“Flitcraft” by The Mekons

Words and Music by The Mekons From the album "Fear and Whiskey" (1985) The Mekons were a scrappy British punk band from Leeds that defied the odds and never quite went away. Instead, they grew up and ended up embracing country, folk, reggae, honky tonk, punk, rock and anything else that tickled their fancies in their … Continue reading “Flitcraft” by The Mekons

The Long Red Harvest

What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been Okay, so here's the thing: Dashiell Hammett’s classic 1929 hardboiled novel Red Harvest, featuring the private detective known only as The Continental Op, has been the basis for at least five movie adaptations, at least three that are well worth your time.  But Hammett has never been credited on … Continue reading The Long Red Harvest

My Scrapbook: Newspaper Ad for Roadhouse Nights

My Scrapbook Newspaper Ad for the 1930 film Roadhouse Nights Based on Dashiell Hammett's Red Harvest This ad was from the March 12, 1930 issue of The Sheboygan Press, from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and proudly proclaims that Roadhouse Nights was declared to be the best picture of the month by Milwaukee papers. The pre-code gangster flick, … Continue reading My Scrapbook: Newspaper Ad for Roadhouse Nights

Lucius Crane

Created by Blake Ritchie Pseudonym of Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts LUCIUS CRANE was a corpulent, harpsichord-playing gourmet and private detective hired by the friends of a murdered women to find her killer in the failed 1959 TV pilot The Fat Man: The Thirty-Two Friends of Gina Lardelli. Crane was played by "hefty, beetle-browed character … Continue reading Lucius Crane

Brad Runyon

Created by Dashiell Hammett "He's walking into that drugstore... he's stepping onto the scales... (SNICK! CLICK!) Weight: 237 pounds... Fortune.... Danger! Whoooo is it? The...Fat Man!" -- the intro to the radio show That's BRAD RUNYON, the star of the old time radio series The Fat Man (1946-51, ABC), as played to perfection by the subterranean … Continue reading Brad Runyon

My Scrapbook: Another Magazine Ad for Wildroot Cream-Oil, featuring Sam Spade

My Scrapbook Another magazine ad for Wildroot Cream-Oil, featuring Sam Spade The sponsor of the super-popular The Adventures of Sam Spade radio show, Wildroot Cream-Oil, who also ran a series of single-page comic ads in magazines, newspapers and comic books, with Spade shilling the product. The ads were drawn by Golden Age cartoonist and illustrator … Continue reading My Scrapbook: Another Magazine Ad for Wildroot Cream-Oil, featuring Sam Spade

My Scrapbook: Magazine Ad for Wildroot Cream-Oil, featuring Sam Spade

My Scrapbook Magazine ad for Wildroot Cream-Oil, featuring Sam Spade The sponsor of the super-popular The Adventures of Sam Spade radio show, Wildroot Cream-Oil, who also ran a series of single-page comic ads in magazines, newspapers and comic books, with Spade shilling the product. The ads were drawn by Golden Age cartoonist and illustrator Lou … Continue reading My Scrapbook: Magazine Ad for Wildroot Cream-Oil, featuring Sam Spade

Suspense

"Radio's Outstanding Theatre of Thrills!" A fixture on the CBS Radio Network, SUSPENSE was the longest-running anthology series on American radio. It made its debut in June of 1942 and was on the air for the next two decades -- an incredible twenty year run. True crime, detective stories, thrillers, tales of mystery and suspense … Continue reading Suspense

Screen Guild Theater

Radio Anthology Series (1939-52) aka "The Gulf Screen Guild Show" "The Gulf Screen Guild Theater" "The Lady Esther Screen Guild Theatre" "Stars In the Air" "Hollywood Sound Stage" "The Camel Screen Guild Theatre" "The Camel Screen Guild Players" "Frontline Theatre" "The Globe Theatre" "Playhouse 25" "Hollywood Sound Stage" SCREEN GUILD THEATER was an anthology series on … Continue reading Screen Guild Theater

Lux Radio Theatre

Radio Anthology Series (1934-48) THE LUX RADIO THEATRE was a 1930's-40's radio anthology that presented one-hour adaptations of popular films, often with the same cast. It was also known as "Lux Presents Hollywood," and later, when it moved to television, as "Lux Video Theatre." RADIO LUX RADIO THEATRE (1934-35, NBC Blue; 1936-48, CBS) One-hour drama anthology … Continue reading Lux Radio Theatre