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The Casey Crime Photographer Programs

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Actual Graflex Speed Graphic 4 x 5 Camera described as being used by Jack 'Flashgun' Casey
Actual Graflex Speed Graphic 4 x 5
Camera described as being used
by Jack 'Flashgun' Casey

An early issue of famous Pulp magazine Black Mask
An early issue of famous Pulp
magazine, Black Mask

CBS teased Flashgun Casey, Press Photographer as early as June 19th 1943, with Frank Lovejoy announced as Jack 'Flashgun'Casey, Myron McCormick as Casey's Editor and Peggy Conklin as Ann Williams.
CBS teased Flashgun Casey, Press Photographer as early as June 19th 1943, with Frank Lovejoy announced as Jack 'Flashgun'Casey, Myron McCormick as Casey's Editor and Peggy Conklin as Ann Williams.

CBS publicity promo of Flashgun Casey, Aug. 1, 1943
CBS publicity promo of Flashgun
Casey, Aug. 1, 1943

October 30th 1943 excerpt from Billboard's Cover Feature, 'Gory Road with A Detour Sign,' captures Alonzo Dean Cole's observations on Radio Violence.
October 30th 1943 excerpt from Billboard's Cover Feature, 'Gory Road with A Detour Sign,' captures Alonzo Dean Cole's observations on Radio Violence.

Publicity still for Crime Photographer ca. 1945
Publicity still for Crime
Photographer, ca. 1945

Crime Photographer Magazine, No. 2 ca. Oct. 1949
Crime Photographer
Magazine, No. 2, ca. Oct. 1949

Crime Photographer Magazine No. 1 ca. Aug. 1949
Crime Photographer
Magazine, No. 1, ca. Aug. 1949


Billboard of September 29th 1945 reviews CBS' first--abortive--attempt to bring Casey to Television.
Billboard of September 29th 1945 reviews CBS' first--abortive--attempt to bring Casey to Television.

Lesley Woods portrayed Ann Williams for the Fall 1946 Season
Lesley Woods portrayed Ann Williams for the Fall 1946 Season

Casey, Crime Photographer Illustration ca. 1947
Casey, Crime Photographer
Illustration, ca. 1947

November 6th 1947 Spot ad for Casey Crime Photographer
November 6th 1947 Spot ad for Casey Crime Photographer

Darren McGavin as TV's Crime Photographer (1951)
Darren McGavin as TV's Crime Photographer (1951)

Background

Flashgun Casey, the character, was first penned by former newspaperman and advertising executive, George Harmon Coxe, Jr., in the March 1934 issue of Black Mask, the legendary--and influential--early Pulp magazine. Coxe relates that he had read and enjoyed the fiction exploits of reporters, but couldn't help wondering who was most at risk during these exploits--the reporter or his cameraman. "So why not give the cameraman his due? If the reporter could be a glamorous figure in fiction, why not the guy up front who took - and still does take - the pictures?"


1938's Here's Flash Casey, based on one of Harmon Coxe's short stories

Coxe ran twenty-one installments of the escapades of Jack 'Flashgun' Casey in the pages of Black Mask before it dawned on him that he just might have a franchise on his hands. Seeing how well other major pulp heroes had done in the Silents, Film and Radio by that time, Coxe set himself to expanding the Flashgun Casey franchise. Casey's first multimedia outing was in 1938's film, Here's Flash Casey, adapted from one of Coxe's short stories, 'Return Engagement.' Though not quite the same setting as all of the "Casey" incarnations to come, the story nevertheless provides some back-story to Jack Casey's evolution into Jack "Flashgun" Casey of The Morning Express. Although a modest success at the time, the Flash Casey franchise stalled until 1942, when Coxe persuaded CBS to consider Flash Casey for Radio.

The Flashgun Casey franchise takes to the airwaves over CBS

CBS all but tiptoed into their Flashgun Casey franchise on July 7, 1943, by relegating it to impossible timeslots for its first airings. And rather than invest a great deal of money into promoting what they considered something of a risk in a Radio market aleady awash with successful detective and crime anthologies, CBS staffed its Flashgun Casey with staff actors and crew, relegating it to late night airings for its first two years. By the third week of broadcasts, CBS began tepidly promoting it in the trade magazines and newspapers with teaser photos of Jim Backus and the beautiful Jone Allison as Jack Casey and Ann Williams.

From the October 30th 1943 issue of The Billboard:

Gory Road with Detour Sign. Plotless Blood Giving Way to Mental Horror. Murder Palatable with Humor

 
     NEW YORK, Oct. 23.--There is still blood on the air-wave moon.  But as impartial scripters, directors, and package producers dope it, gore for gore's sake is on the wane and will fade into the background on post-war programs.
     The war, with accent on heavy casualty lists, grim reminders of genuine blood-letting, will prove a deciding factor in the make-up of what listeners will want, particularly adult listeners.  They are aware of horror realities.  The kids, being less touched by war may continue to reach avidly for groans and moans.  That brings up the sponsor angle.
     Will sponsors nix dripping corpuscles for the oldsters and give them the nod for kid consumption?  The production side of radio thinks the check-rein will be tightened right down the line, because pops and moms aren't likely to permit junior to listen to stuff they themselves find "repugnant."  And just so long as the biggies, particularly the femmes, buy the products sponsors have to sell, so long will they continue to snap the whip over program material.
          "Inner Sanctum" Alibi
     The detour sign is already painted, and inone or two instances it appears sponsors have looked in on the paint shop.  As of last September, Carter's released Inner Sanctum and substituted the sweet-'n'-low chant nostalgia, Keepsakes.  The reason given was that, altho horror seg was holding youngsters at loudspeakers, juve livers are a small market for sponsor pills.  They wanted to reach an older, more liver-conscious audience.
     Could be the fact, however, that Hooper check-up on Sanctum which showed a steady drop from first of the year thru last summer, had something to do with it.  Summer doldrum ratings, of course, are excusable, but fact remains that Sanctum was slipping consecutively during the winter and spring terms.  Also, for last month, since show has been aired over CBS under Colgate-Palmolive-Peet banner, the CAB stood far below the increase that chiller should rate on a fresh season opener.  It is said that Ted Bates, Carter ad agency, will not pick up contract at the end of 13-week period. 
          "Lights Out" Non-Producer
     Recently also, veteran Lights Out was dropped by Ironized Yeast in favor of a switch to Big Town.  According to reports Ruthrauff & Ryan felt that the bearded spine-thriller hadn't done what was expected of it for their client.  So far no new backer has stepped up, and Lights looks set permanently on the shelf.
     While it is perhaps unfair to cite the above examples as heralding a trend, the results speak for themselves.  There is no question that both have been top students of the tear-your-throat-out, split-your-nogging-with-a-cleaver school.  If their listener pull is fading, it can reasonably be attributed to their favorite overemphasis on gory detail.
     People can't be fooled forever with one device, according to a net program exec.  A program's audience is just as big as the quality and production of the show.  It likes intrigue, but with the gore angle played down.  Today, he says, a radio yarn must depend on excellence of plot and action.
     One gimmick which has proved successful in taking the curse off ether murder epics is to give the whole business a tongue-in-cheek treatment.  Such programs as Mr. and Mrs. North, Falcon, and Thin Man mask their killings under a dressing of sprightly humor.  Nobody in the yarns takes either death and destruction seriously, and gait their didoes to a giggle instead of a shiver.  It appears to be a popular twist and profitable from both points of view.
          A Little Blood Still Good
     Smart scripters will be quick to catch the pitch, altho Alonzo Dean Cole, vet chiller-diller manufacturer, believes that radio audiences still require a few drops of blood to spice their oral puddings.  Cole, who authored seven consecutive yars of Witch's Tales and currently is committed to 20 Shadow episodes as well scripting Flashgun Casey, CBS sustainer, should know the horror slants as well as anybody.
     At the same time Casey, his newest mystery toss, conforms to the gory road bypass.  Some of the years about the news photographer sharpie are hyped with killing, but murders are restricted to every other week, a proceeding which would draw a sneer from an old-time chillcasters.
     The chief ingredient in the Cole receipt for the successful thrill and mystery show to come is "plotting and more plotting to the nth degree."  A judicious salting in of goose-pimple raisers, but with no listener-harrowing stemming from too close to home is a must.  It's the writer's job "to make the incredible credible."  At no time must he permit the audience to be personally shocked with a story's implication.
          "Suspense" Points Trend
     Possibly one of hte best examples that can be picked at random from current spine-pricklers following the general pattern of Cole receipt is Suspense.  Columbia sustainer, now airing from the West Coast, is receiving a fine sprucing-up at the hands of Director Bill Spier.  The show bowls  along to snare plenty of loudspeaker interest with a mental rather than a screaming melodrama.  Tales are well plotted and provide the listener with enough exercise in noggin-gymnastics to keep him tuned in to the last second.  It is the response to this type of mental horror that is most indicative of aless bloody trend in chiller fare.
     How far the crimson mop-up will carry and what final effect it will have on the old-fashioned sscarers is anybody's guess.  It is a safe bet, however, that producers won't continue to careen down the gory road without a ticket here and there for speeding.  The listener is going to be the cop, and the fine, loss of a buying audience.

Apparently the Backus/Allison combo didn't gel for some reason since by its sixth airing CBS moved it even nearer to midnight, and swapped Backus for veteran Shakesperean actor Staats Cotsworth. CBS let that combination ride for the remainder of the Flashgun Casey run, while continuing to fiddle with both the format, and its name. Some newspapers were already listing Flashgun Casey as Casey--Press Photographer by December 1943, and CBS inexplicably changed the name of the program from Flashgun Casey to Casey Press Photographer in February of 1944, while still keeping it exiled to the late-late night timeslots.

Alice Reinheart was teamed with Staats Cotsworth and John Gibson for the Casey Press Photographer run, and CBS began fleshing out its supporting cast with some wonderful sound engineering, musicians for its fictional Blue Note Café and more radioplay development by Harmon Coxe himself. While no Hooper audience ratings have surfaced for the first year of its run, judging by occasional newspaper reviews, Jack "Flashgun" Casey was beginning to build a respectable audience despite its late night scheduling. Indeed, CBS tried Casey Press Photographer in a late afternoon slot for the Summer of 1944, but immediately pushed it back to its late night slot for the Fall of 1944.

The New York Evening Post of February 6th 1949 helps explain why Staats Cotsworth, himself a fine artist and photographer, seemed the perfect fit for his role as Jack 'Flashgun' Casey.
The New York Evening Post of February 6th 1949 helps explain why Staats Cotsworth, himself a fine artist and photographer, seemed the perfect fit for his role as Jack 'Flashgun' Casey.

Crime Photographer's backdrop hints at the Boston area. Jack Casey and Ann Williams are reporters for the fictional Morning Express. The selection of an overnight edition newspaper in a city large enough to present an endless variety and range of late night crime, helps drive the sub-plot of many of Casey's scripts. The atmosphere of the setting is anchored by The Blue Note Café, a late night lounge where musicians--and Morning Press denizens alike--hang out. The Blue Note's bartender, Ethelbert, is a sardonic, inquisitive, and philosophical character who provides both a sounding board and levity for Jack Casey and Ann Williams as they either await their next call to a crime scene or close each program reflecting on the assignment they've just dealt with.

Soft-spoken character actor John Gibson portrays Ethelbert for eleven years of the various incarnations of Casey, Crime Photographer. His contribution to the overall lighter atmosphere of the various Casey runs was integral to the program's success over the years. Listeners tuned in to Casey as much to hear Ethelbert's sardonic, mixed-metaphor observations of Life in general, as much as for the underlying crime drama itself. Another integral element of Casey's success was gifted writer Alonzo Deen Cole who penned the scripts for the long-running The Witch's Tale program. Cole's scripts were realistically gritty, yet witty and humane. Each of his 30-minute morality plays inevitably provided moments of reflection on how the underlying crime of the script had both evolved and resolved itself.

Casey very much owed its success over the years to its underlying ensemble of Alonzo Deen Cole's scripts, Staats Cotsworth's realistic portrayal of Jack Casey, and Ethelbert's comic relief. The Ann Williams character, variously portrayed by Jone Allison, Alice Reinheart, Lesley Woods, Betty Furness and finally, Jan Miner, provided the sidekick/love interest element of the ensemble.

Another key element of the ensemble was The Blue Note Café itself. The use of a local watering hole to frame a successful ensemble drama has become a tried and true framework over the years. The equally successful Duffy's Tavern (1941-1951) ran for the same length of time as Casey Crime Photographer. For its first two years it ran over the same CBS network that eventually sustained Flashgun Casey and Casey--Press Photographer. We need but to fast-forward a few years to find the same successful framework in Television's Peter Gunn, 77 Sunset Strip, Hawaiian Eye, All In The Family, and Cheers!. In Casey, The Blue Note Café serves as more than an anchor. It very much frames the interactions between all of Casey's protagonists.

The Blue Note Café ambience is provided by several noteworthy jazz and swing performers over the run. The Blue Note Café’s resident pianist was portrayed by Herman Chittison, but Juan Hernandez and Teddy Wilson from The Benny Goodman Trio were also heard over the years. The transitions between the traditional dramatic organ music to the refreshingly upbeat musical background of The Blue Note Café usually served as a waypoint in the script for reflection, recapping the evolution of the script arc, or for the traditional script wrap-up at the end of most programs.

The Coxe/CBS Crime Photographer franchise continued on past the Anchor Hocking sponsored run, reprised over both Television and Radio. CBS ran a Television version of Crime Photographer (1951) which saw only John Gibson and Jan Miner reprising their respective roles in Television. Casey's beat was Manhattan instead of Boston in Crime Photographer's television incarnation. Jack Casey [Richard Carlyle] continued his fondness for jazz, and The Blue Note Café continues as the anchor for the Television Casey. The Television scripts were exposited in flashback format, with Casey narrating his latest exploit to Ethelbert the bartender. The 'Morning Express' also makes the transition from Boston to Manhattan, with reporter Ann Williams augmented by cub reporter Jack Lipman. Two months into the Television run, CBS re-cast Casey and Ethelbert, substituting young Darren McGavin as Jack Casey. The most distinguishing element of the short-lived Television Casey was its direction, with the famed future Film Director Sidney Lumet helming the series.

CBS and Coxe took another run at Crime Photographer over Radio in 1954, reprising Staats Cotsworth, John Gibson and Jan Miner in their previous Radio roles. The 1954 run extended to the Spring of 1955, at which point the Crime Photographer franchise had pretty much run its course. The sleuthing photographer format didn't end with the CBS/Coxe franchise. ABC took a run at the concept with their Man With A Camera (1958), starring Charles Bronson, and running for two seasons, though it bore no resemblance whatsoever to the Casey, Crime Photographer franchise.

We are again indebted to the Armed Forces Radio Service for preserving more than a quarter of the Crime Photographer programs in circulation. As more AFRS transcriptions surface, we'll continue to expand, fill-in, and extend the information below.

Series Derivatives:

Flashgun Casey, Press Photographer
Casey, Press Photographer [also Casey--Press Photographer]
Crime Photographer
Casey, Crime Photographer
AFRS [Network Series] Casey, Crime Photographer
AFRS [R-Series] Casey, Crime Photographer
AFRS [END-153] Crime Photographer
AFRS Mystery Playhouse: ''Casey, Crime Photographer''
Genre: Anthology of Golden Age Radio Crime Dramas
Network(s): CBS; The AFRS/AFRTS
Audition Date(s) and Title(s): 47-03-18 [Aud.] Actress Auditions for Ann Williams role.
Premiere Date(s) and Title(s): 1943 Flashgun Casey: 43-07-07 01 The Case of The Switched Plates
1944 Casey, Press Photographer: 44-03-25 01 The Clue In The Clouds
1945-1947 Crime Photographer: 45-07-11 01 The Cat's Paw
1947 Casey, Crime Photographer: 47-03-20 01 The Demon Miner
1954 Crime Photographer; 54-01-13 01 The Road Angel
Run Dates(s)/ Time(s): 1943 Flashgun Casey:

43-07-07 to 44-02-19; CBS; Thirty-three 30-minute episodes; Wednesdays, 10:30 p.m.
[DT] 43-08-12 to 43-10-21, Thursdays, 11:30 p.m
[D] 43-10-30 to 43-44-02-19, Saturdays, 11:30 p.m.

1944 Casey, Press Photographer:

44-02-26 t0 45-06-26; CBS; Sixty-seven 30-minute episodes; Saturdays, 11:30 p.m.
[T] 44-07-15 to 44-09-09, Saturdays, 5:00 p.m.
[DT] 44-09-12 to 45-06-26, Tuesdays, 11:30 p.m.

1945-1947 Crime Photographer:

45-07-11 to 47-03-13; CBS; Eighty-five 30-minute episodes; Wednesdays, 9:00 p.m.
[DT] 45-10-06 to 45-11-24, Saturdays, various times
[DT] 45-12-03 to 46-03-04, Mondays, 10:30 p.m.
[DT] 46-03-12 to 46-05-28, Tuesdays, 10:00 p.m.
[DT] 46-06-03 to 46-07-29, Mondays, 8:30 p.m.
[DT] 46-08-08 to 47-03-13, Thursdays, 9:30 p.m.

1947 Casey, Crime Photographer:

47-03-20 to 50-11-16; CBS; One-hundred ninety-one 30-minute episodes;Thursdays, 9:30 p.m.

1954 Crime Photographer:

54-01-13 to 55-04-22; CBS; Sixty-seven 30-minute episodes; Wednesdays, 9:00 p.m.
[DT] 54-10-08 to 54-04-22, Fridays, 8:00 p.m.

[D] = Day change
[T] = Time change
[DT] = Day, Time change
Syndication: AFRS/AFRTS
Sponsors: 1943 Flashgun Casey: Sustaining
1944 Casey, Press Photographer: Sustaining
1945-1947 Crime Photographer: Anchor Hocking Glass
1947-1950 Casey, Crime Photographer: Anchor Hocking Glass; Toni hair products; Philip Morris cigarettes
1954 Crime Photographer: Sustaining
Director(s): 1943 Flashgun Casey: Albert Ward; Chester Renier [Producer]
1944 Casey, Press Photographer: Albert Ward; John Dietz [Producer]
1945-1947 Crime Photographer: Rocco Tito; John Dietz [Producer]
1947 Casey, Crime Photographer: John Dietz [Producer]
1954 Crime Photographer: John Dietz [Producer]
Principal Actors: 1943 Flashgun Casey:

Matt Crowley, Jim Backus and Jone Allison [Staats Cotsworth and Jone Allison from 43-10-07 to 44-03-18], John Gibson

1944 Casey, Press Photographer:

Staats Cotsworth and Jone Allison [Staats Cotsworth and Alice Reinheart from 44-04-15 to 44-10-10], John Gibson

1945-1947 Crime Photographer: Staats Cotsworth and Betty Furness

Staats Cotsworth and Lesley Woods, John Gibson, Bernard Lenrow

1947-1950 Casey, Crime Photographer:

Staats Cotsworth and Lesley Woods [Staats Cotsworth and Jan Miner from 47-04-17 to 50-11-16], John Gibson, Bernard Lenrow, Ted Osborne, Ralph Bell, Mandel Kramer, Joe DeSantis, Santos Ortega, Karl Swenson, Kathy MacGregor, Peter Capell, Joseph Julian, Raymond Edward Johnson, Ann Loring, Bill Adams, Mercer McLoud [Arnold Beaudry], Ruth McDeavitt [Beaudry's sister], Ted Osborne [Calhoun].

1954 Crime Photographer:

Staats Cotsworth and Jan Miner, John Gibson.
Recurring Character(s): 'Morning Express' Reporter, Jack 'Flashgun' Casey, sidekick reporter Ann Williams, and Ethelbert, bartender at The Blue Note Café, Detective Captain Logan
Protagonist(s): 'Morning Express' Reporter, Jack 'Flashgun' Casey, sidekick reporter Ann Williams, and Ethelbert, bartender at The Blue Note Café, a local musicians' hangout and the press corps' local watering hole. Also heard in many programs is Detective Captain Logan.
Author(s): George Harmon Coxe [Creator, author]
Writer(s) 1943 Flashgun Casey: Ashley Buck; George Harmon Coxe
1944 Casey, Press Photographer: Charles Holden
1945-1947 Crime Photographer: Charles Holden; Alonzo Deen Cole
1947-1950 Casey, Crime Photographer: Alonzo Deen Cole
1954 Crime Photographer: Alonzo Deen Cole
Music Direction: 1943 Flashgun Casey: Unknown
1944 Casey, Press Photographer: Unknown
1945-1947 Crime Photographer: Archie Bleyer
1947 Casey, Crime Photographer: Archie Bleyer, Byron Winget, Jerry McCarty [sound effects]
1954 Crime Photographer: Lew White
Musical Theme(s): Herman Chittison [Piano]; Bill Pearson [Sound Engineer]; Teddy Wilson; Cy Feuer [composer]
Announcer(s): 1943 Flashgun Casey: Unknown
1944 Casey, Press Photographer: Unknown
1945-1947 Crime Photographer: Bob Hite; Tony Marvin
1947 Casey, Crime Photographer: Tony Marvin, Bill Cullen, Ken Roberts
1954 Crime Photographer: Bob Hite
Estimated Scripts or
Broadcasts:
1943 Flashgun Casey: 33
1944 Casey, Press Photographer: 67
1945-1947 Crime Photographer: 85
1947 Casey, Crime Photographer: 192
1954 Crime Photographer: 67
Episodes in Circulation: 1943 Flashgun Casey: 2
1944 Casey, Press Photographer: 2
1945-1947 Crime Photographer: 10
1947 Casey, Crime Photographer: 56
1954 Crime Photographer; 2
AFRS Mystery Playhouse: 2
Total Episodes in Collection: 1943 Flashgun Casey: 1
1944 Casey, Press Photographer: 1
1945-1947 Crime Photographer: 9
1947 Casey, Crime Photographer: 51
1954 Crime Photographer: 2
AFRS Mystery Playhouse: 1
AFRS: 13
Provenances:


Provenance for Aug. 12, 1943 change for Flashgun Casey from Wednesday to Thursday night thumb
Provenance for Aug. 12, 1943 change for Flashgun Casey from Wednesday to Thursday night

Anchor Hocking Spot Ad of 46-08-01
Anchor Hocking Spot
Ad of 46-08-01

Anchor Hocking Spot Ad of 46-08-08
Anchor Hocking Spot
Ad of 46-08-08

Anchor Hocking Spot Ad of 46-08-15
Anchor Hocking Spot
Ad of 46-08-15

The Billboard review of Crime Photographer from April 10th 1948
The Billboard review of Crime Photographer from April 10th 1948

The Directory of The Armed Forces Radio Service Series'; Billboard Magazine; Dr. Joe Webb.

Notes on Provenances:

The most helpful provenances were newspapers and magazines.

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OTRisms:

First, a pragmatic observation about program number sequencing for the various runs of Casey, Crime Photographer and it's derivatives; it's a fool's errand in its current state. The pointless exercise of sequentially numbering the entire presently known estimates of program episodes is an absurd waste of time--and effort. It's also a complete fraud. There are five distinct runs of Casey, Crime Photographer, none of which are completely in circulation and none of which are completely supported by verifiable provanances.

It's also worth noting that fully one-third of the Casey episodes in circulation are from AFRS or AFRTS transcriptions. AFRTS transcriptions are not as broadcast recordings. Period. AFRTS is AFRTS and as broadcast is as broadcast. They have never been the same, they will never be the same and anyone passing them off as the same is simply being disingenuous. Period. Saying they're the same is simply lying.

Now . . . given the above realities, how best to make the best of a poor situation up to this point:

Many logs assert that Flashgun Casey Program #30 of January 29, 1944 was simply pre-empted. Our research supports 14 local newspaper listings across the country showing this program airing in its normal timeslot, with some competing outlets electing to air the FDR Birthday Observance in Flashgun Casey's timeslot in lieu of the normal programming. That's not a pre-emption. That's just incomplete research.

There are eleven, hard pre-emptions cited in the circulating logs from the OTR community. Of these eleven, only one was a nationwide pre-emption [for the 1944 Election Results]. Where a pre-emption was not universal, we cite the date as 'pre-empted in some outlets'. We have contemporaneous provenances showing that the program aired in at least five separate national areas on the date of the alleged other ten universal pre-emptions. Until more substantive provenances surface, we'll continue to log those episodes as
Title Unknown, with a provisionally assigned sequence number and date. That is simply the only honest manner in which to maintain the log at present. In addition, it should be noted that--whenever possible--we actually research and cite the actual or possible cause of the pre-emption so that the reader isn't left wondering. Any other practice would be irresponsible.

A second controversy surrounds when Flashgun Casey transitioned to Casey, Press Photographer [Casey--Press Photographer]. WEEI [Boston] lists Casey, Press Photographer in the 11:30 p.m. timeslot, for the evening of March 25, 1944. The New York Times also cites the program title, Casey, Press Photographer, beginning with its February 5, 1944 listings. These are the first published mentions of the new title for the program that we've been able to find. Either WEEI, Boston jumped the gun and renamed the series a few weeks prematurely, or this is when the series changed its name. A mistake perhaps. And yet WEEI, Boston (which is the city where the fictional 'Morning Express' is set), yet again cites the series name Casey, Press Photographer in its listing of April 1, 1944. An April Fool's joke perhaps. But two listings in a row, from a large market radio station listing is difficult to dispute. Moreso since there's no other rationale given in existing provenances for why the subtle name change in the first place. CBS certainly had its reasons, we're sure. But the WEEI and New York Times provenances are clear historical evidence--in error or otherwise--of CBS' intent.

But going even further, one can actually hear the program refer to itself as Casey, Press Photographer as early as the program of February 26, 1944, titled The Clue In The Clouds. Now let's take a moment to clear the air here once and for all. How can it be that virtually every expert 'OTR' archivist--and seller--cites Flashgun Casey ending on or about--variously--March 1 or March 8, 1944, when simply by listening to it, they'd clearly hear a Casey, Press Photographer into and outro for the February 26, 1944 program? Is it simply a coincidence that all of them cite the exact same log sequence? Is it possible that all of them simply coincidentally mis-heard the clear provenances? Or . . . is it possible that a inordinately influential minority of commercial otr sellers have simply colluded to mislead the entire Golden Age Radio community regarding the Casey Crime Photographer canon. If collusion is too strong a word, then perhaps a gentleman's agreement among a handful of artificially influential collectors who've agreed to protect the integrity of each others' advertised holdings. In any case, it begs the question.

Do these experts listen to their holdings or do they not? There are great [perceived] stakes involved. The perceived expertise and preeminence of many of these collectors or authors is the foundation upon which their existing or future sales --and reputations--are based. Is there a valid argument to be made that a great deal of the circulating 'otr lore' is entirely apocryphal and without basis in historical fact? There most certainly is. Is it also quite obvious that a great number of these influential experts don't actually listen to the programs for which they claim preeminent expertise? It most certainly is. We see it in virtually every log we undertake.

As a general disclaimer, we point out that our run sequencing is based on several currently imposed limitations:

  • There are in fact collectors who possess many of the answers to the correct program run sequencing. At present they feel that the best means of disseminating this key information is to sell it to the Golden Age Radio community. This is a regrettable situation driven not by collegial information sharing but by greed.
  • The break that transitions Flashgun Casey to Casey, Press Photographer appears to be as stated above--the 44-02-26 program titled The Clue In The Clouds.
  • The break that transitions Casey, Press Photographer to Crime Photographer appears well supported as 45-07-11, the beginning of the Summer run of 1945, titled The Cat's Paw. CBS's decision to continue that Summer run through the Fall of 1945 begins with a resumption of Saturday scheduling on October 6, 1945 and continues through to the first announcement on 46-07-15 that Crime Photographer would begin commercial broadcasts two weeks hence. This signals the beginning of Anchor Hocking's sponsorship of Crime Photographer. Anchor Hocking had sponsored Hobby Lobby up until 46-08-01, at which time they began posting spot ads advertising their sponsorship of Crime Photographer, beginning 46-08-08.
  • A reasoned argument can certainly be made for Anchor Hocking's sponsorship of Crime Photographer as the point of demarcation for a new, distinct run of Crime Photographer. But as of the preparation of this log, there is insufficient information to establish either CBS's or Anchor Hocking's intent in this respect.
  • For the preparation of this log, we continue the long accepted assumption that Casey, Crime Photographer--as a separate and distinct run--begins with the 47-03-20 airing of The Demon Miner.

As to specific audible provenances, we offer the following:

Repeats may be rebroadcasts of a transcribed program or repeats of a script. With only seventy programs in circulation we can only conjecture as to which repeats are transcribed rebroadcasts or repeats of a script.

Also note that the Anchor Hocking Sales presentation is a wealth of information regarding the cast and crew from 47-04-15, on.

We've also annotated several additional provenance points throughout the log notes below.

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Casey Crime Photographer Program Logs

Flashgun Casey, Press Photographer

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
43-07-07
1
The Case of The Switched Plates
Y
[ Premiere Episode; Starring Matt Crowley and Jone Allison
CBS; Wednesdays, 10:30 p.m.]

43-07-03 Mason City GLobe-Gazette

"Flash-Gun Casey" to
Open Show on KGLO
Wednesday Night

"Flash-Gun Casey," dramatizing the adventures of a press photographer, makes its debut as a weekly sustaining feature on KGLO-CBS Wednesday at 10:30 p. m.
Based on the famous character created by novelist George Harmon Coxe, "Flash-Gun Casey" is the prototype of the modern newspaper cameraman—quick thinking, ingenious and resourceful.
More than a cameraman. Flash-Gun is a curious and inquiring soul who not only gets his picture but also solves the mystery hidden behind the obvious news story. Some mysteries come lo liffht through minute examination of photographs.
"
The Case of the Switched Plates," first of the series, finds Casey, ace photographer of the Express, starting out to cover a society wedding and winding up with pictures of a spy ring. How Flash-Gun, aided by Ann Williams, lovely girl reporter, tracks down the axis agents makes a suspenseful half-hour of radio entertainment.
Each broadcast presents an episode complete in itself.

43-07-07 The Daily Mail
NBC -- 11:30 new drama. Flashgun Casey

43-07-14
2
Murder Off The Record
N
43-07-14 Findlay Courier
Flashgun Casey, ace newspaper cameraman, photographs a corpse and flnds himself on the trail of a killer wlth a mania for slitting throats in "
Murder Off the Record" over CBS Wednesday at 11:30 p.m.
43-07-21
3
The Lost Melody
N
]Jim Backus and Jone Allison]

43-07-21 Mason City Globe-Gazette

"The Lost Melody"

A haunting thread of melody leads Flashgun Casey, ace cameraman of the Express, to the trail of a group of Axis agents in "The Lost Melody," third complete episode in the KGLO-CBS series "Flashgun Casey," on Wednesday at 10:30 P.M.

A musician disappears and his fiance enlists Casey's aid to f nd him. The trail leads only to blind alleys until Flashgun hears a song-and then things begin to POP, much to the discomfiture 0f a couple of Hitler's stooges.

43-07-28
4
Love Is A Whisper
N
43-07-28 Findlay Courier
"
Love Is a Whisper," drama of a maniacal killer will be the CBS "Flashgun Casey" offering Wednesday at 11:30 p. m.
43-08-04
5
The Case of The Painted Walls
N
43-08-01 Long Beach Independent
Jim Backus, who plays "Flashgun Casey" in the CBS series of that name, trains the lens on lovely Lone Allison, who is heard as Ann Williams, Casey's Girl Friday. "Flashgun Casey" dramatizes the exciting adventures of a press photographer.

43-08-04 Mason City Globe-Gazette

"Flashgun"

Eight coats of ordinary house paint is the murder weapon in "The Case of the Painted Walls "exciting episode in the "Plashgun Casey"' series Wednesday on KGLO-CBS at 10:30 p.m.
A noted author dies after his apartment is freshly painted. Flashgun Casey, on a picture-assignment for his paper, discovers the who and why of the ingenious paint crime.

43-08-12
6
Murder Comes In Threes
N
[CBS; Thursdays, 11:30 p.m.]

43-08-11 Findlay Courier
A flicker of fear that crosses a man's face when his picture is the clue that leads Flashgun Casey to an ingenious killer in "
Murder Comes In Threes" on the CBS' "Flashgun Casey" series Wednesday at 11:30 p. m.

43-08-12 Mason City Globe-Gazette

"Flashgun Casey"

"Flashgun Casey" previously heard on Wednesday, moves to Thursday this week on KGLO-CBS at 10:30 p. m.
"Flashgun Casey" dramatizes the adventures of a press photographer with a knack for uncovering mysteries — and solving them. Jim Backus plays "Flashgun" and Jone Allison is heard as Ann Williams, lovely girl reporter who accompanies Casey on his adventures.

43-08-19
7
Somewhere A Phone Is Ringing
N
43-08-18 Winnipeg Free Press
WEDNESDAY
(CBS)
10.30 — Flashgun Casey

43-08-19 Mason City Globe-Gazette

"Flashgun Casey"

The newest episode in the Flashgun Casey series Thursday on KGLO-CBS at 8:30 p. m. When the phone rings a fourth time Flashgun Casey is on hand to solve the baffling riddle. Jim Backus plays Flashgun Casey and Jone Allison is Ann Williams, Casey's Girl Friday.

43-08-19 Findlay Courier
Death comes mysteriously to three persons who pick up a telephone receiver in "Somewhere a Phone Is Ringing," newest episode In the "Flashgun Casey" serles Thursday night over CBS.

43-08-26
8
Hoodoo For Hire
N
43-08-26 Mason City Globe-Gazette

Amateur Sleuth

Flashgun Casey, press photographer and amateur sleuth, starts out on a picture assignment and finds himself involved in a murder mystery in the newest of the exciting episode of the "Flashgun Casey'' series. Thursday on KGLO-CBS at 10:30 p. m.

43-09-02
9
The Case of The Whispering Gun
N
43-09-02 Mason City Globe-Gazette

Flashgun Prowls

Flashgun Casey, ace newspaper photographer, is given a picture assignment that involves him in a murder mystery in another exciting episode ol the "Flashgun Casey" series, broadcast Thursday on KGLO-CBS at 10:30 p. rn.

43-09-09
10
Title Unknown
N
43-09-09 Mason City Globe-Gazette
FLASHGUN CASEY, ace newspaper photographer, starts out on a picture assignment that leads him to the solution of a strange murder in the newest episode of KGLO-CBS' exciting "Flashgun Casey" series, broadcast Thursday on KGLO-CBS at 10:30 p. m. The script is written by'Alonzo Dean Cole.

43-09-16
11
Title Unknown
N
43-09-16 Mason City Globe-Gazette
FLASHGUN CASEY, ACE NEWSPAPER PHOTOGRAPHER. IS ASSIGNED TO PHOTOGRAPH A CORPSE AND ALMOST BECOMES ONE HIMSELF IN THE LATEST EPISODE OF THE EXCITING "FLASHGUN CASEY" SERIES HEARD THURSDAY ON KGLO-CBS AT 10:30 P. M

43-09-23
12
First Editions and Murder
N
[Staats Cotsworth and Jone Allison]

43-09-23 Mason City Globe-Gazette
FLASHGUN CASEY delves into 1st editions and murder when a dealer in rare books disappears and another meets a violent death in the newest exciting episode of KGLO-CBS' "Flashgun Casey" series Thursday at 10:30 p. m.
Casey discovers that bibliophiles have their own tricks of the trade but he pulls one out of the books himself to outwit a dealer bent on murder.

43-09-30
13
Murder For Breakfast
N
43-10-07
14
The Case of The Indignant Lady
N
43-10-14
15
Picture In The Park
N
43-10-14 Mason City Globe-Gazette
FLASHGUN CASEY, extraordinary newspaper photographer, goes on a picture assignment and winds upa.s a sleuth solving a perplexing murder din-in? KGLO-CBS' "Flashgun Casey" program" Thursday at 10:30 p. m.
Staats Cotsworth is cast in the title role and Jone Allison is heard as the girl reporter who accompanies him.

43-10-21
16
Five Thousand Dollar Reward
N
43-10-30
17
A Butterfly Dies
N
[CBS; Saturdays, 11:30 p.m.]

43-11-06
18
Death In A Dentist's Chair
Death In The Dentist's Chair
N
43-11-13
19
Ghosts Work For Money
N
43-11-20
20
The Killer's Kid
N
43-11-27
21
The Man With The Crippled Arm
N
43-12-04
22
Last Will And Testament
N
43-12-11
23
Mystery Girl
N
43-12-18
24
Set To Kill
N
43-12-25
25
Christmas Is A Family Day
N
[Christmas program]

44-01-01
26
Casey Begins A New Year
N
[New Years program]

44-01-08
27
Casey Goes Into Society
N
44-01-15
28
Casey Compounds A Felony
N
44-01-22
29
Casey Remains To Dance
N
44-01-22 New York Times
11:30--WABC--Flashgun Casey--Sketch
44-01-29
30
Title Unknown
N
[Pre-empted in a some markets for President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's 62nd Birthday observance, which ran for 45 minutes over some outlets in the Flashgun Casey timeslot.]

44-01-29 New York Times
11 :15-WEAF -March of Dimes Show : America Salutes the President's Birthday ; Stars ot Radio, Stage and Screen : Speakers. President Roose- velt. Others (Also WOR, WJZ, WABC. WMCA. WHN. WNEW, WBNX, WINS)

44-02-05
31
Casey And The House With The Hedge
N
44-02-05 New York Times
11:30--WABC--Casey, Press Photographer

44-02-05 Washington Post
11:45--WTOP--Flashgun Casey

44-02-05 Sandusky Register
10:30--WJR--Flashgun Casey

44-02-05 Huntington Daily News
11:30--WABC--Flashgun Casey

44-02-05 Fitchburg Sentinel
11:30--WABC--Flashgun Casey

44-02-05 Council Bluffs Nonpareil
10:30--KOIL--Flashgun Casey
44-02-12
32
The Man Called John Doe
N
44-02-12 Washington Post
11:45--WTOP--Flashgun Casey
44-02-19
33
The Mystery Of The Ten Dollar Bills
N
44-02-19 Washington Post
11:45--WTOP--Flashgun Casey





Casey, Press Photographer

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
44-02-26
1
The Clue In The Clouds
Y
[CBS; Saturdays, 11:30 p.m.
Staats Cotsworth and Jone Allison]

44-03-04
2
Casey And The Strong Woman
N
44-03-04 Lowell Sun
11:30 WEEI — Casey, Press Photographer, drama
44-03-11
3
Man Overboard
N
44-03-11 Lowell Sun
11:30 WEEI — Casey, Press Photographer, drama
44-03-18
4
Casey And The Self-Made Hero
N
44-03-18 Lowell Sun
11:30 WEEI — Casey, Press Photographer, drama
44-03-25
5
Star Witness
N
44-03-25 Lowell Sun
11:30 WEEI — Casey, Press Photographer, drama
44-04-01
6
The Case Of The Glowing Ghost
N
44-04-01 Lowell Sun
11:30 WEEI — Casey, Press Photographer, drama
44-04-08
7
The Man Who Couldn't Be Killed
N
44-04-08 Lowell Sun
11:30 WEEI — Casey, Press Photographer, drama
44-04-15
8
It's A Dog's Life
N
[Staats Cotsworth and Alice Reinheart]

44-04-15 Lowell Sun
11:30 WEEI — Casey, Press Photographer, drama
44-04-22
9
The Strange Invitation
N
44-04-22 Lowell Sun
11:30 WEEI — Casey, Press Photographer, drama
44-04-29
10
Air Tight Alibi
N
44-04-29 Lowell Sun
11:30 WEEI — Casey, Press Photographer, drama
44-05-06
11
A Matter Of Reputation
N
44-05-06 Lowell Sun
11:30 WEEI — Casey, Press Photographer, drama
44-05-13
12
Killer On Patrol
N
44-05-13 Lowell Sun
11:30 WEEI — Casey, Press Photographer, drama
44-05-20
13
The Murder In The Rain
N
44-05-20 Lowell Sun
11:30 WEEI — Casey, Press Photographer, drama
44-05-27
14
The Little Man Who Wasn't There
N
44-05-27 Charelston Gazette
WCBS
(580 Kilocycles)
CBS Affiliate
11:30— Casey, Press Photographer

44-05-27 Albany Knickerbocker
EXPOSE!! NEWSPAPER PHOTOGRAPHERS are a peculiar breed. Any reporter worth his salt will agree. Chief penchant of these darkroom commandos is to inveigle unsuspecting pretties into the darkroom to take pictuers "just for practice" or "to try out a new camera." Ha! It is to laugh! Mike Mann now exposes these flash bulb romeos for the scoundrels they really are. Their whole life; their bread and butter, the orbit around which their lives revolve is LEG ART! Now, for the experiences of a photographer who really keeps his nose clean, listen to "Casey, Press Photographer," on WOKO at 11:30 tonight and learn how real photographers earn an honest dollar.
44-06-03
15
Skeleton On Horseback
N
44-06-03 Lowell Sun
11:30--WEEI-Casey, Press Photographer, sketch.
44-06-10
16
Photo Finish
N
44-06-10 Lowell Sun
11:30--WEEI-Casey, Press Photographer, sketch.

44-06-10 Albany Knickerbocker
"Casey, Press Photographer," knocks himself out again tonight hounding a gang of killers on WOKO at 11:30. Casey is a nice fellow, is good to his wife and all that, but the cad has no union card.
44-06-17
17
Lamb To The Slaughter
N
44-06-17 Lowell Sun
11:30--WEEI-Casey, Press Photographer, sketch.
44-06-24
18
The Cinderella Girl
N
44-06-24 Lowell Sun
11:30--WEEI-Casey, Press Photographer, sketch.
44-07-01
19
Old Nobody
N
[CBS; Saturdays, 5:00 p.m.]

44-06-30 Albany Knickerbocker
"Casey, Press Photographer," saga of a guy whose life is built around a flash bulb, moves to a new time tomorrow and will be heard at 5 p.m. instead of 11:30 p.m. on WOKO.
44-07-08
20
The Case of The Self-Made Hero
N
[ Moves to an earlier time; Rebroadcast of 44-03-18 (?) ]

44-07-15
21
A Picture of Murder
N
44-07-15 Charleston Gazette
5:00—Casey, Press Photog, Drama—cbs
44-07-22
22
Danger Prefers Blondes
N
44-07-22 Coshocton Tribune
5 p.m.
WBNS—"Casey Press Photographer."
44-07-29
23
One of The Family
N
44-07-29 Arizona Republic
3:00—Casey. Press Photographer' cbs-koy
44-08-05
24
The Last Beat
N
44-08-05 Coshocton Tribune
5 p.m.
WBNS—"Casey Press Photographer."
44-08-12
25
Little Black Dog
N
44-08-12 Coshocton Tribune
5 p.m.
WBNS—"Casey Press Photographer."
44-08-19
26
Man Hunt
N
44-08-19 Coshocton Tribune
5 p.m.
WBNS—"Casey Press Photographer."
44-08-26
27
Victory Garden Murder
N
44-08-26 Coshocton Tribune
5 p.m.
WBNS—"Casey Press Photographer."
44-09-02
28
Gun Boy
N
44-09-02 Coshocton Tribune
5 p.m.
WBNS—"Casey Press Photographer."

44-09-02 New York Times
5:00-WABC--Casey, Press Photographer
44-09-09
29
The Birthday Present
N
44-09-09 New York Times
5:00-WABC--Casey, Press Photographer





44-09-12
30
The Case of The Laughing Dog
N
[CBS; Tuesdays, 11:30 p.m.]

44-09-12 Mason City Globe-Gazette
"CASEY, PRESS PHOTOGRAPHER," KGLO-CBS' adventure series on the excursions of a sleuthing newspaper lensman,
moves to a new day and hour as of Tuesday, when it is heard at 10:30 p.m. Based on the fictional character created by novelist George Harmon Coxe, the "Casey, Press Photographer" scripts are by mystery writer Alonzo Dean Cole. Staats Cotsworth plalys Casey, Alice Reinheart is Ann Williams, girl reporter, and John Gibson is Ethelbert, the naive bartender. Others heard regularly in supporting roles are Lon Clarke, Jackson Beck, Howard Smith, Ralph Bell. John Dietz is producer-director.

44-09-12 Gloversville Herald
At least three of the CBS programs are due to changing. Ted Husing transfers hise sport spot from Thursdays to 6:30; Service to the Front, previously heard on Friday nights, goes in at 10; and Casey, Press Photographer, who has been moving around quite a bit on request, now is being settled at 11:30 more or less permanently. He was on Saturday afternoon.

44-09-19
31
An Old Girlfriend
N
44-09-19 Mason City Globe-Gazette
JACK CASEY, sleuthing lensman, picks np , clue that leads to the root of a crime on KGLO-CBS' "Casey, Press Photographer," Tuesday at 10:30 p. m. Staats Cotsworth is Casey' John Dietz directs.
44-09-26
32
Anonymous Letter
N
44-09-26 Mason City Globe-Gazette
"CASEY" of the "Morning Express" covers an assignment for editor Burke and finds himself on the trail of a criminal on "Casey, Press- Photograpner". Tuesday, heard 'over KGLO-CBS at 10:30 p. m. Staats Cotsworth is "Casey" and Alice Reinheart is Ann Williams, his girl Friday.
44-10-03
33
Treatment For The Doctor
N
44-10-03 Naugatuck Daily News
11 :.30 p. m,
WABC - Press Photographer
44-10-10
34
Beaten By A Nose
N
44-10-10 Naugatuck Daily News
11 :.30 p. m,
WABC - Press Photographer
44-10-17
35
Bad Luck For Sale
N
44-10-17 El Paso Herald-Post
9:30—Casey, Press Photographer (CBS).
44-10-24
36
Hanged By The Neck
N
44-10-24 El Paso Herald-Post
9:30—Casey, Press Photographer (CBS).
44-10-31
37
The Diary Of Death
N
44-10-31 El Paso Herald-Post
9:30—Casey, Press Photographer (CBS).
44-11-07
--
--
[Pre-empted for Election Returns]

44-11-14
38
Picture And The Frame
N
44-11-21
39
Title Unknown
N
44-11-21 Mason City Globe-Gazette
JACK CASEY, newspaper camera ace brings excitement to the pages of the "Morning Express" when he covers and assignment on "Casey, Press Photographer," Tuesday, over KGLO-CBS at 10:30 p.m. Staats Cotsworth is Casey, Alice Reinheart is Ann Williams, girl reporter and Jack Beck is Lieut. ogan of the Homicide Squad. Direction is by John Dietz.
44-11-28
40
The Substitutes
N
44-11-28 Mason City Globe-Gazette
CASEY, intrepid newpapers lensman, scores a scoop and solves a crime on "Casey, Press Photographer," Tuesday, over KGLO-CBS at 10:30 p.m. Staats Cotsworth is Casey and Alice Reinheart is Ann Williams, girl reporter. John Dietz directs.
44-12-05
41
Trial Balloon
N
44-12-05 Mason City Globe-Gazette
CASEY, ace phtographer of the "Morning Express" and constant threat to inhabitants of the underworld, scores a scoop for his paper on "Casey, Press Photographer" Tuesday, at 10-30 p. m. Staats Cotsworth is Casey. John Dietz directs.
44-12-12
42
A Girl Named Kate
N
44-12-12 Mason City Globe-Gazette
CASEY SLEUTHING LENSMAN of The Morning Express, trips up a criminal with a camera click daring an exciting adventure
on KGLO-CBS' "Casey, Press Photographer" Tuesday, at 10-30 p. m. Alonzo Deen Cole Is the author of this episode. Direction is by John Dietz. Staats Cots worth plays the title role.
44-12-19
43
Group Photograph
N
44-12-26
44
The Unknown Caller
N
44-12-26 Mason City Globe-Gazette
THE SLEUTHING LENSMAN of the Morning Express tracks down the criminals with the aid of his trusty camera and the nerve of reporter Ann Williams, on KGLO-CBS' "Casey, Press Photographer," Tuesday, at 10:30 p.m. Staats Cotsworth is Casey, Alice Reinheart is Ann Williams, girl reporter. John Dietz directs.
45-01-02
45
Engagement Ring
N
45-01-02 Mason City Globe-Gazette
JACK CASEY, ace photographer of The Morning Express, aids Lieutenant Logan of the Homicide Squad trap a criminal on KGLO-CBS' "Casey, Press Photographer," Tuesday, at 10:30 p m Staats Cotsworth Is Casey.
45-01-09
46
Key To Room 424
N
45-01-16
47
The Professional Widow
N
45-01-16 Mason City Globe-Gazette
JACK CASEY, inquisitive newspaper photographer, gels involved in a series of exciting adventures when he stumbles into a criminal p!ot on KGLO-CBS' "Casey. Press Photographer," Tuesday, at 10:30 p. m. Staats Cotsworth is Casey
45-01-23
47
Beware of The Dog
N
45-01-23 Mason City Globe-Gazette
JACK CASEY, the inquiaitive newwpaper cameraman, scores a scoop for editor Burke of the "Morning Express" when he uncovers a criminal plot on "Casey, Press Photographer" Tuesday, at 10-30 p. m. Staats Cotsworth is Casey. John Dietz directs.
(A picture taken by Casey of his friends and himself is being offered to listeners).

45-01-23 New York Times
11:30-WABC--Casey. Press Photographer
45-01-30
--
--
[Pre-empted for The President's Ball]

45-01-30 New York Times
America Salutes the President's Birthday, With Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Edgar Bergen, Joan Edwards, Jack Benny, OthersWEAF, WOR, WJZ, WABC, WMCA, WHOM, WNEW, WOV, 11:15-12:15 A. M.; WINS, 11:15-11:45.
45-02-06
48
Don't Call The Cops
N
45-02-06 Albany Knickerbocker
"
Don't Call the Cops" is the "Casey, Press Photographer," vehicle on WOKO tonight at 11:30.
45-02-13
49
Suicide Note
N
45-02-13 Mason City Globe-Gazette
TUSSLE with lawbreakers provides an exciting interlude in the career of "Casey, Press Photographer," Tuesday, over KGLOBS al 10:30 p.m. Staats Cotsworth is the ambitious Casey, Alice {einhart is girl reporter Ann Williams and John Gibson is bartender Ethelbert. John Dletz directs.
45-02-20
50
Diamonds And Tombstones
N
45-02-20 Mason City Globe-Gazette
JACK CASEY of the "Morning Express, " embarks on a new adventure, aided by girl reporter Ann Williams, and Lieut. Logan of the Homicide Squad, on "Casey, Press Photographer," Tuesday, over KGLO-CBS at 10:30 p. m. Staats Cotsworth is the inquisitive cameraman. John Dietz produces.

45-02-27
--
--
[Pre-empted for Red Cross Special]

45-02-27
Mason City Globe-Gazette
A SPECIAL program in support of the American Red-Cross will be broadcast over KGLO-CBS Tuesday, at 10:30 p. m. John Mason Brown. Columbia's "Of Men and Books" critic, will be the narrator. Earle Mc Gill produces and directs.

45-02-27 New York Times
Red Cross Show: Play, "Many a Watchful Night," John Mason Brown, NarratorWABC, 11:30-12.
45-03-06
51
Complete Acquittal
N
45-03-06 Mason City Globe-Gazette
JACK CASEY, the inquisitive newspape *r photographer, leads himJ self and his friends to the solution of another underworld plot on KGLO-CBS' "Casey, Press Photographer" Tuesday, at 10-30 p. m. Staats Cotsworth is Casey. Scripts are by ace mystery writer Alonzo Deen Cole. John Dietz produces
45-03-13
52
The Picture In The Park
N
[Repeat of the Flashgun Casey script of 43-10-14]

45-03-13 Mason City Globe-Gazette
KGLO-CBS
10:30 Casey, Press Photographer
45-03-20
53
Incredible Evidence
N
45-03-20 Mason City Globe-Gazette
KGLO-CBS
10:30 Casey, Press Photographer
45-03-27
54
The White Monster
N
45-03-27 Mason City Globe-Gazette
KGLO-CBS
10:30 Casey, Press Photographer
45-04-03
55
The Impossible Crime
N
45-04-03 Mason City Globe-Gazette
KGLO-CBS
10:30 Casey, Press Photographer
45-04-10
56
Account Settled
N
45-04-10 Mason City Globe-Gazette
KGLO-CBS
10:30 Casey, Press Photographer
45-04-17
57
Outline In Clay
N
45-04-17 Mason City Globe-Gazette
KGLO-CBS
10:30 Casey, Press Photographer
45-04-24
58
Gambler's Luck
N
45-04-24 Mason City Globe-Gazette
KGLO-CBS
10:30 Casey, Press Photographer
45-05-01
59
The Killer's Kid
N
[Repeat of the Flashgun Casey script of 43-11-20]

45-05-01 Mason City Globe-Gazette
KGLO-CBS
10:30 Casey, Press Photographer
45-05-08
60
Title Unknown
N
45-05-08 Mason City Globe-Gazette
KGLO-CBS
10:30 Casey, Press Photographer
45-05-15
61
Free Confession
N
45-05-15 Albany Knickerbocker
Bedtime drama in the "Casey, Press Photographer," fashion (WOKO-11:39)

45-05-15
Mason City Globe-Gazette
CASEY. lensman with a nose for crime news, tangles with the v mob in "Free Confession." on "Casey, Press Photographer," Tuesday, over KGLO-CBS at 10:30 p. m. Based on a fictional character created by novelist George Harmon Coxe, "Casey" is written for radio by Alonzo Been Cole. Staats Cotsworth plays the title role and John Dietz directs.
45-05-22
62
The Unexpected Guest
N
45-05-22 Mason City Globe-Gazette
KGLO-CBS
10:30 Casey, Press Photographer
45-05-29
63
A Degree Of Arson
N
45-05-29 Mason City Globe-Gazette
KGLO-CBS
10:30 Casey, Press Photographer
45-06-05
64
The Invisible Man
N
45-06-05 Mason City Globe-Gazette
KGLO-CBS
10:30 Casey, Press Photographer
45-06-12
65
The Strange Case Of Mr. Strange
N
45-06-12 Mason City Globe-Gazette
KGLO-CBS
10:30 Casey, Press Photographer
45-06-19
66
Vacation In Maine
N
45-06-19 Mason City Globe-Gazette
KGLO-CBS
10:30 Casey, Press Photographer
45-06-26
67
Man Overboard
N
[Repeat of the Casey, Press Photographer script of 44-03-11]

45-06-26 Mason City Globe-Gazette
KGLO-CBS
10:30 Casey, Press Photographer





Crime Photographer [1945-1947]

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
45-07-11
1
The Cat's Paw
N
[Wednesdays, 9:00 p.m]

45-07-11 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Crime Photographer--WBBM: Staats Cotsworth stars in mystery series.
45-07-18
2
Uncle John
Double Cross
N
45-07-18 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Crime Photographer (WBBM): solves murder of "
Uncle John."

45-07-18 New York PM Daily
9:00 WABC: Crime Photographer--Staates Cotsworth: "
Double Cross"
45-07-25
3
Double Cross
N
[ Betty Furnewss as Ann Williams]

45-07-25 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Crime Photographer (WBBM):
with Staats Cottsworth and Betty Furness.
45-08-01
4
The Retired Camera
N
45-08-01 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Crime Photographer (WBBM):
unearths the clue that foils a criminal plot.
45-08-08
5
Danger For Blondes
N
45-08-08 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Crime Photographer (WBBM): newspaperman on the trail of crime with his camera and a girl reporter.
45-08-15
6
The Bird Expert
N
45-08-15 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Crime Photographer (WBBM): unearths a clue that smashes a criminal plot.
45-08-22
7
Hot Ice
N
45-08-29 Mason City Globe-Gazette
KTGLO-CBS' "Crime Photographer" embarks on another adventure in the world of crime and intrigue, accompanied by reporter Ann Williams. Wednesday, at 8 p. m. Photographer Jack Casey usually manages to nab his man with the evidence that comes to lisht in the dark room.
45-08-29
8
A Tiger On The Loose
N
45-08-29 Mason City Globe-Gazette
JACK CASEY, the inquisitive newspaper cameraman, gets himself involved in an exciting adventure in which he solves a crime and nabs the culprits on "Crime Photographer," Wednesday at 8 p.m. over KGLO-CBS. Staats Cotsworth is Casey
45-09-05
9
The Chamber of Horrors
N
45-09-12
10
Gun Boy
N
Repeat of the Casey, Press Photographer script of 44-09-02
45-09-19
11
A Walk In The Rain
N
45-09-26
12
Death Insurance
N
45-10-03
13
One of The Family
N
Repeat of the Casey, Press Photographer script of 44-07-29
45-10-06
14
Title Unknown
N
[ Moves to Saturdays, various times]

45-10-13
--
--
No Broadcast
45-10-20
--
--
No Broadcast
45-10-27
15
Cupid Is A Killer
N
45-11-03
16
The Case of The Battered Playboy
N
45-11-10
17
The Last of The Faraday's
N
45-11-17
18
The Little Man Who Wasn't There
N
Repeat of the Casey, Press Photographer script of 44-05-27
45-11-24
19
Strictly Confidential
N
45-12-01
20
No Evidence
N
45-12-10
21
The Considerate Burglar
N
[Mondays, 10:30 p.m.]

45-12-10 Albany Knickerbocker
Addition of Casey, "Crime Photographer," to the WOKO schedule tonight sets the stage for two solid hours of drama. The radio story parade begins tonight at 9 with the Lux Radio Theatre presentation, "Guest Wife," starring Olivia de Havilland and Don Ameche. At 10 o'clock, Screen Guild Players will present Gary Cooper in "Along Came Jones," the western yarn he produced and in which he starred. At 10:30, "Casey" steps up to the microphone with a fascinating newspaper tale.

45-12-17
22
Death of A Rattlesnake
N
45-12-24
23
Two New $100 Bills
N
45-12-31
24
A Date With Hester
N
46-01-07
25
Earned Reward
N
46-01-14
26
The Finger Of Death
N
46-01-21
27
The Fighting Fool
N
46-01-28
28
Iron Mike
N
46-02-04
29
The Prince Of Darkness
N
46-02-11
30
Killers Can Be Beautiful
N
46-02-18
31
Title Unknown
N
46-02-25
32
Graveyard Gertie
N
46-03-04
33
Motive For Murder
N





46-03-12
34
Beaten By A Nose
N
[Tuesdays, 10:00 p.m.
Repeat of the Casey, Press Photographer script of 44-10-10]

46-03-12 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Crime Photographer (WBBM):
return of series on adventures of a crime-busting newspaper lensman.
46-03-19
35
Family Argument
N
46-03-26
36
Buccaneer's Cove
N
46-04-02
37
The Body Was Buried Deep
N
46-04-09
38
Title Unknown
N
[Pre-empted in some outlets]

46-04-16
39
Title Unknown
N
[Pre-empted in some outlets]

46-04-23
40
The Joker
N
46-04-30
41
The Butterfly
N
46-05-07
42
The Man That Nobody Liked
N
46-05-14
43
Title Unknown
N
46-05-21
44
Title Unknown
N
46-05-28
45
Title Unknown
N





46-06-03
46
The Reunion
N
[Mondays, 8:30 p.m.;
Takes Joan Davis Show timeslot for the Summer
Lesley Woods as Ann Williams
Alonzo Deen Cole as Writer]

46-06-10
47
Mr. Big
N
46-06-17
48
Social Afternoon
N
46-06-24
49
The Poker Game
N
46-07-01
50
Bloodless Murder
N
46-07-08
51
The Man Called John Doe
N
[Repeat of the Flashgun Casey script of 44-02-12]

46-07-15
52
Tooth For Tooth
Y
[Announces commmercial sponsorship as of 46-08-08, and break until 46-08-08]

46-07-15 Wisconsin State Journal
6:30 Crime Photographer--WBBM
46-07-22
53
A Girl Named Kate
N
[Repeat of the Casey, Press Photographer script of 44-12-12]

49-07-21 Gloversville Herald
With so many big name programs on vacation, it gave Crime Photographer the chance to hit second. It was followed in order by District Attorney, Mr. Keen, Big Story, Louella Parsons, Henry Morgan, Horace Heidt, First Nighter and Stop the Music.

46-07-22 Wisconsin State Journal
6:30 Crime Photographer--WBBM
46-07-29
--
--
[No Broadcast]

46-07-29 Wisconsin State Journal - 6:30 State Senator--WBBM
46-08-01
--
--
46-08-01 Wisconsin State Journal
Hobby Lobby--WBBM
46-08-08
54
Three Sapphires
N
[Thursdays, 9:30 p.m.
Begin Anchor Hocking Glass sponsorship]

46-08-08 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Crime Photographer (WBBM):
new time and day; series features Staats Cotsworth and Lesley Woods.
46-08-15
55
Unlucky Day
N
46-08-15 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Crime Photographer (WBBM): unearths a clue that smashes a criminal plot.
46-08-22
56
The Fat Lady Dies
N
46-08-22 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 Crime Photographer--WBBM
46-08-29
57
The Red Raincoat
Y
46-08-29 Wisconsin State Journal - 7:30 p.m.--Crime Photographer (WBBM): seeks a killer who got the wrong victim.
46-09-05
58
The Handkerchief
Y
46-09-05 Wisconsin State Journal
8:00 Crime Photographer--WBBM
46-09-12
59
Johnny's Got A Gun
Johnnie's Got A Gun
N
46-09-12 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Crime Photographer (WBBM):
madman helps newspaper cameraman capture killer who has committed "perfect crime."
46-09-19
60
The Duke of Skid Row
Y
46-09-19 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Crime Photographer (WBBM): solves the murder of a panhandling duke in "
The Duke of Skid Row."
46-09-26
61
The Bronze Peacock
N
46-09-26 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Crime Photographer (WBBM): "
The Bronze Peacock."
46-10-03
62
Happy Birthday to You
N
46-10-03 Wisconsin State Journal - 8:30 p.m.--Crime Photographer (WBBM): plays ghost to capture a murder in "Happy Birthday to You."
46-10-10
63
The Carved Bed
N
47-10-10 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Crime Photographer (WBBM): "
Carved Bed."
46-10-17
64
The Tip-Off
N
6-10-17 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Crime Photographer (WBBM): "
The Tip-Off."
46-10-24
65
The Prison Break
N
46-10-24 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Crime Photographer (WBBM): "
Prison Break."
46-10-31
66
Halloween Story
N
[ Halloween program]

46-10-31 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Crime Photographer (WBBM): "
Hallowe'en Story."

46-10-31 Gloversville Herald
It being that kind of a day, the Crime Photographer will put on a "
Halloween Story" for CBS at 9:30.

46-11-07
67
Missing Persons
N
46-11-07 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Crime Photographer (WBBM): "
Missing Persons.'
46-11-14
68
The Cuckoo
N
46-11-14 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Crime Photographer (WBBM): "
The Cuckoo."
46-11-21
69
The Lighted Tomb
The Searchlight And The Tomb
N
46-11-21 Wisconsin State Journal - 8:30 p.m.--Crime Photographer (WBBM): "The Lighted Tomb."
46-11-28
70
Happy Thanksgiving
The Thanksgiving Dinner
N
[Thanksgiving program]

46-11-28 Wisconsin State Journal - 8:30 p.m.--Crime Photographer (WBBM): "Happy Thanksgiving."
46-12-05
71
Room 1110
N
46-12-05 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 Crime Photog. WBBM
46-12-12
72
Dangerous Characters
N
46-12-12 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Crime Photographer (WBBM): "
Dangerous Characters."

46-12-19
73
Christmas Shopping

Y
[ Christmas program]

46-12-19 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Crime Photographer (WBBM): "Christmas Shopping."
46-12-26
74
Buried Evidence
N
46-12-26 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Crime Photographer (WBBM): "
Buried Evidence."

46-12-26 Brooklyn Eagle
9:30— Crime Photographer. "
Buried Evidence." WCBS.
47-01-02
75
The Last of The Faradays
N
[Repeat of the Crime Photographer script of 45-11-10]

47-01-02 Wisconsin State Journal
8:15 p.m.--Crime Photographer (WBBM): "
The Last of the Faradays."
47-01-09
76
Dead Pigeon
N
7-01-09 Wisconsin State Journal - 8:30 p.m.--Crime Photographer (WBBM): "Dead Pigeon."
47-01-16
77
The Surprising Corpse
Y
47-01-16 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Crime Photographer (WBBM): "
The Surprising Corpse."
47-01-23
78
The Paymaster
The Purloined Payroll
N
7-01-23 Wisconsin State Journal - 8:30 p.m.--Crime Photographer (WBBM): "The Paymaster."
47-01-30
79
Held For Ransom
N
47-01-30 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Crime Photographer (WBBM): "
Held for Ransom."
47-02-06
80
The Grey Kitten
Y
47-02-13
81
Please Be My Valentine
N
[Valentine's Day program]

47-02-13 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Crime Photographer (WBBM): "
Please Be My Valentine."
47-02-20
82
Twenty Minute Alibi
Y
47-02-20 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Crime Photographer (WBBM): "
Twenty Minute Alibi."
47-02-27
83
The Redheaded Kid
N
47-02-27 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Crime Photographer (WBBM): "
The Redheaded Kid."
47-03-06
84
The Mysterious Lodger
Y
[Lesley Woods]

47-03-06 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Crime Photographer (WBBM): "
The Mysterious Lodger."
47-03-13
85
Undercover Man
N
47-03-13 Wisconsin State Journal - 8:30 p.m.--Crime Photographer (WBBM): "Undercover Man."





Casey, Crime Photographer [1947-1950]

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
47-03-20
1
The Demon Miner

Y
[ Premiere Episode ]

Starring Staats Cotsworth and Lesley Woods as Ann Williams
CBS;
Thursdays, 9:30 p.m.


47-03-20 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Crime Photographer (WBBM): "
The Demon Miner."
47-03-27
2
Blood Compact
Blood Pact
N
47-03-27 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Crime Photographer (WBBM): "
Blood Compact."
47-04-03
3
The Girl On The Dock
N
47-04-03 Wisconsin State Journal
830 p.m.--Crime Photographer (WBBM): "
Girl on the Dock."
47-04-10
4
The Ugly Duckling
N
47-04-10 Wisconsin State Journal - 830 p.m.--Crime Photographer (WBBM): "The Ugly Duckling."
47-04-17
5
Box of Death

The Billboard of April 19th 1947 cites the rationale for Jan Miner replacing Lesley Woods as Ann Williams.
The Billboard of April 19th 1947 cites the rationale for Jan Miner replacing Lesley Woods as Ann Williams.

Y
[Jan Miner heard as Ann Williams]

47-04-17 Wisconsin State Journal
830 Crime Photog. WBBM
47-04-24
6
The Gentle Strangler
Y
47-04-24 Wisconsin State Journal
830 p.m.--Crime Photographer (WBBM): meets "
The Gentle Strangler."
47-05-01
7
King of The Apes
Y
47-05-01 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Crime Photographer (WBBM):
orangutangs kill trainer.
47-05-08
8
The Case of The Laughing Killer
The Laughing Killer
Y
47-05-08 Wisconsin State Journal - 7:30 p.m.--Crime Photographer (WBBM): "The Case of the Laughing Killer."
47-05-15
9
Mad Dog
N
47-05-15 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 Crime Photog WBBM
47-05-22
10
Pick-Up
Y
47-05-21 Corning Evening Leader
Thursday CBS--8:30, Crime Photographer "
Pick Up."

47-05-22 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 Crime Photog WBBM
47-05-29
11
Out of The Past
N
47-05-29 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 Crime Photog WBBM
47-06-05
12
The Haunted House
N
47-06-05 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 Crime Photog WBBM
47-06-12
13
In The Sweet Name Of Charity
N
47-06-12 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 Crime Photog WBBM
47-06-19
14
Find The Papers
N
47-06-19 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Crime Photographer (WBBM):
Aunt Harriet helps solve a mystery.
47-06-26
15
Package For Annie
N
47-06-26 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 Crime Photog WBBM

47-06-26 Brooklyn Eagle
9:30— Crime Photographer. "
A Package for Annie." WCBS.
47-07-03
16
Acquitted
Y
47-07-03 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 Crime Photog WBBM
47-07-10
17
Lady Killer
Y
47-07-10 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 Crime Photog WBBM
47-07-17
18
Photo of The Dead
Y
[Repeat of the Crime Photographer script of 44-03-18]

47-07-17 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Crime Photographer (WBBM):
debunks a swami.
47-07-24
19
Self-Made Hero
Photo of The Dead
Y
47-07-24 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 Crime Photog WBBM
47-07-31
20
Bright New Stars
Bright New Star
Y
47-07-31 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 Crime Photog WBBM

49-07-31 Brooklyn Eagle
9:30—Crime Photographer. "
Bright New Stars." WCBS.
47-08-07
21
Death In Lover's Lane
Y
[Ethelbert says it's the Thursday, the 7th, the one year aniversary of Anchor Hocking Glass sponsorship]

47-08-07 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Crime Photographer (WBBM): "
Death in Lover's Lane."
47-08-14
22
The Chivalrous Gunman
Y
47-08-14 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 Crime Photog WBBM
47-08-21
23
The Busman's Holiday
Y
47-08-21 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Crime Photographer (WBBM):
clears gambler in playboy's death.
47-08-28
24
Hide-Out
Y
47-08-28 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 Crime Photog WBBM
47-09-04
25
Loaded Dice
Y
47-09-04 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Crime Photographer (WBBM):
playboy murdered after high-stake gambling.
47-09-11
26
Graveyard Gertie
Y
[Repeat of the Crime Photographer script of 46-02-25]

47-09-11 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 Crime Photog WBBM
47-09-18
27
The Tobacco Pouch
Y
47-09-18 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 Crime Photog WBBM
47-09-25
28
Treasure Cave
Y
47-09-25 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 Crime Photog WBBM
47-10-02
29
Miscarriage of Justice
Y
47-10-02 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 Crime Photographer WBBM
47-10-09
30
Wedding Breakfast
Y
47-10-09 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 Crime Photographer WBBM
47-10-16
31
The Camera Bug
Y
47-10-16 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 Crime Photographer WBBM
47-10-23
32
Lady In Distress
Y
47-10-23 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Crime Photographer (WBBM): "
Lady In Distress."
47-10-30
33
Great-Grandfather's Rent Receipt
Y
47-10-30 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Crime Photographer (WBBM):
ghostly adventure of Irish grandfather.
47-11-06
34
The Blonde's Lipstick
Y
47-11-06 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 Crime Photographer WBBM
47-11-13
35
Too Many Angels
Y
47-11-13 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 Crime Photographer WBBM
47-11-20
36
Earned Reward
Y
[Repeat of the Crime Photographer script of 46-01-07]

47-11-20 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 Crime Photographer WBBM


47-11-27
37
After Turkey - The Bill

Y
[Thanksgiving program]

47-11-27 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Crime Photographer (WBBM): "
After Turkey--The Bill."
47-12-04
38
The Serpent Goddess
Y
47-12-04 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Crime Photographer (WBBM): "
The Serpent Goddess."
47-12-11
39
The New Will
Y
47-12-11 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Crime Photographer (WBBM): "
The New Will."
47-12-18
40
The Life of The Party
Y
47-12-18 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Crime Photographer (WBBM): "
Life of the Party."
47-12-25
41
The Santa Claus of Bums Blvd.
Y
[ Christmas program]

47-12-24 Wisconsin State Journal
Thursday 8:30 Crime Photographer WBBM
48-01-01
42
Hot New Year's Party
Y
[ New Year program]

48-01-01 Wisconsin State Journal
Thursday 8:30 Crime Photographer WBBM
48-01-08
43
Queen of The Amazons
Y
48-01-15
44
The Miracle
Y
48-01-22
45
Ex-Convict
Y
48-01-29
46
The Piggy Bank Robbery
Y
48-02-05
47
Music To Die By
Y
48-02-12
48
Key Witness
Y
48-02-12 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Crime Photographer (WBBM):
becomes key witness to roadhouse homicide.
48-02-19
49
Witchcraft
Y
48-02-19 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Crime Photographer (WBBM):
witchcraft in the Ozarks.
48-02-26
50
The Fix
Y
48-03-04
51
Tough Guy
Y
48-03-04 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 Crime Photographer WBBM
48-03-11
52
Fog

From the March 13th 1948 Billboard,Toni (home permanent) considered sponsoring a Fall Season of Philip Marlowe, Private Detective, but apparently pulled out after Van Heflin declined to pursue a full season as Philip Marlowe. Toni soon after reversed its position on sponsoring Casey, Crime Photographer.
From the March 13th 1948 Billboard,Toni (home permanent) considered sponsoring a Fall Season of Philip Marlowe, Private Detective, but apparently pulled out after Van Heflin declined to pursue a full season as Philip Marlowe. Toni soon after reversed its position on sponsoring Casey, Crime Photographer.

Y
48-03-11 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Crime Photographer (WBBM):
robbery and murder at a society ball.
48-03-18
53
Murder In Black And White
Y
48-03-18 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Crime Photographer (WBBM):
tough prize-fighter's death starts murder hunt

48-03-25
54
Blind Justice
Y
[Anchor Hocking Sponsorship Ends]

48-03-25 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Crime Photographer (WBBM): The lawyer and "Blind Justice."
48-04-01
55
Sleeping Dogs Awake
N
[Toni Sponsorship begins in some markets; see Billboard review above]

48-04-01 Wisconsin State Journal
WBBM 8:30 Crime Photog.
48-04-08
56
A Present For Percy
N
48-04-15
57
The Considerate Burglar
N
[Repeat of the Crime Photographer script of 45-12-10]

48-04-22
58
You Die Today
N
48-04-29
59
Half Guilty
N
48-05-06
60
'X' Marks The Spot
N
48-05-04 Corning Evening Leader
Jack Benny's rating in the Hooper program poll still is fluctuating. This time he's in sixth place, the lowest point he has hit since his transfer to CBS. Amos and Andy, who follow Benny on the air, didn't make the first 15. In the mid-April report they were tenth. Another CBS feature, Radio Theatre, went back into first place as Walter Wincheli dropped to second. Fibber and Molly climbed into third again, My Friend Irma gained fourth and Godfrey's Talent Scouts moved up to fifth.
In seventh was Crime Photographer, followed in order by Bob Hope, People Are Funny and Suspense to complete the first ten.
48-05-13
61
Dead Man's Fortune
N
48-05-20
62
My Brother's Keeper
N
48-05-27
63
Gun Wanted
Wanted -- A Gun
N
48-06-03
64
Murderers, Ltd.
N
48-06-10
65
Letters From Mexico
N
48-06-17
66
Wife Number Eight
N
48-06-24
67
No Tears For Terry
N
48-07-01
68
Missing Heiress
N
48-07-08
69
Old Joe
N
48-07-15
70
Farewell Performance
N
48-07-22
71
In For Trouble
N
48-07-29
72
Man Hater
N
48-08-05
73
Pattern For Murder
N
48-08-12
74
The Pirates
N
48-08-19
75
On The Record
N
48-08-26
76
Kangaroo Court
Kangeroo Court
N
48-08-26 Brooklyn Eagle
9:30— Crime Photographer. "
Kangaroo Court." WCBS.
48-09-02
77
Our Feathered Friend
My Little Feathered Friends
N
48-09-02 Broolyn Eagle
9:30—Crime Photographer '
Our Feathered Friend."' WCBS.
48-09-09
78
Winning Streak
N
48-09-16
79
Two Thousand Suspects
2,000 Suspects
N
48-09-23
80
Finger Man
N
48-09-30
81
A Poison Pen
N
48-10-07
82
Old Blankety Blank
N
48-10-14
--
--
[Pre-empted for Governor Dewey Campaign speech]

48-10-21
83
Only Saps Work For Wages
N
48-10-28
84
Election Bet
N
48-11-04
85
The Ghost-Seekers
N
48-11-11
86
The Mystery Man
N
48-11-18
87
String Of Beads
N
48-11-25
88
Holiday
Y
[Toni Sponsorship heard
Announcer, Bill Cullen]

48-12-02
89
Deadline for Death
The Wild Man
N
48-12-09
90
The Genius
N
48-12-16
91
Blackout
N
48-12-23
92
Two Days Before Christmas
N
[ Christmas program]

48-12-23 Brooklyn Eagle
9:30—Crime Photographer, Staats Cotsworth. "Two Days Before Christmas." WCBS.
48-12-30
93
Meet The Wife
N
48-12-30 Rochester Democrat
WHEC
9:30—Crime Photographer, "Meet the Wife."
49-01-06
94
The Box Of Ashes
N
49-01-13
95
The Tiger
Tiger On The Loose
N
[Repeat of the Crime Photographer script of 45-08-29]

49-01-20
96
Action Photograph
N
49-01-27
97
Pick Up Your Marbles
N
49-02-03
98
Unwelcome Party
N
49-02-10
99
The Grandson of Mr. Smith
N
49-02-17
100
The Chinese Room
N
49-02-24
101
Blood Money
N
49-03-03
102
You Are The Killer
N
49-03-10
103
Scene of The Crime
Y
[Toni Sponsorship heard]

49-03-10 Brooklyn Eagle
9:30—Crime Photographer, Staats Cotsworth. 'Scene of The Crime." WCBS.
49-03-17
104
An Attempt To Murder
N
49-03-24
105
Terror
N
49-03-31
106
I'll See You Hanged
N
49-04-07
107
Murder In The Air
N
49-04-14
108
Too Many Knives
N
49-03-10 Brooklyn Eagle
9:30—Crime Photographer, Staats Cotsworth. 'Too Many Knives."
49-04-21
109
Rest Cure
N
49-04-28
110
Death From The Dead
N
49-05-05
111
The Wolverine
Y
49-05-12
112
Booby Trap
N
49-05-19
113
Cupid Is A Killer
Y
[Repeat of the Crime Photographer script of 45-10-27; Toni Sponsorship heard]

49-05-26
114
Return From The Grave
N
49-06-02
115
Brotherly Hate
N
49-06-09
116
Deadline--Midnight
N
49-06-16
117
Notice To The Public
N
49-06-23
118
Murder From Mexico
The Lily
N
49-06-23 Brooklyn Eagle
9:30— Crime Photographer. "
Murder From Mexico." -Staats Cotsworth. WCBS.
49-06-30
119
The Lily
N
49-07-07
120
Murder Farm
N
49-07-07 Olean Times-Herald
Columbia--9:30--Crime Photographer
Murder Farm
49-07-14
121
Crazy Like A Fox
N
49-07-14 Brooklyn Eagle
9:30--Casey Crime Photographer, "
Crazy Like a Fox." WCBS
49-07-21
122
Durable Dennis
N
[Can be verified by the announcement at the end of the Escape program of 49-07-21, "Action"]

49-07-28
123
Murder-Go-Round
N
49-07-28 Brookyn Eagle
9:30—Crime Photographer, "
Murder-Go-Round," WCBS.


49-08-04
124
Sell Out
Y
[Philip Morris Sponsorship begins in some markets; Ken Roberts announcing for Philip Morris]

Broadway Is My Beat announces
'Sell-Out' later that night during its 49-08-04 airing of "The Case of the Record that Lied"

Escape program of 49-08-04 announces "
Sell-Out" as the Casey Crime Photographer episode to follow next.

49-08-04 Brooklyn Eagle
9:30— Crime Photographer. "
Sell Out." -Staats' Cotsworth. WCBS..
49-08-11
125
Death of A Stranger
Y
49-08-11 Brooklyn Eagle
9:30—Crime Photographer, "
Death of a Stranger." Staats Cotsworth, WCBS.

49-08-18
126
Big Danger
N
49-08-18 Brooklyn Eagle
9:30— Crime Photographer. "
Big Danger." -Staats' Cotsworth. WCBS.
49-08-25
127
Snowball
N
49-09-01
128
Scrubwoman
N
49-09-08
129
Peace Mission
N
49-09-15
130
Mausoleum Avenger
The Maniac
N
49-09-22
131
The Blackmailer
N
49-09-29
132
Unstandard Model
N
49-10-06
133
The Weasel
N
49-10-13
134
Museum of Murder
N
49-10-20
135
The Coffin
N
49-10-27
136
The Vampire
N
[Provisional Title]

49-11-03
137
The Fall of The Cards
Fall of The Cards
N
49-11-03 Brooklyn Eagle
9:30—Crime Photographer. 'The Fall of The Cards." Staats Cotsworth, WCBS.
49-11-10
138
Thunderbolt
N
49-11-17
139
The Upholsterer
N
49-11-17 Brooklyn Eagle
9:30—Crime Photographer. 'The Upholsterer." Staats Cotsworth, WCBS.

49-11-17 San Antonio Express
LENSMAN CASEY FOLLOWS AN UNorthodox hunch to solve a baffling series of unsolved homicides, and gets an exclusive story and pictures of "
The Upholsterer" case, on CBS' "Crime Photographer" Thursday over KSTSA-CBS at 8:30 p.m. Staats Cotsworth stars as Casey, with Jan Miner as reporter Ann Williams and Bernard Lenrow as Police Captain Logan. John Dietz produces and directs. Alonzo Deen Cole writes the series. KTSA--8:30 P.M.
49-11-24
140
Gift For Thanksgiving
N
[ Thanksgiving program]

49-12-01
141
Murder At Auction
N
49-12-08
142
Witness For The Prosecution
N
49-12-15
143
Appointment For Murder
N
49-12-22
144
A Picture
N
49-12-29
145
The Chiseler
N
50-01-05
146
Justice
N
49-01-12
147
Love Story
N
50-01-19
148
Wanted: A Gun
N
50-01-19 Brooklyn Eagle
9:30—Crime Photographer. 'Wanted: A Gun." Staats Cotsworth, WCBS.
50-01-26
149
Unsolved Murder
N
50-02-02
150
Four Forefingers
N
50-02-09
151
Big Bad Hunch
The Bad Hunch
N
50-02-09 Watertown Daily Times
A hunch is just an unharnessed form of telepathy, says "Crime Photographer" when he has a premotion that bad luck is on the way, then has his camera shot out of his hands, in "The Big Bad Hunch" tonight at 9:30 over WWNY and Columbia.
50-02-16
152
The Girl Hitch-Hiker
N
50-02-23
153
The Jinx
N
50-02-23 Watertown Daily Times
When lensman casey and reporter Ann Williams read a newspaper advertisement offering the services of a HooDoo, they set out to put the whammy on an aged, eccentric dealer in "
The Jinx" on "Crime Photographer" tonight at 9:30 over WWNY and CBS.

50-03-02
154
Bad Little Babe
N
50-03-09
155
The Quarrel
N
50-03-09 Brooklyn Eagle
9:30—Crime Photographer. "The Quarrel," Staats Cotsworth, WCBS.
50-03-16
156
Platonic Friendship
N
50-03-16 Brooklyn Eagle
9:30—Crime Photographer. 'Platonic Friendship." Staats Cotsworth, WCBS.
50-03-23
157
The Rest Cure Murder
N
50-03-30
158
Death Calls A Number
N
50-04-06
159
The Fire
N
50-04-13
160
Unwelcome Passenger
The Disappearance of Mr. Dizzel
N
50-04-20
161
Junior Bad Man
N
50-04-27
162
Dead Pigeon
N
[Repeat of the Crime Photographer script of 47-01-19]

50-05-04
163
The Suicide
N
50-05-11
164
The Diamonds of Mrs. Divonne
N
50-05-18
165
The Buried Treasure
N
50-05-25
166
Doll Face
N
50-05-27 New York Age
Herman Chittison Proves Fan Getter on CBS Show - Herman Chittison, the popular and versatile pianist who has been a basic part of the "Casey, Crime Photographer" show on C.B.S., is the leader when it comes to drawing voluminous fan mail. Week after week, requests for Chittison's picture come into Columbia from people all over the country, and he is deluged quite regularly with mail and Christmas presents. George Harmon Coxe, the originator of hte "Casey" idea, wrote Chittison into his show after hearing him play at the Rohan Bleu. Herman plays the part of "Ernie," a pianist in the mythical "Blue Note Cafe" which the characters in the sketch frequent. He does almost no talking, but plenty of playing, vital to the mood and atmosphere created by the script. Besides his part in this program, the well-known musician leads his own trio at the Blue Angel, and recently signed a contract with Columbia Records.
50-06-01
167
Death Threat
N
50-06-08
168
Unknown Passenger
N
50-06-15
169
Unlucky Numbers
N
50-06-22
170
The Freak House
N
50-06-29
171
The Master Mind
N
50-07-06 Brooklyn Eagle
9:30— Crime Photographer. "
The Master Mind." -Staats' Cotsworth. WCBS.
50-07-06
172
The Collision
N
50-07-13 Brooklyn Eagle
9:30— Crime Photographer. "
Collision." -Staats' Cotsworth. WCBS.





50-07-13
173
Murder At The Yacht Club
N
[Begin Eighth Season of Crime Photographer]

50-07-13 Brooklyn Eagle
9:30— Crime Photographer. "
Murder At the Yacht Club." Staats' Cotsworth. WCBS.

50-07-13 San Antonio Express
Crime Photographer, KTSA, 8:30 p.m.--Lensman Casey inagurates the eighth year of his exciting role as C.B.S.'s "Crime Photographer" with an assignment to cover a very special social summer dance, and is precipitated into the mystery of "
Murder at the Yacht Club."
50-07-20
174
The Lorelei Killer
N
50-07-20 San Antonio Express
Crime Photographer, KTSA, 8:30 p.m.--Reporter Ann Williams is trapped by a dangerous suspect as she and the CBS "Crime Photographer" trail "
The Lorelei Killer."
50-07-27
175
The Lorelei Killer
The Red Hots
N
50-07-27 Brooklyn Eagle
9:30— Crime Photographer. "
The Lorelei Killer." -Staats Cotsworth. WCBS.
50-08-02
176
Written In Blood
N
50-08-03
176
Written In Blood
N
50-08-03 San Antonio Express
Crime Photographer, KTSA, 8:30 p.m.--
When Lensman Casey turns amateur cop, witholding evidence in the hope of obtaining further information, he finds both police and criminals threatening him.
50-08-10
177
Liebestod
Love Death
N
50-08-10 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Crime Photographer (WBBM): "
Liebestod" is background for murder.
50-08-17
178
Gun Crazy
N
50-08-24
179
The Woman With Golden Hair
N
50-08-31
180
The Fatal Visitor
N
50-08-31 Brooklyn Eagle
9:30— Crime Photographer. "
The Fatal Visitor." Staats Cotsworth. WCBS.
50-09-07
181
The Mascot
N
50-09-14
182
Hit And Run
N
50-09-21
183
Inside Job
N
50-09-28
184
The Man Of Mystery
N
50-10-05
185
Alibi
N
50-10-12
186
The Eyes Of Death
N
50-10-19
187
A Scheme For Liquidation
N
50-10-26
188
On The Spot
N
50-11-02
189
The Deadly Wolf
N
50-11-09
190
Woman of Mystery
N
50-11-09 San Antonio Express
Crime Photographer, KTSA, 8:30 p.m.--Delving into the history of deadly weapons, Lensman Casey confounds police with his solution of a tangled homicide case in the "
Woman of Mystery" adventure.
50-11-16
191
The Upholsterer
N
[Repeat of the Crime Photographer script of 49-11-17]






Crime Photographer [1954]

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
54-01-13
1
The Road Angel
Y
[ Crime Photographer returns; Wednesdays, 9:00 p.m.]

54-01-13 Yonkers Herald-Statesman
9:00—WCBS, "Crime Photographer":
tracks down girl hitch-hicker in first of new series.
54-01-20
2
Source of Information
Y
54-01-27
3
Title Unknown
N
54-02-03
4
Title Unknown
N
54-02-10
5
Title Unknown
N
54-02-17
6
Title Unknown
N
54-02-24
7
Portrait of An Artist
N
54-02-24 The Brooklyn Eagle
9:00—Crime Photographer, "
Portrait of An Artist," Staats Cotsworth, WCBS
54-03-03
8
Title Unknown
N
54-03-10
9
Title Unknown
N
54-03-17
10
Title Unknown
N
54-03-24
11
Title Unknown
N
54-03-31
12
Dateline
N
54-04-07
13
Title Unknown
N
54-04-14
14
Full Circle
N
54-04-14 The Brooklyn Eagle
9:00—Crime Photographer,' "
Full Circle," Staats Cotsworth
54-04-21
15
Casey Visits A Circus
N
54-04-28
16
Title Unknown
N
[Pre-empted in some outlets]

54-05-05
17
The Legacy
N
[Pre-empted in some outlets]

54-05-12
18
Yellow Streak
N
54-05-19
19
Title Unknown
N
54-05-26
20
The Legacy
N
54-06-02
21
Title Unknown
N
54-06-09
22
Title Unknown
N
54-06-16
23
Title Unknown
N
54-06-23
24
Title Unknown
N
54-06-30
25
Title Unknown
N
54-07-07
26
Title Unknown
N
54-07-14
27
Title Unknown
N
54-07-21
28
Title Unknown
N
54-07-28
29
Target Unknown
N
54-08-04
30
Title Unknown
N
54-08-11
31
Title Unknown
N
54-08-18
32
Title Unknown
N
54-08-25
33
The Moth
N
54-09-01
34
The Man In Brown
N
54-09-01 Yonkers Herald-Statesman
9:00—WCBS, Crime Photographer: "
The Man In Brown" in which the police refuse to believe a bragging thug.
54-09-08
35
For The Family Honor
N
54-09-15
36
Death In The Rain
N
54-09-22
37
Street Carnival
N
54-09-22 The Brooklyn Eagle
9:00—Crime Photographer,' "
Street Carnival," Staats Cotsworth
54-09-29
38
The Strangling Ghost
N
54-09-28 Gloversville Leader
Casey, Crime Photographer, didn't believe in ghosts--that is, until he was assigned to cover a strange murder in a deserted old mansion. Staats Cotsworth stars as Casey at 9:00
tonight over WENT, with detective-cameraman solves the mystery of the "Strangling Ghost"
54-10-01
N
[Fridays, 8:00 p.m.]

54-10-08
39
Protection
N
54-10-08 The Brooklyn Eagle
8:00—Crime Photographer, "
Protection," Staats Cotsworth, WCBS
54-10-15
40
Life For Sale
N
54-10-15 Yonkers Herald-Statesman
8:00—WCBS, Crime Photographer:
investigates a medical mystery.
54-10-22
41
The Football
N
54-10-29
42
Black Magic
N
54-11-05
43
Showdown
N
From CBS:

INNOCENT BYSTANDER GETS IT AGAIN
Casey, played by Staats Cotsworth, escorts Ann Williams, played by Jan Miner, to the opening of a ritzy nightclub only to find their table in the crossfire of a gang war, on CBS Radio's "Crime Photographer," Friday, Nov. 5 in
"Showdown." Casey and Ann Escape unscated, though an innocent bystander is not so lucky. The Experience makes the newspaper pair even more devoted to the Blue Note Cafe and the music of Teddy Wilson, their favorite pianist.
(Friday, Nov. 5 at 8:00-8:25 PM, EST)
54-11-12
44
Widgeon Is A Ducky Word
N
54-11-19
45
Poor Little Rich Kid
N
54-11-26
46
No Publicity
N
54-12-03
47
Juanita
N
54-12-10
48
What's In A Name?
N
54-12-17
49
Ex-cop
Ex-Con
N
54-12-24
50
A Red Wagon For Junior
N
[ Christmas program]

54-12-31
51
Dead Man's Message
N
[ New Year's program]

55-01-07
52
Unbury The Dead
N
55-01-07 The Brooklyn Eagle
8:00—Crime Photographer, "
Unbury The Dead," Staats Cotsworth, WCBS
55-01-14
53
Peaches
N
55-01-21
54
Criminal For A Day
N
55-01-28
55
The Watchdog
N
55-02-04
56
The Late Unlamented
N
55-02-11
57
Valentine
N
[ Valentine's Day program]

55-02-18
58
One Grave For Three
N
55-02-18 Rome Daily Sentinel
A wily jewel thief under suspicion in a diamond robbery and homicide unwittingly leads newspaper camerman Casey on a grim investigation of "One Grave for Three" on Crime Photographer over WIBX at 8 tonight.
55-02-25
59
Panic
N
55-03-04
60
Bogey-Man Story
N
55-03-11
61
The Homicide Ring
N
55-03-11 Yonkers Herald-Statesman
8:00—WCBS, Crime Photographer:
he turns the light on a homicide ring.
55-03-18
62
Check--And Double Check
N
55-03-18 Yonkers Herald-Statesman
8:00—WCBS, Crime Photographer:
a jewelry buying racket is fronted by a beautiful girl.
55-03-25
63
Death Watch
N
55-04-01
64
Death Visits Five
N
55-04-08
65
Top Secret
N
55-04-15
66
Battleground
N
Captain Logan and Captain Fogarty feud.
55-04-22
67
Casey Visits A Circus
N
[ Last Episode ; Repeat of the Crime Photographer script of 54-04-21]

55-04-22 Rome Daily Sentinel
Crime Photographer finds life behind the scenes of the circus a little grisly when a huge bear goes berserk, in a story of the big top on WIBX at 8 tonight.






AFRS [Network Series] Crime Photographer

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
48-05-27
Wanted:A Gun
Y
49-08-25 Snow Ball
Y
49-10-20 The Coffin
Y
49-11-10 Thunderbolt
Y
49-11-17 The Upholsterer
Y
50-01-19 Wanted -- A Gun
Y
50-03-02 Bad Little Babe
Y
50-04-06 The Fire
Y
50-04-13 The Disappearance of Mr Dizzel
Y
50-05-04 The Suicide
Y
50-06-15 Unlucky Numbers
Y
50-11-09 Woman of Mystery
Y
50-11-16 The Upholsterer
Y
A repeat of the script of 49-11-07, but clearly performed differently.






AFRS [H- Series] Mystery Playhouse

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
46-06-03
Crime Photographer - Reunion
Y





Crime Photographer Supplemental Recordings

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
47-03-18
--
Actress Auditions
Y
Staats Cotsworth reads a two minute 'Casey' skit while seven actresses try out for the part of reporter Ann Williams.
47-04-15
--
Special Presentation for Anchor Hocking Salesmen
Y
67-xx-xx
--
Whatever Became Of . . . Casey, Crime Photographer
Y
Richard Lamparski interviews the cast of Casey, Crime Photographer
70-08-xx
5
Jan Miner, Ann Williams on 'Casey, Crime Photographer'
Y
Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran Interview from Golden Age Of Radio [WTIC]
70-09-xx
6
John Gibson, Ethelbert on 'Casey, Crime Photographer'
Y
Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran Interview from Golden Age Of Radio [WTIC]
77-01-xx
82
Staats Cotsworth
Y
Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran Interview from Golden Age Of Radio [WTIC]






Casey Crime Photographer Biographies




Staats Jennings Cotsworth Jr.
(Jack Casey)

Stage, Screen, Radio and Television Actor, Artist, Writer, Director
(1908-1979)

Birthplace:
Oak Park, Illinois

Education:
Philadephia School of Industrial Design and Paris Art Institutes

Curriculum Vitae:
Art Critic, Editor of 'Smart Set', and detective fiction author.

Radiography:

1937 Pepper Young's Family
1939 Great Plays
1943 Words At War
1944 Casey, Press Photographer
1944 The Sportsmen's Club
1944 The Mysterious Traveler
1944 Cavalcade Of America
1944 Report On the Macquis
1944 Men At Sea
1944 The Eternal Light
1946 The Continental celebrity Club
1946 You Make the News
1946 Casey, Crime Photographer
1946 Stars In the Afternoon
1948 Ford Theatre
1948 The Shadow
1948 Grand Central Station
1948 Secret Missions
1948 Roger Kilgore, Public Defender
1948 Decision Now!
1948 You Are There
1949 Theatre Guild On the Air
1949 Front Page Farrell
1949 Marriage For Two
1950 The New Frontier
1950 Dimension X
1950 MGM Theatre Of the Air
1951 Inspector Thorne
1952 Mark Trail
1952 The Chase
1953 Proudly We Hail
1953 Best Plays
1953 Rocky Fortune
1955 Inheritance
1957 CBS Radio Workshop
1964 Theatre Five
1967 Whatever Became Of...
1974 CBS Radio Mystery Theatre
1974 Faces Of Love
Treasury Salute
Staats Cotsworth ca. 1943
Staats Cotsworth, ca. 1943

Staats Cotsworth as Jack 'Flashgun' Casey ca. 1945
Staats Cotsworth as Jack 'Flashgun' Casey, ca. 1945

Staats Cotsworth ca. 1958
Staats Cotsworth, ca. 1958


Staats Cotsworth, Artist ca 1956
Staats Cotsworth, Artist, ca 1956

Gifted with multiple talents--all brilliant--Staats Cotsworth was a 20th Century Renaissance man. Unable to sell his paintings during the Depression years, he became an actor with Eva Le Gallienne's New York Civic Repertory Theatre--as an apprentice--in 1932. He progressed to a member of the company with Parker Fennelly and Burgess Meredith. He was recruited by Abby Lewis, who noted his fine voice and introduced him to some of her Radio contacts.

Beginning with Pepper Young's Family (1937), Cotsworth quickly became a fixture in Radio for over forty years. But it's in his role as Jack "Flashgun" Casey in Casey, Press Photographer that most Golden Age Radio fans remember him. Staats Cotsworth portrayed Jack Casey for twelve years, from its first incarnation as Flashgun Casey, to its final run as Crime Photographer. His distinctive voice, unerring timing, great humor, and versatilty over his 400 performances stamped him as 'Casey', Crime Photographer to two generations of Golden Age Radio listeners.

Indeed, Cotsworth, a very serious, accomplished Stage actor, recalled being frustrated with his seemingly never-ending association with the character. But owing to his extraordinary range and rock-solid voice, he managed to break out of the 'Casey' type-casting. He enjoyed twenty more years in a wide range of dramatic performances over Radio and Television.

His Television career took off in 1954, adding over seventy Television appearances to his Drama resume. Cotsworth appeared in many of Television's most prestigious Drama anthologies. He was most often cast in strong, authoritative character roles, such as judges, military commanders, lawyers, politicians, doctors and other professionals.

Those who watched him during his Television career remember him in Studio One, Robert Montgomery Presents, Peyton Place, Kraft Television Theatre, Goodyear Theater, Play of The Week, Armstrong Circle Theatre, General Electric Theatre, The Defenders, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Nurses, Brenner, Bonanza, and Dr. Kildare.

But Cotsworth's parallel careers didn't end with Radio And Television. Cotsworth went on to perform in--and direct--several Stage plays (his greatest love), while at the same time pursuing an equally repected fourth career as an artist.



John Gibson
Stage, Radio, Television and Film Actor
(189?-1971)

Birthplace: California

Radiography:

1932 Globe Headlines
1932 Police Headquarters
1932 The Family Doctor
1935 Ann Of the Airlanes
1935 The Tottering Van Teeters
1935 Calling All Cars
1935 Town Hall Tonight
1936 Lux Radio Theatre
1936 Front Page Drama
1937 Speed Gibson Of the International Secret Police
1937 The Jello Program
1938 Captains Of Industry
1938 Silver Theatre
1939 Columbia Workshop
1940 Command Performance
1940 The American School Of the Air
1940 The Bishop and the Gargoyle
1942 Michael Piper, Detective
1942 Terry and the Pirates
1942 Radio Reader's Digest
1942 Suspense
1942 Don Winslow Of the Navy
1943 This Is Our Enemy
1943 Flashgun Casey
1944 Treasury Star Parade
1944 Nick Carter, Master Detective
1944 Casey, Press Photographer
1944 The Sportsmen's Club
1944 Two On A Clue
1944 Matinee Theatre
1944 Theatre Of Romance
1945 Boston Blackie
1945 Molle Mystery Theatre
1945 The Adventures Of the Falcon
1946 Adventures Of the Red Feather Man
1946 Air Adventures Of Jimmie Allen
1946 The Adventures Of Dick Cole
1946 Dick Tracy
1946 This Is Your FBI
1946 Casey, Crime Photographer
1946 Murder At Midnight
1947 Lest We Forget
1947 The Milton Berle Show
1947 The Big Story
1948 Ford Theatre
1948 Romance
1948 The Eternal Light
1948 The Adventures Of Archie Andrews
1948 Texaco Star Theatre
1949 You and Your Security
1949 The Morey Amsterdam Show
1949 You Are There
1949 Cavalcade Of America
1949 The Henry Morgan Show
1950 The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show
1950 Mysterious Traveler
1950 Murder By Experts
1950 MGM Theatre Of the Air
1950 Crime Does Not Pay
1950 Dimension X
1950 The Magnificent Montague
1950 Theatre Guild On the Air
1951 The Bickersons
1951 Now Hear This
1951 The Silent Men
1951 Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator
1952 The Chase
1952 Best Plays
1954 Crime Photographer
1954 The Marriage
1954 Inheritance
1954 Dr Six-Gun
1955 X Minus One
1956 CBS Radio Workshop
1957 Studio One
1958 The Couple Next Door
1959 You'll Never Get Rich
1959 Suspense
1962 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
1964 Theatre Five

John Gibson fan photo from 1950
John Gibson fan photo from 1950

John Gibson as an Ad man
John Gibson as an Ad man in 1961's Car 54 Where Are You
John Gibson as an Ad man, in 1961's Car 54 Where Are You?

Gibson with Art Carney and Jackie Gleason in The Honeymooners, ca. 1956
Gibson with Art Carney and Jackie Gleason in The Honeymooners, ca. 1956
John Gibson as a Pastor, in 1962's Car 54 Where Are You
John Gibson as a Pastor in 1962's Car 54 Where Are You
John Gibson as a Pastor, in 1962's Car 54 Where Are You?

John Gibson poses with WTIC's Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran ca 1970
John Gibson poses with WTIC's Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran, ca 1970.
John Gibson was one of the most well-liked performers in Radio. With a self-reported ten-thousand radio appearances over a 32-year career one would well imagine that someone liked him very much, indeed. We whole-heartedly agree.

Beginning with silent pictures, John Gibson was in on the ground floor of every modern technological medium. He was the voice of 'Sleepy', one of the Seven Dwarves in the original Walt Disney Snow White animated feature. Indeed, he not only voiced the animated character, he acted it--his facial features were actually filmed and replayed by the animators as they drew his frames.

He inaugurated his Radio career with 1932's Globe Headlines. He recalled his first memorable experience in Radio as the first coast-to-coast network broadcast from the RCA Studios in California, to the NBC/RCA studios in New York. Although performing in hundreds of juvenile action/adventure roles, he's most affectionately remembered for his long-running role as Ethelbert, the world-weary, nostalgically philosophical bartender at The Blue Note. The Blue Note was the fictional watering hole that usually began and ended most adventures of the various Casey, Crime Photographer programs over an eleven-year span.

Having begun his Radio career on the West Coast, he soon made the pilgrimage to New York City, lured by the extraordinary volume of programs orginating there. From the moment he landed in New York City, he never stopped running. He recalled doing as many as twelve episodes a day at as many as seven different studios within walking distance of each other. An early Union member, he described having to run back and forth around Manhattan to keep up with all of his assignments--and their Union requirements.

Although he loved performing in Radio Comedy, he was most often cast in straight dramatic roles and action/adventure serials. But his great good humor and natural comedic timing made him a natural talent for virtually every genre. With leading and recurring roles in Don Winslow In The Navy, Terry and The Pirates, Adventures of The Red Feather Man, The Air Adventures of Jimmie Allen, The Adventures of Dick Cole, and Dick Tracy, John Gibson quickly gained an extensive and loyal following of young--and older--Radio fans alike.

Gibson performed both on Radio and in Film with Clark Gable, a Hollywood actor that greatly impressed Gibson with his humility and natural shyness. But after his long-running success in Radio, Gibson saw the Golden Age of Radio in decline well before many of his peers. He began his Television career in 1945, and by 1951 he was already reprising his Ethelbert role in Radio's Crime Photographer in the CBS Television version--directed by no less than Sidney Lumet! But Lumet's direction wasn't enough to save it, nor was the entry of Darren McGavin into the role of Casey after the first two months. TV's Crime Photographer jumped the shark and Jan Miner and John Gibson jumped back into the last year of its radio incarnation in 1954.

From the January 1949 issue of Radio Mirror:

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IF YOU'RE a fan of Ethelbert's—he's the slow-tongued, naively humorous bartender on the Crime Photographer show, (CBS, Thursdays at 9:30 PM, EST) you'll be glad to meet actor John Gibson, who plays the man behind the bar on the weekly episodes. John has been interested in the theater and movies ever since he was fifteen, but what intrigued him most was the technical side.
     One summer Gibson worked with a stock company. The following summer, he worked in some silent pictures —". . . none of them very good." It was then that the technical end of picture making began to fascinate him, but, hang around the directors and cameramen as much as he could, he was still always called in for acting jobs.
     What he remembers about that time is that then he played straight leads and he had a tough job overcoming the stilted speech that resulted from some elocution lessons that had been forced upon him by a kindly friend. "I had to imdo all she'd taught me and learn how to talk like a human being," he says. "She was very upset and hurt, when she came to see me act."
     Gibson also worked in a number of silent pictures in that period. Around 1929, Jimmy Gleason asked Gibson to make a series of recordings for radio with him. The writer of the Gleason series remembered him when he began a new radio show and Gibson was started on his successful career.
     Once started, John Gibson kept pretty busy. "You know," he said, explaining why he's never gone out for big publicity splurges, "in those days, it was better not to be too well known. Actors became so easy to identify that listeners would complain because the same man was playing too many of their favorite characters. I guess they like to hang on to the illusion that the characters are real peoole."
     From the looks of it, it's not necessary to be well known by listeners in order to work. In his 16 years in radio, Gibson has averaged more than one broadcast or recording for every single day.
     John Gibson is a free lance actor, appearing regularly in True Story and Right to Happiness. Besides these and other stints, he's "Mr. Coffee Nerves" on the Portia Faces Life show.
     In spite of this heavy acting routine, Gibson has had a chance, at last, to satisfy his first interest, the technical side of show business. He's built a model theater in his home for his family —his wife, whom he met in Italy when he took his one vacation from radio in 1938, and his seven year old son.


John Gibson enjoyed an extensive Television career spanning twenty-two years, completing his Television career in Advertising while in his 60s.




Janice 'Jan' Miner
(Ann Williams)

Stage, Screen, Radio, and Television Actress, and Spokesperson
(1917-2004)

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Education:
Vesper George School of Art, Boston, MA

Radiography:
1945 Brownstone Theatre
1946 Boston Blackie
1947 Casey, Crime Photographer
1947 Mysterious Traveler
1947 Lora Lawton
1948 Radio City Playhouse
1950 Dimension X
1951 The Falcon
1951 The Land Of the Free
1951 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
1951 Cavalcade Of America
1951 American Portraits
1952 The Big Show
1952 The Chase
1952 I Love A Mystery
1953 That Hammer Guy
1953 Hilltop House
1953 Best Plays
1953 Rocky Fortune
1954 Inheritance
1955 The Adventures Of the Abbots
1955 21st Precinct
1955 X Minus One
1956 CBS Radio Workshop
1956 This Is My Story
1961 The Eternal Light
1964 Theatre Five
1964 NBC Experiment In Drama

Jan Miner ca. 1943
Jan Miner ca. 1943

Jan Miner ca. 1947
Jan Miner ca. 1947

Jan Miner in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Stratford Conn. ca. 1982
Jan Miner in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Stratford Conn., ca. 1982

Famed actress and drama coach Eva le Galliene
Famed actress and drama coach, Eva le Galliene, ca. 1949
Pop-Culture Icon of the 1980s Jan Miner as 'Madge' the Palmolive Manicurist
Pop-Culture Icon of the 1980s, Jan Miner as 'Madge' the Palmolive Manicurist
Born October 15, 1917 in Boston, the daughter of a dentist and a painter, she attended the Vesper George School of Art in Boston and then trained as an actor with Lee Strasberg, Ira Cirker, David Craig and Don Richardson.

During the 1940s, Jan Miner co-starred as Mary Wesley on the syndicated radio detective drama Boston Blackie (1945-49), on the NBC dramatic anthology Radio City Playhouse (1948-50) , and on Casey, Crime Photographer (1947-1954) as Ann Williams, fellow star reporter for the fictional 'Morning Express'.

In Television, she reprised her role of Ann Williams on the 1951 CBS newspaper drama Crime Photographer. She also appeared as a regular on the NBC dramatic anthology Robert Montgomery Presents (1954-56). Years later, Miner portrayed Gertrude Stein in the TV adaptation of the stage play Gertrude Stein and Companion (1991) and as Aunt Agatha on a guest starring role of the 1940s-based sitcom Remember Wenn (1997).

Miner's Film credits included the role of Lenny Bruce's mother, Sally Marr, in the film Lenny (1974) with Dustin Hoffman and as the Mother Superior in the film Mermaids (1980) with Cher.

Already famous for her 27-year role as spokesperson Madge the Manicurist for the long-running Palmolive dishwashing liquid campaign, it's reported that in 1991, A&W Root Beer persuaded Jan Miner to moonlight as Madge for an ad campaign that had her soaking her hand in a mug of root beer.

It's also reported that she made the long-running Palmolive commercials in French, German, Danish and Italian. She was coached in French by legendary actress Eva Le Gallienne, who she knew through fellow actor, Staats Cotsworth from her Casey, Crime Photographer days. Of her time spent as Madge the Manicurist for 27 years, she was quoted as remarking, "I'd dip my hands in Palmolive the rest of my life."

Jan's Stage experience included Broadway and the American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, CT. Jan Miner made her stage debut in Light Up the Sky (1958) at the Playhouse in Cincinnati and at the Webster Playhouse in Massachusetts. Over the years, Jan frequently appeared on stage with her actor/screenwriter husband of 35 years, Richard Merrell, in such plays as Hume Cronyn's The Gin Game, in Night Must Fall, High Spirits, and Saturday, Sunday, Monday.

It's likely that most of her fans will remember Jan Miner for her role as Madge, the Manicurist. But her roles as Mary Wesley in Boston Blackie and Ann Williams in Casey Crime Photographer will continue to endear her to thousands of new fans over the years to come--through the magic of The Golden Age of Radio and its wonderfully preserved recordings.




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