the hypnotic power to cloud men’s minds so that they cannot see him”. The opening to the show, “Who knows … what evil … lllllurks … in the heart of men? … The Shadow knows! His “friend and companion, the lovely Margo Lane, is the only person who knows to whom the voice of the invisible Shadow belongs”. Together they confront the maddest assortment of lunatics, sadists, ghosts and werewolves ever heard on the air.
Squad CarsSquad Cars
Show Count: 43
Broadcast History:
Stand By For Crime Stand By For Crime
Show Count: 26
Broadcast History:
Cast: Adele Jergens, Glen Langen
That Hammer GuyThat Hammer Guy
Show Count: 10
Broadcast History: January 1953 to October 1954
Cast: Larry Haines
Thin Man, TheThin Man, The
Show Count: 6
Broadcast History: July 1941 to December 1942, January 1943 to December 1947, and June 1950 to September 1950
Cast: David Gothard, Joseph Curtin, Les Tremayne, Claudia Morgan, Lester Damon
True Detective MysteriesTrue Detective Mysteries
Show Count: 13
Broadcast History:
Whisperer, TheWhisperer, The
Show Count: 13
Broadcast History:
Cast: Carleton Young
Whitehall 1212Whitehall 1212
Show Count: 43
Broadcast History: 18 November 1951 to 28 September 1952
Director: Wyllis Cooper
Host: Harvey Hays