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Box 13


                             B O X   1 3
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                             1948 - 1949

First Show: Aug 22, 1948                      Last Show: Aug 14, 1949
Number Shows: 52                            Audition Show: none known


Series Description:

In BOX 13, Dan Holiday, newspaper reporter turned fiction writer,
puts an ad in his old paper in search of story ideas.  His ad states
he's looking for adventure.  The replies come to the newspaper's Box
13 and always brings trouble for Dan Holiday.

BOX 13 was a syndicated series, heard Sunday evenings on the Mutual 
network.  Episode titles were not announced at the beginning of the
shows until a few weeks into the series.

The part of Dan Holiday was played by Alan Ladd.  Sylvia Picker
played Suzzy, and a host of guest stars rotated through the program.
There were many writers who co-wrote Box 13, but Ladd was the main
writer.

BOX 13 was the product of Alan Ladd and Richard Sandville, two owners
of the famous Mayfare Restaurant in Los Angeles during World War II.
Mr. Ladd's ambition to get on radio in his own series was thwarted
in part because he was under contract to Paramount. Paramount did not
allow him to appear on radio, except ocasionally for guest shots such
as Lucky Jordan on the Screen Guild Program.

At the end of the war, Ladd and Sandville sold the Mayfare Restaurant
and formed Mayfare Productions.  The two mainstay shows of Mayfare
were BOX 13 and THE UNEXPECTED starring Hollywood stars such as
Lurene Tuttle and Marsha Hunt.  Sandville and Ladd parted company but
shows like THE UNEXPECTED, BOX 13, and THE DAMON RUNYON THEATRE
remain as Mayfare's legacy.


Log Comments:

BOX 13 was transcribed so the broadcast dates varied from station to
station.  These shows frequently appear in catalogs without dates.
When catalogs did list dates, they varied widely from catalog to
catalog.  Quite a few catalogs show a broadcast date of 08-22-48 for
the first show, which agreed with Jay Hickerson's "Ultimate Guide"
(see "References" section).  The majority of catalogs used listed 
episode numbers.


Log:

        Date    Num  Title                           Got It
        ------  ---  ----------------------------  ----------
         1948
        Aug 22    1  "The First Letter"            *
        Aug 29    2  "Insurance Fraud"             *
        Sep 05    3  "Blackmail Is Murder"         *
        Sep 12    4  "Actor's Alibi"               *
        Sep 19    5  "Extra Extra"                 *
        Sep 26    6  "Shanghied"                   *
        Oct 03    7  "Short Assignment"            *
        Oct 10    8  "Double Mothers"              *
        Oct 17    9  "A Book Of Poems"             *
        Oct 24   10  "The Great Torino"            *
        Oct 31   11  "Suicide Or Murder"           *
        Nov 07   12  "Triple Cross"                *
        Nov 14   13  "Damsel In Distress"          *
        Nov 21   14  "Diamond In The Sky"          *
        Nov 28   15  "Double Right Cross"          *
        Dec 05   16  "Look Pleasant Please"        *
        Dec 12   17  "The Haunted Artist"          *
        Dec 19   18  "The Sad Night"               *
        Dec 26   19  "Hot Box"                     *
        
         1949
        Jan 02   20  "The Better Man"              *
        Jan 09   21  "The Proffesor & The Puzzle"  *
        Jan 16   22  "The Dowager & Dan Holiday"   *
        Jan 23   23  "Three To Die"                *
        Jan 30   24  "The Philanthropist"          *
        Feb 06   25  "Last Will & Nursery Rhyme"   *
        Feb 13   26  "Delinquent's Dilemma"        *
        Feb 20   27  "Flash Of Light"              *
        Feb 27   28  "Hare & Hound"                *
        Mar 06   29  "Hunt & Peck"                 *
        Mar 13   30  "Death Is S Doll"             *
        Mar 20   31  "113.5"                       *
        Mar 27   32  "Dan And The Wonderful Lamp"  *
        Apr 03   33  "Tempest In A Casserole"      *
        Apr 10   34  "Mexican Maze"                *
        Apr 17   35  "Sealed Instructions"         *
        Apr 24   36  "Find Me, Find Death"         *
        May 01   37  "Much Too Lucky"              *
        May 08   38  "One Of These Four"           *
        May 15   39  "Daytime Nightmares"          *
        May 22   40  "Death Is No Joke"            *
        May 29   41  "Treasure Of Hang Lee"        *
        Jun 05   42  "Design For Danger"           *
        Jun 12   43  "The Dead Man Walks"          *
        Jun 19   44  "Killer At Large"             *
        Jun 26   45  "Speed To Burn"               *
        Jul 03   46  "House Of Darkness"           *
        Jul 10   47  "Double Trouble"              *
        Jul 17   48  "The Bitter Bitten"           *
        Jul 24   49  "The Perfect Crime"           *
        Jul 31   50  "Archimedes & The Roman"      *
        Aug 07   51  "The Clay Pigeon"             *
        Aug 14   52  "Round Robin"                 *


Reader Feedback:

* Ronald Staley provided an excellent history of Box 13 which I used
  for the "Description" section.

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
passage@juno.com.

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