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Guild Wines logo


Guild Wines ad circa 1949. Guild Wines was Murder and Mr. Malone's only national sponsor.
Guild Wines ad circa 1949. Guild Wines was Murder and Mr. Malone's only national sponsor.


Frank Lovejoy before the ABC mike circa 1948
Frank Lovejoy before the ABC mike circa 1948

Jack Webb portrayed John J. Malone's nemesis Detective Lt. McGraw in Murder and Mr. Malone
Jack Webb portrayed John J. Malone's combative nemesis Detective Lt. McGraw in Murder and Mr. Malone

November 15th 1947 newspapers referenced Frances Robinson in her role as 'Maggie,' Mr. Malone's private secretary in Murder and Mr. Malone
November 15th 1947 newspapers referenced Frances Robinson in her role as 'Maggie,' Mr. Malone's private secretary in Murder and Mr. Malone

November 22nd 1947 newspapers referenced Craig Rice in her capacity as writer and director of Murder and Mr. Malone
November 22nd 1947 newspapers referenced Craig Rice in her capacity as writer and director of Murder and Mr. Malone

September 24th 1951 spot ad for the premiere of The Amazing Mr Malone over ABC-TV
September 24th 1951 spot ad for the premiere of The Amazing Mr Malone over ABC-TV






Radio Calls caption of September 22nd 1953 reads 'JOHN SAUL has the title role in the 5DN serial 'The Amazing Mr. Malone' heard every Tuesday night at 8 o'clock'
Radio Calls caption of September 22nd 1953 reads 'JOHN SAUL has the title role in the 5DN serial 'The Amazing Mr. Malone' heard every Tuesday night at 8 o'clock'


Tennessee-born Harp McGuire was the Grace Gibson voice of Detective Lt. Brooks for the  Australian syndication of The Amazing Mr. Malone.
Tennessee-born Harp McGuire was the Grace Gibson voice of Detective Lt. Brooks for the Australian syndication of The Amazing Mr. Malone.



Background

We've always enjoyed documenting radio programs from The Golden Age of Radio that display great depth, complexity or interesting broadcast history twists. Murder and Mr. Malone and The Amazing Mr. Malone certainly meet that criteria. Created and written under a pseudonym, equally succesful either sustained or sponsored, and a mostly ensemble production of some of Radio's finest voices, Craig Rice's various "John J. Malone" productions provided no end of surprises as our research proceeded further. But let's start at the beginning with that otherwie innocuous pen name, Craig Rice.

What's intriguing about 'Craig Rice'? Seems a sensible enough, simple enough man's name I suppose. But Craig Rice wasn't a man at all--Craig Rice was the pen name of a very attractive grandmother by the name of Mrs. Georgiana Ann Randolph Walker.

Versatile Raymond Adds Crime to Triumphs -- July 19th 1950 photo of Gene Raymond promotes his role as criminal attorney John J. Malone in 'The Amzaing Mr. Malone' over ABC.
July 19th 1950 photo of Gene Raymond promotes his role as criminal attorney John J. Malone in 'The Amzaing Mr. Malone' over ABC.


The Amazing Mr. Malone resurfaces over NBC

From the May 30th 1951 edition of Variety:

"THE AMAZING MR. MALONE
_______________________

With George Petrie, Larry Haines.
Producer: Bernard L. Schubert
Director: Richard Lewis
Writer: Gene Gwang
30 Mins.; Friday, 9 p.m.
N.B.C. from N.Y.

"THE AMAZING MR. MALONE" in revived format is the latest addition to the long line of radio's privat eyes. This one, though, based on a character created by whodunit writer Craig Rice, has enough of a sense of humor and imaginative scripting to lift it out of the cliched class and make it a worthy contender for rating honors. Overall format still follows the standard pattern (such as the title character monologging the intro to the story and the bridges) but the innovations are sufficient to make it go.

Miss Rice had Malone as the third man to a husband-and-wife team in Chicago, with the trio continually getting into scrapes with the crooks and cops and then solving the crime. Producer Bernard L. Schubert and his scripter, Gene Gwang have eliminated the married couple but have maintained Malones's character as a hard-drinking and brilliant attorney, with an eye for the gals and unusual brushes with the also-standard lieutenant detective. There was also the formula soft-spoken gunman iwth swish overtones.

But the cast, and director Richard Lewis, paced the show with good suspense and fast action. Story dealt with a Chi gambler trying to scare a no-account guy away from his equally no-account daughter with Malone repping the gambler. Script had some neat twists to cast suspicion on various characters and then absolve them until the denouement. There was also some kidding of the private-eye stereotype at the close. Cast was topped by George Petrie, in the title role, and Larry Haines, as the lieutenant.

Schubert provided good production backing for the show, including some fine sound effects and a live orch for added values."


From the June 4th, 1951 issue of Time Magazine:

Radio
"THE AMAZING MR. MALONE"
(Fri. 9 p.m., N.B.C.) brings a few changes on that tired radio perennial, the evening mystery show. Based on a character created by whodunit writer Craig Rice, "MALONE" deals with a Chicago criminal lawyer whose avowed hobby is "collecting cliches." Malone has other off-beat mannerisms: he avoids fights, employs a masseur, and dislikes guns because "they remind me of weddings". "MALONE" has some fast-paced dialogue by scripter Eugene Wang, is packed with such novelties as an effeminate gunman, a strait-laced gambler fretting about his daughter's morals, a policeman who was on the right track from the start."


June 1st 1951 promotional copy announces George Petrie in the role of John J. Malone in the NBC's final Radio run of 'The Amazing Mr. Malone,' as created by Craig Rice
June 1st 1951 promotional copy announces George Petrie in the role of John J. Malone in the NBC's final Radio run of 'The Amazing Mr. Malone,' as created by Craig Rice

The Amazing Mr. Malone moves to early Television

Craig Rice's 'The Amazing Mr. Malone' franchise had been under consideration as a Television series as early as the Summer of 1950. Once the series made its way to NBC in 1951, plans to air a Television version of The Amazing Mr. Malone were well underway. ABC, having secured the television rights, premiered The Amazing Mr. Malone for its viewers Monday night on September 24th 1951. ABC's first television run of The Amazing Mr. Malone aired for two full seasons under Seiberling Tire sponsorship.

The Amazing Mr. Malone returns to Radio . . . in Australia

Full page Grace Gibson Radio Productions industry promo announcing the availability of its 52-episode run of The Amazing Mr. Malone
Full page Grace Gibson Radio Productions industry promo announcing the availability of its 52-episode run of The Amazing Mr. Malone

Grace Gibson Radio Productions, arguably Australia's most successful media entrepreneur of the era, brought The Amazing Mr. Malone to Australian Radio in the Australian Winter of 1953. Set in New York rather than Chicago, the series was produced by Lawrence H. Cecil and Bud Tingwell. Starring John Saul as John J. Malone, Esq., and popular Australian favorite Harp McGuire as Detective Lt. Brooks, the series employed several of the scripts from the ABC run of The Amazing Mr. Malone, notably changing the setting(s) from Chicago to New York.

It's worth noting that the Grace Gibson promo flyer immediately above cited The Wine Growers Guild as sponsoring the NBC run of The Amazing Mr. Malone. In fact The Wine Growers Guild only sponsored ABC runs of Murder and Mr. Malone and The Amazing Mr. Malone. The final American run of The Amazing Mr. Malone aired over NBC as a sustaining feature for eight weeks only.

We found the Grace Gibson production of The Amazing Mr. Malone to be virtually the equal of the American productions; indeed perhaps most similar to the final NBC run of The Amazing Mr. Malone starring George Petrie as John J. Malone. The Australian accents of most cast members were only occasionally noticeable, lending further authenticity to the New York City setting of the Australian production. Grace Gibson's The Amazing Mr. Malone radio series found great popularity throughout Australia--and New Zealand, airing over at least twenty-four major Australian and New Zealand radio outlets while garnering at least eight prominent local sponsors over it's 52-week run.

Australia's The Amazing Mr. Malone premiered at the end of Australia's Winter season on August 27th 1953 running continuously in first run through August 19th of 1954.

Series Derivatives:

The Amazing Mr. Malone; The Amazing Mr. Malone, ABC Television [a.k.a. The Seiberling Show] ; Grace Gibson Radio Productions 'The Amazing Mr. Malone' [Australian];
Genre: Anthology of Golden Age Radio Mystery Dramas
Network(s): The Blue Network; ABC; NBC; Grace Gibson Radio Productions Pty. Ltd.
Audition Date(s) and Title(s): Unknown
Premiere Date(s) and Title(s): [ Murder and Mr. Malone]

47-01-11 01
Title Unknown

[ The Amazing Mr. Malone]

48-04-24 01
Title Unknown

[ The Amazing Mr. Malone -- NBC]

51-05-25 01 A Strong Offense Is The Best Defense

[ The Amazing Mr. Malone -- Grace Gibson ]

53-08-27 01 The Third Husband

Run Dates(s)/ Time(s): [ Murder and Mr. Malone]

47-01-11 to 48-04-10; ABC; Sixty-Six, 30-minute programs;

[ The Amazing Mr. Malone]

48-04-24 to 50-09-24; ABC; One Hundred and one, 30-minute programs;

[ The Amazing Mr. Malone]

51-05-25 to 51-07-13; NBC; Eight, 30-minute programs;

[ The Amazing Mr. Malone -- Grace Gibson Radio Productions]

53-08-27 to 54-08-19; [Australia]; Fifty-two, 30-minute programs;

Syndication: ABC; Hoenig-Cooper Company; NBC; Grace Gibson Radio Productions
Sponsors: [American Runs]

Sustaining; The Wine Growers Guild of Lodi, California [Guild Wine]

[Australian Run]

Penguin Ice Cream
Cooper's Brewery
Jay Martel
Mr. A.B. Turner, Chemist
Inglis Electrix
Louis Berger and Sons, Pty. Ltd.
Manfolds Frock and Lingerie Store
G. Dawson and Sons Pty. Ltd. Hardwood Merchants
Director(s): [ American Runs]

William P. Rousseau [Director/Host]
Bernard L. Schubert [Producer/Transcriber]
Richard Lewis [Director]

[ Australian Run]

Lawrence H. Cecil, Charles (Bud) Tingwell [Producers]
Principal Actors: [ American Runs]

Gerald Mohr, Frances Robinson, Frank Lovejoy, Tony Barrett, Ge Ge Pearson, Peter Leeds, Paul Frees, Jack Webb, Harry Morgan [as Henry Morgan], Gene Raymond, George Petrie, Larry Haines, Raymond Burr, Ted DeCorsia, Betty Lou Gerson, Stacy Harris, Ken Lynch

[ Australian Run]

Harp McGuire, John Saul, Lyndall Barbour, Alan Trevor, Richard Ashley, William Eldridge, Reginald Goldsworthy, Dinah Shearing, Gordon Glenwright, David Eadie, Peg Christensen, Alan White, Bruce Stewart, Kevin Brennan, Jerold Wells, Lloyd Berrell, Kerry Norton, Pat Shea, William Rees, Barry Cookson, Sheila Sewell, Owen Ainley, Leonard Bullen
Recurring Character(s): [ American Runs]

Chicago Criminal Attorney and Counselor at Law, Mr. John J. "Johnny" Malone, [Gerald Mohr, Frank Lovejoy, Gene Raymond, George Petrie]; Maggie, Mr. Malone's private secretary [Frances Robinson]; Cook County Detective Lieutenant McGraw [Jack Webb]; Homicide Detective Sidney Brooks [Harry Morgan, Larry Haines ];

[ Australian Run]

New York Criminal Attorney and Counselor at Law John J. Malone [John Saul]; New York Detective Lt. Brooks [Harp McQuire]

Protagonist(s):
Author(s): None
Writer(s) Georgiana Ann Randolph Walker (writing as Craig Rice) [Creator/Writer]

Gene Wang
Music Direction: Johnnie Duffy, Rex Koury, Basil Adlam [Music Directors]
Musical Theme(s): Untitled "Murder and Mr. Malone Theme"
Announcer(s): Art Gilmore, Dresser Dahlstead, Dick Turfield, George Fenneman, Richard 'Dick' Shewfelt, Fred Collins, Arthur Gary,
Estimated Scripts or
Broadcasts:
[ American Runs]

175

[ Australian Run]

52
Episodes in Circulation: [ American Runs]

15

[ Australian Run]

4
Total Episodes in Collection: [ American Runs]

15

[ Australian Run]

4
Provenances:
Digital Deli Too contributors Ian Grieve and Jerry Haendiges; Radio Calls magazine.

Notes on Provenances:

The most helpful provenances were newspaper listings and the Australian ephemera and log from Ian Grieve.

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Murder and Mr Malone Radio Program Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
46-05-03
Aud.
Audition?
--
46-05-03 Chicago Daily Tribune
8:30--WCFL--Murder and Mr. Malone, with Frank Lovejoy.
47-01-04
--
--
47-01-04 New York Times
9:30-WJZ--New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: Tom Conway and Nigel Bruce
47-01-11
1
Title Unknown
N
[ Premiere, replacing The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, which moved to Monday nights]

47-01-11 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Murder and Mr. Malone (WCFL):
new detective series written by Craig Rice, played by Frank Lovejoy as Johnny Malone, private detective.

47-01-11 New York Times
9:30-10--Drama:
"Murder and Mr. Malone"; Frank Lovejoy--WJZ (Premiere).

47-01-11 Arkansas Times
Also tonight ABC starts a new detective series under the title of "Murder and Mr. Malone."
It goes in at 8:30, the place formerly occupied by Sherlock Holmes, which is moving to Monday nights.
47-01-18
2
Death Has A Double Identity
N
47-01-18 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Murder and Mr. Malone (WCFL): "
Death Has a Double Identity."
47-01-25
3
Death Has A Double Identity
Title Unknown
N
47-01-24 Franklin News-Herald - "Death Has a Double Identity" will be featured on the Murder and Mr. Malone series Saturday at 9:30 p.m. over ABC.

47-01-25 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Murder and Mr. Malone (WCFL):
Atty. Malone solves murder of man and his fiance.

47-02-01
4
Title Unknown
N
47-02-01 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Murder and Mr. Malone (WCFL): Lawyer Malone traps killer with a perfect alibi.
47-02-08
5
Title Unknown
N
47-02-08 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 Murder and Mr. Malone WCFL
47-02-15
6
Title Unknown
N
47-02-15 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Murder and Mr. Malone (WCFL):
Mr. Malone investigates a case of mistaken identity.
47-02-22
7
Title Unknown
N
47-02-22 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 Murder and Mr. Malone WCFL
47-03-01
8
Title Unknown
N
47-03-01 Chicago Daily Tribune
8:30--WCFL--Murder and Mr. Malone, with Frank Lovejoy.
47-03-08
9
Title Unknown
N
47-03-08 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Murder and Mr. Malone (WCFL):
Mr. Malone rescues innocent man about to be coerced into confessing blackmail and murder.
47-03-15
10
Title Unknown
N
47-03-15 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 Murder and Mr. Malone WCFL
47-03-22
11
Title Unknown
N
47-03-22 Chicago Daily Tribune
8:30 P.M. WENR--Murder and Mr. Malone [A].
47-03-29
12
Title Unknown
N
47-03-29 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 Murder and Mr. Malone WCFL

47-03-29 Knickerbocker News - MYSTERY NIGHT:
Tonight's WOKO schedule is booked almost solid with mystery, beginning at 8 o'clock with "Famous Jury Trials," and winding up at 9:30 with the sophisticated "Murder and Mr. Malone." Reason for the solid two-hour block of mystery programming is the ABC belief that listeners prefer programs of a certain mood to be heard in sequence. Network executives feel that dialers who prefer music fould prefer to get it in blocks of a couple of hours, rather than sliced up throughout the evening. Same with mystery and comedy. You have but to explore the radio Sunday night schedule to find further evidences of block programming.
47-04-05
13
Title Unknown
N
47-04-05 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 Murder and Mr. Malone WCFL
47-04-12
14
Title Unknown
N
47-04-12 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 Murder and Mr. Malone WCFL
47-04-19
15
Title Unknown
N
47-04-19 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 Murder and Mr. Malone WCFL
47-04-26
16
Title Unknown
N
47-04-26 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 Murder and Mr. Malone WCFL
47-05-03
17
Title Unknown
N
47-05-03 Oakland Tribune
9:30 P.M.
KGO-Murder and Mr. Malone
47-05-10
18
Title Unknown
N
47-05-10 Oakland Tribune
9:30 P.M.
KGO-Murder and Mr. Malone
47-05-17
19
Title Unknown
N
47-05-17 Oakland Tribune
9:30 P.M.
KGO-Murder and Mr. Malone
47-05-24
20
The Paul Davis Murder Case
Y
47-05-24 Oakland Tribune
9:30 P.M.
KGO-Murder and Mr. Malone

Features
Hans Conried as Charles Morgan; Tony Barrett as Paul Davis and Detective Joe Hudson; Paul Frees as Mr. Lyons; Ge Ge Pearson as Linda Stevens

Announces
Murder Is A Bad Business as next
47-05-31
21
Murder Is A Bad Business
N
47-05-31 Oakland Tribune
9:30 P.M.
KGO-Murder and Mr. Malone
47-06-07
22
Title Unknown
N
47-06-07 Oakland Tribune
9:30 P.M.
KGO-Murder and Mr. Malone
47-06-14
23
Title Unknown
N
47-06-14 Oakland Tribune
9:30 P.M.
KGO-Murder and Mr. Malone
47-06-21
24
Title Unknown
N
47-06-21 Oakland Tribune
9:30 P.M.
KGO-Murder and Mr. Malone
47-06-28
25
Title Unknown
N
47-06-28 Oakland Tribune
9:30 P.M.
KGO-Murder and Mr. Malone
47-07-05
26
Title Unknown
N
47-07-05 Oakland Tribune
9:30 P.M.
KGO-Murder and Mr. Malone
47-07-12
27
Title Unknown
N
47-07-12 Oakland Tribune
9:30 P.M.
KGO-Murder and Mr. Malone
47-07-19
28
Title Unknown
N
47-07-19 Oakland Tribune
9:30 P.M.
KGO-Murder and Mr. Malone
47-07-26
29
Title Unknown
N
47-07-26 Oakland Tribune
9:30 P.M.
KGO-Murder and Mr. Malone
47-08-02
30
Title Unknown
N
47-08-02 Oakland Tribune
9:30 P.M.
KGO-Murder and Mr. Malone
47-08-09
31
The Dude
N
47-08-09 Oakland Tribune
9:30 P.M.
KGO-Murder and Mr. Malone
47-08-16
32
They All Confessed
N
47-08-16 Oakland Tribune
9:30 P.M.
KGO-Murder and Mr. Malone
47-08-23
33
Bait For A Gambling Debt
N
47-08-23 Oakland Tribune
9:30 P.M.
KGO-Murder and Mr. Malone
47-08-30
34
Title Unknown
N
47-08-30 Oakland Tribune
9:30 P.M.
KGO-Murder and Mr. Malone
47-09-06
35
Title Unknown
N
47-09-06 Oakland Tribune
9:30 P.M.
KGO-Murder and Mr. Malone
47-09-13
36
Title Unknown
N
47-09-13 Oakland Tribune
9:30 P.M.
KGO-Murder and Mr. Malone
47-09-20
37
Title Unknown
N
47-09-20 Oakland Tribune
9:30 P.M.
KGO-Murder and Mr. Malone
47-09-27
38
Title Unknown
N
47-09-27 Oakland Tribune
9:30 P.M.
KGO-Murder and Mr. Malone
47-10-04
39
Title Unknown
N
47-10-03 Anniston Star
When a convict break jail only to find his girl-friend has been two-timing him, a lot can happen--especially when a quarter of a million dollars enter the scene. All this action soon finds itself centered around Attorney John J. Malone, of the Chicago Malones, because the jilted con is willing to make a deal with the law, swapping information for a pardon. When the convict is murdered in Malone's office one morning, Malone is in it, but deep, and has to work fast to clear things up on "Murder and Mr. Malone," starring Frank Lovejoy over WHMA and ABC at 8:30 p.m., Saturday.

47-10-04 Oakland Tribune
9:30 P.M.
KGO-Murder and Mr. Malone
47-10-11
40
Title Unknown
N
47-10-11 Oakland Tribune
9:30 P.M.
KGO-Murder and Mr. Malone
47-10-18
41
Title Unknown
N
47-10-18 Oakland Tribune
9:30 P.M.
KGO-Murder and Mr. Malone
47-10-25
42
Title Unknown
N
47-10-25 Oakland Tribune
9:30 P.M.
KGO-Murder and Mr. Malone
47-11-01
43
Title Unknown
N
47-11-01 Oakland Tribune
9:30 P.M.
KGO-Murder and Mr. Malone

47-11-01 Long Beach Press-Telegram
6:30--KECA--
Atty. John J. Malone uses all of his wits to save an innocent man from the "chair."
47-11-08
44
The Double Trouble Double Cross
N
[Moves to 9:30]

47-11-08 Long Beach Press-Telegram
9:30--KECA--
Double trouble and a double cross on tonight's mystery thriller, "Murder and Mr. Malone." Crime may not pay but it's sure entertaining.
47-11-15
45
Title Unknown
N
47-11-15 Oakland Tribune
9:30 P.M.
KGO-Murder and Mr. Malone
47-11-22
46
Title Unknown
N
47-11-22 Oakland Tribune
9:30 P.M.
KGO-Murder and Mr. Malone
47-11-29
47
Title Unknown
N
47-11-29 Oakland Tribune
9:30 P.M.
KGO-Murder and Mr. Malone
47-12-06
48
Title Unknown
N
47-12-06 Long Beach Press-Telegram
9:30--KECA--Here is "Murder and Mr. Malone" for the crime drama enthusiast.
47-12-13
49
Title Unknown
N
47-12-20
50
Title Unknown
N
47-12-27
51
Title Unknown
N
47-12-27 Long Beach Press-Telegram
9:30 P.M. KECA--Murder and Mr. Malone
48-01-03
52
Title Unknown
N
48-01-03 Long Beach Press-Telegram
9:30 P.M. KECA--Murder and Mr. Malone
48-01-10
53
Title Unknown
N
48-01-10 Long Beach Press-Telegram
9:30--KECA--Yes, it's time again for this mystery thriller, "Murder and Mr. Malone."
48-01-17
54
Title Unknown
N
[Moves back to 6:30]

48-01-17 Long Beach Press-Telegram
6:30--KECA--There'll be plenty of action--and fast-like, too--in the way of murders, when "Murder and Mr. Malone" airs tonight.
48-01-24
55
Title Unknown
N
48-01-24 Long Beach Press-Telegram
6:30--KECA--More thrilling stories and intriguing mystery with "Murder and Mr. Malone."
48-01-31
56
Title Unknown
N
48-01-30 Cumberland Evening Times
INSIDE RADIO
by PAUL LUTHER
N.B. writes: "Would you please tell me what the theme music is that is used on the show, Murder and Mr. Malone?" It happens to be an original un-titled composition expressly written for this show.

48-02-07
57
Title Unknown
N
48-02-07 Long Beach Press-Telegram
9:30--KECA--
A murderer, a murder, a suicide and John J. Malone all form a mysterious plot in the ABC airer "Murder and Mr. Malone."
48-02-14
58
Title Unknown
N
48-02-14 Long Beach Press-Telegram
9:30--KECA--Another terrific mystery drama that all adds up to "Murder and MR. MALONE."
48-02-21
59
Title Unknown
N
48-02-21 Long Beach Press-Telegram
9:30--KECA--Another who-done-it leads to "Murder and Mr. Malone," John J. really finds trouble. Don't miss it.
48-02-28
60
Title Unknown
N
48-02-28 Long Beach Press-Telegram
9:30--KECA--
Frank Lovejoy as Attorney John J. Malone encounters some highly interesting and deceptive matters with ABC's "Murder and Mr. Malone" airs tonight.
48-03-06
61
The Investment Brokers
N
48-03-06 Long Beach Press-Telegram
9:30--KECA--
Attorney John J. Malone is called upon to solve an intriguing case involving a trio of crooks calling themselves "investment brokers."
48-03-13
62
Title Unknown
N
48-03-13 Long Beach Press-Telegram
KECA 9:30--
A beautiful woman, a couple of shady characters and John J. make up the airer of "Murder and Mr. Malone."
48-03-20
63
Title Unknown
N
48-03-27
64
Title Unknown
N
48-03-27 Long Beach Press-Telegram
KECA 9:30--"The People vs. Bunny Blake" will be dramatized on "Famous Jury Trials."
48-04-03
65
Title Unknown
N
48-04-03 Long Beach Press-Telegram
9:30 KECA--
Blackmail lands as usual "To Murder and Mr. Malone."
48-04-10
66
Title Unknown
N
48-04-08 Livonia Gazette
"Murder and Mr. Malone" -- one of the air's top detective thrillers--is written and directed by a grandmother. She is Craig Rice and her autobiog would read something like this: married and divorced four times; had three children; wrote sob stories for Hearst; whodunits for Hollywood; soap operas for Chicago networks; police-reporting, etc. She's probably the most important woman follower of the Dashiell Hammett-American-mystery form in which the man with the most muscle wins out. The other form--the English Conan Doyle - mystery form--usually lets logic win out.

48-04-10 Chicago Daily Tribune
8:30-WCFL-Murder and Mr. Malone.

48-04-10 Long Beach Press-Telegram
9:30--KECA--
New stories, new mysteries and a new title is what you hear tonight on "John J. Malone for the Defense."
48-04-17
--
--
48-04-24 New York Times
9:30-9:45--President Truman, Addressing The American Society of Newspaper Editors, Washington--WNBC, WOR , WJZ, WCBS, WQXR, WNEW, WEVD, WMCA, WHN.

48-04-17 Chicago Daily Tribune
8:30-WCFL-President Truman





The Amazing Mr. Malone Radio Program Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
48-04-24
1
Title Unknown
N
[ Premiere of The Amazing Mr. Malone]

48-04-24 Chicago Daily Tribune
8:30-WCFL-Murder and Mr. Malone.

48-04-24 Wisconsin State Journal
WENR/WLS 8:30 Jamboree

48-04-24 New York Times
9:30-WJZ--Drama:
Amazing Mr. Malone, With Frank Lovejoy

48-04-24 Long Beach Press-Telegram
9:30 P.M. KECA--Murder and Mr. Malone.

48-04-24 Los Angeles Times
9:30 P.M. KECA--Amazing Mr. Malone.
48-05-01
2
Title Unknown
N
48-05-01 Chicago Daily Tribune
8:30-WCFL-Amazing Mr. Malone

48-05-01 Wisconsin State Journal
WENR-WLS 8:30 Doc. Hopkins

48-05-01 Long Beach Press-Telegram
9:30--KECA--
All dressed up in another new name title, this one I hope sticks is the myster airer "The Amazing Mr. Malone."
48-05-08
3
Title Unknown
N
48-05-08 Chicago Daily Tribune
8:30-WCFL-Amazing Mr. Malone.
48-05-15
4
Title Unknown
N
48-05-15 Chicago Daily Tribune
8:30-WCFL-Amazing Mr. Malone.
48-05-22
5
Title Unknown
N
48-05-22 Chicago Daily Tribune
8:30-WCFL-Amazing Mr. Malone.
48-05-29
6
Title Unknown
N
48-05-29 Chicago Daily Tribune
8:30-WCFL-Amazing Mr. Malone.
48-06-05
7
Title Unknown
N
48-06-05 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30-WCFL-Amazing Mr. Malone.
48-06-12
8
Title Unknown
N
48-06-12 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30-WCFL-Amazing Mr. Malone.
48-06-19
9
Title Unknown
N
48-06-19 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30-WCFL-Amazing Mr. Malone.
48-06-26
10
Title Unknown
N
48-06-26 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30-WCFL-Amazing Mr. Malone.
48-07-03
11
Title Unknown
N
48-07-03 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30-WCFL-Amazing Mr. Malone.
48-07-10
12
Title Unknown
N
48-07-10 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30-WCFL-Amazing Mr. Malone.
48-07-17
13
Title Unknown
N
48-07-17 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30-WCFL-Amazing Mr. Malone.
48-07-24
14
Title Unknown
N
48-07-24 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30-WCFL-Amazing Mr. Malone
. (A)
48-07-31
15
Title Unknown
N
48-07-31 Saratogian
Brian Donlevy figures his skirt-chasing lawyer role in The Lucky Stiff is another Great McGinty. The picture, based on the Murder and Mr. Malone air series, just went before the cameras for Jack Benny's Amusement Enterprises, Inc. Claire Trevor plays Brian's secretary and Dottie Lamour is hte other woman and the best-looking ghost I've seen this year. Yes, a ghost. Brian fakes her electrocution for murder with the help of the district attorney and brings her back as a ghost to track down the real killers. Claire, meanwhile, is tracking down Brian romantically, and Dottie is doing the same. But the payoff finds him leaving both of 'em for a pretty new blonde client, former Petty girl Ruth Lewis. "It won't win an Oscar," say Benny's associates, "but it should make a lot of money."

48-07-31 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30-WCFL-Amazing Mr. Malone. (A)
48-08-07
16
Title Unknown
N
48-08-07 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30-WCFL-Amazing Mr. Malone. (A)
48-08-14
17
Title Unknown
N
48-08-14 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30-WCFL-Amazing Mr. Malone. (A)
48-08-21
18
Title Unknown
N
48-08-21 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30-WCFL-Amazing Mr. Malone. (A)
48-08-28
19
Cleanliness Is Next To Godliness
N
48-08-28 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30-WCFL-Amazing Mr. Malone. (A)
48-09-04
20
Title Unknown
N
48-09-04 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30-WCFL-Amazing Mr. Malone. (A)
48-09-11
21
Title Unknown
N
48-09-11 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30-WCFL-Amazing Mr. Malone. (A)
48-09-18
22
Title Unknown
N
48-09-18 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30-WCFL-Amazing Mr. Malone. (A)
48-09-25
23
Title Unknown
N
48-09-25 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30-WCFL-Amazing Mr. Malone. (A)
48-10-02
24
Title Unknown
N
48-10-02 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30-WCFL-Amazing Mr. Malone. (A)
48-10-09
25
Title Unknown
N
48-10-09 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30-WCFL-Amazing Mr. Malone. (A)
48-10-16
26
Title Unknown
N
48-10-16 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30-WCFL-Amazing Mr. Malone. (A)
48-10-23
27
Title Unknown
N
48-10-23 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30-WCFL-Amazing Mr. Malone. (A)
48-10-30
28
Title Unknown
N
48-10-30 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30-WCFL-Amazing Mr. Malone. (A)
48-11-06
29
Title Unknown
N
48-11-06 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30-WCFL-Amazing Mr. Malone. (A)
48-11-13
30
Title Unknown
N
48-11-13 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30-WCFL-Amazing Mr. Malone. (A)
48-11-20
31
Title Unknown
N
48-11-20 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30-WCFL-Amazing Mr. Malone. (A)
48-11-27
32
Title Unknown
N
48-11-27 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30-WCFL-Amazing Mr. Malone. (A)
48-12-04
33
Title Unknown
N
48-12-04 Chicago Daily Tribune
9:30-WCFL-Amazing Mr. Malone.
48-12-11
34
Title Unknown
N
48-12-11 Chicago Daily Tribune
9:30-WCFL-Amazing Mr. Malone.
48-12-18
35
Title Unknown
N
48-12-18 Chicago Daily Tribune
9:00-WCFL-Amazing Mr. Malone.
48-12-25
36
Title Unknown
N
48-12-25 Chicago Daily Tribune
9:00-WCFL-Amazing Mr. Malone.
49-01-01
37
Title Unknown
N
49-01-01 Chicago Daily Tribune
9:00-WCFL-Amazing Mr. Malone
49-01-08
38
Title Unknown
N
49-01-08 Chicago Daily Tribune
9:00-WCFL-Amazing Mr. Malone
49-01-15
39
Title Unknown
N
49-01-15 Chicago Daily Tribune
9:00-WCFL-Amazing Mr. Malone
49-01-22
40
Title Unknown
N
49-01-22 Chicago Daily Tribune
9:00-WCFL-Amazing Mr. Malone
49-01-29
41
Title Unknown
N
49-01-29 Chicago Daily Tribune
9:00-WCFL-Amazing Mr. Malone
49-02-05
42
Title Unknown
N
49-02-05 Chicago Daily Tribune
9:00-WCFL-Amazing Mr. Malone
49-02-12
43
Title Unknown
N
49-02-12 Chicago Daily Tribune
9:00-WCFL-Amazing Mr. Malone
49-02-19
44
Title Unknown
N
49-02-19 Chicago Daily Tribune
9:00-WCFL-Amazing Mr. Malone
49-02-26
45
Title Unknown
N
49-02-26 Chicago Daily Tribune
9:00-WCFL-Amazing Mr. Malone
49-03-05
46
Title Unknown
N
49-03-05 Chicago Daily Tribune
9:00-WCFL-Amazing Mr. Malone
49-03-12
47
Title Unknown
N
49-03-12 Chicago Daily Tribune
9:00-WCFL-Amazing Mr. Malone
49-03-19
48
Title Unknown
N
49-03-19 Chicago Daily Tribune
9:30-WCFL-Amazing Mr. Malone
49-03-26
49
Title Unknown
N
[ Last Amazing Mr. Malone of the first season; replaced by Pat Novak for Hire]

49-03-26 Chicago Daily Tribune
9:30-WCFL-Amazing Mr. Malone
49-04-02
--
--
49-04-02 Chicago Daily Tribune
9:30-WCFL-Pat Novak for Hire





49-09-14
--
--
49-09-14 Wisconsin State Journal
WISC 7:00 Stars in Night
49-09-21
50
The Paul Conrad Case
Y
[ Premiere of the second season of The Amazing Mr. Malone; ABC sustaining; Starring Gene Raymond as John J. Malone]

49-09-21 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--The Amazing Mr. Malone (WISC):
begins new season with Frank Lovejoy in title role.

Features
Paul Frees as Larry Hogan, Raymond Burr as Paul Conrad, Betty Lou Gerson as Doris Conrad and Stacy Harris as Jackie Sherman

Announces "
Public Enemy No. 1" as next
49-09-28
51
Public Enemy No. 1
N
49-09-28 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Amazing Mr. Malone (WISC):
meets gangsters who want to be Public Enemy No. 1.

49-09-28 Long Beach Press-Telegram
7:30--KECA--
Gene Raymond has been chosen to portray the lead role of the popular mystery drama "The Amazing Mr. Malone." Tonight's story is about a gangster who had one ambition...to be public enemy No. 1.
49-10-05
52
Title Unknown
N
49-10-05 Wisconsin State Journal
WISC 7:00 Amazing Mr. Malone
49-10-12
53
Title Unknown
N
49-10-12 Wisconsin State Journal
WENR 7:00 Amazing Mr. Malone
49-10-19
54
Title Unknown
N
49-10-19 Wisconsin State Journal
WENR 7:00 Amazing Mr. Malone
49-10-26
55
Title Unknown
N
49-10-26 Wisconsin State Journal
WISC 7:00 Amazing Mr. Malone

49-10-26 Long Beach Press-Telegram
7:30--KECA--This is mystery night on ABC . . . Listen to "The Amazing Mr. Malone" at this time; "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" at 8:00 . . . "Boris Karloff" at 8:30, and "The Croupier" at 9:00.
49-11-02
56
Title Unknown
N
9-11-02 Wisconsin State Journal - WISC 7:00 Amazing Mr. Malone
49-11-06
57
Title Unknown
N
[ Moves to Sundays]

49-11-06 Wisconsin State Journal
WISC 6:30 The Amazing Mr. Malone

49-11-06 Nebraska State Journal
THE AMAZING MR. MALONE, starring Gene Raymond,
will now be heard Sundays at 6:30 p.m.--KFOR.

49-11-13
58
Title Unknown
N
49-11-13 Chicago Daily Tribune
6:30 P.M. WENR--Amazing Mr. Malone.
49-11-20
59
Title Unknown
N
49-11-20 Wisconsin State Journal
WISC 6:30 The Amazing Mr. Malone
49-11-27
60
Title Unknown
N
49-11-27 Long Beach Press-Telegram
7:30 P.M.--KECA--"The Amazing Mr. Malone"
episode for tonight calls upon the amazing John J. Malone to solve a murder of a fellow attorney.
49-12-04
61
Title Unknown
N
49-12-04 Wisconsin State Journal
WISC 6:30 The Amazing Mr. Malone
49-12-11
62
Title Unknown
N
49-12-11 Wisconsin State Journal
WISC 6:30 The Amazing Mr. Malone
49-12-18
--
Pre-Empted
--
49-12-18 Wisconsin State Journal
WISC 6:30 Greatest Story Ever Told

49-12-18 Long Beach Press-Telegram
7:30 P.M. KECA--Piano Playhouse
49-12-25
63
Title Unknown
N
49-12-25 Wisconsin State Journal
WISC 6:30 The Amazing Mr. Malone

49-12-25 Chicago Daily Tribune
6:30 P .M. WENR--Mr. Malone.

49-12-25 Los Angeles Times
9:00 P.M. KECA-Amazing Mr. Malone
50-01-01
64
Title Unknown
N
50-01-01 Long Beach Press-Telegram
7:30--KECA--"The Amazing Mr. Malone"
discovers that marital mixups can end up in unpleasant things murder for instance.
50-01-08
65
Title Unknown
N
50-01-08 Wisconsin State Journal
WISC 6:30 Amazing Mr. Malone
50-01-15
66
Title Unknown
N
50-01-15 Wisconsin State Journal
WISC 6:30 Amazing Mr. Malone
50-01-22
67
The Georgie Kelt Case
Y
[ Second Half only]

50-01-22 Wisconsin State Journal
WISC 6:30 Amazing Mr. Malone

Features
Harry Morgan [as Henry Morgan] as Detective Brooks and Paul Frees as Danny Reed.
50-01-29
68
The Devil Finds Work For Idle Hands
Y
50-01-29 Wisconsin State Journal
WISC 6:30 p.m.--Amazing Mr. Malone (WISC):
Gene Raymond in story of payroll robbery linked with murder.

Features
Jack Webb as 'Mac' MacKenzie and Stacy Harris as Larry Harris.
50-02-05
69
Title Unknown
N
50-02-05 Wisconsin State Journal
WISC 6:30 Amazing Mr. Malone
50-02-12
70
A Thing of Beauty Is A Joy Forever
Y
[ First half only]

50-02-12 Wisconsin State Journal
WISC 6:30 Amazing Mr. Malone

Features
Jack Webb as Al Warren and Bill Conrad as Big Jim Begley.
50-02-19
71
When the Cat's Away, the Mice Will Play
Y
[ First half only; Announces 133 previous episodes; PSA for National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week, which was celebrated the first week of October then; it may have been rebroadcast in Septemer of 1950]

50-02-19 Wisconsin State Journal
WISC 6:30 Amazing Mr. Malone

Features
Raymond Burr as Alan Walsh and Stacy Harris as Barclay.
50-02-26
72
Appearances Can Be Deceiving
Y
50-02-26 Wisconsin State Journal
WISC 6:30 Amazing Mr. Malone

Features
Jack Webb as Dave Cromwell, Betty Lou Gerson as Laura Reicher and Bill Conrad as Corky Michaels.
50-03-05
73
How Poor Are They That Have Not Patience
Y
[ First half only]

50-03-05 Wisconsin State Journal
WISC 6:30 Amazing Mr. Malone

Features
Bill Conrad as Joe Sloan and Stacy Harris as Cy Nichols
50-03-12
74
Title Unknown
N
50-03-12 Wisconsin State Journal
WISC 6:30 Amazing Mr. Malone
50-03-19
75
Title Unknown
N
50-03-19 Wisconsin State Journal
WISC 6:30 Amazing Mr. Malone
50-03-26
76
Title Unknown
N
50-03-25 Harrisburg Daily Register
Red Cross messages will be heard on the following radio programs next week: We The People, Burns and Allen, Bing Crosby, The Saint, Corliss Archer, Mr. President, Blondie, Ozzie and Harriet, The Amazing Mr. Malone, Stop the Music (Miriam Hopkins making the appeal), Dr. Christian, Contented Hour, Dennis Day, Dragnet, Alice Faye and Phil Harris.

50-03-26 Wisconsin State Journal
WISC 6:30 Amazing Mr. Malone
50-04-02
77
Title Unknown
N
50-04-02 Wisconsin State Journal
WISC 6:30 Amazing Mr. Malone
50-04-09
78
Title Unknown
N
50-04-09 Wisconsin State Journal
WISC 6:30 Amazing Mr. Malone
50-04-16
79
Title Unknown
N
50-04-16 Wisconsin State Journal
WISC 6:30 Amazing Mr. Malone
50-04-23
80
Title Unknown
N
50-04-23 Wisconsin State Journal
WISC 6:30 Amazing Mr. Malone
50-04-30
81
Title Unknown
N
50-04-30 Wisconsin State Journal
WISC 7:30 Amazing Mr. Malone
50-05-07
82
Title Unknown
N
50-05-07 Wisconsin State Journal
WISC7:30 Amazing Mr. Malone
50-05-14
83
Title Unknown
N
50-05-14 Wisconsin State Journal
9:15 p.m.--The Amazing Mr. Malone (WISC):
temporarily at this hour.
50-05-21
84
Title Unknown
N
50-05-21 Wisconsin State Journal
WISC 7:30 Amazing Mr. Malone
50-05-28
85
Title Unknown
N
50-05-28 Wisconsin State Journal
WISC 7:30 Amazing Mr. Malone
50-06-04
86
Title Unknown
N
50-06-04 Wisconsin State Journal
WISC 7:30 Amazing Mr. Malone
50-06-11
87
Title Unknown
N
50-06-11 Wisconsin State Journal
WISC 7:30 Amazing Mr. Malone
50-06-18
--
Preempted
--
50-06-18 Wisconsin State Journal
WISC 7:30 Golf Tournament; WENR-WLS 7:30 Ted Malone

50-06-18 Long Beach Press-Telegram
7:00--KECA--"Clear and Present Danger," the documentary analysis of hte country's loyalty program presented in "suspense story" format, will be rebroadcast tonight. Its amazing reception on its initial broadcast makes it imperative for all to heed its message.
50-06-25
88
Title Unknown
N
50-06-25 Wisconsin State Journal
WISC 7:30 The Amazing Mr. Malone
50-07-02
89
Title Unknown
N
50-07-02 Wisconsin State Journal
WISC 7:30 Amazing Mr. Malone
50-07-09
90
Title Unknown
N
50-07-09 Wisconsin State Journal
WISC 7:30 Amazing Mr. Malone
50-07-16
91
Title Unknown
N
50-07-16 Wisconsin State Journal
WISC 7:30 Amazing Mr. Malone
50-07-23
92
Title Unknown
N
50-07-23 Wisconsin State Journal
WISC 7:30 Amazing Mr. Malone
50-07-30
93
Title Unknown
N
50-07-30 Wisconsin State Journal
WISC 7:30 Amazing Mr. Malone
50-08-06
94
Title Unknown
N
50-08-06 Wisconsin State Journal
WISC 7:30 Amazing Mr. Malone
50-08-13
95
Title Unknown
N
[ Time change]

50-08-13 Wisconsin State Journal
WENR 5:30 The Amazing Mr. Malone.

50-08-13 Chicago Daily Tribune
6:30 P.M. WENR--Amazing Mr. Malone.
50-08-20
96
Title Unknown
N
50-08-20 Chicago Daily Tribune
6:30 P.M. WENR--Amazing Mr. Malone.

50-08-20 Wisconsin State Journal
WENR 5:30 The Amazing Mr. Malone
50-08-27
97
Title Unknown
N
50-08-27 Wisconsin State Journal
WENR 5:30 The Amazing Mr. Malone

50-08-27 Chicago Daily Tribune
6:30 P.M. WENR--Amazing Mr. Malone.
50-09-03
98
Title Unknown
N
50-09-03 Wisconsin State Journal
WENR 5:30 The Amazing Mr. Malone

50-09-03 Chicago Daily Tribune
6:30 P.M. WENR--Amazing Mr. Malone.
50-09-10
99
Title Unknown
N
50-09-10 Chicago Daily Tribune
6:30 P.M. WENR--Amazing Mr. Malone.
50-09-17
100
Title Unknown
N
50-09-17 Chicago Daily Tribune
6:30 P.M. WENR--Amazing Mr. Malone.
50-09-24
101
Title Unknown
N
50-09-24 Chicago Daily Tribune
6:30 P.M. WENR--Amazing Mr. Malone.
50-10-01
--
--
50-10-01 Chicago Daily Tribune
6:30 P.M. WENR--Cliché Club.





51-05-18
--
--
51-05-18 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 7:00 Dangerous Assignment
51-05-25
1
A Strong Offense Is the Best Defense
Y
[ The Amazing Mr. Malone returns over NBC; Sustaining; George Petrie as John J. Malone; Production moves to New York]

51-05-25 Bridgeport Post
"The Amazing Mr. Malone," mystery series formerly heard on ABC, becomes an NBC feature Fridays at 9 p.m.
starting tonight, with George Petrie as star.

51-05-25 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--The Amazing Mr. Malone (WMAQ):
little Chicago lawyer returns to the air.

51-05-25 Bridgeport Telegram
9:00--
"The Amazing Mr. Malone" with John Lund--WNBC.

51-06-01
2
Hard Work Never Killed Anyone
Y
51-06-01 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Amazing Mr. Malone (WIBA):
with George Petrie in title role.

Feature
Ken Lynch as Morgan.
51-06-08
3
Seek and Ye Shall Find
Y
51-06-08 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 The Amazing Mr. Malone
51-06-15
4
Early To Bed, Early To Rise
Y
51-06-15 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Amazing Mr. Malone (WIBA):
George Petrie as crime-solving attorney.
51-06-22
5
Hard Work Never Killed Anyone
Y
51-06-22 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 The Amazing Mr. Malone
51-06-29
6
Handsome Is As Handsome Does
Y
51-06-29 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 The Amazing Mr. Malone
51-07-06
7
Never Judge A Book By It's Cover
Y
51-07-06 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 The Amazing Mr. Malone
51-07-13
8
Haste Maketh Waste
Y
[ Last program]

51-07-13 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 The Amazing Mr. Malone
51-07-20
--
--
51-07-20 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Inspector Thorne (WIBA): new mystery series starring Karl Weber; "The Fabulous Divorce Pay-off Murder Case."





Grace Gibson The Amazing Mr. Malone head





Australian Grace Gibson Radio Productions Run of 'The Amazing Mr. Malone' Radio Program Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
53-08-27
1
The Third Husband
N
53-09-03
2
Partners
N
53-09-10
3
Blonde Date
N
53-09-17
4
The Debt
N
53-09-24
5
The Protector
N
53-10-01
6
Where There's A Will
N
53-10-08
7
The Loudmouth
N
53-10-15
8
The Stooge
N
53-10-22
9
Ladies Man
N
53-10-29
10
His Brother's Keeper
N
53-11-05
11
The Smoothie
Y
A stock swindle goes wrong.
53-11-12
12
The Lucky Stiff
Y
53-11-19
13
The Bonds
N
53-11-26
14
Loaded Dice
N
53-12-03
15
Triple-Cross
N
53-12-10
16
The Eternal Square
N
53-12-17
17
The World's A Stage
N
53-12-24
18
Unlucky At Cards
N
53-12-31
19
Title Unknown
N
54-01-07
20
Title Unknown
N
54-01-14
21
You Can't Judge A Book
N
54-01-21
22
The Van Gogh
N
Larry la Vere plans with his girl friend's help to rob her husband of a painting he has just bought
54-01-28
23
The Blackmailer
N

When Eddie Michaels discovershis girl friends muderer, he tries his hand at blackmail, but is shot.

54-02-04
24
The Psychologist
N
A businessman suspects his wife of being unfaithful. Soon after he is found shot. Mr Malone investigates not only the lover, but also the dead man's business partners.
54-02-11
25
A Friend In Need
N

Adventure and trouble walks in when blond Kitty Matthews opens her front door to a brush salesman

54-02-18
26
The Humorist
N

A Private detective finds that a gangster who was electrocuted a few years ago is still alive buthe cannot find out anything about him unless he turns over fifty percent of his detective agency to the informer. He signs half over and starts after the gangster, but next day is found dead

54-02-25
27
The Hoax
N
Ray Driscoll, who manages a business is caught embezzelingmoney by the owner. The owner threatens him and the next day Driscoll's body is found in the river
54-03-04
28
The Jealous Husband
N

Danny Eldridge, a man of ambition, finds that it is time he improved both his wife and home, but in doing so runs into trouble

54-03-11
29
The Boner
N
A gang leader of narcotic smuggler kills a man and the murder is witnessed by one of his employees. This man asks Mr Malone to prove his innocence of complicity of the crime
54-03-18
30
The Welcher
N
Tess Johnson owes Mr Kerlos de Carlo a lot of money through a card gamble and Mr de Carlo intended to get it. Johnson pays his debt to de Carlo's right hand man
54-03-25
31
The Dude
Y
Joe Norman, a well known sharpshooter around, hits on a plan which will enable him to doublecross the two most powerful men in town
54-04-01
32
They All Confessed
Y
Leo and Rita Jordan conspire to make some easy money so Rita makes a play for Bernie Moore, the son of a wealthy man,but things do not go according to their plans
54-04-08
33
The Badger Game
N
When Mr Reeves pulled into Chicago with 25,000pounds in his pocket to put over a business deal, the first to know was Louie Hanados, a big time crook
54-04-15
34
The Ring
N
Vic Brissom is released from gaol after being convicted for a jewel robbery in which the loot had never been recovered. Brisson sets out to have a good time after being in gaol for five years but his partner in the robbery demands a split of the profit
54-04-22
35
Matilda
N
When Mrs Matilda Richards, a dear old lady, enters Mr Malone's office to make her will, trouble enters too. She leaves everything including a bronze statue of Buddha to her niece Virginia Richards. Mrs Richards, who bought the seemingy worthless statue with her when she consulted Mr Malone decides on his advice to leave it with her
54-04-29
36
The Kidnappers
N
Jack Roberts is approached by a man named Danny and offered a partnership in a deal to kidnap a bookmaker which should make them 50000 pounds each
54-05-06
37
The Unlucky Charm
N
Tony Milano, big restaurant owner around the town, frames the murder of a politician, Mr Christie, on to Jack Reed, racketeer, but in doing so runs into trouble. Reed seeks Mr Malone who investigates the murder and discovers two murders , not one as he was given to understand
54-05-13
38
Revenge Is Sweet
N
To get involved in two love affairs is quite enough. But when Frank Vergness also gets involved in two murders he is really asking for trouble and Mr Malone finds he has a lot of trouble too in solving the case.
54-05-20
39
For the Love of A Woman
N
When a woman talks her boyfriend into robbing her boss's safe so that they can run away and be married. They both run into trouble and a murder and suicide don't help thier little plot
54-05-27
40
Title Unknown
N
54-06-03
41
The Christmas Spirit
N
54-06-10
42
The Trio
N
54-06-17
43
The Loot
N
Mrs Danny Graham accused of shooting her husband calls on Mr Malone to defend her and in doing so, he becomes involved with a gang who are playing for big stakes
54-06-24
44
The Stoolie
N
Mr Alfredo, prorietor of the club Alfredo, a well known gambling haunt, is murdered and Mr Malone well known stool pigeon ast to the killer, but he finds he has another case on his hands when the life of the stool pigeon is threatened
54-07-01
45
Bad for Business
N
Jackie Barclay on the run after juggling's his firm's account books, so that he made a profit is shot on attempting to leave the country. The police who shot Jackiehad been tipped offabout his movements by his girl friend, Miss Stratton. With Jackie dead it meant that Miss Stratton was left with all the money that Jackie had taken from the firm
54-07-08
46
A Wolf At the Wheel
N
Mr Malone is called in to represent a client whose father has been killed by a hit and run driver and he really has a case on his hands. His only witness is shot dead while attempting to blackmail the killer and Mr Malone is seemingly left without a lead
54-07-15
47
The Prosecutor
N
When a not so honest Judge Heyward is shot dead when he refuses to help a thug. Young lawyer, Jock Maclean is called in to investigate. But when he too is shot, Mr Malone takes over and is intrumental in solving the case
54-07-22
48
Law of Averages
N
Jimmy Castle, prize fighter, walks out on his wife after a row in which she accuses him of two timing her. Next day in the gym training for a big fight, Jimmy is shot dead and Mr Malone is called in to solve the mystery
54-07-29
49
The Wrong Guy
N
To kill a man whom you believe has been missing around with your wife is not an easy thing at any time. But when Carl Reiker sets out to do theis very thing he really messes it up. Mr Reiker shoots the wrong man, which eventually leads to his own killg and Mr Malone is called in to solve the crime.
54-08-05
50
A Case of Identity
N
When Mr Godfried found he was getting short of money, he decided the only way out was to kill his partner Mr Bones and collect the insurance policy which the pair had taken out. Mr Godfried murdered his parner but unknown to him there was a witness who promptly ran to Mr Malone with the news
54-08-12
51
Two's Company
N
Mr Finch was a partner in a very properous night club. But the other partner, Mr Corby, thought there was room for improvement and suggested that he and Mr Finch,join up with a racketeer named Candino who was willing to finance their expansion.Mr Finch,  however, became obstinate and was eventually killed. But who killed him? Was it his partner or was it one of the many enemies he had made during the years.
54-08-19
52
The Best Laid Plans
N
Rita Wagner and her lover, Jackie Backer, laid a plan wherefore Rita's wealthy husband is accidentally killed. But with the arrival of Rita's brother all the plans seem to go astray. Then Mr Malone was called in and in his usual professional way was able to put clue and clue together and solved the case.






Murder and Mr Malone Radio Program Biographies




Frank Lovejoy
(John J. Malone, Esq.)

(1912-1962)

Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, U.S.A.

Radiography:
1937 Tribute To WHAS
1937 The Adventures of Jungle Jim
1938 No Help Wanted
1938 Columbia Workshop
1938 American School of the Air
1939 Dime-A-Month Club
1030 Mr. District Attorney
1939 Arch Oboler's Plays
1939 Your Family and Mine
1939 The Shadow
1940 Betty and Bob
1940 The Gay Nineties Revue
1940 Superman
1940 The Blue Beetle
1940 Easy Aces
1940 Skyblazers
1941 America's Famous Fathers
1941 The Treasury Hour
1941 Vic and Sade
1942 This Is War
1942 Gang Busters
1942 The War Production Board's Report On the War Production Drive
1942 Keep 'Em Rolling
1942 This Is Our Enemy
1942 Radio Reader's Digest
1942 Tom Dixon Meets the Enemy
1942 An American In England
1942 Twelve Crowded Months
1943 Todd Grant Gets the Story
1943 The Victory Hour
1943 Lights Out
1943 Treasury Star Parade
1943 The Man Behind the Gun
1943 The March Of Time
1943 Mr and Mrs North
1943 The Elgin Company's Second Annual Tribute To the Armed Forces
1944 Modern Romances
1944 Radio Hall Of Fame
1944 Columbia Presents Corwin
1944 Joyce Jordan, M.D.
1944 Four For the Fifth
1944 Cavalcade Of America
1944 It's Maritime
1944 The Sportsmen's Club
1944 Words At War
1945 Treasury Salute
1945 Weird Circle
1945 This Is Your FBI
1945 Boston Blackie
1945 Theatre Of Romance
1945 Theater Guild On the Air
1946 Adventures Of the Red Feather Man
1946 Victory Clothing Collection
1946 Request Performance
1946 Continental Celebrity Club
1946 Favorite Story
1946 The Whistler
1946 Sound Off
1947 Freedom Train
1947 Hercule Poirot
1947 Suspense
1947 The Right To Live
1947 Murder and Mr Malone
1947 Escape!
1947 Before Their Time
1947 Doorway To Life
1947 Destiny Trails
1948 Damon Runyon Theatre
1948 Ellery Queen
1948 Five Minute Mysteries
1948 Shorty Bell, Cub Reporter
1948 Hallmark Playhouse
1948 The Amazing Mr Malone
1948 Hopalong Cassidy
1948 The Adventures Of Sam Spade
1948 The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty
1948 Prudential Family Hour Of Stars
1948 Anacin Hollywood Star Theater
1949 The New Adventures Of Michael Shayne
1949 The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show
1949 Pat Novak For Hire
1949 Screen Director's Playhouse
1949 Lux Radio Theatre
1949 Today's Children
1949 Here Comes McBride
1949 The Haunting Hour
1949 Box Thirteen
1949 Dragnet
1949 The Adventures Of Frank Race
1949 Family Theater
1949 Richard Diamond, Private Detective
1949 Four Star Playhouse
1950 Night Beat
1950 Beyond This World
1950 Closed Circuit: Parade Of Stars Weekly Preview
1950 Beyond Tomorrow
1950 U.N. Story
1950 The Big Show
1951 Hollywood Star Playhouse
1952 Easter Seals Parade
1952 One Man's Family
1952 Stars In the Air
1952 Hollywood Playhouse Of Romance
1953 Bakers' Theatre Of Stars
1954 Stagestruck
1954 Anthology
1954 The Christopher Program
Destiny Trails
Beyond Reasonable Doubt
The Haunting Hour
Bud's Bandwagon
Frank Lovejoy circa 1950
Frank Lovejoy circa 1950

Lovejoy's first wife, Frances Williams,  was something of a trend-setter in her own right. She was the first to sing--and dance to--the Charleston, she was the first introduce the Casablanca standard ' As Time Goes By ', and she participated in the first ever, cross-country network hook-up of Radio in 1926. The couple divorced in the mid-1930s
Lovejoy's first wife, Frances Williams, was something of a trend-setter in her own right. She was the first to sing--and dance to--the Charleston, she was the first to introduce the Casablanca standard ' As Time Goes By ', and she participated in the first ever, cross-country network hook-up of Radio in 1926. The couple divorced after seven months.

Lovejoy married the lovely Radio, Film and Television actress Joan Banks in 1940
Lovejoy married the lovely Radio, Film and Television actress Joan Banks in 1940. Married some 20 years they were together at the time of Lovejoy's death in 1962

Lovejoy's work with Nathan van Cleve and William N. Robson on Man Behind The Gun garnered a Peaboy Award for the program in 1943.
Lovejoy's work with Nathan van Cleve and William N. Robson on Man Behind The Gun garnered a Peabody Award for the program in 1943.

Lovejoy as Lt. Tom Brennan in House of Wax (1953)
Lovejoy as Lt. Tom Brennan in House of Wax (1953)

Frank Lovejoy with wife Joan Banks their two children and, one presumes, a clown hired for a special occasion
Frank Lovejoy with wife Joan Banks their two children and, one presumes, a clown hired for a special occasion circa 1958.
A native New Yorker--The Bronx--Frank Lovejoy entered the work force in New York City months before the Stock Market crash of 1929--his job at the time, a Wall Street runner. Needless to say, he'd found other work by 1930. That work--and that career--was shaping up to be The Stage.

Lovejoy began the apprenticeship and journeyman process of making the rounds of stock companies, little theatre, community theatre and off-Broadway production and performance work ranging from Portland, Maine to Portland, Oregon.

From the October 3, 1962 edition of the Bridgeport Telegram:
FRANK LOVEJOY,
ACTOR, 50, DIES
      NEW YORK, Oct.3 (AP)--Actor Frank Lovejoy, known to millions for his work in stage, screen, radio and television productions, was found dead in bed today.  He was 50.       His wife, Joan, was unable to arouse him this morning and summoned a physician.  The doctor said Lovejoy apparently had died eight to 10 hours before from a coronary thrombosis.     Mrs. Lovejoy said her husband had watched the baseball pennant playoff between the Dodgers and Giants until early last night, then went to bed saying he felt tired.     The actor's latest work was in the Broadway hit "The Best Man," which closed recently.  His last performance was in a production of the same play Sunday night in Paramus, N.J.  No showing had been scheduled last night.     Producer Robert Ludlum said Lovejoy was in good spirits Sunday night, and was looking forward to a vacation in Bermuda after this week.     Because of his death, tonight's performance was cancelled.     During a busy theatrical career, Lovejoy had prominent or starring roles in more than two dozen movies. 
     They included "Home of the Brave," his first, released in 1949; "I Was a Communist for the FBI," "Beachhead," and "Strategic Air Command."     On Broadway, he had made his debut in "Judgment Day" in 1934.  Among other shows in which he appeared were "Pursuit of Happiness" and "Woman Bites Dog."
           Scored First In Radio
      Lovejoy won his first success in radio, where he started as an announcer.  Through the years he was heard in such dramatic productions as "Gangbusters," "This Is Your FBI," "Mr. District Attorney," "Philo Vance" and "The Kate Smith Hour," all on the National Broadcasting company network.     The Columbia Broadcasting System featured him in such shows as "Grand Central Station," "Columbia Workshop" and "This Day Is Ours."     Lovejoy was a native of New York City who grew up in Woodridge, J.J., and attended high in Rutherford, N.J.  Later his family moved to Clifton, N.J.     At 15 he got a job in New York as a Wall Street runner, but the 1929 stock market crash ended that employment.     He turned his attention to acting and got his first experience in little theater groups.     Lovejoy was married to actress Joan Banks in 1940.  They have two children, Judith, 17, and Stephen, 14.

Though probably more widely known for his Film and Television work, Frank Lovejoy spent the greater majority of his performing life in Radio. Over a span of twenty years, Frank Lovejoy appeared in an estimated 3,000 Radio productions during his career. As comfortable in the lead as in supporting roles, Frank Lovejoy possessed one of Radio's most identifiable voices.

The qualities of that voice bear some reflection. Frank Lovejoy showed his versatility over Radio early on. But one of the most fascinating--and enduring--qualities of his performances was his voice. A very unique voice, part raspy, part gravelly, part foreboding when called upon, but invariably sympathetic. Irrespective of the role, Frank Lovejoy's very unique voice instrument was absolutely unmistakeable.

Indeed, Lovejoy's voice was so unmistakeable in Radio that writers were often tasked with devising roles for Lovejoy that were increasingly unsympathetic over the years, simply to provide Lovejoy more variety to his characterizations and more depth to his performances. Ironically, his public wasn't having any of it. No matter the characterization, Lovejoy's growing body of fans found Lovejoy's characterizations sympathetic no matter what role they found him in.

Frank Lovejoy enjoyed equally successful careers in Radio, Television and Film, but given the extraordinary demand for his talent in Radio and Television, it's a tribute to his versatility--and endurance--that he even managed to appear in twenty-four successful feature films during his abbreviated career.

In Radio, cast as one of Radio's earliest superheros, The Blue Beetle, or in a succession of radio noir roles, or in numerous, conflicted supernatural thriller roles, or in the hundreds of his straight dramatic characterizations over twenty years in Radio, Frank Lovejoy soon became a Radio icon. His voice remains one of the ten, most identifiable voices from The Golden Age of Radio.

His Television career very much mirrored his Radio career. With lead roles in several Golden Age of Television programs of the era, Lovejoy also regularly appeared in a succession of Television's most prestigious, playhouse-type drama anthologies of the era. Indeed, there's little question that Lovejoy's Television stardom would have continued on well past the 1960s had he not succumbed to a premature heart-attack in 1962.

For his most ardent fans, The Blue Beetle (1940) and Night Beat (1950) undoubtedly remain his two most remembered roles. For his Television fans, his two series, Man Against Crime (1956) and Meet McGraw (1957) probably remain his most familiar roles. For Lovejoy's Film fans--or perhaps, simply, overall fans--Lovejoy's gift for highly sympathetic, yet brilliantly understated radio noir, film noir and television noir roles remain his greatest media triumphs.

Frank Lovejoy, in spite of some of his more blustery roles, remained one of the entertainment world's most likable personalities. We doubt seriously that that's what Lovejoy intended--in spite of himself. But that sincerity and forthright, transparent delivery endeared him to at least four generations of Radio listeners and Television and Film audiences.

Nor do we expect the number of his fans to stop growing anytime soon.




John Randolph 'Jack' Webb
(
Det. Lt. McGraw)
Radio, Stage, Screen and Television Actor, Radio Disc Jockey, Recording Artist, Producer, Director, and Writer
(1920-1982)

Birthplace: Santa Monica, CA

Education: Belmont High School, Los Angeles, CA

Radiography:
1945 The Little Man Inside
1946 One Out of Seven
1946 The Jack Webb Show
1946 Music for the Family
1946 Spotlight Playhouse
1946 Are These Our Children?
1947 The New Adventures Of Michael Shayne
1947 Johnny Madero, Pier 23
1947 Suspense
1948 Murder and Mr Malone
1948 Escape
1948 The Whistler
1948 Ellery Queen
1948 Jeff Regan, Investigator
1948 Errand of Mercy
1948 Guest Star
1948 The Anacin Hollywood Star Theatre
1949 Three For Adventure
1949 Pat Novak For Hire
1949 Dragnet
1949 The Adventures Of Sam Spade
1950 Family Theatre
1950 Night Beat
1950 The Story of Dr Kildare
1951 Pete Kelly's Blues
1953 The Martin and Lewis Show
1953 The Bob Hope Show
1959 Hollywood Salutes the National Guard
1963 Weekend Sound Flights
1969 The Charlie Greer Show
1969 Special Delivery: Vietnam
Three For Adventure

Mark VII, Limited Productions:

Mark VII Logo, 1953

1951-1959 Dragnet
1956-1957 Noah's Ark
1959 The D.A.'s Man
1959 Pete Kelly's Blues
1962-1963 General Electric 'TRUE'
1967-1970 Dragnet
1968-1975 Adam-12
1971-1972 The D.A.
1971-1972 O'Hara, U.S. Treasury
1972-1979 Emergency!
1972-1974 Hec Ramsey
1973 Escape
1973-1974 Chase
1974 Sierra
1975 Mobile One
1978-1979 Project UFO


August 16, 1951 Article on Jack Webb's Work Ethic
August 16, 1951 Article on Jack Webb's Work Ethic


Jack Webb ca. 1955
Jack Webb ca. 1955

Jack Webb (lower right) at Belmont High School ca. 1938
Jack Webb (lower right) at Belmont High School ca. 1938

Jack Webb ca. 1948
Jack Webb ca. 1948

Jack Webb as Joe Friday, ca. 1951
Jack Webb as Joe Friday ca. 1951

Jack Webb, providing direction to Ella Fitzgerald, ca 1954
Jack Webb, providing direction to Ella Fitzgerald, ca 1954

Jack Webb and first wife famed Jazz songstress, Julie London ca 1955
Jack Webb and first wife famed Jazz songstress, Julie London ca 1955

Jack Webb at home with his first daughter, Stacey ca. 1953
Jack Webb at home with his first daughter, Stacey ca. 1953

Jack Webb, reading a script on set, ca 1953
Jack Webb, reading a script on set, ca. 1953

Webb, with Peggy Lee and George Jessel at 1953 Cerebral Palsy Fund Raiser
Webb, with Peggy Lee and George Jessel at 1953 Cerebral Palsy Fund Raiser

Ben Alexander and Jack Webb confer in the Radio studio for Dragnet, ca. 1953

Ben Alexander and Jack Webb confer in the Radio studio for Dragnet, ca. 1953

Jack Webb, resting on a lighting board for the production set of Pete Kelly's Blues, ca. 1955
Jack Webb, resting on a lighting board for the production set of Pete Kelly's Blues, ca. 1955

Jack Webb, ca. 1965
Jack Webb, ca. 1965
Born in Santa Monica, California, on April 2, 1920, Jack Webb's father had already left home before his birth and Jack Webb would never know him. John Randolph Webb was raised by his mother and maternal grandmother amidst the poverty immediately preceding the Great Depression.

To make matters worse, Webb suffered from acute asthma from the age of six until his death, despite a cigarette intake that often reached three packs a day throughout his adulthood. Even as a young man, Jack Webb's great passion was movies, and he dreamed of one day directing them. His other passion--Jazz, was the gift of an ex-jazz performer who lived in Webb's Bunker Hill, L.A. apartment building. He gave Webb an LP of the legendary Bix Beiderbecke, the first of over 6,000 jazz recordings Jack Webb would collect over his lifetime.

Jack Webb served in the U.S. Army Air Forces as a crewmember of a B-26 Marauder medium bomber during World War II. Upon receiving his discharge, he relocated to San Francisco, working first as a late night disc jockey, then starring in his own radio shows, The Jack Webb Show (1946), a half-hour comedy that aired on the West Coast over ABC Radio.

His first acting roles in Radio were in San Francisco-based Monte Masters' Spotlight Playhouse (1946) performing with Masters' wife Natalie Park (later of Candy Matson fame), 1947's The New Adventures of Michael Shayne, and his own Johnny Madero, Pier 23. He would later spin off his Johnny Madero character into Pat Novak for Hire and Jeff Regan, Detective before he refined his crime drama sights to the more realistic and subdued Joe Friday character in Dragnet. Most notable--and personal--of his early projects was One Out of Seven (1946) in which Webb performed all the voices, attacking many social ills of the era, including race prejudice, corrupt politicians, and Red-baiting.

Jack Webb had an extraordinary ear for the 'throwaway line' most often associated with the work of Raymond Chandler. But it was Webb's genius for drolly and cynically delivering those Chandleresque lines, that made every radio program he recorded during that era some of the most often revisited recordings among Golden Age Radio collectors. Nevermind the fact that he was bouncing those memorable, hard-boiled retorts off of the likes of Raymond Burr, William Conrad, Wilms Herbert, Tudor Owen, Herb Butterfield--and yes, even the famous Carlisle Bibbers. Webb's influence continued throughout most of the radio noir genre detective and crime dramas that followed, even though Webb's own Joe Friday character never uttered a Chandleresque line himself during any of the iterations of Dragnet that followed.

Indeed it was a small role as a crime lab technician in the film noir classic He Walked by Night (1948) that led him to the creation of "Dragnet." Dragnet first aired over NBC radio on June 3, 1949, and moved to TV ("Dragnet" (1951)) on December 16, 1951, where it ran until September 1959. Webb also appeared in the famous Billy Wilder film, Sunset Boulevard (1950) as William Holden's energetic best friend. But it was the influence of the gritty, hyper-realistic He Walked By Night, that linked Webb to Detective Sergeant Marty Wynn of the Los Angeles Police Department. Wynn was a technical consultant for He Walked By Night, and with Wynn's assistance--and entre to legendary LAPD Chief William H. Parker--that Webb mapped out the pains-taking, hyper-realistic model for Dragnet.

Dragnet's ground-breaking influence was being felt in both Radio and Television. Webb's star continued rising fast, and the 1950s saw him become a film director, directing (and starring in) five features: Dragnet (1954), Pete Kelly's Blues (1955), The D.I. (1957), -30- (1959), and The Last Time I Saw Archie (1961). Webb's famous--or infamous--attention to the minutest details made him a natural behind the camera, but his last two directorial outings were box office flops.

Jack Webb's personal life was also arcing from the mid-1940s through the 1950s. He met and married beautiful Jazz songstress and actress Julie London, in 1947. The couple had two daughters, Stacey (1950) and Alisa (1952) and Webb was a doting father, albeit greatly compromised for quality time throughout what came to be the most active and demanding years of his professional life.

The compromises inevitably took their toll, and the couple divorced in 1953. Webb would marry three more times during his life; to Dorothy Towne (2 years), Jackie Loughery (6 years), and Opal Wright (2 years). After his divorce from Jackie Loughery in 1964, Webb would remain single until he married Opal Wright in 1980, just two years before his sudden heart attack just before Christmas of 1982.

Webb's return to Television in 1962 led to his appointment as Head of Production for Warner Bros. Television in February 1963. Webb had taken over from William T. Orr as executive producer of the hit ABC detective series 77 Sunset Strip (1958). Webb demanded wholesale changes in the program, retaining only Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., in the role of Stuart Bailey from the previous rotating ensemble cast of Zimbalist, Ed Byrnes, Roger Smith, Louis Quinn, Jaqueline Beer, and Richard Long. The result was a predictable disaster. Its ratings plummeted, and Warner Bros. canceled the Webb-helmed series midway into its sixth season. Apart from the poor box office showing of Webb's two previous films, Webb's reputation as one of Hollywood's wunderkind had continued to rise. The loss of his position with Warner Bros. was the first significant stumble of Webb's career

Following two years of unemployment--and reflection, Universal Studios invited Webb to do a new Dragnet as a TV movie. The result so pleased NBC and Universal that they offered Webb a new Dragnet series--Dragnet 1967. The new, updated series was an almost instant hit, and Dragnet 1967 ran for three seasons, followed by over ten years in syndication. Webb leveraged Dragnet 1967's success into a second hit, Adam-12 (1968), which gave both Jack Webb and his Mark VII, Limited production company a new lease on life. Webb's success developing new television programs with Mark VII continued through the 1970s, right up until the time of his unexpected passing in 1982. Webb's daughter Stacy tragically died in an automobile accident in 1996.

Jack Webb was a tireless champion of both social justice and the peace officers he so respected throughout his adult life. Jack Webb's mark in Radio influenced hundreds of other productions throughout the 1940s and 1950s. His influence on Television is felt to this day.

But for his Radio fans, his body of work--and its far-reaching influence--carries on, generation after generation through the magic of The Golden Age of Radio and the wonderful recordings we've managed to preserve from the era.

Rest In Peace, Detective Sergeant Friday




George Petrie
(John J. Malone, Esq.)

Stage, Radio, Television and Film Actor
(1912-1997)

Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.A.

Radiography:
1942 Pass In Review
1946 Textron Theater
1946 Treasury Salute
1946 Molle Mystery Theter
1946 Murder At Midnight
1947 Cavalcade Of America
1947 One For the Money (Audition)
1947 The Big Story
1948 Gang Busters
1948 Radio Reader's Digest
1948 Call the Police
1948 The Shadow
1948 Secret Missions
1949 Mind In the Shadow
1949 Philo Vance
1951 The Amazing Mr Malone
1951 Now Hear This
1951 Dimension X
1953 The Adventures Of Michael Shayne
1953 21st Precinct
1957 ABC Mystery Time
1958 The Ave Maria Hour
1958 THe Couple Next Door
1958 Indictment
1959 NBC Radio Theater
1960 Suspense
1961 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
1964 Theater Five
1974 CBS Radio Mystery Theater
George Petrie circa 1947
George Petrie circa 1947


George Petrie enacts the role of radio's most hard-boiled private eye--the tough-skinned 'Charlie Wild, Private Detective' in the new mystery series, heard over WHIZ-NBC Sundays at 5:30 p.m.


George Petrie circa 1956
George Petrie circa 1956

From the November 19th 1997 edition of the Winchester Star:

Actor George O. Petrie Dies

____________________
By The Associated Press
____________________

     LOS ANGELES — George O. Petrie, a veteran character actor whose career spanned Broadway, radio, films and a half century on television that included appearances on "The Honeymooners" and "Mad About You," died on Sunday.  He was 85.
     Petrie made his first appearance on television in 1947 on "Kraft Television Theatre" and recently appeared as Sid, the deadpan comic film editor, on the NBC series "Mad About You."
     He also was remembered as a "Honeymooners" regular, the Ewing family lawyer in "Dallas" and as "Don" Rudy Aiuppo in "Wiseguy."
     Petrie turned to radio with title roles in the network series "The Amazing Mr. Malone," "The Falcon" and "Gregory Hood and Charlie Wild."  He had supporting roles on "Mr. District Attorney" and "Theatre Guild on the Air."
     Petrie performed in a number of films, including "Planes, Trains and Automobiles," "Hud," "Gypsy" and "Boomerang."
     In the 1950s, Petrie was a regular in the soap operas "Search for Tomorrow," "As the World Turns" and "The Edge of Night."
     He became a frequent guest star "Gunsmoke," "Perry Mason," "The Twilight Zone," "The Andy Griffith Show," "Gomer Pyle," "Rawhide," "Hawaii Five-0," "Who's the Boss," "St. Elsewhere," "Hill Street Blues" and "The Drew Carey Show."




Georgianna Randolph Craig [Craig Rice]
(Creator/Writer)

Author, Writer
(1908-1957)

Birthplace: Illinois, U.S.A.

Radiography:
1945 Molle Mystery Theater
1947 The Victor Borge Show
1947 Murder and Mr Malone
1950 The Amazing Mr Malone
From the September 12th 1947 edition of the Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle:

 Murder Is Profitable head

     WHEN HER ENGLISH teacher in San Diego, California, told Craig Rice, author of ABC's "Murder and Mr. Malone," nation-wide radio series, numerous murder mystery novels and motion pictures, that she would never be able to write, she packed up her bags and headed for Chicago, bent on becoming a newspaper woman whether or not.
     Her first job in the Windy City was delivering messages for a large mail order house.  On her rounds she met a city editor who, when he learned she could type, gave her a job in the circulation department.  This eventually led to a reporter's job at the Hall of Justice during the prohibition era.  It is from this inside-track knowledge of legal procedure in crime cases as practiced in Chicago that she writes her famous radio series and her popular books and movie scenarios (RKO's "Having Wonderful Crime," 20th Century Fox's "Home Sweet Homicide," etc.) which have won for her natinal as well as international recognition as America's foremost feminine mystery story writer.
     Mother of three children (David, 14; Iris, 16; and Nancy, 18) Miss Rice is as colorful a writer as she is an unusual person.  "My children are of tremendous help to me.  Instead of driving me crazy as other writers are driven by their offspring, my kids read each page of script as it comesoff the typewriter.  They're great critics, and I owe much to their ideas and suggestions.  In fact, my recent movie story, 'Home Sweet Homicide,' was suggested by the mad antics of my three darlings.
     "After writing the story, the studio snapped it up and it proved to be quite a popular picture.  Children can be of great help to parents if parents would only permit them independence of thought and action."
 
     MISS RICE'S LIFE is as helter-skelter and disorganized as any great writer's life should not be.  She is also very unmethodical about her work.  Somedays she is at her typewriter at eight in the morning, sometimes at noon, often at all hours of the night when people least expect her to do work which demands a great deal of concentration.  With three children around, a radio going at all hours, the telephone constantly ringing, one child playing the piano and another practicing the saxophone in addition to neighborhood kids dropping in -- family noise never bothers her.  When she sits down to pound out the pages at her typewriter on the old kitchen table she forgets everything.  In this odd way, she has been able to write some sixteen very popular mystery books -- and with enormous success.
     In addition to using her own name, Craig writes under the names of Daphne Saunders and Michael Venning.  Once when Who's Who wrote to her publisher asking for a short background on the author, the publisher sent the note along to Miss Rice, who promptly proceeded to have her picture taken in her husband's clothes and hat with a pipe in her mouth.  She sent it back to those who had made the request for the information, and it was immediately published.
 
     NOT CONTENT JUST to write mystery stories herself, Miss Rice is an avid readerof talesof this genre by other writes.  She receives between fifty and seventy-five books a week for review, and after she has finished reading them pass them on to veterans' hospitals.
   Miss Rice believes that anyone who is intelligent enough to be able to read and write has the qualifications for becoming an author.  "Writing is not as difficult as people make it out to be," she says.  "If one is observant, has anopen mind, reads and thinks intelligently, that is all the equipment one needs to be a writer.  Of course, time will improve the ability, but once a start is made nothing can hold a good person back from becoming an author -- but himself.  I often hear people say to me, 'Someday I'll writa a book.  I've live life fully, have experienced much and understand a great deal.  What a great book the story of my life and experiences would make!'  But that person never gets around to writing.  It is those people who have the courage to begin working even though they have little to offer at first who turn out to be the most successful writers of our day.
     "Education need not stand in one's way.  I never finished high school.  And yet the late President Roosevelt was one of mly most loyal mystery readers.  I have a personal letter from him telling me how much he has enjoyed my books, and I prize that letter highly.  On the other hand, I've known college men and women with many degrees and educational advantages who turned out to be failures in the art of writing because they weren't sincere with themselves to begin with, and they thought they had already learned everything about the profession of writing.
     "When their first efforts failed, they stopped writing.  This is the greatest mistake.  It's the plodders and persistent workers who turn into writers.  They never give up.  Their confidence in themselves is unlimited.  Later, when they turn out to be successes, people stand around wondering how they managed to do it.  Persistence, courage and effort is the secret."
 
     WHERE DOES SHE get all her plots?  "Very simple," she says.  "They come to me from everywhere.   Conversations, newspapers, radio, friends, books, the children.  It's not so much the idea as how you develop it on paper that counts.  Recently, because of the heavy work schedule in the last few years, I decided to take six months out to rest from everything -- except my radio show.  The night I reached this decision I thought of a story plot on the way home at eleven at night.  That same night I worked around the clock until four the next morning, at which time I had the outline of the story.  Two days later I had a movie company interested in making the story as a motion picture."
     To make certain she has all technical details correct, Craig checks all legal and medical aspects of a case with either her lawyer or her doctor.  Being an ex-newspaper woman herself and a former court reporter, she is well aware of the importance of these details in crime stories.
     This week her coast-to-coast American Broadcasting company program met the acid test as far as the detective methods employed were concerned.  Raymond C. Schindler, international detective, who played an important part in the Sir Harry Oakes murder trial a couple of years ago, and author of many printed articles on crime, attended the broadcast to match wits with Miss Rice's favorite character, John J. Malone (the attorney whose adventures are dramatized on her current series) in solving the crime.  Although his trained mind did "catch" the criminal before the end of the broadcast, Schindler nodded his approval of Malone's (really Craig's) methods.
     Said one child of Miss Rice's:  "Of course, sometimes I do wonder what kind of mind mother must have.  But so far she's proved quite harmless."

(Copyright, JTA.)





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