RARA-AVIS: Re: Hardboiled Radio

From: Dick Lochte ( dlochte@gmail.com)
Date: 12 Jul 2006

Radio was full of hardboiled private eye and adventurer shows. The most famous and arguably the best is The Adventures of Sam Spade, with Howard Duff, many of which are available. Well-written, funny, hardboiled. Whenever a case ended badly -- with a nice guy or woman found guilty, Spade would toss off the words, "Tough racket." Adventures of Philip Marlowe, starring Van Heflin for the first few and Gerald Mohr for most of the rest, featured a Marlowe too intense and serious to crack wise. Some of the shows are pretentious, most have egregious examples of product placement. "I turned left off Sunset by the Texaco station ..." Dick Powell played two tough private eyes -- Richard Rogue in Rogue's Gallery and Richard Diamond in the series by the same name. In the latter he usually sang a song, but even with that and the incessant wisecracks (many shows written by series creator Blake Edwards) Diamond was pretty hardboiled. The Lives of Harry Lime, with Orson Welles in adventures that took place before the character was bumped off by his pal, is arguably hardboiled. As are shows with Alan Ladd (Box 13), Bogart and Bacall (Bold Venture), Edward G. Robinson (Big Town), Jeff Chandler (Michael Shayne).


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