On the Trail of The Black Bird…

The Whereabouts of the "Real" Maltese Falcon As of March 1995, the original movie prop (two were made, but only one was used) from John Huston's 1941 classic The Maltese Falcon had finally gone home to roost in San Francisco, site of the film and the original novel by Dashiell Hammett. The leaden statuette emerged … Continue reading On the Trail of The Black Bird…

“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

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

Academy Award Theatre

Radio Anthology Series (1946) ACADEMY AWARD THEATRE was a 1946 American radio anthology series that presented 30-minute adaptations of popular, and sometimes even Academy Award-winning films, often with the same cast. The show of most interest to visitors to this site will be the broadcast of The Maltese Falcon, complete with Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, … Continue reading Academy Award Theatre

Charlie Wild

"He's a man's man, but the ladies, too, go for Charlie Wild, Private Eye. Follow him into adventure." -- TV promo CHARLIE WILD was a P.I. with a rather unique back story to his creation. He was basically called in -- QUICKLY! -- as a sub for Dashiell Hammett's SAM SPADE. After years of success, … Continue reading Charlie Wild