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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe



T H E A D V E N T U R E S O F P H I L I P M A R L O W E
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1947 - 1951

First Show: Jun 17, 1947 (NBC) Last Show: Sep 15, 1951 (CBS)
Number Shows: NBC - 14 Audition Show: Jun 12, 1947
CBS - 114


Series Description:

The first portrail of Phillip Marlowe on the radio was by Dick
Powell, when he played Raymond Chandler's detective on the Lux Radio
Theatre on June 11, 1945. This was a radio adaptation of the 1944
movie, from RKO, in which Mr. Powell played the lead.

Two years later, Van Heflin starred as Marlowe in a summer replace-
ment series for the Bob Hope Show on NBC. This series ran for 13
shows.

On September 26, 1948, Gerald Mohr became the third radio Marlowe,
this time on CBS. It remained a CBS show through its last show in
1951. In the April 11, 1950 show, "The Anniversary Gift", William
Conrad substituted for Mr. Mohr, becoming the forth person to play
the detective.

The CBS version opens with Marlowe saying, "Get this and get it
straight. Crime is a sucker's road and those who travel it wind up
in the gutter, the prison or the grave." Unlike the Sam Spade or
Richard Diamond radio series, there's no "cuteness" here. Only a
tough-nosed private eye doing a tough job.

The CBS series ran for two seasons, from September 26, 1948 through
September 29, 1950. It started in the Sunday evening lineup but,
for the majority of the run, aired on Saturdays. It changed broad-
cast days three times at the end of the run.

Mr. Marlow was last heard on US radio during the Summer of 1951, as
a replacement for HOPALONG CASSIDY.


Log Comments:

Only Radio Memories, Great American Radio and Jerry Haendiges'
catalogs mentioned show numbers. They agreed until number 44.
According to the Radio Memories and Jerry Haendiges, there is no show
on 07-30-49 and the series has only 103 shows. Great American lists
104 shows. This list assumes 103 shows. I found only 4 NBC shows in
all the catalogs I have.

Jerry's listing also included show titles that are missing. I've
included them here. They can be identified by lack of information
in the "SRC KEY" field.


Logs:

NBC Version:

Date Day Num Title Src Key
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1947
Jun 12 Thu Aud "Who Shot Waldo" 3 B

Jun 17 Tue 1 "Red Wing" (First show) 1 345 9AB
Jun 24 Tue 2 ... title not known ...
Jul 01 Tue 3 ... title not known ...
Jul 08 Tue 4 "The King In Yellow" 1 345 9AB
Jul 15 Tue 5 ... title not known ...
Jul 22 Tue 6 ... title not known ...
Jul 29 Tue 7 ... title not known ...
Aug 05 Tue 8 "Trouble In High Places" 4
Alt: "Trouble is My Business" 3 78 B
Aug 12 Tue 9 ... title not known ...
Aug 19 Tue 10 ... title not known ...
Aug 26 Tue 11 ... title not known ...
Sep 02 Tue 12 ... title not known ...
Sep 09 Tue 13 ... title not known ...

CBS Version:

Date Day Num Title Src Key
------ --- --- -------------------------------- ------------
1948
Sep 26 Sun 1 "Red Wind" 1 345 789AB
Oct 03 Sun 2 "The Persian Slippers" 1 34 9AB
Oct 10 Sun 3 "The Panama Hat" 1 34 6 9AB
Oct 17 Sun 4 "Where There's A Will" 12345 9AB
Oct 24 Sun 5 "The Heart Of Gold" 1234 6 9AB
Oct 31 Sun 6 "The Blue Burgonet"
Nov 07 Sun 7 "The Flaming Angel"
Nov 14 Sun 8 "The Silent Partner"
Nov 21 Sun 9 "The Perfect Secretary"
Nov 28 Sun 10 "The Hard Way Out" 1234 9AB
Dec 05 Sun 11 "The Unhappy Medium"
Dec 12 Sun 12 "The Jade Teardrop"
Dec 19 Sun 13 "The Three Wiseguys"
Dec 26 Sun 14 "The Old Acquaintance" 2345 9AB

1949
Jan 08 Sat 15 "The Restless Day" 123456789A
Jan 15 Sat 16 "The Black Halo" 1 3 789AB
Jan 22 Sat 17 "The Orange Dog" 3 9AB
Jan 29 Sat 18 "The Easy Mark"
??? ?? Rehersal: "The Long Rope" 1
Feb 05 Sat 19 "The Long Rope"
Feb 12 Sat 20 "The Lonesome Reunion" 23 9
Feb 19 Sat 21 "The Flying Trapeze"
Feb 26 Sat 22 "The Big Mistake"
Mar 05 Sat 23 "The Friend From Detroit" 1 34 6 9A
Mar 12 Sat 24 "The Grim Hunters" 1 34 6 9A
Mar 19 Sat 25 "The Dancing Hands" 1 34 6 9A
Mar 26 Sat 26 "The Green Flame" 3456 9A
Apr 02 Sat 27 "The Last Laugh" 1 34 67 9A
Apr 09 Sat 28 "The Name To Remember" 1 34 67 9A
Apr 16 Sat 29 "The Heat Wave" 1 34 6 9A
Apr 23 Sat 30 "The Cloak Of Kamehameha" 1 34 6 9A
Apr 30 Sat 31 "Lady In Mink" 3 5 89A
May 07 Sat 32 "The Feminine Touch" 1 34 9A
May 14 Sat 33 "The Promise To Pay" 1 34 9A
May 21 Sat 34 "Night Tide" 1 34 7 9A
May 28 Sat 35 "The Ebony Link" 1 34 7 9A
Jun 04 Sat 36 "The Unfair Lady" 1 34 7 9A
Jun 11 Sat 37 "The Pigeon's Blood" 1 34 7 9A
Jun 18 Sat 38 "The Busy Body" 1 34 7 9A
Jun 25 Sat 39 "The Key Man" 1 34 67 9A
Jul 02 Sat 40 "The Dude From Manhattan" 1 34 67 9A
Jul 09 Sat 41 "The Quiet Number" 3
Jul 16 Sat 42 "The Headless Peacock" 1234 67 9A
Jul 23 Sat ... pre-empted ...
Jul 30 Sat 43 "The Mexican Boat Race" 3
Aug 06 Sat 44 "The August Lion" 1 34 67 9
Aug 13 Sat 45 "The Indian Giver" 1 34 67 9A
Aug 20 Sat 46 "The Lady Killer" 1 34 67 9A
Aug 27 Sat 47 "The Eager Witness" 1 34 67 9A
Sep 03 Sat 48 "The Bum's Rush" 1 34 6 9A
Sep 10 Sat 49 "Ruston Hickory" 34 9A
Sep 17 Sat 50 "The Baton Sinister" 234 6 9A
Sep 24 Sat 51 "The Fatted Calf" 234 6 9A
Oct 01 Sat 52 "Tale Of The Mermaid" 34 9A
Oct 08 Sat 53 "The Open Window" 34 9A
Oct 15 Sat 54 "The Strange Bed"
Oct 22 Sat 55 "The Smokeout"
Oct 29 Sat 56 "The Green Witch"
Nov 05 Sat 57 "The Fine Italian Hand"
Nov 12 Sat 58 "The Gorgeous Lyre"
Nov 19 Sat 59 "The Sweet Thing"
Nov 26 Sat 60 "Birds on the Wing" 3 9A
Dec 03 Sat 61 "Kid On The Corner" 345 A
Dec 10 Sat 62 "The Little Wishbone"
Dec 17 Sat 63 "The Lowest Bid"
Dec 24 Sat 64 "Carlo's Christmas"
Dec 31 Sat 65 "The House That Jacqueline Built"

1950
Jan 07 Sat 66 "The Torch Carriers" 1 3 9A
Jan 14 Sat 67 "The Covered Bridge" 234 9A
Jan 21 Sat 68 "The Bid For Freedom" 1 3 9A
Jan 28 Sat 69 "The Hairpin Turn" 1 34 9A
Feb 07 Tue 70 "The Long Arm" 1234 7 9A
Feb 14 Tue 71 "The Grim Echo" 1234 7 9A
Feb 21 Tue 72 "The Ladies Night" 1 34 7 9A
Feb 28 Tue 73 "The Big Step" 1 3 7 9A
Mar 07 Tue 74 "The Monkey's Uncle" 1234 7 9A
Mar 14 Tue 75 "The Vital Statistic" 1234 7 9A
Mar 21 Tue 76 "The Deep Shadow" 1234 67 9A
Mar 28 Tue 77 "The Sword Of Cebu" 1234 67 9A
Apr 04 Tue 78 "The Man On The Roof" 1234 7 9A
Apr 11 Tue 79 "The Anniversary Gift" 1234 7 9A
Apr 18 Tue 80 "The Angry Eagle" 1234 67 9A
Apr 25 Tue 81 "The High Collared Cape" 1234 67 9A
May 02 Tue 82 "The Sea Horse Jockey" 12345 89AB
May 09 Tue 83 "The Hiding Place" 1234 6 9AB
May 16 Tue 84 "The Cloak Of Kamehameha" 123 6 9AB
May 23 Tue 85 "The Fox's Tail" 12345 89AB
May 30 Tue 86 "The Bedside Manner" 1234 6 9AB
Jun 06 Tue 87 "The Uneasy Head" 1234 6 9AB
Jun 14 Wed 88 "Face To Forget" 34 9AB
Jun 21 Wed 89 "The Gold Cobra" 1 34 9AB
Jun 28 Wed 90 "The Pelican's Roost" 1 34 6 9AB
Jul 05 Wed 91 "Girl From Pitchfork Corners" 1 34 6 9AB
Jul 12 Wed 92 "The Iron Coffin" 1 34 6 9AB
Jul 19 Wed 93 "The Last Wish" 1 34 6 9AB
Jul 28 Fri 94 "The Glass Monkey" 1 34 6 9
Aug 04 Fri 95 "The Parrot's Bed" 3
Aug 11 Fri 96 "The Quiet Magpie" 1 34 6 9
Aug 18 Fri 97 "The Dark Tunnel" 1 34 6 9A
Aug 25 Fri 98 "The Collectors Item" 1 34 6 9
Sep 01 Fri 99 "The Soft Spot" 34 6 9A
Sep 08 Fri 100 "The Fifth Mask" 34 6 9A
Sep 15 Fri 101 "The Final Payment" 34 6 9A
Sep 22 Fri 102 "The White Carnation" 34 6 9A
Sep 29 Fri 103 "The Big Book" 1 34 67 9A

1951 ... Summer Series ...
Jul 07 Sat 1 "Seaside Sabbatical" 1 34 67 9A
Jul 14 Sat 2 "The Dear Dead Days" 1 34 67 9A
Jul 21 Sat 3 "Life Can Be Murder" 1 34 67 9A
Jul 28 Sat 4 "Good Neighbor Policy" 34 67 9A
Aug 04 Sat 5 "The Long Way Home" 3
Aug 11 Sat 6 "Friday's Child"
Aug 18 Sat 7 "Young Man's Fancy" 1 34 67 9A
Aug 25 Sat 8 "Heir For G-String"
??? ?? Rehersal: "Nether Nether Land" 1
Sep 01 Sat 9 "Nether Nether Land" 1
Sep 08 Sat 10 "The Medium Was Rare" 1
Sep 15 Sat 11 "Sound and the Unsound" 34 67 9A
(last show)


Additional:

Besides the Philip Marlowe shows on US radio, Raymond Chandler's
character also appeared in the UK. The BBC aired five adaptations of
Mr. Chandler's novels between 1977 and 1978 and a sixth in 1988.
A list of shows and broadcast dates is below. See my log, "The BBC
Presents: Phillip Marlowe" for more details.

Date Title
------------ -----------------------
Sep 26, 1977 "The Big Sleep"
Oct 17, 1977 "The High Window"
Nov 07, 1977 "The Lady In The Lake"
Dec 05, 1977 "The Little Sister"
Jan 16, 1979 "The Long Goodbye"
Sep 23, 1988 "Farewell My Lovely"


Information Sources:

The information above was obtained from the following OTR vendors
and clubs. Contact them directly for more information.

Key Source
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1 Edward J. Carr, 216 Shaner Street, Boyertown, PA 19512
2 'Hello Again, Radio', 10280 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
3 Jerry Haendiges Productions, Jerry Haendiges, 13808 Sunset Dr.,
Whittier, CA 90602
4 Radio Showcase, Steve Kelez, PO Box 4357, Santa Rosa, CA 95402
5 Society to Preserve and Encourage Radio Drama, Variety And
Comedy, PO Box 7177, Van Nuys, CA 91409-7177
6 Radio Historical Association of Colorado, PO Box 1908,
Englewood, CO 80150
7 North American Radio Archives, 134 Vincewood Dr., Nicolasville,
KY 40356
8 Erstwhile Radio, PO Box 2284, Peabody, MA 01960
9 Radio Memories, Ted Davenport, 1600 Wewoka St., North Little
Rock, AR 72116
A Great American Radio, Gary Kramer, PO Box 504, Genesee, MI 48437
B Vintage Broadcasts, Andy Blatt, PO Box 50065, Staten Island, NY
10305

To be fair to all, this is not an endorsement of the above vendors
and clubs. I receive nothing by mentioning them. They help keep
OTR alive. Please support them.


References:

* "The Ultimate History of Network Radio Programming and Guide To
All Circulating Shows", third edition, by Jay Hickerson, Box 4321,
Hamden, CT 06514


Other Logs or Books:

* PHILIP MARLOWE log, Jay Hickerson, Box 4321, Hamden, CT 06514
* PHILIP MARLOWE log, Jerry Haendiges Productions, 13808 Sunset Dr.,
Whittier, CA 90602 (available from the Internet at The Vintage
Radio Place, http://www.otrsite.com).


Last Update: Feb 22, 2001


This log is informational only and does not imply that I, or the
information sources mentioned, have these shows for trade or
sale. The shows may still be protected under copyright law and
should be obtained only from authorized dealers.

Please send error corrections or additional information to Frank
Passage, 109 Elmwood Road, Verona, NJ 07044 or via e-mail to
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