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Billboard note about Harold Huber acquiring the Radio rights to Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot from March 25 1944
Billboard note about Harold Huber acquiring the Radio rights to Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot from March 25 1944
Photo of Harold Huber promoting his role as Hercule Poirot over WCLO, Janesville in Agatha Christie's Poirot
Photo of Harold Huber promoting his role as Hercule Poirot over WCLO, Janesville in Agatha Christie's Poirot

Mutual Billboard promo of their Agatha Christie's Poirot from May 24 1945
Mutual Billboard promo of their Agatha Christie's Poirot from May 24 1945

Billboard article of March 23, 1946 announces CBS' forthcoming Mystery of the Week series featuring Hercule Poirot
Billboard article of March 23, 1946 announces CBS' forthcoming Mystery of the Week series featuring Hercule Poirot

Billboard 46-08-17 explains the net-wide adoption of Mystery of The Week


November 18 1946 spot ad for Mystery of the Week
November 18 1946 spot ad for Mystery of the Week

December 11 1946 spot ad for Mystery of the Week
December 11 1946 spot ad for Mystery of the Week

Throughout 1946, Agatha Christie and King Features serialized her novel Towards Zero in newspapers throughout the U.S.
Throughout 1946, Agatha Christie and King Features serialized her novel Towards Zero in newspapers throughout the U.S.

Agatha Christie and King Features serialized Dame Agatha's The Hollow throughout 1947 newspapers
Agatha Christie and King Features serialized Dame Agatha's The Hollow throughout 1947 newspapers

Lovely Helen Lewis costarred with Harold Huber during the 1947 CBS run of Mystery of the Week
Lovely Helen Lewis costarred with Harold Huber during the 1947 CBS run of Mystery of the Week

According to The Billboard of June 28 1947 things were looking good for Huber's Mystery of the Week with news of a 52-week renewal effective August 25 1947. But by mid-October P and G reversed their position and cancelled Mystery of the Week.
According to The Billboard of June 28 1947 things were looking good for Huber's Mystery of the Week with news of a 52-week renewal effective August 25 1947. But by mid-October P and G reversed their position and cancelled Mystery of the Week.

Background

Efforts to bring Dame Agatha Christie's colorful family of both archetypal and unlikely detectives to American audiences was mixed, at best. By 1945 Dame Agatha's characters had appeared on Stage, in Film and over earliest Television since 1928:

  • 1928 Alibi [London's West End, starring Charles Laughton ; from her novel "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd"]
  • 1928 The Passing of Mr. Quin [England; Silent; from her story "The Coming of Mr. Quin"]
  • 1929 Adventures Inc. [Germany; Silent; from her novel "The Secret Adversary"]
  • 1931 Alibi [England ; from her novel "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd"]
  • 1931 Black Coffee [England; from her Hercule Poirot play]
  • 1932 Lackered Box [France; from her Hercule Poirot play "Black Coffee"]
  • 1934 Lord Edgeware Dies [England; from her Hercule Poirot novel]
  • 1937 Theatre Parade [Australian TV series; "Wasps' Nest" episode from her Hercule Poirot novel]
  • 1937 A Night of Terror [England; from her story "Philomel Cottage"]
  • 1938 Love from a Stranger [England; TV movie from her story "Philomel Cottage"]

It's worth noting that all of these productions were foreign to the United States. It's also worth noting that the majority of the foreign productions featured Hercule Poirot, her fussy, quixotic, yet brilliant little Belgian sleuth. By 1944, Dame Agatha had produced thirty-four novels and short stories, twenty of which had featured Hercule Poirot:

  • 1920 The Mysterious Affair at Styles [Hercule Poirot]
  • 1922 The Secret Adversary [Tommy and Tuppence]
  • 1923 The Murder on the Links [Hercule Poirot]
  • 1924 The Man in the Brown Suit [Colonel Race]
  • 1925 The Secret of Chimneys [Superintendent Battle]
  • 1926 The Murder of Roger Ackroyd [Hercule Poirot]
  • 1927 The Big Four [Hercule Poirot]
  • 1928 The Mystery of the Blue Train [Hercule Poirot]
  • 1929 The Seven Dials Mystery [Superintendent Battle]
  • 1930 The Murder at the Vicarage [Miss Marple]
  • 1931 The Sittaford Mystery [Inspector Narracott]
  • 1932 Peril at End House [Hercule Poirot]
  • 1933 Lord Edgeware Dies [Hercule Poirot]
  • 1934 Murder on the Orient Express [Hercule Poirot]
  • 1934 Why Didn't They Ask Evans? [Bobby Jones, Frankie Derwent]
  • 1935 Three Act Tragedy [Hercule Poirot]
  • 1935 Death in the Clouds [Hercule Poirot]
  • 1936 The A.B.C. Murders [Hercule Poirot]
  • 1936 Murder in Mesopotamia [Hercule Poirot]
  • 1936 Cards on the Table [Hercule Poirot]
  • 1937 Dumb Witness [Hercule Poirot]
  • 1937 Death on the Nile [Hercule Poirot]
  • 1938 Appointment with Death [Hercule Poirot]
  • 1938 Hercule Poirot's Christmas [Hercule Poirot]
  • 1939 Murder is Easy [Superintendent Battle]
  • 1939 Ten Little Niggers (And Then There Were None) [Inspector Maine]
  • 1940 Sad Cypress [Hercule Poirot]
  • 1941 Evil Under the Sun [Hercule Poirot]
  • 1941 N or M? [Tommy and Tuppence]
  • 1942 The Body in the Library [Miss Marple]
  • 1942 Five Little Pigs [Hercule Poirot]
  • 1942 The Moving Finger [Miss Marple]
  • 1944 Towards Zero [Superintendent Battle]
  • 1944 Death Comes as the End [Hori]

It's safe to say that by 1944 Hercule Poirot was Dame Agatha's most widely known character, both internationally and throughout North America. Given the popularity of Hercule Poirot's exploits throughout the U.S. it's perhaps even more surprising that a Radio program featuring Dame Agatha's quirky, brilliant little sleuth had yet to appear to American audiences. By 1945 America had already seen or heard:

  • Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes
    • (Film - 1900)
    • (Radio - 1931)
  • Louis Joseph Vance's The Lone Wolf (Film - 1917)
  • Jack Boyle's Boston Blackie
    • (Film - 1918)
    • (Radio - 1944)
  • Earl Derr Biggers' Charlie Chan
    • (Film - 1926)
    • (Radio - 1932)
  • Dashiell Hammett's Sam Spade
    • (Film - 1931)
    • (Radio - 1943)
  • Erle Stanley Gardner's Perry Mason (Film - 1934)
  • Dashiell Hammett's Nick and Nora Charles
    • (Film - 1934)
    • (Radio - 1941)
  • Ellery Queen's Ellery Queen
    • (Film - 1936)
    • (Radio - 1939)
  • John P. Marquand's Mr. Moto (Film - 1937)
  • Leslie Charteris' The Saint
    • (Film - 1938)
    • (Radio - 1945)
  • Michael Arlen's The Falcon (Film - 1941)
  • Drexel Drake's The Falcon (Radio - 1943)
  • Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe
    • (Film - 1944)
    • (Radio - 1943)
  • Francis and Richard Lockridge's Mr. and Mrs. North
    • (Film - 1942)
    • (Radio - 1941)
  • Davis Dresser's Michael Shayne
    • (Film - 1940)
    • (Film - 1944)

Given the rights and licensing arrangements Dame Agatha had already undertaken with international producers it may be that those various arrangements limited or precluded acquiring those rights for North American Radio distribution.

Those limitations apparently didn't dissuade durable and versatile Film actor Harold 'Hal' Huber from pursuing Dame Agatha for the rights to produce a rendition of the exploits of Hercule Poirot for American Radio, Film or Television. Huber's persistence was apparently rewarded with The Billboard announcement of March 25, 1944 noting his successful acquisition of the Radio rights to the Hercule Poirot character. Hal Huber intended to produce the series for Radio with the help of Carl Eastman as director. Huber's ambitious plans also called for utilizing his multi-lingual acting talents to transcribe the series in Spanish for South American audiences.

Mutual brings Agatha Christie's Poirot to North America

Hal Huber's first taker was the Mutual Broadcasting System, launching their Agatha Christie's Poirot on February 22, 1945. The series' launch, though unquestionably ambitious, fell a bit short of its goal. Mutual had planned a realtime shortwave hook-up with Miss Agatha Christie from London. After about thirty seconds of dead air, Mutual had to break back in to announce that atmospherics between London and New York were preventing the live shortwave transmission. Not to be denied, Mutual had wisely prerecorded a shortwave message from Dame Agatha earlier that day. The prerecorded message appeared in lieu of the live hook-up, thus almost immediately making the premiere episode of Agatha Christie's Poirot an historic vintage Radio recording.

From that first premiere, it became obvious that Dame Agatha's fussy little sleuth had been repackaged specifically for American audiences--apparently with Dame Agatha's express consent, making the series even more historic within the larger canon of Dame Agatha's multimedia offerings throughout history. Naturally, the characters and customary interactions of 'Hercules Poirot' (in its American rendition) underwent a series of tweaks for its American interpretation. Gone was Inspector Japp, gone was Miss Lemon, gone was Colonel Hastings. Introduced with Agatha Chrisitie's Poirot was 'Inspector Stevens' as Poirot's big city police contact of choice. In lieu of Miss Felicity Lemon, Radio's Hercule Poirot acquired a new female assistant 'Miss Abbie Thresher' who from the premiere forward showed a remarkable talent for utilizing her own 'little grey cells' for crime detection.

Fans of Hal Huber's Film characterizations found his French--or Belgian--accent very familiar and Huber seemed a natural for the Radio interpretation of 'Hercule[s]' Poirot. Huber's accent was solid, his command of the French language inflection-perfect, and his rock-solid characterization of Hercule Poirot's numerous quirks and idiocyncracies, spot on. Both recorded and set in New York City, the premiere episode of the Mutual canon found Poirot relocating to a Gramercy Park apartment in midtown Manahattan from which to tackle the remainder of his American adventures.

The Agatha Christie's Poirot series aired over MBS from February 22 1945 through February 17, 1946. Several legal problems regarding the writing credits and payments for the series were being litigated as high as the New York Supreme Court during the series' run. We suspect the half-hour Agatha Christie's Poirot series may have ended somewhat prematurely over MBS due to that litigation.

CBS and Procter & Gamble premiere Huber's Poirot in serialized form over Mystery of the Week

Procter and Gamble - Progress Through Constantly Trying to Please

Having resolved its legal issues, the Hercule Poirot franchise over Radio found new life in the Procter & Gamble-sponsored Mystery of the Week in limited distribution over the CBS network. CBS flagship station WABC, New York for example, didn't carry the Mystery of the Week canon during its April 1, 1946 rollout even though Mystery of the Week was intended primarily for eastern network distribution. The new format consisted of serialized, five-a-week adventures of Hal Huber's Hercule Poirot airing Monday through Friday evenings in a 15-minute format. Airing a five-part adventure each week, the series broadcast a complete new adventure in five 'chapters' of each adventure.

The rationale behind the limited distribution was accounted for by a net-sharing, 15-minute feature, The Lanny Ross Show, airing in the same timeslot in markets not receiving CBS' Mystery of the Week. That initial Mystery of the Week series aired from April 1, 1946 through August 2nd, 1946, for a total of eighteen separate five-part mysteries.

From the August 22, 1946 edition of the Cedar Rapids Gazette:

"Mystery of the Week" 

     Just for the record--since probably Hercule Poirot is well known to all of you--this is to say that there is nothing quite like him on the air, on the screen, on the stage, nor between the covers of a book (other, of course, than those of Agatha Christie, his creator).
     The fictional Monsieur Poirot, "formerly Chief of the Belgian Surete," but now devoting his time to the solution of baffling crimes in a purely amateur way, has the virtue of being completely human even while his deductive genius can find no peer.
     He is somewhat vain, to be sure--a quality to which he has a great amount of right but in a charming a disarming way, and his particular species of vanity adds to rather than detracts from his attractiveness as a character.
     While he is a thinker who solves the apparently unsolvable "by the use of the little grey cells" he is also a doer, and he swings into dramatic action whenever his super-intelligence anticipates the nefarious actions of keen, but inferior-witted, criminal minds.
     As a result, in Master-Detective Hercule Poirot, you have no pure armchair detective, but rather a man of action, motivated by an abiding hatred of crime and criminals.
     After creating the enormously successful character of Monsieur Poirot, Mrs. Christie discarded all other forms of mystery writing and concentrated solely upon Poirot's activities for her writing output.
     For the radio series, "Mystery of the Week," in which Poirot is the mainspring and mainstay, the scene of action has been transplanted from Europe to the United States.  This liberty--taken with Mrs. Christie's consent, and for obvious reasons, since it is being broadcast in the United States--in no way detracts from the flavor of the character which has won so many millions of admirers.  "Mystery of the Week" is on Monday through Friday at 9:00 p.m. over station WMT.

Beginning on August 19, 1946 CBS premiered Mystery of the Week yet again, this time over the entire CBS network. The timeslot had previously been shared nationally by the Lanny Ross Show and Mystery of the Week. The Lanny Ross Show had been cancelled in favor of a Lowell Thomas and the News segment for CBS. The nationwide Mystery of the Week series ran from August 19, 1946 to November 21, 1947 in the same, serialized 15-minute format as the initial Mystery of the Week run that preceded it. Both of CBS' Mystery of the Week runs of the Hercule Poirot adventures comprised completely new adventures, possibly owing to the litigation that arose out of the Agatha Christie's Poirot series over MBS.

The far longer run of Harold Huber's Hercule Poirot franchise, Mystery of the Week was the series that garnered much more attention for Huber, steadily gaining in popularity over the entire Mystery of the Week run. All told, Harold Huber's entire Hercule Poirot fanchise over Radio comprised fifty-one half-hour mysteries and another seventy-seven mysteries serialized in five parts each for a total of 128 unique mysteries of between 30-minutes and 60-minutes in length depending on the format. Not a bad return on Harold Huber's original investment, even discounting the estimated $16,000 judgement against him from the writers' suit. According to The Billboard the talent costs for the 1947 productions were an estimated $3,500 per mystery. One might reasonably assume that Harold Huber was being compensated approximately 40% of that weekly tab or about $1,400 per five-part mystery. That would have worked out to approximately $108,000 for the seventy-seven 5-part mysteries--or about $1.2M in today's dollars. Not bad side money to augment his continuing Film work for a couple of years.

Huber's Hercule Poirot adventures were ultimately replaced by Beulah, starring Hattie McDaniel, in a similarly serialized, 15-minute situation comedy vehicle previously aired to mediocre fanfare in an half-hour format over ABC.

Agatha Christie hadn't been letting any grass grow under her own feet between 1945 and 1947. In addition to her licensed adventures of Hercule Poirot over Radio several of her other short stories and novels were beginning to appear over other Radio drama anthology programs of the era. During 1946, Dame Agatha and King Features syndicated a serialized version of her Hercule Poirot novella, Towards Zero. King Features and Agatha Christie syndicated a second Hercule Poirot novella, The Hollow, in 1947. Her play, Ten Little Indians was also breaking all records on Broadway during the same period.

It therefore goes without saying that diminutive Hercule Poirot, quirks, arrogance and all had found a new home in the Colonies. Throughout the mid to late 1940s newspapers and magazines throughout America were abuzz with the latest Hercule Poirot sightings, among Agatha Christies other fiction novels and characters throughout the era. It was a marketing bonanza for Dame Agatha and her franchise--and Harold Huber didn't do too badly himself. Procter & Gamble also did pretty well sponsoring Mystery of the Week for two years, only really abandoning the series once CBS had decided to follow NBC's lead and self-impose its own curfew on crime and murder shows, relegating them to the post-9:30 evening timeframe. Not exactly the ideal timeslot for any soap--let alone a mystery soap--that had attracted so many loyal fans during the previous dinner hour timeslots.

Hercule Poirot and his little grey cells did very well for anyone associated with the character. Harold Huber's inspired interpretation of Monsieur Poirot became the benchmark for the character over any medium for the following thirty years until Albert Finney's marvelous interpretation of Poirot in the award winning Murder on the Orient Express (1974). Thereafter followed Peter Ustinov's superb interpretations of Poirot in Death On the Nile (1978), Evil Under the Sun (1982), and Appointment with Death (1988). It wasn't until ITV's amazing cable series Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989) that brilliant David Suchet became synonymous with the name 'Hercule Poirot,' and probably will be for another thirty years. In yet another interesting irony, David Suchet's first involvement with Hercule Poirot had come while portraying Inspector Japp in the 1985 TV-movie Thirteen At Dinner against Peter Ustinov's Hercule Poirot.

All in all Harold Huber was in pretty good company: Finney, Ustinov, and Suchet. Something tells me Hal would be pretty pleased with himself.

Series Derivatives:

Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot; Hercules Poirot; Mystery of the Week; Hercule Poirot, Detective Extraordinary
Genre: Anthology of Golden Age Radio Mystery Dramas
Network(s): MBS; CBS; The AFRS
Audition Date(s) and Title(s): Unknown
Premiere Date(s) and Title(s): Agatha Christie's Poirot [MBS]
45-02-22 01 The Case of The Careless Victim

Mystery of the Week [CBS]
46-04-01 01
Title unknown

Mystery of the Week [CBS]
46-08-19 01
The Case of the Roving Corpse

Run Dates(s)/ Time(s): Agatha Christie's Poirot [MBS]
45-02-22 to 46-02-17; MBS; Fifty-one, 30-minute programs; Thursdays, then Sundays, then Fridays, then Sundays

Mystery of the Week [CBS]
46-04-01 to 46-08-16; CBS; Eighteen, 60-minute mysteries in five, 15-minute chapters; Monday through Friday evenings

Mystery of the Week [CBS]
46-08-19 to 47-11-21; CBS; Fifty-nine, 60-minute mysteries in five, 15-minute chapters; Monday through Friday evenings
Syndication: MBS; Compton; CBS; the AFRS
Sponsors: Procter & Gamble [Ivory Soap and Dreft]; The WAVES
Director(s): Harold Huber [Producer/Creator]
Carl Eastman [Co-producer/Director]
Principal Actors: Harold Huber, Paul Ford, Richard Widmark, Jackson Beck, Helen Lewis, Minnie DuPree, Peter Donald
Recurring Character(s): Monsieur Hercules Poirot, formerly of the Belgian Sûreté Nationale [Harold Huber]; Miss Abbie Thresher, Poirot's secretary and assistant; Inspector Stevens.
Protagonist(s): Hercules Poirot, Miss Thresher and Inspector Stevens
Author(s): Dame Agatha Christie
Writer(s) Martin Stern, Judy and David Bublick, Louis Vittes, Alfred Bester
Music Direction: Sylvan Levin
Musical Theme(s): Unknown
Announcer(s): Nelson Case [Mystery of the Week]
Estimated Scripts or
Broadcasts:
Agatha Christie's Poirot [MBS]
51

Mystery of the Week [CBS]
90 [18, 5-chapter programs]

Mystery of the Week [CBS]
295 [59, 5-chapter programs]

Episodes in Circulation: 9
Total Episodes in Collection: 11
Provenances:



RadioGOLDINdex, Hickerson Guide; Researcher at Large, Gary Marsa

Notes on Provenances:

The most helpful provenances were the log of the radioGOLDINdex and newspaper listings.

Digital Deli Too RadioLogIc


OTRisms:

The radioGOLDINdex, while usually an excellent resource for transcription information cites problematic dates for its 15-minute CBS Mystery of the Week entries:

  • The radioGOLDINdex cites January 1945 dates for the 1st and 3rd chapters of The Case of the Roving Corpse
  • The 1945 Agatha Christie's Poirot canon was American Radio's first regular series from the Agatha Christie canon of fictional characters.
  • CBS Mystery of the Week wasn't inaugurated until April 1, 1946. It was the CBS Mystery of the Week canon that featured the 15-minute, five a week series of Hercule Poirot adventures, serialized for the 15-minute format.
  • The Billboard article in the Dee-scription sidebar above cites the announcement of the serialized Mystery of the Week adventures of Hercule Poirot as beginning April 1, 1946 under P&G sponsorship.
  • As indicated in the sidebar left, Hal Huber and Carl Eastman were in litigation over the writing for Agatha Christie's Poirot as late as January 19, 1946. It's unlikely that CBS, of all networks, would have undertaken a reprise of Huber's Hercule Poirot canon until the legal issues behind the writing for the series had been resolved by New York's Supreme Court.
  • We have as yet no irrefutable proof as to the dates we cite for the broadcasts of the five-part serialized The Case of the Roving Corpse ourselves, but we feel our citation of the dates below in our Mystery of the Week log are better supported than those cited by the radioGOLDINdex.

It remains unclear to us as yet whether Huber's serialized Hercule Poirot adventures were the primary offerings of the entire Mystery of the Week canon. We suspect that at least the first Mystery of the Week run may have reprised other serialized mystery dramas that preceded it, but we cannot as yet prove--or disprove--our theory from contemporaneous sources.

As an example, though we can demonstrate that CBS Mystery of the Week premiered in limited distribution on April 1, 1946, we also have numerous citations of at least a midwest premiere of CBS Mystery of the Week promoted as exclusively featuring Huber's Agatha Christie's Poirot in serialized, 15-minute, five a week format beginning August 19, 1946. That series ran well into 1947 over CBS. We believe that run to have been the one during which the five-part The Case of The Roving Corpse may have first aired. As we know more, we'll update it here.

The Case of the Murder In Red remains problematic. We have only one citation of that title on 45-03-01 and the premiere recording, The Case of the Careless Victim, announces The Case of the Murder by The Sea as the following weekly installment, almost as if the production knew beforehand that the week's following installment might be preempted for the Red Cross Special drama that aired on March 1, 1945. The Case of the Murder In Red may well have aired on March 1, 1945 but we simply can't state that with conviction at present.

As a consequence all of the above, our CBS Mystery of the Week log below will remain a work in progress for the forseeable few months.


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The Agatha Christie's Poirot Radio Program Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
45-02-22
1
The Case of The Careless Victim
Y
[Premiere; Replaces Sammy Kaye's Serenade]

45-02-16 Dixon Telegraph
When Agatha Christie's Poirot starts an MBS series about the fictional Belgian detective next Thursday night
it is hoped to have her speak from London. Harold Huber, who has played movie crime roles, is to have the lead

45-02-22 Athens Messenger
7-30—Harold Huber as Hercule Poirot, a Belgian detective, in "Agatha Christie's Poirot,"
new series, Mutual-WHKC.

Announces
The Case of Murder by The Sea as the next episode.
45-03-01
2
The Case of Murder In Red
N
[Preempted for Red Cross Opening Drive over some stations]

45-03-01 Chicago Tribune
7:30-WGN-6.--Agatha Christie's Poirot:
" Murder In Red."

45-03-01 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 Agatha Christie's Poirot--WGN

45-03-01 New York Times
8:30--WOR--Agatha Christie's Poirot
45-03-08
3
The Case of Murder By The Sea
N
45-03-08 Lowell Sun
AGATHA CHRISTIE'S POIROT. new mystery series: "
Murder by the Sea" starring Harold Huber; WNAC. 8 :30.

45-03-08 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p. m. — Agatha Christie's Poirot (WGN):
"Murder by the Sea."
45-03-15
4
Title Unknown
N
45-03-15 Lowell Sun
AGATHA CHRISTIE'S POIROT
; WNAC. 8 :30.
45-03-22
5
Title Unknown
N
45-03-22 Olwein Daily Register
WGN--7:30--Agatha Christie's Poirot
45-03-29
6
Title Unknown
N
45-03-29 The Free Press
MBS--7:30--Agatha Christie's Poirot
45-04-05
7
Title Unknown
N
45-04-05 Olwein Daily Register
WGN--7:30--Agatha Christie's Poirot
45-04-12
8
Title Unknown
N
45-04-12 Ogden Standard Examiner
KLO--6:30--Agatha Christie's Poirot
45-04-19
9
Title Unknown
N
45-04-19 Olwein Daily Register
WGN--7:30--Agatha Christie's Poirot
45-04-26
10
Title Unknown
N
45-04-26 Olwein Daily Register
WGN--7:30--Agatha Christie's Poirot
45-05-03
11
Murder Wears A Mask
Y
[Another actor substitutes for Harold Huber]

45-05-03 Ogden Standard Examiner
KLO--6:30--Agatha Christie's Poirot

Announces
the Case of Death Points A Finger as next
45-05-10
12
The Case of Death Points A Finger
N
45-05-10 News Palladium
WGN--7:30--Agatha Christie's Poirot
45-05-17
13
Death In The Golden Gate
N
[Location: San Francisco; Another actor substitutes for Harold Huber; AFRS Only]

45-05-17 News Palladium
WGN--7:30--Agatha Christie's Poirot
45-05-24
14
Title Unknown
N
45-05-24 News Palladium
WGN--7:30--Agatha Christie's Poirot
45-05-31
15
Title Unknown
N
45-05-31 News Palladium
WGN--7:30--Agatha Christie's Poirot
45-06-07
16
Title Unknown
N
45-06-07 The Free Press
MBS--7:30--Agatha Christie's Poirot
45-06-14
17
Title Unknown
N
45-06-14 The Free Press
MBS--7:30--Agatha Christie's Poirot
45-06-21
18
Title Unknown
N
45-06-21 Kokomo Tribune
MBS--7:30. Agatha Christie's Poirot
45-06-28
19
Title Unknown
N
45-06-28 The Free Press
MBS--7:30--Agatha Christie's Poirot
45-07-05
20
Title Unknown
N
45-07-05 The Free Press
MBS--7:30--Agatha Christie's Poirot

45-07-12
21
Rendezvous with Death
Y
45-07-12 Salamanca Republican
MBS--8:30--Agatha Christie's Poirot

Announces
The Deadest Man in The World as next
45-07-19
22
The Deadest Man In the World
Y
45-07-19 The Free Press
MBS--7:30--Agatha Christie's Poirot

Announces
The Book and The Corpse as next
45-07-26
23
The Book and The Corpse
N
45-07-26 Big Spring Herald
KBST--7:30--Agatha Christie's Poirot
45-08-02
24
Title Unknown
N
45-08-02 Racine Journal Times
7:30--WGN--Agatha Christie's Poirot
45-08-09
25
Title Unknown
N
45-08-09 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p. m. — Agatha Christie's Poirot (WGN): a young girl is given a human hand and the Belgian detective is off on another adventure.
45-08-16
26
Title Unknown
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45-08-16 Kokomo Tribune
MBS--7:30. Agatha Christie's Poirot
45-08-23
27
Murder By Request
N
45-08-23 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Agatha Christie's Poirot (WGN): "
Murder By Request."
45-08-30
28
The Three Pauls
N
45-08-30 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Agatha Christie's Poirot (WGN): "
The Three Pauls."
45-09-06
29
The Wedding Band Murder
N
45-09-13 Athens Messenger
7:30—"
The Wedding Band Murder" is the latest adventure of Hercule Poirot. MBS-WHKC.
45-09-13
30
The Adventure of The Money-Mad Ghoul
Y
45-09-13 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Agatha Christie's Poirot (WGN): "
Adventures of the Money-Mad Ghouls."

Announces
The Parallel Murder Case as next
45-09-20
31
The Parallel Murder Case
N
45-09-20 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Hercule Poirot, Detective (WGN):
"The Case of the Parallel Murder."
45-09-30
32
The Jade Elephant
N
[Moves to Sundays]

45-09-29 Janesville Gazette
"HERCULE POIROT"
HEARD SUNDAYS
A mystery drama involving a hidden map of a "black gold", location, two most unusual murders, and a tiny figurine with a fascinating history, will be brought to radio listeners when Hercule Poirot solves the case of "
The Jade Elephant" on "Hercule Poirot, Detective Extraordinary," in the new time period, Sunday at 8 p.m., over WCLO-Mutual.
45-10-07
33
Title Unknown
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45-10-07 Oakland Tribune
6p.m.--KFRC--Hercule Poirot

45-10-08 Pampa News
KPDN--8:00--Hercule Poirot, Detective Extraordinary

45-10-08 Pampa News
 
CRIME CLUES 
Can You Solve This Murder?
 
     Bizarre and unsavory are the murder records which fill New York's police files, but perhaps the most weird was a killing which took place in 1931.
     Luigi Raflia, a small-time racketeer, with big-time ideas, decided that he would make some easy money at the expense of a life insurance company.  The only hitch was that he needed a corpse.  To Luigi this was no great obstacle.  He scouted the streets of Manhattan's Bowery for a prospective corpse, and finally picked up a splendid prospect for his nefarious plans--an outcast with a most aristocratic name.
     This unfortunate individual showed little hesitancy in accompanying Raflia to his room, particularly when promised a few drinks.  Raflia proceeded to get his victim insured, naming himself as beneficiary.  This done, he knocked his new "friend" unconscious, doused his clothing with gasoline and set him on fire.
     However, all did not go as planned.  Before dying, the man gained consciousness and ran flaming into the hall.  Fatally burned, he nevertheless managed to denounce Raflia to horrified onlookers before he died.
     This gruesome killing recreated by Harold Huber of "Agatha Christie's Poirot" on MBS was known as:
1.  The Gedeon Murder
2.  Nero's Killings
3.  The Earl Spencer Fox Murder
4.  The Ruth Crager Case

ANSWER:

45-10-12
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Title Unknown
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[Moves to Fridays]

45-10-12 Sandusky Register
Also tonight the MBS detective series, Hercule Poirot, takes another new time at 8. It formerly was on Thursday nights, then Sunday nights.

45-10-12 Ironwood Times
With the fall schedule being resumed, many programs are being shifted in time, and many of your favorite shows are not on the air when expected. "The Whisper Men," Saturday night's mystery is on one hour earlier, at 7:30 each week "Leave it to Mike" shifts to Tuesdays at 7:00 and
Hercule Poirot, detective extraordinary, performs his feats on Friday night at 7:00. "The Better Half" will move to 9:00 Thursdays, starting tomorrow night.

45-10-12 The Morning Herald
KGV--8:00--Hercules Poirot

45-10-12 Janesville Gazette
WCLO--7:00--Hercule Poirot
45-10-19
35
Title Unknown
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45-10-19 Hamilton Daily News
WHOH--8 p.m.--Hercule Poirot

45-10-19 Janesville Gazette
WCLO--7:00--Hercule Poirot
45-10-26
36
Title Unknown
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45-10-26 The Dothan Eagle
WAGE--7:00--Hercule Poirot, Detective

45-10-26 Janesville Gazette
WCLO--7:00--C.I.O vs. G.M.
45-11-02
37
Title Unknown
N
45-11-02 Janesville Gazette
WCLO--7:00--Hercule Poirot
45-11-09
38
Title Unknown
N
45-11-09 Janesville Gazette
WCLO--7:00--Hercule Poirot
45-11-14 Title Unknown 45-12-14 Oakland Tribune
7:00--KFRC--Hercule Poirot
45-11-16
39
Title Unknown
N
45-11-16 Janesville Gazette
WCLO--7:00--Hercule Poirot

45-11-23
40
The Trail Led to Death
Y
45-11-23 Janesville Gazette
WCLO--7:00--Hercule Poirot

Announces
Murder Is A Private Affair as next
45-11-30
41
Murder Is A Private Affair
Y
45-11-30 Janesville Gazette
"MURDER PRIVATE AFFAIR"
POIROT'S DRAMA TONIGHT
"Murder is a Private Affair," but Hercule intervenes to straighten things out on tonight's broadcast 0f "Hercule Poirot" heard on your station and Mutual at 7 p. m.

Announces
The Bride Wore Fright as next
45-12-05 Title Unknown
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45-12-05 Oakland Tribune
7:00--KFRC--Hercule Poirot
45-12-07
42
The Bride Wore Fright
Y
45-12-07 Janesville Gazette
SPECIAL "PEARL HARBOR"
PROGRAM FOR TONIGHT
A special broadcast "Pearl Harbor" will be ehard over WCLO tonight at 7 p.m. Bob Bodden, production manager of WCLO, and Ray Grandle will be heard on the program.

45-12-07 Oakland Tribune
6:00--KFRC--Hercule Poirot

Annnounces
The Letter and The Mad Woman as next.
45-12-14
43
The Letter and The Mad Woman
N
45-12-14 Janesville Gazette
WCLO--7:00--Hercule Poirot

45-12-14 Oakland Tribune
8:00--KFRC--Hercule Poirot
45-12-21
44
Title Unknown
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45-12-21 Janesville Gazette
WCLO--7:00--Christmas Music

45-12-21 Oakland Tribune
8:00--KFRC--Hercule Poirot
45-12-28
45
Title Unknown
N
45-12-28 Oakland Tribune
8:00--KFRC--Hercule Poirot
46-01-06
46
Title Unknown
N
[Sundays]

46-01-06 The Lima News
9:00--Hercule Poirot, mbs
46-01-13
47
Title Unknown
N
46-01-13 The Lima News
9:00--Hercule Poirot, mbs
46-01-20
48
Title Unknown
N
46-01-20 The Lima News
9:00--Hercule Poirot, mbs
46-01-27
49
Title Unknown
N
46-01-27 The Lima News
9:00--Hercule Poirot, mbs
46-02-03
49
Title Unknown
N
46-02-03 The Lima News
9:00--Hercule Poirot, mbs
46-02-10
50
Title Unknown
N
46-02-10 The Lima News
9:00--Hercule Poirot, mbs
46-02-17
51
Title Unknown
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46-02-17 The Lima News
9:00--Hercule Poirot, mbs





AFRS 'Agatha Christie's Poirot' Program Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
45-xx-xx Death In The Golden Gate
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The CBS Mystery of The Week Radio Program Log [Hercule Poirot]

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
46-04-01
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Title Unknown



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46-04-01 Syracuse Post-Standard
7:00--WFBL--Mystery of the Week
Like mystery stories? Then, you'll enjoy Procter & Gamble's new "
Mystery of the Week" program that makes its debut at 7:00 this evening. Harold Huber, popular Hollywood actor, plays Agatha Christie's master detective, Hercule Poirort in the initial series.
Broadcast every Monday thru Friday at 7:00 p.m. the show's format calls for a complete story each week with the new mystery, beginning every Friday. Be sure to listen.

46-04-01 Morning Herald
CBS—7 Lanny Ross, who left the army as a Major after more than two years in the Pacific, back on the air with a song series, five times a week over an eastern list of stations.
Other stations at this time will have Agatha Christie's
Poirot, formerly on MBS, doing a story a week
.

46-04-02
2
Title Unknown
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46-04-03
3
Title Unknown
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46-04-04
4
Title Unknown
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46-04-05
5
Title Unknown
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46-04-05 Fitchburg Sentinel
7:00--WEEI--Hercule Poirot
46-04-08
6
Title Unknown
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46-04-09
7
Title Unknown
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46-04-10
8
Title Unknown
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46-04-11
9
Title Unknown
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46-04-12
10
Title Unknown
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46-04-15
11
Title Unknown
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46-04-16
12
Title Unknown
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46-04-17
13
Title Unknown
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46-04-18
14
Title Unknown
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46-04-19
15
Title Unknown
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46-04-22
16
Title Unknown
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46-04-22 Syracuse Post-Standard
7:00--WFBL--Mystery of the Week
46-04-23
17
Title Unknown
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46-04-24
18
Title Unknown
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46-04-25
19
Title Unknown
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46-04-26
20
Title Unknown
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46-04-29
21
Title Unknown
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46-04-30
22
Title Unknown
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46-04-30 Syracuse Post-Standard
7:00--WFBL--Mystery of the Week
46-05-01
23
Title Unknown
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46-05-02
24
Title Unknown
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46-05-03
25
Title Unknown
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46-05-06
26
Title Unknown
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46-05-07
27
Title Unknown
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46-05-08
28
Title Unknown
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46-05-09
29
Title Unknown
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46-05-10
30
Title Unknown
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46-05-13
31
Title Unknown
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46-05-14
32
Title Unknown
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46-05-15
33
Title Unknown
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46-05-16
34
Title Unknown
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46-05-17
35
Title Unknown
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46-05-20
36
Title Unknown
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46-05-21
37
Title Unknown
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46-05-22
38
Title Unknown
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46-05-23
39
Title Unknown
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46-05-24
40
Title Unknown
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46-05-27
41
Title Unknown
N
46-05-28
42
Title Unknown
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46-05-29
43
Title Unknown
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46-05-30
44
Title Unknown
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46-05-31
45
Title Unknown
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46-06-03
46
Title Unknown
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46-06-04
47
Title Unknown
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46-06-05
48
Title Unknown
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46-06-06
49
Title Unknown
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46-06-07
50
Title Unknown
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46-06-10
51
Title Unknown
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46-06-11
52
Title Unknown
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46-06-12
53
Title Unknown
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46-06-13
54
Title Unknown
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46-06-14
55
Title Unknown
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46-06-17
56
Title Unknown
N
46-06-18
57
Title Unknown
N
46-06-19
58
Title Unknown
N
46-06-20
59
Title Unknown
N
46-06-20 Syracuse Post-Standard
7:00--WFBL--Mystery of the Week
46-06-21
60
Title Unknown
N
46-06-21 Syracuse Post-Standard
7:00--WFBL--Mystery of the Week
46-06-24
61
Title Unknown
N
46-06-24 Daily Kennebec Journal
7:00--WGAN--Mystery of the Week
46-06-25
62
Title Unknown
N
46-06-25 Daily Kennebec Journal
7:00--WGAN--Mystery of the Week
46-06-26
63
Title Unknown
N
46-06-26 Daily Kennebec Journal
7:00--WGAN--Mystery of the Week
46-06-27
64
Title Unknown
N
46-06-27 Daily Kennebec Journal
7:00--WGAN--Mystery of the Week
46-06-28
65
Title Unknown
N
46-06-28 Daily Kennebec Journal
7:00--WGAN--Mystery of the Week
46-07-01
66
Title Unknown
N
46-07-02
67
Title Unknown
N
46-07-03
68
Title Unknown
N
46-07-04
69
Title Unknown
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46-07-05
70
Title Unknown
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46-07-08
71
Title Unknown
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46-07-09
72
Title Unknown
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46-07-10
73
Title Unknown
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46-07-11
74
Title Unknown
N
46-07-12
75
Title Unknown
N
46-07-15
76
Title Unknown
N
46-07-16
77
Title Unknown
N
46-07-17
78
Title Unknown
N
46-07-18
79
Title Unknown
N
46-07-19
80
Title Unknown
N
46-07-22
81
Title Unknown
N
46-07-23
82
Title Unknown
N
46-07-24
83
Title Unknown
N
46-07-25
84
Title Unknown
N
46-07-26
85
Title Unknown
N
46-07-29
86
Title Unknown
N
46-07-29 Syracuse Herald Journal
WIBX--7:00--Hercule Poirot
46-07-30
87
Title Unknown
N
46-07-31
88
Title Unknown
N
46-08-01
89
Title Unknown
N
46-08-02
90
Title Unknown
N
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46-08-16
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46-08-19
1
The Case of The Roving Corpse Chapt 1

Billboard 46-08-17 explains the net-wide adoption of Mystery of The Week

Y
46-08-19 Kokomo Tribune
MYSTERY OF THE WEEK,
the mentally-exciting dramatic series featuring that suave deductive genius of Master-detective, Hercule Poirot, returns to the CBS air tonight at 6:00.

46-08-19 New York Times
7-7:30--Mystery of the Week: Detective Story, With Harold Huber--WABC
(Premiere).

46-08-19 The Morning Herald
"Mystery of the Week"
Makes Debut Today
By JEAN MEEGAN
(Add one hour for DST)
New York, August 18—With Harold Huber starred as Hercule Polrot, masterful detective from the pen of Agatha Christie, "Mystery of the Week"
makes its debut on CBS at 6 o'clock Monday evening and will continue Monday through Friday at that time.

46-08-19 Washington Post
WTOP 10:00 Mystery of the Week

46-08-19 Lima News
6:15--Mystery of The Week--Other cbs
46-08-20
2
The Case of The Roving Corpse Chapt 2
N
46-08-21
3
The Case of The Roving Corpse Chapt 3
Y
46-08-22
4
The Case of The Roving Corpse Chapt 4
N
46-08-22 Cedar Rapids Gazette
"Mystery of the Week" 
     Just for the record--since probably Hercule Poirot is well known to all of you--this is to say that there is nothing quite like him on the air, on the screen, on the stage, nor between the covers of a book (other, of course, than those of Agatha Christie, his creator).
     The fictional Monsieur Poirot, "formerly Chief of the Belgian Surete," but now devoting his time to the solution of baffling crimes in a purely amateur way, has the virtue of being completely human even while his deductive genius can find no peer.
     He is somewhat vain, to be sure--a quality to which he has a great amount of right but in a charming a disarming way, and his particular species of vanity adds to rather than detracts from his attractiveness as a character.
     While he is a thinker who solves the apparently unsolvable "by the use of the little grey cells" he is also a doer, and he swings into dramatic action whenever his super-intelligence anticipates the nefarious actions of keen, but inferior-witted, criminal minds.
     As a result, in Master-Detective Hercule Poirot, you have no pure armchair detective, but rather a man of action, motivated by an abiding hatred of crime and criminals.
     After creating the enormously successful character of Monsieur Poirot, Mrs. Christie discarded all other forms of mystery writing and concentrated solely upon Poirot's activities for her writing output.
     For the radio series, "Mystery of the Week," in which Poirot is the mainspring and mainstay, the scene of action has been transplanted from Europe to the United States.  This liberty--taken with Mrs. Christie's consent, and for obvious reasons, since it is being broadcast in the United States--in no way detracts from the flavor of the character which has won so many millions of admirers.  "Mystery of the Week" is on Monday through Friday at 9:00 p.m. over station WMT.
46-08-23
5
The Case of The Roving Corpse Chapt 5
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46-08-26
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Title Unknown
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46-08-27
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46-08-28
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14
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46-09-06
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46-09-09
16
The Case of the Long Burial Chapter 1
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46-09-07 Portland Press Herald
Hercule Poirot the Agatha Christie sleuth plavrd bv Harold Huber. seeks rest and pleasure but finds instead a double-barreled homicide on WGAN's Mystery of tne Week titled
The Case of the Long Burial beginning Monday at 700 p m.
46-09-10
17
The Case of the Long Burial Chapter 2
N
46-09-11
18
The Case of the Long Burial Chapter 3
N
46-09-12
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The Case of the Long Burial Chapter 4
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46-09-13
20
The Case of the Long Burial Chapter 5
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46-09-16
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33
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46-10-03
34
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46-10-04
35
Title Unknown
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46-10-07
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46-10-08
37
Title Unknown
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46-10-09
38
Title Unknown
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46-10-10
39
Title Unknown
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46-10-11
40
Title Unknown
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46-10-14
41
Title Unknown
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46-10-15
42
Title Unknown
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46-10-16
43
Title Unknown
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46-10-17
44
Title Unknown
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46-10-18
45
Title Unknown
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46-10-21
46
Title Unknown
N
46-10-22
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Title Unknown
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46-10-23
48
Title Unknown
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46-10-24
49
Title Unknown
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46-10-25
50
Title Unknown
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46-10-28
51
Title Unknown
N
46-10-29
52
Title Unknown
N
46-10-30
53
Title Unknown
N
46-10-31
54
Title Unknown
N
46-11-01
55
Title Unknown
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46-11-04
56
Title Unknown
N
46-11-05
57
Title Unknown
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46-11-06
58
Title Unknown
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46-11-07
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Title Unknown
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46-11-08
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46-11-11
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Title Unknown
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46-11-11 Wisconsin State Journal
6:00 Mystery of the Week WCCO
46-11-12
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46-11-13
63
Title Unknown
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46-11-14
64
Title Unknown
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46-11-15
65
Title Unknown
N
46-11-18
66
The Case of the Urgent Undertaker Ch 1
N
46-11-18 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m.--Mystery of the Week (WCCO): "The Urgent Undertaker."
46-11-19
67
The Case of the Urgent Undertaker Ch 2
N
46-11-20
68
The Case of the Urgent Undertaker Ch 3
N
46-11-21
69
The Case of the Urgent Undertaker Ch 4
N
46-11-22
70
The Case of the Urgent Undertaker Ch 5
N
46-11-25
71
Title Unknown
N
46-11-25 Wisconsin State Journal
6:00 Mystery of the Week WCCO
46-11-26
72
Title Unknown
N
46-11-27
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46-11-28
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Title Unknown
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46-11-29
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Title Unknown
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46-12-02
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Title Unknown
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46-12-01 Wisconsin State Journal
Other Stations Monday:
6:00 Mystery of the Week WCCO
46-12-03
77
Title Unknown
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46-12-04
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Title Unknown
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46-12-05
79
Title Unknown
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46-12-06
80
Title Unknown
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46-12-09
81
The Case of the Maligned Murderer Ch 1
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46-12-09 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m.--Mystery of the Week (WCCO): "The Maligned Murderer."
46-12-10
82
The Case of the Maligned Murderer Ch 2
N
46-12-11
83
The Case of the Maligned Murderer Ch 3
N
46-12-12
84
The Case of the Maligned Murderer Ch 4
N
46-12-13
85
The Case of the Maligned Murderer Ch 5
N
46-12-16
86
Title Unknown
N
46-12-16 Wisconsin State Journal
6:00 Mystery of the Week WCCO
46-12-17
87
Title Unknown
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46-12-18
88
Title Unknown
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46-12-19
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46-12-20
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46-12-23
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46-12-23 Wisconsin State Journal
6:00 Mystery of the Week WCCO
46-12-24
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N
46-12-25
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46-12-26
94
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46-12-27
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Title Unknown
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46-12-30
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Title Unknown
N
46-12-30 Wisconsin State Journal
6:00 Mystery of the Week WCCO
46-12-31
97
Title Unknown
N
47-01-01
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47-01-02
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Title Unknown
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47-01-03
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47-01-06
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47-01-06 Wisconsin State Journal
6:00 Mystery of the Week WCCO
47-01-07
102
Title Unknown
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47-01-08
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Title Unknown
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47-01-09
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Title Unknown
N
47-01-10
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Title Unknown
N
47-01-13
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Title Unknown
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47-01-13 Wisconsin State Journal
6:00 Mystery of the Week WCCO
47-01-14
107
Title Unknown
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47-01-15
108
Title Unknown
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47-01-16
109
Title Unknown
N
47-01-17
110
Title Unknown
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47-01-20
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Title Unknown
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47-01-20 Wisconsin State Journal
6:00 Mystery of the Week WCCO
47-01-21
112
Title Unknown
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47-01-22
113
Title Unknown
N
47-01-23
114
Title Unknown
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47-01-24
115
Title Unknown
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47-01-27
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47-01-27 Wisconsin State Journal
6:00 Mystery of the Week WCCO
47-01-28
117
Title Unknown
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47-01-29
118
Title Unknown
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47-01-30
119
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47-01-31
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47-02-03
121
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47-02-03 Wisconsin State Journal
6:00 Mystery of the Week WCCO
47-02-04
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47-02-05
123
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New Comedian Will
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New York—(AP)—Robert Q Lewis (the Q is just for Q), who describes his style as "human humor," has just been alloted a lot of CBS time to try out his comedy theories. In fact 5 half-hours
a week at the supper hour, or thereabouts.
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Dorothy Kimball writes to ask:
"Could you please tell me what has become "of Mystery of the Week? We've missed it recently and wondered if it's off the air and if so, will it be back? Also who is the actor who takes the parts on Kate's Daughter, Helen Trent, and Backstage Wife?"
Mystery of the Week is just off for a brief summer vacation and is set to return to its former spot on CBS around the first of September.
David Gothard plays all three parts although only the role of Gil Whitney on Helen Trent is likely to run for any length of time according to present story outlines.
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This will probably be denied, but I hear that the sponsors are far from happy with the new ABC morning feature Welcome Traveller.
A replacement is being sought to take over at an early date.
Same bankroller is committed to another thirteen-week cycle of Mystery of The Week and will also part company with this one about Jan. 1st.
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RADIO ROUNDUP: Peter Lorre of "Mystery in the Air" may play Hercule Poirot on the screen.





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Renewing The Mystery
Mystery Of The Week exciting story of Hercule Poirot which is sponsored by Procter and Gamble is another regular show returning to the air Monday on fifteen minute, from 7 00 p m to 7 15 p m the program features Harold Huber as the fabulous Poirot created by noted mystery writer Agatha Christie.
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WGAN--7:00 p.m.
LISTEN TO THE DETAILS OF THE
DREFT $140,000 PRIZE CARNIVAL
Grand Prize of $10,000 In Cash
MYSTERY OF THE WEEK
MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY
Presented By Proctor & Gamble, makers of DREFT
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MYSTERY OF THE WEEK--(WGBS 10 p.m.)--Second episode of "
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Do You Need Money?
If you do need money, then the program to listen to is the Mystery Of The Week which
stars Helen Lewis and screen star Harold Huber as characters in Agatha Christie mysteries.
The program offers a chance to win $140,000 worth of prizes on its Prize Carnival, including a $10,000 grand prize, ten one-thousand dollar second prizes, and a horde of other miscellaneous prizes . . .All details for the contest are heard during the program every Monday through Friday at 7.00 p. m. over WGAN.
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MYSTERY OF THE WEEK--(WGBS 10 p.m.)--Hercule Poirot, Agatha Christie's dapper little sleuth, begins work tonight on a new case which will be solved by Friday. It is "The Case of the Lively Corpse."
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The Beulah Show, a revival of the late Marlin Hurt series, which ran for several months on ABC stations this past summer, has just received a contract to take over on a five times a week schedule replacing Mystery of the Week. Formerly heard as a half-hour offering, "Beulah" failed to click in anything but a mediocre fashion. It
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Returning tonight for a revival, the Beulah Show will have a woman in the lead. She's Battle McDaniel, Negro 'character actress. It's a five a week 15-minute segment replacing "Mystery of the Week" on CBS
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CBS May Adopt
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NEW YORK, Dec. 1 UP)— Although there has been no official comment, it is just possible that CBS may be adopting a policy similar to that of NBC in which crime and mystery dramas are restricted to the later hours of the night. NBC has made 8:30 its earliest time limit.
A CBS move to this end has come in the transfer of the Suspense Mystery, formerly Thursday nights at 7, to 8:30 Fridays, where it will stay at least four weeks. In going to the new time, it reverted to network presentation after a period under sponsorship.
However, when such a policy would be put into full effect by CBS is indefinite inasmuch as there still are quite a few crime shows on the network before 8:30.
In fact one or two lately were moved by their sponsors from later to earlier hours, but in doing so took over slots which previously had been occupied by mystery programs.
Meanwhile, a net drop of three, in the number of CBS crime shows is becoming effective upon sponsor decisions- Crime Doctor and I Sponsor have gone off altogether.
Mystery of the week has been replaced by a comedy, Beulah, and the Thin Man is to give way to a Danny Thomas comedy at the end of the year.






The Agatha Christie's Poirot Radio Program Biographies




Harold Huber [Harold Joseph Huberman]
(Hercule Poirot)
Stage, Radio, Television and Film Actor; Radio and Television producer
(1909-1959)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, U.S.A.

Education: New York University; Columbia University

Radiography:
1942 Lux Radio Theatre
1943 Red Ryder
1943 Suspense
1944 Salute to Youth
1945 Words At War
1945 The Eternal Light
1945 Agatha Christie's Poirot
1946 Mystery of the Week
1948 You Are There
1949 The Whistler
1950 Dimension X
1952 Cavalcade Of America
1957 CBS Radio Workshop
Harold Huber circa 1939
Harold Huber circa 1939

Harold Huber as Arthur Nunheim in The Thin Man (1934)
Harold Huber as Arthur Nunheim in The Thin Man (1934)

Harold Huber as NYPD Chief Inspector James Nelson in Charlie Chan on Broadway
Harold Huber as NYPD Chief Inspector James Nelson in Charlie Chan on Broadway (1937)

Harold Huber as Chief of Police Jules Etienne Joubert in Charlie Chan at Monte Carlo
Harold Huber as Chief of Police Jules Etienne Joubert in Charlie Chan at Monte Carlo (1937)

Harold Huber as Ernst Litmar in Mysterious Mr Moto (1938)
Harold Huber as Ernst Litmar in Mysterious Mr Moto (1938)

Harold Huber as Police Inspector Marcel Spivak in Charlie Chan -- City in Darkness
Harold Huber as Police Inspector Marcel Spivak in Charlie Chan -- City in Darkness (1939)

From the October 01, 1959 edition of the Freeport Journal Standard:

NEW YORK (AP) - Harold Huber, 49, swarthy villain in many Hollywood movies, died Tuesday night after a minor operation.
Huber obtained a law degree from Columbia University, but turned to the theater, later Hollywood. In recent years he appeared mostly on television, including his own series, I Cover Times Square.

Hardly a fitting tribute to one of the entertainment world's most successful, multi-talented entrepreneurs, but none of the other newspapers of the era did much better. We'll attempt to do him a bit more justice . . .

Born Harold Joseph Huberman in The Bronx to second generation Russian-Jewish emigres Joseph Huberman and Mammie Glassberg, Huberman's namesake was the manager of an optical company in New York. A brilliant, albeit somewhat anarchistic, student by most accounts, Huberman enrolled at New York University at the age of 16. He was soon a member of NYU's Debating Team and by his junior year was editing NYU's student magazine, The Medley. During 1928 young Huberman ran afoul of the university's administration by publishing an article of questionable taste during his tenure.

Upon graduating from NYU in 1929, Huberman transferred to Columbia Univerity's Law School. After about a year of Law School, Huberman caught the acting bug, finding his first role under the stage name Harold Huber in a 1930 adaptation of Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms (1930) at the National Theatre performing as a Carabinieri officer. Huber subsequently performed in First Night (1930), Two Seconds (1931) and Merry-Go-Round (1932)--all as Italian-accented 'heavies.'

Huber got his big screen break when he became part of the Warner Bros. Academy 'Class of '32' with twelve other future Film hopefuls:

  • Barbara Rogers
  • Sheila Terry
  • Patricia Ellis
  • Alice Jans
  • Rena Whitney
  • Helen Mann
  • Maxine Cantway
  • Jane Shadduck
  • Dick Powell
  • Lyle Talbot
  • Preston Foster
  • Allen Jenkins

Not bad company as things turned out. Almost immediately cast as a heavy in most of his roles, Huber's star began to rise with his role as George Weaver in Frisco Jenny (1932) opposite Donald Cook, Ruth Chatterton and Louis Calhern. Huber's breakout role was as the sleazy schemer Artie Nunheim in The Thin Man (1934) opposite William Powell and Myrna Loy. Harold Huber had acquired a noticeable facial scar on his upper right cheek owing to a fencing accident during the intervening years, so his foreboding appearance in The Thin Man contributed immeasureably to both the character and the production.

Following another thirty Film appearances in a bewildering array of mostly 'heavy' foreign stereotypes ranging from oriental to American 'hick' and every imaginable international inflection in between, Huber was cast in several early Charlie Chan films: Charlie Chan On Broadway (1937), Charlie Chan At Monte Carlo (1937), Charlie Chan: City In Darkness (1939) and Charlie Chan In Rio (1941).

With each subsequent featured role, Huber's star and reputation continued to rise. Other memorable roles during the era were Lieutenant Riggs in Mister Moto's Gamble (1938) and swaggering Ernst Litmar in Mysterious Mr. Moto (1938). He was also brilliant as Giuseppe in A Slight Case of Murder (1938) with Allen Jenkins, Edward Brophy, George E. Stone and Margaret Hamilton, all camping it up suberbly in one of the better crime-comedies--during an era of several wonderful crime-comedies.

Huber also appeared over Radio as early as 1942 in the prestigious Lux Radio Theatre. He was also commended for his performance in the finale of the Salute to Youth series of 1944.

1943 had found him negotiating with Agatha Christie for the rights to her Hercule Poirot character over North and South American Radio. Ultimately acquiring the rights in March 1944, Huber conceived, produced and starred in the weekly half-hour Agatha Christie's Poirot (1945) series over the Mutual network. CBS picked up the series in a five a week serialized format in 1946 as Mystery of The Week, eventually running through 1947. In all, Huber appeared in one-hundred twenty-eight individual Hercule Poirot mysteries, bringing the first fully formed characterization of Hercule Poirot to the air--an interpretation that stood for the following thirty years.

By 1949 with some sixty credited and uncredited films under his belt, Hal Huber appeared over Television in a Chevrolet Tele-Theatre episode, I Cover Times Square as a newspaper reporter. Taken with the character, Huber produced and starred in his own Television series, I Cover Times Square (1950) as reporter Johnny Warren. Reportedly a Television extension of Radio's popular Big Town series, the I Cover Times Square series ran live via kinescope over ABC-TV for Camel Cigarettes from 1950 to 1951.

From the October 19, 1950 edition of the Long Beach Independent:

Harold Huber in I Cover Times Square (1950)

THE BROADWAY BEAT covered by Johnny Warren (played by Harold Huber) is the newest addition to TV here and will come 1o you tonight on KECA (7) under the title "I Cover Times Square" at 10 p. m.
The story tonight concerns a fight-fixing mob in the big city, and Warren uses his column and newspaper to combat and defeat them.
Huber, who stars, played a long series of Charlie Chan films as a police captain and has been heard on radio as the French detective Hercule Poirot.


Huber went on to appear in another fifteen films and an estimated thirty additional Television appearances after I Cover Times Square until his untimely death on September 29, 1959--during minor surgery at Jewish Memorial Hospital, barely a year after the passing of his mother. He was survived by his wife Ethel and daughter, Margaret.

Student editor, spirited debater, Stage, Film, Radio and Televison actor, and Radio and Television entrepreneur and producer, Harold Huber's tragic premature death ended a career during which Huber's entire working life--from the age of 20--was spent before either footlights, film cameras, microphones or television cameras. How sharp a businessman was he? Consider this account from the September 14, 1951 edition of the Charleston Gazette:

"The funniest hassle in the history of television is taking place at ABC, where Harold Huber, of the "I Cover Times Square" show, is insisting the network furnish his toupee. The bowser costs $75. ABC considers it part of his personal wardrobe and thinks he should buy it himself, but Huber insists its a prop, like a vase or a telephone, and should be supplied by the program . . ."

A canny entrepreneur, he brought Agatha Christie's character Hercule Poirot to North and South American Radio for the first time in history. Widely respected for his intellect, canny business acumen, chameleon-like acting talent, ascerbic humor and drive, Harold Huber lives on through a multi-disciplinary body of work that continues to entertain millions to this day.




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